WOW! How have I overlooked crochet DVD’s before?? I’ve looked at their covers at craft stores and even at the library, but never took one home to see what is on one. Big Mistake! These things are treasure troves – for beginners and experienced crocheters alike.
Today, I watched “I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting! In Motion” by Melissa Leapman. I’m familiar with Melissa Leapman, having taken a class from her at the MIssouri Fiber Festival one year. She’s a very good teacher – somewhat in the manner of a Drill Instructor. This is not a bad thing. Not to say that at all. She had a lot of information to cover in a couple hours, a large class of students, and a very straight forward teaching style. In the class I took, she got it all in – lots of info and lots of enthusiasm in an animated fashion. On this DVD, her style is still straight forward, no frills, but much better paced – the benefit one has with a camera looking on when there can be re-takes and editing.
Melissa goes through all the basic stitches starting with the real basics – great for a rank beginner. But, with the ‘magic’ of DVD’s, a more experienced crochet can skip the basics and get down to things of more interest. For the beginner, however, this is a true gem. Melissa, with the aid of clear, close-up videography, demonstrates holding the hook, making the starting loop, chaining, basic stitches, and, perhaps most importantly, WHERE TO INSERT THE HOOK for all the stitches. This is something that I occasionally still have trouble with!
A real plus for our left-handed buddies is that every stitch screen has a video insert demonstrating the stitch with a left-handed crocheter. I’m right-handed, but I think this will be a reall boon for lefties.
Melissa also clearly defines how to count stitches, finishing off, and weaving in ends. There is a bit of repetition which I feel is necessary for beginners. The pace is good, but with a DVD, one can always rewind or fast forward to meet one’s own needs. If I need to see how to work a DC, I can review that screen 27 times if I need to. Even the best teacher sitting next to me in the flesh will eventually lose patience with me if I ask for that many reviews!!
Stitches covered include chain, single crochet, half double, double, and treble. Also, there are four beginner projects – purse, belt, scarf, and spa cloth, a complete list of crochet abreviations, and a resource guide for further learning. In addition, there is a hard copy of the projects included inside the DVD case.
This would make a great gift for a beginner or anyone needing a refresher course.
Please stay tuned for some more DVD reviews soon.
This is a 2007 Leisure Arts Product that lists for $19.95 and is available new or used online.
By jd wolfe