I have just received the final shots from my shoot with Emma Styles Photography at the beginning of this month and I love them! Here are a few of my favourites and you can view the rest over on my website
Photographer – Emma Styles
MUA – Razwana Kausar
Model – Oona Elizabeth
Last weekend I took part in The National Centre for Craft and Design‘s Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, their anual celebration of everything woolly!
I was invited to work on their yarn bomb bike. Each year they ask a designer to help them cover the bike in yarn and get the public helping too! I got the bike started and then we took it on tour to allow the public to add to it.
On the day of the event I was set up in the entrance inviting the public to add to the bike including making their own pom poms and loom flowers.
I couldn’t just leave the yarnbombing to the bike and I had to yarn bomb the centre too! So I brightened up the stairway with loom flowers!
I also really wanted to yarn bomb outside of the building and planned to put pom pom flowers in the grass and pom pom garlands about the place but the weather decided to pour with rain! So I nipped out last minute and got some planters so that I could put my flowers at the entrance to welcome people as they come in.
I really enjoyed being part of this event. I love to make people smile with my work and all day I was hearing how my pom poms and loom flowers had made people smile and brought colour to a wet and grey day.
On 24th May I am going to be taking part in The National Centre for Craft and Design’s event Keep Calm and Carry Yarn. For this I have been making lots of loom flowers and I have had several people ask how to make them so I thought I would show you guys.
You will need:
The template is just a simple cog shape. Draw a circle and draw notches along the outside, cut around and fold the notches up. Then cut a hole out of the centre. You will need to do this with some thick card or plastic so that it is strong enough to hold it’s shape when folded.
Wrap the yarn around the notches on the template. This can be done at random or in order.
Keep wrapping the yarn The more you wrap around the fuller your flower will be.
Sew over the middle section with the end strand to secure loops in place
To add detail and to ensure the loops are secure use a different coloured thread and stitch back and forth.
Once the loops are secure lift the flower off the notches and you have yourself a loom flower!
To create a loom flower garland simply make lots of flowers and tie them together through the loops with strands of yarn.
To make flowers simply glue them to a stick. You can even make two flowers and glue them either side to make the flower double sided and fuller.
I have just returned from 4 very wet days at Living Crafts at Hatfield House. I was given the opportunity to exhibit at this show through the Prince’s Trust alongside a selection of other Prince’s Trust funded business, some new and some 15 years on. Living Crafts is all about exhibiting makers and their crafts with lots doing demonstrations of their skills and workshops the public could get involved with.
“Living Crafts, the largest show of its kind in Europe, attracts thousands of visitors each day and is an event not to be missed. The range of crafts is enormous with literally hundreds of designer-makers from across the British Isles. With stunning jewellery, ceramics and art to beautiful fashions, glass and leather, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There will be a wide variety of lectures, hands-on workshops and spectacular demonstrations appealing to all ages. As a seasoned visitor or a brand new enthusiast, you can be ensured that your visit to Living Crafts will give you the best possible insight into the world of crafts.” Living Crafts
Here are some images of my display. As usual I had to create a flat pack display so that I can carry it all on the train but I did get help bringing down some of my display pieces to this show which was great!
The grounds were beautiful even if we did have to walk through wet muddy fields each day! But we did get bits of sunshine in between the rain which made the place look that much prettier
In the Prince’s Trust marque I was alongside some great talent including this lovely bunch
Miss Nova Designs
I even got to bring home very own Miss Nova Designs goodies. I got myself a peg bag and tea towel both pretty and practical! It is not a big surprise that I was drawn to the bright fresh colours.
I also got a free mug! It is Living Crafts 40th anniversary so each exhibitor was given their very own mug. I was so pleased, it is such a beautiful free gift for them to give away.
And lastly because I am a crazy cat lady I have to show you all Bunk! We house sat while at the show and looked after my brother in laws little kitten. He is so cute but also a massive ball of energy! It was lovely coming home each night after being damp and cold all day to have cuddles with Bunk. He is so hard to take photos of because he is black and never stays still!
I visited my parents this Easter weekend which meant I got to enjoy my mums beautiful garden. I love flowers and find them a great source of inspiration for my work, especially the colours. I don’t have green fingers at all! and if I did i don’t really have a garden to grow in so I find it a great pleasure enjoying other peoples hard work and talent to grow such beautiful flowers.
I love the paint dipped look. It is such a simple and effective way to inject colour in to a product. This look was a huge influence for my new range of crochet jewellery.
So I thought I would put together a selection of my favourite paint dipped pieces
Images via Pinterest
I have two new jewellery ranges perfect for spring and summer. First my Yarn Bomb Pendants to add a small flash of colour to your outfit. They are also a great gift for a knitter or maker and if you would like a custom colour just let me know and I will see what I can do.
Yarn Bomb Pendant
Yarn Bomb Drop Pendant
My second range is my crochet jewellery. I still feel quite new to crochet but I have actually been doing it for years without even realising! I use a tool called a latch tool to finish off all my seams in my knitting. A latch tool is basically a crochet hook with a little latch, which I think makes pulling yarn through a lot easier! I only discovered that I knew basic crochet when a friend decided to teach me and I realised she was showing me stitches I already knew! Here is what my latch tool looks like.
Crochet Wood Jewellery
All my crochet jewellery is made with 100% cotton and is machine washable to make it even easier to wear!