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


11 January 2017

Wrap Around Cushion Cover Tutorial

How to make a wrap around granny square cushion cover.


This is the easiest, fastest cushion cover,
 that I have ever made and it is such fun!

1. Make a granny square using as many colours as you wish.
Please notice that my square is perfectly square
 and does not have that horrid twist that some people find in their work.
If you would like to find out how I make my granny square
 and learn a useful trick, you can read my tutorial
 HERE


2. Keep making your granny square
 until it is big enough to wrap around your cushion.
 Note that when placed diagonally on the square
 the diagonal of the cushion is the same length as my square.


3. Wrap the square around the cushion,
 noticing that I have a little gap between the edges.
 This is perfect as a little stretch to join the edges,
 will ensure a perfect snug fit on your cushion.


4. Crochet together the 2 edges starting from the corner.
I have used UK dc through both loops for a good strong join.
If this method is new to you, you may like to read a joining tutorial


5. This makes a ridge on the top. 
Notice how I continued over the centre onto the 2nd half.


6. Join again in the 2nd direction, crocheting over the previous join.
(If preferred you could sew the edges together.)


7. Tadaa! Now you have a cushion cover!


8. You can choose to join using your last colour
 or an alternative colour for a different effect.


9. This really does make a perfectly shaped cushion
 with 90 degree corners and perpendicular sides.
 Its is so easy and addictive, beware you will make many!


Patchwork House is full of cushions!
I will always make more!


 If you have enjoyed my tutorial, please consider making a small donation,
 to support my work here at Patchwork House. 
You will find a PayPal donate button on the sidebar.
 My tutorials are all written for free and I post frequently on
 and
 to bring colour into your days.

Have fun hooking these beauties

Heather

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7 January 2017

Quotes to encourage and inspire


Hello my hooky friends
wishing you all a happy Saturday!


Here at Patchwork House my day started in my favourite way,
 with a long sit surrounded by my yummy crochet,
 accompanied by teas and coffees till I felt ready to move!
 I hope that you too are able to find
 that much needed therapeutic hooky time today.

Over the years it has become my trademark
 to post mug shots of my mug matching my crochet.
 When I dared to suggest that I might change my posts 
a few years, ago I was flooded with pleas to continue!

To thank you all for being there,
 (as without your loyal following my work would have no purpose),
this year I have decided to produce for you
a series of quotes, set on these images you love so much.
Quotes to inspire and encourage, that you may use.
Please feel free to save them on your Pinterest or post them on your sites.
It is my aim to encourage others.


I can't work as a school teacher anymore
 but I can post pictures of my crochet to inspire and encourage others!
Many of you will know that the last 2 years have been difficult for me,
 faced with chronic illness and having to take early retirement from a job I loved.
It's a long road of constant blood tests and trying new medication,
dealing daily with pain, exhaustion and fatigue,
 hoping that eventually one day I will find something
 to stabilise my connective tissue disorder,
 which will enable me to have a better quality of life.

In the mean time I've decided, that the only way forward for 2017,
 is to stop grieving for the past and move forward!
 So with my positive pants on,
 I am encouraging myself as much as you, by making these quotes!


So I will indulge myself in colour


beautiful mugs 


and enjoy every moment of what I do.
I am so blessed to be able to crochet full time
and to have you share my journey.


Crochet is such therapy,
 with the concentration needed,
 the constant counting takes my mind off pain
 and provides excellent exercise for my sore swollen hands.


Its not going to be easy
but Ive got a big smile today
and am looking forward to what 2017 has to bring!


I have created a page for these quotes
 which you can access easily
 from the menu at the top right of the blog.
Take a look
 HERE.
So do check back regularly to see new ones added each week.
You can also find these on my Facebook page in an album

I wish you all a happy weekend.
Don't forget to squeeze in some colourful crochet therapy

with love
Heather
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3 January 2017

Living the dream!

Happy New Year!


Good morning my friends,
 here I am popping in to say hello
 and wish you all the very best for 2017. 

Life has been very busy here at Patchwork House
 and I apologise for my absence!


 We moved house on 21st October 2016.



 Then my husband began his new job,
 as Rector of 2 churches in the village of Rossington, Doncaster.


 Christmas came with all the busyness of life in 2 churches 





and the wonderful of arrival of my 3 babies home for the Christmas break!


So now its 2017
 and we can settle down
 and create our new life.


 Many of you will have read my previous bio,
 dreaming of life in a country cottage, growing veggies and flowers,
 keeping hens and my hubbie the vicar of the village church.
 When I was a full time teacher with 3 teenagers at home this seemed so far away!

Now I am so blessed and we are living the dream!
 Dreams really do come true!



I live with my lovely husband in a large rectory next to the church,
 enjoying a wonderful garden with mature tress,
 squirrels, birds and hedgehogs,
 close to the rural area of Nottinghamshire.


 Retired from teaching due to ill heath,
 I am now so blessed to be able to fill my days crocheting
 colourful creations to sell in my Etsy shop.
 I dream and make plans to keep hens, 
develop a kitchen garden and grow flowers to fill our home.


This year my gift to you will be colour recipes,
 which I plan to share with you on a weekly basis.
 My aim here at The Patchwork Heart is to encourage and inspire you! 

1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you some special abilities, use them to help each other


I am also planning updates to my blog
 and more regular posts so do keep watching!

Best wishes for a happy hooky week!

Heather

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7 November 2016

Stylecraft Blog Tour Giveaway Winner


Good morning my hooky friends,
 happy Monday to you all!

Today I am delighted to announce
 that the winner of the Stylecraft Blog Tour giveaway is
Anna Phillips

she will be receiving this fabulous pack of Special Chunky
from Stylecraft Yarns



Well done Anna and thank you all for entering

have a happy hooky day
Heather
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4 November 2016

Stylecraft Blog Tour 2016 ~ The Chunky Cowl


Cold autumn mornings are upon us, as I write.
That nip in the air and frost on the grass, fills me with excitement,
 at the thought of layering up in warm scarves and gloves!

I am delighted once more to be taking part in the 2016 Stylecraft Blog Tour.
The wonderful people at Stylecraft are offering a giveaway,
 to celebrate the release of the new shades in the Special Chunky range!
Today's give away is just for you, yes just for the readers of my blog!
I will tell you later how to take part ... keep reading.

Welcome to my blog if you are a visitor for the first time!
 Please stay a while and have a good look round.
Welcome also to old friends, I have a cosy treat for you here!
If you have missed the previous posts on the blog tour,
 you can read yesterdays post here at
then follow the tour backward using the links provided each day!

To help launch the new shades in the Stylecraft Special Chunky range,
I chose to work with the silver Chunky pack
 and have created for you a simple cowl using


I have used the simple corner to corner stitch
 which always makes a perfect square or rectangle
 with delightful straight edges and perfect 90 degree corners.
It is a wonderful stitch which I love to make blankets with,
 as it creates a really thick fabric
 with the added bonus of a gorgeous 3D texture.
(You can see a blanket HERE)

In this post I will be using UK crochet terms.
You can find a conversion to US terms

If you have used this stitch before
 you will immediately see how quick and easy this project is going to be.
 If you have not used this stitch before, fear not, it is easy,
 being made up of only trebles and chains.
 I first learnt this stitch using an excellent tutorial by
It is a free pattern on Ravelry, you can read how to do it
 HERE.


To make my cowl I used 3 x 100g balls of
in
the fresh vibrant colours pistachio, aster and empire
 with a 5mm hook.

Work begins at the corner and I make 2 rows in each colour.
I finish my row as shown below,
 then start with the next colour to make the final loop of the last treble.


I leave good length tails of about 4 inches / 10 cm and make a reef knot.
These tails will be used at the end for sewing up the seam in the cowl,
 so do not crochet over them or weave them in now!


At the beginning of my new row I have made a slight alteration to the pattern.
I begin with 5 chain (rather than 6) and make the 3 trebles into the last 3 chain.


This make a closer fabric with less holes.
 I do this as I use 2 chain to replace 1 treble rather than 3.


So now you should be happily striping away
 making 2 rows with each colour and repeating the colour order.


Continue until you have made 10 stripes (20 rows).
This is now deep enough for the cowl so we will begin to decrease at 1 end.
The cowl is made from a rectangle, so we will now keep increasing
 at the other end until the desired width is achieved.


To decrease, flip the work over. 


Now slip stitch along the tops of the trebles till you get to where my needle is pointing.


You will begin work here, so for the last slip stitch use the new colour.


Knot the ends, 


make 2 to replace the first treble and away yo go.
So you can see in the picture below that  corner has been formed.


Keep going making stripes until you have 18 stripes on the long side.
This is now long enough to fold to make the cowl.
Start to decrease at both ends now.


You will end up with a rectangle which has
 10 stripes on the left and 18 stripes at the bottom.

Note that on the right side the pattern makes 9 full stripes
 and a 1/2 stripe at each end.
 This is fine and will complete the pattern perfectly.


The next task is ends.
LEAVE the ends on the SHORT SIDE for sewing up the cowl.
Use a needle and sew in the ends from the long side
 into their own colour stripe.


Fold the rectangle over so that the 2 short edges meet.
You will see that the stripes match up exactly.


Using a needle and small stitches,
sew up the seam to form a tube.
 Use the ends to join up the 2 short edges of the cowl.


I used the pistachio end for the pistachio stripe,
 then the aster end for the aster stripe etc.
Fasten the ends off securely and run ends into their own coloured stripe.


I found I only needed 1 end for each stripe,
 so the final task is to sew in the remaining ends into their own coloured stripe.


Turn it outside in
 and tadaa
 you have your lovely thick warm soft snuggly cowl!


It can be folded in half to wear
 or wrinkled around your neck as suits.


Try some other colour combinations for different outfits!
Here I have combined silver, storm blue and pale rose for a chic look,


and denim, sage and meadow for a subtle casual look.


A perfect project to treat yourself for autumn,


or ideal as a quick make for Christmas gifts!


If you have enjoyed seeing what I made with these colours
 then visit the previous posts in the blog tour for some more inspiration!

This is the final post of the blog tour, but you can follow it backwards by going to
and then follow the next link given there.



GIVEAWAY
you can enter today's giveaway
 to win the silver pack of Stylecraft Special Chunky
HERE 
only open today, 4th November, do it NOW!

I hope I am leaving you
 inspired, to create and play with these gorgeous new colours
 in the Stylecraft Special Chunky range!
Good luck in the give away competition,
 I will announce the winner on Monday 7th November!
Happy Hookin

Heather
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