Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Crochet Dress Up by Emma Friedlander-Collins

Halloween is fast approaching and if you're stuck for costume ideas we've got the book for you! Crochet Dress-Up by Emma Friedlander Collins has loads of great ideas for dressing up the kiddywinks. 

I had already decided on my own costume this year (you'll have to wait for the big reveal on that!) but by lucky coincidence the book had a little inspiration on how to make it a reality. I followed the pattern for the cobweb necklace and adapted it to make it a little bit bigger. The pattern was easy to follow and my cobweb was suitably spooky!
Cobweb necklace in the book

My spooky adaptation
And that's really the test of a good crochet book - easy to follow patterns and great ideas! This book has both and it also has a bonus beard pattern! What more could you want?

Well why not have a go at one of the patterns for FREE! Click here for the excellent witches hat pattern.

*GIVEAWAY* Head over to Facebook TODAY (14 October) for our giveaway of this fantastic book! 

©CICO Books, taken from Crochet Dress-Up by Emma Friedlander-Collins, photography by Terry Benson, published by CICO Books

Friday, 9 October 2015

Knit the Rainbow!

 We've been going a bit Decoupage mad recently at HQ. Between Minecraft necklaces and glittered baubles nothing's safe from out glue and paper!

And since nothing is safe it led us to use the brilliant art of decoupage to brighten up our knitting needles. It always baffles me that it's so hard to get hold of colourful knitting needles.

I didn't attempt this with any of my plastic or metal needles as I'm not sure they would look as good as the wooden ones but I think you'll agree that it's a nice little touch to a bamboo needle.

Have a go yourself and if you need a bit of direct, don't forget about our fantastic Decoupage workshop.

Monday, 5 October 2015

#Ministrymakes Winner - September

This months winner is the lovely Sandra, who was so motivated by attending our Made to Measure: Skirt Pattern workshop that she went home and made the skirt the very next day!

We love this fabric, it makes a really lovely skirt that seems to match the season, bringing a bit of brightness to the darkening days.

Well done Sandra!

If you fancy making your own A-Line Skirt then why not join us for our Sew an A-line or pencil skirt in a day workshop 10th October.