Crochet Classes- Yay!

Yesterday I led two crochet classes at work for a ‘Wellbeing at Work Festival’ the NHS Trust I work for is putting on for employees… throughout the month of May staff are being given the chance to attend a variety of workshops or events to take a little time out and be introduced to activities that can contribute to enhancing their wellbeing. I think it’s a great idea- taking care of staff and helping to increase their wellbeing must be a priority for any large organisation. I wrote a little about crochet and wellbeing in a previous blog post… crochet your way to wellbeing

It was a few months ago when I saw the plea for anyone who had a skill to share to put on one of these workshops. Of course crochet came to mind – I’ve been wanting to teach crochet for a while so this was a golden opportunity!

There was an online sign up form for the events and my crochet class proved really popular. So much so that I had to offer a second class which is amazing…it’s great that there are a lot of people out there who want to give crochet a go!

So, yesterday was the day. Firstly I had to turn a pretty sterile and boring meeting room into a nice space in which to enjoy some crochet time. I took a suitcase full of my crochet things and turned the room into a little crochet haven…

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I prepared a little handout for everyone…

Crochet Taster Class

The classes were only one hour long- there was no way they were going to master crochet in that time so I wanted them to have something to take away.

And what fun we had! The first class had 11 people in it… too many to really be able to give each person the time they needed but I hope that everyone was at least inspired to carry on in their own time. Lots of chains were being made and even someone who thought it was pretty stressful trying to master chains managed it by the end!

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The second class had 7 people… a more manageable number and people were progressing beyond chains!

crochet class 1crochet class 2

How wonderful it was to spread and share a little crochet joy… many people want to carry on and I’m looking into starting a crochet class after work as a regular thing.

And look at the lovely feedback someone gave…

Thank you so much for such a warm and helpful session. Totally inspirational. You are brilliant! I will get cracking with my practice to produce more than triangles.

So professional and friendly. Truly enjoyed it.

I hope I get to attend future sessions. Can’t wait!

Thanks again. xx

…isn’t that wonderful! 🙂

I learned a few things too… smaller numbers are needed for people to really be able to progress in a beginners crochet class. I was being called upon from all angles at one point! And people really need to be able to master chains and holding the hook and yarn before progressing- what’s the saying?… ‘don’t run before you can walk’ !!

There’s me in the middle… 🙂P1180286

So there you have it… my first crochet classes which I really loved doing. There will definitely be more! Whether it’s at work, round my kitchen table or somewhere else, Coastal Crochet Classes are coming soon! 🙂 🙂

34 thoughts on “Crochet Classes- Yay!

  1. Do I spy your broomstick crochet submission for part 1?? Congrats on your successful first steps into teaching crochet, and no doubt following classes will be just as enjoyable and rewarding for all! 🙂

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  2. Look how nice you made the room look! So happy it was such a success.
    I know that feeling about being called from many angles at the same time. I had worked a summer program for kids and at one point, I had quite a few wanting to learn to crochet. I’d have all of them calling me at the same time that they needed help. But that’s the life of a teacher anyway. 🙂 I triage them and try to get to all of them as I best I can. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much!! Teaching it is definitely not easy… it’s difficult to see people struggling at something that comes so naturally to me and I so wanted them to be able to grasp it! I kept reassuring them that it’s just a matter of practice and time (and patience needed on my part!!) 🙂 🙂

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  3. Look at all those happy crocheters!! You may need to organize a monthly “Cro-chat” session!! You should pick a few very simple patterns with pictures for beginners and print them out for anyone interested in continuing to learn on their own! 😀

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  4. Congratulations on completing your first classes Eleonora! Your taster session handout is so informative and you have clearly put an awful lot of thought and time into the preparation. I’m so glad that your hard work paid off and you had a receptive and keen audience. How lovely to get such positive feedback from one of your students. It must have given you a warm fuzzy feeling! Well done you! X

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  5. Hi Eleonora. What an brilliant blog post and handout! I think it’s wonderful that you are able to share your passion and skills by teaching and I’m sure everybody must have been so inspired by your beautiful crochet on display all around the room.
    The now well-documented, therapeutic nature of crochet first struck me when my daughter and I wrote our book The Woolly Prawn in 2012. It is wonderful now to hear of real initiatives aiming to share this knowledge and improve people’s sense of wellbeing. Keep up the good work – there’ll be lots of takers! Jenny xx 🌸🌸

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  6. Hi Ele,
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to take a part in your crochet classes! I’ve got a bug and spend most of my weekend making first ever scarf! It’s for my daughter so I made bit small.
    Thank you again!!!!
    Kasia 🙏🏻😊

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