Crochet: Round 2

I’ve picked up my crochet hooks again recently. I tried a year or so back but quickly lost interest when I realised that my capabilities didn’t seem to be able to expand beyond coasters. But I’ve stuck at it this time, and thanks to many What’s App messages with my crochet queen friend Mrs Paynter to get her to translate a stitch in a way I could I understand, I’ve been able to progress. I’ve gone a bit pin happy on Pinterest, you can see some of my favourite patterns here. There are so many fab free patterns on the site. I’ve just finished a pretty little jam jar cover to make a tea light holder (pattern here thanks to Ólöf Lilja Eyþórsdóttir).

I’m now having a go at making a scarf for myself. I struggled to find just a simple scarf pattern – there are lots for infinity scarfs or cowls but in the end I decided I’d start this one. Typically there are now rumours that the weather is going to warm up, so I’m desperatly trying to finish it so I can get some wear out of it. There’s a great tutorial linked to the pattern about how to do a foundation crochet, which I’d never done before, but it’s really easy when you know how. The pattern is in US but it’s really easy to convert. I’ll post a photo when it’s done!

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New arrivals

A whole pile of gorgeous new fabrics has landed at Walnut Tree Home.

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Quite a few of these fabrics are a little different than my usual style that I tend to be drawn to, and perhaps a little more contemporary.

There are some gorgeous bold prints, like these…

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I’m thinking I’ll turn these into quite large cushions, without perhaps any extra embellishment.

These pretty fabrics I may mix in with other things such as ticking…

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And then there’s the stripes, which at the moment I can’t quite decide what to do with!

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The finished cushions will all be listed on my Etsy shop once complete, but don’t forget that I also offer a bespoke service – so if you like any of these fabrics and would like something made to order, just get in touch.

Gearing up for a winter fair

Phew, where have the last few weeks gone? Things have been rather busy of late whilst I’ve been preparing for the Mill Road Winter Fair in Cambridge. If you’re local to the area chances are you’ll know all about this fabulous event – if you don’t then it really is worth a visit, there promises to be something for everyone.

I’ll be launching a new range at the fair – tea towels made with vintage and new fabrics, and show casing some new cushions which aren’t yet listed on my Etsy or Folksy shops. There’ll also be some festive bunting – see, it does work all year round…

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Aside from this, I’ve been thinking about how best to set up my stall, Pinterest has been really helpful in giving me some new ideas and I’ll be giving my plans a test run next weekend. From a customer perspective I think it’s really important that a stall not only looks inviting but encourages people to take a closer look, and hopefully then appreciate a unique handmade item.

If you’re in the area on the 6 December, pop along and say hello to myself and my merry little helpers x

Freddie’s bunting

This is really where my obsession with making bunting all began. One of my best friends had a beautiful baby boy last year (Freddie) and before he arrived I promised to make handmade curtains for his nursery, as a little surprise I made this bunting too. We were at their house at the weekend and I love seeing my little sewing projects scattered around my friends homes. I’m not sure Freddie will really be into bunting when he’s all grown up but it’s lovely to see it proudly on display for now.

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Amelia

One of my favourite things to do is to make handmade presents for my loved ones. Many of my close friends have (beautiful) children now and it’s lovely to be a part of their lives and be invited to help celebrate their special occasions. Just recently I made some pretty pink bunting for little Amelia for her first birthday and today it was her Christening. I wanted to make her something that would mark this special occasion but also be something which she’ll (I hope) appreciate too when she is grown up. So out came the sewing machine a few weeks back. It was such a pretty design I couldn’t help but make a few extra versions of it, which I have, of course, named the ‘Amelia’. It’s a 40cm envelope backed cushion (with the usual feather filled pad) with pretty floral fabric and vintage trim. Each of the extra ones I made have a slight variation so that each cushion is unique. There are four available to choose from, two have hearts in matching fabric and two have plain fabric hearts. Coordinating bunting is also available.

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