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!


29 March 2015

Crochet Community Charity Blanket

 Would you like to win this fabulous blanket?
It is unique and made with love by 121 ladies in UK.


Sitting at home crocheting
 and enjoying the company of my Instagram friends on a daily basis
 is one of life's ultimate pleasures for me!

Last year we joined together and made a care blanket
 for one of our friends
 to support her through an illness.
So much good came out of our group
 and when it was over we all missed the community project.

So this winter I planned and launched the first 
Patchwork Heart Community Blanket.
Ladies in the UK
 were invited to make a 10cm square containing a flower,
 from a given colour palette of Stylecraft Special DK.
120 crocheters signed up
 and soon squares were flooding into Patchwork House.
I had the lovely pleasure 
of joining the squares into the blanket and making a border.

If you missed the original posts about the making
 you can read them HERE


The plan was to hold a draw of the makers names
 and the winner had the choice of keeping the blanket
 or using it to raise money for charity.

I am delighted to announce that the lovely Kathryn at
won the blanket and has decided to use it to raise money for 
You can take part in this draw to win the blanket
 by making a donation on her


The draw closes at midnight on April 23rd
 and the winner will be drawn on April 25th.
For just £2 you can make a donation and have a chance to win!
This is open to anyone worldwide
 and postage will be very kindly paid by the lovely Kathryn.

As I write we are absolutely flabbergasted at the popularity of our blanket 
and thank all the lovely people who have made donations.
 In less than 3 days of the draw being open
 we have raised £2600 for Marie Curie Cancer Care!!!

If you have a blog or facebook page please share this post
 and help us make a difference!

Wishing you all a happy Sunday

Heather

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23 March 2015

Making Rainbows

Today I am really excited
 to be able to tell you about a competition
 to win £500 worth of yarn!!!

I have joined together with 5 other bloggers
 to help launch the

Here's how you can take part!

Everyone loves a rainbow
red  orange  yellow  green  blue  indigo  violet.
Lately I've been playing with colours
 a lot

as a Mathematician
 order is very important to me
and
as an artist 
colour fills me with passion
so
 to create a rainbow
 is perfection
 in my little world!


A few months ago
 I made myself a set of shade squares
 for all my favourite Stylecraft Special DK shades.
I used a small 3 round solid granny square
you can find a pattern 


Hours of fun and playing
 ended up with this combination
 for my bright traditional rainbow

I tried it out on a star shaped baby blanket
using a free pattern by 
and the result was amazing!


but the artist in me wants to play
and my brain is continually making new rainbows


a pastel rainbow was next on my hook
oh so pretty


then again more playing with my squares
resulted in 
bright versus vintage
rainbows



using my creative license
I next hooked a
vintage look rainbow baby blanket
and I really love these soft muted tones



So where did this rainbow trend begin?
I have to give thanks
 to my hooky friends over on


This winter there has been a craze inspired by
 a beautiful Cath Kidston blanket.
So many of my clever hooky friends
 have been making their own versions, 
beautiful granny striped blankets
 with a parchment background.


totally inspired by the lovely makes of
 @wooly_creations
@pandagourgh
@yarnandwhatnot
@thelittlegreencupboard
and many others
I finally gave in and tried it myself


adding the neutral background
 to my vintage rainbow
 resulted in this amazing 
Cath Kidston inspired
 granny square baby blanket


Rainbows have spread into my cotton creations too


I always begin with a traditional colour order


Mandala making
 is such a perfect way
 of trying out colour combinations


but I soon find myself thinking
 that rainbows don't have to include all 7 shades!


Before I know it I'm shading pinks and purples
and blending blues and greens


Working with colour is therapy to me
it excites me
and makes me come alive!
So what better rainbow celebration
than my latest creation of a dream catcher!
This pattern by ATERGcrochet is available to buy on Etsy


So are you inspired?
 Do you want to play with colour too?
Oh I do hope I've got you rushing for your hooks
 and diving into your stash!

Ladies I'm really excited to tell you
 about the fabulous new
I'm helping launch


would you like to win
 £500 worth of yarn
? ? ?

All you have to do
 is play with colour and crochet something wonderful!
Blog about your makes and enter the competition.
You will find all you need to know here


Go on you know you are itching to create
and who doesn't need more yarn!
You can enter many times
 and there are 5 other trends you can follow too!


This week I will be playing with a bright rainbow
 and a cream background! 
Come back next week to see what I made!

Do leave a comment to let me know what you are making
 and entering into the competition, 
I'd love to pop over and visit your blogs
 to see what you are making

Happy hookin
Heather

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14 March 2015

The Spring Flower Blanket

Pretty spring flowers
 to cheer up a gloomy grey Saturday morning
  

Happy Saturday to you all!
I hope you can enjoy lots of happy hooky yarn therapy today.

I have begun my day
 working on the Community Crochet blanket 
that I have been running on Instagram.
This has been made by over 100 ladies from UK on Instagram.
If you missed the original post about this you can read it


This blanket is so thick and heavy
 as many of the squares are 3D flowers


just look at the fabulous detail
 and clever crochet from so many ladies


Sitting under the blanket as I work on the border
 is providing me with hours of pleasure


the lucky winner is going to have years
  of fun and pleasure from all these unique flowers


I have used a flat braid join
 which adds a lovely lace texture
 and am now completing the blanket
 with a deep lace border!

Come back next week for the big reveal!

happy weekend friends

Heather

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7 March 2015

Pretties for Spring


Spring is on the way!
As I write  I'm enjoying open windows in the house
 the smell of fresh air and the sound of the birds singing.

This morning I've been cleaning and tidying
 Patchwork House
 and having much fun rearranging 


I love to see piles of prettiness
 and 
colour around my home


It was time to put away the valentines hearts
 and add some
 spring coloured flowers and baubles to my twigs

The last few weeks I've been busy stocking my
with pretty spring goodies


Ive really enjoyed these quick little makes
and the massive dose of colour therapy!

Rico Essentials Cotton DK

 has a wonderful range of colours and a gorgeous rich sheen


pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 14

Mandalas are such fun to make


pattern from Simply Crochet Magazine issue 7

and are a glorious addition to any home

pattern from Made in K Town blog

being pretty and practical

pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 12

you will find them in plenty at Patchwork House!

DMC Natura Just Cotton

 has a lovely natural texture and deep warm shades

pattern from Made in K Town blog

 has a luxurious feel
 and a very good twist which prevents splitting

Sirdar Cotton DK

I use a 3mm hook
 when making mandalas to achieve a firmer finish

pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 14

and for flowers too

pattern for rose from Attic 24

pattern from Katicrafts blog

 has 5 new shades and I'm loving this leaf green and fondant

pattern for rose from Attic 24

Patchwork House is ready for Spring


As a newbie to Etsy
 I'm amazed at how fast these pretties have sold!


I'm restocking every few days so do keep visiting!

Etsy Shop


Now my chores are done
 you will find me here for the rest of my weekend
 doing what I love!

Happy hookin friends

Heather

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22 February 2015

A week at The Patchwork Heart

Oh what an amazing week in the life of 
The Patchwork Heart!

As you know I am a teacher 
so
 half term is the best ...
 a chance to live my dream
 to be
 full time at The Patchwork Heart
 and this one was amazing!

I began with packing
not the usual kind
but packing blankets
blankets
 made from Stylecraft Special DK



where was I going I hear you say

well my first visit was to
in Warrington

They had been so very kind to make me their
 Blogger of the month
 and had featured a lovely interview with me on their blog
you can read it 


  is a craft barn in the countryside near Warrington
 close to the M62 and M6.
They have an enormous stock of yarn, cross stitch and fabric along
 with a lovely tea room!

They have recently become stockists of
so I took along some of my recent creations made in
 to share with them


the red edged flower blanket ~ Stylecraft pattern 9090


the rainbow ripple star ~ by Celeste Young


and the Circle of friends ~ Priscilla Hewitt

I am very pleased to say
 that they were delighted to see how well it makes up. 
They are now selling Special DK
 and I know being able to view and buy this yarn locally
 will now delight many!

I was excited to choose this Sirdar Cotton Dk as my gift
and can already tell you
 that it is a dream to crochet with as it does not split!
I am making flowers for brooches, corsages and bookmarks
 for a little Mother's Day sale in my
Unfortunately the shop is empty at present
 as everything sells so fast when I refill it!
 But do keep watching it will be restocked again soon!


so that was day 1 ... now for day 2!

A day in Yorkshire
 at the beautiful old Slaithwaite Mill
 Head Office to Stylecraft
 was something I could not have even dreamed of!




what a pleasure it was
 to spend a day with lovely people
 talking about colour and yarn and discussing blanket making!


such a treat to spend a day in a world of yarn
this is definitely what I should be doing full time!


As if my visit wasn't perfect enough already
 it was completed with a 
wonderful gift!
OOOOOhhhh
just look at this yummy new yarn!
is a new yarn available online only at present.
This is fine merino DK and is available in


so now I have the lovely task
 of finding a special new blanket pattern to make this into!

Then there was day 3

a holiday is not complete without a treat in a tearoom
and a visit to
at Homewood Bound in Ruthin is my favourite


I am very excited to be planning some
 crochet workshops 
here at The Sugar Plum Tearoom.
These will be taking place at Easter and May half term.
For details and how to book visit their
or view their contact details 

So I am now exhausted ... so much for a restful holiday!
 Definitely an inspiring holiday
and something I would like to become accustomed to!

I hope you have all had a great half term too,
 now we will count down to Easter! 
Enjoy the lighter days my friends and keep hookin!

Heather

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