One of the creators of Royal Crotchet Club, Ella Coleman, is proof of the importance that you should follow your passions and take every opportunity. One day you’re starting a hobby and the next, you’ve made the craft-obsessed’s heaven. We spoke to the local lady who is making us heart eyes at yarn all over again.
How did you come up with the idea of the Royal Crochet Club?
Linda, the owner of the Bluebee Room, and I were discussing our love of crochet one night, and we thought it would be fun to start up a club for people to meet and crochet together. I was getting tired of crocheting by myself and wanted to make it more of a social activity/gathering.
When did you start crotchet? Why? (Also expand on how you learnt)
I started crocheting last December. I was working in a job I didn’t enjoy and I needed a creative outlet. In a way, crochet became my therapy. I found great satisfaction in turning a piece of string into something pretty, and watching it grow. I learnt to crotchet by watching YouTube videos. There are some great bloggers out there too – two of my favourites are Bella Coco and Fiber Flux.
You’ve chosen the RSPCA to donate the first lot of blankets to. How did you choose which organisations to make the blankets for?
Linda and I had the idea initially to make blankets for animals in shelters. I visited the Animal Welfare League (AWL) recently and the animals had beautiful crochet blankets, and I wanted to contribute to that. I looked on the Give Now to see which not-for-profits readily accept blanket donations. RSPCA and Lifeline were two of these organisations. We would also like to donate to AWL, Greyhound Adoption Program SA, and Homelessness SA.
Will you be learning to crotchet other things other than blankets?
We will mostly be crocheting ‘granny squares’, which we will then join together to turn into blankets. Granny squares are much more achievable to make in one session than a whole blanket. This way, everyone can make a contribution, even people who are new to crochet. People can also work on their own projects during the meet-up.
You had your first meeting on the last Thursday of April at The Bluebee Room. How was it?
Our first session was good fun. We had around 18 people attend, raised money at the door for the RSPCA, as well as receiving some granny square donations for the RSPCA blankets. Most people who attended were completely new to crochet. Everyone helped each other learn the basics and did really well.
Why do you think getting young people involved in arts and craft is important?
I think it is important to get young people interested in learning arts and crafts. We waste far too much time on social media when we could be creating things and socialising in real life. Craft is great therapy and makes you feel satisfied and accomplished. We aim to create a safe space for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to come together and participate in arts and crafts.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve made from crotchet so far?
My favourite thing I’ve made is my granny square blanket. It’s only half done – it’s a work in progress. Everything else I’ve made, I’ve given away. I love giving people handmade gifts because it’s so much more personal and special.
How often will the Royal Crotchet Club be meeting?
At this stage, we are planning on meeting every fortnight. Next meeting is on the 11th of May.
What: Royal Crotchet Club
Where: The Bluebee Room, 131-133 Pirie Street
When: Fortnightly – the next meeting is on the 11th of May at 7pm.
All images via Royal Crotchet Club's Facebook page.