Broomstick Lace, Hairpin Lace and Tunisian Lace for Today
What you'll learn
- Students will learn how to make Broomstick Lace, Hairpin Lace and Tunisian Crochet and Lace. They can include these techniques within their own designs.
- Historical Background of Broomstick Lace
- A Look at Broomstick Lace Tools
- Master Basic Broomstick Lace
- Combining Broomstick Lace with Half Double Crochet
- Working over different size Broomsticks
- Using different Materials for a different Look
- Fun Finishes for Broomstick Lace
- Learn Easy Broomstick Mesh
- Combining Broomstick Mesh with Star Stitches
- Combining Broomstick Mesh with Half Double Crochet
- Broomstick Lace Trim
- Adding Picots to the Broomstick Work
- Finished Projects for Inspiration
- Historical Background of Hairpin Lace
- A Look at Hairpin Lace Tools
- Getting Started with Hairpin Lace
- Loading Loops onto the Hairpin
- Counting Loops on the Hairpin
- Removing the Loops from the Hairpin
- Finishing the looped Edges
- One Strip Projects and Design Possibilities
- Using Cluster Stitches in the Hairpin Strip
- Finishing a Cluster Project
- Combining several Hairpin Strips
- Weaving Hairpin Strips together
- Crocheting Hairpin Strips together
- Hairpin Lace Combination Projects
- Historical Background of Tunian Lace
- A Look at the Tunisian Crochet and Lace Tools
- Starting Tunisian Crochet
- A Look at the Forward and Reverse Pass
- The Tunisian Simple Stitch
- Learn Tunisian Double Crochet
- Learn Tunisian Cross Stitch
- Learn Tunisian Knit Stitch
- The No-Roll Edge
- Beautiful Tunisian Lace
- The Tunisian Lace Forward Pass
- The Tunisian Lace Reverse Pass
- Tunisian Lace Variations and Projects
- Heritage Lace Combination Possibilities
- Yes, crochet basics and intermediate knowledge is needed, my Ultimate Course for Beginner and Intermediate Crochet is recommended
- Tools needed to get started are a #50 knitting needle for Broomstick Lace, oneor several hairpins for Hairpin Lace and several large sized crochet hooks for Tunisian Lace
This course takes an in-depth look at 3 Heritage Lace techniques: Broomstick Lace, Hairpin Lace and Tunisian Crochet and Lace.
Each technique is given some historical background and a detailed look at the tools used, so students can make their own choice about which ones to purchase.
Students with basic crochet knowledge learn how to easily create Broomstick Lace and Broomstick Mesh with the use of knitting needles and how to design with and incorporate this technique into their own projects.
Students learn how to use different size hairpins to make Hairpin strips for one strip creations and how to combine several strips for larger designs.
Students learn how to master the basic Tunisian stitch, Tunisian half-double, and Tunisian cross.
In this workshop video I will give you some historical background about each technique, often handed down through generations - and folklore - here in the USA and in Europe. I have made serious attempts to research the origins of each technique and invite you to further explore any of the given information. These origins are not an exact science. They are gathered from a plethora of historical information floating about.
Each section is dedicated to a particular skill, with the emphasis on the basic rules required to master it. None of the techniques presented here are very difficult once you are comfortable with basic crochet skills and observe the golden rules of left hand tension (see below) and watch the numbers, which means counting stitches when needed. I still count after decades of playing with loops and stitches and you will eventually become very comfortable with precise work. This will enable you to practice pattern independency when creating your own designs.
To keep your practice work interesting and create encouragement to become your own designer, I will include suggestions on how to combine different techniques and which ones work well together so you can freely move from one technique to another once you master the basic concepts. I will also give you the design secrets that allow you to create your own heirloom treasures.
Time for practice, project ideas and design suggestions are included in each section.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to add some interest to their crochet pieces by adding Heritage Lace techniques.
Rita is a retired educator with over 40 years of classroom experience, from Montessori Kinder Garden to Adult Education in a College setting.
Growing up in Europe, she studied and trained all aspects of fiber work and has taught Fiber Arts workshops for the last 20 years. They range from “Heirloom Treasures Fiber Combinations” in Florida to “It’s not your Grandmother’s Crochet Any More” at UNCA.
Rita is now retired in Asheville, NC as a full time fiber artist. She has taught Heritage fiber classes and workshops for UNCA, the Center for Creative Retirement, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in TN, fiber weekend retreats and local classes. In addition to the teaching aspect, Rita loves restoration work on antique pieces and is well known for her designer creations, especially Christening gowns.
She regularly demonstrates at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with highlight events of Fiber Day and Heritage Weekend. Rita has been the educational demonstrator at the Southern Highland Guild Craft Fairs in the Asheville Cellular Center and currently serves on the educational committee of the Guild.
Her first book: "Heritage Crochet in a new Light" was published in July 2017. Her second book "Crochet for Knitters - a Marriage of hook and needles" was published in the fall of 2018.
Rita is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor.