• Wednesday live video… my basic stitches!


    I am revisiting this post to see if the link to my video works and hay ho it does!!!

    So if you click on the link you will find one of my latest videos all about the basic stitches that I use for latch hook crochet.

    I am pleased it works because this is one of my better videos. It is really informative and I tend not to talk too much drivel as I have done in the past.

    I am also quite chuffed because I am hopefully getting my head around some of this confounded techno bumf!! Do make a comment if you stumble about with this too.

    Then do click the above link and pop over to my facebook group page where I sum up all the basic stitches!!

  • Freeform crochet… what is it?

    For a few months of the year, I’m lucky to stay on our boat in Australia! So here I am, relaxing with lots of time to start some Freeform Crochet projects!

    So what is freeform crochet?

    Freeform crochet can be described as “patternless”, and is often referred to as “painting with yarn”. Incredibly fun and relaxing, there is no wrong way or right way… only your way.

    I love to use finer yarns and a small latch hook. A latch hook is traditionally used for rug making and sometimes hair braiding, but I have found a new and easy way to crochet!

    Once you have (easily) mastered the simple crochet stitches, using a latch hook, you can embrace your inner artist and try some freeform crochet! I have some free videos on YouTube and when you are ready to move to freeform and more advanced crochet, I have a subscription which includes videos, tutorials and one to ones on the platform 2, facebook group

    Thanks for looking and remember to keep in touch by subscribing to the blog!

  • What is a latch hook?

    What is a latch hook?

    Did you know the answer? A latch hook is usually used for making rag rugs or hooked rugs. It is slightly similar to a traditional crochet hook but it a latch to hold the yarn when a loop is pulled through. Have you ever made a rug using a latch hook?

    Can you use a latch hook for crochet?

    Well, I love crochet and I love teaching (I’m a retired teacher) so I combined my two passions and discovered an easy way to crochet… the new way! I found that by using a latch hook, instead of traditional crochet hook, beginners and kids, picked up the basics in minutes. I believe it is easier… just try it out and see! They say …… ‘this is soooo cooool ! ‘

    Left is a latch hook and Right is a traditional crochet hook

     So when children ask me “What is a latch hook?” I tell them, that it is like having their own little machine. I explain, it’s how knitting machines work with rows of similar latch hooks and that is how machine made knitted jumpers and cardigans are made.

    Giving a child a latch hook is in itself motivating. But seeing the resulting chain appear is a fascinating experience and as they succeed they often become absorbed in the process. Adults do too, as not a lot of folks have used a latch hook and for those who have, it sparks off memories of making rag rugs!!

    A short chain length will make a simple plain bracelet. A longer chain length will make a necklace.

    Traditionally beginners would go on to make repeated rows and rows of traditional stitches, however the next step I teach is to make the same chain length bracelet with fancy yarns. There are so many available nowadays

    I also go on to teach a different set of basic stitches, which have been chosen for ease of use with a latch hook. These are chain stitch , slip stitch, bullion stitch, Tunisian stitch, and later puff stitch.

    I have many resources including a book on Amazon, a Youtube channel with tutorials and a community of like minded latch hook crocheters on facebook!

    Join in the fun and subscribe to the blog for future updates and projects.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Tunisian Crochet

    Tunisian Crochet

    One of the basic stitches introduced for crochet is Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch. Did you know, I teach crochet with a latch hook instead of a traditional crochet hook? It’s so much easier!

    Don’t believe me? Check out my other articles and my YouTube channel.

    If worked with the upright stitch with two or three colours it is very simple to work this stitch with a latch hook. It is also easy to do, I think easier than knitting in the sense that you are casting on (picking up loops) and casting off.

    It’s an attractive and neat stitch. I love it. It doesn’t have to be square either.

    Tunisian crochet, is easy and I have many resources to help you out, including a book on Amazon, a Youtube channel with tutorials and a community of like minded latch hook crocheters on facebook!

    Join in the fun and subscribe to the blog for future updates and projects.

  • Latch Hooking for Beginners ..crochet 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 and exciting hobby. Kids get so absorbed in it. And it is mistake free learning, no dropped stitches !

    A flower brooch

    Take a look at my many resources including a book on Amazon, a Youtube channel with tutorials and a community of like minded latch hook crocheters on facebook!

  • Buy Crochet Art text books here in U.K.

    please note that you will need to purchase the books from Amazon if you are outside the U.K.

  • My Fiber Chats interview..YouTube link

    Link https://youtu.be/GxD0IWFcBLY

    You will need to grab a cuppa and put your feet up to watch this one. What a lovely lady Irena is, we had quite a chat!

    please note adding interviews and links is new to me, so please comment or find away to let me know if you watched this.

    all the way through?

    just a bit of it?

    was it interesting?

    Did you learn anything?

    anything else?

  • Catching up!

    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 a big thank you to Minera School in Wales for allowing me to work with you.

    I have also been working on my own crochet…

    I have been away from blogging for quite sometime, please do add a comment and I will reply ASAP

  • Write about a challenge you faced and overcame

    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 are looking very convincing. I now have to convince everyone else, and therefore life has become one challenge after another.

  • What does your ideal day look like?

    I am thinking of two days with my husband Phil beside me. Two days with lots of similarities.

    The one was with my two grandchildren in Australia enjoying a day wandering around Sydney , beginning with a ferry trip under the Harbour Bridge and then being directed around the city streets and enjoying time in a city park. Such fun was had exploring inside a huge tunnel light installation. Difficult to describe, but quite an experiential adventure! Then eagerly lead to the kids favourite yummy sushi bar.

    A similar day in the UK with my other two grandchildren wandering the river town of Shrewsbury. This time we dined at the Pizza Hut, with plenty of opportunity to help yourself and a trip to the icecream booth. Shopping around the many charity shops was also on the menu that day. I think we all found ourselves a bargain.

    Ideally I would be happy to do it all again.

  • What do you like about your writing?

    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 correct my spelling. I cant spell for the life of me. School essays were a nightmare!

    When it comes to blogging, the thing I like most about my writing is that there is no pressure and I can write in whatever way I like. I do tend to write as I speak without having to worry about being perfect or correct. It’s my style and I am happy with it.

    I have another blog which is packed with many memoirs , I really enjoyed the blogging journey and I like the fact that it is there for family or anyone else who would like to peruse through it all. http;//umpteenthings.com

  • Who is someone that inspired you and why?

    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.

  • What is a road trip you would love to take?

    I am 71. Not long ago Phil and I did the one and only trip of a lifetime that we are ever likely to do. We flew from the UK , bought a campervan and drove from Sydney to Cooktown.

    I could write a book about this adventure but for now I am late with Prompts on Bloganuary.

    if you would like to know more do let me know. Especially if you love Australia as we do!

    could write a book about this adventure but for now I am late with Prompts on Bloganuary.

    if you would like to know more do let me know. Especially if you love Australia as we do!

  • When did you last leave your comfort zone?Yarndale

    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 what my friend Di had put on the banner that she sent to me the day before the show!! I would not have been so bold but I need not have been so concerned, I had an amazing successful event. Not in the way most stall holders meassure success, in the amount of profits they made. For me I was able to teach over 50 visitors how it is possible to crochet with a latch hook. Quite a comfortable feeling in the end!