Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sewing for Pleasure Show 2015

Hello,

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

Hello,

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

Hi,

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




Monday, 2 February 2015

Blossom - Seasons Collection Summer

Hello,

It was a beautiful but cold morning this morning with a lovely sunrise.



Blossom is the Summer doll in the Season collection crochet pattern. She has her own backpack plus a child sized backpack.



Backpack detail



Blossoms pattern is now on Etsy and Ravelry. Hope you like it.

Alison x

Friday, 30 January 2015

Free Love Heart Granny Square Heart Pattern

Hello,

I have created a pattern for a love heart granny square. Its a versatile pattern and the heart looks good in different colours. I am now starting to put the squares together to make a blanket.



Materials Required

4.50 hook and oddments of double knitting yarn

Measurement
Approx. 5 inches (13cms) square



1. 4ch., 2tr. 2ch., 3tr., 2ch., 3tr., 2ch., 3tr., 2ch. all in 4th ch. from hook, ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beg.

2. ss. into 1st 2tr. and in 2ch. corner sp., 4ch., 2dbtr., 2ch., 3tr., in same 2ch.sp., (3tr., 2ch., 3tr.) in next 2ch. sp., ( 3tr., 2ch., 3dbtr.) in next 2ch. sp. 3ch. ss. into last 2ch. sp., 3ch., ss. to join in 4th ch. at beg.

3. 1ch., 1dc.in same place, 1dc. in next 2sts., 3dc. in 2ch. sp., 1dc. in 6tr., 3dc. in 2ch. sp., 1dc. in 6tr., 3dc. in 2ch. sp., 1dc. in next 3sts., ss. in each of next 3ch., miss ss. and then ss. in last 3ch. ss. to join in 1st dc. Fasten off.

4. Change colour join in same place as fasten off and work in front loops for this round, 1ch., 1dc. in same loop, * 3ch., 1dc. in next dc., rep. from * in each dc., and in front loops of ss. worked in the ch. on last round., ending 3ch., ss. to join in 1st dc. Fasten off.



5. With right side facing join new colour to the back loop of stitches left on round 4 at the base of the centre point on the lower edge in the centre st. of the 3 sts. 3ch., 1tr. in next 4 loops, 2ch., 1tr. in same place as last tr., 1tr. in 8 loops, 2ch., 1tr. in same place as last tr., 1tr. in 3tr., miss 1 loop, 1tr. in centre top loop, 1tr. in 4 loops, 2ch., 1tr. in same place as last tr., 1tr. in 8 loops, 2ch., 1tr. in same place as last tr., 1tr. in last 3 loops, ss. to join in 3rd ch. (36tr)

6. 3ch., 2tr. in same place, miss 2tr., work 3tr. into sp. before next tr., ( 3tr., 3ch., 3tr ) in next 2ch. sp., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., miss 2tr., 3tr. in next tr., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., (3tr., 3ch., 3tr) in 2ch. sp., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., miss 2tr., 3tr. in next tr., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., (3tr., 3ch., 3tr) in next 2ch. sp., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., miss 2tr., 3tr. in next tr., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., (3tr., 3ch., 3tr) in next 2ch. sp., miss 2tr., 3tr. in sp. before next tr., ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beg.


7. ss. into 2tr., and sp. before next tr., 3ch., 2tr. in same place, work 3tr. in sps.  between groups of 3tr., along the sides of square and work (3tr., 3ch., 3tr) in 3ch. corner sps., ss. to join in the 3rd ch. at the beg. 

Really hope you enjoy this pattern. Let me know if you enjoy making it or if you have any problems.

My daughter Louise has started to make a blanket using the square for a baby blanket using pinks and purples. 






 Alison x








Tuesday, 27 January 2015

My Craft Room

Hello,

I am still working on the Seasons doll patterns, the three remaining dolls have now gone to be tested whilst I work on some other projects.  Lots of typing up to do before the Sewing for pleasure show at Birmingham NEC in March.

Whilst sitting at my desk I glanced around my workroom. I describe it as a tidy mess and I am the only one who can find anything.  I like having lots of wool around for inspiration, many books with lots of notes and ideas in.


Shelves full of wool but I never seem to have the colour I want.



Wardrobe full of wool as well.

Over the weekend we were supposed to be doing the RSPB bird count for an hour in our garden.  Saturday came and no birds at all to be seen.  Sunday, no birds again. We were very puzzled until we saw this....


A large sparrow hawk which must have frightened all the birds away.

Take care, Alison
x


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Anna - Seasons Collection Spring

Hello,

I have always really enjoyed designing new crocheted dolls. Since Christmas I have been designing four dolls for each of the seasons in the year.  This is Anna and she is the season spring.  Each of the dolls have their own bag and also a larger bag for a child to carry the doll in.

I try to design patterns that are easy to follow but also use new techniques and stitches beginners may not have tried before.

Large doll bag with Annas face and hair on,




This is a version of Anna made by my daughter, Louise. She has made her in different colours and kept the hair longer.


The Anna doll pattern is available on Etsy as a printed pattern and also a PDF download.


Hope you enjoy this pattern. Please let me know if you enjoy making her. Summer doll coming soon.

Alison x