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NEW online crochet class February 1 & 2, 2022:
Extending Forward and Return Tunisian Stitches
This is a three-hour class taught over two days: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central Time on Tuesday February 1 and Wednesday February 2, 2022. Register with CGOA. Registration closes 1/27/22 or when the class is filled.
Excerpt of class description:
In regular (non-Tunisian) crochet, we extend a stitch by adding a chain as we complete the stitch. It’s a handy way to make the stitch a little taller and leaner. This means there are extended versions of familiar stitches, such as extended single (esc) and double (edc) crochet.
We can do the same thing with Tunisian stitches, both during the forward pass and the return pass. For example, during the forward pass, add a chain stitch or two while adding stitch loops to the hook. When crocheting the loops off of the hook, add one or more chain stitches. It’s double the fun! It’s also fascinating. Extending Tunisian stitches isn’t as predictable as with regular crochet–at first. It just needs to be explored more, which we’ll do in this class.
See the complete class listing at https://www.crochet.org/page/OnlineEducationProgram.
New online crochet class March 8 & 9, 2022:
Self-Healing Crochet Stitches and How to Cut Them
This is a two-hour class taught over two days: 10:30am – 11:30 am Central Time on Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9, 2022. Register with CGOA. Registration closes on 3/3/2022 or when the class is filled.
Surprisingly, some crochet stitches respond wonderfully to being cut! Why would you want to? So that you can concentrate solely on the pleasure of crocheting. There’s no need to plan where armholes, a head opening, pocket slit, or scarf keyhole should go until AFTER you’re done crocheting. It’s much easier to use every bit of the special yarns in your stash this way. Another plus is that the rim of the opening is elegantly clean-edged. You’ll learn which of the regular and Tunisian crochet stitches are “self-healing” when you cut them—meaning that the stitches around the opening are inherently finished and sealed, not raw or loopy. NO “LIFELINE” IS NEEDED. The risk of unraveling is no greater or scarier than when you remove your hook from the loop of a finished stitch. You’ll also learn how to identify more stitches in this special category. This method offers a whole new way to look at crochet fabrics, stitch patterns, and wearable simple shapes. In fact, you might discover that some hole shapes are so beautiful that you’ll be tempted to cut them for decorative as well as functional reasons.Masters Program: A new look at fundamental structures of even the most basic crochet stitches, and how they are connected to each other. How to modify stitch patterns.
See the complete class listing at https://www.crochet.org/page/OnlineEducationProgram. See the Resources Page for previous classes: https://www.designingvashti.com/self-healing-stitches-to-cut-class-resources/.
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Vashti’s Crochet Classes in 2020
In 2020 I taught two classes for the Crochet Guild of America. It was the first ONLINE edition of their popular Chain Link conference.
It was my first time teaching online. I’m still excited about it! They were also the first 3-hour online classes for CGOA, and we’re discussing all the valuable feedback we received about them from the participants.
CGOA’s plan is to have one or two class topics taught by one or two teachers per week, going forward.
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These first two crochet classes were a total of three hours long each; an hour per day, three days in a row. As usual, I provided comprehensive full-color handouts.
It seems to be the consensus that each meeting time could have been a bit longer than an hour. For example, a three-hour class could meet twice for 1.5 hours each time. Perhaps even on the same day, however I did also like a 24 hour gap before the next meet up. Participants had a chance to practice and swatch what they learned. When we met again, everyone was ready with great questions, and swatches to show.
Even More Show & Tell!
I always bring lots of crocheted examples of topics I teach. In yarn industry lingo I guess it’s called having an in-class trunk show per topic. Normally this means deciding which crochet items to ship to the conference.
This time I had all the crochet at my fingertips here at home base.
Why so many items? I test fibers, dyeing styles, crochet hook sizes, stitch variations, shaping methods, and all the what-ifs. These items often inspire students to try variations with their own projects. A class project may end up being the starting point of a new design.
I discovered that for the first time, I could bring my mannequin to class! I could also show some of the crochet books from my home library, not just talk about them.
I hope to teach many more virtual crochet classes! It’s a great way to learn crochet. Whenever I did a stitch demonstration, for example, each person had the same full screen close up view. Like a good YouTube video, I guess, but anyone could ask me more about any step, such as to explain it a different way. Or to explain when to do something this way and when that way.
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