Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Have you ever though about combining a stay at a B&B with learning a new skill … or perhaps you and some friends are looking for a relaxing crafting weekend break?

Visit the Silver Daisy page for more crafting options or browse the Stay & Craft theme but here I’m going to highlight one option:

Lampshade making

Lampshade workshop

Chose from a variety of fabrics* and make your own 20cm or 30cm diameter lampshade. The 20cm size is ideal for a bedside or table lamp and the 30 cm would be ideal for a larger table lamp or for the ceiling fitting.

lampshade workshop

If you stay locally and wish to attend crafting sessions with friends, please email me to discuss your dates, numbers and requirements. I’m also happy to arrange crafting sessions with afternoon tea for groups of 4 – 8 people (depending upon the craft) when I don’t have any B&B guests booked in.

crafting workshop

You can opt to do lampshade making as a single session or you could choose lampshade making as one of your options on the Mix ‘n’ Match weekend course.

Details about prices and how to book can be found on the Silver Daisy page.

*If you’d prefer to bring your own fabric so that you make a shade that better matches your decor then you are welcome to do so. You will need to bring a piece of fabric larger than the following minimum size:

20cm diameter lampshade: 645 mm x 220 mm

30cm diameter lampshade: 970 mm x 255 mm

lampshade workshop

Most fabrics can be used but be warned that heavy fabrics and those that fray easily are extremely difficult to work with, I use cotton and polycotton quilting fabrics in the workshops.

You may also be interested in sessions run by other crafters in the area who also make lampshades:

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Cordelia 2018

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Balkissock Black Faced Sheep Hats

How would you like to knit one of these lovely hats for your friends or family?


I’ve been knitting some hats as gifts for family for Christmas and to also sell at the Christmas Fair. You could make either a hat with a turned over ribbed band or a beanie.

I guess it doesn’t really matter what colours you use but to get the Balkissock Black-Faced Sheep ‘look’ you’ll need to use a creamy white and a charcoal grey.


Yarn used: Drops Karisma (DK) 100% wool

Finished size: 50-58cm (20-23 inches) circumference. (Please note that the finished ‘stretched’ size will mostly be determined by how tightly you pull your trailing yarns behind the pattern which could restrict the expansion of the finished hat).

Needle size: 4mm circular needle (alternatively use 4 or 5 DPNs).

Weights required: approx. 100g (total, excluding pompom which will take about 15-25g depending upon how big you make it!).

So that you can decide whether you have sufficient yarn of each colour, the following quantities were used in making this version (approx weights): Blue (35g), Green (10g), Light Grey (30g), Dark Grey (5g) and Cream (15g).

 Free knitting pattern

Pattern: teenager/adult size

Cast on 120 stitches using your own preferred method.

Rib 26 rows (I do 2×2 rib but feel free to chose your own option) (rib 8-12 rows only for a beanie).

Next row: Begin following the gridded pattern that you will need to repeat once per row to give you 120 stitches:

You will end up with 12 stitches on the needles. Cut the wool leaving approx. 20cm tail. Thread onto a darning needle. Thread through the 12 stitches in a circle and pull gently until the hole closes up. Go through the stitches twice more and then fasten off.

Weave in all loose ends.

Make and attach pompo.

Pattern (Child 4-10 years) 

I’m busy writing a child’s version of the pattern and I’ll add it here in the next couple of weeks.

If you don’t have time to make one yourself, perhaps your resident yarn botherer will help you out!!


If you would like an Excel version of the pattern grid, please email me and I’ll send you a copy.

There are lots of patterns out there so it’s taken me a while to look through them to make sure that I haven’t accidentally copied someone else’s as they’re all quite similar but if you think that I may have, please do let me know so that I can rectify the situation. It’s quite difficult to actually design a small pattern that’s different to others! Any similarity is purely co-incidental and no copyright infringement is intended.


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Temperature update

Just a quick update on the temperature afghan:

Temperature afghan

… too much yellow and green but I do love it:

Granny squares

I’m definitely going to do another one next year but I think that I’ll make the temperature bands a little smaller. I’m using 4 degree intervals at present but as can be seen the weather has hovered between 5C and 8C an awful lot!!

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2016

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I don’t often go to Glasgow; I’m happiest in the countryside, but today, after serving breakfast, I headed to the craft and quilting exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow.

glasgow, secc
The sun was shining and I probably spent way too much on fabric and wool and card and beads…..!

I just couldn’t resist these wonderful designs…

sheep, fabric

Glasgow is about 1.5 to 2hrs away from Balkissock by car depending upon traffic and which area of the city you’re heading to.

secc, clydeport, glasgow
In addition to the SECC, Glasgow has many museums, galleries and iconic buildings to visit so why not try to add a day trip to Glasgow when you visit Balkissock?

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2016

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Happy New Year!

This year I have decided to crochet a Temperature Afghan using these gorgeous colours…


temperature afghan 2016 colours
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Then read on…

The first temperature afghans that I saw were knit or crocheted in stripes…


screenshot from Pinterest
[screenshot from Pinterest]
You select a range of colours of yarn and allocate a temperature (or range of temperatures) to each colour. Check the forecast (or your thermometer) each day to find out the maximum temperature and work one row in that colour. Unless you live somewhere exotic where the temperature is the same every day, at the end of the year you should have a beautiful multi-coloured blanket at the end of the year.


These are my colours:

White: background and below 0C

Blue: 1-4C

Green: 5-8C

Yellow: 9-12C

Orange: 13-16C

Raspberry: 17-20C

Purple: over 20C
Edit: I’ve ordered a pale blue to cover -5 to 0C and a pale yellow to cover over 25C (which will probably get used once!!).
I’m not really into stripes so I have decided to make coloured squares and to make it even more colourful, I’ve decided to record the nighttime low temperature (the colour in the centre) and the daytime high temperature (the flower itself).

Squares however have caused me a bit of an issue as 366 squares don’t sew together to make a square or a rectangle! To accommodate this I’m doing 14 all-white squares to put between the months (with an extra one between June/July) making a total of 380 squares (19 x 20 rows).

A disadvantage is that its difficult to buy sufficient yarn when you don’t know how much you’ll need so I’ve deliberately over-bought. I love the colours and I’ll make something nice in a year’s time with what’s left.

I’ll post pictures now and again of my progress.

Let me know if you’re also doing a Temperature Afghan 2016 as I’d love to see them.

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I’ve been making a few more little jumpers to send to South Africa.

I’m thinking of leaving some wool and needles in the guest lounge and inviting guest knitters to do a few rows whilst they’re here … what do you think?

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

Bring your needles or I can supply some for you!

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Nice little surprise

A parcel arrived in the post today … imagine my surprise to find enclosed two tiny Fish and Chip baby vests to add to the collection.

Thank you very much Bridget, they’re beautiful.

More information about the Fish and Chip baby vests can be found here.

Cordelia (c) 2015

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