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Crocheted handiwork exhibited at DAWC

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The July exhibit at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center contains a wide variety of crocheting by Debi Frankovich who lives in Sycamore with her husband and two children. Their oldest son and his wife live in DeKalb.

The whole family moved here 10 years ago. Now very involved in the community and church, Frankovich volunteers with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois in many capacities and serves as president of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary Board.

Frankovich started crocheting when she was 9 years old. Her grandmother, who was partially blind, taught her.

“Grandma taught me the pineapple stitch using thread,” she said in a news release. “She crocheted mainly by feel ... At the time I could not grasp how she did that but now, 40-plus years later, I totally understand.”

She has crocheted more than 40 years creating sweaters, blankets, hats and other items for herself and others. She takes her crocheting with her everywhere, sometimes working 4 to 6 hours a day.

Frankovich has a “prayer shawl” group that meets at her house. This group of women from Evangelical Free Church of DeKalb/Sycamore makes shawls and scarves that are given to people from all walks of life.

“We even have shawls in Africa that we have made,” she said in the release.

After losing her job last year in the health care industry, she applied for a job at Michaels craft stores as a crochet instructor. When she applied, she learned that she needed to be certified by the Craft Yarn Council. So she took approximately six months to complete a portfolio to send to New York where it was critiqued. She was certified as a Master Crochet Instructor in January.

“My crocheting has been my hobby! I never thought it would be my career,” she said in the release.

Frankovich now teaches classes at Michaels in North Aurora and at the Cortland Public Library giving private lessons to individuals and groups of all ages. She also shows her work at craft shows and crochets custom orders.

Her future goals are to teach at the DeKalb Michaels and to host crochet support groups for cancer patients.

Her work will be exhibited at the DAWC Galleries, 1021 State St., DeKalb, through July 26. The DAWC is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. A public reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. July 11.

For more information, call 815-758-1351 or email dawc@niu.edu.

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