Save the Children Craft Workshop

Pompoms, tassels and Walcot St, Bath

Recently, the Save the Children Bath charity shop kindly invited me to host a workshop in their store where I taught a few lovely people how to make pompoms and tassels. After starting the workshop I was so busy and excited to be making things that I took no more photos, but I did take a few at the start…

Here was the pop-up shop they very kindly allowed me to set up in their front window!

What a riot of colour and texture! I was very excited once the woolly goodness had finished exploding out of my suitcase…

There’s a few chainmail bits and pieces thrown in as well for extra dazzle, and they even let me dress the mannequins! Big thankyous for the Bath branch of Save the Children, for supporting local artists and DIY culture.

Had a really nice afternoon and met some really cool people of all ages. Also had some very interesting conversations – one woman refused to partake in the workshop because as a child she had to darn socks before being allowed outside to play. Because of this, as an adult, she has no time for woolcraft! That is a bit sad to hear, but I can respect where she is coming from.

I also had a lovely conversation with a lady who is looking to take up knitting of an evening instead of drinking wine. Bless! I would recommend. If your hands are busy with the steels it is harder to smoke, drink, or compulsively pull out your hair.

Everything on display is also available through Depop*. I can also ship internationally as needed.


I have so many more shaggy coats available…

Sizing is around 8-16 depending on the style (best to check the measurements I use myself as the mannequin and I am looooooooong and change weights seasonally)

Older workshops – rugging, felting, rope macrame. It’s been nice to have a little trip down memory lane.

*(as of the time of this writing)…

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Finishing the pink phoenix parasol

Cover made, it’s time to finish the brolly

Introducing the parasol I am loosely referring to as the Pink Phoenix. This is because it has risen from the ashes of a boring and broken brown rose print umbrella, and is ready to spread its wings and fly gloriously throughout the summer!

What festivals and fields will it travel to? Will it attend weddings and picnics and parades, sheltering the bearer, gracing them with a delicate dappled sunlight across their shoulders? What will happen when a crocheted wool umbrella visits a beach?

That is the future though. Currently, there are a few bits to finish off. First, I need to strap everything down. The photo below has everything tied in but not tied down.

Once fully stretched with the knots firmly tied, I also tie the cover in the centre at eight points, securely to the ribs. This keeps it taut for when I start to put on edges to attach the fringe.

This bit of fringing was a bit more challenging than usual. Because the wool I was using varied in colour throughout the skein, I didn’t want to put the whitest wool immediately beside the most pink and ruin the pattern.

To solve this, I cut off the pieces in batches and stored them carefully in a row for use throughout the fringing process.

Once fringed, now it’s time to put on tassels. There’s an obvious spot near the tip that has 8 crocheted loops to attach 8 tassels made with the last of the parasol wool.

The very end has a trio of pink pompoms on a string, for extra luxury fluffy nonsense đź’•

After the tassels, it’s time to create the holder! That’s a story for another post though.

Thanks for reading!


Ukulele covers

Previous parasol projects

Support future parasol projects

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The Jellyfish collection

Under the Sea with Kelly Marie!

The latest series of colourful, unique, aquatically inspired crochet for free parties, raves and festivals in general!

It’s probably obvious I have recurring themes. Crochet, nature, technicolours, functionality. This Medusozoa-inspired series is made for beached mermaids that enjoy wild tropical weekends, (or are at least dreaming of wild tropical weekends…..)

As of the time of writing, these little cuties are available to purchase directly from Depop here.

Clockwise from top left; keychain bead, hip flask shoulder bag, denim jacket patch, lighter holder.

Thanks again for reading!


Crocheted tentacle-y creations (for art galleries)

Crocheted tentacle-y creations (for the streets)

Become a patron and support the birth of new and wild creations here.

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Kitty cat bell choker

Crochet choker making

With found art jewellery attachments! I came across a kitty cat bell in a charity shop – this shop in particular had a jar of jewellery odds and ends, bless ’em!

It’s always great to be able to support a store that supports sustainable fashion, and wearable art.

It wasn’t too hard to get the pliers out and sort out the broken links. I’ve used a very large wool needle to attach the metal to the wool.

Thanks goes out again to the Steelmaiden and their partner for teaching me how to work metal linkage better than I have before this year!

If you feel like being an oversized kitty cat, this choker is available via Depop. Meow.


Amigurumi jewellery

Velvet choker and wool pompoms

Support further jewellery developments here.

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Mermaid-y crochet

Tripping the life aquatic

I haven’t finished with shagging jackets yet. My mind swims with potential colour combinations, cuts and patterns. It takes awhile to get the rhythm going for the shag to be lush and fluffy but the results are worth it! And as each one is handmade, they are all one of a kind. The only one of it’s kind on the planet! That exclusivity is truly mind-bending for me sometimes, particularly late at night. Not sure why it has that effect.

After the triptych of shaggy blue and yellow, I felt like a more subdued palette, or maybe just a palette of cooler colours. The latest wearable offering is using up a wide handful of duochromatic blue and green wools I have had kicking around my basket for awhile now.

The blues range from sky blue to navy, and the greens from mildest mint to emerald.

Shaping the treble stitch netting underlayer, particularly around the shoulders and armpits can be a challenge but the template I am working on has a fairly simple way to be worked into the shape and I don’t mind the side drape.

On this particular piece I reinforced the hem of the sleeves, neck, sides and waist to give the netting a more substantial backing.

It’s a cosy duochromatic checkerboard, baby! There’s enough bulk in the wool to give the impression of weight and warmth, but the weave is so open and light that the breeze gets through and air circulates perfectly.

Pretty sure I will keep this one for myself for a late-night psyforest throw/wrap and beach cover up.


More shaggy boleros and shrugs

Crop tops for trippers and lovers

Show the maker some love!

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Mushroom in life for joy đź’–

Putting the FUN in fungi

Pardon all the puns, but I am just so excited about a little collection of Fly Agarics I’ve put together!

There’s the classic red cap, white stem colour combination, and a couple are utilising Alice in Wonderland-style trippy and groovy colours.

I am so happy with this pattern! After the first few tests, the final design has had the bugs worked out and is delightful to wear and use! The cap slides snugly over the top and the pendant is a great distance from the neck to spark the lighter from.

They all scrub up nicely after a hard weekend by simply popping in a bra bag and machine washing on a delicate cycle. If only it was so easy for us all!

Click on the link for the individual colour to purchase via Depop or Etsy:

Red and white

Blue and yellow

Acid green and white

…and also the water bottle holder pictured…

I am definitely available for unique colour combination commissions, don’t hesitate to email with questions! I can also create one-off batches of up to 10 if you are wanting specific colour looks for the squad…

Related magic mushroom crochet

Fairy ring rugs and wall hangings

Amanita muscaria earrings and faerie arc necklaces

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A new crocheted parasol project

Handmaking a crochet umbrella skin

I am not sure if brown-with-a-brown-rose print is a flattering canopy design. It was a lucky sunny day find when I needed a hat, but it is not an especially useful size to keep the rain off either. I still like it though – it is very well made structurally. But it is just, so brown. Earth colours are never flattering with my skin tone and it matches literally nothing in my wardrobe, house or life.

With these facts in mind, it should come as no surprise that I was pretty ambivalent when I noticed that the canopy had started to tear and should be probably retired as an umbrella. But…it would make a beautiful parasol!

Because the body of the umbrella is such good quality, I am very confident that it would be excellent to use as another crocheted parasol base. And I am keen to test out my parasol making skills again! It may be that the first one I had made was a fluke, after all.

This canopy was a gloriously easy one to cut off, there were just a few threads whipped around each rib that a small pair of sharp scissors could reach and snip.

Eight spokes = eight pineapple doily required.

I think it is important in these early stages to get all the stitches in place and ensure that the circle quarters evenly, and those quarters halve again into eighths. Dressmaking and hat pins were teamed up together to keep me on track.

I believe I’ve reached the end of crocheting the cover – now for the stretching, fastening, fringes and tassels. The tips of the pineapples (in orange) juuuuuuust reach the ends of the umbrella, and I will expect they will stretch a bit with use. The last outside chain (in light pink) is where I will attach the wool fringe.

Thanks for reading! Part two of this parasol how-to will be available in the next few weeks.


The previous parasol project

Festival wear through Depop

Support the parasol making arts here, if you can!

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