Hello and welcome to Patchwork House . . . . .
my little corner of the world on the NW coast of England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!


30 July 2014

Hexie love


Oh how wonderful summer holidays are for us teachers!
It is fantastic to have time to play
 to be me
 to indulge in yarny hooky pleasures!

I as you know am a Mathematician and get so much pleasure from crochet.
The shapes tessellate so perfectly and this gives me an immense sense of satisfaction!

Now the regular hexagon is a 6 sided polygon with equal sides and angles.
It is perfect for hooky creations yet is one I haven't used much at all.
So time to experiment ...

What better on a lazy sunny afternoon than sitting in the sun hooking daisies!
So my hexie making began.
 I didn't have a pattern so set about playing and came up with this!
As a small project a few of these hexies can be hooked up in no time
 and will make a lovely little table mat or runner.
I do love to fill my home with pretties!


 which has fabulous stitch definition
 and is
available in lovely bright summery colours.
 Its is a DK yarn but
 for mats I work with a 3mm hook to give a firmer texture


I must admit that I wasn't sure if I liked my table mat at this point


but it's amazing what a difference a good edging makes!


So yes the table mat stays
 and now has pride of place in Patchwork House!


As I know you will all be asking for the pattern
I have dug out a suitable suggestion from
magazine issue 5 on page 63


I am loving having time to peruse my stash of Simply Crochet magazines. Each time I look I find new patterns that tempt me. I would highly recommend it at £4.99 it is packed with patterns and lovely articles, features inspiration from our favourite hooky writers and bloggers and is always a total joy.
If you are not already hooked on the mag why not take advantage of this special offer which is open to my readers for the month of July, but
 HURRY HURRY HURRY
 it ends tomorrow!
You can take a trial offer of 3 issues for £5
WOW
isn't that fab!!!
Follow the link
and I'm sure you will not be disappointed!

In future I plan to write more patterns and tutorials and provide links for you all to find these easily on my blog. Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments and emails that help inspire me to continue with my work. The Patchwork Heart is moving forward in a new direction this new academic year. As I work full time it does not leave me as much time as I would like for making orders. I will be blogging more to share my work with the aim of encouraging and inspiring. Rather than taking orders I am now moving onto creating for my own pleasure, trying new ideas and patterns and writing and I will be reopening my Etsy shop in 2015.

Have a wonderful hooky summer

Heather
 XXX









26 July 2014

Emily's Garden ~ a blanket of flowers

 This blanket has caused quite a stir
 amongst my followers on Instagram and Facebook, 
so here as promised are some details of how I made 
Emily's Garden.

The blanket is a gift for my mother's 80th birthday.
She loves flowers and is also a crocheter
 so I wanted to create something really special for her.

I used my favourite Stylecraft Special DK
this is so beautiful for blankets.
 It is soft warm and snugly,
 can be machine washed and tumble dried
 and is excellent value at £1.59 for 100g/295m.
It comes in a wonderful choice of 60 shades
and you can buy it

I used
 soft peach, candy floss and pale rose
 lavender, wisteria and clematis
aspen, sherbet and spring green
cloud blue and parchment.


To create a garden
 I decided to use many different types of flowers

the first type was my frequent favourite
the starburst or sunburst flower
I use the starburst pattern by Jane Brocket
 which was in Mollie Makes issue 2
but there are many patterns for the sunburst available on the Internet 
  




next I wanted to add depth to give the blanket a 3D texture
so  I chose these popcorn flowers
you can find the pattern 






there had to be roses in the garden
and these were such fun to make

this pattern is by Nicki Trench in the book



for more texture I wanted petals
and these little pretties came from
a pattern by Nicki Trench in
Simply Crochet magazine issue 5


so with 80 flowers made for 10 rows of 8
 I was all set to join them into a rectangular throw


and I decided on a random arrangement 
as would be found in a cottage garden.


My favourite method for joining is using the
join as you go technique.
I originally learnt this using the fantastic tutorial from


and developed my own method
 for continuous join as you go
joining the whole blanket without cutting the yarn.
You will notice
 that some are of my flowers are circles and others are squares,
 so to cope with this just make double trebles instead of trebles
 in the corners when joining the circles.


The continuous join method is so fast and easy 
and has the fantastic bonus of no ends to sew in!


I am really pleased with the 3D flowers
and the continuous join as you go
adds another lovely texture to the squares.


Finally a deep border to set off the flowers
 made using block stitch to incorporate some seeds of colour
you can find some instructions


Tadaa!
Emily's Garden is complete
 and I cannot wait to gift it to my mother Emily
on her 80th birthday


I'm sorry this is not a complete pattern
 but I am not yet a pattern writer and do not pretend to be!
 However I am happy to share
 my inspiration and the links to the patterns I chose
 so that you too
 may have a go at creating a garden of love.

Happy hookin!

Heather

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13 July 2014

The amazing V Stitch



This week I have made a new discovery
 and am delighted to share it with you!

V Stitch

surprisingly simple
extremely fast growing
addictive pleasure


over on Instagram there is a wave sweeping the nation
and one by one all my hooky friends have been making v stitch blankets


so eventually I caught the bug
and dived into my Stylecraft Special DK stash
coming out with this gorgeous range of autumn colours


It is an amazingly fast growing blanket
so simple to hook
and totally addictive


at the end
 I sew each end into its own coloured stripe using a darning needle
 thinking of it as embroidery
to obtain a neat professional finish


and then complete the blanket with 2 rounds of dc (UK)
followed by a 3rd round of
dc 3 chain dc in the same stitch
miss a stitch repeat


these baby blankets are such quick fun 


 I have made 2 and started a 3rd in 1 week!



If you Google Vstitch you will find many free patterns
and there is plenty available on Pinterest Ravelry and You Tube

but basically you need a starting chain in muliples of 3 +2 +2
you start with a treble (UK) in the 5th chain stitch from the hook
and make 1 treble 1 chain 1 treble for the first v all in the same stitch
miss 2 chain and repeat
at the end miss 1 chain and end with 1 treble
the rest is easy
just make 1 v stitch in each previous v
and a single treble at the start and end of each row

go on you know you want to ...
join the v stitch party!

This afternoon 
I am planning a good sit down with my wonderful magazine collection
 looking for holiday crochet patterns.


Every month I ooohh and aahhh at the patterns in Simply Crochet
and its now that wonderful time of year when school is about to close for the summer!
I am going to enjoy time for me making some new designs and trying out patterns
and can't wait to see what I find!


 is a magazine packed with gorgeous free patterns
 and
 inspirational makes from many clever hooky people

if you don't already subscribe
do take advantage of the super special offer of

 3 issues for £5

which is valid to the end of July
you will find this offer


the lovely people from Simply Crochet magazine
 have produced this offer just for my followers
 you will find it written in a previous blog post a few weeks ago

have a wonderful relaxing Sunday my hooky friends
Happy Hookin!

Heather

xxx









30 June 2014

Playing with flowers

This week I am playing with flowers





combining different flower squares and colours


I am experimenting with 3D texture to add dimension



using shades of pink lilac and turquoise


This special blanket
 is a gift for my mothers 80th birthday next month
and is called
Emily's Garden

when complete I will write up the pattern
 giving links to the granny squares used


Don't forget
 to take advantage of the super offer from 
which you will find in my previous blog post
you can get 3 issues for £5 !!!

Have a great hooky week my friends

HEATHER
XXX







22 June 2014

Granny Emily


So excited!
At last I can tell you
 that I have been working with the lovely people from


as you all know
 I am a crochet addict!
I love nothing more than a weekend 
full of crochet therapy
 and
 it is always such a delight
 when the postman brings a new magazine!

I love trawling through my magazine stash
to find new patterns
 and
 inspiration


Simpy Crochet
have now also launched a new free app called
where they are releasing a new
 free granny square pattern each week. 
This is available for Apple users
but
 others can also sign up to receive details by 

the patterns are available in UK and USA crochet terms


You imagine my delight
 when I was given a preview of one of the granny squares
 to be released in their app
 and asked to trial it in my own colour combinations!

Here is

Granny Emily


oooohhhh
 don't you just love that deep swirling centre!
I was given the privilege of naming this square
and have named it after my lovely Mum
 who taught me to crochet as a child . . .
she is nearly 80 and still crocheting daily!


Oh what excitement
 to be able to give this square The Patchwork Heart treatment!
 I dived into my stash and decided to use
which comes in 18 lovely bright shades

it seemed only right
 to make these squares into a gift for my mother
 so I have chosen
 to use her favourite colours of pink and green


I'm often asked by readers what I do with the tails
and as you can see
 colour changing always makes for a lot of them!

I prefer to sew them
 in using a big darning needle at the end . . . 
think of it as embroidery
 and enjoy running them into the same colour stitches
 on the back of the square . . .
they will soon disappear
 and you will have a much more professional finish
 than if you crochet over them!


I decided to make Granny Emily
 in 4 different combinations of the 5 shades


I love to play with colour


and find it amazing how the squares look so different


when the colours are used in different orders!


I chose 2 brighter shades and 2 paler shades with the white
and notice
 that I kept round 3 white
 on all 4 squares to make them match!


the squares were then joined
 using the
and finished with a little picot edging


Simpy Crochet
 have kindly given me permission
 to share the pattern for Granny Emily with my readers

Granny Emily in UK terms

2-ttr cluster (Yrh 3 times, insert hook in sp, yrh and pull up loop, [yrh and draw through 2 loops] 3 times) twice, inserting hook in same sp each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook.
With Yarn A, ch8, join with a ss into a ring.
Round 1 Ch5 (counts as ttr), ttr into ring, ch1, (2-ttr cluster into ring, ch1) 15 times, ss to top of beg ch-5. Fasten off.
Round 2 Join Yarn B in any ch-1 sp with a ss. Ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc into same ch-1 sp, *ch3, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in next ch-1 sp, ch3, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * twice, ch3, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in next ch-1 sp, ch3, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, ss to first dc, fasten off.
Round 3 Join Yarn C in next ch-3 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in same ch-3 sp, *ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch-3 sp, ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, 3tr in next ch-3 sp, ch2, 3tr in next ch-3 sp; rep from * twice, ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch-3 sp, ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, 3tr in next ch-3 sp, ch2, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Round 4 Join Yarn D in next ch-2 sp. Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in same ch-2 sp, *ch2, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) into corner ch-2 sp, (ch2, 3tr in next ch-2 sp) 3 times; rep from * twice, ch2, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) into corner ch-2 sp, (ch2, 3tr in next ch-2 sp) 2 times, ch2, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Round 5 Join Yarn E in next ch-2 sp. Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in same ch-2 sp, *(3tr, ch2, 3tr) in corner ch-2 sp, (3tr in next ch-2 sp) 4 times; rep from * twice, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in corner ch-2 sp, (3tr in next ch-2 sp) 3 times, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Granny Emily in USA crochet terms

2-dtr cluster (Yrh 3 times, insert hook in sp, yrh and pull up loop, [yrh and draw through 2 loops] 3 times) twice, inserting hook in same sp each time, yrh and draw through all loops on hook.

With Yarn A, ch8, join with a ss into a ring.
Round 1 Ch5 (counts as dtr), dtr into ring, ch1, (2-dtr cluster into ring, ch1) 15 times, ss to top of beg ch-5. Fasten off.
Round 2 Join Yarn B in any ch-1 sp with a ss. Ch1 (does not count as stitch), sc into same ch-1 sp, *ch3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * twice, ch3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch3, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch3, ss to first sc, fasten off.
Round 3 Join Yarn C in next ch-3 sp with a ss. Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same ch-3 sp, *ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch-3 sp, ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, 3dc in next ch-3 sp, ch2, 3dc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * twice, ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch-3 sp, ch2, skip next ch-3 sp, 3dc in next ch-3 sp, ch2, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Round 4 Join Yarn D in next ch-2 sp. Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch2, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into corner ch-2 sp, (ch2, 3dc in next ch-2 sp) 3 times; rep from * twice, ch2, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into corner ch-2 sp, (ch2, 3dc in next ch-2 sp) 2 times, ch2, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Round 5 Join Yarn E in next ch-2 sp. Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same ch-2 sp, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in corner ch-2 sp, (3dc in next ch-2 sp) 4 times; rep from * twice, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in corner ch-2 sp, (3dc in next ch-2 sp) 3 times, ss to top of beg ch-3, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.




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and now I must get back to my hook
sending you all lots of hooky love

Heather
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