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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

New Craft Studio

Very excited to announce that I will be opening up a new Laughing Hens Contemporary Craft Studio in Radlett, Hertfordshire. It's based at Battlers Green Farm, a really lovely location just outside North London with an farm shop, cafe, Fired Earth and Aga shop, Florist (The Flower Grove) and loads more lovely shops.

The first classes commence 3rd July and I have loads of Saturday, weekday and evening classes for you in knitting, sewing, crochet and sugarcraft.

Many of the workshops will be based on the projects from my books and I'll be selling a small range of Rooster wool, needles and some Moda fabrics. I also plan to exhibit textile artists later on and I'm hoping to attract some really lovely exhibits for you to browse while you're visiting.

I'll also have shade cards and pattern books from Debbie Bliss and Rowan and will be able to place an internet order for the wool to be delivered straight to your home.

I've just put up a schedule of the classes on my website: and I'll be updating the blog soon with dates too.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Tara's Blanket

I'm afraid this photo has come out a little yellow, but this is another lovely patchwork blanket made by Tara from my sewing class. It's really beautiful and she's used shirt fabrics from several of her friends and husband and mixed them in with some gorgeous Amy Butler and William Morris designs.

Russian dolls

Cute, or what .....

Camilla the Pony

I forgot how pretty she is:

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

More projects from sewing class

Mary's drawstring bag: Emma's patchwork blanket:

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Sewing Class last night

Here are some of the projects my fabulous students made in my sewing class last night:

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Make up holder

I made this for my daughter, Camilla. It's to keep her make up/toothbrush etc in when she stays out. It is from the Crochet Holder design, I just made a couple of bigger channels.

Beginners Crochet

Friday, 12 March 2010

Drawstring Bag project

I've made this drawstring bag today for my Sewing Class on Monday. I chose a pretty nursery rhyme fabric that I bought ages ago and couldn't think what to make with it. I made this to show as a sample and to teach this technique, but I'm not sure what to do with the bag? It's a good size as a laundry bag, so I may applique 'Wash Me' on the front and give it to my daughter Camilla, to keep in her room - it may avoid the dirty underwear on the floor - though I doubt it.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Crochet Dress

Isn't this great! This was Cate Blanchett at London Fashion week:

Finished at last

This is the Cafetiere cosy I've been designing for Laughing Hens, that I finished last night. Very easy, fun and Laughing Hens will have the pattern now, so if you'd like it please contact until they get it up on their website.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Today's makes

This is what I made with the rejected Cafetiere knitting. I felted it twice in the washing machine and used up a spare zip and lining I had. The lining is from Moda Fabrics.

I love this purse. My old one had really had it. I will give this pattern to Laughing Hens to sell and it uses Rooster Yarns. A really good project for using up scraps. But you must use 100% wool.

Book Review

Just been sent a link to my first book review of Creating Your Own Garden Farm:

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Felting disaster

I'm trying to design a Cafetiere cover for Laughing Hens. And it's not that this felt was a disaster, just that the Cafetiere looked like it had a bit of old carpet wrapped round it! Back to the drawing board and I will make this into a new purse instead. The old one's looking really tatty anyway.

Yesterday's Children's Knitting Workshop

Thanks to Sarah, Emma, Issy, Josephine, Henry and mum

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Crochet inspiration

I'm going to design something like this next, aren't the colours gorgeous....

Pom pom

Off this morning to take photos of some children at a knitting workshop for The Guardian. Made these lovely pom poms for the little ones ....

Flower Market this morning

Went to the flower market this morning with Natalie, my sister to buy flowers for her florist shop....

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Day off

Having a day off today. First time for ages. So finally managed to finish the crochet hook holder. Found the lining fabric in Patchwork Dog & Basket in Lewes and the ribbon at another fabric shop there. The fabric is from Moda, The Happy Camper range. It's all so lovely, I want to make loads of things with it.

I also found a really nice bundle of checks I thought that Christopher would like for his patchwork blanket when we visit him in Oman next month. I think he'll especially like this fabric with the tea cups too. It was in the sale.

Then went for my fabulous violin lesson - more scales and arpeggios and now practising 'Frohlicher Landman' (The Jolly Farmer) - 'needs a rich, warm tone with lots of bow', sounds like my crochet holder.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Crochet Project

Nearly there..... just waiting for some fabric to arrive.