Six months ago I decided to learn crochet to have a break from embroidery.The simplicity of it appealed to me - I do not knit. I knew that I did not want to do woolly granny blankets and fancied fine lace cotton crochet. The class insisted that I start with double knitting wool which is far more difficult than cotton as wool splits. I soon went onto 4ply cotton and then onto No.10 crochet cotton which is what I now use all the time. I was taught the stitches; double, half treble, treble and double treble(English).
I researched the internet to see what I could do in fine lace and have decided that Irish crochet is just for me. It is not practiced nowadays. It has motifs which are in relief and are done individually. When enough are done they are assembled into a pattern of your choice and connected to each other with a background of various net stitches. It is always done in white.
When practicing before Christmas I decided to do some of the 3D elements to make brooches, bag dangles or for key rings. I am surprised at how much I have learned in six months and find it quite therapeutic.