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 … Continue reading Wednesday live video… my basic stitches!

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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! … Continue reading Freeform crochet… what is it?

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Latch Hooking for Beginners

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

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 … Continue reading Catching up!

Bloganuary, the last post!

How do you feel when you look up at the stars? Before I answer this question January was so busy I didn’t get chance to post much at all! Maybe some folks will join me on Febanuary, or Blogarch! My chance to be a productive blogger has gone! its now the 1st February. So. I used to be a folk singer and I wrote this song…. SHOOTING STARS When you are low, when you’re troubled so You can look down, see your life turn to dust. Or you can try and reach the sky and in the stars you’ll trust. … Continue reading Bloganuary, the last post!

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 … Continue reading Write about a challenge you faced and overcame

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 … Continue reading What does your ideal day look like?

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 … Continue reading What do you like about your writing?

What would be your favourite road trip?

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! Continue reading What would be your favourite road trip?

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. Continue reading Who is someone that inspired you and why?

Is there something you wish you knew how to do?

i havn’t a clue! It’s late….what do I want to to know how to do…..? I wish I knew an easy way how to encourage crochet art in schools the world over! And if you knew me you would know I have been working on this for years. Its bedtime on day five so I will give this lots of thought in the morning when I can get my head around bloganuary! Continue reading Is there something you wish you knew how to do?

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 … Continue reading What is a road trip you would love to take?

What makes you laugh?

My hubby is nattering me, so this will be a quicky. Like all this week I am looking forward to posting every day for this Bloganuary challenge. Its my turn to cook tonight and I am making big soup. I didnt have a second thought on this one because my Phil has always made me laugh. I reckon he could have made it as a comedian on stage. I wish I could stop long enough to share more Hope I get chance to update this post, maybe later ………mmm this soup is yummy!! Continue reading What makes you laugh?

What was your favorite toy as a child?

I know I had a three wheeler trike. Also for one birthday I was given a pogo stick! But by far my favorite pastime was anything to do with making things. Give me paints, coloured pencils, glue, needle and thread and I was as happy as Larry! One Christmas I was given a very thick drawing book. I took it on holiday and still have the childlike sketches in it to this day…. ballerinas and Scottish mountains! What was yours? Continue reading What was your favorite toy as a child?

When did you last leave your comfort zone?

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?

Beginners Class Telford

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

Crochet Ladies 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

Crochet work in progress

youtube/Wo3mzrCtKi8 Do watch this space, this is likely to be the first of many links to my YouTube Channel videos. This one is a demo of me making my crocheted shawl using a latch hook. If you have never seen me latch hooking then do check this out.Click the link above. Then do subscribe too. You May comment there on YouTube or below this post in the comments below! Continue reading Crochet work in progress

Latch hook crochet goes to Yarndale

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

Crochet book for sale

Great news! After lots of learning curves , I am now able to send you an email copy of my book ‘ Latch Hook Crochet for beginners’ . You will need to contact me via your email and then pick up your ebook copy using Dropbox which is very easy. Then when it arrives I will send you a PayPal request for only £3 , that’s a bargain and my book will then be on your computer. Latch Hook Crochet for Beginners Continue reading Crochet book for sale

Blogging 101

This is really my Journal 12, but I think I saw somewhere that to reach more folks we need to make titles more searchable. Or is that just Facebook and Instagram? Correct me if I am wrong ok. So I immediately thought of blogging 101 because that was the name of the blogging course that I took way back in 2016! Do check out my blog which catalogs our years of the good life when we were attempting self sufficiency. We dad manage to produce everything on our plates for a while,but to be honest it’s hard work and a … Continue reading Blogging 101

My Journal 11

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… Daily post on Instagram Learn and make another reel Post in my new neglected fb group!! ‘Latch Hook Crochet Fibre Art’. Edit movies in IMovie post videos from Instagram onto YouTube Checkout why couple couldn’t book my Airbnb Experience! Why? Post another newsletter from my blog email list. Continue writing my latest book. Book two… The Simplest Way to Crochet. Write my Journal blog post…… Done What’s your list like? … Continue reading My Journal 11

My Journal 10

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

My Journal… is it 10?

After an overhaul at the docs I decided it’s time I had a health kick up the bum!! Over Covid lockdown I have become a couch potato addicted to chocolate! What is Your favourite chocolate? Mine is Lindt white chocolate truffle balls! They are so yummy I just can’t stop at one. Sooo they are not on my shopping list or in my shopping trolley! Soooo guess what! I am now a fully paid member of my local swimming pool. And I am booked in for three sessions a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Yeah! And the healthy eating diet … Continue reading My Journal… is it 10?