Monday, April 24, 2017

Maker Mondays- Adelaide Hills Yarn Co.




Welcome to this Monday's instalment of the blog series -

Today's Makers are a little different, Adelaide Hills Yarn Company.


Please introduce yourself, and tell us what your business?


We are Diana and Amanda, two friends who met whilst working together and developed a love for crocheting and using chunky yarns. We decided to start our own on line T shirt yarn store to make the products more accessible to Australian crafters. Our products are used by crocheters, knitters, weavers and macramé artists. 
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How long have you been established?

We officially opened Adelaide Hills Yarn Co in June last year (2016), so not even 12 months yet. We have been delighted with the response that we received to our yarns, and can hardly believe how far we have come in such a short time. We have since added other 
products other than T shirt yarn.


Do you start with ideas or materials?

We started our business with just an idea. We had the materials in mind, and months were spent sourcing what we wanted



How relevant is social media to you?

Extremely. It is the foundation of our business really. We have built our business from nothing using Instagram and Facebook alone.



Anything else to add? 


Our products are made from factory offcuts from the textile industry that would otherwise go into landfill. We are pleased to be able to make a difference, no matter how small. 



My Textured Clutch pattern uses Adelaide Hills ribbon and rope yarn. You can find the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/textured-clutch-pair







Find the Adelaide Hills Yarn Co shop and Facebook page here:








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Monday, April 17, 2017

Maker Mondays with Mikaela Bates from Vivid Kreations


Time for the next Maker Monday! Settle in, while we take a look at the face behind Vivid Kreations, Micaela Bates


Please introduce yourself, and tell us what you create?


Hi, I’m Mikaela from Vivid Kreations. I live in Ipswich, Queensland in Australia, though I am originally from Echuca, Victoria. 
I was (am) a secondary English and Italian teacher but I am currently lucky enough to be at home with my adorable 5 year old son. My partner and I run our own mobile detailing business and I have started my own business, Vivid Kreations. 

I love many different creative art forms though my biggest passion is crochet. I love to design items that are suitable for the warmer Queensland weather but still have a measure of comfort and cosiness, as well as beautiful items for the home. 


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How long have you been crocheting and designing?

I discovered crochet just after moving to Queensland in 2013 and I was off down the rabbit hole, learning everything I could and thinking about crochet all the time!
My first design came the following year when I was looking for a summer friendly Santa hat pattern and couldn’t find one- and so the Slouchy Summer Santa hat was born. 

I haven’t really stopped designing since but I only started publishing my patterns last year. 



Do you start with ideas or materials?

I generally start with an idea. I have notebooks full of ideas all over the place! I have just started to organise them into my bullet journal so I can find them again and get more patterns written up to share.

Sometimes I am inspired by a particular yarn that’s just shouting to be something specific but usually an idea will come to me from a need (most often wishing for a lighter weight version of something so I can actually wear it!), an interesting stitch pattern or from something I’ve seen.



How relevant is social media to you?

Social media is definitely important for me in a few different ways. 
Number one is connecting with other makers. I am constantly inspired by the amazing things other people have made, which energises me and keeps me excited about my craft. 
Two, it’s perfect for sharing what I’m doing and to help me learn from other people who share their tips and tricks. 

Three, it’s a great way to get my designs out into the world in a way that feels friendly and not pushy.



Anything else to add? 

I believe that creativity is an important part of life. It’s enjoyable, satisfying (even when it’s challenging) and engages our minds in a way that motivates us and promotes learning. 
As a teacher I approach pattern writing like I would creating learning materials for my students and I try to make my patterns as accessible as possible. I want anyone who follows my patterns to be able to achieve success and feel proud of what they have created and capable of trying the next thing that comes along. 
I am also starting a blog to share my creative journey: my crochet and other creative projects; my love of colour in the world around us; and exploring what creativity means and how it is beneficial for all of us.




Links
Website/blog

Etsy

Ravelry


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Maker Mondays with Bec Morris from Pinch Me Beautiful




Welcome to this week's instalment of the blog series -

Today's we interview Bec- weaver extraordinaire, who appears online as Pinch Me Beautiful!


Please introduce yourself, and tell us what you create?



Hi I’m Bec - I’m a beach loving, coastie mum of two. On any given day you can find me drinking tea, baking brownies and I also like to make pretty woven wall hangings in-between the school runs. 



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How long have you been creating?

Well, after having my second baby I was feeling like I needed something creative - just for me. So I decided to start blogging and Pinch Me Beautiful was born (around two years ago now.) Randomly I bought a ticket to a local weaving workshop and something just clicked. My mum owns a wool shop so I have always been around yarn but could barely knit a scarf. Once I started I couldn’t stop! Soon my house was filling up with weaves. Then my friends and family started admiring my new hobby and asking me if they could buy them - and then and the custom requests started rolling in people love one-off pieces. It was from there that my business slowly started as people grew more and more interested.    


Do you start with ideas or materials?

Generally I’m not one to have a plan. Usually I just find a few skeins of yarn I love, or sometimes I’ll have an idea in mind. I like to take inspiration from around me, like the beach or a painting, or even a funky pattern. Then I just start and usually it all just evolves. For example, a customer posted me one of their pillowcases to use as inspo for a custom weave - It was really fun designing that way. I also find a lot of inspo from the beach but generally the designs evolve and I think, ohh a pom-pom would look good there. Sometimes I do stubble across a beautiful piece of roving or a skein of yarn and I know exactly what I want to do with it. 

customer's pillowcases


How relevant is social media to you?


Social media is a big part of my business. I love to be able to share my work online and embrace my other passion; photography. Because Pinch Me Beautiful all started as a Blog. 
It gave me the platform to share and sell my weaves. It is a great network and community - I love tagging the creative people who make the materials that I use, we all share each others images and use Instagram as a way to inspire each other, trade techniques and keep in touch. Instagram is also one of my fave hobbies - It’s my outlet to sharing myself and getting back in touch with my creative side after having my kids. And my profile isn’t just pictures of my weaving, it’s all the things that I’m grateful for, beautiful beaches, my awesome kids, style, fashion, baking and my ridiculously cute chubby cheeked cat. 


Anything else to add? 

You can find my blog at http://pinchmebeautiful.blogspot.com.au It has lots of recipes, DIY projects, pom pom love and stories from my life. Even though it’s been over a year since I posted, I still consider it live, people still seem to enjoy it and maybe one day I’ll get back into it - if the orders ever slow down a bit. 
or just search the hashtag #pmbweaves


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

How to Crochet a Heart


Today's post is an update of an old one from my old blog. I like to update things to keep them fresh, or update old (or dark) pictures.

This is a pretty special post, as my old blog was named How to Crochet a Heart! As you can see, the love of crochet hearts has not faded, as I continue to use them!

You can find the original blog post HERE, which is also written as a photo tutorial, so if you need it to be simplified as much as possible, that's where to go!

Hook and yarn size isn't essential, but should match. This will work with a super chunky yarn and a 10mm hook, or crochet thread and a 1.5mm hook. Hmm. That gives me a few ideas!

I have used a 4mm, and a worsted or aran weight pink yarn, as pictured above, and a 5mm hook with 8ply /dk grey yarn, as pictured below. The grey yarn was also done with the second round in the back loops, as I sometimes like the emphasis of the centre heart shape.

Great for using up scraps!


Method (in US terms)

Round 1: Make a chain of 4, and crochet the following ALL into the first chain.
3 tr, 3 dc, 1ch, 1 tr, 1 ch, 3dc, 3tr.
3ch and sl st into chain also.
Round 2: 3ch, (sc, dc) into first stitch (3dc) into next (2dc) into next. dc once only into next three 3dc. dc into ch, 1ch, dcinto ch, (2dc) into next stitch, (3dc) into next, (dc, sc) into next. 3 ch and sl st back into original chain. You may need to secure or tighten original chain.
Fasten off.


Method (in UK terms)

Round 1: Make a chain of 4, and crochet the following ALL into the first chain.
3 dtr, 3 tr, 1ch, 1 dtr, 1 ch, 3tr, 3dtr.
3ch and sl st into chain also.
Round 2: 3ch, (dc, tr) into first stitch (3tr) into next (2tr) into next. tr once only into next three 3tr. tr into ch, 1ch, tr into ch, (2tr) into next stitch, (3tr) into next, (tr, dc) into next. 3 ch and sl st back into original chain. You may need to secure or tighten original chain.
Fasten off.






End of Round 1



Start of Second Round.


End of Second Round
thanks for coming to look! Please let me know if you have made a heart, either in the comments, or by tagging me on instagram (emma_crochets)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Maker Mondays- with Shelley from Spincushions.




Welcome to this week's instalment of the blog series -

Today's Maker is Shelley Husband from Spincushions. I have followed Shelley for a long time on social media, and delighted when she agreed to an interview!


Please introduce yourself, and tell us what you create?


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Hi. I'm Shelley and I design crochet patterns.  My patterns are interesting and fun to do, gently challenging and encouraging you to create things you never thought you could.  My main love is designing crochet squares to make into blankets, cushions, scarves etc.  


How long have you been creating?

Oh I've always been crafty.  You name it, I've probably done it.  Paper making, candles, jewellery, embroidery of all kinds, hand sewn felt pincushions (that's where my name Spincushions came from), knitting etc


Do you start with ideas or materials?

Both. Sometimes I have a yarn or theme I need to work to, so I go from there. Like my Narrawong pattern; where I needed a pattern inspired by where I live for a local project.  Other times, I come up with ideas I just want to try, usually while crocheting other things.  Then there's my favourite time - blank notebook, fresh yarn and time to just play.  I love the designs that come from no restrictions, as I can be really creative and break the rules.


How relevant is social media to you?

Fairly I guess.  I never really got into any of the social media platforms until Instagram came along.  That one just made sense and was easy. In the beginning, I was just sharing bits and pieces of my life as well as my pincushions at the time. It has evolved over time and is a lot different from the beginning with algorithms etc.  These days I am more mindful of what I post.  I go through phases where I will post to a plan and others where I just post what I'm doing with no real plan.  I cringe if I see my early early posts (ha ha!)  So many filters!  


Anything else to add? 


Do what you love and try not to play the comparison game. What you assume you see is most often not the reality.  What you define as success, will be quite different to many others so follow what makes you feel good and fulfilled and the rest will come.  





You can find Shelley, and more info about the Narrawong project here : http://spincushions.com/
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Maker Mondays - with Erin from Nappy Cakes by Erin




Welcome to this week's instalment of the blog series - Maker Mondays.

Today's Maker is Erin from Nappy Cakes by Erin.


Please introduce yourself, and tell us what you create?


I'm Erin, a Mum of two, wife and Primary School teacher. I'm also the owner, designer and blogger of Nappy Cakes by Erin and the founder of Celebrate Play - a FREE series of content focusing on PLAY in the home. 

How long have you been designing nappy cakes?

I have owned Nappy Cakes by Erin for a couple of years now and founded Celebrate Play in 2017. 


Do you start with ideas or materials?

When designing our Nappy Cakes I often start with ideas which lead to seeking materials. However, when I'm making custom designs, the process is the opposite, starting with materials based on customer preference/s.




How relevant is social media to you?

Social media is quite relevant to my biz for a few reasons such as brand awareness, a portion of orders/sales and building a rapport with my readers and followers. 

Anything else to add? 


You can find To browse our collection or join in the celebration of play, come and visit at:


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