Sunday, 30 October 2016

Maker Faire ADL 2016

Do you want to learn more about tricot
 broomstick and hairpin crochet techniques?

 Would you like your general crochet questions answered?

Come along to the Adelaide Maker Faire 
on Sunday 6 November 2016 at Tonsley.

The old manufacturing site is becoming an 'innovation' precinct and the building renovations have won awards for sustainability and design.  Flinders University and TAFE SA will also be open to visitors so why not come down and have a look?

 I'll be there, ready to share my passion for crochet.  

Come along and say hello! 
I'd love to see you there!

Maker Faire ADL logo

The day is shaping up to be another great event. There will be over 100 exhibitors, a packed speakers program and 891 ABC will be back to do another live radio broadcast. 

Visitor numbers are expected to exceed the 5000+ we had last year but don't let crowds worry you - the Tonsley site is so huge that it can easily cater for everyone. 

Tickets are $5. Free entry for children 15 years and under when accompanied by an adult. 

Avoid unnecessary delays at the gate by buying your ticket early at

Look for Lupey Loops Crochet (exhibit 21) and fellow crocheters  Hooked on Yarn (exhibit 12) in 'Artisan Avenue' and A Bag & A Hat (exhibit 76) in 'Creative Court'.  

Visit the Maker Faire Adelaide web site to meet all the makers.

P.S. look for the tags #mfadl #makerfaire & #makeshowtell. 

Examples of Tricot, Broomstick and Hairpin Techniques

An example of the 'basic' tricot stitch (simple stitch).
It makes a fabric with a grid-like pattern
–the perfect ground for cross stitch.
This sample used an intarsia technique
to create the 'E' (for 'Elephant')
This stitch is also known as
Tunisian simple stitch (Tss)
or afghan stitch.

The DY Placemat features tricot simple stitch, purl stitch,
increases and decreases with a herringbone stitch border.

This close-up photo of a DY Placemat shows the
different heights and textures of tricot stitches.
The purl stitch is raised while the basic stitch is flatter.

A photograph of a pink lacy scarf hanging over a bamboo trellis with a garden backdrop. The scarf is made using a tricot technique and has straight fringing on each end.
Tricot can also be used to create lace
as demonstrated by this scarf.

Pattern: 'Ewetopia Scarf'
by Prudence Mapstone

Sample of broomstick crochet

Broomstick crochet scarf in progress.
This technique uses a 'broomstick' needle and a crochet hook.

A hairpin lace loom.
A hairpin 'fork' or 'staple' tool can also be used
to create crocheted hairpin lace.

Use hairpin crochet lace tools with thicker yarn
to make a chunky cowl like this.


  1. I have never come across hairpin crochet before it would have been nice to see how that works. I am going to look on you tube for some examples. Wishing you a successful show.

    1. I'm sorry that there isn't more information about hairpin crochet on the blog yet, Lorraine.

      I was hoping to blog about that scarf before the Maker Faire but I haven't had a chance yet. I will get there, I promise, and hope to not take a year to do it like the tricot striped scarf.

      There are progress photos on my Ravelry project page (Jodiebodie):
      and also on my Instagram @jodiebodiecrochets

      Do let us know which YouTube videos are the best. I don't watch a lot of video online because of poor internet speeds where I live which is why I rarely recommend YouTube videos in my Links. I would like to because I know that so many people have found online videos and tutorials to be excellent ways to learn. Good luck. :-)

      The cowl I made is from B.hooked Crochet. Try searching that one first.

      Thanks for your wishes for the show. I wish you and all my other blogging friends could make it. To be an exhibitor is daunting and exciting at the same time. I'm sure it will be fun.

  2. Cool! Sounds like a very popular, successful event.

    1. It exceeded all expectations last year. I wish you were able to be here to come and join in the fun. There are some awesome exhibitors. I'm starting to wish I hadn't become an exhibitor so I can spend time checking out all the cool activities and learn from some great lectures. I'm looking forward to meeting more Makers before, during and after the event.