It's been a while since I've posted but that's because I've been a busy little bee! Since my last blog I have been getting on with teaching myself crochet and have had a little help from a friend of my mums, Anne-Marie, who has been crocheting for 18 years! I showed her what I have done so far and unfortunately she could tell straight away where I had gone wrong!! I've been trying to make a crochet coaster from a pattern that was in an issue of Mollie Makes http://www.molliemakes.com/. She asked me if it would help if she crocheted one too so I could see where I had gone wrong and also so I would have something to follow! Can you spot which one might be mine (hint it's the pink one but you probably already guessed that!!)
She did say that she thought I had done a good job for my first attempt and that I must keep it so in years to come I can see how far I've progressed! So I will be re-attempting this on tuesday on my train journey to London and will let you know if there are any improvements after all the handy tips Anne-Marie gave me!
On friday I went to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts show in Manchester again with my mum, Anne-Marie and her friend Barbara. I didn't know what to expect as I haven't been before. It was basically a place where there were lots of stands with people selling crafts they had made but mainly people selling craft materials, fabrics, equipment and kits (which was dangerous for my bank balance). There were also people doing demonstrations. I have to admit I am not a lover of all crafts some of the things that were at the show were really not my cup of tea but if we were all into the same things it would be boring! There were 3 stand out/inspirational businesses for me one inparticular was http://www.naturaleigh.co.uk/home.html the products they had to buy were lovely and their stand just drew me and my mum in like a magnet! As the name suggests everything had a very natural element to it whether it be their handmade soaps, dried lavender, hemp rope or their ecru/stone based french chambray fabrics. They had kits for sale but you could also buy any of the materials that they supplied in their kits in bulk and also the items already pre made if you didn't want to make them yourselves. It all had a very french shabby chic country feel to it and it was a popular stand!
On Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting our tote bag workhop for lovely Francesca our competition winner from the 'One Big Craftea Charity Day' (the charity craft fair we held last September in aid of Marie Curie) along with her two lovely housemates Hatty and Amy. Amy was actually a craft stall holder at our fair selling her lovely digital printed scarf designs http://www.amystubbs.net/Site/Home.html (have a peak her prints are really interesting and unique.) So Francesca was there to help her, entered the raffle and won the prize of a craftea day with afternoon tea and champagne for 3 people! I had such a great day because not only did they all produce some fab tote bags by the end of the workshop but I also got to chat to them about the work they do and talked about what they would like to do creatively in the future as they had all studied Textiles at uni and were all keen to maybe be able to make a living out of their talents. Unfortunately because we were chatting a lot we did get a little bit behind with the sewing of the bags but we got there in the end! Here are a few photos of the day and the finished bags!
Cutting out their bag from our tote bag pattern pieces -the easy part!
Time for Tea! A well deserved break of cake and champagne!
Concentrating hard and aware of the deadline!
Ta Dah! The finished products! All very individual and unique I think their use of different combinations of fabrics was really effective.
Just to embarass them, the girls and their lovely bags -spot the bunting in the background and some very nice prints on the wall!
Another successful workshop!
This week then- lots of 'pinterest pinning', crochet practice and planning for a few events coming up over the next few months.