Monday, June 16, 2014

Guest Poster: Robyn Chachula!

Please Welcome, Author, designer, teacher, friend, Robyn Chachula!  Robyn taught a new class for Annie's called 'Learn to Crochet Jewelry' and the designs are super cute!


 
I love jewelry.  I love big bold funky statements to delicate classic beauties.  I never feel truly dressed until I am wearing a matching necklace.  My kids have other ideas.   In steps crochet to my rescue.  Instead of worrying about yet another “mysteriously” missing necklace my daughter borrowed or another being used as a teething ring by my son; I know I can fix all.  With a few quick techniques, I know I can whip up overnight any ring, bracelet, or necklace for any outfit.  So no more stress about ruined favorites, instead my little pumpkins are just giving me more opportunities to crochet!
 
Before I started crocheting jewelry, I thought I would need a ton of equipment and tools to get a true professional look.  Boy, I was mistaken.  In class, I walk you through exactly what you need to make your perfect accessory.  And most of them are probably sitting in your yarn bag or toolbox right now.   We will talk about a few tools that you might want to get after you get completely hooked, but for the most part your main tool will just be your hook.  

The most important tool I try to stress is understanding crochet patterns.  Whether you are looking at a modern stitch dictionary with all the directions completely listed or an antique crochet leaflet with just some diagrams; I want to make sure you are totally in control.   In class we will de-mystify crochet diagrams and sharpen our skills at reading patterns.  We go through learning patterns and diagrams so you can grab any stitch dictionary and be able to turn an edging you love into a bracelet or a motif into a ring. 
 
What do I want you to make jewelry out of?  Anything.  In class, we talk about all materials from basic crochet thread, to thin gauge wire, to leather and hemp; and even end with yarn.  The materials do not make the jewelry, you do.  So we talk about how to dress up or down the material you are working with.  One basic way is using metal chains, jump rings, and beads to connect your crochet together.  In just a few steps, I show you all you need to know to attach your beautiful crochet together into fantastic jewelry.  One word of warning, is the jewelry techniques I show you in class are so simple it is very easy to slip into another hobby and love every minute of it.
The best part of creating and making jewelry is it always cheers up my day.  Any day I get to crochet for a few minutes is great.  To be able to then wear something I made the next day, even better.  Hope you will join me in Learn to Crochet Creative Jewelry class.  I truly can’t wait to see what you can create!
 
 
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Leave a comment here, on this post, and the other "Guest Writer's" posts (3 chances to win here!). At the end of the month, I'll choose one winner at random who will win a FREE Annie's online class of your choosing. The comment needs to have your first name and some identifying bit of info, city, nickname, Ravelry name...

9 comments:

Patty Berlingieri said...

I think this class would be an answer for what can I make for.......?

@theresay said...

I just love Robyn's jewelry - I've already made a couple of her bracelets and would love to try the earrings. :)

@theresay said...

I love Robyn's jewelry! I've made several of her bracelets and would love to try the earrings. :)

Bailey said...

It is a great way to combine interests.

Dena said...

Very cool. I've never done any crochet jewelry before. I'd definitely need help in choosing things from the jewelry aisle at the craft store to use with the thread/yarn. And it sounds like you have that covered! (Dena from Pittsburgh/DenaBean8 on Ravelry)

Kate Wagstaff said...

I Love Robyn's work and can't wait to catch up with what she's been doing recently!

Katelyn said...

I love Robyn's designs. I am very interested in her class because I have a young child and it would be great to have soft jewelry for him! Thanks for the chance to win. (Zima21 on Rav)

Aashti said...

Thank you!

Linda said...

I would love to win this class.
Lindajm on Ravelry