Internationally renowned instructor Myra Wood has devoted years to testing new techniques for accessible freeform crochet, and she’s ready to share them with you! Discover practical steps and clear processes for creating, connecting and embellishing crocheted shapes to make a one-of-a-kind scrumbled bag. Get started with freeform motifs and shapes. Then, master textured and special stitches, like the popcorn, berry and even the impressive bullion stitch. Get ready to scrumble by joining shapes, filling in ditches, building your fabric and more. Plus, learn flawless finishing techniques to complete your charming handbag, and rejoice as Myra shares troubleshooting techniques for common freeform fails!
Meet your instructor, Myra Wood, as she introduces you to the world of freeform crochet. Learn to let go of structure and patterns as you explore this artistic and improvisational technique. Learn Myra's tips and tricks for creating flat fabric, one of the keys to successful freeform crochet. Then, crochet your first freeform rounds as Myra demonstrates the magic circle (or magic ring) for beginning your crochet in the round.
Expand on your rounds from Lesson 1 as Myra demonstrates how to build out your fabric and create one- and two-color spirals. Learn to change colors as you stitch around your piece. Then, master spirals with both a single yarn and a two-strand variation where you can alternate between colors as you go.
Embrace texture as you master your first four textured stitches: fan, popcorn, berry and box stitch, all of which can be worked in areas small or large to create incredible, dimensional fabric. Then, Myra shows you how to add even more embellishment and interest to your motifs -- or scrumbles -- as she demonstrates several ways to overlay stitches on top of your fabric.
Master the quintessential freeform stitch, the bullion stitch. This full and textured stitch is as beautiful as it is fun to make -- you'll be amazed how adding a few extra wraps can completely change the look. Then, discover how to crochet backwards as you learn the crab stitch. See how enjoyable it is to crochet this stitch along an edge or on top of existing stitches to add a finished edge or ridge.
Now that you've got a whole host of new stitches, it's time to make some scrumbles, the basis of freeform fabric. Gain confidence as you experiment with your stitches. There are no wrong answers in freeform! You'll learn how to join your shapes to create larger pieces, filling in ditches and working around the outside edge along the way. Stretch your creative and crocheting skills as you work in multiple directions adding stitches where you please!
Create luscious, textured fabric from your scrumbles as Myra demonstrates how to join larger pieces together, fitting the fabric to a template. Then learn how to add edges and fill in holes to square up sides. You'll love how Myra breaks down each area and offers advice on how to fill it.
Share your scrumbles with the world as you learn to turn your squared, finished fabric into a charming handbag. Myra offers tips for seaming, creating a lining and adding a button closure and strap. Then, see all of the other wonderful ways you can use your scrumbles as Myra exhibits a variety of projects that showcase this wonderful technique.
"This crochet class is brilliant. The information is concise, the techniques clearly demonstrated and it moves along at a good pace. Myra Wood is an excellent tutor - this is just like being in a workshop with her."