Hello and welcome to Patchwork House . . . . .
my little corner of the world on the NW coast of England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!

17 July 2016

New Coffee n Crochet group!

Something very exciting is happening!

Hidden up an alley way
 in Heswall on The Wirral 
I have discovered a little gem called Love Stitch! 
If you like fabric, yarn, haberdashery,
 books, tea and cake
 this place is a must!

You can be sure of a wonderful welcome
 from the lovely ladies at Love Stitch
 who obviously really enjoy their work.

This amazing shop tucked away off the main street
 is packed to the brim with delightful treasures.

Beautifully decorated
 with bunting and chandeliers
 this shop is a dream!

It has the cutest little tearoom
 serving homemade cakes
 and will make an ideal meeting place.

It is such a delightful relaxing place
 which I know you ladies will find inspiring
 and I am very excited to announce
 that I am starting a new
 Coffee n Crochet group 
We will meet on
 Friday mornings 10am to 12 noon,
 starting Friday 22nd July.

The shop is situated by the main traffic lights in Heswall centre,
address Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

 The aim is to start a social group
 where crocheters can meet and enjoy coffee and cake,
 a chat and time to hook.
 Bring your crochet
 and come and enjoy meeting new people. 
No need to come every week, just drop in when you can!

As well as selling fabric, yarn, patterns, ribbons
 and every bit of haberdashery you could want

Love Stitch offers a wealth of courses
 including sewing, knitting and crochet. 

 I am also very pleased to say
 that I will be running crochet inspiration workshops
 here starting in the autumn!

There will be half day courses and full days,
 smaller projects and more ambitious ones too.
 We are still working on the programme
 and as soon as it's finalised
 I will be posting details of the courses and how to book!

So anyone in the Liverpool, Wirral and Chester area 
pass the message on to fellow crocheters!
   I look forward to seeing you there.
 No need to book, just turn up,
treat yourself to a cake and drink
 and enjoy crochet conversation and new friends!
Wishing you all a happy hooky day

13 July 2016

Stylecraft Blogstar

This weekend I had the privilege
 of being part of a select group of bloggers
 who spent time together
 with the wonderful Stylecraft team at
 Stylecraft Mill
 in Slaithwaite, W Yorkshire!

The mill was once a cotton mill.
We walked the old stone stairs
 that are worn by the original mill workers
 wearing clogs

and the old wooden floors
that have seen generations of mill workers.

It was so interesting to see fleece

in all its different stages

being transformed

into the finest quality yarn.

The mill spins natural fibres

into fine yarn for

making into worsted suiting

and high end knitwear.

 I can hear you all saying
 where is the yarn we love to crochet?

The mill works only with natural fibres

so we were lucky to see

where Stylecraft's sister yarn

is made.
This is a high end yarn in DK, aran and 4 ply,
 fine merino wool and baby alpaca.
 It is beautifully soft and comes in a fabulous array of colours
 specially selected to compliment each other.

The Special acrylic yarn many of us love is made in Turkey
but dispatched from the mill in W Yorkshire

so we were drooling at the size of this stash!

Stylecraft Life DK

The purpose of my visit
 was to attend the first meeting of the

Can you imagine my delight
 when a few months ago
 I was approached by Stylecraft
 and asked to be part of a team of bloggers
 along with these other fabulous ladies!

In the photo you can see left to right

Catherine from Crafternoon Treats

Sandra from Cherry Heart


Phil from The Twisted Yarn

Lucy from Attic 24

Sarah from Annaboo's House 


Sue Pinner from Suz's Place

also part of the Stylecraft Blogstars
 but unable to attend are

Emma from Emma Varnham

Jane from Janie Crow


Angela Armstrong from Get Knotted Yarn Craft

We were treated to talks
 and mood boards
 showing how the new season yarns were developed

and delighted with balls to squish and smooch

in a delicious array of colours

Stylecraft treated us like Royalty
with a wonderful lunch,
and cakes
 and sent us home with a goody bag
 filled with yarn, hooks and chocolate!
 They also gave us bags, keyrings, labels and vouchers
 which I will be using over the next year as giveaway prizes!

Imagine spending time with all those yarn loving people,
 who also blog and are addicted to posting on social media
 and like me prefer being home with crochet more than anything else!
It was better than Christmas!

So I am now officially a
 Stylecraft Blogstar
and you can look forward this year
 to lots of new yarny goodness on my hook
 and up to the minute info on new yarns coming out!

Keep watching folks!



2 July 2016

Baby Blankets

Good morning my friends and a happy weekend to you all.
 Do hope you are keeping warm this cold July!

This morning I have been enjoying a new rainbow ripple
 on my hook and I'm loving the new shade of
from Stylecraft Yarns in their Special DK.
 It fits so well in my rainbow between lipstick and spice!

Baby blankets are always such fun to make and sell so fast.
This week I've made a rainbow granny square
 which is now on its way to a new home.
The rainbow interspersed with parchment make a very attractive blanket.
the colour recipe I have used is
Stylecraft Special DK in
mustard gold spice tomato claret raspberry plum grape
 violet lobelia denim storm blue sage pistachio lime and parchment

and sold a pretty pastel ripple
 which is soon to be keeping a new baby girl warm.
colour Recipe
Stylecraft Special DK
sherbet apricot wisteria spring green lemon candyfloss and cream

You may be interested to know
 that I always keep ready made blankets for sale in my
 So when you suddenly need a new baby gift do take a look,
 I have many colours and various sizes in stock.
 However if you wish to order a specially made blanket
 in any pattern or colours please email me at
 and I will be delighted to send you my price list and make one for you

It's always so good to see babies modelling my blankets
 and this week I've been delighted to receive 2 photos
 from happy customers
 who gave me permission to share these with you.

Last time I wrote
 I left you with a teasing glance
 at some pretty pastel grannies that I was working on.

I used 10 pretty shades of
the colour recipe is
spring green
soft peach
cloud blue
duck egg

As always I work in a production line fashion
 and make all the round in the same colour at one time.
 This increases your speed as you are not changing balls of yarn
 or wondering which colour to pick.

165 mini grannies meant a lot of ends to sew in,
but a wonderful discovery at Lidl of their Big Hit chocolate peanuts
made it all very yummy!

so this really was a labour of love
 and I'm afraid I wont be making another for a long while!

You will notice that I alternate the side I work from on my grannies.
This is done to avoid that awful granny square twist.
you can read a tutorial about how I make my granny squares

For this blanket I chose to join the squares as I made the 4th round
 so there is no background colour
. I really like this look but of course again it means lots of ends.
 Unfortunately if you want colour you have to have ends!

If you are interested in trying this joining method
 you will enjoy the good tutorial by Lucy at Attic 24

The blanket soon comes together
 and then it's the exciting time to choose a border.

I used 27 from the book

this is a great book which I highly recommend.
 It is clearly written in US terms
 and also has very good charts to follow.

This blanket was a special commission for a baby soon to arrive,
using a neutral colour palette so it is suitable for both boy or girl.
The border is made in the gorgeous new shade of
which Stylecraft have recently added to the range of Special DK.

A beautiful blanket that I was sad to part with.
 One day I must make one to keep for Patchwork House!

Wishing you all a happy restful weekend


17 June 2016

A busy week

Hello my friends happy Friday to you all!
Today has begun with an hour working on a batch of these mini grannies. Oh they are so labour intensive at this stage and I must admit I don't like the fiddle of the ends . . . but as we all know if we want colour we have to put up with ends! As always, I'm working in a production line fashion and will do all of the round 2s in stone, then sew all their ends in.

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I deal with ends. Unfortunately in the traditional granny square you cant just crochet over them, as the work is not close enough to hide the ends or hold them securely, so they must be sewn in with a needle at the end. I will be writing a tutorial soon about this very topic to help the many of you who have asked.

This pretty pastel granny square blanket
 began this week and is to be a gift for a new baby.
 I have designed this colour recipe to be neutral
 and so suitable for boy or girl.

I am using

cream soft peach apricot
 stone parchment lemon pistachio
 spring green duck egg and cloud blue

Its been a busy week here at Patchwork House
 with Mandala making having been an exciting task in between blanket making.
 The arrival of a gorgeous new book

has been such a delight!

I highly recommend it!
Beautifully written with clear instructions, 
photos and charts and using UK terms!
you can find a link to it on my recommended book list
 on the sidebar to the right.
I have used

It has a fine twist which prevents splitting and a lovely sheen.
 I chose to use a 3mm hook to produce a firm texture for the mat.

The new designs I've made have been so popular
 and have flown out of my 

with great speed.
 But there are still a few others remaining if you are quick!

Finally I promised to show you the final views of the
 Juicy Fruits blanket
 which has now reached its new home.

This blanket was a special commission for a
 new yarn shop 
opening soon in Holmfirth, W Yorkshire.

For the border I chose 27 from the book

This is a great book with a fantastic choice of edgings.
 It has clear instructions written in US terms and also charts.
You can find it in my list of recommended books again on the sidebar.

It was sad to see this go as it had been a pleasure to make,
 but it really wasn't my colours,
 so I will be happy to see it soon in its new home at
yarn shop in Holmfirth.

Coming next
 you will see me working on some
Ombre Crochet
using again the

I have been plotting and planning
 lots of yummy colour blends from the wonderful colour palette of

and I think you'll agree its amazing
 how different the square looks in these colours!

so here I'll leave you
 with a little snippet of what is to come!

Have a very happy hooky evening my friends

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