This week we were dazzled by the work of Sharon Silverman, an innovative and talented crochet designer.
Sharon was here on Thursday for a book signing of her newest book: Crochet Pillows with Tunisian and Traditional Techniques.
As usual we got to ooh and ah over many samples that Sharon brought.
Sharon talked about the twenty projects in the book (that’s a lot of projects!). The book featured both traditional and Tunisian crochet techniques. For those in the audience not familiar with Tunisian Crochet, Sharon showed some of the tools you can use, and talked a bit about the difference in techniques.
We got to look at some of the projects up close. What’s so fun about this book is how many techniques Sharon packs in these little pillows. From fun spiral embellishments…
…to Tunisian Crochet and other fancy stitch patterns:
Sharon also shared her inspiration / design book. It was wonderful to get an inside glimpse into how a designer works!
On Sunday, new and veteran crocheters gathered to discover the amazing world of Tunisian crochet with Sharon.
Sharon had a whole slew of hooks to show and demo with, which were really fun to touch and look at. A number of students also brought along their Denise Interchangeable Hook Sets, which Sharon told us were very helpful in a number of Tunisian projects. You can create infinite cord lengths for various sized pieces, but also use them for projects in the round! (And they’re available here at the LBYS!)
Sharon guided us through a number of textured stitches that used different parts of the stitches, combined different stitches within the same row, and even used different return passes than the standard one!
Everyone had really great swatches, and it was a lot of fun to watch the textures change every few rows. A couple students exclaimed at one point, “Wow! This really can look like knitting!” which really got a laugh out of everyone.
Then, as if learning new textures wasn’t exciting enough, Sharon showed us not only how to use a second color in our work, but THREE colors! Alternating three colors for a few rows, we watched our swatches take on a very unique look – the Tunisian Simple stitch lends itself extremely well to colorwork due to its distinctive texture. The best part of Tunisian colorwork is: NO cutting the yarn!
After we played with texture and color, Sharon showed us some simple increases and decreases, and we tried some Tunisian-in-the-round at the end of class.
All in all, it was a very full and informative class, and everyone left inspired and ready to take on more involved Tunisian crochet projects.