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  • New Stylecraft Special Colours

    When you are a yarnaholic, there is nothing more satisfying than new colours in your favourite yarn! Stylecraft Special Dk really is my favourite yarn, I love the weight, feel,...

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  • Sweet Caroline Part 3

    Sweet Caroline Part 3   Welcome to part 3, the final part of this mini cal. This week I have seen more and more beautiful colour combinations, and some fabulous...

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  • Sweet Caroline Part 2

    Sweet Caroline Part 2 Welcome to part 2 of this mini cal. WOW, I have seen some amazing and beautiful combinations of colours, from part 1. Are you ready to...

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  • Sweet Caroline Part 1

      Sweet Caroline Part 1 Welcome to part 1 of the Sweet Caroline mini cal. I hope you have your yarn and hook at the ready. As I said in...

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  • Introducing Sweet Caroline mini cal

    Sweet Caroline Go on, you know you just want to start singing!! I am absolutely thrilled, and a little bit stunned, and very humbled, that my little group on Facebook...

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  • Bubble-Gum Shawl

      To celebrate the launch of the gorgeous new Candy Swirl yarn cakes, from Stylecraft, I have designed this beautiful, cosy, shawl. When the lovely folk at Stylecraft told me,...

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  • Colour Boards

      Colour Boards They are a great idea, right? Well they look great, and there are so many places you can find colour boards or mood boards, you can also,...

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  • Rosslyn

      The Rosslyn blanket is a celebration of the Divine Feminine. The idea was conceived as I was travelling in New Zealand. I stayed on the outskirts of Dunedin, in...

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  • Part 5 Friends Holding Hands

      Welcome to part 5 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In our final 2 weeks together,  you will be joining your squares and making the border, Friends Holding Hands....

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  • Part 4 Heart of Life

      Welcome to part 4 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In this next 2 weeks you will be making square 3, Heart of Life. A simple square to represent...

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  • Part 3 Cushion of Safety

      Welcome to part 3 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In this next 2 weeks you will be making square 2, Cushion of Safety. A cushion of softness, and...

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  • Part 2 Links of Friendship

      Welcome to part 2 of Heart of Friendship crochet a-long. In this next 2 weeks you will be making square 1, Links of Friendship. ♥ You will need to...

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  • Wishful Thinking

      It may be square, but I love the inner shapes of this design. ♥ To dream of places yet to see, to wonder how it all will be, Life...

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  • Spiro Star

      Spiro Star was the second square I ever published as a pattern. It is also the square/design that gave me the confidence to become a designer. Spiro Star was...

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  • Part 1 Love and Creation

      Welcome to the Heart of Friendship Crochet A-Long Part 1 In this next 2 weeks you will be making the centre square, Love and Creation. ♥ These hints and...

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  • Introducing Heart of Friendship CAL

      Heart of Friendship Crochet A-Long You can find the main post, with all the story behind it HERE "If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to...

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  • Diamond Geezer-ghan

      A gorgeously snuggly afghan just for those very special men in your life. In the UK "Diamond Geezer" is a relatively common expression meaning that someone is a good...

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  • Cable Stitch

      Cable stitch is an interlocking stitch. It is worked over a multiple of 4 stitches. It can be worked in rows, or in the round. Working in rows, you...

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  • Spare time!

      I can not start to tell you how excited I am. With only 3 days left until I start my Amazing Adventure, I have finished all my large projects,...

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  • Star of Wonder

      One of the things I like most about designing with crochet, is that I can let my imagination run wild. I am often amazed where the ideas come from,...

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  • Moody Blue

      Moody Blue is my first published Afghan square for 2017. For this 12 inch square I recommend Aran/Worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook, but please be aware that...

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  • Seamless Squares

    I have been playing with some ideas...nothing new there then!! One thing that really bugs me is the "seam" you get in a square, or hexagon, when you are working...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 9

    Welcome to the final part of Whispers from the Past crochet a-long. ♥  I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Massiel and the translation teams for the...

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  • Puffy Poncho

    I just love wearing ponchos. They go so well with jeans and boots, and are perfect for sunny autumn or winter days, or any day you are in a hurry...

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  • Darling Buds

      Darling Buds is my 11th Afghan square for this year, 2016. This very pretty square is made up of a circle of flower buds and petals, surrounded by a...

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  • Design your Own Jumper

    How to Design your own Jumper   Making a simple jumper or pullover is far easier than you may think. I am a great fan of jumpers. I love to...

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  • Girl’s Best Friend Shrug and Wrap

      Girl’s Best Friend   Shrug or Wrap, the choice is yours.   The party season is just about here. All those pretty tops and dresses, with strappy or strapless...

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  • Choosing Colours for Your Crochet Projects

      Choices, choices, choices…. And decisions, decisions, decisions. Where on earth do you start when you want to pick the perfect colour pallet for your next crochet project?   I...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 8

    Welcome to part 8 of Whispers from the Past. This week we make our corner squares, Alana, and make the final joins. Alana was the nickname my Uncle used to...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 6 and 7

    Welcome to parts 6 and 7 of Whispers from the Past. Over the next two weeks, we will be making end, and side, panels. Please take note of when to...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 5

    Welcome to part 5 of Whispers from the Past. This week's square is named for my Mother, Eileen. Mum is the most amazingly creative lady, she used to be the...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 4

    Welcome to part 4 of Whispers from the Past. I am so pleased to see so many of you enjoying the Mattress Stitch join last week, I love the flat,...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 3

      Welcome to part 3 of Whispers from the Past. This week I would like you to join me in honouring some amazing men, who helped to shape the person...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 2

    Welcome to part 2 of Whispers from the Past I have seen some gorgeous examples of your Winnie's squares this week, with some amazing colour combinations. If you are on...

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  • Whispers from the Past Part 1

      Welcome to part 1 of Whispers from the Past. Hi, do you have your hook and yarn at the ready? The first part of this cal is named in...

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  • Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016

      Introducing Whispers from the Past CAL 2016   A design using traditional stitch patterns, but with a modern twist. Well it couldn’t really not have a twist with me...

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  • A Walk in the Garden

      Join me in a Walk in the Garden....... ♥ There is nothing I love more than being out in nature. ♥ I love the way Mother Nature throws a...

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  • Securing ends…

    Ok I know, so many people hate weaving in ends! But if you want your project to be loved and used for a long time, then it needs to stand...

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  • A little bit more Madness

    Just a little bit more madness for you all.   Some of you may have seen the stunningly gorgeous Mandala Madness that Ineke Mooijenkind, from Gouda in the Netherlands made....

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  • Destiny

    Destiny   Each and every one of us has something special to do, and share in this life. Call it a purpose, if you like. We cannot rush to find...

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  • Moon’s Shadow

      I just love crocheting squares, I love designing them, and I love making squares from other designers. Any project can become your own creative expression, when you mix and...

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  • Joining Squares

      In a perfect world, all of the squares you are going to join together will be the same size and have the same stitch count. But this is not...

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  • Slip Stitch Joins

    Slip Stitch Joins One of the easiest ways to join your crochet afghan, or granny squares is with a slip stitch join. In this tutorial I will show you two...

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  • Whip Stitch and Mattress Stitch Join

      Sewing Squares Together A very easy way to join your squares together is to sew them, using a blunt yarn needle and either matching yarn, or for something more...

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  • Chantelle and Grace

      Let me introduce you to two new friends? Meet Chantelle and Grace, two gorgeous new 12 inch squares that will add a touch of style to any afghan. At...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 18

      I am feeling a real mix of emotions. Sad that this amazing journey has reached the end. Humbled by the amazing response to my crazy design. So proud of...

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  • Light and Lacy Summer Poncho

    Light and Lacy Summer Poncho   I just love ponchos! I find them so comfortable to wear, and love the way they can jazz up plain everyday outfits. They are...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 17

    Mandala Madness Part 17 Here we are at the penultimate week This week we continue to pay homage to the setting sun. I feel that many of you will have...

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  • Fox Fires

    Fox Fires This was a mini, CAL (crochet-along) that I designed for my friends in Finland. They are holding an event on Saturday 30th July, in a beautiful private garden....

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  • Lotus Pavilions

      My very first published design, is now re-written and includes a full photo tutorial.   A beautiful lotus flower sits in the middle of a pool, surrounded by shady...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 16

    Mandala Madness Part 16 Where would we all be without the sun? The bright shining star that we, on this tiny green and blue planet, tend to take for granted,...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 15

    Mandala Madness Part 15 We are nearly there.... This week you will add a wreath of leaves to your mandala. Because each and every one of you is a winner!...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 14

    Mandala Madness Part 14 Did you ever play hop scotch as a kid? Well this week you are going to be hopping up and down, so make sure you jump...

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  • The Method in my Madness

    My Design Process Ok, so quite a few folks have asked about the design process behind Mandala Madness, So I thought I would share with you "My Design Process". Now,...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 13

    Mandala Madness Part 13 All change!! Mandalas can represent many things in life, and change is certainly something we all have to deal with..... embrace the change...let yourself go with...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 12

    Mandala Madness Part 12 This week you will be building on part 11, creating a staggered pattern with long single crochet stitches, more looped double trebles, and the addition of...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 11

    Mandala Madness Part 11 I hope you are really proud of yourself..... after part 8 and part 10, there is nothing you can not do! AND some of you got...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 10

    Mandala Madness Part 10 This week you add beautiful, soft curves to your Mandala, with an intricate dots and diamonds pattern. The diamond shape has been used since time began...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 9

    Mandala Madness Part 9 Can you believe we are half way through this amazing journey of creativity and madness! WOW you guys and gals amaze me! I did wonder if...

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  • Desire

    Desire I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team of designers working on the "Friends Around the World 1 year Anniversary CAL 2015-16". This is being hosted...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 8

    Mandala Madness Part 8 “Mary , Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow…with silver bells and cockle shells…..” This week our flowers continue to bloom, and take on a...

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  • Dream Weaver

      Let your dreams be the light that guides you…. do what you love. That is the tag line on my website, and the ethos of my life. Our dreams...

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  • Rosetta

    Rosetta I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team of designers working on the "Friends Around the World 1 year Anniversary CAL 2015-16". This is being hosted...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 7

    Mandala Madness Part 7 I just love some of the names you have come up with for your Mandalas. Some for fun, some to honour people you love, some with...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 6

    Mandala Madness Part 6 Can you believe we are a third of the way through this madness!! A few of you spotted that there was no comment or description from...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 5

    Mandala Madness Part 5 I am completely amazed at the gorgeous colours many of you are using, and I am so pleased that so many of you, who are fairly...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 4

    Mandala Madness Part 4 This week we change shape again, this time into an octagon. The octagon symbolises balance between the material, and the spiritual, between heart and mind. It...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 3

    Mandala Madness Part 3 You are my sunshine…you make me happy when skies are grey… A line from a song I remember well from my childhood! It always makes me...

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  • Rose of Avalon

    Rose of Avalon My latest design, made using Deramores Studio Double Knitting. The myth and legend of King Arthur and the Isle of Avalon is something that has always fascinated...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 2

    Mandala Madness Part 2 WOW, thank you all so much for your positive and enthusiastic response to part 1 :) I am blown away by the gorgeous colour combinations, and...

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  • Mandala Madness Part 1

    Mandala Madness Part 1 Can I just say SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, I am so excited, and a little daunted, but I am sure you will all forgive any mistakes I make, and...

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  • Starting and Standing Stitches

    Starting and Standing stitches. What’s the difference? Well….. a starting stitch is used at the beginning of a round or row, where you are continuing in the same colour. Rather...

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  • Elements Collection

    Elements Cushion Collection This new collection of cushion facings is inspired by the Medicine Wheel and the five directions/elements. Many Native traditions follow the Wheel, using the four directions of...

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  • With Love

    With Love With Love from me to you ♥ Just in time for Valentines, and to spread just a little more love around the world. A free pattern for you...

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  • Spinning Around

    Spinning Around Haha yes my head was spinning around with this idea for quite a while. I had the image of a circle of circles, but how I was going...

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  • Star Crossed

    Star Crossed The third design in my new collection of afghan squares is Star Crossed. Why a star? Because you are all stars and I love stars, quite simple really...

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  • Ring ‘o’ Roses

    Ring 'o' Roses Because everyone love roses... right? Flowers have always been a major part of my life. Not only did my Nana teach me how to crochet, she also...

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  • Berry Pie

    Berry Pie My first published design of 2016. I think I must have been dreaming of cherry cheesecake or blackberry pie when this idea came to me :)   I...

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  • Clusters & Working Stitches Together

      Clusters, are stitches where two or more stitches are worked together. They are mainly used as decorative stitches but working stitches together is also used to decrease the number...

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  • Simple Squares

    Simple Squares So many crochet projects are based on squares. Some are simple and some use more advanced techniques. Sometimes you may have a fancy square, and to make it...

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  • 2015 a Year of Design

      I've been looking back, at the amazing journey, of crochet design I have had this year. It all started in January with my 1st ever published design, Lotus Pavilions....

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  • Introducing Mandala Madness CAL

     Mandala Madness CAL 2016 When Kimberly Slifer of the Official CCC Social Group on face book asked me to design a blanket/afghan for a CAL (crochet a-long) project for next...

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  • 3 Ways to Join Yarn

                When you are working with most projects, there will come a time that you need to join a new ball of yarn, especially with...

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  • Invisible Join

          Invisible Join Like so many techniques used in crochet, there is a plethora of tutorials out there for you to learn from. There is no right or...

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  • Magic Ring

    Magic ring There are many photo tutorials and video tutorials out there, showing many different techniques for a "Magic Ring" or circle. Let me first say....there is no right or...

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  • Perfect Picots

            Perfect Picots Picots can look so pretty as an edging, especially when working with finer yarns, either on blankets, shawls or doilies. Some patterns will require...

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  • Colour me happy

    Choosing colours for your next crochet project can sometimes seem so daunting. There are hundreds of different brands of yarn and a gazillion different colours to choose from.... If you...

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  • Mandala Madness CAL 2016 sneaky peek…….

                  Well if you have been wondering why I have been so quite...... I have been very busy in my crochet cave coming up...

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  • Going Viral with Beads

    Going Viral with Beads! The "Virus" shawl is one of the hottest patterns out there at the moment. So simple and quick to make up. You can use any weight...

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  • Managing your Projects

                Here is a little insight into how I manage my projects. I always start with colour. Even if I don't know what the finished...

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  • Circles of the Sun

    Circles of the Sun cal 2015 I love taking part in cal's ( Crochet A-Long), there is something just wonderful about knowing that as you hook away, there are hundreds...

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  • Bloomin Blanket

          Bloomin’ Blanket   A beautiful, light weight, summer blanket. Inspired by the amazing wild flowers in the countryside where I live in beautiful Buckinghamshire, England. This pattern...

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  • Crochet Basics

     Crochet Basics There are so many ways to learn how to crochet. From books, video tutorials, classes, friends and family. My Nana taught me when I was very young, but...

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  • Single Crochet and Chain Join

    Single Crochet and Chain Join This is one of my favourite joining techniques. You can modify the number of chain stitches between sc to give a closer or more lacy...

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  • Blocking

              Blocking Some people do, some don't! Personally I always block my work. Firstly it makes it much easier to join pieces together when they are...

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  • Ruffle Stitch

          Ruffle Stitch This is another favourite stitch of mine. I love any stitches that create texture.   This is a simple but very effective stitch which can...

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  • Mandala Bolster

     Mandala Bolster I think most of us own one of these, micro bean bag type neck pillows. While they are so soft, squishy and useful, they tend to be made...

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  • Popcorns ~ Bobbles ~ Puffs

    Popcorns, Bobbles and Puff stitches are all stitches where a group of stitches are worked together.   Popcorns To make a popcorn stitch: Make five dc in the same stitch....

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  • A World of Colour

              The world is full of colour. It is literally all around us. Can you imagine a world where everything was the same colour? Nothing would...

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