A selection of Carroll County artists will open their studio doors to the public this December as part of the 11th annual Studio Arts Tour. To help commemorate the event, now entering its second decade, the Times is featuring profiles of participating artists biweekly in Life and Times.
When thinking of crochet work, many people’s minds flash to warm hats, mittens and scarves, but for Trista Fedoruk who creates fiber art with Wella Crafts, crochet can be used to create figurines, animal life and even entire landscapes and vistas.
Fedoruk said she crochets nearly every day, and first began working with fiber art when she was just 8 years old. She said she started by creating afghans and small functional pieces treating the art form mostly as a hobby. It wasn’t until she turned 20 and began experimenting with new techniques and creating her own patterns that she said she really began to embrace the art form.
Today, she creates work in the amigurumi style, a Japanese form of crocheting or knitting small yarn creatures. She said it was after creating her first amigurumi piece that she began investigating other new techniques in crocheting. She then decided to create a figure of one of her husband’s favorite video game characters for her next big project.
“It took quite a bit of engineering to make it look like the character,” Fedoruk said. “Once I figured it out, I realized this is definitely something cool.”
She said the process of designing a new piece is similar to the way a 2-D artist works, as she sketches out lines and figures out where the shadows will land on the final project.
“I think I know in my head the certain amount of stitches that are in this shape, or I know what you need to do in order to make the curves work,” Fedoruk said. “I then work through the pattern and write down the stitches if I’m successful.”