Sharing Joy.

The Joyful Edition Logo 2012

I love sewing, knitting and crochet. The only thing that brings me greater joy is when a student of mine shows me something they have made. I am so impressed with them and so grateful that I was given the ability to assist in the process of bringing out their inner knitter or crocheter. My students are delighted with the fact that they have mastered the ability to knit a scarf or crochet a flower.  I am delighted with the fact that they have taken up the mantle handed down to them from countless generations. They have learned the secret of fabric making. A skill necessary for the most basic and most sophisticated of human endeavours. In the spirit of Joyful edition and to celebrate this time of the year I would like to share with every one a typical beginner crochet class.Coloured wool

We start by choosing brightly coloured wool, a comfortable crochet hook and we set about learning the slip knot and making a length of chain.

getting there

We make a row of single crochet along the chain.

crochet chain

waiting for the others to catch up

Some pick it up quicker than others and we wait patiently for them to catch up.

It doesn’t take long and the students have graduated from novice to expert and have the crochet flowers to prove it. Perhaps many years from now they will experience the joy that comes from teaching themselves  and another generation will know the joy and fulfillment that comes from creating fabrics.

Christmas flowers


Experience even more joy by clicking on each of these links. We were all in this together.

Framing Christmas PJs
 – (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons)

J-O-Y to the World – (Pillows A-La-Mode)

How To Display Christmas Cards – (Organized Living Essentials)

Adding Joy to Every Room – (Neaten Your Nest)

DIY Gift Bows (Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls) – (Inspire and Indulge)

How to trim a Christmas tree: ornaments, Lego trains and whipped cream – (The Thing About Joan)

Joy Advent Calendar (And Giveaway!) – (Cul de Sac)

Joy To The Cookies: Having an Annual Holiday Cookie Baking Party – (Green Door Hospitality)

The Spirit Of Christmas – (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)

DIY Themed Mini Christmas Trees (This One’s for My Husband!) – (Mrs. And The Misc.)

Wrapped In Christmas Lights (Happy Little Kiwi)

The Joy Of Discovery – (Love, Laughter and a Touch Of Insanity)

About gentlestitches

The future is in our hands.
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26 Responses to Sharing Joy.

  1. No worries. A goal of mine in the early new year is to have you smiling at a crochet flower you have made!


  2. dogfordavid says:

    Those are beautiful! Any chance something like that can be taught over the internet? I would truly enjoy knowing how to make one of those :)


  3. I love this! My grandma taught me the basics of crocheting and it was something we would sit and do together. Thanks for sharing!


    • I have fond memories of knitting and crocheting with my Grandmother too. Wonderful memories. Also my Grandfather made a small set of knitting needles just for me!


  4. mskatykins says:

    Wonderful work! I think this is definitely the most rewarding aspect of teaching – seeing your students blossom and knowing that you’ve played a part in it…. so nice to see the little light bulb switch on in their head when you realise they’ve got it! I’ve never known how to crochet but I had a gran who constantly made things. Particularly around Christmas time she’d starch these little stars and cover them in glitter. That was pretty cool. :)


  5. I plan to post the basics of crochet so check back and I will show you starting with mastering slip stitch and chain.


  6. What a great post! I’ve tried to learn to crochet in the past with very little success. Love that you’re teaching children! Definitely sharing joy!!


  7. I’m all thumbs when it comes to this kind of craftwork, but I remember we made an oven mitt for a class project in sixth grade. My mom loved that oven mitt! To think I’ve devolved from practical oven mitts to cartoon squirrels!


    • Aww. I bet your Mom did indeed love it. I love it when my son makes me stuff. Next time you are in Australia you must pop into one of my classes for a refresher!


  8. Leah says:

    How fun! I think it’s great to teach younger children how to knit/crochet. My grandma taught me when I was only 12 and even though I didn’t get into it right away, I remembered the basics when I was ready to pick it back up at 24!


    • Hooray for Grandmothers! My Grandmother taught me too when I was 9 yrs old and I haven’t stopped. Now I enjoy teaching others so that they can have fun too.


  9. What a great thing, I just learned how to crochet and it is very addictive :)


  10. Thanks for joining the Collectively Creative and sharing your crafting talents! I can see by the look of joy in the photographs that your students are very proud of what they learned and made.


  11. Thank you and I hope you and yours do too. : )


  12. I’m a knitter too and love that zen of linking the loops to make something. My daughter is a crocheter, knitter, crafter girl and she brings a sort of fearlessness to her crafting that I admire. There’s something about passing the skills onto another generation that is so fun! Great post!


    • Thank you so much for commenting Joan. Your daughter sounds delightful and yes it is special indeed to see the skills passed along. I am glad I get to be part of it.


  13. What a lovely post! What a gift to teach children how to create something for themselves. Like Katherine (Pillows A-La-Mode) I used to crochet. By used to I mean, I could make a scarf…a wavy scarf with tons of stitches added and dropped! But I did love doing it! I should dig out my hooks and try again!! Thank you so very much for being a part of The Joyful Edition!


    • Thank you. I enjoyed it so much and have learnt a lot about time zones. I hope that I have inspired you and others to pick up your crochet hooks again. Scarves are a lovely contribution to any outfit.


  14. Thank you so much! Crochet is such a fast and fun way to make things.


  15. I used to know how to crochet long ago and want to relearn! This definitely inspired me to dig out those hooks again! :)


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