Creative Crochet with Cal Patch
Nov 8 (Fri)
Are you ready to play with hook and yarn like brush and paint? The beauty of crochet is that it lends itself so easily to a playful, freeform approach: mixing yarns, colors, textures and stitches can yield a wildly different fabric every time you pick up your hook! We will work from some simple crochet charts (a helpful skill to have) for different shawl shapes, and incorporate tapestry/colorwork techniques, textured and lacy stitches, and decorative edgings, all while embracing an improvisational, pattern-free style of design. During this class, you will complete one (or more) mini shawl, which can either be continued and finished after, or used as a design swatch for a future project.
Students should have at least the very basic crochet skills: chain, single and double crochet. You can be new to crochet, or rusty, but it shouldn't be your first time. Cal offers inexpensive online workshops (links at her site: http://calpatch.com/ ) if you need to learn, practice or refresh your skills!
About the Instructor
Cal Patch has been making, designing and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more. She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called "hodge podge", which she currently sells in her Etsy shop and sometimes at craft fairs. After owning a boutique for four years which showcased her own and other local indie designers' work, she opened one of the nation's first craft schools in 2002. She contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N' Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Applique Your Way, Made by Hand, Crochet Today and Sew Stylish. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley, and travels to teach at retreats and events like Squam Art Workshops, theMakerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft. You can see what she’s up to at CalPatch.com.
Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class.
We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.