Teaching Crochet with the ACA

My dear friend Salena Baca is back on the Yarn Thing podcast. We know that she is a wonderful designer and author but today we are going to talk about her crochet education program, the American Crochet Association.

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American Crochet Association

The American Crochet Association is your personal journey to crochet mastery. We offer a twelve course program that’s easily managed with one new lesson every week.

Salena found that there wasn’t a great resource for teaching crochet from step one. She wanted to make sure that everyone could have success when learning to crochet.

Rather than wait around for someone else to come up with a solution she took it upon her self to start an education program, the American Crochet Association.

The belief at the American Crochet Association is that good habits bring great results, and that’s why they offer one new lesson each week! They want their courses to be quick, fun, easy to access, and highly rewarding! In just 30 minutes a week, you’ll master every topic that is covered!

About Salena Baca

Salena Baca learned to crochet before grade school and has been wildly obsessed ever since!

After crocheting “in the closet” most of her life, Salena burst out after finding Ravelry in 2009. Learning that an entire world of crocheters were available to connect with was life-changing. It determined her next career move; crochet design and networking.

She began designing patterns that appealed to her style, and has formed platforms such as Salena Baca Crochet, the Design Wars Challenge, Happily Hooked MagazineThe Pattern Pack, and the American Crochet Association.

She’s published over 200 patterns, has very strong ties in the crochet and fiber arts community, and is the author of Crochet for Christmas and My Crochet Closet. Salena currently lives with her family in Oregon.

Find Salena online in the following locations

American Crochet Association Website
Salena’s Ravelry Page
Salena on Facebook
Salena on Pinterest
American Crochet Association’s YouTube Channel

Shop Salena’s books

Crochet books by Salena Baca

Crochet for Christmas
My Crochet Closet
Crochet in a Day

Salena’s Past Episodes:

This is not Salena’s first time on the Yarn Thing Podcast. We are so happy that she could come back again. She was on the show for the first time to talk about her Craftsy class, Modern Crochet Afghans: Color & Texture and the last time she was on she talked to us about the ACA (American Crochet Association).

Watch to the Show:

Want to watch live on YouTube? Be sure to tune in at 10am MST on the Marly Bird YouTube channel. If you can’t watch live that is okay, just catch the replay for your chance to win. Towards the end of the live show you will hear how to enter to win some amazing prizes from our guests.



Congratulations to Rachel K! She is our random winner from this podcast episode. Please check your email and reply with your full mailing address and phone number to [email protected] to claim your prize!

Be sure to watch the full episode to learn how you can enter to win a prize from Salena. You must comment on this blog post and use the keyword.

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  1. Laurie Ogle says:

    I love to learn! I am so excited to hear about the ACA courses. I’ve wanted to teach crochet for a while now and this sounds like an excellent place to get started! Thank you, Marly for all the great things you do!

  2. Rachel King says:

    I love to learn! The ACA lessons sound fascinating, especially the Tech Editor stuff, I think I could be good at that.

  3. Carleen Roberts says:

    I enjoyed today’s YarnThing podcast with Marly Bird and Salena Baca. I love to learn new crochet techniques and to help others enjoy crocheting too. The ACA courses Salena has developed sound like great ways to grow in the craft and profession.

  4. Arleen Ong says:

    I love to learn how to crochet. Missed your live session but so please to see today’s podcast on YouTube!

  5. tbcjrc3gmail says:

    I love you. You give so much to us. I appreciate it. You always help people. I wish I had all this when I was younger. I would of love to started a crochet business. I still love learning new stitches. THANKS

  6. Mary Alice Helgesen says:

    I love to learn. I am not just saying this to win. I am not happy if I am not learning something new. Thanks!

  7. Tammie says:

    I truly do love to learn, especially when it comes to crafts. Sometimes I think I’m in a contest with myself to see how many types of crafts I can try, lol

  8. Janice Lauterbach says:

    I love to learn and I love to teach! Definitely will be checking out the classes especially the tech ed. I’m always correcting patterns I test!

  9. Marian Pike says:

    I love to learn! Actually signing up for the course as I want to create a business that will travel with me in retirement. :D.

  10. Cheryl Clark says:

    I love to learn. You can never learn to much. New applications, new stitches, new ways to learn, new ways to teach others, new stitches, new yarns, new fibers, new, new and New!

  11. Serena Lee says:

    I LOVE to learn! I actually was just talking to my hubby about this the other day, that I need to do something to learn new things. I think I might sign up for that crochet mastery course…

  12. Sharon Taylor says:

    I love to learn
    & I learn to love my yarn more and more with all you teach, give & show me.
    Thanks bunches

  13. Stephanie says:

    I would love to learn to make my crochet better. There’s always room for learning and improvement. I think this is such an interesting concept

  14. Maria Morriss says:

    Great show! I always watch later since I’m working Tuesday mornings. But I do love to learn, especially with fiber! Thank you xo

  15. Amira Beadsmoore says:

    Fantastic podcast, super engaging ladies and loving the idea of the training programme 🙂

  16. Elizabeth M Rios says:

    I love to learn. I am a self taught left handed crocheter and I would love this work shop how to improve my techniques.

Marly Bird

The One and Only, Marly

Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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