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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:

Cushion cover making

Chose from a variety of fabrics and make your own 40 cm x 40 cm cushion cover. The workshop is suitable for beginners and there are no fiddly zips to fit with the envelope style closure that you will use.

sewing a cushion

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 2 – 8 people (depending upon the craft) when I don’t have any B&B guests booked in.

cushion cover workshop

You will be shown how to do a few basic sewing techniques such as strip quilting, piecing fabrics and appliqué plus other embellishment techniques.

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

sewing a cushion

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 cushion cover 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: 50 cm x 120 cm.

 

Most fabrics can be used but be warned that very fine fabrics are difficult to work with and not particularly suitable for cushion cover manufacture.

If you’d like to visit the Silver Daisy page, please click here.

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Cordelia 2018

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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…

 

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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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