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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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Learning to Knit ~ Continental Style ~ featuring a Knitted & Felted Bag

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Learning to Knit ~ Continental Style ~ featuring a Knitted & Felted Bag

  Grandma and me, 1974, St Anne's  Every now and again I pick up my knitting needles and make something. I love the effect of those perfect rows of knitted stitches and it certainly is less of a yarn guzzler than crochet. Knitting always brings me closer to my beloved maternal Grandma, who sadly passed away when I was 7. When I knit, I feel like she is peering lovingly over my shoulder, it feels good.   Vintage dolls' clothes knitted by my Grandma, early 1970s She used to knit my teddy's and doll's clothes; so precious are they to...

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Holiday Inspired Crochet Part 3 - The Whitstable Cowl

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Holiday Inspired Crochet Part 3 - The Whitstable Cowl

This post is coming a little later than expected as I have been recovering from a back injury, which has put a spanner in the works for some time. I am pleased to say I am fully mobile now, picking up the pieces and now plan to catch up with my blog! This post is the last in my 'Holiday Inspired Crochet' stories. I hope you enjoy it and that you are inspired to use the pattern too. If so, please share your makes over on Facebook or on Instagram #cottonpod - it is always fun to see everyone's crochet...

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Pumpkin Goes Large

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Pumpkin Goes Large

I am totally in love with white pumpkins! It's an odd declaration but nevertheless it's true. Don't get me wrong I love traditional orange ones too, orange is just a fabulous colour, full stop. Largely overlooked unless you are an Orla Keily fan of course. In fact, I seem to be adding a lot of orange to my wardrobe lately, since having a colour consultation with the lovely Jill from Styled in Colour (I hope to talk more about this on a later date). Anyway, back to my latest obsession, white pumpkins, or the Lumina Pumpkin to be more precise....

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