Crochet Your Christmas Baubles

I know, I know it’s October and I’m mentioning the C word. But I’m too excited about this new craft book – Crochet your Christmas Baubles!

Crochet-Your-Christmas-Baubles-Book

I’m so chuffed to share with you all my collection for the book which is entitled Frozen Winter Wonderland. I worked on the crochet designs below for my own section in the book!

The process of creating a collection was a great learning experience. I wish I could draw well as my sketches for the publisher were quite child like! One of the things I enjoy is selecting the yarn and this collection included a bit of sparkle which was fun.

Crochet-Your-Christmas-Baubles-Frozen-Wint-Wonderland-Collection

I find writing crochet patterns a real challenge and each one I do is a learning curve. The Icy Snow Princess was made with a couple of different hair styles before her final look was decided!

My crochet snowflake bauble pattern has been made available for free on the Stitch Craft Create website, so you can try before you buy!

Crochet-A-Snowflake-Bauble-Pattern

I’m so chuffed to be included in this Christmas crochet book alongside some fabulous designers and makers. It’s out now, so you have plenty of time to get making these baubles for your Christmas decoration collections. I’d love to know what you think. I really can’t decide which one I like the most.

You can see my work in more craft books here.

Claire x

 

 

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September Favourites 2014

This weekend I had an an exciting photo shoot with Lucinda Price Photography to get some new images for my rebrand coming soon. I can’t wait to launch with a fresh new look. In the meantime, take a look at this month’s favourites which are mostly crafty hurrah!

I’ve been doing quite a bit of jewellery making for Christmas presents already so my jewellery tools set has been getting lots of use.

Jewellery-Plier-Set

I decided to keep them on hand with some hooks on my new Pegboard. I’ll be sharing a full studio tour here on the blog soon, I promise!

Peg-board-jewellery-tools

Mollie Makes have been killing it with their one off special magazines which have included DIY fashion, Photography and soon the Christmas title yay! I thoroughly enjoyed the latest version of Mollie Makes Home which included the first ever print copy of 91 Magazine.

Mollie Makes Home

I also treated myself to a new book from Kat Goldin. Her crochet title Hook, Stitch and Give is a great book for someone wanting to move on from beginners projects. I can’t wait to start the cabled blanket project as it looks super cosy. A gift for me I think!

Hook-Stitch-Give-Crochet-Book

Plus who can resist brown paper packagaing tied up with string?!

Kat-Goldin-Designs

Continuing the wooly theme, I’ve been knitting up a cowl with my Wool and the Gang yarn purchased from the Handmade Fair. It is SO snuggly. Chunky knitting is awesome because you can usually finish something like a scarf in an evening!

Wool-And-The-Gang-Knits

I’ve also been enjoying getting some bits and bobs for the business! New cards arrived for the Cambridge Craft Parties which I will pass out at Cambridge fairs and will pop in local online orders.

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Running a craft business is a great excuse to buy fabric too! I’ve been working on some options for my Scrabble Wall Art frames and visited Backstitch and Plush Addict’s online stores to stock up.

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These are the options available. I’d love to know your favourite one and what words you would spell out!

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Thanks for letting me share my September favourites today. I’d love to know what you’ve been loving over the last month.

Toodles!

Claire

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Crochet Infinity Scarves

Happy Friday everyone! I have some more exciting news to share with you today.

The last few months have been really busy. Not only with the Etsy store, but I’ve also been working behind the scenes writing for some new craft books!

As well as Craft Bomb Your Bike, I have two projects in this print-on-demand book Crochet Infinity Scarves, which is out now. The front and back cover projects are both mine!

Crochet-Infinity-Scarves-Book

I chose to include patterns for chunky crochet scarves aimed at beginners, as I am still learning too and I think quick and simple projects are the best! Writing a pattern was a great learning curve and I really feel I pushed myself out of my comfort zone.

The title is also available as an e-book and has a gorgeous hounds tooth scarf pattern I will be trying out this winter.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me so far, whether you are a new follower or you’ve been reading for a while. Without this blog I would never have been offered these opportunities and I’m really grateful. It’s been a lot of hard work, but so worth it!

My reader survey and giveaway is still running here and I would love your feedback.

Toodles!

Claire

 

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Hip Crochet Review and Giveaway

Today marks the 3rd of my 3 giveaways this month with a review of the new book Hip Crochet. Those of you who are into crochet or are interested in learning – this post is for you!

Author Natalie Clegg is from Cambridgeshire and works as an interior designer, writer and furniture designer. She was taught crochet as a child and has clearly combined her two passions for Hip Crochet, which focuses on home furnishings.

Front Cover Hip Crochet

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The book starts with an explanation of techniques, tools and materials and contains helpful charts to convert UK and US terms and hook sizes. There is even room for techniques such as the Jacquard crochet method which I haven’t tried before.

It is clearly laid out and stuffed full of projects for the home including the Zing Bed Cover, Country Flower Cushion, Felted Floor mat and Bunting.

Hip Crochet Projects - Bed Cover and Country Flower Cushion

Each pattern contains detailed instructions with abbreviations, colour charts, symbols and finishing tips such as blocking or joining.

There is a good range of projects including the unusual Folksy Flower clock (fans of Attic 24 might like it!) and an amigurumi chilli garland for the kitchen.

Hip Crochet Projects Folksy Flower Clock and Chilli Garland

The book is clearly inspired by Natalie’s love of colour in the home. I would prefer more muted tones for some projects, but you could easily adapt to your tastes.

The book ends with “Useful Information” including stitches and techniques demonstrated with clear guides and photographs. There are even tips on how to make pom poms and block your work. Natalie includes a good recipe for her homemade starch and a trouble shooting guide.

This may have been better placed at the beginning of the book as a beginner would need to approach the stitches prior to the projects, but nonetheless it is comprehensive and helpful.

Hip Crochet Hot Water Bottle Cover

A great book for beginners and improvers alike with recommended crochet blogs at the back. My only negative point would be that the book includes an egg cosy pattern – but this is because I find them a little pointless. Probably because my boiled egg is usually scoffed too quickly for a cosy to get near it!

I tried the Treasure Bags pattern, which was good for an evening infront of the TV.

Hip Crochet Treasure Bags

You can also see more of Natalie’s work on Ravelry.

Courtesy of Natalie and The Sheep Shop, I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!  It will be signed by Natalie at the book launch.*

Please leave a comment below to enter – nice and simple. The T&Cs are as follows:

  • This giveaway is open to UK and International followers
  • The giveaway will close on Friday 26 April, 5pm BST
  • The winner will be contacted shortly after to arrange postage
  • Only one entry per person please

Good luck! There is also a second chance to win the book over at Knitnrun4sanity where you can read another fantastic review!

This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Paula!

claireabelle

*This book was kindly sent to me for review as part of a giveaway to my readers and I received no payment.