Freeform Crochet Workshop

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Taught by Barbara Van Elsen

Barbara is a lifelong crocheter who, when she could find no advanced crochet classes in NYC, founded the New York City Crochet Guild in 2001. Since then, she’s taken a whole lot of classes and taughtclasses from beginners to freeformers from the East Coast to the West. She currently teaches for the Craft Yarn Council’s Teaching Certification Program and, from time to time, in the Continuing Ed Dept. at Kingsborough. In between making her own creations, of course.

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Freeform is the technique of working with carefully chosen yarns, stitches and embellishments, seemingly at random, to make a unique fabric—or a work of art.


If following crochet patterns eludes you or holds little interest for you, perhaps freeform crochet is what you are looking for. 

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

·         An overview of different freeform methods

·         Basic elements of freeform:  the color and fiber of your yarn and how to combine them

·         Textures: stitches, shapes and joining them into a coherent whole

·         Other fiber techniques that can be incorporated into your work (knitting, anyone?)

·         But what’s it going to be?  Turning your work into something useful.


There will be homework, there will be some group stitching and there will be time in class to work on individual pieces.


Materials needed: Please bring a variety of yarns of different textures and colors and a range of hooks, if you have them.  And your usual crochet kit, if you have one.

Please be comfortable making chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches.  We will learn the rest together.


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