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Hi, take a look here to see my latest work for sale, along with that of other Mavericks Art Craft Group members 🙂
I will be taking part in Edzell in a Pop-up shop with 7 other lovely artists.
There will be a choice selection of pottery and paintings, jewellery, glass and textiles, all direct from the artist! Come along and pay us a visit 🙂
The first class is on Monday 18th January at 7.00pm. To enrol go to CACE website at this link https://www.caceclasses.co.uk/product/therapeutic-art-of-crochet-online-monday/
This short course suits an adventurous beginner or intermediate level learner. You need to be able to do 3 basic stitches, chain, double crochet and treble. You will learn working with American and British stitch terminology, working with gauge, some useful techniques and stitches, and some hacks to improve look of work and speed of working. You will need a selection of colours all in Double Knitting weight of yarn, and a range of 3-5mm hooks. Style-Craft yarn is recommended because it has a large range of colours, is cheap and readily available and washes well.
Course enrolment for this block opens 13/01/2021 and closes 20/01/2021…
Classes commence remotely via Zoom, Wednesday 27/01/2021, 18:30pm – 20:30pm for 10 weeks until 31/03/2021.
This short course suits an adventurous beginner or intermediate level learner. You need to be able to do 3 basic stitches, chain, double crochet and treble.
You will learn working with American and British stitch terminology, working with gauge, some useful techniques and stitches, and some hacks to improve look of work and speed of working.
You will need a selection of colours in Double Knitting weight of yarn and a range of 3-5mm hooks. I recommend Stylecraft Special acryllic DK because it has a large range of colours, is cheap and washes well, but any brand will do. The best online source is www.woolwarehouse.co.uk. Due to Covid the only wool shop in Dundee is now HobbyCraft.
|Payment for this block is £53…|
I have just added four new masks to my shop.
These are vibrant coloured batik fabrics I picked up in Africa. The style is inverted box pleat, a two layer mask with a filter pocket built in. These sell at £5.00.
The pleats on the mask open when worn to show more of the pattern. Below are some examples.
Find me on Etsy at http://elliefiddes.etsy.com
I have opened a new Etsy shop, and have listed some face coverings/masks there.
I have made them from vintage fabrics and from vibrant coloured fabrics.
This vintage one was made from Greeff “Bird of Paradise” I hope you like it 🙂
I was hoping in this all singing, all dancing, linked up world that I would somehow be able to link up my WordPress blog with my Instagram account, but unfortunately not to be 😦 At least not as yet.
So for the meantime you can find my latest pictures on instagram
and also on my facebook page
Ellie Fiddes The Artist@EllieFiddesArt
TUNISIAN CROCHET WORKSHOP
The second Tunisian workshop of the summer is this weekend in Invergowrie!
There is still time to book a place on this full day exploration of this popular form of crochet. You do not need any prior knowledge of crochet to learn this one! Everything you need will be provided, except for lunch! You will need to bring your own. I will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.
The workshops costs £60.00 and a non-returnable deposit of £30 is needed to confirm your place. Please message me for the payment link.
Saturday 22 June – Tunisian Crochet Workshop
10.00 – 16.00
at Invergowrie Parish Church Hall, 4 Errol Road, Invergowrie,DD2 5AD
Please bring a packed lunch with you.
Teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Terms and conditions
Ever since I heard of it I have wanted to have a go at yarnbombing. So when The Fit O’ The Toon Community Association in Arbroath decided to have a go at doing some at Danger Point, I join them.
It’s a lot of creative fun getting together once a week with a group of lovely creative people, who chose the name the Wooly Workers.
The bombing targets are the restored drying green poles, lampposts, gateways and other street furniture in the immediate area. The full installation is due to go up at the end of May and will stay in place for a couple of weeks.
There are lots of inspired works already completed or in progress. We now have a facebook group where you can catch up on progress and the latest news of the installation of the bombing! https://www.facebook.com/woollyworkers/
I love seeing and celebrating success by my students, especially when they complete a project they have chosen to work on over a period of time. One of the students I taught over the winter has gone on to do marvellous work! She has kindly sent me these two pictures of her completed Stylecraft Spice of Life CAL Blanket.
Well done that woman! Thank you for sharing this with me.
There has been a massive upsurge in interest in Tunisian Crochet this year. So in response to requests to teach it I am currently setting up workshops in June and July to pass on this skill.
Tunisian crochet is sometimes called Afghan Crochet or Tricot. It is easy to learn, and you don’t need any prior knowledge of crochet to start.
I will post details as soon as each workshop is finalised. Please watch this space for information!
Here are some examples of how to turn a small piece of work into a pretty bracelet.
Crochet is a wonderful pliable way to work with yarn.
I will be in Alyth Town Hall over the weekend demonstrating some tips for getting started.
Here is a wee example. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this motif and initially laid it aside. I then decided to add some surface crochet and changed the look entirely!
You can download the full Alyth Creates guide here :-
My crochet evening classes start again in Invergowrie Hall on 22 April, and has had a lot of interest. There are only two places left, so don’t delay if you want one! The course costs £45 for 10 weeks. To enrol, please visit the CACE website.
What a lovely turnout last night at the Harris Academy for enrolment for the Summer Term evening classes. There are just a couple of places left in my crochet class, and they can now be booked online through the HERA website. Price £43 for 9 weeks.
I ended up trying four sizes of hook. First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium It gave a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.
Second is a 10mm hook. The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility.
The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this initially came out feeling very soft, but a bit loose and slabbery. However, as I carried on, my tension evened out and become tighter. Hence the fourth hook.
The fourth hook is a 15mm. I liked the result I got from this best of all.
So here are my stitch and row counts from a 10 x 10cm square (4″ x 4″) for the four hooks, and photos in a gallery for you.
8mm hook – 8 stitches, 10 rows
10mm hook – 8 stitches, 8 rows
12mm hook – 7 stitches, 9 rows
15mm hook – 7 stitches, 7 rows.
In searching for a project to use this yarn for I found a crochet version of Claire’s Outland Cowl on Ravelry. I rather like this.
The link for it is here.
I have 650g of super chunky in my yarn stash, which has languished unused for too long, so decided to exlore what I can do with it, or whether I want to pass it on. I tried it out as a first round of a granny square, and it looks good. I like the nubbly texture it has
So now to try and work out what size of hook to use and how far it will go by doing a test square. The recommended hook size is 10mm. I know that I tend to work tightly, so a looser hook might be better.
I always make a test square bigger than the 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) recommended. This means that I can lay a 4″x4″ cut out square on top of the test piece and count the stitches and rows, without pulling the work out to “fit” the ruler, and getting a false reading.
I am trying three sizes of hook, because I have these immediately to hand. First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium but see immediately that this is a bit small for the yarn. It gives a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat. But that is not what I want. Still will continue for comparison.
Second is a 10mm hook. It’s actually a knooking hook, but I like this one as it is polished wood, not bamboo. I did try a bamboo hook, but it isn’t as smooth and didn’t move as easily through the work, so I didn’t like the snaggy feel as I worked with it. The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility.
The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this is coming out feeling very soft, but it looks a bit loose and slabbery, so don’t think this will end up being the best. We shall see.
It’s time to sign up for autumn evening classes.
There are only two weeks to go until HERA’s Enrolment Night in Harris Academy on Wednesday 29th August from 6-7.30 pm.
Therapeutic Crochet is a ten week course covering all the basics.
Learners are able to work at their own rate.
You can move on to your own project if you wish, with expert tutor support on hand as needed.
The classes run on a Wednesday.
Check my workshop out at the Aberdeen Yarnfest on Sunday 13th May. It runs from 10.00 am to 1.00pm at the Doubletree Aberdeen Treetops hotel. I made the A5 journal cover below using Sublime silk yarn in two shades, and a maroon synthetic silk background.
“Therapeutic crochet – Exploring Tunisian and Broomstick techniques.”
How to make Broomstick lace.
How to work 4 basic Tunisian stitches.
Participants will complete a small project incorporating these steps during the workshop.