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Crochet for Beginners @ Sew Make Create

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Published September 12th 2012
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Beginners Crochet Course with Bronwen @ Sew Make Create

Sew Make Create is a brand new hub of all things creative and crafty in Chippendale. Sew Make Create has only been around for about six weeks now. The beginners crochet class with Bronwen Taylor has already brought out a great turnout for craft enthusiasts to share and learn how to crochet. And in learning how to crochet in a helping and caring art space. Bronwen's teaching style and her passion as a respected craft master is prominent in Sydney. In addition to teaching crochet classes, Bronwen also combines her love for food and crafts, and hence conducts awesome coffee and crafts tours in Newtown through Arribaa.

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All the materials received for the beginners crochet course

Sew Make Create is founded and run by one of Sydney's most respected fashion and accessory designers, Melissa Tan-Lu. Melissa created this arts and crafts hub through her passion for eco-friendly designs and handcrafted techniques to name. Sew Make Create run a variety of different craft based classes, and pride themselves on being an Australian made design store. Sew Make Create also sell craft supplies and sewing machines, and is a relaxing space where designers, artists and anyone passionate about art, crafts and designs can meet. In addition to the beginners crochet class taught by Bronwen, some of the other classes include other crochet courses including how to crochet blankets and plastic bags to name.

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Bronwen Taylor, crochet teacher for beginners at Sew Make Create

Card making and fabric rug making classes are also available with sewing classes starting soon. Speaking of sewing machines once more, Sew Make Create also have quality sewing machines available to hire for those special projects and treats. If you hire a sewing machine through Sew Make Create, access to the workshop space and the fabric cutting table is also available.

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Sew Make Create's Shopfront

Upon arriving to Sew Make Create for my beginners crochet two-hour class with Bronwen, I was greeted by Melissa and Sew Make Create's resident (yet adorable) dog, Pepper. A yarn of wool, a crochet needle stick and a manual to take home and practice your new found skills is also provided as part of this fantastic class. And did I also say that refreshments such as water, tea, biscuits and wait for it - Lindt Chocolate balls are also provided? That's right, they most definitely are.

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Learning to crochet with refreshments in tow

Given the lack of my manual dexterity skills, and due to the fact that my body was tired as this was a night time class, I did okay and I picked up some of the crochet techniques. Bronwen was patient. She sat with me and spent fairly equal amounts of time with all four of us students as part of the beginners crochet experience. I had to re-start a few times, yet I got the hang of the crochet stitch. I got that crochet is like learning how to drive a car for the first time. Think back to when you first learnt how to drive a car, it required intense amounts of your concentration yet now you drive a car on autopilot. This is how learning to crochet felt like for me the first time around. This is where the chocolate came in handy. The good news is some inspiring background music is provided to keep the momentum going.

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Sew Make Create's (adorable) resident dog Pepper

Bronwen suggested I take some time out during my downtime (when I finally get some) and go through the steps and the patterns in daylight hours. You get to keep the wool and the crochet needle to take home for more practice. Even though my tired, inflexible hands did not look me after me last night; I have every confidence they will when it comes time for some meditative crochet practice based on the lessons learnt at this fantastic beginners course. Speaking of beginners level crochet, we started to advance as a group quite quickly. We learnt the basic techniques of creating the first stitch/slip knot to yarning on and creating slip stitches. Something I did ace with a bit of practice during the course. We also learnt the art of single and double crochets as well as stabbing a ring to work in rounds. Our group started to become excited about the possibility of crocheting a small granny square motif. Great value is definitely enjoyed. I now definitely appreciate the manual dexterity skills that croupiers at the nearby Star Casino have to use to cut through Casino chips at 4am while the rest of the world is sleeping. Crocheting is fantastic for improving your manual dexterity skills, hence your hand reflexes. Already my hands are feeling a lot stronger.

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I'm getting there...

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Understanding the granny square motif's

Whether you have done a little bit of crochet in the past, or perhaps you have knitted a fair bit in the past like I have; then the beginners crochet course with Bronwen at Sew Make Create is also suitable for you. The course is equally as suitable if you have never knitted or done any crochet work in your life. I highly recommend Bronwen's beginners crochet courses at Sew Make Create. If you're more receptive to learning new things during the day, then I highly recommend enrolling in the weekend two-hour course. Art and craft lovers: also paying a visit to Sew Make Create is worth its weight in gold for you.

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Inside Sew Make Create

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One of the workspaces at Sew Make Create...where people who hire sewing machines there can use

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Learning how to crochet with Bronwen at Sew Make Create is so much fun...

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Why? An inspiring craft space than runs courses, one of which is the beginners crochet with Bronwen Taylor
When: Courses on at various times and dates. The shop is open Tues - Fri: 11am to 6pm and Sat/Sun: 10am to 5pm.
Phone: 02 8034 8675
Where: Sew Make Create
Cost: Beginners crochet two hour course is $60 and includes course materials and refreshments
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