The Prudence Mapstone workshops held at the beginning of March were very well-attended. The venue was the Burwood RSL, which was great. It had the advantage of free parking and easy access to their bistros and coffee bar.

For those who have done a workshop with Prudence, they will know she is full of enthusiasm, patience and encouragement. She has developed simple ways of teaching very complicated things in a short space of time.

Who would have thought that we could all master crocheting circles of bullion stitch in no time at all!

Who would have believed that even I could learn how to crochet crab stitch edges in a matter of minutes!

It was a wonderful experience to start by knitting a rectangle and letting the piece grow as you add your shapes to it. The shapes have their own energy and do unexpected things when you join them to each other, which was quite a revelation if you have only ever knitted from a pattern.

For me the most amazing part was at the end of the workshop when we all laid our individual pieces of work on the table. Somehow, they all fitted together like some weird jigsaw puzzle. I know most of those who were there would agree that we are so glad we all had the courage to take the plunge and go free-form.