Crochet queen celebrates grand opening at Marcoola

DSC_0225Australia’s Crochet Queen and Sunshine Coast local, Jenny King, celebrated the grand opening of her new shop at Marcoola, last Friday (3rd September).

A self-confessed crochet addict, Jenny said she had always wanted to bring the shop home to the beach – the home of the string bikini.

Jenny and Leah Hyndman, who have recently formed a partnership and new company together, both believe that Crochet is now the new black.

Jenny said they were both really excited about making a fresh start together in their new shop.

“The new store is located on David Low Way at Marcoola, next to Bendigo Bank and opposite the Surf Air Resort and is situated on a bus route, making it very easy to get to.”

“It is also a great resource for crafty holiday makers looking for a project to fill their free time,” Jenny said.

Jenny, who has been crocheting since being taught two simple stitches when she was just 10, has been passing on her love of crochet since the 1990s and is the author of 13 crochet books and countless other patterns that cover everything from intricate beaded bags and jewellery to footy rugs in your favourite team colours and the classic (and back in fashion) crochet bikini.  Jenny has also taught crochet around Australia and internationally including the US and operates classes from her Sunshine Coast shop, which is also an Aladdin’s Cave of luscious designer yarn also accessible via her online store.

Jenny also specialises in creating crochet designs, which can be thrown into the washing machine to create a felt like finish – a process called fulling.

“My love for fulling started with a hat design and now I have created patterns for bags, slippers, and accessories as well as my great nature dolls,” Jenny said.

Jenny’s interest in crochet started early and with the help of her aunt who taught her chain stitch and her cousin who taught her treble, she soon started creating her own designs.

“I just loved the idea that you could create something useful so quickly and simply,’’ she said.

“Then as I got older I wanted to share my passion with other people so that everyone can see how easy it is and so the skills we learnt from our ancestors are not lost with the passage of time.”

For more about crochet classes, please call Jenny on 07 5450 7077.

Caption: Jenny and her daughters, Phoebe (left) and Anthea.

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