{Crochet} Round and Round the Crochet Hook

the loopy stitch

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I’m really excited to share my latest book review, “Round and Round the Crochet Hook” – by Emily Littlefair, published by Tuva Publishing.  Inside you will find patterns to inspire and admire, all of which are made in a round. I personally love working in the round, so i felt connected instantly to the beautiful patterns inside.

Emily is a truely talented crocheter with an eye for beautiful colour combinations. I am not ashamed to admit that i won’t look twice at a design if the colours don’t move me. Emily’s colour choices are different from my own colour style, but they are inspiring and have given me a subtle push to experiement a little more with my own colour combinations.

Her book is my absolute favourite from all my reviews so far this year. There are 19 designs to choose from, whether you want a quick make or something more complicated. I have started her Garden Rows Cushion (see above and directly below) and it has been a dream to create so far.

And all  designs are accompanied by well written instructions and charts. Hooray! Check out some of the wonderful projects below. Here are some links so you can stalk Emily online! 😉

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the loopy stitch book

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the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @theloopystitch

the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @marretjeroos

the loopy stitch book

Photo Credit – @theloopystitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Creative Spaces} My Craft Studio and exciting news!

 

interior moodboard for craft studio

My Creative Space Mood Board – created on Style Source Book

The sound of building has been ringing in the air, as construction on my new craft studio has begun. I feel like the luckiest crafter in the world to have a dedicated creative space that is all my own. In fact, i have been feeling a little guilty about have something that is just for me. Lots of exciting things have happened in my life and this ranks pretty high on the list – after marriage and children of course. And there’s something else pretty exciting ahead for me that makes the timing of my creative space just perfect. Can you guess what it is? I will reveal it soon….keep reading. 😉

I have been planning my creative space for such a long time that i know exactly what it will look like when it is finished. Crisp clean white walls and ceilings, a medium toned wooden floor and accents of grey and wood throughout. Colour will be injected with YARN (of course!), crochet cushions and blankets. I will also be including pieces from other Instagrammers, crafters and artists i admire. I already have my little Curlie from Tiny Curl and wonderful paintings from artists Kyah Wilson and Jacinta Haycock.

Okay, enough about the Craft Studio, scroll down for the big NEWS!! :)

creative space

Here are a couple of shots of my shed that is being transformed into the creative space of my dreams!

awesome craft studio

The timing of my craft studio just could not be better as i begin work on my first book!! Hooray!! I have partnered up with the greatest publisher MeteoorBooks to create a book about crocheting all year round and it is going to be fantastic! I am pouring all of my creative heart and soul into this book and i am certain you will LOVE it! Check out #12monthsofcrochetwithredagape for updates and sneak peaks on Instagram.

Mandy xx

RedAgape Book

 

 

 

Crochet to Calm Book

calming crochet I’ve been published in a proper book! Hooray! I was pretty excited to receive this book from Interweave publishers last week. They asked me, as the founder of @craftastherapy, to write the forward and contribute a simple mandala pattern for this gorgeous book, Crochet to Calm. I am really excited to be part of a book that promotes my philosohpy of #craftastherapy. I’ll be having a book giveaway on Instagram soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Mandy xx crochet to calm bookcrochet book calming