About Stacey

Hi! I’m Stacey and I live my fantasy life designing cute & cuddly amigurumi (aka crochet stuffed animals)! My goal is to spread the love of crochet and cuddly animals throughout the world… so I’m here to help you with all of your crochet needs!

I’m so glad you’re here! You see… I love blogging, so if you love reading, we’re the perfect match!

I’m a designer!

I’m the designer for FreshStitches Amigurumi, and I can’t say enough how much I love my job!

I’m passionate about helping everyone out there have that priceless, oh-so-yummy satisfaction that only comes with making something yourself… so I’m dedicated to writing patterns and providing tutorials that help you (yes, you the crafter!) crochet your own adorable creations!

Each pattern I write is chock-full of information so that you don’t ever feel lost. Each pattern contains step-by-step progress photos and the information you’ll need to succeed in your project. And, if you run into trouble, feel free to contact me! I’m here to help you make the cutie of your dreams!

I’m an author!

In addition to designing for FreshStitches, I’ve written three crochet books: Modern Baby Crochet, Crocheted Softies and Cuddly Crochet.

In each of my books, I’m fanatical about including a detailed introduction section so that you can have all of the crochet information that you need on hand while you’re working on your project. It’s also important to me that you feel comfortable making yarn substitutions and working with the supplies you may have on hand- so I’ve included information about that, too!

I’m a teacher!

I’m an instructor for Craftsy. I’m in love with the Craftsy online teaching platform… it allows students to sign up for a class (that never expires), watch the class at their own pace and ask me any questions they have! If you’re looking to expand your crochet skills, come ‘meet me’ online at Craftsy!

I’ve taught two online crochet video courses Amigurumi Woodland Animals and Amigurumi Design Your Own Monster.

I’ve also taught two workshops: Amigurumi Nelson the Owl and Amigurumi Roosevelt the Monster. A workshop is a super-detailed pattern that contains hundreds of photos- so you’ll catch every step of the crocheting process. Just like a video class, I get to interact with my students online using a great question-and-answer discussion forum.

I’m a crocheter!

Well, duh… you knew that already!

I meant that I also am a crocheter for those who can’t crochet themselves! I know that not everyone can crochet or has the time to. So what’s someone who wants an adorable stuffed animal for their little one to do? You call on me!

I offer a limited number of custom crocheted stuffed animals in my Etsy shop. Crocheting the animals is time-consuming, so I only take on a couple of custom orders per week. If you have a baby shower or birthday coming up, be sure to book in your crochet order with me so that you can have a handmade lovie in time!

I’m a blogger!

In this blog, I chat about designing (knit & crochet), the travels of my amigurumi, book and materials reviews, and helpful tips & techniques. I always have some sort of fiber-related-project in my hands (yes, in addition to crocheting and knitting, I spin, too!), so there’s always something to update you about! I hope you enjoy!

Of course, you can contact me!

A little more personal…

Me? You want to hear about little ol’ me? Okie dokie!

I’m a total homebody. I work at home, in my pyjamas. I go to bed by 10pm.

I leave my house mostly to travel or eat something exciting. I travel a lot.

I sometimes bring a stuffed animal with me for a photo…

…but I always bring my knitting!

I love to eat crazy food. Bone marrow. Chicken livers. Crocodile. You name it, I want to eat it.

The rest of the time, I’m at home. Crocheting. Knitting. Making tofu and pickles. Canning. You know, normal stuff.

My friends say I’m weird. Or unique. Depending on how politically correct they feel like being that day.

Comments (32 Responses)

  1. Ok, I’m sorry to be commenting on every post but I just can’t help it! This is exactly what I was looking for! A blog about Ami that had some substance to it- say something a little bit more than the repeated phrase,”isn’t this kawaii?” XP
    Keep up the great work!

  2. […] combine into my own mini “forest.” They can be a bit abstract on their own, so when I saw that Stacey Trock was organizing Knit and Crochet Design Week (March 12-17), I decided it was time to put two and […]

  3. […] the meantime, many thanks to Stacey Trock of FreshStitches Amigurumi for organizing Knit and Crochet Design Week. Having daily themes, […]

  4. […] lastly, we’re so curious about your travels. On your blog, there’s a fabulous photo of you knitting on the fly. Where are some interesting places you’ve taken your […]

  5. […] superstars that was as enjoyable as joining two friends for tea, Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod and Stacey Trock of FreshStitches. They break down what it takes to make a living crocheting right down to the […]

  6. […] to the point. She goes one step further by letting you know how her site can help meet your needs. Stacey of FreshStitches.com – She gets really detailed about all the different things she is into. She is an author, […]

  7. […] animals). This adorable alpaca is one of many animals I’ve made from Crocheted Softies by Stacey Trock. I can’t get enough of these little guys. So I came up with an excuse to make a LOT of […]

  8. […] quite a week ago my friend and blogging mentor, Stacey of FreshStitches, posted about her “Next Great Blog Experiment“. But what caught my eye […]

  9. […] to the point. She goes one step further by letting you know how her site can help meet your needs. Stacey of FreshStitches.com – She gets really detailed about all the different things she is into. She is an author, […]

  10. […] to see some things created by Stacey’s hands? Want to get to know her better? Pop over here! Her videos, links, podcasts (both audio and video) are all […]

  11. linda says:

    do you help people sell their patterns on your site if so how does it work and how would i get paid? I would appreciate an answer to all that I have asked. thanks. Also you said you have written 3 books on crochet where did you get them published? thanks.

    • Stacey says:

      Hi Linda-
      FreshStitches patterns all all made by me! So, I don’t offer publication of third party patterns. You can find out anyone’s publisher by looking at the Amazon listing of the book title… that might be helpful for your research!

  12. Ken says:

    Is it okay to give a copy of the free beginner’s book to a student in elementary school if they want to learn how to make these animals?
    I live in the Philippines.

  13. […] Stacey Trock from the fabulous FreshStitches blog, celebrated author and designer of the most gorgeous amigurumi patterns ever!  Angie caught […]

  14. Marie johnston says:

    Thank you Stacey, next week I fly to Sydney to catch a cruise ship I will be on for 63 days. I was hoping to find some yarn shops and found your blog which has helped me know exactly where to go. Thank you so much.

  15. Nancy Forant says:

    How do you put the buttons on for the eyes and nose

  16. Sharon Flaten says:

    Hi, Stacy! I chanced upon your blog by asking Google “how to calculate the number of crochet stitches in a round.” And….how delightfut! Your counting instructions were the most clear and the most clearly illustrated of any instructions I’ve see anywhere! ( And, at 64, I’ve seen a lot of instructions. ) ;-)

    So, I have bookmarked your blog (which I never do), and I will share it with my crocheting sister who can’t figure out how to read instructions! I’ve worked in the advertising industry all my adult life, and I just wanted to leave you a note giving you kudos for this fun, easy-to-navigate, and totally entertaining site. Good job, Stacy!!! :-)

  17. Sym says:

    Hi Stacy, I am looking for a panda golf club cover crochet pattern. Have you ever had a chance to create one before? Where can I find the pattern. Thank you for your creativities.

  18. Chris McIntyre says:

    I am interested to know where I can purchase small crocheted dog toys. If you make and sell them please let me know your prices and what you have available. Thank you, Chris McIntyre

  19. nelly says:

    thank you for this wonderful blog. it helps me and inspires me alot. im always afraid to try crocheting amigurumi coz i always tend to be lost at the middle of the pattern.but with your easy to follow step by step guide i get to finish my very first amigurumi. thanks for your wonderful dedication to this craft.

  20. Aisha says:

    hi Stacey I just passed by your blog and I really like it. allow me to say that’s great, keep on and good luck.

  21. Ruth Carlson says:

    I am so confused, every site I have gone to that sews these little softie dolls, animals etc., say they love working with the Wool Felt best, but when I googled it, I was mind boogled by how many kinds there are… I am just starting to make these cuties for gifts and don’t really want to spend a fortune, but also don’t like the flimsy felt that is sold at the craft stores. can you help me, I cannot affort the most expensive, but really don’t even know how to order it, by the yard, 8X10 sheets or 9X12 sheets. Any help you can give me would be appreciated…

    • Stacey says:

      I completely understand! The flimsy stuff at stores is really… cruddy. I like buying the wool-blend felt from American Felt and Craft. It’s about $1.50 a sheet, which is cheaper than the 100% wool sheets, but it’s very lovely stuff. I order the sheets, unless I’m doing a very large project (but that’s pretty rare!)
      Hope that helps!

  22. Belinda Alcock says:

    I just read your article about where to find handspun yarn in Sydney and now I’m a bit more optimistic about trying to start selling my own handspun hand dyed yarn. I’m definitely going to contact craft nsw and see if I can get my work on the shelf! Thanks I hope more handspun pops up.
    There is one handspun artist selling in Wollombi wool store.
    The house of wool in blackheath has shelves of handspun hand dyed yarn it’s just beautiful.
    You are right about wool shops in general not sticking handspun. I am always looking and hoping I’ll find some!

    • Stacey says:

      Oh, I’m so happy to have given you a bit of optimism!
      Yes, I’ve been to the House of Wool and it’s fabulous! I did a quick write-up of them here, but didn’t focus much on their stock.
      Thanks for writing! :)

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