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Knitting and Stitching show – workshops

I love the Ally Pally show (Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show) and for the first time I will be running Learning Curve workshops, and a demo.

I received an email today, and it showed that over half my workshops are booked, and we still have 6 weeks to go!

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Weds 11.45 – Tapestry Crochet Bauble – a special pattern I designed using 2 colour tapestry crochet, we will be working in the round, using a chart to guide us.

 

Diana Bensted Broomstick Lace Crochet Scarf

 

Thursday 10.30 – Broomstick Lace Crochet scarf, a great technique using a knitting needle to create large loops which you then crochet off the needle, a very distinctive pattern.

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Saturday 3.30 -Tunisian Mug cozy – an easy stitch pattern made in Tunisian crochet, try either basket work stitch, or a honeycomb stitch (my personal favourite)

Diana Bensted Crochet Cable Cushion

 

Sunday 10.30 – Crochet Cable Cushion – a 2 hour workshop where we really get to grips with crochet cables using post stitches, using an original pattern.

 

All the one hour workshops cost just £12, with all materials and worksheets provided.  The two hour cable workshop is £20

A freebie is my demo in the Stitch by Stitch space which is all about Amigurumi!

I look forward to seeing you there, look out for a future post on how to get the most out of visiting a large knitting show.

New Yarn…

On Tuesday I got up really early, really, really early, to get on a train to Birmingham for Stitches (as its known in the trade) or the Craft, Hobby + Stitch International Spring Show.  I was really excited this year as I had been invited to the launch of a new yarn from DMC, Natura XL.

I wandered around the exhibition for a while then went to see the fashion show, this year the focus was much more on sewn garments than knitted, but here are some photos, the first are from Lion Brand, and the others are from Creative World of Crafts.stitches lion brand

I also noticed that the American yarns are now becoming more available, Lion Brand has been to a couple of shows, and this year Creative World of Crafts were here showing of Bernat, Caron, and Lily and cream which I have been waiting for, for a long time!  It is great to have a good squoosh of the yarns that I have seen in patterns for the last couple of years and had to try and substitute!stitches creative

Back to the DMC workshop, we were given a brilliant goodie bag, with a set of bamboo needles, with ceramic ends, a bamboo crochet hook with a painted end with sweet flowers, and some of the new yarn, along with a shade card and press release!
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We were introduced to the yarn and then the best bit we were able to play and chat!  I started with a lovely soft green, and while we had been given a couple of patterns to look at, I decided to make some wrist warmers.  I completed them at the next Chain ‘n’ chatter on Friday, and have taken some piccys to help.  Any comments on the pattern would be most appreciated.2015-02-20 14.43.02

This is the pattern I created, my hands are 19cm at the widest part of my hand and 17cm around the wrist.  There is no shaping, they are slightly on the large side after a few uses, so I would recommend 1 row shorter for the same size that I made, and adjust amount of rows as necessary for smaller or larger sizes.  It is an easy pattern, made with one ball of DMC Natura XL and a 7mm crochet hook.

Make 18 chains.

Foundation Row:  Double crochet in the 4th chain from hook, *treble crochet in next chain, double crochet in next chain , repeat from * to end.

Row 1:  chain 2 (counts as first tr), *double crochet in next stitch, treble in next stitch, repeat from * to end, make last dc in the top of the turning ch (each treble will be made in a double crochet and each double in a treble crochet)

Repeat Row 2, until you have completed 13 more rows – 15 in total.  (you can make these smaller or larger depending on your hand size)

Fasten off with a long end, which will be used to sew up.2015-02-20 11.03.00

Working with an over sewing stitch, fold sides together so that the chains are visible (like picture)2015-02-20 11.07.28

Working from the right side, over-sew in first stitch, and into next 7 stitches, over-sew in 8th stitch (you may want to pass the thread through the stitch to secure it) .2015-02-20 11.12.12

Then weave the end through the next 3 stitches on one side (thumb hole made) over sew the next three stitches, and fasten off, sew in both ends.2015-02-20 11.33.18

Please enjoy this free pattern, and let me know in the comments what you think.

Watham Abbey Wool Show

Hi All,

I am sooooo excited/nervous about Sunday… We had such a terrific show last year, that I am swinging between emotions really quickly!

I am confident in the organisation, that the hotel is prepared, that all our lovely exhibitors are ready (except me – and that puts the panic back).

I am nervous about how the workshops will go – just the organisational part – we have some great teachers!

Kate and I love twitter – we have had all sorts of lovely people re-tweet about the show.

I guess my hope is that everyone who comes has a great time, from the exhibitors & attendees, volunteers & tutors

Of course if you don’t know about the show do visit our website  and find out all about it!

See you Sunday!

Diana

Christmas Show

Hi all,

Been a bit busy this month, with some very exciting things – that I’m not at liberty to share with you at the moment, but I will as soon as I can!

I found out about this set of 3 free shows at Excel, which is about a half hour drive away, I also went to meet some of the peeps at Woman’s Weekly, who have been lovely and welcoming.

At the entrance we are greeted by some lovely lads singing Christmas songs, and then we are into the show, there are 3 colour themed areas, White, red and purple, the three shows are Simply Christmas, Hobbycrafts, and Art materials live,

 

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I can really say that what ever craft you are into you will find something that you like, I have seen marbling, beading, card making, glass making, painting, some reeeally lovely food including truckle cheese, cookies, and an amazing bakery.

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some wonderful and inspiring colour palettes too!

After I had a good look around I decided to try a couple of free workshops, the only one I ended up having time for was a watercolour with the lovely Matthew Palmer.  He did promote his videos, and other products, but they are really good, and having looked around since, there is nothing I can see to match his texture brushes!

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We started by taping the paper to a wooden panel, then taping a curved line across the board for the edge of the field.  Using a small amount of blue we painted the sky with a wash making the paper wet.  we then used natural light green for the ‘sunny’ part of the trees. Using the extra large texture brush made it really easy!

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We then added the darker green also with the texture brush, then thinned out the colour to do a mid green on the trees.  the clever bit was to then use a plastic card (credit/debit/loyalty…) to scrape off paint to make the tree trunks.  We then removed the line of masking tape to work on the bottom part of the picture.

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We added some light green, then used the purple to first sweep across the page then stipple in the bluebell effect, also cleaning the brush off to add to the stippling and remove some of the paint.  Finally using a piece of card we made lines across the field and added the bushes, using a fine brush to paint the gate and fence posts.

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It was lovely to just create something quite easily (because Matthew stepped us through it) that was creative, but completely different to the crochet I have been focused on recently 🙂

 

Age UK Warm Homes Crocheted House

Hi All,

I have been a bit busy since the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally, and it was with something I wanted to do before I penned a review.

Since Mum died I have been supporting charities that help the Older Peeps, particularly
Age UK. Our Chain ‘n’ Chatter and Stitch Night groups have made a lot of blankets, scarves, hats and gloves, which I will be posting about later when I have some piccys!

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Anyhoo, I met up with a lovely lady called Alice, on the Age UK stand on Friday, they were promoting their Warm Homes campaign, and were giving out a free house pattern by and asking for Knitted houses to be made, this is a linky to their blog post about it.  The knitted pattern is by Julia Marsh, her website is handknittedthings.blogspot.co.uk.

Sooo in my haste I asked if they would like a crocheted house pattern, well Alice was really pleased and when I saw her on Sunday she said she had been asked quite a lot about a crocheted pattern!

I started on the Sunday with the base (although after checking with the knitted ones I realised it should be a bit smaller, so I undid what is in the piccy below!)  after thinking about the construction on Friday and Saturday.  I would have prefered to work in rounds, but thought that might be a bit tricky, once you get to the roof!

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So it is worked in a strip, Front, base and back, then the roof attached first to the back then the front, sides are added, door and windows made, and sewn on, sides sewn up, stuffed, thenroof crocheted together, and finally the chimneys are crocheted on.

And Here Tiz…

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The pattern is available as a free download both on my website, and Ravelry, I will post to Facebook and twitter if I can make it available on Etsy.

Enjoy making your house and I look forward to seeing lots with embellishments on – I quite fancy roses round the door!

Knitaholics – Romford

2014-09-20 12.52.30Just come back from the Knitaholics show in Romford, previously Tina went and set up a stand for us, but since I wasn’t sure what would appeal to the mainly Machine Knitters who attend, I thought I would pop along and have a look!

2014-09-20 12.38.42They were a lovely friendly bunch of people, with a passion for what they do – which in any craft is the way to attract new peeps, I do have a knitting machine at home, which was gifted to me when I was at the Shop, and I am very tempted to have a go!

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Also met a lovely lady – Susan Burns, who makes knitted wire jewelry, including some lovely poppies, you can find her on facebook – linky here .

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I will be going next year, but not sure what I will take – probably buttons, books, knitting needles and crochet hooks!