My friend Ellen

Let me introduce you to Ellen. On one of our first meetings Ellen suggested that we make ourselves into human International crochet symbols. And the funny part was that we did , and it seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Especially when a group of us morphed into a human 5 tr cluster.(USA 5dc cluster)There is evidence on Facebook but I’m not linking the photos . Enough to say she wasn’t the editor of Crochet! magazine at that time and some wine and a lot of laughter was involved. I’m going to let Ellen let you know about her new video herself. Over to you Ellen

Hi, I’m Ellen Gormley, Editor of Crochet! magazine, and I was WRONG. I admit it. I can admit I was wrong, here among friends, right? I was wrong about the difficulty of crochet lace.

Back in my first days of crochet, way before I made it my career, I would not have ventured into Broomstick Lace or Hairpin Lace. Why expand into more lace and tools when there is so much to be done without?

The truth is, I think as a new crocheter, I was intimidated by Crochet lace. All that loose yarn, and the big loops that could so easily become jumbled and unruly. Simply keeping count of traditional stitches and learning shaping seemed like a big enough task. I was wrong, it’s not that hard. The learning curve is SHORT. I’m talking like 20 minutes. In 20 minutes of practice with each skill, Hairpin, Broomstick, and Bruges Lace, you can gain tremendous comfort with the techniques.

Why should the knitters have all the fun getting to use more than one tool at a time? And Bruges Lace, you don’t even need anything special, just ONE crochet hook. So if you aren’t ready add more tools to your tool bag, start with the satisfaction of Bruges Lace first.

Once a crocheter has learned the basics of crochet (Check out my Learn to Crochet online class!) and maybe learned how to crochet with beads, (Check out my Crocheting with Beads online class!) it might be fun to branch out into Crochet Lace!

In my BRAND NEW Annie’s online class I demystify the tricky juggling of a hairpin loom and the broomstick along with the winding path of Bruges lace all in one class! There are 2 projects for each technique and many lessons for you to see exactly how to get a handle on the tools and methods.

As a designer, I learned these techniques because there weren’t many patterns for them, so I figured I could be more marketable with Bruges, Hairpin and Broomstick patterns. As a crocheter, the three techniques are just so much fun and rhythmic that I see a whole new world of possibilities.