Come join me, Mary, and the rest of the ladies (we do have an occasional man also) on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We do a variety of projects; we have made pillowcase dresses, baby items for charity, several wall hangings for our branch, and much more. We do a variety of needlework, crochet, quilting, knitting and more. Sometimes we have a project we're working on as a group, and other times we just do our own projects or help each other out with something we are working on.
Tunisian crochet is also known as the "afghan stitch." It is a beautiful technique that starts with a chain as with crochet. You pick up stitches from the chain, leaving the stitches on the hook. You then work off the loops that are on the hook, never turning the piece. Both crochet and knit stitches are used in creating attractive pieces.
Knitters and crocheters, ladies and gentlemen, start your needles and get ready for a new adventure! Do you knit? Does crocheting strike your fancy? Or is embroidery more your style? Whatever handicraft is your cup of tea, we would love to see your glorious faces!
Those of you who follow me know that my passion is knitting. However, I also love counted cross-stitch, sewing, needlepoint, embroidery, beadwork, etc. In today’s world, pattern books are dear and you usually pay full price, but there are only one or two patterns/items that will ever be completed. By checking out our databases, you can save money by printing out only the pattern you want. How awesome is that! I have to admit that I am one of the least knowledgeable of Internet users. However, as a tool, it is fantastic!
I do not personally like crochet; I think it’s a hold-over from the 1970's. My mum created many an afghan, and I quite honestly disliked them. However, now that she is gone, I hold on to them. The colors are SO 1970's! When I think of the love and hours invested, I am touched and hold onto them. Perhaps, one day the colors will once again be in vogue.
Mary: When I was thirteen, I taught myself to knit from an old McCall’s craft book for children. The hobby took on a new bent three years ago when I saw an article about a prayer shawl group in Iowa. Upon approaching my church about the idea, I was asked if I would spearhead the meeting. Along with two friends, we launched a Prayer Shawl Ministry. The group of ten or so meets monthly to knit or crochet. The shawls we make are about 18-20” wide and about 60” in length.
One cure for this is to learn something new. What about learning to crochet? If you have always wanted to learn, now is your opportunity. The Grain Valley Branch is offering a class for beginners on February 1st at 11:00 a.m. Crochet is a hobby that does not take a lot of money to start, just a hook and some yarn.
Come and get some personal one-on-one instruction and learn a new skill.