Free amigurumi workshop opens

Turning Over New Leaves, a free crochet art workshop for ages 16 and up, is slated for 17 June.  The hybrid activity aims to introduce young creatives and professionals into amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed creatures.

A portmanteau of ami, which means knitted or crocheted, and nuigurumi, a tiny plush doll, the craft has become a significant part of the Japanese kawaii movement since 1980s. With the growing fascination on all things cute, it has likewise gained popularity in the West in the 2000s.

Ideal for those who wish to elevate their love for the flora, as well as hobbyists who want to explore a new recreational project, Turning Over New Leaves is a walk-through into the fundamentals of amigurumi. The session will equip the learners with the skills and techniques in creating their very own dolls. They will work with simple patterns, which they can likewise use to kickstart their very own plush plant collection or business.

Amigurumi snake plant from Craftsy. Pattern from Lauren Espy.

The workshop is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La
Salle-College of Saint Benilde. It will be facilitated by crochet artist Sharon See. A former film and TV production designer, she started crocheting since she was 11 years old and has not stopped since. Her works have graced group shows.

Turning Over New Leaves is free and open to the public. It will be conducted onsite and online at 2 p.m. Interested participants may register through MCAD is located at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Design + Arts Campus, Dominga Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, email [email protected].