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

31 May 2014

In print!

This week has been so very exciting!
I have been bursting to share this news
and at last I can tell you that I've been published!
You will find me in this months issue 54 of

It is a gorgeous colour magazine
 full of patterns and inspiring photos
interviews with makers
links and web addresses of crocheters 
and just total yummy hookiness!

I feel so very excited to be out there in print
 with many of my hooky idols
sharing my love of colour and crochet
and am so proud
 to be able to display this lovely badge on my blog!

So if you don't have a copy yet
get out there quick and find one before its too late
you will I know enjoy it

Happy hooky weekend to you all



27 May 2014

The Photographer's Blanket

Good morning and a happy half term to you all!
Oh how wonderful it is to be sat in my sewing room
knowing that for the whole day I can work at The Patchwork Heart!
Sorry for my absence the last 2 weeks
 but once again school took over my life!

2 weeks ago I began the most exciting project . . . 
a blanket in subtle rainbow shades
 for a photographer to use as in childrens photographs!          

She chose the most beautiful shades of Stylecraft Special DK

pale rose

and I chose 5 interesting blocks from
Jan Eatons 200 Crochet Blocks

they work out at 15cm square and take approx 30 mins each to make

Oh what fun I had playing with these colours

arranging the blanket made me so happy
working out all the possible arrangements of colours and patterns

I'm sure you will agree
 that the addition of 5 different blocks
 adds much to the plain patchwork blanket

using mocha for the join
I began with simple dc using wrong sides together

this creates a strong join which makes a nice ridge
and I like its simplicity allowing the blocks to take the glory!

I first work all the rows in 1 direction
then change and join in the other direction

so now it is time for the border
a deep lace border in mocha

I will be back in a few days to share the completed blanket!

Happy hookin

5 May 2014

Colour choosing

Colour is the best part of my work
I love to start any new project

but especially when
 I have spent time discussing with my customer 
and helping her to choose

photos of furnishings and favourite ornaments sent by the customer
make it such a pleasure
 to choose yarn and coordinate a blanket for a special room

I have spent many happy hours
 working on this blanket 
which happens to be in my favourite colours

I love all shades of blue and green together
and it was a delight
 to work with these 10 different shades of Stylecraft Special DK

100 starburst flowers and no 2 the same
to be surrounded in the classy shade of parchment

I am so pleased the customer followed my advice
 and chose the parchment background
 instead of the white she originally ordered

it was such a pleasure
 to work closely with my customer
 and come up with a unique colour scheme for her home

to receive her comment

"Think I'm going to cry! 

This is now going to be my favourite thing in my house"

has made my day!

I hope you are all having a fabulous relaxing Bank Holiday
Happy Hookin!

x x x

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