Saturday, 24 March 2012

My First Attempt at Crochet

On Wednesday a friend and I attended the Cath Kidston 'Learn to Crochet' workshop, in Battersea.
The workshop was only £15 and we received this gorgeous Crochet Kit in a Book Tin  worth £20.
 The kit includes a crochet hook, six balls of yarn and instructions to make this beautiful patch cushion cover, but if you find there is not enough wool to complete it you can request a little more.
 Did I arrive believing I'd make at least one little square by the end of the night? Of course I did.
Did I even make a square?! 
Starting off was tricky and it took us a few goes to even manage the slip knot.
We eventually mastered the foundation chain and the foundation ring, but after that, well what can I say?
 The two ladies running the workshop were very lovely, but I felt they could have used an extra hand. There were fourteen of us with the majority having absolutely no clue and reading the instructions was a little daunting.
We had to wait very patiently for a little one-to-one to get us to the next stage.
Maybe three tutors with small groups each would have worked better.

By the end of the workshop the lady next to me had created this. Her daughter had guided her through the stages and she did a fantastic job. Wish I'd sat next to her too.
Her daughter, who has obviously done this before, went on to create this very pretty piece.
 I'd given up trying to follow the instructions and just played around getting used to the hook and tension.
The Daughter showed me how to change colour and I managed to produce this apple looking thing.
At the end of the evening we were each given a feather cushion pad, as an incentive to complete the cushion cover, and a 15% discount for that evening. Overall this workshop was great value for money.
There are some great tutorials out there on the web, including a 'How to crochet: Granny Square' series of easy to follow lessons. I'm confident that I will learn to crochet and eventually make this gorgeous cushion.
All in all we had an enjoyable evening and the staff were all very friendly. I'll definitely be looking out for other Cath Kidston workshops in the future.
Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Barrina xx

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Lavender Heart Cushions and Mini Tote Bag Keyrings

For the past two weeks I've been quite busy. Busy sewing lots of pretty little things for next months vintage fair. This will be my second sale and I'm really looking forward to it.
Of course my lavender heart cushions are a must make, and I've made quite a few of those already.
I've also been busy making these mini tote bag keyrings. 
I came across a tutorial here, but made it my own by filling each tote with lavender and only adding one handle. 
I'm absolutely in love with them!
What do you think of this fancy dress keyring? Cute isn't it! I filled this one with scented beads. To be honest I was a bit disappointed with the beads. The packet said rose, but it didn't really smell of roses. 
Still it is a nice scent, just not rosy!
If you're in Putney on Sunday 15th April, then why not pop into the 'The Star and Garter' by Putney Bridge, 
I'm sure it's going to be amazing!!!
On Wednesday a friend and I will be attending the Cath Kidston workshop, 'Learn to Crochet'. 
I've always wanted to learn and couldn't resist this opportunity. £15 for a two hour workshop, including the Crochet Kit in a Book tin, worth £20, tutorial on how to make this gorgeous cushion, and 15% discount on the night. 
What a bargain, I'm so looking forward to this!
Have a fabulous week! 

Barrina xx

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Photography #5 European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

 Goldfinches are frequenting the silver birch tree outside my flat more often this year already. 
It's such a beautiful sight to watch them flitting about with their bright red faces and black and yellow wings. 
They've never tried to feed from my bird feeder but I'm hoping they will one day. 

Have a Lovely Weekend!

Barrina xx