Tribute to Wink


The worldwide crafting community of crocheters and crochet bloggers has been deeply shocked and saddened today to learn of the death of one of its most talented designers, Marinke Slump, aka Wink, to her blog followers.

I should like to pay tribute to Wink whose blog has given so many of us such pleasure and inspiration over the last couple of years: amongst many other designs her mandalas are so beautiful and only a few weeks ago some of my lovely crochet ladies were practising their crochet-in-the-round skills from Marinke’s patterns ……

mandala 1

mandala 2

I find it amazing that all around the world, through the Internet, we crafters can feel so in touch with others who share our passion and enthusiasm – I don’t think I’m alone in saying that we love to read about their projects and see their designs.

We know too of the huge benefits that craft can bring to those who are going through difficult times – sadly, crochet could not save Marinke from her severe depression although it had done once previously. Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this most difficult time.

There is already a project up and running as a memorial to Wink and her marvellously creative work – details can be found here. It will also serve to raise awareness of the devastating effects of depression.

I feel sure that Marinke will live on through her work which will continue to be an inspiration and that her designs will be greatly treasured. I for one will be looking to create a project from one of Wink’s patterns which, I believe, will still be available from her blog A Creative Being.


Take care all of you,

jenny x