I couldn’t think of any other description of Todd Paschall’s crocheted pieces than art. If you haven’t seen his work (and that of his students) yet, then you are in for a treat. Todd A. Paschall has developed a unique crochet technique which he calls “Crochet By Numbers.” It allows him to reproduce photos in crochet with amazing accuracy and detail.
I ran across Todd’s work a few years ago and swore that I would learn how to do this technique. But life must have gotten in the way because I never did. Then, thanks to Ravelry, I rediscovered Todd and was blown away by his Obama projects. His work is so unique, I just had to feature him on my blog.
Todd tells me that his sister taught him how to crochet when he was 17 years old. He found it relaxing and enjoyed crocheting while watching TV. “Nothing fancy,” he says. “Just single crochet and swatches,” which he says helped him get consistent stitches and even swatches.
Instead of crocheting the usual scarves or sweaters, Todd wanted to do something different. After crocheting a king-size, solid-color “quilt” to give to his mother one Christmas, he started crocheting swatches that incorporated a single design element — a peace sign, a three-dimensional “A,” and a rainbow. Todd continued to crochet, and also got married, and had two girls. It was the birth of his son that inspired the photography-based crochet pieces. After developing the program that creates the pattern, Todd was off and running.
I have really enjoyed learning how to Crochet By Numbers and am happy to say that I am certified by Todd to teach the course, both online and in person. Click HERE to find out what’s involved in learning this amazing technique.