New Craftsy Class! Professional Finishing for Perfect Crochet!
I have exciting news to share: I recently filmed another Craftsy class and it’s live!
Professional Finishing for Perfect Crochet is an exploration of finishing techniques (& some that you work as you go) that will make your work shine. And most of them are really easy, once you know what you are doing. For instance- have you ever been crocheting along and suddenly notice your sides aren’t straight? If you’re working on a blanket, that might be 1500 stitches to rip, if it takes you 5 rows to realize it. I’ll show you how to add back the stitches in an almost unnoticeable way, with NO ripping. Then I’ll also show you how to prevent that problem in the first place! I give both “perfect” and “close enough” suggestions, cause I get it– it doesn’t always need to be perfect, sometimes it just needs to be done. I filled in the missing slice of stitches on both swatches below so you could see- it’s noticeable, but in a matching color?– hardly!
We’ll explore everything from neater colorwork and smooth stripes without a zillion ends to blocking, seaming, and evenly spaced buttons. It’s a great compilation of all the tips and tricks I have learned over the years in creating projects for magazines and books– the hardest part was deciding what did and din’t make it into the class! I demonstrate a lot of techniques on real projects– like blocking sweater pieces and seaming the curve of a sleeve, because it’s one thing to sew up a swatch and quite another to match side-edges with top edges in a lacy pattern. You’re going to get an excellent first-person view–these photos are actually screen shots I took from the class- plus the ability to ask me about that project that you just can’t figure out how to block/seam/ edge.
I even take a deep breath and show you ways to cut your crochet to shorten the length (with virtually no risk!), and how to seamlessly graft length to the bottom of your piece, so that the stitches travel in the same direction– for both basic stitches and a lace swatch. You may have seen this before but my method involves securing all of your stitches before you cut, so there’s really nothing to worry about. You can even use this method to repair a foundation chain that’s just too tight, again, without having to rip back to the beginning. The second image shows 2 swatches with additional length (in pink) seamlessly grafted to the bottom. You know, for when you make that sweater and it’s too short, but darn it, you don’t WANT to add ribbing.
The class is only $29.99 but I have two deals for you. You can enter to win it free by following this link to register for a giveaway (contest entries end Monday, 7/23/14 at midnight mountain time). Since the class is online– international entries are welcome! Or, if you can’t wait, just use this link to go ahead and sign up for 50% off. At $14.99 that’s less than 50 cents per technique– there are over 33 contained in 7 lessons, and that’s just what was obvious to count. I had so much fun filming this one, and I can’t wait to show you all of the stuff I’ve learned over the years, and see what your questions are. You can watch the class whenever you want, and I love to answer student questions. My favorite part? When all of the students chime in and all of us get to learn something! I hope to see you there.