Crafty Doings in July

After spending a lovely hour or so catching up with my favourite blogs this morning I’m inspired to write a catch up post of a few bits I’m making and have finished recently. My living room cushion makeover is on going. We have a four seater sofa and an armchair, so I am fairly limited in the amount of cushions we can practically fit and use in the living room! I think I can squeeze a couple more in at the most. My latest cushion is my corner to corner crochet cushion. It’s made with Stylecraft Special DK and some sparkly acrylic stuff. I really enjoyed making it, it’s so quick even when you are in a right tangle of yarn. I put a zip in one of the sides so it can be washed. 

I’ve started a new piece of embroidery, just for me! It’s from the Thread Folk Artist series, I think it was a limited edition design, you can find the Thread Folk shop here. I’m really enjoying it so far, it suits my style of embroidery of small areas of stitch to make the whole. 

I’ve made these cute little thank you cards for the teachers at school. I got a bit obsessed with taking photos of these, I love the flower pattern (which is by Emma Lamb, in her book Crochet Home) and I can see more of these flowers being made in the future. 

I wanted to add all the pieces of work I made for Sherwood Art Week to my Folksy shop, but so far have only added my Satsuma Bird Hoop Art. Lots more to come soon. I’ve also added free 1st Class postage to all UK orders from my Folksy shop.

Last weekend I had a lovely time meeting some other Folksy shop owners. We met at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and enjoyed ambling around, admiring the Tony Cragg exhibition and talking about all sorts of stuff. Thank you to Trudi, Jane, Anna, and Holly for a great time, and Camilla and Sian for organising it! 

And that’s it for the mo! Nothing else that I can reveal yet- I have some Christmas bits and bobs in production, yikes! 

Crochet inspiration 


Last summer I took some photos from the window of the train, and the colours in these pictures became the colour palette for a crocheted cushion I made for our living room. I’m currently making another cushion cover (very slowly) and as the views from the car window were the same colours I thought I’d share the inspiration and the cushion covers, together for the very first time…
Somewhere between Nottingham and London, from the train.

Outside Nottingham, looking toward Lambley (accompanied by my chilidren fast asleep in the back of the car and oblivious that I was stopping to take photos in a lay-by).

Finished cushion and the work-in-progress cushion. Both are sitting comfortably on the giant granny square blanket my sister made me for Christmas. What do you think of the colours/interpretation? I think maybe I needed a more greeny green in there but I’m mostly happy with it.  Both the cushions and blanket are made using Stylecraft Special DK. I’ll be edging the ripple cushion using Parchment as well for a bit of continuity! I was inspired by Maura, writer and crafter at the  The Messy Brunette blog, and her Vintage Granny Stripe blanket, to use the Parchment coloured yarn, it’s a great neutral that I would have probably overlooked. 

More pictures…

These colours are definitely my go to colours! Clothes, accessories and house decor all seem to end up being part of this colour palette. Sometimes maybe a little bit of pink too! I’m also thinking of branching out into using orange after taking this photo for my husband at the weekend:

What do you think? !

Teresa x

March 2016: Lots of little projects


March seemed to whizz by! As usual I’ve been busy making bits and bobs, although I have a couple of unfinished projects that still need my attention. 
One of the first things I made was a hat for my lovely friend Helen, who was going on a trip of a lifetime to Iceland; I wanted her ears to stay warm and chose Drops Andes (a lovely super chunky alpaca and wool blend) to make it. 

I love this picture of it in use!   

I made some little gifts for Mothers Day: embroidered flowers in a crochet frame, and some lavender scented sachets to hang from on a coat hanger. I might have to make a couple for my self too!  

I made another Emery Dress. I really really like this version, in viscose, it’s so swishy and feels lovely on.  

I hand stitched these super cute teddy bears for my Folksy shop. Made from wool felt and mounted in a hand crocheted frame I think they would look great on the wall of a playroom or nursery. 

My new crochet project is a poncho for my daughter using Stylecraft DK. I just hope she will wear it when it’s finished!   

My crochet hooks now have a proper home in this little case, made using fabric and a purse clasp from old kits that came with Mollie Makes magazines.   

And I also finished my crochet cushion! It was a bit of a struggle towards the end, as I hadn’t followed a specific pattern I got in a bit of a pickle joining the squares. It’s one of those things that no one else will notice, but I do! Next time I will use a proper pattern… 

Teresa X