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Below is the schedule for Rita de Maintenon's upcoming Crochet and Knitting workshops at SAFF at WNC AGRICULTURAL CENTER, FLETCHER, NC. from October 27-29. Registration will soon close, so to take any of these 3 hour workshops, signup now! Each class is $60 and does require pre-registration. 

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Heirloom Crochet Thread Lace
Times: Sunday 1-4,

Fabulous Broomstick Lace
Times: Sunday 9-12,

Crochet Design Secrets
Times: Thursday 1-4,

Crochet for Knitters
10/27/2017, M-11
Times: Friday 1-4,

Workshop Descriptions

Heirloom Crochet Thread Lace

In this workshop crocheters experienced in working with yarn will be introduced to working with #10 or smaller bedspread cotton or spun thread. We will practice the use of small metal hooks for tight projects and large hooks for a lacy appeal. We will look at how to use a regular pattern to create a lace project, learn about Filet crochet, Brugge Lace and practice Irish Lace and bullions.

Some supplies provided, bring bedspread cotton or any fine thread you would like to experiment with. We will use steel hooks of assorted sizes and L, M and Q hooks.


This workshop looks at Broomstick Lace in a new light. Participants will learn the history and technique of classic broomstick lace in contemporary applications and designs We will use a variety of tools and stitch combinations for surprising and unusual effects. This easy technique lends itself to any size yarn and many favorite patterns.

Tools provided, basic crochet experience required.

Crochet Design Secrets

This workshop solves the mystery of creating a perfect project by covering the following topics: Basic adaptation of other patterns, designing your own pattern, side to side vertical designs, easy sleeves that fit, designing in the Round, the all important finishing details, to block or not to block and how?, Personal touches for a perfect finish.

Basic crochet experience required.

Classic Hairpin Lace

In this workshop participants learn the history, technique and combinations of classic hairpin lace in contemporary applications. We use single strips to scarves and experiment with variations on how to connect multiple strips into fashion statements.

Tools provided or bring your own.

Basic crochet experience required