I’ve been multi-tasking….burning both ends of the candle, if you will. On the one hand, I am full steam ahead with my Tunisian Crochet class and the Multi Garment.
Simultaneously, I am “go” for my sewing “Do Over”.
It’s like dating two guys when you’re single. You usually spend one date wishing you were on another. Then you feel guilty when you’re on a date with a guy you really like, because the other dude is more responsible and more stable. Usually things fall apart with both of them at about the same time and you wind up with no date…but I digress…
Apparently the sewing “do over” is Mr. Stability. The Tunisian multi-garment is the hotter Mr. Smooth. (This is a bizarre analogy, but let’s go with it.)
The stitch patterns are gorgeous.
Even though I’m using cotton instead of silk, the stitching still promises attractive drape. With the Tunisian, despite being in learning mode, everything is easier.
Sewing, not so much. I’ve finished my first set of pillow covers. I haven’t worked up the enthusiasm to photograph them yet. They’re cute….that’s it. Just cute. I wanted spectacular…wow! But nope, they’re cute. Like I said, the craft equivalent to Mr. Stability. I think I’ll wait and post them when I can add a few more for a grouping.
Until then, back to Mr. Smooth…
So the Craftsy journey continues, and I have to say, I liked the three color Tunisian soooo much better than the single color work. I chose Catania Cotton (yes, shocking I know).
I love these colors!
The three color is easier because each different color strand highlights and accents the architecture of the stitches. You don’t have to figure out where your “vertical bar” is because it’s color coded. Very cool!
So I’m into my next Tunisian project. Titled the “Multigarment”, it’s a two-panel wrap that can be worn as a shawl, sweater, or poncho (love the peekaboo shoulders). Not to be redundant, but also very cool.
Also very ambitious. I’m branching waaayyyy out on this one. I’m using Paton’s Grace-another mercerized cotton (practically identical to Catania-the waaayyy was sarcasm). I’m not sure that the photos do my palette justice. I think it’s going to be pretty….if it ever gets completed. Did I mention it’s very ambitious?
The blue is my “color pop”. Hmmm…still thinking about it…love it in theory, though.
I’m off to stitch!
Two more tunisian stitches, and I’m still impressed with and enthusiastic about my Craftsy class!
It really has been enjoyable. Jennifer gives clear instruction, and the ability to pause, rewind, and take notes timed to the video feed contributes to a pretty satisfying learning experience.
So here’s my Silk Spa Cloth (also known as Project #1) as of last night.
It’s a little mushed looking because it’s been quickly and furiously pressed in order to take the picture. It originally looked like this.
I’m crocheting fairly tightly and the result is a stubborn curling, similar to knitting…
Not that I knit…
The wash cloth is made up of three different Tunisian stitches. 1) The Tunisian Simple Stitch 2) The Tunisian Knit Stitch and 3) The Tunisian Reverse Stitch.
And I hate to sound like a rube, but the Knit stitch really does look like knitting! Very cool.
I finished the stitching tonight. Now it’s time for lesson number three – how to bind off your work. Don’t you love learning new things?
Behold the the product of my first module from Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian crochet class on Craftsy. It’s called the Tunisian Simple Stitch. It’s completed by front and back passes with your hook. This picture was taken after the “front pass” for simple stitch and you’ll note obvious similarities to knitting since all of our stitches are still on the hook.
Not that I knit.
I’m using Afghan crochet hooks that I picked up at an estate sale a year or so ago. I started with the Boye Cro Hook – size H.
And it just felt too thick for me. My stitches seemed looser than what I was seeing in the video. So I posted a question as to whether my using a decades old Afghan hook was the best plan. I’ll get back to you on the response. But in the meantime, you’ll note I switched from the blue Boye Cro Hook
To a lovely pink Susan Bates #8 of the same style. Now you know and I know that the letter-to-number conversion means my #8 hook is also an H. And yet, it’s visibly smaller. (I know you can’t really tell in this picture, but trust me, it is)
Which just confirms that I’m a Bates girl (no offense to Boye). The hook change seemed to bring my stitches more in sync with those from the video.
And speaking of the video, I’ve only completed the first lesson, but so far the learning methodology is solid. Jennifer Hansen is very knowledgeable and she’s taking the time to cover the questions a newby has with the process-like pointing out where you’re likely to drop stitches at the end of the row.
The first project for the class is a Silk Spa Cloth-the ecru in the background of this pic
Predictably, I’m using Catania cotton instead of silk. Jennifer recommended bamboo as a close 2nd choice for the silk. I’m just not ready to use the pricier fibers while I’m learning.
Overall, so far so good with my new Craftsy geekery. Onto Lesson number two!
So I’ve been stalking Craftsy. A relatively new site that offers an increasingly broad array of online crafts coursework. There are sewing classes, quilting, knitting, crochet, beadwork, and several others-all taught by prominent artists within their field. They frequently offer discounted deals on classes they’re introducing or highlighting. I’ve considered several, but didn’t bite the bullet until they posted Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian Crochet.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know I wanted to learn Tunisian. And yet I found myself clicking to purchase. Go figure. There have been a lot of cute Tunisian projects in magazines lately. And I’m pretty excited to be trying a new learning medium. Is that geeky? Yes, it’s pretty geeky. I’m cool with that.
Part of the sales hook for Craftsy is that once you’ve purchased the class, you can take it as many times as you want, whenever you want. There are several projects of increasing complexity for coursework, and my plan is to post my progress as well as feedback on the class and curriculum.
So now I’m going to dig my afghan hook out of what will probably be the last giant tupperware tub in the far corner of my storage area. I’m going to make a very icy bourbon and coke (because it’s Friday night, I’m a grown up and I can). Then I’m going to sneak away and leave my husband entertaining my six year old and his buddy during their first big sleepover, and begin my class! Yes, I know. It’s wrong on so many levels. To tell the truth, if I find the stinking hook, I’ll be ahead of the game.
Have a great weekend!