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Knitting & Crochet

Knitted Christmas Tree Decoration

Knitted Christmas Tree Decoration

This Christmas stocking to hang on your tree or fill with a few sweets is super easy and quick to knit. Use bits of DK wool. For a three dimensional look, pad it with filler and patch the top with felt to keep it in. Using 3.75 needles and main colour cast on 18 stitches. […]

By September 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Knit a poppy for charity

Knit a poppy for charity

CALLING ALL KNITTERS A stunning, ambitious and memorial tribute to the 11,000 Devon men and women who lost their lives in the First World War is being planned for next year’s Devon County Show and the show society is calling on all crafters to get crafting. This commemoration is going to be made up of […]

By October 21, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Knitted Pattern for Devon County Show Poppies

Knitted Pattern for Devon County Show Poppies

This knitted pattern is from Devon County Show for their knitted poppy appeal. Poppy knitting pattern with petals PETALS (make 4) With 2mm needles and Red, cast on 5 sts. K 1 row and p 1 row. Next row: K twice in each of first 3 sts, k2 – 8 sts. P 1 row. Next […]

By October 21, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Crochet Tea Cosy Pattern

Crochet Tea Cosy Pattern

If you’re going make a tea cosy, you might as well do it in true vintage style. Our special thanks to GMC Publications for allowing us to share this pattern from Tea Cozies 4 by Emma Varnam. This is a great project for using up leftover yarn in any colours which might give the cosy […]

By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Natural Vegetable Dye Recipes

Natural Vegetable Dye Recipes

For many years Claire Boley has run workshops and exhibited her own hand-spun and hand-knitted creations, and here she reveals the exciting colours available from the typical English garden. You may also be interested in our post about dying with kitchen ingredients too. Dyeing both fleece and hand-spun yarn using natural dyestuff can be interesting […]

How to Darn

How to Darn

Julie Butterworth picks up needle and thread to rediscover the lost skill of darning stuff as part of our series on fixing things. See Also: knitted-slippers-pattern making-felt-the-dry-method   First, you’ll find this far easier if you invest about £3 in a ‘darning mushroom’ – available from craft stores, good old haberdashers or online – or […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Give your Clothes a Facelift for Free

How to Give your Clothes a Facelift for Free

Beth Tilston shows how to dye natural fabrics using everyday ingredients most people have in their kitchen. Instead of reaching for that packet of off-the-shelf dye, why not take a look at your own kitchen shelves? It’s actually very likely that you already own the ingredients you need to change the colour of your clothes. […]

By February 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Making Felt

Making Felt

John and Julie Butterworth go through the principals of making felt – often described as the world’s oldest fabric and a craft that’s enjoying a huge renaissance amongst crafters today. See Also: Felt Making – The Dry Method THE BASICS Felt is a material made from the matted, interlocked fibres of wool (mainly), and can […]

By January 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Making Felt – The Dry Method

Making Felt – The Dry Method

John and Julie Butterworth take us through the 2nd method of making felt – The Dry Method. This method achieves the same end result of interlocking loose fibres to create a fabric, but is a bit less messy, as it’s done by stabbing special felting needles through the (dry) wool fibres to bind them together. […]

By January 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Crochet Christmas Garland

Crochet Christmas Garland

We’ve teamed up with the great team at Wool Warehouse using wool from their DROPS Alaska range for this festive crochet Christmas garland. See also: Knitting Cosy Slippers Egg Cosy Pattern Free Cabled Hat Pattern   TO MAKE THE STARS Using DROPS Alaska shade 02 (off white) with a strand of DROPS Glitter in shade […]

By November 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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