Crochet and colour are my everything.
Today my blanket of choice is the turquoise hexie I made last year.
It's vibrant colours never fail to inject me with energy and lift my spirits!
My addiction of matching my mug to my crochet of course continues
and has become something of a trademark!
So much so, that if my daily morning picture on my Facebook Page
doesn't have a pretty mug of something delicious and hot,
people write to me and ask if I'm ok! How lovely is that?!
Here at Patchwork House I am still resting
and waiting for new medication to work.
I am so fortunate to have a hobby which I can use to fill my time,
but more than that, a hobby which I can use to bless other people.
and lately I've had the most wonderful encouragement
from all around the world,
knowing I am touching the lives of others
who also suffer with illness.
Thank you all for your comments and emails,
too many to reply to, but please know I am very humbled
and so happy to know that many of you visit my pages daily
for your dose of colour therapy!
Patchwork House has turned into Santa's workshop lately
and I have been working on the hot water bottle production line !
We Brits are very partial to our hotties, here in damp cold UK,
for snuggling these cooler days.
I'm often asked by puzzled Americans what they are for,
but am pleased to say that they've started flying out of my Etsy Shop
and winging their way across the pond the last few weeks!
So as well as keeping Britain warm, I'm now breaking into USA !
This year I've added a few new designs to my range
and the corner to corner stitch creating a diagonal stripe
has been most popular.
I just love coordinating the bottle and the buttons with the cover,
it's the little details that count
and what people have come to expect from The Patchwork Heart!
The hot water bottle is a perfect little canvas
for trying out new colour recipes
and I get so excited when customers email me with their own colour choices
to match their homes or satisfy family favourites.
I also sell covers only which of course saves on postage !
The classic granny squares hottie is my best seller
with its vintage look and air of nostalgia.
The black forest colour recipe
of my last granny blanket was so popular I had to try it on a hottie
and yes I was right they flew out of my Etsy shop so fast !
is a very classy restful combination
and these too can't be made fast enough
to keep up with demand !
Our old favourite Cath Kidston
provides me with much colour inspiration
and I've enjoyed playing with the same colours
in 3 different patterns.
Peacock was great fun to make
using some of the new shades of Stylecraft Special DK
and the rich warm autumnal colours here
were very comforting and apt for this time of year.
The most exciting
new addition to the range this year has been my circles design
using colours inspired by Orla Kiely
These are made in a contemporary design have a retro look.
I love making circles
the precision appeals to my Maths brain!
and the negative or reverse image on the back
has caused a lot of interest!
So now my next venture is to create some new colour recipes
again inspired by Cath Kidston.
I spent some lovely time shopping and browsing
on the Cath Kidston website
and was inspired by these gorgesous items
Thank you to the many people who voted on my Facebook page.
It seems that many people would like
something different and without pink!
The most popular of these were
top row right ~ grey blue green and yellow
middle row centre ~ lime green white and red
middle row left ~ white orange red yellow and green
so watch out for some new designs on hot water bottles
to be hitting my Etsy shop soon!
I do take orders too if you find you miss the stock in my shop
so if that helps please email me at
Order will be taken up to 30th November for Christmas delivery.
Back to my hook now
have a happy hooky weekend friends
x x x
PS. Before I'm asked I must say sorry no I do not use a pattern! But Im told you can find some to buy on Etsy.