Their first ever crocheted garment.. fantastic workshop !

Filed under: Crochet,dolls clothes,french,Vercors,workshop — June 17, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

A couple months ago, I taught a few local ladies to crochet. But in a couple hours, we only had enough time to explore the most basic stitches (chain, single and double crochet), and make a basic flower using only chains and sc (I had to design my own as I couldn’t find what I wanted).

Then the ladies said they’d love to learn to make pretty garments such as my Roselette, which I had brought along. Cool !
Micro Roselette, crochet workshop by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com (Micro) Roselette, crochet workshop by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Micro Roselette, crochet workshop by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com
For this, I decided to do a miniature version of the Roselette, so that we could explain and see all the different steps without spending too long on long rows/rounds.

I wasn’t too sure if this would work out.. but it did, and perfectly too !!!
Crochet workshop with Sylvie Damey, Grenoble Vercors France
First, summer had finally arrived, and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the warm air and beautiful view while we crocheted.
I had prepared a document with all the instructions – and no abbreviation !!! – so they were able to go each at their own speeed.

Crochet workshop with Sylvie Damey, Grenoble Vercors France P1110696
After a few rounds of intense concentration not to miss any stitch or increase, they started separating the sleeves… and boom suddenly it looked like a garment already !! And getting real cute too !! I could feel the confidence building up, and how eager they were to see it done.
Crochet workshop with Sylvie Damey, Grenoble Vercors France
I found it usefull that this miniature had 3 rows of shell.. this way we were able to do minor adjustments so that everyone had time for the finishing details, and especially to make the buttonloop in the back !
Roselette Crochet workshop with Sylvie Damey, Grenoble Vercors France
In the end, they all finished their first ever garment !! I had the best time ever … and LOVED to hear them talk about who they were making a Roselette for next: A copy of my Roselette pattern was included in the workshop, and I designed this miniature with exactly all the same stitches and techniques, so that they feel confident they will be able to make it without any problem !

Now I’m not too sure yet if I should only publish a pattern for this little number (which fits Barbie dolls), or maybe make it very detailed “confidence building workshop” for all those who have never dared make garments yet ?
I would sure love your opinions ! :-D

3 Comments »

  1. Nic:

    That’s soooo cute! These would make beautiful little doll Roselettes. It’s so cool that the mini pattern covers all the skills of the fullsize one.

    I love the intense concentration and happy satisfaction of your students. So lovely.

    I don’t see why you can’t publish the ‘mini’ version for dolls and also market it as the core of a skills workshop for students either in a class or as a download tutorial. It’s a winner!

  2. EL:

    I’d think it would be so satisfying to have a prototype that teaches all the points needed to make the full-size garment – and then when you do, you have the sample there to refer to. It might make a great basic workshop on the skills of top-down, circular-yoke sweaters. So I hope you publish it both ways.

  3. Administrator:

    Thanks to both of you for your feedback !! So now I’m thinking I will do that.. and maybe publish a single pattern with “regular” instructions..
    AND
    and ebook containing a very detailed workshop + the kids version of the Roselette so they can make it right after they finish the mini version.

    (one of the students above has already finished her full-sized Roselette, I’m SO proud !!)

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