Mosaic Yarn Studio is happy to welcome designer
Vashti Braha to our studio. She will be leaving sunny Florida to teach at Mosaic on Saturday, March 4 & 5, 2017.
From Vashi's website:
"I live and work at home in a subtropical paradise with my husband and son who are fans of my crochet passion. They help make the DesigningVashti crochet website and pattern shop a pleasure.
Peacocks roam freely in our neighborhood and sometimes I can't resist blogging or tweeting about some of the other exotic wildlife also.
I know I have an unusual name, and my husband is partly responsible for that (smile). I'm often asked what my background is, and if "Vashti" is a Russian or Indian name.
My parents are both from southern Ohio. My father's background is Irish and my mother's is English, French, and German. "Vashti" is actually an old name from the Bible (it occurs briefly in the Book of Esther). Now you know."
She is going to be teaching four crochet workshops:
Saturday, March 4
"Meet the Designer Break fast & Lecture:
Stacked Color Pooling":
Planned yarn pooling is a fascinating crocheting
experience. Not all variegated (multi-colored) yarns will readily
stack up by color, so choosing your yarn requires a unique
"sleuthing method", as described in class. A sock yarn with short
color repeats that are at least 2" (over 5 cm) long is recommended.
What is planned pooling and color stacking? "Pooling" often
happens accidentally with a variegated (multicolor) yarn. The colors
may look evenly mixed until you crochet or knit with it; then the
colors seem to randomly pile up or "pool" in undesirable ways. The
same yarn can look blotchy in one project yet settle into an argyle
pattern in a different project.
You'll learn how to make a yarn's colors stack up in columns as
you crochet in rows and how to choose a multicolored yarn for this
kind of design; how to identify the true color sequence of a
variegated yarn, and which scarf dimensions are fixed or variable in a
color stacked design.
10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $30
Saturday, March 4
Starwirbel is the name of a lacy
star stitch cowl that is
crocheted in a continuous spiral (pictured). The "wirbel" part of the
a German term for whirling, which is what it feels like
to crochet star stitches in this manner. Starwirbel is the perfect
project for delving into star stitch technique. We'll learn how to get
a star spiral started, and how to figure out what all the loops are
doing so that we crochet stars into stars evenly. Then, we'll learn
how to increase and decrease a little, and a lot.
We'll also distinguish closed-eye and open-eye star stitch patterns,
and how to alter any star's laciness and starriness. The class handout
offers a basic star stitch pattern for experiencing all of these
elements of star stitch technique. You also have the option to begin
the Starwirbel project in class. Materials Fee: $6.
Sunday, March 5
"Big Hook Slip Stitch":
Not only is slip stitch crochet soft, stretchy, and warm,
it's _fast_ and perfectly on trend when you use big yarns and
The capelet-style Expedient Cowl, for example, takes one evening to
crochet with a jumbo crochet hook and two balls of thick yarn. It's
exactly the a
ccessory I've been needing for an unpredictably chilly
season: warm, snug, breathable, and easy to put on.
You'll learn how to do several kinds of slip stitches, invisible
shaping, and simple and occasional short rows.
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $50
Sunday, March 5
"Easy to Steek (Cut) Crochet Stitches":
Surprisingly, some crochet stitches resp ond wonderfully
to being cut! You'll learn which regular and Tunisian crochet stitches
to use to crochet a simple shape, then add a head opening, armholes,
and more later. You'll also learn how to identify more stitches in
this special category. It's a whole new way to look at crochet
fabrics, and at wearable simple shapes.
Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m., $50