January 19, 2019
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On the first day of December, it was wet and windy outside, but inside a Grade I listed building in Bloomsbury, London, the Crea team were fortunate enough to be sampling the magic of the Selvedge Winter Fair. In textile and craft terms, it felt like Cinderella arriving at the ball – and here are some reasons why… Selvedge magazine...
The countdown has begun… it’s exactly four weeks until Christmas day! Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone who knits, or you want to make some Christmassy items for your own home, our new Festive Special is perfect for you. The star of this 16-page magazine is the red sequinned stocking that features on the front cover. Included with the...
Today is international men’s day and to celebrate it we thought we would talk to Instagram-famous knitter Birger Berge! He’s from Norway and he has amassed over 25,000 followers on Instagram. It’s great to see a male knitter who has become so popular and makes some beautiful garments, so we had a chat with him about knitting and why he...
With Thanksgiving coming up we thought it would be nice to show how you can make some autumn-inspired knitted leaves. Leaves make attractive embellishments for garments, soft furnishings and accessories. Add a single leaf as a decoration or group leaves together to form a striking display. The leaf motif featured here is simple to work. Starting at the lower edge,...
Tape yarn (also known as ribbon yarn) isn’t like the yarns that we’re used to – it’s not made up of strands of fibre that have been spun together, instead it’s a narrow strip of fabric. In fact, a lot of the tape yarns that you can buy are actually long narrow tubes of fabric that have been made...
At the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia in March, the Crea team discovered and spread the word about this very special project devised, set up, co-ordinated and curated by Helen Birmingham, owner of Untangled Threads. The aim is to celebrate the healing power of craft while commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of the First...
Many of you who came to the Knitting & Stitching Show asked us when you could get your hands on that adorably cute dog draught excluder… well today’s the day! You can make this jolly striped sausage dog with our new kit which gives you all of the yarn you need. The pattern is included along with two 50g balls...
To start with, it’s probably a good idea to define what is meant by natural and synthetic yarns. A natural yarn is one derived from a living organism – and that can be a plant or an animal – while a synthetic yarn is made from fibres that have been created by a chemical process. Examples of natural fibres...
You may have read in our recent blog that we are going to have a stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show this week. From the 10thto the 14that Alexandra Palace, we will be showcasing our makes, giving you a chance to talk to some of our designers and enter our competition to win a £300 John Lewis gift voucher! On...
Her Textile Stories At the Festival of Quilts in August, the Crea Team were thrilled to meet artist Ruth Singer, who was exhibiting her hugely original art and heritage project, ‘Criminal Quilts’ – textiles inspired by the stories of women held in the UK’s Staffordshire Prison from 1877 to 1917. ‘Criminal Quilts’ began with a commission from Shire Hall Gallery (now closed) in...

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