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

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On such a frosty morning it seems quite strange to be thinking ahead to spring, slightly warmer weather, longer days and a little sunshine…but I have tickets to give away for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia and fingers crossed we will not be snowed in this year!

To get you in the stitching mood we are also offering a pair of mini beadwork kits. Alternatively, you may like a chunky cross stitch, a beaded parrot or woodpecker or a more traditional cross stitch or biscornu.

The tickets are valid for use on Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st or Sunday 3rd March 2019.

If you would like a chance to win a pair of tickets please drop me a line either below, on any of my social media accounts, via the contact page of the website http://www.annsorchard.co.uk or send an email epavier@annsorchard.co.uk

The competition closes at midnight on Friday 25th January 2019
Three lucky winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 26th January 2019

It should be a fantastic day out, plenty of inspiration and a great opportunity to stock up on projects, haberdashery, fabrics and yarn for the coming year.

If you are not a lucky winner this time then please take advantage of the discount code SPRING2 to get a reduced price of £12 for an advance adult ticket when booking online at http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/spring or by calling 0844 581 1319

If you are visiting give us a wave at C44 and best of luck!

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Crochet YipYip

Christmas is a great time to have a little scroll through the Internet and I found a brilliant pattern in both crochet and knitted versions for YipYip Martians by http://www.carissaknits.com

The original is in Bernat Blanket but I didn’t have any to hand so plumped for two balls of DMC Natura XL and 5mm crochet hook from my stash. I also chose to crochet the eyes rather than use the recommended ping pong balls and I still need to figure out an alternative to the pip cleaner antennae which I was worried my not so small children might accidentally stab themselves on!

To make the eyes:

  • magic circle and 6dc
  • 2dc into each of the previous stitches (12sts)
  • 3 rounds of 12dc
  • dc decrease 6 times (6sts)
  • stuff with polyester filling
  • weave yarn through remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to close
  • stitch a black button or bead over the magic circle
  • pop on your Yip Yip

These fellows are so easy to make, are perfect storage containers and bring a smile to your face 🙂

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A minor adjustment to the YipYip – I have stitched his googly eyes together so now much more like the original

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A Christmas Biscornu

Free Biscornu Pattern

I have been so fortunate over the past year to have received so much support and encouragement for my little needlework business. It means so much to hear such positive messages from this community of crafters and to be so inspired by your creativity. One of my favourite projects has been designing cross stitch biscornu so it seemed appropriate to create one as a Christmas gift.

This quirky shaped needlework is surprisingly easy to make. Simply two squares of Cashel linen covered in festive cross stitch motifs and then the process of offsetting the finished needlework squares when stitching them together causes the shape to fold itself.

For a PDF copy of the cross stitch charts and instructions simply click on the link.
I do have a few kits available but feel free to raid your stash.

You are very welcome to share this pattern with friends and family

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and joyful New Year x

Link to Christmas Biscornu Pattern

Christmas Cross Stitch Designs

After all the rain the weather is now beautiful and the sun shining so it is very hard to believe we are mid way through November and Christmas is on the horizon.

It is this time of the year when I am preparing for the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, crafting some presents and thinking of a Christmas pattern giveaway. One of my favourite projects this year has been designing biscornu so I thought a Christmas themed version would be perfect for a little seasonal stitching.

One side has been designed over the weekend and the stitching should be complete by tomorrow I just have to design the second side!!!! Normally inspiration strikes when I am in the midst of doing something very boring. It is as though part of my brain is at a loose end so starts wandering off into creative thought and the images start to appear in my mind. Since I have a set of shelves and the ceiling of the summerhouse to sand and undercoat today I am hoping this will be the perfect stimulus to create some more motifs to complete the biscornu.

If you would like a free copy of the finished pattern, hopefully at the beginning of December, please head over to the homepage and sign up to my newsletter.

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Congratulations!!! We have some winners

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Many congratulations to tracyjroe and theruralsewist winners of the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show tickets. Please contact me to arrange your prizes and have a fantastic day out.

If you are hoping to come along to the show and not yet booked tickets please take advantage of the discount code HAR16 for a reduced price of £12 when booking online or over the phone.

Give us a wave if you are passing C550!

Twit Twoo

 

TwitTwooHappy Halloween to you all

I made this little snowy owl over the school holiday. It is the first time I have sew with felt in literally decades. I am sure my last attempt was a blanket stitch purse as a Brownie! This wool felt really is a delight to stitch with, so forgiving. I simply sketched a snowy owl, snipped him out and dusted down the blanket stitching. The only tricky part were his legs. I did attempt to fashion my own from wire, they were rather mangled but at least I was able to work out if I could get him to stand up. His new legs were some I found at the Knitting and Stitching Show and after clipping back, painting and wrapping his claws in embroidery thread they worked a treat.

Win!! Tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate 22nd to 25th November

Harrogate Ticket Comp 2018

It seems no time at all since we were meeting up with so many crafty people at the Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace and now, having survived the school half term holiday, we are preparing to do it all again in beautiful Harrogate 22nd to 25th November.

I have some tickets to give away to this fantastic show so please drop me a line by Friday 2nd of November if you would like the chance to win a pair as well as a needlework kit. Tag a friend and both names will go in the draw on Saturday 3rd November. Best of luck to you all x