My name is Eleonora and I am passionate about crochet! I am half Dutch, half English and I live on the south east coast of England with my husband, three teenagers and a Miniature Schnauzer called Salty.
In my day job I work part-time as a nurse in the NHS but by night, and in any other spare time, I am a crochet designer! 🙂
I started this blog in 2015 as a way to share my passion for crochet with others. And what a creative, crochet filled and inspiring journey it’s been since then!
I design all kinds of crochet but my annual blanket crochet-alongs have been the most popular. The crochet-alongs have become worldwide community events and my blanket designs have been made by many thousands of people from over 50 different countries. There’s a thriving Facebook Group ‘Coastal Crochet’ which everyone is welcome to join.
As a crochet designer and crochet blogger I draw so much inspiration from the sea and coastal surroundings where we live although I can be very versatile in my designs and will happily veer away from the gorgeous coastal colour palette if needed!
And in 2021 I feel very honoured to have been shortlisted for two awards in the Let’s Knit ‘British Knitting and Crochet Awards’ 2021! I’m truly grateful and thankful to every one who nominated me for ‘Most Iconic Crochet Designer’ and ‘Social Media Superstar’! https://www.letsknit.co.uk/awards
Crochet has always been a part of me, it really has! My mother crocheted her own wedding dress in 1974 and I was wrapped in crocheted blankets soon after I was born. I really did grow up in a ‘handmade home’ with little crocheted curtains above the windows made by my mother and grandmother (very popular in The Netherlands in the 1970’s), there were crocheted pot holders in the kitchen, my cardigans and jumpers were knitted, school dresses sewn and toys crocheted!
So it was a natural progression for me to be a crafty person into adulthood…
I have crocheted for many years having initially learnt in my childhood and more recently undertaking the International Diploma in Crochet As a result my crochet designs are very varied and I have enjoyed using a variety of crochet techniques including Tunisian crochet, Broomstick crochet and Filet crochet. I love sharing my passion for crochet with others and enjoy teaching and hosting crochet workshops, writing this blog and sharing photos on Instagram and Facebook
I have had many designs published in crochet magazines including ‘Simply Crochet’, ‘Inside Crochet’ and ‘Crochet Now’.
I love crochet! I love how it looks, I love its versatility and more than anything I love to actually do crochet.
A craft I can take anywhere with me and the joy of gradually seeing each stitch transform the yarn in my hands into something beautiful.
I also love to live by the coast and am constantly inspired by my coastal surroundings.
So Coastal Crochet is born…