Love Crochet……indeed I do


I have had two fantastic tutorials with the amazing lovecrochet.com, they are on their blog and both are free.

Both of the tutorials are technical, the first one sheds some light on the most common yet baffling crochet terms and the second one takes you through step by step instructions on how to tapestry crochet, which is one of my most favourite crochet techniques. 
The most rewarding part of being a tutor is explaining and demonstrating techniques that are totally new to someone or have baffled them, the pleasure I get from seeing people understanding them is immeasurable.
When putting together written and picture tutorials, things get a bit harder as I’m not there in person physically demonstrating each technique. However, I tried to take each part step by step and explain everything in clearest way possible. I hope you agree and find both tutorials very useful and of course the best thing about written tutorial is you can go back to it over and over again.
So……the first tutorial is about demystifying crochet terms.
In your crochet life you will come across some terms that just leave you scratching your head. The most common ones are:
Turn
Turning chains and working into them
Chain spaces
This great picture tutorial explains every single term, what they mean, what to do with them and how to work into them.
I also decided to release my bunting pattern accompanied by the tutorial. Each of those crochet terms are used in the pattern so it’s a fantastic way to practice what you have learned while making a gorgeous bunting of course.

Those of you who came to my ‘moving on from learn to crochet’ workshop will recognise the bunting. I’ve designed the bunting with my wedding in mind, then I realised it’s ideal for ‘moving on from learn to crochet’ workshop, as it just covers so many techniques and is perfect for understanding and practicing crochet pattern reading.
The pattern along with the tutorial is available exclusively at lovecrochet.com

The second tutorial is about tapestry crochet
Tapestry crochet is a technique for creating multi-coloured fabrics, very similar to Fair Isle in knitting, in fact this technique is very often referred to as Fair Isle crochet. The additional colour is carried along while you make your stitches, hidden on the inside of those stitches. The patterns for tapestry crochet are charted.

I’ve designed this super useful purse for this tutorial, it is perfect for carrying your small crochet projects around and a great way of practicing tapestry crochet.
In this tutorial I take you step by step through each part of tapestry crochet. Starting from understanding and working from crochet chart, to detailed explanation on how to create tapestry crochet, join and change colour.

To be taken to the relevant blog, just click on the links below:

Hope you enjoy both tutorial and find them useful. Don’t forget to share your makes 🙂

Happy crocheting

Anna x

My book


 

It’s here, it’s here it is finally heeeerrrreeee!!!! My lovely bookie wookie is here!!
It’s been a year in the making, full year of anticipation, excitement, fear and every emotion possible. 
The lovely people at Search press publication approached me last year, after they saw the crochet purse kit we created at The Creative Sanctuary. They liked the crochet purse concept and after seeing some more designs the project was approved and the work on my ’20 To Make Crochet Purses’ began.
 I have hugely enjoyed the process of creating every project and writing the book. As a designer to me choosing yarns and playing with colours is always the most exciting part of starting a new project, with the purses I had added bonus of also choosing fabrics, clasps and different types of fastenings. I would sketch each design for every purse, but only when the yarns and fastenings were chosen each purse idea was finalised.
The book is full of gorgeous projects for all levels of crocheter, from the ones who are just starting, to the more advanced. The designs are created by simple shaping rather than difficult stitches. The emphasis is on stunning design to suite many tastes and I’m sure in this book you will find plenty of lovely projects to get your hook stuck in to. 

I made sure that all yarns, fabrics and fastenings are widely available. I wanted everyone to be able to get them. The clasps are all made by Prym and are stocked by most retailers.  I wanted to give a huge thank you to Angela at The Creative Sanctuaryfor providing every lovely fastening and fabric in the book and to Rowan Yarnsfor providing all the yummy yarns.


You will find the list of exact yarns used in every project on my website, please click here.
I have planned lots of fantastic 2-hour bite size classes based on techniques used in the book.  They will be held in lots of craft retailers such as John Lewis, The Creative Sanctuary and, just confirmed, Black Sheep Wools, More dates of classes and workshops to come, so please keep visiting the workshops page on my website as I will be updating it regularly.
The book is now available from my website, Moochka, where you can request signed copy (I know! Get me!)
And from Amazon, The Creative Sanctuary and soon from most craft retailers and book stores. 
This clutch bag is named after my amazing late Mum Lucy
Brick and I decided to get a celebratory selfie, as you can see Brick couldn’t care less. Wanted to get a selfie with Ollie as well, but he just walked away, obviously selfies are beneath him. 
Anna x