workshop preparation

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Hello friends, how have you been? Sorry I have been so absent from this little space, but since the Retreat finished it has been a bit of a manic time. Mainly it’s been about preparing for workshops in Germany at the Schwabsburg Wollfest. This yearly event, which is organised by my friend and co-host of the Knitting Retreat Claudia of @wollsinn, takes place during the first weekend in June every year. I am very lucky to be invited to teach one or two workshops every year, and this year it’s all about the magic of Mandalas.

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Wheel Mandala

Mandalas, meaning ‘circle’, represent wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds. The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities.

Mandalas are usually circular designs symbolising the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most of us are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.

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Crochet Mandalas, in bright and cheerful colours, bring joy and happiness to our everyday life. They can be used in many different ways and come in many shapes and sizes. Perfect for beginners and more advanced crocheters alike, they are perfect for using up small amounts of yarn, playing with new colour combinations and trying new stitches. They are great portable projects and make fabulous gifts.

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Remember this little Mandala Pincushion from a post a few weeks ago? A little bit of spiritual wholeness on your desk and useful too. You can still find the free pattern here.

If you have never made a Mandala give it a go, they are very therapeutic to make. But we warned, they can be quite addictive.

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As you can see, I have quite a colourful weekend ahead of me. I am leaving for Germany in the morning with my friend Julie. We will be spending time in picturesque surroundings, meeting lots of lovely people who like all things yarny as much as we do. I’ll report back next week and hope you’ll join me then. Until then…

Enjoy! X.

introducing yarn

#yarnbook #scheepjes #madewithloops

Hello friends, how have you been? Well I hope!

With Summer just around the corner, I am beginning to think of Sun, Sea and Sand. Long balmy evenings, sitting outside enjoying a cool drink or two, delicious BBQ’s all in the company of dear friends.

Now is also the time to think about some creative projects to make for summer to be even better. To help us get in the mood and give us some fabulous inspiration, the lovely peeps at Scheepjes have just published the first issue of “Yarn”, their brand new Bookazine.

#madewithloops #scheepjes #yarnmagazine

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Titled ‘The Sea Issue’, it is packed full of beautiful designs. From crochet and knitted items to stylish macrame plant hangers, interspersed with great stories, this bookazine has got something for everyone. The first thing you will notice is the stunning photography and styling captured on pages of high quality paper. The attention to detail is absolutely evident throughout, there is even a flap at the back with punched out holes where you can attach yarn samples for reference.

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All in all a well thought through Magazine, oozing style and sophistication. We are promised two issues per year, available from all Scheepjes Yarn stockists. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for issue two, for now I am off to start a project inspired by the sea using the shades above.

Enjoy! X.

pin cushion mini mandala

#pincushion #mandala #madewithloops

Hello friends, how have you been? It’s been a busy old time here at Made with Loops with preparations in full swing for our upcoming Knitting Retreat starting on the 8 May. We still have two places open, why not join us for a fabulous week of yarny fun in beautiful Wales. Find a link to all the details in the right column of this blog.

#knitting retreat #wales #madewithloops

Not long now and we will be starting our Crochet Along. We are thrilled that so many of you have already signed up for this, but just in case you have missed what the excitement is all about, you can find all the details here.

#crochetalong #turkishdelight #madewithloops

To get you into the crochet mood and to practice your FPDtr (Front Post Double Treble), here is a wee free pattern for a

Pin Cushion Mini Mandala

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You will need some leftover yarn, 4ply mercerised is best (I used By Claire No 1)

3.5mm Crochet Hook, a darning needle and some toy stuffing.

UK Terms used

Start: Ch5, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 15tr into ring, ss to join (16tr) – change colour

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in each st around (32tr) – change colour

Rnd 3: Ch1 (counts as dc), FPdtr into tr from rnd 1 directly below, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, *skip 1tr from rnd 1, FPdtr in next tr from rnd 1, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss to join. (8 FPdtr made) – change colour

Rnd 4: Ch1 (counts as dc), 1dc in same space, 1 dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around, ss to join.

Make another the same.

Finishing: With wrong sides together, dc crochet together leaving small gap. Fill using toy stuffing and then close the gap.

These make great little gifts or just spoil yourself.

Enjoy! X.

turkish delight crochet along

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Hello friends, how have you been? I am super excited as I can finally share the details of our latest crochet along with you.

I proudly present…

The Turkish Delight Bolster Cushion

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#madewithloops.co.uk #wollsinn.de #crochet alongLast summer I was introduced to the beautiful Vinnis Colours Nikkim, a 100% cotton yarn, hand dyed and balled by women from an economically deprived rural area of South Africa. Every sale of this yarn helps the women and their communities…I was immediately smitten. Lots of ideas came to my mind and when I saw the stunning colour palette I was blown away – The idea of a crochet along was born. Together with my partner in crime, Claudia (www.wollsinn.de), we worked on the idea and today we can finally reveal what we have been itching to show you.

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Designed by me the bolster cushion was inspired by my love of design, architecture and colours found in North Africa and the Middle East. Having extensively travelled in those countries, taking endless photos, my designs are often influenced by impressions gathered. This design shows off these influences by incorporating texture and colour in equal measure.

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Bolsters are usually firm for back or arm support or for decorative applications and have been in use since the 12th century. They are not a standard size or shape and commonly have a button or zip closure. A foam insert is used for additional support. Also referred to as a cushion, in western countries, a bolster is usually placed at the head of one’s bed and functions as head or lower back support, or as an arm support on furniture with high rigid sides.

This crochet along gives you an opportunity to own a beautiful and useful homeware item inspired by the colours and designs of North Africa and the Middle East. Easily achievable by even the busiest among us, it is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1: Strips 1 & 2 – Part 2: Strips 3 & 4 – Part 3: Middle Strip and Ends – Part 4: Finishing and Tassels
  • Starting at the beginning of May, by the time summer comes you will be able to rest your head on your beautiful handmade item.
  • Learn new techniques and become more accomplished at crochet – choose bold and vibrant colours or subtler shades, there is a colour pack to suit all tastes and home deco style.

The packs will be available from tomorrow, 1 April 2016 via the Wollsinn website HERE  – if you have any questions please e-mail me at heike.gittins@gmail.com and I will do my best to answer speedily. 

Bolster Cushion Crochet Along in English & German

hosted by Heike & Claudia of WoolyLoops

join the fun with many from around the world!

I hope you will join us, we would love to have you on board!

X.

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wild about yarn

#wildaboutyarn #magazine

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know some of us are still enjoying a day off today, so make the most of it!

I am really excited about introducing a brand new digital magazine to you today. Wild about Yarn is published quarterly by the super talented Linda Douglas (read all about her here ). Originally a printed magazine it has just gone digital, making it extremely accessible for everyone, no matter where in the world you might live. At a click of a button it will be delivered straight to your inbox making it a total doddle to read anywhere and anytime, on any device you prefer.

Packed full of interesting stories about colour, design and real life stories it packs a punch for anything Yarn related. Every issue introduces three Designer Maker, telling their stories and showcasing some of their work.

I am so chuffed that alongside such talented creators as Sandra Eng (www.mobiusgirldesign.weebly.com) and Ellie Beck (www.petalplum.blogspot.com.au) I have been included in the line up of creatives.

#wildaboutyarn #madewithloops

What an honour to have some of my work featured in the magazine too…

#wildaboutyarn #madewithloops #magazine

As well as informative stories and techniques, this issue is all about yarn dyeing, and there are some FREE patterns to try. All of that and much more at a snippet of a price…

#wildaboutyarn #madewithloops

…what are you waiting for…go and spoil yourselves…today is a perfect day to get cosy and have a good read. I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Download your copy in an instant by clicking this link!

Enjoy! X.

 

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