Constructed and woven textiles

Creative crochet with Sasha Kagan

Ref: SWE09069


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About this course

Using yarn and hook to create interesting, versatile three-dimensional fabrics begin to explore what crochet textiles have to offer. Starting with basic stitches and crochet techniques make sample swatches of texture, geometric motifs, trims and flowers to create a library of ideas for use in future projects.

Course Description

On the first evening there will be an introduction into crochet with colour working with stripes. Complete beginners will make crochet coloured wraps can be made.

You will make a selection of crochet swatches for future projects, which will cover:

• Teach how to balance left and right hands and yarn to make a relaxed crochet fabric.

• Basic crochet stitches and techniques.

• How to make geometric motifs which can be joined together to make blankets, throws and scarves.

• How to crochet trims and edgings for crochet and knitted items.

• How to crochet flowers for corsages and embellishments.

• Develop chosen swatch ideas into a small finished project (for example, a hat, bag, cushion cover, scarf, corsage etc.)

You will gain confidence to use crochet techniques for your textile creations and the skills to crochet your own designs. This will open up to the possibilities of crochet as a vehicle to communicate ideas in fabric.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing a large selection of yarn (cotton and wool) in 4-ply, DK and Aran weight in a variety of colours supplied by the tutor.

What students need to bring

  • A selection of crochet hooks sizes 2.75mm - 4mm - essential as these are not stocked in the College Craft Shop
  • Small balls of your favourite yarns, if you have any.
  • Please do some research into crochet textiles and print out items that appeal to you and/or bring tear sheets from magazines, postcards etc.

Available to buy

  • Sasha Kagan's book: Crochet Inspiration


Sasha Kagan

Sasha Kagan is a tutor with 40 years experience in design for hand knitting and crochet. She specializes in designs inspired by nature. She trained at Canterbury, Exeter and the Royal College of Art, London. She teaches extensively, giving workshops and master classes internationally. She exhibits at Made London and Made West Dean and in 2011 had a major travelling retrospective exhibition "My Life in Textiles - four decades of hand knit design. She is the author of sseven books.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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