Sunday, 1 March 2015

Jumbo Crochet Workshop

Well, it's been another busy week, but if you ask me what I've done I couldn't really tell you! All I know is I had no spare time!  Thank you for taking time to leave your comments on my previous post.  They made me smile.  It appears most of you would be happy to sleep in a four poster bed, although there are just a few of us odd bods out there!!

I suppose I did fit in rather a lot really when I think about it.  I went swimming nearly everyday as I'm trying to build my fitness up after being ill last year and it helps to retain the range of movement in my surgery side.  Of course we have my youngest daughter's wedding in October so I want to keep in trim and look my best for that too!  I had a couple of 'coffees' with friends, went to my patchwork and quilting workshop and met up with my SIL to get organised for our Textile play day next week (more on that next week)

and finally 

last Wednesday I tutored a 
Jumbo Crochet Basket Workshop 
at a wonderful local yarn shop called Spin A Yarn.

It is always a pleasure to do a workshop at Spin A Yarn.  People are so friendly and the lunches are just gorgeous.  We had four ladies this time, who kindly gave me permission to post a photo of them and their creations.  And wonderful they were too!


This lady was having a whale of a time.  She wanted to make a roll over top but loved the shape so much, just decided to carry on going!  We suggested she make a snake to poke out of the top as it looked very much like a snake charmers basket :)


Time for a nibble.  Not only were we supplied with lunch we also had a tea time treat :)


Nothing like a good cuppa to keep you on track!


This lovely lady is lucky enough to run Strawberry Fayre Fabrics and Quilt Supplies on line. She was able to bring with her many strips of  brightly coloured waste fabric which she incorporated with yarn to make this fantastically fun basket.

Below are the finished baskets


The snake charmers basket!


A slip stitched edge on this one to create a solid rim.


It isn't too obvious in this picture, but you may just be able to pick out some handles!


And finally a perfect place to keep all those balls of yarn you have in your stash.

We all had such fun and all the ladies were so pleased with what they had achieved - rightly so I may add!  It is very rewarding from a tutors point of view when participants leave having got so much enjoyment out of their accomplishment.

This is a great way to use up your stash of yarns.  How do you use up your left over yarn?

I'm linking up with Handmade Monday over at Lucy Blossom Crafts and am wondering what everyone else has been up to this week?  I'm very much looking forward to finding out :)

I will also be linking up with Happy Friday over at Planet Penny.  This workshop made me very happy and I think you can tell from the pictures that it made the ladies who took part very happy too. So, double whammy this week I think:)

41 comments:

  1. What fantastic baskets. Oh I wish I lived close to you I'd love to join in all the fun. They all look fab but the colourful one has to be my favourite. It's lovely to hear you're so busy, I bet the time will fly till your daughter's wedding. Have another lovely crafty week.
    Ali xx

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    1. Thank you. The baskets do turn out really well and using fabric does create a wonderful textural look. Enjoy your week too :)

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  2. Great baskets. I can't crochet but really ought to learn as I would love to be able to add a lace border to bunting and pillow slips. If only I lived nearer too! Xx

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    1. The big hooks would be great to learn on. It's far easier to see the stitches. Lol :)

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  3. The baskets are just great, and it looks like you were all having such fun too.

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    1. We had a great time thank you. They were an enthusiastic group of ladies and really enjoyed what they were doing

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  4. I could do with a basket like that - they look great! It seems my post on your blog last week did not appear! Hopefully it will this week!

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    1. They work up very quickly, perfect if you're short of time. Sorry your post didn't appear last week but it definitely has this time and very welcome it is too :)

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  5. Sounds like you had a busy week, the workshop looks like fun and I love those baskets. I usually use my stash yarn making baby hats, or blanket squares, I have more bits of stash yarn than anything else I think. Have a great week. :) xx

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    1. I did enjoy making a pair of baby sandals for my nieces little girl. They were so cute and ideal for using up small amounts of yarn, although I would have to make quite a few to make a dent in my stash though Lol :)

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  6. Don't those baskets look fantastic! I love the range of colours and styles. It must be a great feeling for you to see everyone having so much fun learning from you :) x

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    1. It is a lovely feeling to be enable others to enjoy creating and each basket always looks so individual.

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    1. Thank you. The ladies were rather proud of them :)

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  8. Love those baskets they look brilliant and the ladies had fun

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  9. They are amazing baskets, it sounds like it was a great workshop.

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  10. Wow! That really is jumbo crocheting! Those are amazing! Looks like you had a great time.

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    1. You know me Lucy, I don't do things by halves!!!

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  11. Those baskets look lovely and colorful !! The workshop looks interesting !!

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    1. I love it when people choose really bright colours :)

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  12. Those baskets are lovely, I would love to have a go at one. I have only discovered your blog today and am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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    1. Hello and a big welcome! It is so nice to receive your comment. The baskets are really useful and such fun to make too :)

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  13. Love the baskets! Jumbo crochet is so much fun, and super satisfying to finish a piece off so quickly. I should really do more of it! Thanks for the inspiration! xx

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    1. I'd love to see pictures of what you have created. Perhaps you could email them to me or pop them on my fb page :)

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  14. Love the idea of jumbo crocheting, grows so fast! Popping by from Handmade Monday

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    1. Oh yes it grows fast and eats yarn! Thanks for popping by :)

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  15. The baskets are wonderful, great colours - it must be rewarding to see a crochet item grow super quickly:)

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    1. Yes it is and if you make a mistake you don't mind taking it back because you know you can repeat the round in no time :)

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  16. Wow, they really are jumbo! Loving the creations they are fantastic, and looks so much fun and incorporating the fabric strips gives yet another unique look xx

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    1. Yes it is great fun especially as you can never be quite sure how they will turn out because you are mixing so many different yarns together :)

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  17. What beautiful baskets and all so unique. A textile play day sounds fun - can't wait to hear all about it. x

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    1. It's surprising how different the baskets turn out. I'll reveal all about our play day on Sunday :)

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  18. Wow, the baskets are fabulous! I must give it a go. I've got some huge knitting needles but not tried out a jumbo crochet hook yet. A great way to use up leftovers. Thanks for joining in with Happy Friday, have a great weekend x

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    1. You are most welcome. I enjoy seeing all the other happy posts. I think most of these baskets were on a 15mm or 20mm hook :)

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  19. Those baskets look great! I have a cat who would be very interested in getting into them, never mind a snake! xx

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    1. We all thought they would make good cat baskets :)

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  20. Love the idea of working on a large scale - those baskets look great fun to make. I was thinking the same thoughts as Winwick Mum and that they would make pretty good cat beds!

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    1. Lol! I'm sure any cat would be over the moon with one, you could even add a roof :)

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  21. Fun! I love how each one came out so different. Best wishes, Tammy

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