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Crochet Foundations

Five Easy Crochet Edgings

Crochet Your Own Half-Granny Shawl

Textured Crochet Washcloths

Crochet Your First Hat

Crochet Market Bags

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Author, designer and podcaster Mary Beth Temple offers classes for the knitter or crocheter – or sometimes both at the same time! – to fit any schedule or budget. After successful careers as both a costumer in the entertainment arena in NYC, and an antiques dealer specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century textiles and decoratives, Mary Beth Temple is now a full time author/designer of both knitting and crochet patterns. Her work appears frequently in knitting and crochet magazines including Knit Simple, Vogue Knitting Crochet, Interweave Crochet, The Knitter (UK) and Inside Crochet (UK). She is the owner and lead designer for the popular pattern line Hooked for Life, which is available both online and in independent yarn stores, and is a popular teacher both online and at several live events per year.

bruges classBruges Crochet
Bruges Crochet is based on antique Bruges lace, a type of bobbin lace made in Flanders/Belgium during the lace-making hay day of the mid-17th century and beyond. Learn to re-create the delicate ribbons and flowing lines of traditional Bruges lace in crochet. Students can work in any weight thread or yarn they wish to learn the techniques, so if you aren’t a thread person you can still enroll in this class!

Skill level: Intermediate/confident in basic stitches
Time: 2 hours or 3 hours
Materials needed/Homework: Smooth, light-colored thread or yarn in any weight with appropriate crochet hook. No homework.
Techniques Taught/Reviewed: Basic Bruges concepts, 3 Bruges braids, creating Bruges curves 2 different ways, 3-hour class will also do a Bruges motif.
Handout: Instruction sheet with charts.

tunisian-classTunisian Crochet- Entrelac
All the fun of knit or single crochet Entrelac, but in Tunisian crochet! Learn several layouts to plan your projects – and no Tunisian hooks is required because you are working on a limited number of stitches at a time.

Skill level: Must know basic Tunisian crochet stitches.
Time: 2 hours or 3 hours
Materials needed/Homework: Three colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn, appropriate sized hook. No Homework.
Techniques Taught/Reviewed: Three different layout/orientations of Tunisian Entrelac, a fourth one if time permits.
Handout: Instruction sheet.

arm-finger-knittingArm and Finger Knitting
Whether you can knit or crochet or are a yarn craft newbie, you can be making chunky cowls and shawls or fun, finger knit accessories in a matter of minutes! These are terrific techniques for crafters of all ages.

Skill level: No previous yarn craft experience required.
Time: 2 hours or 3 hours
Materials needed/Homework: Minimum 4 skeins of yarn – the bulkier the better – but any pile of color coordinated yarns will work. Feel free to bring beads or other embellishments if desired. Tapestry needle. No Homework.
Techniques Taught/Reviewed: Arm knitting and finger knitting techniques including beginning and ending a project; arm knitting has several stitches.
Handout: A basic handout will be provided but arrangements can also be made in advance for students to receive discounted copies of Arm Knitting or Finger Knitting books my Mary Beth Temple.

wiggle-classWiggle Crochet
While our grandmothers may have used Wiggle (or Wiggly) crochet techniques to make hotpads and trivets, today’s stitchers can use the technique for beautiful, three-dimensional home décor items and accessories like purses and garment embellishments.

Skill level: Intermediate, with a confident grasp of basic crochet
Time: 2 hours or 3 hours
Materials needed/Homework: This class can be done in any weight thread or yarn with an appropriate hook, please bring two or more colors. There is homework for this class, instructions will be provided when class is booked.
Techniques Taught/Reviewed: Wiggle bases and 3-D stitches will be discussed, in the longer class students will be encouraged to chart out their own design.
Handout: Instruction sheet and graph paper for longer class.

geo-metrics-crochet-classGeo-Metrics for Crochet
This class consolidates many math formulas for making basic shapes including squares and rectangles, triangles, polygons, and circles and crescents, whether center-out, top-down, or bottom up. Learn how to incorporate stitch patterns into this basic geometry to design your own shawls and motifs in a snap.

Skill level: Intermediate with a firm grasp of the basic crochet stitches, plus increasing and decreasing.
Time: 3 hours or 6 hours
Materials needed/Homework: A wide variety of yarns in any weight with appropriate hooks, to make several swatches. Great use of scraps and partial skeins! Stitch dictionaries or notes on favorite stitch patterns for six hour class. No homework.
Techniques taught/reviewed: Using math formulas instead of guesswork to make geometric shapes. The six hour class includes instruction on incorporating fancier stitches into the math formulas learned in the three hour class.

c2-entrelac-classClass C2 – Crochet Entrelac(Crochet)
If you love the look of knitted entrelac but are a die-hard crocheter, this class is for you! Learn to stack blocks of stitches either straight on or on the diagonal to use a wide range of colors, or get the most out of a long-repeat yarn.

Skill level: Beginner and up
Time: Two hours or three hours
Materials needed/Homework: Three colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn, appropriate sized hook. No Homework.
Techniques taught/reviewed: Entrelac stitches either straight or on the diagonal, three hour class will also address Tunisian entrelac, but no extra hook is required.
Handout: Tip sheet

c3-mitered-squares-crochetCLASS C3 – Crocheted Mitered Squares (Crochet)
Knitters are not the only ones to have fun with mitered squares! Crocheted mitered squares are simple to learn with a little help, and can be used with any yarn weight and appropriate hook to make anything from scarves to afghans to garments.

Skill level: Beginner up. Must be able to chain and single crochet, some familiarity with decreases helpful but not mandatory.
Time: Three hours
Materials needed: A variety of worsted weight yarns and appropriate hook.
Techniques taught/reviewed: The foundation square, plus three other mitered square attachments, project planning.
Handout: Tip sheet and instructions

c5-stickit-crochet-classCLASS C5 – Stick it! (Crochet)
Half the battle with crochet patterns is knowing where to stick the hook! Join us as we explore how stitch placement changes stitch patterns by working front and back loop only stitches, front and back post stitches, and stitches in chain spaces vs. in specific chains in the space.

Skill level: Advanced beginner and up.
Time: Two hours or three hours
Materials needed/Homework: 100 yards of smooth, light colored yarn and appropriate hook, contrast color for three hour class only
Techniques taught/reviewed: Crocheted ribbing and seed stitch, front and back post stitches, stitching into chain spaces, for three hour class only, spike stitches. No homework.
Hand out: Tip sheet

c6-crochet-motif-joiningCLASS C6 – No-Stress Motif Joining(Crochet)
So many people hate to join crocheted motifs, yet so many crocheters make motif-based projects! In this class we will practice and compare four to five different methods of joining motifs, so you can make informed finishing decisions based on the ease, speed, and appearance of each method. Then you can pick the best method for each project on a case by case basis – and take the guesswork out of finishing.

Skill level: Beginner and up
Time: Two hours or three hours
Materials needed/Homework: Homework is six (or more) square motifs in any pattern, edged with single crochet. Materials should include smooth yarn in a contrasting color to the motifs, appropriate hook, tapestry needle, scissors.
Techniques taught/reviewed: Joining motifs with whip stitch and single crochet in various forms, longer class includes decorative chain stitch joins.
Handout: Tip sheet

c7-broomstick-lace-crochetCLASS C7 – Broomstick Lace Basics(Crochet)
Join me as we explore the basics of the broomstick lace technique, including beginning, increasing, decreasing, and incorporating other stitches. Broomstick lace is one of the extended techniques that both crocheters and knitters seem to be more and more interested in, and it’s a lot more versatile than most people suspect.

Skill level: Beginner and up
Time: Two hours or three hours
Materials needed/Homework: Smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn, appropriate crochet hooks, broomstick lace needle (size can vary but at least 15mm). No homework
Techniques taught/reviewed: Basics of the broomstick lace technique, including beginning, increasing, decreasing, longer class time includes incorporating other crochet stitches.
Handout: Tip sheet

c8-tunisian-crochet-basicsCLASS C8 – Tunisian Crochet Basics(Crochet)
Join me as we explore the basics of the Tunisian technique, including Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit and Purl, increasing, decreasing, and incorporating other crochet stitches.
Tunisian crochet is one of the extended techniques that both crocheters and knitters seem to be more and more interested in, and it is turning up in many new books and magazines.

Skill level: Beginner and up
Time: Two hours or three hours
Materials needed/Homework: Two colors of smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn, appropriate Tunisian crochet hooks. No homework
Techniques taught/reviewed: Basics of the basics of the Tunisian technique, including Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit and Purl, increasing, decreasing, and incorporating other crochet stitches.
Handout: Tip sheet

c9-tunisian-crochet-intermediateCLASS C9 – Tunisian Crochet Two (Crochet)
You know the basics of Tunisian Crochet – now what? Take your Tunisian to the next level by learning about more intricate stitches, and how to read both Tunisian symbol charts and patterns.

Skill level: Intermediate – must know Tunisian Simple, Knit and Purl stitches.
Time: Two Hours or Three Hours
Materials needed/Homework: Two colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn, appropriate Tunisian hook. No Homework.
Techniques taught/reviewed: Tunisian basics review, lace stitches, chart and pattern reading taught.
Handout: Tip sheet

k2-crochet-for-knittersCLASS K2 – The Crochet Hook is the Perfect Tool for Knitters! (Knitting)
Bring your knitting, bring a crochet hook, and learn all the clever things having a crochet hook in your tool bag will let you do. Students will learn the crochet cast on both as a permanent and a provisional cast on, the crochet cast-off (perfect when you need to use up every scrap of yarn to finish your piece!), and how to pick up a dropped stitch quickly and easily with a crochet hook, in both stockinette stitch and garter stitch.

Skill level: Beginner and up
Time: One hour or two hours
Materials needed/Homework: Smooth yarn in two contrasting colors, appropriate knitting needles and crochet hook.

k3-knitting-colorworkCLASS K3 – Introduction to Knitted Colorwork (Knitting)
Looking to expand your knitting skills? This class offers a taste of three types of colorwork – slip stitch knitting, mosaic knitting, and intarsia. All of these techniques offer beautiful, multi-color stitching, and each is simple to do after a little practice!

Skill level: Advanced beginner and up – must be comfortable with knitting basics
Time: Three hours
Materials needed/Homework: Three colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn, appropriate sized knitting needles. No Homework.
Techniques taught/reviewed: Slip stitch patterns, mosaic patterns, basic intarsia.
Handout: Tip sheet with notes, and charts for the latter two.

d1-designing-for-printCLASS D1 – Designing for Print Publication (Knitters and Crocheters)
This class is about the business of being a professional designer. Even if you sell only one design you are a professional – you are doing your art for money rather than for love. And even if you don’t want to do this full time, the more business-like you are throughout the entire process of getting a design into publication, the happier your editors will be (and then the more likely to want to work with you again and again) and the happier you will be because you will have a clear-eyed set of expectations about what will and won’t happen.
For this class, students should be prepared to focus on one design, and we will go through the submission process step by step. By the end of the class, each student should have a to-do list to make their first submission.

Skill level: Intermediate up. This is not a class in pattern writing, but an overview of the submission process.
Time: Three hours
Student maximum: 16
Materials needed: Pen and paper for notes. I realize this class does not offer much opportunity to up-sell the students, but it’s always nice to have a designer around. They buy sample skeins of new yarns, copies of magazines they are in, and often they gain the support of your other customers who will buy their products. And half the known world seems to want to be a designer!
Handout: All the class material presented in print format, including check lists and source information.

d2-independent-pattern-designCLASS D2 – Independent Pattern Publishing(Knitters and Crocheters)
Technological advances have created opportunities for independent designers that we couldn’t even dream of ten years ago– do you really need to work with traditional publishers anymore? Maybe not – but you do need to put some serious thought as well as hard work into your pattern business if you want to earn money at it. It IS hard work – you wear a lot of hats when you publish your own work, from photographer to editor to layout person. But you also retain creative and legal control over your designs, which can be gratifying from both an artistic and a financial standpoint.
Independent Pattern Publishing will talk students through getting their first pattern ready to launch. We will cover all of the variables for producing single patterns – including production, pricing, online distribution and promotion, and wholesale opportunities for print products. This class is suitable for both knitters and crocheters.

Time: Three hours or six hours
Materials needed/Homework: Pen and paper for notes, an open mind! No homework, although if a student has already laid out a pattern or begun their business plan, they may wish to bring it.
Handout: Notes from class