I’ve been busy preparing for my intermediate group’s next project – Crochet Edgings Using Traditional Crochet Thread. The aim is for my students to get to grips with cotton crochet thread and smaller hooks and apply a pretty border to an item of their choosing.
Each student has a “hanky” (which I made out of cotton sheeting) so that they can practise the skills before applying to the real thing! They will learn how to prepare the fabric with either blanket stitch or back stitch as the foundation for the crochet stitches. Then they will learn how to set up the first crochet row to accommodate a simple shell motif.
Following on from this, they can then choose one of the two additional border patterns I have created or find their own pattern from a book or the internet. I will guide the students on how to make the border fit and also how to tackle problems such as corners, should they arise.
- 1.75mm or 1.5mm crochet hook.
- 1 x 50g ball of cotton crochet thread between 5-20 thickness (you may need more than one ball if you’re planning on edging something large)
- 1 x sharp, large eyed needle.
- tape measure / ruler.
- tailor’s chalk (I jhave some students can borrow if they don’t want to purchase any).
- small pair of sharp scissors.
- removable stitch markers.
- plain hankie (I provide one per student, free of charge).
Dates: Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm, 21st April- 30th June (no class on 26th May – half term)
Venue: In the Courtyard Studio, Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Cost: £45 for 5 weeks
Examples of things that could be edged:
The hem, cuffs of neckline of a t-shirt, vest or top.
The hem of a skirt.
Towel or flannel.
Pillow case or cushion cover.
Table cloth or napkins
The edge of a plain pashmina or shawl (that would be quite adventurous but we do have 5 weeks!)
….I’m sure there are many more and I look forward to seeing what my students decide to trim!
I have really enjoyed preparing for this course – thread crochet creates such a pretty, vintage feel.
Today I also received a lovely large box from Purple Linda Crafts containing my students hook and yarn orders. In my opinion, Linda has the best selection of hooks and threads for crochet and her service is always great too. It’s exciting to see all the things my students have chosen – can’t wait to see what they make with it!
I teach beginner and intermediate crochet at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames during term times.
I am also available to teach private groups in the privacy and convenience of your own home and I can offer one-to-one tuition in my home studio in Hersham, Surrey.
I am available for one day/half day workshops at craft fares and other events.
I can also teach for charities free of charge, as long as participants pay to cover the cost of materials.