Amigurumi At Centre for the Arts

Japanese anime comes in many forms including fiber arts, at least an aspect of it. The popular crochet technique of Amigurumi developed in Japan and has spread across the world. “Ami” means to knit or crochet, and “nuigurumi,” means stuffed doll. Most often animals are the subjects, but baby dragons and other mythical creatures are often created as well.

In a three session class at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts in Centreville, Maryland, students will create a basic form, learn the basics of crochet and customize the components into an animal of their choice. Typically the pieces are small animals that include a variety of facial expressions found in anime.

“How to Crochet Amigurumi” is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, August 13, 15 and 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The class is open to ages 12 to 21. Class cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members. There is a $10 fee for materials due to the instructor on the first day of class, or students may bring their own. Please call for a detailed materials list.

Instructor Emilee Kingsley is a senior at Washington College studying Business Management. She was a Maryland Distinguished Scholar finalist in 2009 for both academic and artistic achievements. Her interest in the arts started very young and includes ceramics, basket weaving, crocheting, knitting, amine and nail art, among many others.

Register by July 30 by calling 410-758-2520, on-line at or by sending a check to QACAC, 206 South Commerce Street, Centreville, MD 21617.

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