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Face coverings in my new Etsy shop

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 🙂

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/813327146/fitted-mask-from-vintage-fabric-a-bright?ref=shop_home_active_3&cns=


instagram – elliefiddesartist

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 

https://www.instagram.com/elliefiddesartist/

and also on my facebook page

Ellie Fiddes The Artist@EllieFiddesArt


NEXT SUMMER WORKSHOP!

TUNISIAN CROCHET WORKSHOP

Hey hey! 

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.

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YARN BOMBING!

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/

 

 

 

 


STUDENT SHOWCASE!

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.  

 


TUNISIAN CROCHET WORKSHOPS COMING THIS SUMMER

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.  

 


ALYTH CREATES 24-26 MAY – FUN WITH FREESTYLE CROCHET

ALYTH CREATES

 

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 :-

https://www.alythartsandcraftsguild.co.uk/section855514.html?fbclid=IwAR25l90illrVxoUSH_RouAykfSU3JPBiuzV7OnwNf64q929WPOAyvU60EiA

 

 


EVENING CLASSES IN INVERGOWRIE – START 22 APRIL


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.  

Therapeutic Art of Crochet – Monday

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HARRIS ACADEMY EVENING CLASSES – START 1 MAY

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.
https://heradundee.org/online-booking/


What shall I make with this? The results of my test squares.

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.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/outlander-claires-cowl-crocheted

 

 


What shall I make with this? The value of test squares.

 

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.

 

 


CROCHET CLASSES – HARRIS ACADEMY DUNDEE

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.  


Aberdeen Yarnfest 2018

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.

https://etiom.co.uk/aberdeen-yarnfest

 


CROCHET EVENING CLASSES 2018, HARRIS ACADEMY, DUNDEE

Spring term is here!  The enrolment evening for Spring 2018 is on Thurdsay January 17th in Harris Academy, Dundee.     These classes are due to run again during the Spring Term.   Enrolment night is on January 17th at Harris Academy from 18.00 – 19.30.  For more details please visit Harris Education and Recreation Association –

https://www.facebook.com/HERAdundee/


CROCHET EVENING CLASSES 2018, INVERGOWRIE

During the Autumn I tutored a crochet class run by Carse Association for Continuing Education in Invergowrie.    I had a lovely time working with a keen group of students.    These classes are due to run again in January.   To learn more about CACE classes and to enrol, go to their website 

http://www.caceclasses.co.uk/category/news-items/


CROCHET EVENING CLASSES 2018, HARRIS ACADEMY, DUNDEE

During the Autumn I tutored a crochet class at the Harris Academy in Dundee.  I had a lovely groups of students who were a delight to work with.   These classes are due to run again during the Spring Term.   Enrolment night is on January 17th at Harris Academy at 

Looking forward to 2018 these classes are set to run again.  The enrolment night will be on 17 January.  Watch their facebook page for more details.

https://www.facebook.com/HERAdundee/


JUMP INTO LIBRARIES @ COUPAR ANGUS LIBRARY 9 NOVEMBER 2017

I will be teaching crochet in a 2 hour workshop this Friday at Coupar Angus Library from 2.30 – 4.30pm.  Whether you are a total beginner, or have experience, or have a project you want some help with, sign up and come along!  

For more details contact Coupar Angus Library on  01250 871449.


JUMP INTO LIBRARIES @ ALYTH LIBRARY 10 NOVEMBER 2017

I will be teaching crochet in a 2 hour workshop this Saturday at Alyth Library from 9.30 – 11.30am.  Whether you are a total beginner, or have experience, or have a project you want some help with, sign up and come along!  

For more details contact Alyth Library on  01828 63273

http://www.culturepk.org.uk/whats-on/jump-into-libraries-alyth-library/


MAVERICKS ART CRAFT GROUP – YULETIDE FAIR 2 and 3 DECEMBER

The Mavericks Art Craft Group are holding a  Yuletide Fair on 2 & 3 December.   This event is being hosted by Amy Mason at her Bluebird Arts Premises. 

If your looking for something delightfully creative and hand-made you will find plenty to choose from here – including some of mine 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/1135794056564465/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

You can find out more about Bluebird Arts by visiting Amy’s facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/BluebirdartattheMill/


WINTER EXHIBITION/CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WEEKEND – 2nd & 3rd DECEMBER

Come along to the Mavericks Art Group event on 2nd and 3rd December. My artwork will be in there too.

Hosted by Amy Mason, at her beautiful studio, Bluebird Arts, it is an opportunity to see and buy work by many talented artists and crafters, in a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1749197878717534/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%22108%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D


CROCHET CLASSES START TONIGHT! INVERGOWRIE HALL AT 7.00PM

I am looking forward to this evening! This is the first session of crochet classes I will be delivering over the next 12 weeks at Invergowrie, in Church of Scotland Hall at 7.00pm.

FULL DETAILS FROM

http://www.caceclasses.co.uk/product/yarn-autumn-2017/ 


NEOS AT HALLGREEN CASTLE OPEN UNTIL SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

WE did have fun dressed up in mediaeval garb for the opening night of NEOS at Hallgreen Castle. You can always spot the artists in the Great Hall when you come up to view our work – we will be here until Sunday 17th!


CROCHET WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITION DURING NEOS 9-17 SEPTEMBER

It’s getting nearer every day!  As a member of the Mavericks Art Group I will be at Hallgreen Castle on Saturday, 9th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th,  exhibiting my work and giving demonstrations of crochet.  

There is also a huge amount of delightful work by other artists and more demonstrations.  

For full details see Mavericks Art@MavericksArtGroup. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1752322848128389/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

 

 


HARRIS ACADEMY, DUNDEE – THERAPEUTIC ART OF CROCHET CLASS

There has been a good uptake for my crochet class, so it will run from next week.

Still a couple of places left, in fact most classes still have one or two spaces.

If interested in any of them please contact Liz Allardice direct on 01382 435827, or email liz.allardice@dundeecity.gov.uk