I am a huge fan of Milla Mia, their yarns are divine to knit with and their patterns are fabulous and just the right blend between stylish and practical. They have just released a series of cushion designs around a love theme and with Valentine’s Day next month and Mother’s Day in March, the timing is perfect. Better yet, the patterns are all free for a limited time!
There are 3 cushions in the range which use colour work, both fairisle and intarsia, to make the pattern. One of my New Years knitty resolutions was to conquer my fear of colour work and these may be just the excuse I was looking for. The cushion samples are knitted in a bold modern colour palette featuring Midnight, Fuchsia, Daisy and Lilac Blossom although I think they would also look great in more subtle and traditional colours. There are over 20 colours in the original Milla Mia yarn so you’re bound to find something that you love.
All the designs are finished with a simple button back so that the cushion pad can be removed for washing. The patterns are all available to download on Ravelry at the following locations:
Alternatively, we can supply you with a hard copy of the patterns when you purchase your yarn, feel free to come and talk to us about this.
If a cushion seems a bit too big an undertaking, there is also a candle warmer in the collection. This is a perfect introduction before tackling one of the bigger pieces or as a way to use up some leftover yarn.
I also think this would make a great coffee cup cosy as a quick knit gift for a significant other.
It’s a tough call but I think my favourite design is the Sweet Heart Cushion, I love the detailing on the back although I’d probably use a brighter colour for the contrast, possible Peacock. Which design would you choose?
Last week I took you through a summary of the beginners classes that we offer. If you missed it, you can catch up here. This week, I thought I’d provide details of the other crochet classes that we run. We are very lucky to work with Denise from Peeko Crochet for our classes. Denise is a very experienced tutor and an expert in all things crochet from amigurumi to Tunisian lace!
This class is the follow up to Beginners Crochet allowing you to use the stitches you learnt in new ways. The Granny Square is probably the most well known crochet design and is used in everything from blankets to cushions. It has a real shabby chic vibe making it perfect for use in vintage inspired projects or make it modern by changing to a funky, bright colour scheme.
The class will also cover other shapes based on the same principle. How about a Granny Heart or Triangle? If you’re feeling inspired we still have a few places available this Saturday afternoon from 2-4:30, places cost £30.
Next Steps Crochet
If you’ve seen a fabulous pattern but are struggling with the instructions, this is the perfect class for you. Bring along your pattern and stitch queries and have them solved. From the basics of amigurumi to a complex shawl, we can help. This class is designed so that you can attend it more than once and still learn something new each time.
Have you ever seen a really long crochet hook and wondered what it is for? This class will solve that mystery and more! Tunisian Crochet is a sort of crochet-knitting hybrid, on one row you work multiple stitched on to the hook and then on the next row you work them off again.
The resulting fabric is something quite unique in its own right. This class is suitable for those who have never tried Tunisian Crochet before as well as those who already have some knowledge and want to learn different stitches or how to follow a pattern.
If your New Years resolution is to learn a new skill or to develop an existing one, we are able to help. We offer a wide range of courses in our purpose built classroom which is well equipped with everything you might need. All our classes have a maximum of 6 participants (5 for sewing machine classes) which means there is plenty of 1 to 1 help available. The £30 fee for beginner classes includes all materials as well as light refreshments. Crafting always goes better with cake! All workshops can be booked online using the links below or by giving us a call on 0121 314 6888.
Introduction to Knitting
Ever wondered how two sticks and some string can be used to produce so many intricate designs? Come to this workshop and start your knitting journey but beware, it’s addictive! This class is suitable for children aged 8+ as well as adults so why not have a family afternoon out while learning this traditional skill.
Beginners Machine Sewing
If Santa bought you a sewing machine but you’re not quite ready to take it out of the box, this is the class for you. We cover how to set up and use a sewing machine as well as what to do if things go wrong. By the end of the class you will have made your first project, a lovely tote bag.
Beginners Free Machine Embroidery
Learn to use your sewing machine to draw with thread. Whether you have never tried free machine embroidery before or have tried and struggled, this class will provide you with lots of inspiration. You will learn a wide variety of techniques and produce samples of each one. There is only 1 space left on the class in January so book quickly to avoid being disappointed.
Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting
If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own patchwork masterpieces, this is the perfect place to start. We will create a 9 patch mini quilt covering all the techniques from piecing to binding. Learn some clever tips to make your life easier and understand all the terminology that goes with quilting.
Crochet is a wonderful skill that can be used to make everything from toys to blankets. Whether you’re learning the basics for the first time or just in need of a refresher this class will teach you all you need to get started. Left or right handed, no problem, our tutor knows lots of crochet styles to get everyone going. As this is one of our most popular workshops, places fill up fast so I recommend booking early.