Friday, 26 December 2014

A lovely surprise

What a surprise and a brilliant Christmas present! Kathryn Vercillo has very kindly given our blog one of her awards this year.

Thank you very much for the recognition and for giving me the opportunity to explain how the free form fascination has happened.: I taught Vicky how to crochet but since she took it up professionally I have learned more from her than she ever learned from me. It is lovely for a parent to learn from a child. A few years ago she started sending me images of other people's beautiful free form and I was hooked ( sorry I keep doing this). 
As a sort of celebration I thought I would show you my favourite free form. There are lots of reasons I like it: I like the colours , I like its three dimensional texture, I like the fact that it is made from patches and some parts are directly crocheted on to the fabric but most of all I like it because Vicky and I made it together. At one particular show I would put it down and she would pick it up and vice versa.

Barnacles or sea anemomes
 Roses flowers and hexagons.
 The edging here was crocheted directly to the piece.
 No free form is complete without spirals and bullions
These are patches in waiting.
Isn't this an interesting effect? Looks three dimensional but is actually flat.

When you win an award it is traditional to say thank you to lots of people so we should thank all the people who have supported us: My dad and his partner( average age 94) who buy us yarn and suggest ideas for new projects. Graham for helping us set up and take down a stall and spinning some lovely yarn, Matthew for his honest and (usually) encouraging opinions. Stuart for looking after Ben and Danny when we are at fairs and shows, and Dot for learning to crochet so she could help. Above all thank you to the people who buy the things we make. And of course Ben and Danny who are our inspiration.


  1. Congratulations on your very well deserved award, for all your hard work and creative ideas!
    Have thouroughly enjoyed reading about all your fabulous designs and gazing at your colourful and inspirational pictures!
    Hope to see much more of your cool creations in the coming year!
    Ali x

  2. Thank you very much I am sure there will be more crochet, I have had a few days away from it and I am beginning to get withdrawal symptoms already. I hope you and yours have a happy and peaceful new year.