This Crochet Along is just as it sounds. Students will crochet along with each other and their teacher, Viveka Fox, who will lead everyone through the process of crocheting a mochila bag based in the style of the indigenous Wayuu artisans of Columbia. The Wayuu women picked up crocheting from Spanish nuns several centuries ago, and took it to another level, incorporating colorful geometric designs from their weaving tradition to create beautiful, sturdy bags. Mochilas are made using a tapestry crochet technique in a continuous spiral from the base to the top.
No fancy stitches are needed, but this should not be the first thing you ever crochet. You should be comfortable with the single crochet, slip stitch and chain. We will create a small mochila (of the size to carry a cell phone and wallet, for example) and in the process learn the techniques needed to make a bigger one on your own. For inspiration, try googling "Wayuu Mochilas" and look at some pictures of these gorgeous bags!
The class has a unique format. Classes will be held on November 14, 28, Dec 5 and January 9. Each class will focus on a different area of the bag and students will be able to continue each section at home in their own time.
** 10% of the tuition for this class will be donated to an organization that supports artisans in indigenous communities in Columbia.