With its lacy motifs and sculptural qualities, crochet is the perfect medium for adding one-of-a-kind details to any project — knit, sewn or crocheted. You will love the quick and fun projects as Linda teaches seven simple techniques to trim, edge and adorn. Brand-new crocheters will learn basic stitches, how to read patterns and diagrams and professional finishing. Experienced crocheters will pick up new ideas to use over and over, including quick crocheted jewelry items that make wonderful gifts.
Bored of blankets and scarves? If you're ready to tackle more complex patterns, Linda's darling baby sweater is the perfect first crocheted garment. You'll learn professional secrets to create smooth edges, link stitches, shape your pieces, sew them together and add edging. In the process, she takes away the intimidation factor of working from patterns and schematics. In-depth tutorials on blocking and finishing are sure to be invaluable for every level of crocheter, and you'll even learn a fun surface embellishment technique that you can use to make monograms, flowers, or any shape you can draw on the surface of your sweater. Move beyond rectangles and gain the confidence you need to crochet your next garment!
Join crochet designer and beloved instructor Linda Permann as she reveals flawless finishing techniques that will vastly improve the quality of your crochet. Pick up insider tips for smooth edges and impeccable joins and confidently create neater colorwork. Practice steam, cold and wet blocking methods before exploring more advanced techniques like wire blocking. Create professional-looking seams and add a variety of buttonholes and button bands to your repertoire. Finally, master crochet surgery and never fear mistakes again! Linda will show you how to increase or decrease length and repair a too-tight foundation chain by cutting and grafting. By the end of this class, your crochet will be ready for its close-up!
If you like to quilt, you'll love Cindy Needham's class, Design It, Quilt It! No matter what your skill level, Cindy walks you through everything you need to know about quilting--from really solid information on understanding thread and your machine, to how to design and quilt your own quilting pattern. The sky is the limit, and Cindy gives you the confidence and know-how to really make your quilts your own.