New way to beat winter blues

Judth Schur of Needlecase in Tadcaster thinks she has the answer to the winter blues all stitched up in her crochet workshops. S
Judth Schur of Needlecase in Tadcaster thinks she has the answer to the winter blues all stitched up in her crochet workshops. S
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A Tadcaster shopkeeper believes she has the perfect antidote for the winter blues all stitched up.

Judith Schur of Needlecase is to run crochet workshops starting on February 16.

The Kirkgate-based knitting and sewing supplies store will be running an introduction to Tunisian and Hairpin crochet with Keighley-based expert and author Helen Jordan.

“Tunisian crochet is a sort of halfway-house between knitting and crochet – stitches are ‘picked up’ and taken off again and the result is a lovely thick fabric,” explained Judith Schur, who runs Needlecase with her mother, Jean Walne.

“Hairpin crochet uses a standard hook and hairpin-shaped device to create equal loops either side of a central crochet spine, which are then joined in various ways. Both techniques can be used to make all kinds of items from cushion covers to clothing.”

She added: “Making your own traditional handcrafted items is an increasingly popular pastime – you only need to look at the number of craft fairs and how popular they are.

“This is a step up for those who already have some experience – Helen is a very talented teacher and we’re sure everyone who attends will get a lot out of the day.”

The workshop takes place from 10am–4pm and anyone with a basic knowledge of crochet is welcome to attend.

Those who have never tried crochet before can also benefit from Helen’s guidance as Needlecase is also running a beginners’ workshop on Saturday, April 20, also from 10am–4pm.

The cost for each course is £30 per person, payable in advance, and includes all materials.

For more information, or to book a place, contact Jean or Judith at Needlecase on 01937 830422 or email info@needlecase.co.uk.