Workshops Are Back

It’s been too long since I sat around a table and turned a bunch of want to be crocheters into fully fledged hookers! But, finally it looks like workshops will be running again this autumn. First up is a two day Crochet Weekender at Lakes and Fells in Renwick, near Penrith. This is a whole weekend of indulgent crochet, designed for beginners, this weekend is also suitable for anyone who wants to refresh their crochet skills and gain some confidence reading patterns and learning new stitches. The venue hosts are the lovely Liam and Lucy and their dog Rhubarb. They’ll keep us well fed and refreshed with tea, coffee and home made goodies throughout the weekend. I can promise you it’s going to be lots of fun. You can find full booking details on the Lakes and Fells website. Please note that accommodation is not included in the booking fee.

Then, in October I’m heading over to Keswick to teach a Sunday morning workshop at the Maker’s Mill, an amazing venue and craft space. I’ll show you how to make your own T shirt yarn and you’ll learn how to make a simple crochet basket of any size and using any yarn. This is aimed at beginners, but if you want to refresh your skills or just have a fun day out with other crocheters you’ll be very welcome.

More dates are coming soon and hopefully lots of bookings for 2022. It’s been a bumpy and unpredictable year, but rest assured all the venues I work with have done their best to provide a welcoming work space and have refund / rebook policies in place if Pandemic guidance changes. Believe me, after a year of shielding I’m as keen as anyone to get back to workshops, but I understand the need to keep everyone safe and feeling comfortable with their surroundings. 

Everything you need is provided on the day and I’ll have books, wool, hooks and crochet kits for sale too. I’m really looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces and meeting new crocheters, so pop pver to the relevant venue for full prices and booking details.

Workshops are Back

Well, it’s been quite a year – and it isn’t over yet – but I have started to make plans for 2021 and I’m very pleased that Learn to Crochet Workshops are back! All the workshops listed here will run in Cumbria, in a beautiful venue close to the M6 (transport can also be arranged from Penrith and Carlisle railway stations if necessary). In addition to day long workshops, next year I’ll also be running a two day “Crochet Weekender”, a chance to really immerse yourself in learning a new skill free from all the distractions of home. I may even save you all some of my hedgerow gin so we can toast the end of day one in style!

I have listed all these workshops as beginners, and the content has been designed for the complete novice. But, if you’re self taught or struggle with following a written pattern or feel you’re in need of a refresh then you’ll be very welcome to join us. Everything you need is included in the price, just bring a smile and a positive attitude. Our hosts Lucy and Liam will make sure we’re well fed and supply endless tea and coffee. They also have a gorgeous self catering house attached to the workshop venue, so you can stay on site if necessary.

Of course, there are bound to be some limitations to how workshops run at the moment, and I wanted to reassure everyone that as a “Post shielder” myself I’m well aware of the need for caution and careful planning. Classes will be smaller than usual to allow plenty of physical space between participants, which of course means extra opportunities for one to one support.  Depending on the weather, we may run parts of the sessions outdoors (in beautiful Cumbrian sunshine – we do get some occasionally) and we’ll make sure all Government guidelines are met.  I always complete a risk assessment for each class, and this will now include reference to Government guidelines on Covid – 19.

Times are changing, and the way I run my classes is bound to alter too, there will still be lots of laughter, encouragement and of course, cake for anyone who is willing to indulge!

You can find details of all the classes under the learn to Crochet Tab or click here for details. All classes can be booked directly with Lakes and Fells, but if you have any questions or special requests, then do get in touch with me. I have spent the last couple fo months reviewing all my course content. There will still be some “old favourites” like the flower corsages and storgae baskets that have always been so popular and there will be lots of new patterns and projects for you all to enjoy.

If you have a birthday coming up – or dare I mention the “C” word? These workshops would make an ideal gift (hint to my family – they run sewing classes too).

Now that I’m back at my desk and slowly getting back into my design work I’ll be back here regularly with patterns to share, a few helpful hints and tips and a special series of projects for those of you looking for gift knitting and crochet inspiration (there it is again – there’s no getting away form the fact that Christmas planning is almost upon us).

THanks so much for all your kind messages and for the likes and comments on my Instagram page. I am grateful to all of you and  the supportive community of crafters.

Happy Making

Tracey x

New Learn to Crochet Class

20151018_121740I have a new crochet workshop class starting in March. This class will take place at the  Ashton Hayes Pavilion, Cheshire (the village where I live), on Tuesday mornings 12th, 19th and 26th March. I am running this class as a fund raiser for Ash-worth Timebank, a charity that is based here in the community and supports local residents by offering social activities, support and advice to everyone. Our venue for these workshops is fully accessible, has free parking and is easy to find. You can download the Crochet Poster made by the Timebank for all the contact details.

There are only eight places available and we already have some bookings, but if you would like to register for a place please contact Caroline at the Timebank or fill out the enquiry form below and one of us will be in touch.

Update: I am now taking direct payments for this class – use the contact form below if you would like to book!

Note

Using the contact form is a “private message” – your details will not be published.

 

 

Books, Books, Books

Hello there! well, it’s been a while since I dropped by. But, I have been very busy and have lots of news, patterns and “secrets” to share.

Womans Weekly Guide to Crochet

First of all, I still have a few copies of the “Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet” for sale via Etsy. You can order a signed copy, with a personalised message here (just let me know the message you’d like me to write on the “Message to seller” option. Otherwise your book will be signed “Happy crocheting! Best wishes, Tracey Todhunter”. Sorry, this offer is only available for UK delivery. Order by 10th November for guaranteed delivery before Christmas as I will be closing the shop after that date.

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Pre order my new book on Amazon (or your favourite bookseller)! Due for publication in January, “200 More Crochet Stitches” will take you though texture, lace, cables and more! I will be taking orders for signed copies in January and there will be a few events to promote the book confirmed soon (including a top secret” TV appearance … watch this space!) Each stitch has a close up photo, chart and step by step written instructions and I wrote it with newbie crocheters in mind, so there is something for everyone. Every month through 2019 I shall be giving you ideas of projects you can make using the stitches in this book.

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Some of you will also know that “Crochet. Learn It, Love It” will be available in the UK from the end of December (this is the same content as the Woman’s Weekly edition, but with a new name and a new cover). I shall also have copies of this available in January.

Finally, I have something special planned for December. Every day I shall be adding a new crochet decoration to my crochet advent garland and I’ll be posting the patterns here (some free, but one or two paid for patterns). I know some of you get very nervous about following written instructions, so there will be a few photos, tips and friendly advice to help you. You’ll be able to find the latest pattern here on the blog, with photos on Instagram and Facebook – share your makes with the hashtag #grannycoolcrochet – and my favourites will win a small prize!

Oh – and I almost forgot – I have just confirmed my first workshop dates for January at Ditzy Rose Makery in Tattenhall, Cheshire. We’ll be running a three week crochet for complete beginners starting on the last Friday in January. I’ll be posting more details soon.

Happy (festive) making!

Tracey x

Learn to Crochet in a Day

crochet foundation ring 2Do you know someone who wants to learn to crochet? I am teaching my “Learn to crochet in a Day” class at the Ditzy Rose Makery in Cheshire on Saturday 10th Feb. The cost is £45 including materials and you’ll be treated to delicious cake and a sandwich lunch. I’ll supply all the materials you’ll need on the day and we’ll cover all the basic skills you’ll need to start your journey into crochet.

You can book via Nikki at Ditzy Rose.

Or, if yo can’t make it to a class,  you can always get hold of a copy of my book from your local library or bookseller (shameless plug!)

Womans Weekly Guide to Crochet

I’ll be back soon with lots of new  free patterns for you (I’m slowly working through my back catalogue of published designs and I promise to share some of my favourites here), news of new published designs and an updated version of my recommended resources for knitting and crochet. So, if you haven’t subscribed to the blog, or signed up for my newsletter, do it now. I promise there will be lots of treats in store for subscribers this year, including competitions, give aways and exclusive free patterns. My small way of saying thank you for all your support and enthusiasm for my work!

Happy Making x

 

New Workshop Dates: Crochet Pumpkins

20150924_084322The first date for my autumn workshop season is now booked for Saturday 21st October. Come along to Ditzy Rose Makery in Tattenhall and have a lovely day crocheting, enjoying like minded company and there is even lunch included! The Ditzy Rose Makery is a brand new workshop space in Tattenhall, a beautiful Cheshire village with plenty to explore nearby. Full details are below, if you are interested in booking, please contact Nikki at the Makery directly. If you have any questions, just ask and look out for more dates coming soon.

Crochet Pumpkins:

For absolute beginners or anyone just looking to brush up their crochet skills. learn to crochet “in the round” to make a pumpkin. You can make as many as you can in the day. Ideal Mother and Daughter Workshop suitable for over 10 years old. Includes a light lunch/drinks throughout the day. All tools and materials provided. £35 per person.

Ditzy Rose Makery
Century House
High Street
Tattenhall
Chester
CH3 9PX

07917 799147

One Cool Granny

Let me introduce you to Melanie, she’s one very cool Granny. In fact, she’s only been a Granny for a couple of weeks – congratulations Mel!Melanie Blanket blog version.jpgMelanie came to one of my crochet workshops a year or two ago. She’s a very accomplished needle woman and picked up crochet very quickly. Last week, she emailed me a photo of this new blanket. She’s been working on it as a gift for the new addition and based it on the colours her daughter had chosen for the baby’s changing bag (here’s a tip. Consult new Mums on your colour scheme ideas  – they can be very fussy – I know because I was one very fussy daughter in law back in the day! )

I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to see pupils making such amazing stuff. This is a blanket that will be treasured, so much love, optimism and time went into choosing colours and making it. I’m sure you’ll agree, Mel is one very cool Granny.

Take a bow lovely lady xxx

Pretty Flower Pin Cushion

This isn’t a new pattern, I’m slowly moving patterns over from Baking and Making and this has always been one of my favourites. The flower is the same one I used for  the  Crochet Baby Hat I designed for Craftseller magazine a few years back, it’s such a versatile little pattern it can be used for almost anything. To make the pin cushion, you’ll need to stuff a tea cup with  a small sachet filled with hollow fibre toy stuffing or a small shop bought pin cushion. You’ll have to use your judgement about how many flowers you’ll need to make to fill your tea cup. I use mine as a pin cushion, but it could equally be used as a centrepiece for afternoon tea (very vintage).

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I also like to sew a small brooch bar onto the back of a flower and a couple of leaves to make a pretty spring corsage and I’ll be teaching a class at Nettle in June for anyone who would like to try crochet. For details, click on the Workshops tab above  (or click here).

Flower Pattern:

With 3.75mm hook and chosen yarn make 27 ch

Foundation Row: 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end of row. (26 dc)

Row 1: 3 ch, 4 tr into 4th ch from hook, ss in next dc, [5 tr in next dc, ss in next dc] 4 times, [ 5 htr in next dc, ss in next dc] 5 times, [5 dc in next dc, ss in next dc] 4 times.

Fasten off yarn leaving a long tail for sewing up. Roll petals into a rose shape and stitch securely using long tail.

Leaf

With 3.75mm hook and chosen yarn make 8ch

Round 1: *1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in next, 2dtr in next, 1tr in next st, 1 htr in next, 1dc in last st**, 1ch. Do not turn, work into under side of foundation ch from * to ** ss into next st.

Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

Pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

NB: This flower pattern started life as the “Tatton Corsage” designed for Fibre and Clay in 2011, it then appeared in Craftseller as a decoration on a hat, then as a wreath for Valentine’s day. It has so many uses and it’s appeared in several magazines in several different disguises. This pretty heart wreath is one of my favourites! Just bend a piece of wire into a heart shape. Thread on the flowers (made as above, I made about 18), fasten the ends of the wire and tie a bow at the centre .

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