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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Week 24. Crochet. Crochet. Crochet!

Just a quick blog post this week as I have had a rare family weekend 

In no particular order......

Learning to make granny squares at Sparrow UK in Shaftesbury on Tuesday evening. It was very hit so we moved the table into the shady spot. It was also very noisy as there were workmen outside drilling the pavement to lay broadband cables!!

Preparing a little crochet scene for my special 3hour improvers class in my classroom

I wanted to show off my blanket

And SC showed hers off too

How wonderful is that? It's for her son who's just joining the army and fits his single bed

BP has started a stripey blanket. Loving the stitches. 

JG made thus beautiful doily in cotton. She followed the pattern single handed. 

A 'first' granny square is created. Yay

Working in the round

Another granny square in creation. This time we used stitch markers to identify the corners. 

My improvers class on Thursday

The worlds largest tea cup coaster??  Possibly!!

In Fridays class at Sparrow we learnt beading

And made bracelets and necklaces

                                                            It was a really fun lesson

                                            AR made this wonderful cable stitch cushion


                                                            Such beautiful stitch work

And I , yes little old me, has had the honour of being mentioned by Lucy of Attic24 in her mood board inspiration in the latest copy of Simply Crochet magazine 

Thank you for reading. More next week

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Crochet Confidence equals Improvement! Week 23

I rarely have time for my own projects at the moment, but when my neighbour invited me & hubby to their horse truck christening party / BBQ at the farm next door (any excuse for a drink LOL) I had to get a new idea going.... 

....more soon!

 Crochet Confidence equals Improvement!

On the left is homework - on the right is a piece made in the 2nd week of class with a little encouragement & crochet confidence, just look at the improvement!

.....and again here!

And another fantastic Improvement!

A few tweeks & reminders soon got them all back into the swing of it!  There's a lot to remember in 
Lesson 1 so this is understandable.

Another of my more advance pupils is giving chevrons and waves a tester

 Thanks to Lorraine at the Nail Workshop in Okeford Fitzpaine, I am not ashamed to show my hands off when teaching!

I love the daisies!

 One of my old pupils, GW, brought me some lovely Dewhurst's Sylko cotton reels to put in my vintage drawer cabinet
Wasn't that kind of her?  I am so thrilled

In Sparrow UK in Shaftesbury on Friday we made Granny Triangles & Rectangles

It was a shame that AR couldn't make it on Friday - if you are reading this I hope that you are feeling better xx

I didn't make all these in one go! This is my Triangle a Day Blanket.

Today is 166 (Sunday) and I have 163 triangles so far so I need to catch up

And look at this lovely cushion that SD made - to think that 6 months ago she couldn't crochet!!

Ah, yes, here's Bertina who is still a WIP

However after adding a "Festival going" flower garland

She's all ready for her adventures

Here she is safe & overlooking the celebrations!

And some  flowers from my local field picked whilst dog walking

Aren't the colours of nature fantastic?

So are these colours - I went to my local wool shop and got drawn to these straight away... 

And finally....

My latest pattern will be available in the next issue of Inside Crochet Magazine....

Photo: Issue 55 is safely at the printers, with 26 gorgeous patterns for you to enjoy.
Here's one of our favourites:
Serena Kaftan by Ali Cambell
Serena Kaftan
Photo is courtesy & copyright of Tailormade Publishing / Inside Crochet

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Week 22 - Crochet Makes by me & my pupils!

I would like to start this weeks blog post off with 2 personal great bits of news:

First is this latest feedback that I received on my book:

This book really bridges the gap from learning the first stiches; to actually tackling a full on pattern. The book uses a very clever "traffic light" system to guide you through the basic stitches into actually starting a project.

The book I describe as "man-friendly", as any newbie male crocheteer would find useful and interesting projects on which to start, for example hats and socks. This book is very inclusive to all people.

The book is good as it always encourages the crocheter to have a try on their own and experiment.
As soon as they feel confident.

I would recommend this book to any friends who wish to learn the art of crochet; and I look forward to the next publication from this author.

And secondly is that I have been reunited with my lovely blanket!

This is the one of the patterns that I made for the book CROCHET by DK Books & I am thrilled to have it back after it's whirl wind modelling tour!

Now for some "pupil" makes:

Squares ready to be joined together

An African flower


A cushion cover WIP

Two Mandala Coasters

Bavarian Crochet

More squares found deep in a crochet project bag

More Bunting!

More African Flowers

And finally, I even spied a crochet hat on the new series of Orange is the new Black!

This week I took 3 news beginners workshops - one was a private class and the other 2 were jammed packed to the brim with 6 in each group (the most beginners I will teach at one time as I don't think it's fair otherwise) I also took 2 more private lessons & a workshop of 3 "Improvers"

I have managed to keep on top of my commissions & I have even managed to add to my Triangle a Day blanket!

So, I have had a great crochet week - have you?

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Week 21 Buttons, Bavarian, Mandala's & More!!


Meet Chard!
I made him for my friends up the road at Goldhill Organics
Isn't he just adorable?


I love them & when I was teaching at Sparrow UK this week I saw these lovely buttons 

Beautifully presented

And too good to undo

So I decided to turn them into wall art

In my classroom

And they look FAB


My pupils have gone Mandala Mad

These are just 2 of the ones made this week


One of my pupils AR brought this amazing bag to show off - isn't it lovely?  It's from Lucy - Attic 24 and is just adorable.

To think she couldn't crochet a few months ago & hates or maybe I should change that to dislikes to crochet in colour!  Maybe I have been a Rainbow influence on her??

We also practiced Basketweave stitch

Which turned out rather well I thought

Bavarian Crochet Workshop

On Saturday 31st May, 6 pupils attended my All Day Bavarian Crochet Workshop

These are both made in DK, but look at the difference tension makes to the size!

Understanding the pattern can be a little tricky

As there are lots of "clusters" and decreases to contend with

But once you get the hang of it

It's not only therapeutic, but addictive too!

And fun of course

Other FAB crochet work to show you

One of my pupils made this flower in DMC and gave it to me to put on my favourite dog walking hat, which I have done and it looks GREAT!

This is the latest update on the Triangles blanket

FE made a necklace inspired by the new Crochet book by DK Publishing
This is a really good book, so well put together & with some great photo's and of course patterns by a lot of amazingly talented designers.

Another WIP by JP - loving it so far

This lady was chuffed to bits when she made her first round of a Granny Square

BP has made this lovely cushion cover

And a baby hat which was whisked off to Australia

That's it from me this week hookers!