Tunisian crochet lessons intrigue Yorkshire crafters

Tunisian crochet lessons intrigue Yorkshire crafters (iStockphoto)

Crocheters in Yorkshire are being given a chance to expand their skills, learning whole new ways to turn top quality yarns into amazing garments and fabrics.

Judith Schur, a shopkeeper in Tadcaster, told the Wetherby News that keeping busy with crafts was the perfect way to fend off the winter blues.

The owner of Kirkgate-based knitting and sewing store, Needlecase is looking to explore the world of crochet and teach her famed skills to others in the community this month.

On February 16th crafters can come to a workshop introducing them to Tunisian and Hairpin crochet with the help of local expert and author Helen Jordan.
This a unique experience and a good opportunity to learn about a whole new way of crocheting.

Ms Schur told the newspaper: "Tunisian crochet is a sort of halfway-house between knitting and crochet - stitches are 'picked up' and taken off again and the result is a lovely thick fabric."

This means that it could appeal to knitters too, who may yet to have picked up a knack for standard crocheting.

Meanwhile, she added: "Hairpin crochet uses a standard hook and hairpin-shaped device to create equal loops either side of a central crochet spine, which are then joined in various ways. Both techniques can be used to make all kinds of items from cushion covers to clothing."

Ms Schur explained that "this is a step up for those who already have some experience," before adding that she was sure, thanks to the expert teaching, that all who attend will learn a lot during the day.

Anyone with a basic knowledge of crochet is welcome to attend, with the costs covering all materials.

However, if you've yet to try crochet you could try and learn the basics at another guidance session for beginners, running on Saturday April 20th.

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