The National Trust recruits a ninja-knitter army

Killerton National Trust estate near Exeter, Devon has gone global in recruiting an army of guerrilla knitters for an ambitious yarn-bombing operation ahead of their cider and apple festival in October.

The estate is targeting a 12ft high ‘retired’ apple tree that stands at the entrance of Killerton’s orchard.

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Charlotte Eddington, Assistant Costume Creator said “Sadly, this apple tree no longer bears fruit but our yarn-bomb will burst it back to life for the festival using ammunition of wool and natural fibres. The idea is inspired by Killerton’s 2014 costume exhibition ‘The nature of fashion’, which explores textiles and garments made from raw materials”.

Killerton’s festival organiser, Helen Trebble said: “We have had a fantastic response so far – including Brownies, groups and knitters from the States who have cottoned on to our yarn-bomb and are shipping pieces over”.

The Killerton yarn-bomb has also attracted the attention of Exeter-based yarn-bombing expert, Lisa Tricoteuse of The Knitting Tent. Lisa’s yarn-bombs have been found all over the country from cities to seasides and she’s delighted to be joining forces with Killerton.

Lisa said: “A good yarn-bomb causes a reaction – be that interaction with the community or raising a smile from the public. Most of all we want to provoke people to stop, take notice, and look at this apple tree in a new way.”

Charlotte added: “We need leaves of all sizes to cover the entire tree and offer free knitting patterns for woolly wildlife. You don’t have to be a knitter to join up. We are also harnessing the power of the pompom to create a towering piece of textile art and urge volunteers of all ages to get in touch”.

Knits and pompoms are sought ahead of the event by 10 October. The apple tree yarn-bomb will be on display throughout Killerton’s cider and apple festival on 18 and 19 October. Contact Charlotte Eddington on 01392 881345 or charlotte.eddington@nationaltrust.org.uk.

I’ll be joining in and adding my little contribution to the yarn bombed apple tree. My in-laws live just down the road so hopefully we’ll be able to go and try to find our creations on the tree.

Style Me Up

One of my and my sisters, favourite toys whilst growing up in the early 1980’s was Fashion Plates. Check out that hat!

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We used to sit for hours, changing the outfits, carefully colouring them in and designing our own little fashion collections. The plates were clunky and plastic, it took quite a bit of practice to keep the plates still whilst placing paper over them before rubbing furiously with a crayon to create the outline.

My little girl also loves fashion and creating, designing and colouring new outfits so when I saw the 2010’s version of Fashion Plates I had to get it. Style Me Up is, essentially, a colouring book with stencils, stickers and pages and pages of models waiting to be dressed.

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I’m not sure who likes it more… safe to say we have spent hours colouring and stencilling to our hearts content! I’m very tempted to get my own book so I don’t have to share…

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Still time to enter to win tickets to The Handmade Fair

The newest craft fair on the block is Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair which is on in Hampton Court Palace this year from 19th – 21st September www.thehandmadefair.com  .

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I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway two pairs of tickets for entry to the fair, worth £25 per pair, courtesy of brand new gift website Connell & Todd. www.connellandtodd.com.  Connell & Todd hand select gifts that evoke special memories of your special places. From vintage travel posters, antique travel guides and maps to original works of art, books, films, even food and drink. I particularly love their range of prints from Devon and Cornwall.

The lovely people at Connell & Todd will also throw in a £50 gift voucher to spend on their stand at the fair.

So what are you waiting for? To be in with a chance of winning, you need to do two things;

  1. Follow my blog
  2. Leave a comment and tell me who you’d like to take with you to the Fair and why
  3. Pop over to the Connell & Todd facebook page and follow them too https://www.facebook.com/ConnellandTodd

Good luck! Winners will be announced on the blog on Friday 12th September.

Some quick terms and conditions:

  • The winners will be selected at random by Knit Stitch Sew, all decisions are final
  • The tickets are for general entry to the Fair and do not include the ‘full experience’ or ‘VIP’ experience activities 
  • Winners will have to make their own way to and from Hampton Court Palace

 

Summer bedroom makeover

My little girl, no longer quite so little at 6 and a half (very important, that half), has decided that pink is no longer cool and absolutely, definitely not the colour for a grown up girl’s bedroom. So, over the summer holidays we embarked on a bedroom makeover project, working together to agree the colours and elements that were important to her to include in this new and improved room. 

To be fair to her, we hadn’t changed her curtains, wardrobe or colour scheme since she was a baby so it really was due a change. Back in 2008, when she was born, I’d favoured a vintage, pink and white gingham colour scheme which has worked really well for the last 6 years. 

Using Pinterst as our starting point we agreed on our inspiration for the room;

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We liked the tiffany blue colour as an accent, with a little ‘funky’ pink (daughter’s explanation of an acceptable pink colour). The mixture of patterns in the fabrics on the bed and also the frames on one wall.

We up cycled a wardrobe which we were due to get rid of and also scoured the local sales sites for a desk and char – very important in a grown up girls bedroom. After searching high and low for just the right blue, we ended up colour matching a Monsoon Kids cardboard label (!) using B&Q’s paint colour match service. 

We re-used an Ikea canopy which was in the old room, and also re-used some white Ikea picture frames, filled with pictures of our favourite pictures of dogs (in lieu of the real thing for now!) buying pretty greeting cards when we saw them, over the holiday period. 

And here’s the finished result. A productive way to spend a couple of days and we now have one very happy, grown up little girl! 

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Birthday competition – win tickets to The Handmade Fair

I started blogging to fill a void in my life – I had a job that I didn’t really enjoy and wanted to explore my joint passions of craft and writing.

And now I’ve been blogging for two years! I can’t believe how quickly that time has flown by. Over the past year, I’ve changed my job to one I love which is great but sadly I’m finding I have less time and energy to put into my little blog.  I want to keep crafting and learning new skills, so I’ve decided that in my third year as a blogger I will blog a little less but try to keep to a regular schedule, leaving my spare time for messing around with wool and fabric.

One of the things I love to do when I have the time is to visit craft fairs, usually with my mum. We love mooching around the stalls, trying new crafts and of course spending too much on wool that we’re not quite sure what we’re going to make with it but hey, it’s a great colour.

The newest craft fair on the block is Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair which is on in Hampton Court Palace this year from 19th – 21st September www.thehandmadefair.com  .

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I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway two pairs of tickets for entry to the fair, worth £25 per pair, courtesy of brand new gift website Connell & Todd. www.connellandtodd.com.  Connell & Todd hand select gifts that evoke special memories of your special places. From vintage travel posters, antique travel guides and maps to original works of art, books, films, even food and drink. I particularly love their range of prints from Devon and Cornwall.

The lovely people at Connell & Todd will also throw in a £50 gift voucher to spend on their stand at the fair.

So what are you waiting for? To be in with a chance of winning, you need to do two things;

  1. Follow my blog
  2. Leave a comment and tell me who you’d like to take with you to the Fair and why
  3. Pop over to the Connell & Todd facebook page and follow them too https://www.facebook.com/ConnellandTodd

Good luck! Winners will be announced on the blog on Friday 12th September.

Some quick terms and conditions:

  • The winners will be selected at random by Knit Stitch Sew, all decisions are final
  • The tickets are for general entry to the Fair and do not include the ‘full experience’ or ‘VIP’ experience activities 
  • Winners will have to make their own way to and from Hampton Court Palace

 

Update – My Big Bedroom Blanket

This blanket inspired by Sandra over at Cherry Heart http://sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/giant-granny-patches.html is taking me FOR EVER!!

I’ve not been as disciplined to crochet a square everyday and now, 6 months into the project I am half way there. A month ago I decided to give myself a boost by stitching the squares together, it was a bit dull crocheting more and more squares and not being able to see how well the colours worked together.

Seeing all of the little squares sitting next to each other looks great and has spurred me on to complete the other half. I’m desperate to get onto the boarders!

I’m using Stylecraft DK in a colour combination inspired by Orla Kiely’s multi stem wallpaper.

What do you think? Just those pesky ends to tie in/cut off….

 

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Lovely St Ives

We’re spending a week down in St Ives, Cornwall and despite the weather not sticking to the heat wave that we have been experiencing here in the UK we’re having a great time.

I love the outdoorsy, arty vibe here. Galleries are around every corner (not to mention Tate St Ives) with painters and ceramicists working in their studios. I’ve even seen a few textile art works – very inspiring.

It’s true what they say, the light in St Ives really is special. Even when it’s overcast the light is bright and strong.

I’ve bought some crochet and my tea cake cross stitch to keep me amused in the evenings and am trying to read The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch whilst hubby and daughter surf.

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Back Soon….

As you will no doubt have seen, I haven’t posted here since May… MAY?! Where has the time gone?

I haven’t forgotten about my little place on-line, just had a bit of an enforced break. Work has been a little crazy, home life has been busy – you know, the usual.

BUT, I have been thinking, planning, crafting and observing lots of lovely crafty things so I will be…

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Do I or Don’t I?

I recently did a quick makeover on my family bathroom whilst Missy was with her Aunty for the weekend.

The dull grey bathroom we inherited when we moved into the house last May was destined to be a beautiful old English, seaside blue with nautical touches – striped towels, Cornwall prints and maybe even a bit of foliage.

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We still need to get a new floor and bath panel but in the meantime I’m left with an undressed window which is crying out for a beautiful blind. Which leaves me with a dilemma – do I make another Roman blind?

After the big kitchen blind trauma, I’m in two minds as to whether I should try and do this again. On the positive side, the window is smaller, I now have experience (!) and have a few mistakes to learn from. Negatives – I’m still not that pleased with the way the kitchen blind turned out. It’s not 100% straight or neat (which for a neat freak like me is a nightmare!) and I can’t work out how to keep all the cords together, they look messy – again.

BUT I do have some really lovely cotton duck fabric which I bought from a craft fair which is crying out to be turned into something useful and beautiful.

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It would be perfect for my bathroom. Whilst I ponder my craft dilemma I’ve made a list of things to do this time round to make a better blind.

1. Check, double check, triple check measurements to ensure the fabric piece is square

2. Create dowel rod pockets on the lining instead of using Roman blind tape (bought from my local haberdasher)

3. And do this bit before sewing both pieces of fabric together

Any advice for a novice Roman blind maker?