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CGOA - "Get Your Crochet Geek On”
All Tension sessions: 1 stockinette swatch–20 sts by 24 rows, not bound off but placed on holder or left on needles. Figure 8 and seams session: 2 stockinette swatches 12 stitches by 16 rows, bound off and blocked.
This seminar is geared to Crochet professionals and those interested in pursuing a career in the field of crochet. The goal of the seminar is to encourage and improve communication skills in professionals as well as educating those interested in becoming professional about crochet professions and industry expectations. While empowering people to ask questions and find answers to improve their small business ventures for themselves. Seminar will include informal small round table discussions with a moderator to direct groups and facilitate questions and answers. Situations are presented with opportunity for discussion and problem solving. In closing each group presents their point of view of the situation and possible solutions.
CGOA - Mastering Crochet the CGOA Way
Wednesday July 23, 2014 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re currently enrolled in the CGOA Master’s program or you’d like to learn about the program, join us for a half day of information specifically targeted to the CGOA Master’s program. Topics covered will include: organizing your Masters notebook, getting gauge, weaving in ends invisibly, joining smoothly, fastening off neatly, making the foundation single crochet and more. We’ll also be reviewing swatches in the program to teach you how to review your own work and we’ll explain what we’re looking for in the portfolio reviews.
Supplies to bring: Swatches for informal review, portfolio in progress (or finished), worsted weight yarn and crochet hooks.
Homework: Bring your questions for the CGOA Masters portfolio reviewers and co-chairs. Make any swatches from the program that you’d like to have reviewed onsite.
Instructor - Jennifer Hansen
Skill Level: All Skill Levels Supplies to Bring: Students should bring 2 very smooth yarns (no novelties!) of fingering to worsted weight and beads that can be strung onto the yarn. Bring your own Lucet, or borrow one. Lucets available for optional purchase. Description: Want to learn an alternative to I-cord, twisted cord or crochet chain cord? Learn to use this medieval tool to create a whole new kind of corded embellishment for your projects. We will create a composite reference cord in class using several different methods, starting with the conventional turning method, then using a no-turn method, cords with multiple threads, beads, loops and more. Whether you need a cord to finish off your knit and crochet projects or just want to create your own shoelaces or macrame jewelry, this is a class for you. Homework: NoneMaterial Fee: $5Fee Description: Handout with included reference.
Crochet Instructor: Vashti Braha Skill Level: All Skill Levels Supplies to Bring: For class swatches, bring a smooth, light-colored yarn that is not slippery and that you enjoy using; and Tunisian crochet hooks of any length that are at least TWO sizes larger than usually used with the yarn you choose. Softly variegated and ombre yarns are helpful for seeing the new stitch types. Also bring any mohair yarns you’d like to try. Some students get started on a project (scarf, cowl, even a simple shrug) later in the class, after shopping for a new yarn in the market during break! For the wrap shown (optional, see fee description), 600-700 yards of lace weight mohair yarn will be needed to complete the project, and a size M (9 mm) Tunisian hook that’s at least 9″ long. If you crochet loosely, bring size L (8 mm) instead. (Email instructor with questions: VashtiBraha@gmail.com. Description: This is a lace technique class in which we penetrate the surface of familiar, basic Tunisian crochet stitches to liberate their buried laciness — the seeds of breezy stretch and drape are already there. The class begins with a review of Tunisian crochet basics, so it’s perfect for the crocheter who knows the most basic Tunisian stitch (Tunisian Simple Stitch, or Tss). You’ll learn how to use new stitches to create lace with Tss. Most importantly, you’ll understand how the stretch and airy weightlessness happens with any Tunisian crochet stitches. Watch your own class swatches transform into elegant lace during the blocking demo. We’ll compare the effects of different yarns, with a special focus on crocheting with fine mohair. The Tunisian Wicker lace pattern shown was developed by the instructor for several published designs. It’s built with simple lace designing steps. Retracing those steps in class will empower you to “read” Tunisian lace and to create your own lacy variations. The class handout includes a scarf/cowl pattern; you also have the option to begin the Weightless Wrap in class (see fee description). Homework: If it has been a few years years since you crocheted the Tunisian Simple Stitch, please familiarize yourself with it before class. We’ll be using larger Tunisian crochet hooks (used to be called “afghan hooks”) to make looser stitches for lacy fabrics. You can try my Burly Scarf downloadable pattern: http://bit.ly/vRI0jE Or find basic instructions in a book, an online video, or a free pattern. If you have any questions, please email the instructor: VashtiBraha@gmail.com Material Fee: $5 (optional) Fee Description: Class handout includes lacy stitch patterns; $5 (optional) to purchase Weightless Wrap pattern in class.
Skill Level: All Skill Levels Supplies to Bring: Homework swatches; small amount of smooth solid light-colored worsted weight yarn for in-class swatching; 1-2 yards of waste yarn that is a different color than swatch yarn; knitting needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; crochet hook that is similar in size or slightly smaller than needles used for swatches; cable needle; tapestry needle. Description: Knitting emergencies do happen! This class will cover the basics of how to fix your knitting mistakes. Learn how to “unknit” a few stitches or a few rows Learn how to fix dropped, twisted, and errant stitches and learn how to fix unwanted holes in your knitting. This class will be specific to garter Knitting 911 series in Cast On magazine and can be helpful to those enrolled in the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program. Homework: Knit two swatches, 20 stitches x 20 rows, one in stockinette stitch. Use light-colored worsted weight yarn with needles of a size appropriate for the yarn. Do NOT bind off the swatches. Leave swatches on needles or place on stitch holders. You can cut the working yearn for each swatch but leave at least a 20″ piece of yarn attached.Material Fee: $0
Instructor - Jennifer Hansen Skill Level: All Skill Levels Supplies to Bring: Choose a smooth, light-colored, non-variegated dk or worsted weight yarn. Choose a yarn that you would like for an evening bag you can be proud of! We will complete the evening bag in class. Bring the skein of yarn that you use to make your strips to class, as we will be using that yarn to join the strips into the evening bag. Choose a hook that yields a desirable gauge with the yarn that you choose. (Try F through H). Bring several hooks to class so that you can experiment. Description: Do you know how to make a hairpin lace strip but just need help understanding how to join them? Join Stitch Diva lead designer, Jennifer Hansen, as she covers the basic categories of hairpin lace joins, and create a pretty little bag using strips created as homework (or created in the optional “Beginning Hairpin Lace” morning workshop). Homework: Only students not taking the morning ‘Beginning Hairpin Lace’ class need to do the homework.Make 6 Hairpin Lace Strips: Set the loom to 3″. Create 6 strips of equal length – of approximately 70 loops each. (Count loops on both sides). Need a refresher course on how to make the basic strip? Check out our tutorial at http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/hairpin-lace.Material Fee: $1 Fee Description: Handout.
Material Fee: $0 Fee Description: N/A Skill Level: Beginner Supplies to Bring: Three light colors of smooth worsted or dk weight yarn, tunisian crochet hook size H/8/5.0mm or larger Description: Join me as we explore the basics of the Tunisian technique, including Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit and Purl, increasing, decreasing, and incorporating other crochet stitches. Tunisian crochet is one of the extended techniques that both crocheters and knitters seem to be more and more interested in, and it is turning up in many new books and magazines. Homework: None Material Fee: $0