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Rainbow Project Bag CAL

Had to get on the Blog today as I am really excited about a design I created for Women’s Weekly, the Rainbow Project Bag, being featured as a Mini CAL (Crochet along) on Facebook!

You can follow the link here Rainbow Project Bag CAL. It is a closed group, but I am an admin on the page so can add peeps, I will also be keeping up with the questions.

I didn’t manage to take many photos of this project, but I have dug out my original samples, and the yarn that was used, and will be making the square again.

The Rainbow bag is a cube shape, with 4 sides made from the motif square and a double crochet square base, which are all crocheted together.  Then a border is made around the top of the bag, and the handle grows from the border.

The motif square looks tricky but isn’t really as it  is essentially a 5 row repeat.  there is a twist, in that the bobble row is worked from the wrong side so that they pop out and look – well bobbly!

I am also really excited to see other peoples take on this bag.  At the moment it is only available as a pack from the knitting network – please note I am not receiving any credit for the affiliate links!

*Updated to say that the pattern is available on its own, from the knitting network here

Day out – in town!

Had a brilliant day today, with my good friend Julia, We started at Blackfriars, and walked over the bridge to the Tate, Modern, I took a few artistic photos of a sample that I have designed for Women’s weekly, so unfortunately I can’t show you pictures, it was quite a simple design, but detailed so I am very happy to have completed it.

We then went to deliver the sample – and were invited up to the office, the Blue Fin Building is lovely inside,2015-08-17 12.38.55We chatted with a couple of people who work at Women’s weekly, and then we went up to the roof garden to have a cup of coffee.  It was a gorgeous day, and the view is spectacular! 2015-08-17 12.28.25 2015-08-17 12.32.23 2015-08-17 12.35.39 2015-08-17 12.37.02-2We then decided to go to the Royal Academy – via Green Park and lunch, we went to M&S and took far too long to decide what to eat!

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Unusual coloured broccoli/cauliflower – purple, yellow and green!

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Fabulous flowers in M&S

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Soooo colourful

We got the bus to Waterloo, and the tube to Green Park, I didn’t realise that you can walk straight up from the subway into the park!  We found a lovely shady tree, ate lunch, chatted and I designed a new crochet flower block!

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We then walked along to the Burlington House which is the home of the Royal Academy of Arts.  I have been a ‘Friend of the RA for years, but don’t usually go into town that often to make best advantage of it. 2015-08-17 15.23.30

So we saw this spectacular piece of art on the entrance stairs, we wondered how it was made, as it is a stone staircase, any hoo, we walked up, then got a bit confused about which gallery to go into, and ended up going via the lift, but an alternative route as it was out of order, it meant we were accompanied all around the back parts of the academy, where the public don’t usually see.  we went through the magnificent library with really old books.

We looked around the only exhibition that was there which was Joseph Cornell – Wanderlust, an ironic title as he never travelled, it was an interesting show, but not something that appeals greatly to me – I could appreciate the skill involved in some of the pieces, and quite liked a couple of the collages, but overall it wasn’t really my ‘thing’!  The stairs piece was much more interesting to me because of all the colour!

When we come out of the exhibition, we went to go down the stairs and we couldn’t – they were removing the artwork!!  It was fascinating to see this happening, and how they were pulling and scraping off the tape, lots of people all at once, and when we came back from having a coffee in the friend’s rooms, it was completely gone.  I could say something about the transitional nature of art, but it was just really interesting!

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Really lovely relaxing day out, a bit ‘ladies who lunch’, with a great friend, lots of chatting, coffee, and a little bit of crochet!

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squeeeeee! Woman’s Weekly

I really felt like squealing today – In the post was a copy of Woman’s Weekly, The WEEKLY one!  I have had several patterns published in the Knitting and Crochet Monthly but this is the first weekly one, and it is the only knitting/crochet pattern in the issue.

I did get notified by tweet earlier in the week, but in my naivety, I didn’t realise it was the weekly one!

See in the bottom left hand corner…  That’s my pattern!

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And here it is on my mannequin,

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With a close up of the ripple pattern – which I designed from scratchmain body of ripple - bottom edge

So today is a good day!  Thank you Woman’s Weekly.

Summer Holiday crochet

I am really excited to be back blogging, I have restarted the 30 day business blogging challenge, along with a few others on Facebook, and I am relishing the new start ,  I got to day 25 last time, and I am determined to complete it this time!

I don’t have an actual summer holiday booked, but I am looking forward to teaching a learn to crochet course over three days at Missenden Abbey.  I have heard from others recently that it is a great place to stay, and to learn.

I am also working on a project for Women’s Weekly (knitting and crochet special) some other projects – especially a blanket or two, or three, along with the other wip’s (Work In Progress) I have around…

Also during the summer I want to re-start the International Diploma in Crochet, there, I have said it out loud, now need to follow up!

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After working full-time in school for eight weeks, I can focus on the business again, I have had three more patterns published, two in Woman’s Weekly, and one for DMC in their recently published Tiny Tatty Teddy range.  I have also just completed another pattern for DMC to be put in their Christmas range published in September.

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I have also been able to go back to the stitching groups on Fridays, starting with Love 13 where they had probably the best Lemon Meringue Pie that I have ever had! And then on to Maximas where there were 13 of us crocheting and knitting in the sunshine.

Crochet and friends – nothing better for the summer holiday!

Knitting and Crochet with Woman’s Weekly cover!!!!!

I am soooooo excited, when I received a copy in the post of the July copy of Knitting and Crochet with Women’s Weekly, and I am on the cover……….well not me personally but my design – it’s a remake of a Vintage crochet pattern, and really is quite easy!  I literally squealed when I saw it!

This is a link to the Women’s weekly page with the details for downloading too.  The magazine is in most retailers now, so go grab a copy and see what you think!

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Close up of the stitch pattern lovely clusters

It is an interesting challenge to re-design a vintage crochet pattern.  I have used the stitch pattern given, which is quick to work as you make the clusters into spaces, but the gauge and stretch of the fabric created were completely different to the original which was in 2ply and much, much finer.  Although in 4ply this pattern does not take very long to make, as the bottom half is created in one piece, and then the first front, back and second front. Sew up the shoulders and all that is left after that is the borders around the arms, and the long border around the bottom, fronts, and neckline which is worked continuously around.

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Close up of neckline border

I would really love to know what you think about this pattern.  Please leave comments below or on my Facebook page.

WWW – Women’s Weekly Workshops!

I was so excited to see this article,  below is a link to the Women’s Weekly Learn to Crochet workshops that I was teaching at a couple of weeks ago. The lovely Freddie Patmore from Women’s weekly, invited me to teach alongside Jane Crowfoot (Janie Crow) Cara Ackerman from DMC, and Natalie Warner (berylliantknits)Freddie-Patmore-Diana-bensted-Learn-to-CrochetWe had a lovely day, with some lovely ladies, from all over the place, some were even from Waltham Abbey and Chingford! Lunch was amazing on the roof garden with spectacular views over central London.2015-04-24 13.49.19Do click here to read the full article, looking forward to the 22nd June and doing it all over again!

Loving Life, Crochet and Yarn!

 

Three things that make me happy…

St Pauls Hammersmith st Pauls interiorLife – last Saturday I was at a worship conference, what’s that I hear you ask?  For those that don’t know me very well, I take my faith very seriously, no, that’s not quite right, my faith is not church on Sunday, but a daily walk, sometimes a struggle , sometimes a meander, with God.  So on Saturday I found myself at St Pauls, Hammersmith, with many other people, spending time with lots of sung worship, seminars, lots of coffee… started about 10am, and went on to 9pm.  My favourite moment was when, during one of the talks, we sung Come Holy Spirit, in Latin – Veni, Sancte Spiritus … completely different to the rest of the conference, sung very simply on two notes, but then with all of us singing on the pentatonic scale, in a beautiful church, was a truly happy, harmonious, holy moment…

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Crochet – this made me squeeee with delight when I saw it… My very first published design in Women’s weekly.  It combines fabric – a beautiful fine silk, with crochet.  I was really happy when they said that they loved it!  I have since designed another combo which they are also really pleased with – so that ‘O’ level in needlework is finally being put to use!  I also had a picture on the Workshop page, along with others that I respect hugely – Jane Crowfoot who opened the first Waltham Abbey Wool Show, Cara Ackermann with whom I have had some interesting crochet discussions with at trade shows, Natalee Warner who I met last year at Excel, and of course Freddie Patmore who organises the whole thing!  We were altogether on Friday for the first in a series of workshops, and had great fun teaching together, in the lovely headquarters of Women’s weekly near Tate Modern!

Sirdar Kasha yarn

Yarn – I have had some really lovely new yarn to play with, it is a new yarn from Sirdar – Kasha.  It is a big ball (300g) of fluff!  Mostly manmade fibres but with 10% mohair, it is interesting for it’s texture, soft, fluffy and slubby too.  I was going to make a Loren Jumper with it, but I loved it sooo much that I decided to design a companion to the Loren – The Sophia Cardigan!  Based on the Loren Jumper it’s not quite ready yet, I have made the whole thing, but it needs some tweaks, the collar needs to be longer, and I’m thinking of taking it apart to increase the length, so that I can wear it!

 

What makes you happy?  I have found that delighting in the little things every day, thanking God that we are so blessed, makes me very happy.

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 🙂