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New Pattern Giveaway! | The Paisley Capelet (Adult)

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New Pattern Giveaway! | The Paisley Capelet (Adult)

I’m thrilled to announce that there was a ton of interest in making my Paisley Capelet (6M – 8y) in additional sizes for adults, so I’ve been working with pattern testers to make that happen! While it was initially released a few years ago in sizes 6-12m, 2-3T, 3-4T, 4-5T, and 5-8Y, I’m releasing a brand new Adult pattern pack in sizes 8-12Y, X Small Adult, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult, and X Large Adult!

To spark interest in the release of these new sizes, I ran a giveaway on my fan page that ended earlier this morning. Winners have 24 hours from now (18 June, 2013, 4:45 PM MST) to contact me to claim their prize, or this offer is totally void. If you are named above, please e-mail me: BacaCreations@yahoo.co.uk.

1 Baca Creations Crochet Pattern |  Justyna Kopac

2 Baca Creations Crochet Patterns | Llyn McClure

3 Baca Creations Crochet Patterns | Laura Crowder

Not a winner? You can get this pattern in any of my shops, on SALE for a limited time too!

ETSY | RAVELRY | CRAFTSY

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Midsummer Wrap | Design Wars 3 Giveaway!

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Midsummer Wrap | Design Wars 3 Giveaway!

I’ve long neglected this blog since Design Wars received a new home, but now I’m ready to share the release of my pattern for the competition – the Midsummer Wrap! You can read the full release of this pattern in Issue #4 of the Design Wars Newsletter, along with 7 other wonderfully diverse designs that were debuted in this competition. My pattern will not be published until after the conclusion of Design Wars 3, so we still have about 2 weeks to put some hype behind my design, and you can help in a few ways:

1) Enter to win a FREE copy of my Midsummer Wrap when it’s ready!

2) Vote for your favorite Design Wars 3 Pattern – and be sure to read how you can enter for a chance to win our Red Heart Yarn Prize Pack when you do!

Design Wars is a fun and energetic community, and I hope you check it out for some inspiration and a few great crochet patterns! Oh, and enjoy my Midsummer Wrap too please…

Baca Creations - Midsummer Wrap | Design Wars 3 Crochet Pattern

Photo courtesy of my very good friend, whom I cherish and admire: Kimberly Dierkhising Photography

Design Wars II – REVEAL & VOTE!

Design Wars II – REVEAL & VOTE!

Here they are; the long awaited, anticipated garments from our Design Wars II Challengers! Please review each of the submissions, then vote to let us know who you think should be crowned the Design Wars II Challenge Winner!

Voting is open until February 24th (MST), and the Design Wars II Challenger with the most votes will be named on February 25th! You can cast your vote once every 12 hours, so set your watch and get your vote on!

Entries will also be taken for our Red Heart Yarns $150 Prize Pack until February 24th, so don’t miss out on that opportunity!

Thanks to everyone for the love, support, and dedication! We hope you have enjoyed following our progress!

Baca Creations Reveal CrazySocks Reveal design by katie hanken Reveal Frayed Knot Reveal Holland Designs Reveal Mamachee Reveal One & Two Reveal
Unravel Me Reveal

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PIN it to WIN it: My All Seasons Hat Pattern!

PIN it to WIN it: My All Seasons Hat Pattern!

 Blog Banner Photo Giveaway 1

Please help me to circulate the release of this exciting pattern!

To enter, simply pin this image with the caption:

 “I Want to win this pattern!”

Entries of this nature will be accepted until 13 February, 2013, and a winner will be randomly selected via this link to assure the pin is sourced from this blog entry. Winner will be notified by way of 1) a comment on their pin, 2) a follow up on this blog post, and 3) a notification on my facebook fan page, and will be given 48 hours to respond and claim their prize!

You are entering to win a Baca Creations (Crochet By Salena Baca) original PDF crochet pattern; retail value $5.00. No substitutions or cash value. Good luck!

And the winner is….

Rosanne Van Hoose! 

To claim your All Seasons PDF Crochet Pattern, please send me an e-mail within

the following 48 hours: BacaCreations@yahoo.co.uk

(Updated 14 February, 2013 @ 8:50 AM MST).

 

Important Note: Pattern Value

Important Note: Pattern Value

After much thought and consideration I’ve concluded that the retail price of some of my patterns are not reflective of their value. On average I put between 20 – 50 hours of work into a pattern design; that begins with the initial concept, and continues until the final edit is published!

For example, my free (Da Bomb!) Shell Scarf began as a special order request from a friend, and here is how it came together:

1 hour: sketched out a design

2 hours: researched the stitch and garment construction

1 hour: made a few pattern swatches of the sketch for gauge

8 hours: personally tested each one of the three sizes the pattern instructs

1 hour: took photos of my garments and edited them

4 hours: constructed the file layout of the design and wrote the patterns

3 hours: called for pattern testers, interacted with them, modified my design

2 hours: marketed the design on various forums

1 hour: posted the pattern for FREE on all of my pattern forums.

That’s an estimated 23 hours toward this one pattern that I then offered for free – Why? To show that my patterns are quality, modern, original, easy to comprehend and follow, and valuable!

Valuable? Yes! Back to my conclusion…

I feel that my current retail price of $3.00 per pattern is not a proper representation of my value. Therefore, I have decided to create three price categories: Free, $3.00, $5.00.

While some of my more complex and unique styles (Swirl Shell Snail or Goods For Gals eBook) may be adjusted to reflect their value, quite a few of my styles will remain more modestly priced in the $3.00 category. So, as I release new pattern styles, and renovate my current ones to my modern new format, I will be categorizing them according to their complexity, uniqueness, and ease.

A lot of time, skill, research, time, resources, and time goes into every one of my pattern designs, so I thank you for your continued interest and support in Baca Creations Crochet! If you are a brand new fan, I encourage you to try all of my free pattern designs to see for yourself!

Thank you – peace, love, light, happiness!!!

Salena

My first COVER – Enter to win a subscription!

My first COVER – Enter to win a subscription!

I’m quite proud to announce that I am on the February 2013 cover of Inspired Crochet Magazine with a brand new pattern design – Livi’s Chunky Capelet!

This pattern will be available exclusively to Inspired Crochet in size 1-3 years until March, 2013, then I will be releasing the full pattern version in all my shops!

In celebration of this exciting new pattern, and my very first cover, I’m helping Inspired Crochet to give away a 3 month subscription to one of my faithful followers!

To enter, simply pin this image with the caption:  

“Baca Creations is on the cover!”

Blog Inspired Crochet Giveaway

Entries of this nature will be accepted until 3 February, 2013, and a winner will be randomly selected via this link: 

http://pinterest.com/source/bacacreations.wordpress.com/ 

(to assure the pin is sourced from this blog entry).

Winner will be notified on 4 February, 2013 by way of:

1) a comment on their pin,

2) a follow up on this blog post, and

3) a notification on my facebook fan page.

Once named, winner will be given 10 days to respond and claim prize. You are entering to win a 3 month subscription to inspired crochet magazine. Prize will be rendered directly from the magazine. This prize is non-transferable, and no substitutions or cash value will be granted. Good luck!

Update: 2/2/2013 @ 6:30 AM MST 

Congratulations Charissa F.! Your pin from this blog was randomly selected as the winner for this prize: a 3 month subscription to Inspired Crochet Magazine! To claim your prize, please send me an e-mail within the following 10 days: BacaCreations@yahoo.co.uk Thanks to everyone who supported and shared this giveaway – I appreciate you!

 

Designer Spotlight: Baca Creations

Designer Spotlight: Baca Creations

SalenaThat’s right folks, this is Salena Baca (owner / designer of Baca Creations), and I’m preparing my own Design Wars Spotlight! That means I’ll be telling you how wonderful I am, while omitting all of my bad traits! Really…

Since grade school, crochet has been a hobby of mine and has provided a certain solace that gave me an identity; who the heck would I be, if I wasn’t always the chick who crocheted? It’s been a constant in my life, and a very good friend to me. I wish to always, always crochet. Always.

If you are already a fan of my work, you may know that I began Baca Creations as a made-to-order crochet business back in mid 2009. A few of my most successful designs were the Sleepy Eye Owl Hat, Favorite Newsboy, Stars N Stripes Newborn Set, and I think I’ve made about 75 Blue Bird Hats in my career. From hats to leg warmers, diaper covers to blankets, I’ve probably made over 1,000 crochet goods since Baca Creations began. In fact, before I slowed down the production side of my business to promote my patterns, I had a constant 6 to 8 week wait period for any type of order (and that was making 1 to 2 items per day, 7 days per week. Honestly).

The pattern side of crochet has really fulfilled me creatively; I’ve always designed my own garments, but actually publishing them and seeing what others do with my designs – it’s a thrill! At any given time, I have about 10 decent pattern ideas in my design book, and I randomly complete them when I get the inspiration to do so. 

I’m quite proud to be working with some of the best crochet talent for this round of Design Wars, and am absolutely thrilled that I was able to convince Red Heart Yarns to promote, sponsor, and donate to support our endeavor. Here’s my bit, enjoy!

Define success; What do you hope to accomplish? 

In all of my studying and doing, I feel I have a lot to offer to the crochet community. I feel that my methods of working and designing are unique, and I have developed a knack for teaching them that has proven to be very effective. Therefore, I define my success by how well I teach others, and their ability to master crochet. I feel a sense of accomplishment when following my students and seeing their work, which, with practice, becomes just as good as mine.  

If you could meet anyone in the crochet world, who would it be? Why?

Before I left England this past summer I visited an exhibit in London made for the Olympic games. It was a trio of gigantic crochet lions called The Lionheart Project, and it was made entirely of free form single crochet. I was so enchanted with the exhibit that I asked my favorite editor at Stitch Craft Create magazine if I could compile a special interest piece about it. She agreed! I went about my research in a variety of forms, and contacted the designer (Shauna Richardson) to congratulate her, and ask her a few questions for my article. To my utter delight, she responded with what became to be a quite friendly and mutually appreciative relationship. If I were still in England today, I would have sought her out. We would meet for tea, get matching tattoos, and talk about yarn. One day, I do hope to meet her in person! 

What is your most recent accomplishment?

Push ups! I’m up to 10 “for real” ones every day! It’s crochet related, because now I can work twice as fierce as I did with girly-push ups 🙂

Other than your own designs, do you have a favorite pattern?

My favorite pattern is one I have yet to make. I hope that counts! The Sidewalk Shawl has been on my list of garments to create for myself for years now, and I hope to make time for it before the fall of 2013. It’s the most gorgeous shawl, and was designed specifically for my favorite line of yarn (Stitch Nation)!

Which of your designs do you feel best represents you as an artist?

My Snail Shell Cover! While I always strive to be different and original in my design work, this is the one garment that I constructed without having a model concept. There are millions of slouchy hats, fingerless gloves, diaper covers and cowls, but at the time of it’s conception the Snail Shell Cover was born in my brain. While I don’t consider myself a designer specifically for newborn props, I feel this best represents me as an artist because it’s my very own organic concept. 

Salena Baca SpotlightIf you are a brand new fan of my work you can check out some of my designs (including free patterns!) on ravelry and craftsy. Follow me on facebook to see what kind of trouble I’m in, or special order garments directly from my shop!

If you are a fan and would like to root for Baca Creations in DWII, get yourTeam Badge and be sure to enter for your chance at our Red Heart Yarns prize pack (valued at $150)!

Got your own questions for me? Post them in a comment below and I just may answer you!

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