Monday, November 12, 2012

New Craftsy Class: Broomstick Lace

Here's a new Craftsy class that has piqued my curiousity: Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace with Jennifer Hansen. The broomstick lace technique uses a knitting needle and a crochet hook to create lacy, airy stitches, creating beautiful fabrics and edgings quickly. This makes it an easy-to-learn technique for knitters and crocheters alike, though knitters will benefit from knowing the basics of crochet to make a smooth transition.

You may recognize Jennifer from Stitch Diva Studios; in this new class, she covers the history of broomstick lace (also called 'jiffy lace'), which dates back to the 1800s. Beginning with the fundamentals, Jennifer allows students to get comfortable using the needle and crochet hook together before kicking it up a notch with more advanced instruction.

In this class, you'll begin with a broomstick lace eyeglasses case and graduate to a broomstick lace cardigan. Jennifer will show you how to work broomstick lace short rows and in the round, how to avoid and correct mistakes, how to add broomstick lace edgings to any fiber art project, and how to wash and block broomstick lace using both traditional and modern techniques.

You'll be creating gorgeous garments in no time flat with Jennifer's expert guidance!


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