Monday, 27 April 2015

Trip to Paris


I haven't been able to post much lately as I have been away. My husband and I have been on a photography trip to Paris. 

It certainly was an experience looking at all different parts of Paris. Some days were very tiring but we managed to get lots of great photographs. I didn't get much chance to do any crocheting although I did get a lot of inspiration for new designs and patterns.

I love this tulip photograph and have started to design a new crochet blanket based on the colours...

Now I am back home, I have a few projects to finish. I have nearly completed remaking the holiday handbag in a different colour way. Just got the ends to darn in...

Alison x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Beautiful morning

What a lovely morning here in the North East today.
I am busy trying to finish some hairpin crochet for a workshop I am teaching on Saturday. I don't think it will be finished in time looks like a very late night for me tonight....

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Grape Granny Square


I have put the grape granny square as a free pattern download on Revelry. Hope you like it..

Grape Granny Square

This is a great pattern for using up oddments of yarn and could easily be made into a blanket.  If you have any problems please let me know.

Alison x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Circle Granny Square


I am currently working on a free pattern for a circle granny square.  Really happy with how it has turned out.  Pattern coming soon....

I am also planning and doing samples for a hairpin crochet Lace day workshop on the 18th April plus catching up with the stock taking and accounts.

Alison x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sewing for Pleasure Show 2015


We have had a fantastic weekend at the Sewing For Pleasure show at the Birmingham NEC. I love having a stand at this show but it takes a lot of preparation and organisation. I always forget to pack something...this year it was my step stool.

It was lovely to see so many returning costumers from previous years shows and hearing about their completed projects from my patterns.  If you have made any of my patterns I would love to see a photo and if you don't mind put up on my pinterest site.  

Getting unpacked....

Stand D22, I was pleased with how colourful the stand was this year....

Wool kits were a very big seller this year.

Thank you,
Alison x

Monday, 2 March 2015

Seasons Dolls


We are having very busy month at Ali Crafts Designs.  Lots of new patterns have been added to my Etsy and Ravelry store.  Please take a look around. I would love to hear from anyone who has made any of my patterns.

All four seasons dolls are now finished and patterns online.  These dolls are simple to make. Each has her own little bag and a larger matching child sized bag.

Seasons Dolls

I love getting projects finished and I have also just completed a Love Heart Granny square blanket.

This blanket is simple to make with a few little challenges for beginners. Its deal for someone looking to learn something a bit more challenging than a plain granny square.

We had a super crochet workshop last Friday and my students really enjoyed working on the Bright Blanket pattern. It really works well in different colours.  Here is some of their lovely work..

Happy crocheting,
Alison x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Spring walk


Spring was in the air over the weekend. Yesterday I went on a lovely walk around Hardwick Park.  The snowdrops were coming through but the lake was still very frozen.

We managed to take lots of photographs of the park and even called for some lunch.

At the moment I am working on a new scarf design which I am currently making in three different yarns. 

Also still printing patterns for the show at the NEC in March...

As we are getting closer to spring, here is a link to last years daffodil crochet pattern.

Alison x