Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Yesterday, my friend, Kelly of the Morris Tribe Homesteading blog, posted a video of her and I where I showed her the beginning ropes of tunisian crochet. Kelly has an enthusiasm that makes it hard not to just smile and laugh, so what you don't see is the intro where we laughed so hard at her misunderstanding my last name. She insists her kids (she has 9!) call me Mrs. Handyman and I've let it go on, but Monday for the video, she introduced me as Mrs. Handyman and I corrected her. She was floored and we got the biggest laugh out of the whole misunderstanding. So the video cues to us after the mishap. What I couldn't convey in that video was how much I love tunisian crochet because I have a small fear of camera's. Well, being in front of them. Below is some additional information, I've accumulated to get others started tunisian crocheting.
I've found several resources for designers, teachers and patterns for tunisian crochet. The tunisian crochet technique isn't very popular when compared to the crochet and knit community. I like to think of it as a bastard child of crochet and knit. When in reality it stands on its own as a wonderful technique with many possibilities.
My favorite tunisian crochet designer is Kim Guzman. I originally "met" her in Crochetville where I took her on-line class on tunisian crochet for her Butterfly Wing Afghan. Wonderful class materials and she is so helpful and always available for on-line help with any of her patterns. She just seems to be an energetic, wonderfully nice person in the crochet community. Check out her blog WIPs and Chains.
Chez Crochet (Arnie) is the guru of tunisian crochet, IMHO. She has compiled an Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet Stitches. I've purchased this book for $25 and read it cover to cover. Yes, I love to read pattern books. It is a wonderful book to have in your library if you are interested in doing tunisian crochet. Check out her blog Crochet Coalition.
Kim and Arnie have a Yahoo tunisian crochet group that is a wonderful resource and a compilation of resources, projects and tips, tricks and techniques of tunisian crochet.
Another designer that I've purchased patterns from is AG Mode. I purchased the Angel lace bolero, tunisian crochet pattern from her. While the finished product looks amazing, I have not been able to get past the second row in the pattern. So, I've set the pattern away and will visit it in a few years when my skills with tunisian crochet have advanced. Check out her blog AG mode...art to glam.
And the fourth resource that I have found is Sharon Silverman who has written Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting. She has many tunisian crochet pattern books that look amazing and they are on my Amazon.com wishlist. Check out her blog Crochet Sharon.
All pictures are projects I've done in tunisian crochet over the years. It is a fun, fast craft and I love having it in my crafting tool belt.