A colourful January

Wow January has been a struggle!  The weather has been so cold and dark that my craft room has been plunged into an eternal gloom and I started the month with zero creative motivation.  However, I soon got over myself and found therapy in colour and crochet! As well as finishing my gloriously colourful New York…

Get hooked on crochet in 2017!

January has seen the return of my ‘Get Hooked on Crochet’ workshops in Birmingham. I’ve taught 9 lovely ladies over 3 weeks and I’m super-proud of what they’ve achieved. From complete beginners, they’ve gone on to master basic stitches, granny squares and amigurumi cacti! I’ve already confirmed dates for workshops in March, both in Harborne and…

New York sunrise ripple blanket – ta dah!

Last January I started a ripple blanket inspired by a photo of a New York sunrise. You can read all about how I got started here. Although I had good intentions of taking time to make things for myself in 2016, the year ran away with me and I had to put this one aside…

Contour shawl

Contour shawl – pattern by Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project

Harborne Handmade line-up confirmed!

With only 7 weeks left until Father Christmas comes crashing down our chimneys it’s about time I announced the line-up for Harborne Handmade on Saturday 10 December! We have some awesome stall-holders who will be selling the most beautiful and unique items, all handmade in the West Midlands.  Here’s a taster of what we have in…

African Flower baby blanket

My best friend is pregnant with her first baby so I wanted to make something special for her.  Her husband is South African so I decided on an African flower blanket in bright blues, greens and oranges. She lives in Australia and the baby is due in the middle of summer so I thought it…

Pretty cushions all in a row

Phew it’s been a busy few weeks since my last blog post!  I’ve been busy working on two large commissions, one of which was a set of three cushions. The order came from the lovely Vicky at Victoria’s Sponge (check her out if you’re looking for a fabulous wedding cake).  She’s moving house soon and wanted…

I think I’ve finally nailed my craft fair display!

Last Sunday I had a stall at my second Paperdolls Handmade craft market in Kings Heath, Birmingham. It’s a lovely market run by Jo and Carolyn and held in the Hare and Hounds, a pub with fab original Victorian details (gorgeous tiles, high ceilings, exposed brick walls..). When preparing for a craft fair I always worry…

Applications now open for Harborne Handmade!

Harborne Handmade will be taking over Moor Pool Hall in Harborne on Saturday 10 December 10am-4pm and I’m looking for creatives based in the Midlands to sell their handmade and original products. This will be the inaugural Harborne Handmade Christmas market and my vision is to provide Harborne residents with a unique and high-quality shopping experience,…

Crochet basket pattern

I’ve become slightly obsessed with t-shirt yarn recently.  I love the vivid colours, the chunky texture and how quickly it works up.  One of my favourite uses for it is to make sturdy little baskets, perfect for holding craft supplies, small toys or bathroom supplies. Here’s my pattern for creating your own chunky crochet basket. You…

Travelling with little ones: Denmark

Last Monday, we returned home after two fun weeks in Denmark.  As always, we tried to pack too much in and probably expected a little too much of our 4 and 2 year old sons, but nevertheless had a great holiday. After a short flight from Heathrow, we started our trip in Billund, home to…

Bees fit for a bride

The best thing about my job is the bonkers commissions I get asked to make! Last year, when I was still working at the day job, a colleague approached me with the idea of having three dozen crochet bees for her wedding in May 2016.  Her wedding concept was handmade and simple, with a subtle bee…