Crochet Forum: SCRUMBLERS UNITE!!
Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2003

Workshop Outlines


Susie Bowring-Miller | Jenny Dowde | Prudence Mapstone | James Walters


Susie Bowring-Miller's Main Workshop:

"New Dimensions in Scrumblings
- moving up beyond the flats!"

Beyond the flats and into the multi-dimensions of scrumbling.

Crazy, zany, kitch …
Of course I could have decided that we make hats or bags or some other multi-dimensional objects but kitch is so bizarre and so zany and so much fun.

B&W Talking Sticks
Colour Talking Sticks
Talking and Listening Sticks
by Susan Bowring-Miller
From the tXtfiles Exhibition 2002 at the Lovett Gallery, Laman Street, Newcastle
with Newcastle Creative Embroiderers & Textile Artists Inc.

Remember the toilet roll covers, the towel tops, the stiffened baskets and flowers, the Kleenex box covers? All lovingly made by our Grannies and Mums for round the house and for the everlasting fêtes and church bazaars. They were given away as pressies for all occasions and were absolutely, disgustingly kitch.

You will need to be thinking of just what Eve and Adam would need around themselves, their house and garden after they had been cast out of Paradise. Of course, these objects would have no patterns. Perhaps Eve and Adam were the first 'scrumblers', as they decorated, covered and clothed themselves and their dwelling place.

You will explore a number of stitches, that will give you patterns and texture, and learn to use your hook as a doodling tool along your yarn. You will learn about armature and to crochet round solid objects.

You will be able to let your imaginations run free and wild with your hooks and yarns. Wonderfully original 'things' will pop up as you go and, hopefully, you will be hooked for life.

Long live scrumbling!

Level of skill/experience:
You should be reasonably confident with the basic processes of making crochet chains, single and double crochet stitches, trebles, etc.

Requirements:
• crochet hooks sizes 3.00mm and upwards – at least have one small hook about 3.5mm and one large hook about 6.00 or 7.00mm
• one large knitting needle or piece of dowel approx 20mm in diameter
• A hairpin lace tool, if possible … otherwise I have a number that can be used
• A wide selection of yarn and thread in whole balls, bits and pieces and odd balls, in colours that appeal to you, and preferably including a mix of both smooth and textured yarns textures and thicknesses and other fibres such as ribbons, raffia, string, strips of fabric, lace and anything else you may want to work with. Endeavour to think of plain, smooth, glitzy, knobbly, fluffy, bumpy, slubby, shiny, furry, slithery, hard, soft.
• Odd shaped pieces foam, Styrofoam, an old lamp shade, old shoes, and soft bodied doll (large) …
you do not have to bring all of these but start looking at what you could crochet around
• Old stockings (pantyhose) and old toy filling
• Beads or buttons with holes large enough to take the yarn through
• Pieces of soft leather or ultra suede. Pieces of handmade felt (if possible) that can be cut up and used.
• Anything else you may like to crochet 'around' …
used rubber O-rings or steel curtain rings or similar
• large blunt ended wool needle
• safety pins
• tape measure
• scissors
• notebook
• pen

CupCakes

Cupcakes
by Susan Bowring-Miller
From the Out of the Box Travelling Suitcase Exhibition 2002
with Newcastle Creative Embroiderers & Textile Artists Inc.


Susie's Short Programme
(3-hour Workshop)

'Meandering Serpents'

Three Dimensional forms
are so much fun to make using Free Form Crochet.
In this short class you will learn a little about armature,
using your hand and forearm as a model.
Create a meandering serpent of various shapes, stitches and beads.

You can use some of the shapes that you have made in other workshops if you wish or start something completely new.

Requirements:
• crochet hooks sizes 3.00mm and upwards – at least have one small hook about 3.5mm and one large hook about 6.00 or 7.00mm
• Old stockings (pantyhose) and toy filling
• A wide selection of yarn and thread in whole balls, bits and pieces and odd balls, in colours that appeal to you, and preferably including a mix of both smooth and textured yarns textures and thicknesses and other fibres such as ribbons, raffia, string, strips of fabric, lace and anything else you may want to work with. Endeavour to think of plain, smooth, glitzy, knobbly, fluffy, bumpy, slubby, shiny, furry, slithery, hard, soft
• Beads or buttons with holes large enough to take the yarn through
• Pieces of soft leather or ultra suede
• Pieces of handmade felt (if possible) that can be cut up and used
• Anything else you may like to crochet 'around' …
used rubber O-rings or steel curtain rings or similar
• tape measure
• large blunt ended wool needle
• safety pins
• scissors
• notebook
• pen