Mixed Media · Stitching · Workshops & Courses

Patchwood Samplers

This summer I've been all-consumed with my second epic crochet project of the year (more on that coming soon). Consequently, there's been little time for other creative pursuits, so it was great last Saturday to be back at my happy place, Anne Brooke's Shed 76½, to meet my stitchy friends and try something a little different.… Continue reading Patchwood Samplers

Dyeing · Embroidery · Stitching · Workshops & Courses

How Do You Do Blue?

Even after hooking up twenty skeins of indigo-dyed yarn to complete the Marguerite blanket, it would seem I still couldn't get enough of blue. At a recent workshop, there had been the usual genial chatter: new exhibitions, books, artists etc. At some point the conversation got to subscription boxes. For the uninitiated, it's essentially paying to… Continue reading How Do You Do Blue?

Crochet

Daisies and Skies

Compared to teeny, tiny Octopals, my next project was supersized! Yes it involved learning tapestry crochet, a new-to-me technique and investing many hours, but the pattern was so well-written and the yarn delightful so hooking the Marguerite blanket was an absolute pleasure. Sandra Eng of MobiusGirl Design released the pattern as a crochet-a-long (CAL) running from January to… Continue reading Daisies and Skies

Community & Causes · Crochet · Knitting

Crafting for a Cause

Perhaps it's got to the point where you've run out of surface to display your creations? Maybe your family's hinting that your home is not the relaxing, minimalist sanctuary they aspire to - more something like this? Or can you no longer find appreciative recipients for your efforts? Well then, it's time to consider using your skills… Continue reading Crafting for a Cause

Sculpture · Willow Weaving · Workshops & Courses

Six Stags & A Spaniel

Remember my Weaving Magic post about making willow pea climbers? Well I’m pleased to report that the seeds I’d nurtured back then grew to be healthy plants. Happily they clambered and wove themselves upwards, rewarding us richly with fresh flowers and produce for weeks over summer. Pea, mint and courgette risotto is one of our favourite… Continue reading Six Stags & A Spaniel