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!

22 November 2015

Crochet hot water bottle covers

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. 
My daily posts on Instagram and Facebook are such a pleasure to me
 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
 as always
 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.


Siret said...

Wow! The hot-water-bottle-covers are great! I love the patterns and the different combinations of colours!
Thank you so much for the beautiful inspiring crochet works and photos!
Warm regards, Siret

Janice said...

Hi, these hit water bottles are fantastic. I can honesty say that I love every colour combination that you've used. Hope you get your medication sorted soon. Best wishes. Janice xxx http://createdbyjan.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

I adore everything! I have a cath kidston mug in a lovely duck egg blue, like in your first picture but with roses :)

Linda said...

Gorgeous and creative! I love the colours and designs!

sarfraz khan said...

That's so creative. I have never seen a work like this.

Anonymous said...

I would definitely want pink. Or lilac which you have done.

Unknown said...

Heather, I absolutely love your hot water bottle covers and am feeling very inspired for Christmas gifts. Can you kindly tell me where you buy your rubber hot water bottles please? Thank you. Kelly

The Patchwork Heart said...

Kelly I buy mine from Poundstretcher

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