Crafting Connections

Examples of crochet panels ready for stitching together

6pm - 7pm: The Gallery

Crochet Free Activity
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Bethel St, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727 950

Find out how an online ‘mystery crochet along’ grew an audience of thousands.

Crafting has a long tradition of bringing folk together; sewing bees, knit and natter, collaborative yarn bombing and craftivism are all ways that crafters have connected over joint projects and shared interests. In real time and in real life. 

The pandemic may have changed all that but crafters are generally a resourceful bunch and have found new and innovative ways to stay connected.

Makers Festival regulars will be familiar with the unusual and striking crochet blankets created by Sue Maton, from The Mercerie, and her students. When Sue’s ‘real life’ teaching was halted by COVID in 2020 it didn’t take her long to seize the opportunity to share her work with a new global market. 

A pile of crochet squares with people's hands in shot all working on their crochet

In this talk Sue will describe how a free online ‘mystery crochet along’ grew an audience of thousands and became the starting point for an international online venture.

In the process it helped hundreds of crafters from all over the world make new friends and stay connected throughout the darkest months of the pandemic. 

She will also share images of the work produced by participants in her online crochet-along.

Sue Maton is a textile designer from Norwich who has a passion for yarn, crochet, colours, tradition and teaching. Sue has a degree and an MA in Textile Design and her online company is called The Mercerie.