A beautiful summer walk and some crazy coloured sheep.

We had a lovely picnic on Sunday with a walk up Castle Hill in Mere.

It is only 20 minutes from our house, but I forget its there.

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Tony and Arthur took a short cut up the hill while I walked around the edge.

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This is the same hills as the view from our house.

The colour of the grasses against the sky were amazing.

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It really felt like a lovely ‘escape’ when we got to the top.

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We had a picnic, then did quite a lot of cloud watching while lying in the sun.

It was so peaceful, I will be going back a few times over the summer holidays I think.

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Now for the colourful sheep! Influenced by my Toft Alpaca visit

and the colourful talk by Kaffe Fassett.

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I am making a few different garlands and these have been designed to go

on one called ‘Counting Sheep’. I will also make some into Keyrings

and will have the patterns for sale on my website very soon.

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They have been crocheted with Rowan wool cotton.

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Time to make the garland now.

Have a good week T x

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Facebook Giveaway Draw for 2 embroidered felted brooches.

Last week I decided to celebrate reaching 700 likes on my Facebook page with a giveaway fro 2 people to win an embroidered and felted brooch.

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So here we go the time has come to put all the names in a hat and let Arthur pick out 2 winners.

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and the first name is….

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The first winner is ……Kathryn Hawieson.

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The second winner is….Connie Kleckner via Gill Pinkney Felt

Congratulations to you both xx

My facebook page has now gone to 816…so I think there may be another giveaway when I hit the 1000!!!

Thanks to everyone that entered, you have all been brilliant xx

 

Making Garlands A Crafty Birthday Party

I was asked by a friend to do a crafty birthday party for her 9 yr old daughter and 6 friends.

I thought for a couple of weeks about what they would possibly like to do and how it would work with different abilities.  I decided to make a garland. I tested a few things out on my son Arthur, he is only 7 but very crafty.

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Arthur actually loved the sewing and we added his felt and stitched bits to the garland along with the beading he had done. I  put on crochet flowers,pompoms and tied little bits of vintage fabric to it. Then we hung it up to see what we thought.

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It may stay there 😉

I arrived at my friends house with lots of beads,threads,felt,pompoms,yarn and crocheted flowers.

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The sun was shining we were out in the garden and ready for the girls to arrive.

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When I explained to them what we were going to do, starting with fingerknitting. They looked at me as if I must be bonkers…but soon they were all confidently fingerknitting and adding in beads as they went.  I think they were surprised at how easy it was.

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They then threaded beads of there choice on to wire to be attached to the garlands. They chose some crochet flowers and pompoms, along with little bits of fabric to tie on.

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As each one finished they were  pinned to the tree. We didn’t get to do any stitching but that leaves possibilities for another crafty afternoon.

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Pompom making was also really popular especially using different colours. I only had one Pompom maker but will make sure I have a few ready for the next party I do.

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It was lovely to see the different colours that the girls chose.

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Each one completely different. I loved the tree yarnbombed like this. I may have to get to work on the apple tree in my garden now!

My friend had also prepared a bit of cake decorating which looked amazing.

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The reports from the parents in the playground today were very positive, the girls had a great time and so did the adults , who wouldn’t like to sit in the sun and do a bit of making?

I will be adding this workshop to my website over the next couple of days as well as a Hen Party version. I can imagine all the party making garlands to adorn a marquee and then getting to take them home after the wedding…it would make a change from bunting and could be customised to suit the colours of the wedding.  Tamsyn-g.com

A Colourful Morning at Frome Artisan Market.

I spent the morning in Frome, Somerset at the Artisan Market which has been renamed asThe Frome Super Market. The town is full of amazing artisan market stalls, yummy food and and a flea market.I have tried to capture a few of the wonderful colours and a little of the  character. It was a lovely morning and next Month I hope to have my own little stall there.

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Tip: never photograph the food and not buy it till you walk back up the hill, you will find its all gone 😦

I did show Tony what he could have had for lunch had there been any left whoops!

Fluffy Flower Brooch Tutorial Using Rowan Kid silk haze

This is a little crochet pattern for these fluffy flower brooches. They are great as brooches or to add as embellishments. I have written this in longhand with abbreviations highlighted to make it easier for beginners to follow. Image

Materials Double knitting yarn for the center (selfstriping works best)

Rowan Kid silk Haze for the outer petals.

Crochet hook 4

Crochet hook 5 (If you are a loose crocheter I would go down a size in hooks)

wool needle

sewing needle

coloured cotton

assortment of buttons.

Scissors

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Using the Dk CHain 4, join with a Slip Stitch to the first CHain forming a circle. Image

3 CHain then Treble Crochet into the circle (yrh put hook through circle yrh pull back through. (3 stitches on hook) yrh pull through 2 stitches yrh pull through remaining 2 stitches) repeat 13 more times, you can move the stitches along slightly if it gets tight.

Join with a Slip Stitch to top of 2chain (1st stitch) Image

CHain 6 (3chain counts as Treble Crochet), miss a SPace TReble Crochet into next SPace

*CHain 3 miss a SPace Treble Crochet into next Space* repeat all the way around,

join yarn into the base of first stitch with a Slip Stitch. Image

Next is making the petals. DC,TRC,DTRC,TRC,DC into each space /(3chain) joining  with a SS at the base of each.

Longer version for beginners.

Into first 3 CHain, *Double Crochet, Treble Crochet, Double Treble Crochet, Treble Crochet, Double Crochet, Join to the base of the next 3 CHain with a Slip Stitch* repeat until you have completed all the petals. Join with a Slip Stitch.

Cut off yarn and pull it through the last stitch. Turn your flower over. Image

Put your hook through the back of the stitch wrap orange yarn over hook, and pull back through making sure there is a long end.

*CHain 8, Miss a space/stitch Slip Stitch into back of next Space* repeat all around. Join into first Stitch with a Slip Stitch.

Cut Yarn and pull through stitch.

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Next insert the hook in the back of the stitch between the orange petals. YRH pull through Stitch.

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CHain 12 miss a stitch, Slip Stitch into back of the next Stitch (between the orange) CHain 12 repeat all the way around, Slip Stitch into last Stitch/Space cut yarn and pull it up through last stitch.

Sew in the ends using a wool needle. I would  turn the flower over so the front is facing and pull up the wool ends so that they are on the front of the flower, then sew them in (not visible from the back leaving it neat). Then choose a large button use a sewing needle and cotton and stitch it into the center. I would secure the cotton first again on the front side of the flower (under the button) then sew the button on, sewing the cotton through to the back with the last stitch, turn the flower over and stitch on a brooch back. Secure cotton and cut off as close to the brooch back as possible. You should end up with a very neat finish.

I hope this is helpful for crochet beginners. If I have written anything wrong or you have problems with the pattern do let me know 🙂 I would also love to see any flower brooches made using this pattern. Have fun.

Colourday: A visit to Butterfly Bright full of my favorite colours!

Today I went to Butterfly Bright in Sherborne for a Yarn Bee (knit and natter), a morning of crochet chatting and eating cake in a very colourful shop owned by Ali Nurts (@AliNurts on twitter)Image

I met some lovely ladies who were being taught to crochet by Caroline Bradshaw (@carolinemakesit).

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Now to the colour! Beautiful buttons.

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Yummy fabrics (these are 30% off at the moment)

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Gorgeous bundles of felt.

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Colourful displays.

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Cute little containers by Rice which I could not resist..

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because they are all my favorite colours 🙂 They will soon be full of beads and buttons, great to take with me when I’m running workshops.

Ali also now stocks my cards,brooches and jewellery. 

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What a fab day.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend T x

A visit to Courts Gardens NT

I had a lovely morning out with my Mum. We visited Courts Garden in Holt Nr Bradford on Avon. 

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It was so nice to see the flowers coming out and feel the heat from the sun.

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The beautiful blossom in the trees.

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A walk around the ponds.

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Admiring all the flowers.

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We sat down over looking the ponds with a flask of tea I had brought and a homebaked cake. Bliss!

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We nattered a lot, and watched the wildlife.

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It was so nice to catch up and enjoy the sunshine together.

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There was a a fab children’s den part to the gardens hidden in between the trees, which gave me lots of ideas for the bottom of our garden.

We also found a lovely cafe near the carpark with the yummiest looking cakes and salads..I will be going back with Tony and Arthur soon I think.

After dropping Mum back in Trowbridge I headed home picking up some baguettes from Whiterow Farm Shop at Beckington.

I am now back in my garden concentrating on writing a new pattern for funky wristwarmers.

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What a perfect end to a great day 🙂

Crochet Necklace inspired by the sea.

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I have been trying out some more textured crochet stitches and using the Rowan Tweed Aran wool.  The combination of wavy texture and the blues and greens in the wool remind me of the sea, I have added little beads that catch in the light as the sun would catch sparkle in the water.

This is what a holiday by the sea does even if it is cold 😉

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I love the texture of this wool and the bumpiness of the stitch.

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This picture was taken last summer in cornwall, the colour’s are exactly those found in this gorgeous wool.

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I will be concentrating on writing some patterns for my website over the next few weeks, I have so many ideas bubbling away and sketchbooks full of designs. I must concentrate on one at a time 😉

Inside Crochet and a Peek inside my Studio

Last Thursday Inside Crochet’s April edition came out. Knowing I was in it I rushed to Sherborne (approx 10 miles away) to get my copy.  I had been tweeted about the feature early in the morning (my favorite time on twitter) by a few people and was getting very excited. A fellow tweeter and crochet designer Kat Goldin was also featured with a book review on her new book Crochet at Play and  a Pretty Tutu pattern taken from the book.

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Unfortunatly I could not find it in any of the news agents in Sherborne and did not feel like driving to the next town, so had to wait until the Friday to get my copy in Frome.  With my phone pinging all day from people who had seen it 😉

When I finally got my hands on a copy I was thrilled to see the lovely colourful photographs and read the 2 page feature beautifully written by Lindsey Harrad.

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Inside Crochet has changed a lot over the last year and is looking and feeling fab. There are some great patterns, book reviews and lots of gorgeous photographs to get you inspired to pick up your crochet hook!     I am planning to make the Dream Catcher by Sara Sinaguglia for Arthur, may change the hearts and flowers to little cars to make it boyish. It looks like a lovely pattern.