Crocheting is fun and we are so excited to be starting a crochet group at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Center on Thursday mornings. All levels are welcome to make new friends and work on a couple of simple projects.
Modern crocheting is exciting and creative and the amount of gorgeous types of wool available in Australia is staggering. Mohair, angora, merino, even bamboo combinations in fashionable and exciting colours and shades. Contact the Bendigo Woollen Mills to join their mailing list and receive free sample cards in your own mailbox.
The word crochet means hook in French. An early form of crochet was used in France and other Western European countries in the late 1700’s. Crocheting as we know it today did not become popular until the 1840’s.
It is believed that the earliest crocheted projects were made by finger crocheting using fingers instead of the traditional crochet hook that we use today.
An early form of crochet was used in France and other Western European countries in the late 1700’s. However, crocheting as we know it today did not become widely popular until the 1840’s. At that time, books and women’s magazines contained printed patterns for crocheted doilies, tablecloths, pillow covers, and edgings.
Since the 1960’s, people have explored the crochet technique and applied it to wall-hangings, window treatments, sculptures, and wearable art. According to a study done by Research Inc. for Craft Yarn Council of America, 34 million women in 1994 crocheted or knitted. In 2002, some 38 million women do.
Although primarily thought of as a “woman’s hobby,” men are starting to attend a crochet group for its relaxing qualities and satisfying results. (Some men reportedly like to crochet because the stitches have a mathematical quality which leads them to artistic creations.)
Young children can benefit from crocheting as it increases their fine motor skills, aids in counting and instruction following, bolsters their self-confidence, introduces “quiet time,” teaches family tradition, and more.