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Honour the Butterfly

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Honour the Butterfly

A Symbol of Hope A symbol of hope A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world But then it flies again And though we wish it could have stayed... We feel lucky to have seen it. Unknown  A few months ago a lifelong friend, who works at the Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, asked me if I could help out with a very special initiative of theirs. My friend was looking for someone who could write a crochet pattern for Butterflies, that could then be made,...

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Felting Fever ~ Crochet Basket

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Felting Fever ~ Crochet Basket

I love, love, love working with DROPS Eskimo! Its chunky, quick to work up and best of all felts in the washing machine beautifully. If you have always fancied having a go at felting, but feel a little uncertain as to whether it will work, this is the project for you. I have designed a very simple basket pattern, that will allow you to have a go at whipping up a quick project that will felt perfectly. At the end of this post I will link to more fabulous felting patterns to try. Hope this basket inspires you to have...

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Twinkling Toadstools

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Twinkling Toadstools

Well I really must apologise for taking so long to add a new post to my blog! As it's been so long I'm celebrating getting back to my little sharing space with a free pattern for some glittery, festive toadstools for your Christmas tree! We've been having fun making them at the studio (Stitch Studio Ramsbottom) during our Christmas Crochet Workshops, so I hope you enjoy them too!        So here goes with the pattern! Pattern Notes  Pattern is written in UK crochet terms.  Yarn: Small amounts of DROPS Paris (see all colours available) I used approx 8g of each...

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Easter Bonnet

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Easter Bonnet

When I was a little girl Easter Bonnet parades were all the thing, so, I was delighted last Easter when my daughter's Reception class paraded in the church assembly with their wonderful Easter Bonnet creations... here are a few pictures of her Easter Bonnet...a little worse for wear....but, boy, did she wear it well! (She is quite the performer!) I loved that their bonnets really were made by them with guidance from the teacher, (rather than the other way around ;-) ) and all individual too! (As a Design and Technology Graphic Design teacher before starting Cotton Pod I love...

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Spring Wreath ~ Crochet Tutorial

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Spring Wreath ~ Crochet Tutorial

   Around this time last year I created a pattern for crochet Daffodils and used them to create little wall hangings for my Mum and Godmother for Mother's Day. I also created a pattern for some little Primrose flowers too, as I was holding a Spring Wreath making workshop at Stitch Studio. Here's one of the Spring Wreaths made in the workshop. I thought it would be nice this Spring to share the workshop as a tutorial on my Blog, so here goes. Making the Wreath Base Materials & Equipment: 17 cm embroidery hoop DROPS Paris Yarn: I used Pistachio (39)...

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