Meet guest artist Kerry Lord, designer of enchanting crocheted characters which have captivated children and adults alike around the world in her best-selling books Edward’s Menagerie and Edward’s Imaginarium. Now with three more volumes in the series, the latest a collection of canine characters in Edward’s Menagerie Dogs, Kerry has patterns for monsters, minis, dinosaurs, aquatic animals, dolls and quirky birds.
Kerry, coming from the UK, will bring a load of her charming characters along too and teach visitors all they need to know about amigurumi, the crochet trend which has hooked people around the world. Kerry will have a swag of Australian animals in tow, as well as her delightful doggies.
The menagerie began when with just two weeks to go before her baby Edward’s due date, Kerry picked up a crochet hook for the first time and a new obsession began. Over the next 12 months the collection of crochet animals expanded week on week until Edward’s Menagerie was complete with 40 unique patterns.
Learn with Kerry
Seminar: Join Kerry at an exclusive seminar at the fair, 2.15pm on Thursday July 26, Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28.
Hear about the global amigurumi trend, her journey from growing up on the Toft Alpaca Stud farm to establishing a yarn brand, and the books which have made her a household name around the world. Kerry will demonstrate the techniques she uses to make the animals, birds and dolls, from the very basic through to advanced methods, including finishing techniques.
Cost: $29*. Location: Workshop 1. BOOK NOW!
Classes: Kerry will teach two classes where students can learn all the amigurumi techniques and to create a canine character. In this two-hour class most people will make the head, then complete the rest at home. You’ll also pick up valuable tips on creating crocheted characters.
Poodle: Sunday July 29: 10.00am to 12.00noon
Australian Cattle Dog (created especially for her trip to Australia): Sunday July 29: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Each class includes: Everything you need to make the character (100g TOFT pure wool DK, 3mm crochet hook, toy stuffing, wool needle and yarn for eye detail – and of course the pattern!).
Skill level: You will need basic crochet skills
Class cost: $85* per student.
What to bring: Just yourself!
Location: Studio 1.
*Seminars and classes are only available to visitors to the fair; please purchase an entry ticket separately. Credit card fees for bookings apply.