Neighbor Highlight: Crochet artist Chelle Belle hosts community class Mar 9, 2020

Michelle Hagens has been a resident of Enderly Park for 33 years, since she was 12 years old. She has taken on many roles in her neighborhood, including working local elections for 16 years and creating a community newsletter. But what she loves the most is her connection to other long-term residents, saying, “I know everybody over here.” An engaged member of Enderly Park, Michelle is excited to host her first ever community crochet class.

Michelle has been crocheting for over 20 years. In the beginning, she was mostly just making blankets and hats. But over the last five years, Michelle has been working her way up to making all kinds of things, including children’s clothes, leg warmers, and even dolls. Now Michelle has her own crochet business on social media, selling her pieces and getting commissions from people all over Charlotte.

To Michelle, crochet is a relaxing activity that she thinks that anyone can connect to. “It’s peaceful. Calm. It takes me away.” She explains that many people believe that crochet is difficult or hard to understand, but Michelle thinks that a lot of people are intimidated by reading the patterns, which will be one of the main focuses of her class. “It’s really all about being able to read a pattern. All you’re doing is manipulating a stitch.” Michelle’s class will cover all this and more, and participants at different levels will be able to learn from one another throughout the sessions.

Michelle’s crochet class is available to anyone interested in learning, no experience required. They will be held the second and fourth Saturday of March and April, beginning March 14 at 10:00 AM. If you attend the first session, you will receive all the materials necessary for the class. After four classes, you will be able to read a pattern and crochet at an intermediate level. The total cost for all four sessions is $70.

If you have any interest in crocheting or joining a community of crafters, this is a class you won’t want to miss! Email to reserve your spot.