My growing blanket!

My scrappy blanket is steadily growing! I love deciding which little ball of wool to use for the next stripe. It was getting a bit heavy and it was hard to see how wide it would be, so my friend Russell (who can knit amazing fair isle jumpers with his eyes closed!) suggested I transfer my project onto a circular needle. It’s much easier and I can fully appreciate all the colours as I knit. More happy hours ahead of me!

Scrappy Blanket

Scrappy Blanket

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Sisters Guild, Frome

Whilst visiting Frome recently I discovered lots of great independent shops and galleries. My favourite shop was called Sisters Guild, on Catherine Hill. It had an enticing window display and once inside I found a wonderful selection of toys, clothes and decor. Everything has been carefully selected with an emphasis on quality and with the aim of encouraging imaginations.

Sisters Guild in FromeI fell completely in love with the Maileg bunnies I found inside. Not only were the bunnies themselves beautiful, but they were sat on top of a cupboard, which was full of the sweetest outfits and accessories. There were dungarees, dresses, even yoga outfits! They have a really helpful guide to the bunnies on their website, I know I will be buying one in the near future!

Maileg bunniesPhotos by my lovely husband, Matthew Cleveland.

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Cosy crafting workshops!

It’s the perfect time of year to be planning craft projects to make your home lovely and cosy! Rugs rugs and patchwork quilts are the perfect projects to bring a bit of warmth and comfort and I am teaching two classes at Make to give you the skills for both. On Tuesday the 4th of November, we will be spending the evening sorting through a big pile of fabric and designing beautiful rag rugs. The workshop price includes homemade cake and a cuppa too!

Heart Rag Rug

The following Tuesday night, the 11th of November, will focus on paper pieced patchwork. You will get to choose from some gorgeous fabrics and start your very own hexagon quilt. I will bring along lots of examples and inspiration if you fancy making your first project something a bit smaller too.

Heirloom Quilt & Me

For more information and details on how to book, take a peek at my workshops page!

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Catherine Hill, Frome

We recently spent the weekend with my parents in Somerset and they suggested heading to Frome for the day. It’s a lovely little town, full of independent shops, great places to eat, artists studios and a brilliant indoor farmers market. We began our day by sampling and buying local cheese, discovered some great shops and had a very tasty lunch at the Garden Cafe.

The Life of Riley FromeMy favourite street was Catherine Hill, where you will find The Life of Riley, a store full of treasures and lovely old things. We also discovered a gallery selling beautiful handmade pieces called Owl and then Sisters Guild was right next door.

Owl in FromeMarmalade Yarns had a seriously tempting range of wool on offer and the best door sign! There were some seriously well presented vintage clothes shops and you will find Hunting Raven Books on Cheap Street, an independent bookshop with some great titles, particularly in the arts section.

Marmalade Yarns in Frome

Marmalade Yarns in Frome

If you continue a little further up Catherine Hill you will also find Millie Moon, perfect for that fabric fix!

Millie Moon in Frome

If you are ever nearby I would highly recommend a trip to Frome, it has such a lovely atmosphere and so many independent shops to support! We will most certainly be returning…

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The Make blanket

I’ve been working on some super secret projects recently and I can finally share one of them with you! Make hosts Slice of Make every Wednesday night, which is a crafty social evening. I’ve made some fantastic friends there and we decided to make Nicky a mini quilt for her new premises! Everyone stitched a square (or four!) and I stitched them together. It was lovely to work on a collaborative project with so many different styles and materials all mixed together. Nicky loved her quilt, pop along to Make to take a peek!

The Make Quilt

 

The Make Quilt

The Make Quilt

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Make & The Craft Kitchen – the launch night!

I spent a wonderful weekend with Matt and my parents in Somerset, but before leaving Portsmouth on Friday night we simply had to go to the launch night for Make & The Craft Kitchen! Make has now moved from Albert Road to much bigger premises on Cornwall Road, just off Fratton Road. Joined by The Craft Kitchen, this new venue can offer a bigger selection of materials and workshops and more cakes to try! With murals painted by local artists, a yarn bombed balcony, handmade shelves filled with wool and fabric, pom poms hanging from the ceiling and as always an amazing atmosphere, this is set to be one of my favourite places in Portsmouth.

I cannot wait for the first Slice of Make this Wednesday night!

Make and the Craft Kitchen

Make and the Craft Kitchen

Make and the Craft Kitchen

Make and the Craft Kitchen

Photos by my wonderful husband and photographer, Matthew Cleveland.

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My Mum’s dress

My Mum wore this beautiful Laura Ashley dress to my christening, nearly thirty years ago! I tried it on recently and it fits me perfectly. Although I love the fabric I’m going to make a few alterations to make it just perfect. I’m going to take off the sleeves, shorten it a little and dye it so that it isn’t quite as pink. I will update you with my progress soon!

My Mum's dressMy Mum's dress

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Little Hands Make … Mini Weaves!

Weaving with your little ones can provide hours of entertainment! This tutorial will show you a really simple way of weaving that uses up your little scraps of ribbon and wool at the same time.

Little Hands Make ... Mini Weaves

To get started you will need some empty fruit nets, a pair of scissors, some cardboard (I used cereal boxes), tape, plastic needles and a selection of wool and ribbons. When collecting your fruit nets, cut them open carefully to get the largest flat piece possible.

Little Hands Make ... Mini Weaves

Stick the end of your net securely to the back of your cardboard. Gently pull the net across the front of your cardboard and secure the other end in place. Experiment with different types of nets to produce different shaped canvases!

Little Hands Make ... Mini Weaves

Once you have made your canvases, simply thread different lengths of ribbon and wool onto your needle and start to weave them through the net.

Little Hands Make ... Mini Weaves

Keep weaving until your net is full of colour and texture!

Little Hands Make ... Mini Weaves

Happy Making!

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Knitting with Lemonade Yarns!

I’ve been busy working on some new face cloth patterns, which will be available as instant digital downloads from my Etsy shop soon. I’m very lucky to be knitting my samples using some very lovely wool from Lemonade Yarns! I am using the King Cole Bamboo Cotton, which is not only a dream to knit with but also comes in over thirty colours!

Face cloths

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My heart rug

I love having projects that you can add to over time and that you can rediscover, but there is also a great satisfaction to be gained from finishing something that has been in the making for a couple of years! My heart rug is one of these projects and I have decided that I will devote some time to it over the next few months to complete it. I’m graduating the colour on this one, getting darker towards the edges and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Take a peek below to see how big it is at the moment!

Heart Rag Rug

Heart Rag Rug

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