Free crochet help! Bring your pattern, your yarn, and your questions to Crochet Drop-In at WEBs, Thursdays from 5:30pm–8:00pm
August 4 (future dates tbd)
Be sure to bring your project with what you have done so far, including any swatches. Please don’t leave it at home or rip it out because it “looks bad”. This is how we will diagnose your project and get you on track to finish it successfully.
Crochet Drop In is not a beginner’s class. It is a first come, first served open session for anyone with crochet project questions. You don’t need to have a problem to get help, though. If you are starting a project, we can take a look together at the pattern and translate stitches and instruction, and discuss materials. If time allows, you might even be able to start a swatch we can review together.
Shibori at Beehive Sewing
On display now through August 5 at Beehive Sewing Studio (271 Pleasant St., Noho) an exhibit of shashiko embroidery, origami, and Shibori Impressed: Nature Motifs in Japanese Design. The Beehive team made all the shashiko and origami. We brought the Shibori to the party!
Try your hand at Shibori and join us at Beehive Friday 7/29 6-8pm for Shibori Basics. Call 413-345-8201 for more detail and to sign up!
Thanks to everyone who came out for the 20th Annual NES (Northampton Education Foundation) SOS (Support our Schools) Plant and Garden Market on Saturday May 7!
Thanks to all who attended Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Craft Fair. This is a terrific annual fiber event over Memorial Day weekend featuring lots of local fiber and fiber producers, contests, demonstrations, and workshops on all things wool. Sheep dog trials are a major attraction. I’m a Fair volunteer (be in touch if you would like to join us). Check out the web page for the full festival schedule and be sure to like the Fair on Facebook and follow on Twitter for updates, reminders, and fun stuff.
Classes at WEBs: In addition to the foundation crochet course Crochet I, I’ll be teaching two new crochet classes at WEBS this summer.
Better Crochet Pattern Reading is designed to help crocheters with their approach to and understanding of crochet patterns. We’ll talk about everything you need to keep in mind when beginning a project, what the pattern is really trying to tell you, as well as what to consider when selecting your materials. A frank discussion about gauge will illustrate the importance of understanding this important part of a pattern and why you do not need to fear or disregard it. Tips for reading patterns, organizing and finishing, and caring for your project will also be offered.
The second class includes time for consultation with students on their next crochet project, including help selecting hooks and yarn. Projects in need of revival are welcome.
Better Crochet Pattern Reading Date: Saturdays, 7/16, 7/23; 2016 Time: 10:30am–1:00pm Location: WEBs Yarn, Northampton, MA. Click here for more details and to register.
An Introduction to Tunisian Lace is for students who have had practice with Tunisian stitches. Those who have made some simple projects or done a lot of swatching will have the best results. Using a cotton weight fingering yarn, we’ll work a simple lace pattern with a two row repeat and an easy increase. A quick edging completes the piece. The suggested yarn (Schachenmayer Tahiti) comes in many lovely variegated color ways, which means lots of pretty colors but not lots of ends to weave in. The sample pictured combines two color ways, Aquatic and Bermuda by name.
We will skip a week between the two class meetings to give students more time to work on their shawls. We will be making a substantial swatch that students will use in class, so it will not be essential to finish the piece for the second class.
An Introduction to Tunisian Lace, Dates: Sundays, 7/24, 8/7; 2016 Time: 10:30am–1:00pm, click here for more detail and to register.
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