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Topic: [April Fool's Day] CRAFTSTERLAND CLASS: History of Crochet  (Read 3294 times)
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« on: April 01, 2011 06:36:43 AM »


Class: History of Crochet
Teacher: fantasticmio
Location: Craftster Compound, Room 73
Class Size: 27

Class Description: We will delve into the long and storied history of crochet.  In this class, we will cover:

- the recent archaeological digs that reveal the origins of this esteemed craft
- the story of how it originally came to Europe (you'll be surprised! Let's just say it involves one heck of a misunderstanding!)
- what inspired Nikola Tesla to invent the first crochet machine, and how Thomas Edison tried to steal the design
- the Greek origins of the word "crochet"


Cost: $95 (US)

Supplies (not provided): This is a hands-on course; we will be attempting to reproduce many samples stretching from ancient times to modern day.  You will need approximately 1000 yards of vicuna (for those on a budget, quivuit will do in a pinch), as well as hooks ranging in size from 0.25mm to 20mm.

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Alas, the real story:

- the recent archaeological digs that reveal the origins of this esteemed craft
There are no illuminating archaeological digs that I know of; the true beginnings of our favourite craft will remain that of educated guesswork.

- the story of how it originally came to Europe (you'll be surprised! Let's just say it involves one heck of a misunderstanding!)
Guesswork aside, we're still fairly certain this started in Europe.

- what inspired Nikola Tesla to invent the first crochet machine, and how Thomas Edison tried to steal the design
There is no such thing as a crochet machine.  If you do a Google search, many will come up, but they are either knitting machines or weaving machines that are set up to mimic crochet... but they don't actually crochet.  On the other hand, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Tesla *had* invented one and Edison stole it or burned it... they just had that sort of relationship.

- the Greek origins of the word "crochet"
And of course, "crochet" is a French word that means "hook" (of all things).  Well, unless you believe the dad on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, then of course it's really from the Greek!

Happy April Fool's Day!
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011 06:40:08 AM »

I'm signed up! I have been following the news on the digs of the crochet artifacts, and I'm so excited to learn more about it!
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011 06:44:08 AM »

Ooh I can't wait! I love history and would like to hear more about the Crochet Cave Drawings.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011 06:44:27 AM »

I had no idea that Edison tried to steal the crochet machine design from Tesla!! I'm learning and I haven't even signed up yet!

Will the class also discuss the different materials crochet hooks have been made from over the years? That's an area I am particularly interested it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011 06:46:27 AM »

I had no idea that Edison tried to steal the crochet machine design from Tesla!! I'm learning and I haven't even signed up yet!

Oh, yes indeed!  Edison was always trying to rip off Tesla.  Such a sad story. Sad

Will the class also discuss the different materials crochet hooks have been made from over the years? That's an area I am particularly interested it.

Of course we will!
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011 06:49:01 AM »

I knew my degree in archaeology would be applicable one day.  I can't way to take this!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011 06:53:38 AM »

Will you be covering knitting vs crochet upperclass vs working class debates of the 1920s?
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2011 06:55:58 AM »

Will you be covering knitting vs crochet upperclass vs working class debates of the 1920s?

ooh I hope so! That's my favorite era in the debate!
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011 06:56:18 AM »

I decided not to cover knitting at all as it has had absolutely no influence on crochet.  Perhaps it could be in the follow-up class, History of Not Crochet!  Excellent suggestion, Val!
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011 06:58:09 AM »

Will you be covering knitting vs crochet upperclass vs working class debates of the 1920s?

ooh I hope so! That's my favorite era in the debate!

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