July 13, 2020

Inspiration

At the Festival of Quilts in August, the Crea team met some truly inspiring quilters. Among them was American art quilter Susanne Miller Jones, who created (and curated!) an amazing international display called ‘Fly Me to the Moon’. Here she shares the story of her own quilting journey and how the exhibition came into being. When did you first start...
Although it’s hard to believe, it’s already that time of the year where you have to start thinking about what to knit for Christmas! If you like to knit or crochet gifts for people, this is the time to start. We know you’re not in the festive mood yet, but it’s best to get it done in advance rather...
It’s official! The Guinness World Record for the longest crochet scarf has gone to… South Africa, who have beaten India, the former holders of what’s called the “Wool Cup”. Volunteers were asked to crochet 20-cm squares (with a max hook size of 6.5mm), which they then joined to make 20 x 200-cm scarves to meet GWR requirements. Stitched together,...
10th August saw a happy Crea team at the annual Festival of Quilts in Birmingham – rightly billed as ‘Europe’s Ultimate Quilting Destination’. It was a completely inspiring event – whether your style preference is contemporary, classic, vintage, Japanese indigo, figurative, graphic or beyond – with magnificent displays from world-class textile artists through to accomplished 7-year-olds. Among the highlights was the...
If you’ve been flicking through some fashion magazines lately, or scrolling through celebrities’ Instagram pages, you might have noticed that crochet swimwear is the BIG thing this summer. Crochet bikinis and swimsuits are absolutely everywhere – they are being sold in the big name high street shops and even celeb royalty like Kylie Jenner has been rocking the fashion. If...
To commemorate the fact that the wonderful British summertime has finally arrived, we’ve launched our brand new range of summer yarns! In a range of beautiful summer colours, our quality yarn is available in Duck Egg, Grass Green, Fuchsia, Lilac and more. These yarns are a great everyday double knitting yarn on 3.5mm needles, suitable for a range of projects. The...
Once you get into knitting and crochet it doesn’t take long to build up a stash of yarn. Much of your stash will be yarn leftover from projects but you may also have a few balls of what might be described as ‘impulse buys’ – those yarns that were just too gorgeous to resist! Before you know it, the...
Here at CreaCrafts HQ we love to hear about any knitting that’s being done for a good cause. So we were very interested in Bobby Buddies – a knitting project that’s the initiative of Dorset Police. Bobby Buddies are knitted teddies that will be carried in police patrol cars so that they can be used to comfort any children...
When we talk about wool most of us are probably thinking of yarn spun from the fleeces of sheep. However, not all animal fibres come from sheep; you can obtain yarn from a wide range of creatures. Here we’re going to look at some of the more interesting ones. Alpaca yarn These members of the camel family originate in South America...
In the Knit & Stitch Creative Summer Party Special, you’ll have received the yarn to make a gorgeous, light-as-air, lacy shawl – plus the beads and sequins to decorate it. We’ve asked the designer of the shawl (and the beautiful corsages) – Mel Porter – about how she goes about creating her patterns. When you’ve been commissioned to come up...

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