I have been sooooo busy writing my Crochet Art text books during the school holidays. Post covid I have been able to go back into the classroom and begin teaching crochet to both primary and secondary school children. It went so well! The children had so much fun learning in a hands on creative way. The Staff were keen for me to return for more school sessions and the parents loved how the kids were involved in making things. So much positive feedback online too has been an incentive for me to put the hours in. I want to say … Continue reading Catching up!
Self publishing my own book has been by far the biggest challenge I have faced in recent years. Or so I thought. I naively thought it would then be on the bookshelves, so once written I was faced with an even bigger challenge and that was to market the book! This first book lead me to a more recent passion. And dare I say this challenge has become a vocation and that is to rethink how crochet is taught and learned. I am devising methods which are very untraditional, I have made tutorials, taught a beginners class and the results … Continue reading Write about a challenge you faced and overcame
A tricky question. I am more likely to wonder what others think about my writing. I have written a book ‘Latch Hook Crochet for Beginners’ and as it is my first book then the more reviews I can get then the better it will do. So by asking for a review I am actually asking readers to say what they like about my writing. First it is important to proof read ones own work and basically the aim is to write it as well as one can. What I do like at this stage is that up pops spellcheck to … Continue reading What do you like about your writing?
Vanessa Barragao This is the lady who has given me so much inspiration. Her work is absolutely sensational. She works on canvas and she uses a latch hook and includes crochet in her designs too. So why am I inspired? Imagine if children in schools were taught crochet art. Imagine if they were able to work on canvas too. Imagine if their designs included a mix of crochet and latch hooking and crochet. Then one day they may be inspired by this wonderful artist too. I am inspired to carry on my passion to get crochet art into schools. Continue reading Who is someone that inspired you and why?
I am posting an answer to this question as part of the Bloganuary Challenge. I will posting every day in January. Maybe you can let me know your answer too ! For me it was when I had my first Easy Crochet exhibition at the Yarndale Wool Fair in Skipton last September. I was well out of my comfort zone, surrounded by traditional crochet organisers. I was imagining that it was difficult for some idealists to embrace my controversial ideas. Who was I to announce that this was THE new way to learn how to crochet? At least this is … Continue reading When did you last leave your comfort zone?Yarndale
In the Uk we are trying to get back to some kind of normal. My first class has now had three sessions at the Severn Hospice with some lovely ladies who are absolute crochet beginners. They are following the new idea of just using two stitches to make things. These are chain and slip stitch, although some have snook in the bullion stitch too because it is such a fun stitch to do and has so much texture. We are having great fun experimenting with this way forward and I love how they surprise me with their work! Continue reading Beginners Class Telford
Oh my ! What fun we are having learning how to crochet the easy way!! Thank you Diane Drummond for getting us together. I think we are on a mission .Me to teach and you to learn. It really is quite an adventure into the unknown, it’s all a huge experiment and none of us are quite sure where it will lead, but we are going for it anyway!!! we are definitely having fun and laughter that’s for sure!! Here we go! Continue reading Crochet Ladies Telford
I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted as an exhibitor at the Yarndale Wool Fair at Skipton in Yorkshire. I have always wanted to go but to have my own display there is awesome! Tickets are already on sale for 24th and 25th September 2021. I am so excited to be able to put Latch Hook Crochet out there. Lockdown hasn’t helped me one bit, so it’s been years getting anywhere. Phil and I are planning how we can build my stall. I am also hoping to be able to have workshops too. How cool is that? … Continue reading Latch hook crochet goes to Yarndale more pics!
Do you find yourself constantly trying to keep all the balls up in the air? That’s how I am feeling, but I am still here!! so here is the rundown… What’s your list like? At least I now have my tasks set out , I will pop back and update my list… Happy blogging day to all! 💚💛🧡💜💙❤️ Continue reading My Journal 11. Crochet online learning
Do you ever get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that you take on? The first thing I am trying to get used to is this new block editor!!! Is any one on Instagram. I am ‘crochetfreeform’. Let me know who you are ok. So on there I have a weekly plan that I can never keep up with. Teacake Tuesday WIP Wednesday Thought for Thursday Freeform Friday Sales on Saturday School on Sunday Catch up Monday I have done with online coaching and online challenges for a while. But I am experimenting with a program called Designrr and I … Continue reading My Journal 10 more crochet overwhelm!
I had an email today from WordPress, with a half price course on successful blogging. Today I began my learning modules and the first thing I have learned already is how to add a block to add a video from my YouTube Channel. How cool is that I say! i have had a blog for years but when it changed to the block system I couldn’t get it! So here we go! Here is another video….. I have loads!! Aww nooooo! This is my first Granny Roz video…… it really is an embarrassing hoot!!it’s so funny, even makes me chuckle … Continue reading Journal 7…. This is a hoot!embedded YouTube video
For those of you who follow me on social media, will know, that I live on a small holding with a glamping area. We have geese, chickens, guinea fowl and a cow called buttercup. I regularly catch up with my fellow crocheters, teaching easy crochet, in my little safari caravan called Marilyn…(above). You can see the smallholding in some of my YouTube videos too (my favourite video is the one where I discover I’m only wearing one earring and the chickens are trying to photobomb!) Well…. Whilst I have been busy with the glamping, publishing of books and teaching easy … Continue reading Beginners crochet could take place in the new cabin!
What is a crochet scrumble? It is a type of freeform crochet which means to just take the hook and yarn and just have a go at it. There’s no pattern to follow… no need to work in rows or rounds. … Continue reading What is a Crochet Scrumble?history
It is the week before Christmas and I have just sent my Crochet book off to the printers. It should be for sale on Amazon in a couple of months! It’s all about Latch hooking for beginners but not in the rag rugging sense… it’s all about making traditional crochet much easier to teach and learn! *edit …. it is now available for sale.. check it out! Meanwhile I am returning to this blog to share some of the ideas in the book. It is all about a fresh look at crochet using a latch hook! So it’s a new … Continue reading Latch Hooking for Beginners ..crochet history
After finding Sylvia Cosh and James Walters work on the Internet, I made my first large scrumble….learning as I added to it. Discovering Tunisian crochet completely altered my approach to all aspects of crochet about 2009. The following one was made this year with a more formal learned techniques. Continue reading A large scrumble crochet history