A renowned Amigurumi (crochet doll) artist, Mitsue, is visiting RESOBOX during the 5th annual World Amigurumi Exhibition, Threatened Threads: Protect our Endangered Amigurumi! As this year’s theme revolve around the topic of endangered species and spreading awareness for those that are threatened, Mitsue has decided to hold a workshop to teach crocheters of all ages and levels how to make an endangered orangutan. This class is meant for everyone, whether you have crocheted before or not! All supplies will be provided.
Why make Orangutan Amigurumi?
Orangutans fall under the “Endangered Species” category which is the theme for this year’s World Amigurumi Exhibition. Four years ago, when crocheting an orangutan, Mitsue studied various topics into ecology and animal habitats inspired by her creation. Since then, she has created pieces with the message of wildlife protection and environmental conservation incorporated in them.
Mitsue hopes participants will gain interest in orangutans and other endangered species through this workshop. In addition, “Orang Fujita” will also be a special guest from Japan. Let’s all be friends!
What kind of yarn will we be using?
In Japan, the 11-colored Puppy yarn called “Queen Anny” is very popular, along with the rare, high-end Mondo Fil yarn brand. We will try crocheting with both yarns to make orangutan amigurumi! (Currently, there is no store selling the Puppy yarn in the United States. However, you may order the yarn from Puppy’s online store. This workshop will be a rare opportunity for participants to try crocheting with Puppy yarn!)
Is this workshop suitable for beginners?
It is recommended that participants know the basics of crocheting (such as the single crochet stitch and the magic ring method), but those who haven’t trying crocheting are welcome as well. Beginners can learn to first make the Japanese national flower motif, a sakura (cherry blossom)! Though Mitsue doesn’t have much confidence in her English, she has taught many students outside of Japan before so she hopes many participants will join the workshop.
Do I need to bring anything?
No need to bring any materials to this workshop! We will be using crochet hooks from Tulip Co., Ltd. of Japan in US sizes. This workshop does not require participants to bring any crochet hooks or yarn, so please feel free to drop by!
Please feel free to also drop by our current exhibition, World Amigurumi Exhibition Vol. 5 Threatened Threads: Protect our Endangered Amigurumi! happening now until March 31, 2020!
About the Instructor & Sponsor
Mitsue is an Amigurumi artist born in Okayama, Japan in 1973. Her mottos are to pursue the potential of the yarn, and to enjoy every process to become a three-dimensional art from a simple strand of yarn. She dreams of being an amigurumi nomad, holding just one crochet hook in her hand, traveling around the world, and making amigurumi with local people.
Find out more about Mitsue at our RESOBOX community blog: RESOBOX COMMUNITY BLOG
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