I know it’s not even September yet and I’ve mentioned Christmas (!!) but I’m so excited to share that I have designed a Christmas Supplement for Simply Crochet Magazine and it’s out in the UK today!
I was approached by the Magazine Team and asked to design some decorations for a Christmas Supplement to go with Issue 75. Of course it’s still a long time until Christmas but the idea is that they wanted to give their readers some Christmas decoration designs early in the season so that there’s plenty of time to get them crocheted!
And here are my seven designs…
A Gingerbread Tree…
And a Colourful Bauble…
I am so happy with the way the decorations have been photographed and styled…
Although I did take some photos myself before I sent them off back at the beginning of July…
I spotted this gorgeous pine tree outside our local shopping centre… I did get some looks from passers by as I took photos of these decorations. I was designing and making these back in June when the warm summer weather was in full swing. It really did feel strange to be thinking about cosy Christmas ideas and then actually crocheting Christmas decorations during a heatwave!
I’m really happy with the designs and although I had a few other ideas too, the magazine team wanted really ‘obvious’ Christmas designs so these are all pretty traditional… but the bright pink colour and bobbles give a slightly modern twist!
Here are some initial samples that I took to Bedgebury Pinetum… we went there back in June and I was just playing around with ideas and my own scraps of yarn at the time… there were some amazing coloured pine trees which were perfect for photographing Christmas decorations! It’s over an hours drive away so I never got the chance to photograph the actual finished samples there…
I mixed and matched the colours and made a few of each design in different colour ways which is fun. So if you want to make these yourself, all the patterns are in the Christmas Supplement which comes with Issue 75 of Simply Crochet.
I also have a Flower Shawl design in the main magazine and there’s a little interview with me together with 4 other designers about out lightbulb moments in crochet…
More about those in blog posts at another time… 🙂 🙂
Happy Crocheting Everyone! 😊
Congratulations. I especially like the flower shawl.
Awww, thanks Cathy… yes I love that Shawl… simple but effective! I can’t wait to get it sent back to me… 😊❤️❤️
Eleonora, I love to see how your crochet career is blossoming.
I love the idea of these being hung on gifted bottles of wine! And I’m with Cathy about the shawl, it’s gorgeous. I don’t always buy the magazine but I certainly will this month!
Well done and congratulations 💜💛💜
Awww Tracey… Thank you so much! That’s so kind! 😊💙💙
The decorations would be nice attached to gifts wrapped in plain paper. I will buy the mag this month.
That’s a wonderful idea Gillian… thank you!😊💚💚💚
Exciting times. I can imagine you beavering away at Easter patterns at the moment!
Ha ha… how funny Sandra!! Yes, there may have been an Easter Egg on my hooks recently! 😉🤣❤️
Lovely designs and the photography really does them proud, I’ll be looking out for the magazine!!
Nice to see Salty again😀
Awww, thanks Peter… yes, I thought it was about time Salty made an appearance! 😊❤️🐶
I was so excited by the cristmas supplement – i know some people hate those first reminders or christmas but I love them! They make me feel so warm and happy. I especially love the cinnamon stick decoration. Very festive.
Awww, thank you so much Bethany-Jade… that warm cosy feeling is exactly what I was going for in these decorations!😊❤️🎄
I really like them all Eleonora but the gingerbread tree and presents are my favourites!!
Awww, thanks so much Amanda… they were fun to put together! 😊❤️❤️
Congratulations! These little designs are perfect for gifts and look beautiful on the tree.
Thank you so much! I’m happy you like them… 😊💚
It’s never too early to start thinking of Christmas! Love that flower shawl too!
Yay! Thanks Yolanda… 😊❤️
They’re so cute! And an excellent way to finally use up all the brown yarn I ordered for some reason last year :p
Oh Yay Hannah… That sounds like a plan! 😊💚🎄🎄🎄
Congratulations, all projects looks amazing! Every time I seeing your name in a magazine I tend to scream from excitement 😬 which makes my family jump!
Ha ha!! Awww Kasia… do lovely to have your support! 😊❤️❤️❤️
I just love your crochet christmas present. How can i get the directions here in the US. I looked on Ravelry although I do not see an option to purchase. Thanks in advance for any help.
Hi there Lisa… they are available in a booklet that comes with Issue 75 of Simply Crochet Magazine… maybe have a look at their website. I have to wait 6 months before I’m allowed to release them on my own Ravelry… 😊❤️
Hello! I’ve been eagerly looking all over for issue 75 just to get your booklet! Sadly-in the USA issue 75 came with a different (although adorable) supplement. I’m glad to see you’ll be able to put them up on Ravelry eventually. I’ll b able to make them next year. Thanks for all your beautiful and inspiring crochet!
You’re very welcome… thank you so much and I’m glad you like them! Yes, they will be up on Ravelry after about 4 months so next year you’ll be able to fill a tree! 😊❤️❤️