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The first class is on Monday 18th January at 7.00pm. To enrol go to CACE website at this link https://www.caceclasses.co.uk/product/therapeutic-art-of-crochet-online-monday/
This short course suits an adventurous beginner or intermediate level learner. You need to be able to do 3 basic stitches, chain, double crochet and treble. You will learn working with American and British stitch terminology, working with gauge, some useful techniques and stitches, and some hacks to improve look of work and speed of working. You will need a selection of colours all in Double Knitting weight of yarn, and a range of 3-5mm hooks. Style-Craft yarn is recommended because it has a large range of colours, is cheap and readily available and washes well.
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TUNISIAN CROCHET WORKSHOP
The second Tunisian workshop of the summer is this weekend in Invergowrie!
There is still time to book a place on this full day exploration of this popular form of crochet. You do not need any prior knowledge of crochet to learn this one! Everything you need will be provided, except for lunch! You will need to bring your own. I will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.
The workshops costs £60.00 and a non-returnable deposit of £30 is needed to confirm your place. Please message me for the payment link.
Saturday 22 June – Tunisian Crochet Workshop
10.00 – 16.00
at Invergowrie Parish Church Hall, 4 Errol Road, Invergowrie,DD2 5AD
Please bring a packed lunch with you.
Teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Terms and conditions
I love seeing and celebrating success by my students, especially when they complete a project they have chosen to work on over a period of time. One of the students I taught over the winter has gone on to do marvellous work! She has kindly sent me these two pictures of her completed Stylecraft Spice of Life CAL Blanket.
Well done that woman! Thank you for sharing this with me.
There has been a massive upsurge in interest in Tunisian Crochet this year. So in response to requests to teach it I am currently setting up workshops in June and July to pass on this skill.
Tunisian crochet is sometimes called Afghan Crochet or Tricot. It is easy to learn, and you don’t need any prior knowledge of crochet to start.
I will post details as soon as each workshop is finalised. Please watch this space for information!
Here are some examples of how to turn a small piece of work into a pretty bracelet.
Crochet is a wonderful pliable way to work with yarn.
I will be in Alyth Town Hall over the weekend demonstrating some tips for getting started.
Here is a wee example. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this motif and initially laid it aside. I then decided to add some surface crochet and changed the look entirely!
You can download the full Alyth Creates guide here :-
My crochet evening classes start again in Invergowrie Hall on 22 April, and has had a lot of interest. There are only two places left, so don’t delay if you want one! The course costs £45 for 10 weeks. To enrol, please visit the CACE website.
What a lovely turnout last night at the Harris Academy for enrolment for the Summer Term evening classes. There are just a couple of places left in my crochet class, and they can now be booked online through the HERA website. Price £43 for 9 weeks.
I ended up trying four sizes of hook. First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium It gave a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.
Second is a 10mm hook. The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility.
The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this initially came out feeling very soft, but a bit loose and slabbery. However, as I carried on, my tension evened out and become tighter. Hence the fourth hook.
The fourth hook is a 15mm. I liked the result I got from this best of all.
So here are my stitch and row counts from a 10 x 10cm square (4″ x 4″) for the four hooks, and photos in a gallery for you.
8mm hook – 8 stitches, 10 rows
10mm hook – 8 stitches, 8 rows
12mm hook – 7 stitches, 9 rows
15mm hook – 7 stitches, 7 rows.
In searching for a project to use this yarn for I found a crochet version of Claire’s Outland Cowl on Ravelry. I rather like this.
The link for it is here.
I have 650g of super chunky in my yarn stash, which has languished unused for too long, so decided to exlore what I can do with it, or whether I want to pass it on. I tried it out as a first round of a granny square, and it looks good. I like the nubbly texture it has
So now to try and work out what size of hook to use and how far it will go by doing a test square. The recommended hook size is 10mm. I know that I tend to work tightly, so a looser hook might be better.
I always make a test square bigger than the 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) recommended. This means that I can lay a 4″x4″ cut out square on top of the test piece and count the stitches and rows, without pulling the work out to “fit” the ruler, and getting a false reading.
I am trying three sizes of hook, because I have these immediately to hand. First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium but see immediately that this is a bit small for the yarn. It gives a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat. But that is not what I want. Still will continue for comparison.
Second is a 10mm hook. It’s actually a knooking hook, but I like this one as it is polished wood, not bamboo. I did try a bamboo hook, but it isn’t as smooth and didn’t move as easily through the work, so I didn’t like the snaggy feel as I worked with it. The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility.
The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this is coming out feeling very soft, but it looks a bit loose and slabbery, so don’t think this will end up being the best. We shall see.
It’s time to sign up for autumn evening classes.
There are only two weeks to go until HERA’s Enrolment Night in Harris Academy on Wednesday 29th August from 6-7.30 pm.
Therapeutic Crochet is a ten week course covering all the basics.
Learners are able to work at their own rate.
You can move on to your own project if you wish, with expert tutor support on hand as needed.
The classes run on a Wednesday.
Check my workshop out at the Aberdeen Yarnfest on Sunday 13th May. It runs from 10.00 am to 1.00pm at the Doubletree Aberdeen Treetops hotel. I made the A5 journal cover below using Sublime silk yarn in two shades, and a maroon synthetic silk background.
“Therapeutic crochet – Exploring Tunisian and Broomstick techniques.”
How to make Broomstick lace.
How to work 4 basic Tunisian stitches.
Participants will complete a small project incorporating these steps during the workshop.
Spring term is here! The enrolment evening for Spring 2018 is on Thurdsay January 17th in Harris Academy, Dundee. These classes are due to run again during the Spring Term. Enrolment night is on January 17th at Harris Academy from 18.00 – 19.30. For more details please visit Harris Education and Recreation Association –
During the Autumn I tutored a crochet class run by Carse Association for Continuing Education in Invergowrie. I had a lovely time working with a keen group of students. These classes are due to run again in January. To learn more about CACE classes and to enrol, go to their website
During the Autumn I tutored a crochet class at the Harris Academy in Dundee. I had a lovely groups of students who were a delight to work with. These classes are due to run again during the Spring Term. Enrolment night is on January 17th at Harris Academy at
Looking forward to 2018 these classes are set to run again. The enrolment night will be on 17 January. Watch their facebook page for more details.
I will be teaching crochet in a 2 hour workshop this Friday at Coupar Angus Library from 2.30 – 4.30pm. Whether you are a total beginner, or have experience, or have a project you want some help with, sign up and come along!
For more details contact Coupar Angus Library on 01250 871449.
I will be teaching crochet in a 2 hour workshop this Saturday at Alyth Library from 9.30 – 11.30am. Whether you are a total beginner, or have experience, or have a project you want some help with, sign up and come along!
For more details contact Alyth Library on 01828 63273
I am looking forward to this evening! This is the first session of crochet classes I will be delivering over the next 12 weeks at Invergowrie, in Church of Scotland Hall at 7.00pm.
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It’s getting nearer every day! As a member of the Mavericks Art Group I will be at Hallgreen Castle on Saturday, 9th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th, exhibiting my work and giving demonstrations of crochet.
There is also a huge amount of delightful work by other artists and more demonstrations.
For full details see Mavericks Art@MavericksArtGroup.