Crochet with Garden Twine

I have an obsession with bags. Not fancy, designer handbags, but large, woven bags for carrying the shopping or, dare I say it, stashing yarn! I have been thinking about making crochet bags for a very long time, there are numerous half-finished attempts lying about the house. The main issue I have found is that most yarn is too soft to hold its shape once the bag is finished. I have tried doubling up and alternative stitches which help to a degree but it still boils down to the yarn. A trip to the garden centre yesterday threw up the option of using garden twine. It was the selection of colours which caught my eye, who knew there was a whole range of alternatives to bottle green or beige? Anyway, I have made a start with a rather lovely indigo blue. It is quite tough on the hands but the finish is just what I am after, firm but flexible. If I can figure out a simple semi-circular design to start with then there are all sorts of options to pimp it up – fingers crossed (except when crocheting).

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Summertime Rabbit

School’s out, Hubby is home from some far flung office and so we are taking a short break. I am just rifling around my studio to pull together a selection of threads, fabrics and beads to immerse myself in stitching in the sunshine for a couple of weeks. I was planning to draft a floral design for the back of a biscornu this morning but having sat down at the computer this summertime rabbit appeared…. A subconscious self-portrait?

If you would like any stitching goodies please let me know by Friday 6th July otherwise the next posting date will be Monday 23rd July. I have email and PDF patterns are still available for instant download via Ravelry and LoveCrochet.

Have fun with this little rabbit xxx

Summer Time Rabbit

Roses are Red

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Preparing kits for shows is often the time that my mind wanders to new projects. I have been designing some more traditional cross stitch charts for magazines recently and it occurred to me that greetings cards featuring cross stitch charts could work well.

I am increasingly working in just one or two colours, possibly an influence of all the Japanese embroidery I have been looking at in books and on Pinterest. It really forces you to think about shape and composition. ‘Roses are Red’ is my first offering and the greetings cards have been printed, just in time for the Knitting and Stitching Show.

I have quite a few more designs in mind, all scribbled on scraps of paper dotted about the house, but they will have to wait for the end of March. I am also wondering whether a kit or materials pack would be a good offering alongside the greeting card?

Let me know what you think and whether there are any themes you would like to see.

NEC Sewing for Pleasure Winners

NEC tickets 2018 winners

Thank you for your fantastic response to the NEC Sewing for Pleasure tickets. We have picked two lucky winners from the hat this morning. Many congratulations Linda and Christine. Please let me know which minkit, woodpecker or chunky cross stitch kit you would like and I will pop everything in the post. Have a fantastic day out xx

Win!!! Tickets to Sewing for Pleasure NEC Birmingham

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March is going to be a very busy month. We have the Knitting and Stitching Show in London followed almost immediately by Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC Birmingham. We have not done this show before but visited last year and it was packed with inspirational exhibits as well as a great selection of fabrics and haberdashery.

If you would like a chance to win a pair of tickets as well as a mini beadwork kit and frame, a new chunky cross stitch or a beaded woodpecker kit, simply comment here or drop me a line via the contact page on the website or by email
epavier@annsorchard.co.uk

These tickets are valid on all days of the show 15th to 18th March 2018.

All entries need to be in by midnight Saturday 10th February and two lucky winners will be drawn on Sunday 11th February 2018 – Good Luck and if you are coming along give us a wave on C21 x

Olympia Knitting and Stitching Winners

Horrah, we have some winners for the Knitting and Stitching Show tickets, many congratulations to Trudy, Linda and Susanna. Please contact me to ket me know which minibeadwork, chunky cross stitch or new woodpecker kit you would like and I will pop everything in the post. Have a fantastic day out and please give us a wave at A42.

In the meantime, please keep an eye open for the Sewing for Please at NEC tickets I will be giving away in the coming week. It is a new show for me so I am excited at the thought of seeing both familiar faces as well as meeting a whole new audience.

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Win!!! Tickets to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it must have been playing on my mind as I started scribbling and then stitching roses this week. The design is quite traditional and entirely in cross stitch, not a bead to be seen!!! Fingers crossed it should be ready to bring along to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, 1st to 4th March 2018.

I really like this show. It is smaller than the autumn offering at Alexandra Palace but there is still the same inspirational work in the textile galleries and it is a great opportunity to stock up on lovely fabrics, yarns and haberdashery for the coming year.

If you would like a chance to win a pair of tickets as well as a mini beadwork kit and frame, a new chunky cross stitch or a beaded woodpecker kit, simply comment here or drop me a line via the contact page on the website or by email
epavier@annsorchard.co.uk

These tickets are valid on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th March.

All entries need to be in by midnight Friday 2nd February and three lucky winners will be drawn on Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Good Luck and if you are coming along give us a wave on A42 x