Hello Everyone… I post regular ‘Coastal Crochet’ updates over on my Instagram and Facebook but of course I realise that many of you lovely readers may not use Instagram or Facebook. So in this blog post I’d like to give you all a round up of what’s been on my hooks and other crochet news too… 🙂
My ‘Changing Tides‘ blanket crochet along starts in 4 weeks! And I’m very happy to announce that The Knitting Network have put together exclusive yarn packs to accompany the CAL in both Aran and DK weight yarns… They offer worldwide shipping at a bargain price (only £5.99) and 10% discount on first orders too! 🙂
I’ve been really busy behind the scenes getting the patterns finalised as well as organising some step by step photos and a few YouTube tutorials… 🙂
Some of you may remember I took part in the Simply Crochet Magazine ‘Designer Challenge’. Well I was very happy that my cat themed mother’s day card won the challenge! 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my design, I really did appreciate it. And I also have to give a massive shout out to the fabulous Heather from Keep Calm and Crochet on uk who was in the challenge with me. I loved her butterfly design so much and it was fabulous to be in the challenge together with her…
I’ve been hosting crochet workshops locally which is something I really love to do… meeting some of you in the flesh and sharing the crochet joy together is a wonderful thing! I hosted a ‘Crochet Flowers’ workshop at YAK in Brighton last week and it was so enjoyable… everyone went home with at least one completed flower! 🙂
I’m hosting a ‘Crochet Bunting’ workshop at YAK on Sunday 7th April from 1pm – 3.30pm which I’m looking forward to. I plan to encourage everyone to be really creative with crochet triangles so all kinds of unique bunting can be made…
I’ve designed some Easter Eggs for ‘Crochet Now’ Magazine and the free downloadable pattern is available over on their website. 🙂 I was crocheting these back in the autumn whilst on holiday in Cornwall… the Cornish coast provided a beautiful backdrop don’t you think..
And I’m going to be hosting workshops at a new location for me… Made and Making in Hassocks, West Sussex. I went up to meet the owner and see the workshop space… it’s a wonderfully light and airy craft space alongside a garden centre so really perfect for hosting workshops!
I’m doing my ‘Crochet Flowers’ on Friday 3rd May…
‘Entrelac Crochet’ on Friday 21st June…
I love this technique that is based on Tunisian crochet but uses an ordinary crochet hook. It’s a perfect introduction to Tunisian crochet.
And on Sunday 30th June I’m hosting a ‘Crochet Pebbles’ workshop…
In the new issue of Simply Crochet Magazine which is out this week (Issue 82) there’s an article called ‘Hooked On Books’ which is all about further education in crochet. It’s a great read… 🙂
For those of you who have been following my blog from the early days you will remember that back in 2016 I completed Part 1 of the ’International Diploma in Crochet’. I’ve been slowly working though Part 2 and hope to complete it by the end of this year (I’m not sure if that’s a realistic goal though!)
I was asked to contribute to the magazine article because I am a designer who has undertaken a more formal crochet course and in the article I share some of my thoughts. I was also asked to provide a photo of me crocheting for the article! And here it is…
Crocheting in the back garden with a few of my favourite makes around me!
Here are just some of the samples I’ve crocheted over the last four years as part of the course…
And finally, I was contacted by Esmerelda from The Netherlands – ggdw2018 on Instagram and she wrote the following…
‘Every bird sings its own song…’
Together we will make the longest line of birds!!!!!!!
Let’s craft and unite the world! We’ll make the longest line of Birds June ‘19.
Send to: Creazy Ladies, De Hare 10, 8375 GC Oldemarkt, The Netherlands
The birds may be made in various ways from various materials: knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery, felting, drawn, dyed as long as it is made of textile, wool, yarn, etc. With a hook or loop to put it on a line.
Size is max. 25 cm high and 15 cm wide
Deadline is 31 May 2019.
The longest line of birds will be presented during the Textiel Festival Weerribben on 14, 15 and 16 June 2019 and all submitted birds will form a whole. The theme of this festival is “Strange Birds”.
Afterwards all birds will be donated to several charities.
Can you participate in this new international people power project? – Love, Esmeralda
Well I certainly plan to make a bird… here is a seagull I crocheted a couple of years ago… I plan to design something quite different for this festival though. 🙂
I said to Esmerelda that I would share more about her plans on my blog so maybe some of you will make a bird and send it off too! 🙂
So there you have it… an update of some of my recent crochet ventures! 🙂
Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂
What a wonderful idea about the crochet bird!
I think so too! 🙂 🙂
Wow! You have been so busy creating your wonderful patterns hither and thither! Such a wonderfully uplifting, colourful array of projects.
I love the idea of the birds – I hope to come up with something to send.
Thank you Sandra… yes the birds is a lovely little project. I love that it will make me design something that I wouldn’t have done otherwise… a bird was no where near my radar until the lady reached out… 🙂 🙂
How can people in the United States get the patterns for your flowers (especially lovely), etc. since we would be unable to attend one of your great sounding workshops. Admire your blog a lot!
Hello Janis… I have just published the pattern onto my Ravelry store for those who are too far away to attend the workshops… enjoy! 🙂 🙂 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crocheted-flowers-workshop
Congratulations on your winning cats! I hope all your workshops go well 🙂
Thank you so much Hannah… 😊💙
Thanks for your update. Really enjoy reading your blog. I’ve just finished your blanket, brilliant pattern and great tutorials with it. Thanks a mill. Looking forward to the next one.
Thank you so much Loretta! Lovely to hear you enjoyed the blanket and also reading my blog! 😊❤️❤️
I remember when you were going through the course and it made want to do one too. That’s when I started researching courses I could do. That’s when I started that courses from the Craft Yarn Council. You inspired me! I’m still toying with the idea of doing the Masters course with the Crochet Guild but have put that off for a bit but I haven’t totally abandoned the idea. 🙂
That’s so wonderful to hear Yolanda! Yes, I remember you working through your course and there were certainly similarities to mine! It’s been hard for me to fit it in… but I will keep going! You’d be brilliant at the Masters Course! 😊💙💙
I like to think of it like going to crochet school. 🙂
What a brilliant résumé of your recent work and projects, Eleonora, with such excellent pics of everything! Your designs are so striking in their colours and neatness; the journey you have made over the past couple of years is quite amazing. I particularly love the photo of your IDC samples …. think it’s just what I need to spur me on a bit with Part 2.
You posted a comment about our book and the front cover photo – yes, it is Brighton beach. We still have some stock left and intend to promote and discount those copies later this year. I shall also keep looking for an opportunity to join one of your workshops – do you do a list of places and dates? You are such an inspiration to us all – keep up the good work and the very best of luck with the new CAL. xx 🌸🌸
Thank you so much Jenny! Such kind and encouraging words… I’ve added a tab to the menu section of my blog with workshop dates so that’s been helpful! Thanks for nudging me to do it… 😊💙💙
Congratulations on winning the designer challenge. What a sweet pair of motifs.
Thanks for the update of your news on your blog. Instagram feeds are very random and I often miss IG posts. I love blogreading because of the orderly convenience – much easier to keep up with people and not a time waster like the rabbit hole of IG.
I totally agree! Yes… I do love my blog… IG can be frustrating at times with it’s strange algorithms! Thank you for following along… 😊❤️❤️❤️