Gift Along 2018 Interview with Laura Goodman – Dragon Wing Arts

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Spring's Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Today’s Gift Along 2018 Interview is with the lovely Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Hi Laura, thanks for taking time to chat to me today, I really appreciate it.  Can I just say how awesome it is to have you in the Gift Along 2018 event?   I hope it’s a great success for you.

What made you start designing and how long have you been doing it?

I started designing in 2010 with my Spring’s Beginning scarf.   I got a hank from a local dyer and I wanted a leafy pattern. There was nothing on Ravelry at the time that quite fit what I wanted, so I decided to come up with my own idea. It is still one of my favorite designs.
Gift Along 2018 Spring's Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Gift Along 2018 – Spring’s Beginning Scarf by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

What’s inspiring you at the moment in Dragon Wing Arts?  And can you share that with us?

I’m addicted to the look of drop stitches.  Again, I had a thought that I could use drop stitches with garter stitch for texture but there wasn’t quite a pattern for it. I had the yarn for the Bias Drop Stitch scarf around for AGES and I just needed something simple to work with it. Now I’ve gotten hooked on drop stitch patterns and I have three more in the works!

Any tips to aspiring designers, or things you wish you’d known before you started?

People will criticize, but you will also see beautiful work come of your ideas. Don’t let them discourage you. It takes time to get your patterns out there – there are so many patterns to choose from. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of and eventually it will work out!

Which pattern from your Dragon Wing Arts range is your favourite and why?

Other than my first pattern, probably my Crescent Trinity shawl –  it looks so much more complex than it is.  The body of the shawl is a two row repeat, and the edging is only four rows, but it came together to look great. It works in varigated yarns and gives great texture!

Do you have a favourite cast on and why?

Cable cast on – it always gives a clean edge. It’s most commonly what I use.

Tell us a little about you Laura Goodman

I’m a history nut who does tech support for a living – a bit of an odd combination. I just became a mom three months ago and I couldn’t be happier!  I can’t wait to make all the cute baby things!  It’s so hard to pick what to make – I’ve picked out a sweater to start with during the Gift-a-Long.

Have you any new releases on the horizon we need to look out for?

I’ve got one pattern I just need to get photographed and it’s ready for release- a scarf using more drop stitches and a thicker yarn. WIP pictures are on my project page .  I’m also working on a lighter pattern with a chevron or V shape and one with zig zags – all with drop stitches.     I think they will be called Obsession, Fixation and Addiction – since I’m so completely hooked on drop stitch ideas right now!  I’ve got the sample done for the triangle and I’m working hard on the chevron and zig zags so I can get them out there!
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Obsession by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Obsession by Laura Goodman of Dragon Wing Arts

How can people contact you and see your designs?

I’m on Ravelry under DragonWing Arts.    – I’m also starting to use instagram and will work on sharing some more pictures of my new ideas!
Thank you Laura, it was great to talk to you!
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Loraine B

Knitter, crocheter, Mum to Jake. Lives in Cumbria with our 2 chocolate Labradors, knits, designs knitting and crochet patterns, develops and builds websites and enjoys digital marketing.

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