From hook to sewing machine

I momentarily put down my hooks at the weekend to whip up an outfit using my sewing machine (and whilst the Singer pictured above does work, unfortunately it wasn't the one I used for this project). I'd wanted to take on a more meaty sewing challenge ever since I stepped out of my dress making... Continue Reading →

Crochet Cotton Vest

Continuing with my obsession for making clothes (and rather selfishly, for myself), I thought I'd share this really simple pattern I've designed for a crochet cotton vest. I always struggle to create a sophisticated low cut neckline when making crochet vest tops so this time I decided to try a high neck - and I'm... Continue Reading →

Festival Fashion Crochet Pattern

I seem to have a real focus on crocheting clothes at the minute. I've got so many projects I want to start, but I can't seem to get through my cotton stash with ideas for festival fashion tops. I've made two 100% cotton crochet tops recently, but unfortunately one of them now faces the frogging... Continue Reading →

Crochet String Bag/Market Bag

I recently purchased a pattern for a crochet cotton vest top from Etsy, and when I was just one row in I had pretty much decided that I wasn't going to like the finished look. So I changed the pattern off the cuff and turned my vest top WIP into a cotton market bag -... Continue Reading →

Thank You Teacher Crochet Cards

A good friend made a special request for a handmade 'thank you teacher' card, so here's what I came up with. The design is simple but I think it looks super cute. Free crochet apple patternThe apple: 1. Make a magic ring and work 10 tc into the ring. Join with a slip stitch 2.... Continue Reading →

Crochet Pom Pom Blanket

You know when your yarn stash is getting a bit too crazy? I bought around 10 skeins of the most beautiful James C Brett Harmony DK yarn when it was on sale at Love Crochet. It was half price - so how can you not? But true to form, I was then distracted by several... Continue Reading →

Amigurumi Took Me By Surprise

I never really seek out amigurumi patterns or have much desire to make toys but a friend of mine asked me to make her this unicorn - and it's really hard to say no to friends, isn't it?! The pattern is from Etsy and it's by Stitch Witch Creations for around £5/6. I wasn't looking... Continue Reading →

My First Stall

This weekend I ran my very first market stall at a family fun day in Appley Bridge, Wigan. I was a little apprehensive beforehand as I had no idea what to expect; what type of items would sell, whether to price items differently to my Etsy store, how many items to display... Mine. Field. I... Continue Reading →

My First Four Week Crochet Course

As much as I love running my one-off two/three hour crochet workshops, it can be tricky to really instil confidence in the craft and the learners ability in such a short amount of time - managing expectations plays a huge part of my introduction, and throughout the session. So I've absolutely loved running my first... Continue Reading →

Summer Crochet Tops

I've been trying out a couple of top patterns recently; some of my own design, and some from other designers. I've worked on three that I'd happily wear out in public, so I'm sharing those with you today. Each top was made with less that 100g of yarn, and I'm afraid to say I did... Continue Reading →

US vs. UK crochet terminology

The struggle is real. I taught myself to crochet when I was on maternity leave with my first child, and it just so happened that the tutorials and patterns I chose to learn from used US crochet terminology. I didn't even know there were different ways to describe the stitches I was making, and then... Continue Reading →

Woolly Mama Greeting Cards

Just this past week I’ve worked up five designs for a small card line which are now available to buy on my Etsy store and in local tea rooms. I’ve been so overwhelmed by the positive feedback - it’s really encouraged me to think of more occasion designs to add to the collection. In my... Continue Reading →

I’ve Launched On Etsy

So, I've taken the plunge and opened Woolly Mama Studio on Etsy. I wanted to establish a small range of products that I love working on to give my store focus and to help build a clear identity - and I'm hoping Tshirt yarn accessories for the home is that very focus! I've started small... Continue Reading →

Baby Shower Crochet Workshop

I held my first baby shower crochet workshop last weekend. It was such a pleasure to teach Lucy, who is 32 weeks pregnant with her first child, her sisters, sister-in-law and niece how to crochet. Especially because we were all making granny squares for a blanket for Lucy's new baby. I love the idea that... Continue Reading →

Crochet Garter

My very good friend is getting married and I wanted to make her a little keepsake to give to her on her hen party. A crochet garter felt like a nice touch. And she loved it (or at least she said she did!). Now she's had her surprise I can share the pics and pattern!... Continue Reading →

My First Commission

I got my first order, how exciting! *shoulder shimmies around the house* I thought I'd share with you the mandala crochet rug I made for my very first customer. Made with Tek-Tek tshirt yarn (which I'd never used before) from the Tshirt Yarn Shop (where I'd never shopped before), and I have to say I... Continue Reading →

Crochet Crop Jumper

I find making my own clothes so satisfying, and I’ve got so many ideas for new crochet patterns that I need to work up - but finding the time to experiment isn’t always that easy, especially with two little ones (and one big one) to look after. It feels more productive to know you’ll have... Continue Reading →

Crochet Bunting

Crochet bunting is the cutest addition to any room. It’s a great statement decoration at parties - one that you can dig out time and time again - but it can also be hung as a permanent feature to add some everyday jazziness (new word?!). I’m generally scared of bright colours in the home, so... Continue Reading →

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