Learning To Crochet, Major Assignment – Embellish A Garment

I started learning crochet last Thursday night and I don’t think I’m doing too badly. I can actually read a pattern as well as doing the stitches. I’ve done some granny squares and a few geometrical shapes and I’m going to do more motifs and shapes to put on garments as well as handbags and I’d like to crochet handbags and carry bags too. Later on I’d like to make ponchos, cardigans and the like.

My current assignment for college is to embellish a recycled garment either something we already had at home or buy something from an op shop. The embellishment has to be something we’ve learnt in the course so far – hand embroidery, freestyle machine embroidery, couching, sandwich fabric, or machine embroidery on solvie disolvable plastic and attaching this to a garment. I’ve bought two garments a rather hideous maroon top and a nice black long sleeved plain shirt. The maroon top has potential but it is the riskier of the two options as I would need to pull it apart and remove the parts I don’t like, embellish it and remake it. I don’t know that I can do all that yet. The black shirt would be much more straight forward to embroider or overlay couching or something like that on the cuffs, down the front or around the bottom. I think we’re required to spend a minimum of 25 hours on it, I’ll have to check that. If I’ve got the time and the maroon top goes okay I might do both of these. This is for my Cert II in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft-Textiles.


  1. Mackenzie

    Don’t worry, taking it apart and reassembling shouldn’t be too hard. If you pick the stitches out of the seams instead of cutting the fabric, it’ll be easy to put back together without changing the shape/size.

    And hey, welcome to the world of Stitch Witchery πŸ˜‰ My grandma taught me the basics before I entered preschool. Don’t you love grandmother-priorities? “Reading? She’s a girl! She needs to know how to _________!”

  2. Kylie Willison

    Hi Mackenzie
    It’s not going too badly so far.

    I didn’t manage to pick up knitting or crochet as a child but now I’m doing okay and having lots of fun πŸ™‚

    My Mum taught us all the same things, my brother included and I’ve done the same with my kids and they can do most things – housework, basic sewing and cooking etc.

    I don’t think it was a conscious thing with Mum it’s just the way she was taught by my grandmother.

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