SOUTHEASTERN ANIMAL FIBER FAIR
CROCHET WORKSHOPS with Rita de Maintenon
Thursday October 24th Through Sunday the 27th, 2019

The Event Is Located At The WNC Agricultural Center,
In Fletcher, NC, Across Hwy 280 From
The Asheville Regional Airport. (Exit 40 Off I-26).

ABOUT RITA DE MAINTENON

Rita has a little Lamb not to crochet but to cuddle
  • Heirloom Treasures Fiber Arts
  • Member Southern Highland Guild
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist
  • Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by old German and European patterns, stitches and techniques learned from a very demanding and precise German grandmother and I design and create from the memory of these inspirations. I produce heirloom lace crocheted wearable art in a wide range of materials but prefer natural fibers such as cotton, silk, angora, bamboo, mohair etc. I practice classic European broomstick and hairpin techniques, Irish crochet and vintage German thread patterns and love to combine these techniques in my own designs. As an artist , writer, and teacher my primary goal is to preserve the heritage of crocheted lace  and move it into the future. 

Artist Bio

Rita is a retired educator with over 40 years of classroom experience.

Growing up in Europe, she studied and trained all aspects of fiber work and has taught Heritage fiber classes and workshops for UNCA, the Center for Creative Retirement, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in TN, fiber weekend retreats and local classes. Rita is a certified Craft Yarn Council Crochet Instructor and has many video classes featured at Undemy.com. In addition to teaching, Rita loves restoration work on antique pieces and is well known for her designer creations, especially Christening gowns.

She regularly demonstrates at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with highlight events of Fiber Day and Heritage Weekend. Rita has been the educational demonstrator at the Southern Highland Guild Craft Fairs in the Asheville Cellular Center and has served on the Guild's Educational Committee.

Her first book, "Heritage Crochet in a new Light" was published in July 2017. Her second book, Crochet for Knitters: The Marriage of Hook and Needles" was published in October 2017. Both are available on Amazon.

Rita is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a Blue Ridge National Heritage Artist.

Rita is also a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor.

Wearable art for women




WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULES

 
Name :

Classic Hairpin Lace

 

Description :
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. Basic Crochet experience required
 
Date :2019-10-24
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :M-10
Times :Thursday 9-12
Cost :$ 75
  
Student Must Bring:Yarn and hooks, hairpin if available
Instructor Will Provide:hairpins to share, some yarn and hooks

 
Name :

Fabulous Broomstick Lace

Description :
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. Basic crochet experience required.
 
Date :2019-10-24
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :M-10
Times :Thursday 1-4
Cost :$ 75
  
Student Must Bring:size 50 or 35 knitting needle, yarn and hooks as desired.
Instructor Will Provide:Some tools and yarn to share

 
Name :

Heirloom Crochet Thread Lace

 

Description :
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.
 
Date :2019-10-25
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :R-2
Times :Friday 9-12
Cost :$ 75
Instructor Will Provide:
Some hooks and yarn
  
  

 

 

 

 

Name :Crochet for Knitters
Description :
This workshop is designed for knitters who would like to incorporate some variations into their projects. It provides a look at how to use crochet techniques within a knitted project, as a border, or as trim. Participants will learn how to combine knitting and heritage Crochet techniques, such as Broomstick, Hairpin and Tunisian Lace in a knitted project and how to use those techniques as borders and trim for the finishing touch. Tools provided, but bring any knitting needles or tools mentioned, if you like. Basic knitting experience required, basic crochet helpful.
 
Date :2019-10-26
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :M-10
Times :Saturday 9-12
Cost :$ 75
  
Student Must Bring:assorted knitting needles and crochet hooks, assorted yarns
Instructor Will Provide:Assorted tools and yarns

 
Name :Easy Tunisian Crochet and Lace
Description :
This workshop offers the history, technique and several variations of classic Tunisian crochet. Students learn the secrets to creating Tunisian Lace. We explore possibilities on how to use this heritage technique in fashionable contemporary applications. Hooks provided or bring M,N or larger hook. Light colored mohair works well. Basic crochet experience required.
 
Date :2019-10-26
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :M-10
Times :Saturday 1-4
Cost :$ 75
  
Student Must Bring:M, N, P or Q hook, light colored medium weight mohair
Instructor Will Provide:Some hooks and yarn

 
Name :Continental Knitting
Description :
This workshop explores the continental knitting style, which is considered a faster way of knitting by many who have tried it. It is especially easy for people who crochet, since we use the left hand to deliver the yarn. We cover short tail cast on, knitting and purling continental style, as well as several cast-off options. Beginner level or conversion. Beginner knitter or crochet helpful.
 
Date :2019-10-27
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :M-10
Times :Sunday 9-12
Cost :$ 75
  
Student Must Bring:desired knitting needles, yarn and hooks as desired
Instructor Will Provide:Some tools and yarn to share

 
Name :Crochet Design Secrets
Description :
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? As well as personal touches for a perfect finish. Basic crochet experience required.
 
Date :2019-10-27
Instructor :Rita de Maintenon
Location :M-10
Times :Sunday 1-4
Cost :$ 75
  
Student Must Bring:An assortment of hooks and yarn, notebook, tape measure
Instructor Will Provide:Some hooks and yarn

Rita received this award for her online classes on Udemy.com. Now, she brings her skills and two decades of crochet teaching experience to you, live at SAFF. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn crochet from this award winning teacher. You can see free videos of her teaching at Udemy.com


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