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It's hip to be granny square!

Join us for a hands-on crochet crafting session as we explore vintage designs and techniques. Whether you're a crochet beginner or an expert, there's something for everyone to learn and enjoy in this interactive activity.

This event is free, but bookings are essential for this workshop. All craft material will be supplied.

This session will be run by Melody Lord, editor of NLA Publishing's newest title, Vintage Crochet. Participants will learn various crochet techniques, stitches and patterns inspired by vintage designs featured in the book and on Trove.

This activity is also available to book into on Saturday 13 April, 10am to 1pm.

This workshop is presented in partnership with NLA Publishing to celebrate the release of Vintage Crochet.

About Melody Lord

Melody Lord is a crafter and fibre artist with decades of hands-on experience. She is the author of Knitting Basics (Murdoch Books, 2012) and the editor of both Vintage Knits and Vintage Crochet for the National Library of Australia. Her most recent crochet project (apart from the ones for Vintage Crochet) was a forest of small Christmas trees.

About Vintage Crochet

Vintage Crochet builds on the success of Vintage Knits (2022) and features vintage patterns from Australian publications such as the Australian Women’s Weekly and the Australian Woman’s Mirror. The book presents a curated selection of patterns from these publications from as early as 1888, tried and tested to suit the needs of the modern day crocheter. The book contains instructions for a variety of vintage garments, accessories, toys and homewares. Each pattern will be accompanied by illustrations from the original publication and modern
photographs of the newly-crochet piece. The occasional text boxes trace social, cultural and historical threads connected to crochet such as the history of the ‘granny square’, finger crocheting, significant Australian patternmakers and more.

Tapping into the trend for everything vintage, as well as the ‘handmade revolution’ and resurgence of crochet, this book will bring style and joy to any modern crocheter.


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Jane Edmon
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