Chic Talk: Pierce crochets her way to the top

   ANGELA ALLEN Columbian staff writer
May 5, 2005; Page d1

Bonnie Pierce, a Vancouver fiber artist whose work is exhibited internationally, gets knitters worked up at Unraveled Fine Yarns.


"She gets us all hyped up and excited about something every time she comes," said shop owner Lisa Gormley about her knitting classes. Pierce crochets, however, instead of knits. She was named Crocheter of the Year by nationally circulated PieceWork Magazine. Her story is told in PieceWork's May/June issue.


The magazine's publisher, Interweave Press, chooses notable work in knitting, needlepoint, quilting, cross-stitching and crocheting in a nationwide contest.


Pierce won for her free-form white and cream-colored vest, that truly is not a piece your great aunt made.


"It's art," said Gormley, owner of Unraveled Fine Yarns and Twisted Shop Espresso, 207. E. McLoughlin Blvd.


Gormley nominated Pierce for the award, now on display at the Lacis Lace Museum in San Francisco.


Pierce, who buys her turquoise and cantaloupe yarns (she likes specifics) has joined Gormley's knitting classes, and regularly shows the group her projects and stitches (the bullion roll stitch is her specialty).


Check out Pierce's work as well as her book, "24 Blocks on a Roll," at her Web site, 

Angela Allen writes about fashion and trends for The Columbian. Reach her at 360-759-8005 or by e-mail at

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