no matter what the weather….

Ok, so now we have had the snow and the freezing temperatures to go with it, it almost feels like Spring is in the air.

I did enjoy the big freeze, but also know I’m very lucky as I have a warm and cozy home to go to and was able to light our fire too.

I hope you have all managed to keep warm.

I was so looking forward to visiting the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London Olympia, no snow was going to stop me! After walking to our train station, then finally catching a train London bound, with one change, only to be told the train driver had fallen ill and was waiting for an ambulance to collect him! Poor man, I do hope he is ok.

Plan C had to fall into plan, another train, tube and cab and I finally got there. I did race through the exhibition halls as I kept hearing the announcements that the trains will be delayed or cancelled in the afternoon due to the severe weather conditions. I left for  home earlier than planned, but did manage to find some really lovely bits and pieces, some red linen for a dress I need to make soon, some cashmere lace from Yarntelier, yup you guessed it……. for another scarf/shawl. Funny though, I cannot find a pattern that I like, so I used some inspiration of another shawl I had made in the summer and wrote my own pattern. I will keep you posted on that one. The inspiration will have to be credited to “Bettle’s bum” you can find the pattern on Ravelry.

I also found a lovely stall called Block Kraft with amongst other things sell the most beautiful wooded blocks for fabric printing. I’m so excited to introduce these in my weekend workshops. Do have a look at their shop on line.

 

There were also some very inspirational works from students on display.

 

So many things to do again, I love it.

 

lots of love

 

E x

It might have been a while, but this was worth it……

Yes, it has been far to long since I have written an update on my blog. It has been a very busy few months, with a family wedding, some home alterations and of course the summer holidays.

My love to craft ladies have been most creative, but I will blog about that a little later.

Right now I would like to write about the most wonderful day I had yesterday.

I was very lucky to nab the last space on an embroidery workshop with Caroline Zoob.

Siobhan, a dear friend and fellow crafter, has been to a few workshops and always comes back with the most beautiful creations. I had bought Caroline’s book (Hand Stitched home) a while back (also on Siobhan’s recommendation), but there is just nothing like “the real thing” isn’t there?

So off we went to Oxfordshire where we were welcomed by sunshine, a lovely cup of coffee and the most wonderful selection of vintage fabrics, embroidery threads and an abundance of inspiration and expertise by Caroline.

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Our workshop was called flowers in a jug and we started designing and making a patchwork table cloth, followed by window frame and a jug of flowers. Some machine appliqué and lots of hand embroidery.

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As  you can see on the photograph, my project is nowhere near finished, but I’m so proud of the result so far. The dark lines are drawn with a  Frixion pen (another new find for me). The magical thing is, that you can draw directly on the fabric and when you want to get rid of the lines you just iron them away….magic….

 

 

Here you see us with  our projects. Please have a look at Caroline’s website where you will find out all about her other workshops and lots of other information too.

Jane was the most wonderful host and spoilt us with a home cooked lunch, fresh ingredients form her garden ( another beautiful oasis of calm), and more.

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All in all a wonderful day for mind, body and soul.

 

Thank you

 

Hope you are having a blissful time too

 

love E x

Unravel and Orange Cake

It might be half term, but this does not mean we are standing still.

Visitis to Ikea (there is always something one needs in Ikea, right?), lovely lazy morning walks which have been good for all of us.

I have just baked a delicious orange cake for my workshop attendants tomorrow. Yes, the pompom workshop is happening tomorrow, so excited :-).

As I was looking up the recipe I noticed that I had hand written it in my cookbook which I have since I was 17 years old. The pages are discoloured and splattered, but the recipe still works and I still love the taste.

Ok, I’ll share it with you:

 

You will need

75 g flour

75 g cornflour

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

200 g caster sugar

2 tsp grated orange zest

80 g melted butter

juice of 5 oranges plus 1 tblsp sugar

 

Beat eggs with sugar over hot water till very, very creamy

Sieve flour, cornflower and baking powder and fold into egg mixture

Fold in melted butter and add orange zest

 

Line a round baking tin and add mixture

Bake at 170*C for about 30 minutes.

 

While cake is baking juice the oranges, add the sugar and heat. Do not boil!

Once cake is baked, prick with a fork and add hot orange juice.

Let it stand to cool and only then remove from tin.

Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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I hope you will enjoy this as much as I have and still do.

 

The Sewing Bee is on tonight and I can watch it live. So excited to sit with my girls and watch all the talented ladies and gents perform their magic. I have not got a favourite contestant yet, do you?

 

The most exciting event of the week is the Unravel show at the Farnham Maltings. I went last year and loved it. So looking forward to spending my Saturday there. If you are able to, do try and get there. It starts on Friday 20th and ends Sunday 22nd February.

Hope you are having a great week too

 

love Ex

upcoming workshops

Hello

 

Please have a look at the upcoming workshops and let me know if you would like to join.

 

They will be great fun.

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Workshops

Saturday 25th Oct 1pm-3pm – learn to knit

(ideal for beginners) £30

Wednesday 29th October 10.30am – 12.30pm,

needle felting £30

Wednesday 29th October 7.30pm – 9.30pm,

needle felting £30

Saturday 8th November 1pm – 3.30pm,

sew a little bag £40

Saturday 15th November 1pm – 3pm,

needle felting £30

Monday 17th November 10am – 2.30pm – wet felt a Christmas Stocking £65 (includes light lunch)

Friday 28th November 11am – 1pm,

knitting the continental way £25

Saturday 29th November 1pm – 3pm – embroider Christmas decorations, napkin rings £30

Saturday 6th December 1pm – 3pm – make and embroider your own hand warmers £30

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day. 🙂

Classes will be held in Sunninghill. 100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

love Ex

knitting the continental way

…..would you like to knit faster? Learn how to knit the continental way, “pick”  your knitting instead of “throwing”.

Friday 28th November 2014 11am – 1pm £25

This will  help you tremendously if you are wanting to knit fair isle, have tired hands from the constant motion of throwing the yarn or if you would like to be a looser knitter.

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Please bring along some wool and  suitable knitting needles.

 

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

wet felting workshop

Wet felting Workshop 

Monday 17th November 2014 10am – 2.30pm £65

Create your very own individual Christmas stocking.  Santa will not be able to ignore this one 🙂

Price includes material, a light lunch, lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

 

 

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Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

 

 

learn to knit workshop

So, here we go………my workshop schedule coming up.

Habu woolLearn to knit for beginners 

Saturday 25th October 2014    1pm – 3pm    £30.

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

lovely September

I’m really sad that our Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, however I’m loving our September. The days start and end crisp and chilly and are so sunny and warm during the day.

We are all enjoying getting back into our various routines, being school, work or taking Tiger for longer walks, (she is allowed a 20 minute walk now 🙂 ).

 

It also means that we are back at our craft classes, with news ideas, new members and tons of creativity. Ann has wasted no time and has already completed her first project.

 

She bought the waxed fabric while on holiday in France and Voila, an apron is made! See, it really is that simple.IMG_5828

There are many things to look forward to in the next few weeks, longer nights do mean more time to knit, right?

Lots of talk going on about The Handmade Fair being held at Hampton Court next week (19th – 21st September)

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I have not decided yet if I will be going, then again I really ought to, don’t  you think? It would give me loads of new blog material and some creative ideas and finding new suppliers and,  and,  and…………
It is also the time to start thinking about seasonal gifts, yes we do need time to prepare. I will be offering several workshops in felting, wet and needle and also knitting the continental way and in the round while using different wools at the same time.
I hope that you have all had a great summer and look forward to hearing about your projects
love E x

What a lovely world

Good morning

After a few weeks of happy crafting and an ill family  the sun is still shining! I love to wake in the morning and  to feel and see the sun shine down on me. It awakens the sunnier side of my soul.

It has been so lovely to have my niece visiting, a great excuse to go on  a few day trips, Brighton being one of them. The sun was shining and fish and chips was enjoyed on the pebbly beach while observing the screams of laughter as well as terror from the nearby Brighton Pier.

 

A little handy information I stumbled upon. There is a website called ParkatmyHouse You log on find a “driveway” in the town you are visiting, pay via paypal and park for a fraction of the price charged by commercial car parks. I was rather pleased with this and will definitely be using them again.

 

I have been doing a little knitting and sewing too. Finally my cape is complete, a lovely seaweed and silk wool from Artisan YarnsEla shawl

and I have put my hand to some sewing, totally inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee Ela Frida dress

 

…….which reminds me to remind you of the C&H competition which is running at the moment. All Entries need to be in by May 3rd. It will be great fun to enter, I’m working on a blouse as I type (well not literally) and will be entering  it.

 

 

 

The other exciting news is that I have finally opened my Etsy Shop, there are  a few items and hopefully there will be many more real soon. Please have a look and let me know what  you think?

 

One of the highlights of my holiday has been a 2 day ceramic workshop where I could throw pots and bowls to my hearts content. The only promise I had to make was that they will all nest into each other as we have run out of space for all my fabulous ceramic creations.Ela pottery 2 Ela pottery1 I cannot wait to have them bisque fired and then glazed. Oh, but how will I glaze them? Which colour should I choose? Should I decorate and then glaze? I better decide soon.

Until then we will enjoy Easter with all its trimmings as I hope you will too.

 

My craft ladies are back next week, ready for a new term of colourful and creative master pieces.

 

Have a lovely Easter

 

Love E xxx

Free Patterns, Fairs and other bits

Good morning

It might be half-term for us in the UK, but that means more time to research and to knit of coarse.

I  spent some of my time on Pinterest, my favourite site of all, and found this fun website. mystylerules.com

You key in your measurements and it will tell you which style of clothing suites your body shape the best. Not that we don’t know that already, a little bit of fun if you have too much time on your hands. It is half-term after all.

As you might know, I love to knit and one of my favourite stores, if not the best store ever, is Loop based in Islington, London.

It is so beautiful, with so many choices of wool and gorgeous patterns. I receive their email updates, which I look forward to. There are often free patterns with advice and many other interesting information.

Which leads me to Kate, who is in knitting mania, creating one beautiful hat after another.Kate hat 2

Will we be getting the colder weather to sport our new creations?

If you have some spare time this weekend (21.22.23 February): Unravel….a festival of knitting at the Farnham Maltings, is the place to go. It looks  good and I’m sure will be very inspiring.

 

If you enjoy embroidery Caroline Zoob ( I have one of her books: The Hand Stitched Home) is hosting some workshops in a private house near Guilford, Surrey.

I would like to make just about every project in her book.

email sales@carolinezoob.co.uk or telephone 07929 826052 for more info

 

So back to the couch and my knitting…………..I wish this would be the case. It will have to be the house work first,  but I have my girls home to help, if and when they decide to part with their beds 🙂

 

Have a great week

 

love E x