After a hiatus due to the pandemic last year, Yarndale returned to Skipton Auction Mart on 25th & 26th September and I was thrilled to be able to go along! As well as my mask and hand sanitizer I took my microphone and met so many truly lovely people.
This episode is my experience of Yarndale 2021, which in a nutshell was wonderful, friendly, colourful and utterly uplifting. In it you will hear from yarn dyers, craftspeople and business owners who were exhibiting their wares along with Matt Farci from Crojo.Life and Alyson Chu from Moorit Magazine as well as friend of Making Stitches, Carole Rennison from Hooked by Design who is also one of the festival’s organisers. I hope you enjoy listening to it as I enjoyed my Yarndale experience – it was a blast!
Here are the people & businesses who feature in this episode – my thanks to everyone who spoke to me.
Happy New Year and welcome to the first episode of Making Stitches for 2021! In this episode we hear from crochet designer and Editor of Simply Crochet Magazine Sara Huntington. Sara tells me how she first discovered crochet by chance on a family holiday and hasn’t put her hook down since! She also explains how, several years ago, she made a conscious decision to follow her dreams and turn her passion for craft into her profession after juggling two jobs as well as motherhood to get there.
Sara has seen a boom in the number of people becoming interested in crafts, and specifically crochet, in recent months and is a keen advocate for its benefits. In this episode she shares her creative journey and the amazing determination she had to get to where she is today. Sara also shares her experiences of the process of finding inspiring designs to fill the pages of each issue of Simply Crochet magazine.
You can hear the episode by searching for Making Stitches on your favourite podcast app or via this link.
For more information on Simply Crochet, please visit the magazine website and you can find Sara on Instagram as @crochetdeli.
The music featured in this episode is Make You Smile by RGMusic from Melody Loops.
Hello there! Making Stitches is back for a new series after a long summer break. In this series, as with the first one, I hope to be sharing the stories of interesting creative projects as well as hearing from creators themselves about their own creative journeys.
In this first episode of series 2 I recap on what’s been happening over the summer for myself as well as some of my guests from series 1. Since I last spoke to you, a new crochet podcast has been born, a lockdown quilt has been completed and is now on tour raising funds for charity and just like many other events this summer a yarn festival is going online so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.
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Hello and welcome to the tenth and final episode in the first series of Making Stitches. This week I’m sharing a story which is very special to me, that of my sewing teacher Dorcas Hammond.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Dorcas Hammond is a well-known name in Gibraltar. Her dressmaking workshop has created gowns for many brides and beauty queens ahead of their big events – none more so than when Kaiane Aldorino was crowned Miss World in 2009 wearing a beautiful dress created by Dorcas.
Dorcas has held fashion shows in London, Marbella, Madrid and Portugal, and has won several designers competitions, including the Agulha de Ouro (Golden Needle) in Portugal back in 2004. Dorcas not only creates beautiful clothes, she also teaches students to create their own garments at her fashion academy. She teaches everything from the basics of using a sewing machine, through to home furnishings and finally elegant evening wear.
This week we hear how she began sewing as a young child and how she turned her passion into her profession (Dorcas also shares a trick of the trade which involves coffee!).
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 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.
A lot of us are turning to crafts at this time of lockdown and isolation. The act of making things can work wonders for our mental health, and being able to contribute that craft to a community project can help ease the sense of isolation.
Inspired by the story of female prisoners of war making a quilt at Changi Prison in Singapore during World War II, a global group of quilters are contributing to a community quilt which will raise funds for a charity helping communities during this difficult time. For this episode of Making Stitches, I spoke to Sue Brown who’s idea it was to begin the quilt and Amanda James who has contributed a square to the project.
The photosfeature some of the quilt squares already sent in to the ‘Creativity in Captivity’ quilt. Top photo: (clockwise from top left) made by Harriet Seddon, David Seddon, Cathie Holden & Amanda James (who features in this episode).
Bottom photo: (clockwise from top left) made by Gwen Shackleton, Barbara Holden, Nikki Holden & Lynda Jackson
You can listen to the episode here or by searching for ‘Making Stitches’ on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast apps.
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’.
Hello and welcome to the Making Stitches Podcast! My name’s Lindsay and for as long as I can remember, I have loved filling my spare time by making things. I’m a real advocate for crafts and their ability to calm and quieten the mind when things are tough.
For a while now I’ve been thinking about putting a podcast together about crafts and the stories of the people behind them, but it never seemed to be the right time. Now, as many of us are confined to our homes because of the coronavirus pandemic, more than ever crafts and their therapeutic qualities are so important. That made me think, now might be the time to get this started!
In the coming weeks, I hope to be speaking to some of the people behind the blogs, patterns and make-alongs that bind our community of crafters together as well as other crafters and makers along the way.