This week on Making Stitches I’m sharing my first international interview – it’s with Esther from Essiebirdies. I spoke to her from her home in the Netherlands on her first day in an empty house after 10 weeks of lockdown.
Esther is a crochet designer who creates beautiful patterns for amigurumi toys, shawls, bags and home furnishings. Her passion for crochet came relatively recently when her daughter asked her to make an amigurumi toy. Once she had started, Esther was hooked.
Esther designs in both English and Dutch and has followers from around the world making her beautiful designs.
This week, Phil from The Twisted Yarn shares her story on Making Stitches. A knitter and crocheter in her spare time, Phil works as a clinical psychologist in her day job and is a mother of twin boys.
Known as ‘The Modern Knitter’ in her quarterly column in Simply Knitting magazine, Phil has also appeared on BBC TV with her imaginatively reupholstered chair which was reborn as a yarny country cottage complete with a front garden, pond and vegetable patch!
Phil’s real love though, is her own take on modern stranded knitting rather than the more traditional Fair Isle style. She says she’s inspired by nature and is hoping to have her first book on the technique published next year.
This week on Making Stitches we hear from Amanda Bloom the driving force behind Little Box of Crochet. The bi-monthly subscription box delivers a yarny treat to crocheters around the world and contains a complete project with yarn and instructions along with what Amanda describes as ‘knick-knackery’ or extra little treats to enjoy.
Amanda spoke to me from her home above her beautiful yarn shop ‘Craftopia’ in Ingleton in North Yorkshire. She spoke movingly about her beloved daughter Jenny who set her off on her Little Box of Crochet journey whilst she was seriously ill with cancer as well as about her move to Ingleton and her hopes for the future.
Hello and welcome to Episode 5 of Making Stitches! This week I’m sharing a chat I had with a friend of mine who I met through our love of crochet and our connection to Gibraltar.
Marisa Alcock was born and brought up here in Gibraltar but is now based in London and teaches music and crochet. We met a few years back through Instagram and I signed up for one of her Gibraltar based summer crochet lessons to master the art of reading a crochet chart. It was loads of fun and involved tapas, wine and reading our charts by the light of our phone torches when it got too dark to see them properly!
In this episode, Marisa shared an insight into her creative life, which began here on the Rock but which took her to England. She spent some time speaking to me between online piano lessons and a virtual craft club she’s running with some of her music students. You can find Marisa on Instagram as @Mariwish
Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Making Stitches. This week I’ve been speaking to Carole Rennison, one of the founders of the Yarndale Festival which takes place in September each year in Skipton in North Yorkshire.
Every year, the festival organisers enlist the help of knitters and crocheters from around the world to help them with their charity appeal, and this year is no different. The call has gone out for makers to create cotton dishcloths which will be sold at the festival to raise much needed funds for the nearby Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Carole told me about how the festival first got started along with how you can get involved with this year’s dishcloth appeal. You can hear the episode through this link or by searching for Making Stitches on your favourite podcast app.
For more information about the Yarndale dishcloth appeal, please check out the Yarndale website.
I am super excited to be sharing this week’s episode with you. It features none other than Eleonora Tully from Coastal Crochet!
Eleonora has been immersed in yarn crafts all her life but 5 years ago began her blog Coastal Crochet where she shares her love of crochet and beautiful photos taken on coastal walks near her home in the south of England along with her adorable Miniature Schnauzer Salty.
Eleonora has used her blog to run blanket crochet-alongs uniting a huge community of crocheters across the world. Each of her blankets have had a seaside theme and feature shell stitches and waves among many other stitch techniques. From the first Seaside Stashbusting Blanket to last year’s Changing Tides blanket and now her current Beachcomber blanket thousands of crocheters have joined in the crochet-alongs getting great enjoyment out of following the patterns each week.
Thank you so much Eleonora for speaking to me for Making Stitches!
You can listen to my chat with Eleonora here, or on Apple Podcasts, Buzzsprout, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.
You can find Eleonora at coastalcrochet.com or just search for ‘Coastal Crochet’ on Instagram and Facebook.
Hello and welcome to the very first episode of the ‘Making Stitches Podcast’. As so many of us are in Coronavirus lockdown and are finding solace in our crafts, now seemed like the perfect time to put this podcast into action.
Each week I hope to speak to different makers, crocheters, knitters and sewers about how they got into their craft of choice and to share their enthusiasm it.
First off we’ll hear from two ladies who turned their love of crochet into a business offering weekend and day-long crochet retreats. The Crochet Sanctuary is based in Cheshire in the north of England and offers guests the chance to meet fellow crocheters and indulge in yarn-filled fun.
Aside from laying on weekend getaways, Lisa and Lynda-Rose have also designed crochet projects for companies including Hobbycraft, Knitcraft and Little Box of Crochet. They are currently hosting a twice-weekly Facebook CAL (crochet-along) inspired by the pandemic lockdown – the aptly named ‘Pandemonium CAL’.
I caught up with Lisa & Lynda for a chat about their love of crochet, organising CALs and, of course, the Crochet Sanctuary as well.
You can find the Crochet Sanctuary website here. You can also find it on Instagram & Facebook – just search for ‘The Crochet Sanctuary’.
Listen to the podcast episode here or on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer or Buzzsprout- just search for ‘Making Stitches Podcast’.