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There has recently been a resurgence in the popularity of Tunisian Crochet, otherwise known as Afghan Crochet or Tricot. It is part knit, part crochet, and is endlessly versatile from close textured even stitches to a multitude of lacy variations. In my workshop you will learn 3 basic stitches and make a small item. No previous knowledge of crochet is necessary . A hook and yarn, and embellisments are included.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.
Teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The workshops costs £60.00 and a non-returnable deposit of £30 is needed to confirm your place. Please message me for details.

Saturday 15 June – Tunisian Crochet Workshop

10.00 – 16.00 near Brechin

Bluebird Arts  Newton Mill Farmhouse, DD9 7 PZ Brechin, Angus

Saturday 22 June – Tunisian Crochet Workshop

10.00 – 16.00 at Invergowrie

Invergowrie Parish Church Hall, 4 Errol Road, Invergowrie,DD2 5AD

Saturday 29 July – Tunisian Crochet workshop

10.00-16.00 at Alyth

Alyth Town Hall, Albert Street, Alyth PH11 8AX



Back by popular request this is a Beginners Workshop in Forfar!

Whether you have done a bit of crochet before, or are a complete beginner, you will be very welcome. I will teach you three basic stitches and what you need to know to read patterns. I will also teach you what the commonest mistakes are and how to avoid them!
A hook and yarn included.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.
Teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The workshop costs £60.00 and a non-returnable deposit of £30 is needed to confirm your place. Please message me for details.

Saturday 29 June 10.00 – 16.00

Pit Stop

1a Academy st, DD8 2 Forfar, Angus


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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!






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.  


Saltire colours

A German friend saw some hexagons on my Facebook page, and asked me if I could make them into coasters using blue and white Scottish colours. So here they are, ready to go off to Germany after Bonfest.


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.  

Therapeutic Art of Crochet – Monday



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.

Freestyle Tweed effect double fan shawlette

I need to work out what I did here and write it down! It’s a variation on the pattern I made up for the red shawlette.

Freestyle Shawlette

I really should write down what I do as I go along!

Spring is coming.

Sun is shining. Wee coffee break doodle 🙂

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.



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