Our crochet flower bouquet for British Flower Week is growing by the day. Today we’re giving away the pattern for making this cute loopy petal flower. This flower is crocheted with one central motif with two rounds of different-coloured loopy petals added separately.


Loopy Petals Flower

50g balls (155m/170yd) of DMC Natura Just Cotton, one in each of Rose Layette 06 (A), Agatha 44 (B) and Terracotta 40 (C), or similar yarn (4ply-weight 100% cotton)

7cm (2¾in)


Base ring: With yarn A and 3mm hook, 8ch, ss to form ring.

Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 21tr into ring, ss into third of 3ch, fasten off. (22tr)

Round 2: With yarn B, join yarn in any st, [8ch, skip 1 st, ss into next st] eleven times, make last ss into same st as you joined this colour.

Round 3: 10dc into each 8ch-sp for eleven petals, ss into first dc, fasten off.

Round 4: With yarn C, working behind first round of petals, join yarn in any unused st of pink centre, [12ch, ss into next free st of pink centre] eleven times, make last ss into same st as you joined this colour.

Round 5: [5dc, 5htr, 5dc] into each 12ch-sp for eleven petals, ss into first dc, fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

flower boquet

More crochet flower patterns:

British Flower Week, Day 1
British Flower Week, Day 2
British Flower Week, Day 3

Tomorrow it’s over to Mollie Makes again, who will reveal yet another crochet flower pattern in celebration of British flowers.

how to crochet

This project is designed by Emma Lamb and is extracted from How to Crochet by Mollie Makes, published by Pavilion. Available from all good bookshops and online from the Pavilion Book Store.



As a part of the Freehand Fashion blog tour, Commissioning Editor Amy and Marketer & Publicist Frida each took on the challenge of making a garment from Chinelo Bally’s new book, ready for inspection at the book’s official launch at the Fashion & Textile Museum on the 12th November.

Freehand Fashion

Amy: I decided to make the box top because I find it hard to find tops that I like with long sleeves. I worked quite closely with Chinelo on the book and I’ve seen her whip up quite a few garments in very short spaces of time. I have been sewing for a few years and have made garments from traditional patterns – how hard could it be?!  Frida, what made you choose to make the maxi skirt?

Frida: I’m a beginner sewist, so the simple but yet so stylish maxi skirt was the perfect Freehand Fashion project for me. I had some amazing purple ribbed silk fabric from Cloth House that I had bought in the sale that fitted the bill. As it’s ribbed, and as the pieces were cut out from a semi-circle, it meant I got a nice effect of horizontal stripes at the front transforming into vertical stripes at the back. Amy, the fabric on your top is lovely, what is it?

Amy: I used an Atelier Brunette viscose fabric from M is for Make. I have used their viscose fabric before and knew that it would be really easy to sew with. The box top is based on the dress block, so my first job was to record all of the required measurements. It is definitely worth taking your time over this bit – without a pattern you are really relying on these measurements!

http://www.oalth.gr/help-me-with-my-college-essay/ Help Me With My College Essay Frida: The maxi skirt is based on the flare block. The measuring part was really easy, as I only had to measure my waist and how long I wanted the skirt. Then, some simple π calculations and off I went. Don’t let the maths put you off though, it’s all written out step-by-step and very easy.

Freehand Fashion box top

Amy: Next came the scary bit – using my measurements to cut out the pieces! I did this straight on to my fabric and although it was a bit nervewracking, it was also quite exciting. How did you find this bit Frida?

Frida: Piece of cake! No, but the folding and cutting part for the flare block was pretty straightforward. I just made sure to press the folded fabric thoroughly before cutting. As my fabric is quite sheer, I also decided to add a lining, cut out the same way as the main fabric.

http://fmindesign.in/fast-custom-essay-writing-service/ Fast Custom Essay Writing Service Amy: One of my first jobs was to put in the invisible zip. I had done this before, but this time I used Chinelo’s method from the techniques section, and it worked brilliantly! I will definitely be using this again. Putting the lining in was a little bit tricky, as I had to work on the garment inside out for quite a while before turning it the right side out. But when I did turn it out, it magically seemed to come together, and I love the way all the seams are hidden away inside the lining.

Freehand Fashion maxi skirt

Frida: I had to do an invisible zip too for my skirt. Chinelo’s technique is really straightforward. The only problem is that my zip isn’t very invisible, but I blame the floppiness of the fabric for this. As the waistband turned out quite flimsy, I’m planning to re-do it, so might try to improve on the zip too while I’m at unpicking it anyway. Did you have any particular bits that you were struggling with?

Amy: Cutting out the sleeves was the hardest part of making the top. Chinelo’s advice is to spend some time practicing this with a bodice block, and I think she’s right, and I will be trying that before I make another top. I got my sleeves to fit, although they are not quite as perfect as I would like. Overall I am really pleased with the finished top, and will definitely be having another go at some freehand fashion. I am looking forward to being a bit more adventurous and designing my own dress – once I’ve practiced those sleeves.

Frida: I’m also very pleased with my skirt. The project was just right for me as a beginner, and experienced sewists who wants a quick sewing project will also love this. It’s so stylish and I’ll be wearing it for a wedding later this month. I love wearing skirts and can’t wait to make a few more experimenting with different fabrics and skirt lengths.

Don’t miss out on the next stop of the Freehand Fashion blog tour tomorrow: A Stitching Odyssey making the Hi-low top.

Find out more about Freehand Fashion here.

Freehand Fashion blog tour

Dissertation Doctorate Thursday 12th November • English Girl at Home

Their Homework Friday 13th November • Pavilion Craft

Saturday 14th November • A Stitching Odyssey

Sunday 15th November • The Fold Line

Order History Papers Monday 16th November • Lady Sew a Lot

Tuesday 17th November • Almond Rock

Essays On The Value Of Public Service Wednesday 18th November • House of Pinheiro

NeedleFeltChickenFamilyMake beautiful chicken decorations for Easter with this free project from Mollie Makes: Feathered Friends. Chickens come in all shapes, sizes and shades. This colourful little family is fun and quick to make – the proud rooster and the broody hens each take about 2-3 hours. Be inventive and create a wacky hair-do for your rooster and use unusual colours for your own rare breeds. Designed by Gretel Parker.

You’ll find this felted feathered family and other birds to make in Mollie Makes Feathered Friends, available from good bookshops and online at store.pavilionbooks.com.

Click here to download PDF.

Cows, sheep, little fluffy lambs, horses, pigs, turkeys and other knitted farm favourites all gathered together at The Knitted Farm at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show earlier this month. The installation and competition was organised in conjunction with Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne’s new book Knit Your Own Farm (RRP £12.99). We went down to meet the animals and of course to find out which prime specimens had been awarded Best in Show.

It was a very busy few days at the knitted farm, but the animals remained calm throughout the show:


And now to the Best in Show winners! 1st prize went to Deborah Ireland’s knitted turkey:


2nd prize went to Anne Zoyroydi’s knitted pig and piglet:


3rd prize went to Gillian Earle’s knitted horse:


The animals were judged based on innovation and execution by the Knit Your Own farm authors and the show organisers. Apart from the honour and glory of taking home the sought-after Best in Show rosette, the winners were awarded with prizes from Black Sheep Wools.

Felt queen Gillian Harris (a.k.a. Gilliangladrag) has invented the fluffiest of wooltop pompoms ever. We’ve borrowed the instructions from her blog so that you too can make one of these amazingly soft and furry pompoms. And they’re quick to make too!





Start with just ONE tiny metre of merino wooltops (usually used for felting or spinning.) And a pompom maker! That’s all! ANY wool tops will do – but here I used our house blend “Phantasmagorical” (£4.80 for 100g will make about 4 pompoms!)


Split the merino wooltop length in half lengthways and wrap half around the left side of the pompom maker and half around the right side, tucking in the ends. It’s so fluffy and bulky – that’s all you’ll need :-)


Secure the pompom maker and then start to snip! All the way around. As you do – the pompom will magically come to life!


Next, secure the new furry wooltop pompom with some strong string and tie it REALLY REALLY tightly. I used our candy twist twine here:


Carefully release your new fabulous pompom…


It’s the furriest, quickest, most fabulous pompom ever! Ever so soft and really LUSH!


The last thing to do is give it a trim (my favourite bit) – and then it’s ready to hang! Imagine a Christmas tree full of these :-)


(Or adorn your favourite hat! Here I used our Red Merino with Pink Tussah Silk Blend) The possibilities are endless…


Let’s all get wooltop pompom making immediately! :-) )))))


Project instructions by Gillian Harris, originally posted on gilliangladrag.blogspot.co.uk.

We’re counting down the days to Christmas and to help you get into the festive spirit, we’ve created an advent calendar full of goodies. Join us over at the Pavilion Books website every day for 1st December to Christmas Eve for scrumptious recipes, fun book videos, Christmas craft projects, book give-aways and much more.


On a sunny autumn day we decided it was time to fill up on some design inspiration and set out on a Typography Walk à la Paper Only. Armed with a camera, we put our imaginary graphic design goggles on and let the typography lead the way. Here’s what we caught on camera.






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 What you need:


1. Start where you are right now. In no more than 3 minutes, find five examples of interesting typography that you are attracted to. Notice the specific design details in each of the letters and fonts and make a mental note of which shapes you like best. Imagine you’re putting on a special pair of graphic design glasses that make typography stand out from everything else.

2. Grab your coat and a camera and head off down the street. Don’t plan a route for your walk – let the typography lead the way. From packaging and advertising to shop signs and architectural brickwork, follow the typographic trail from one example to the next, taking photos when you find elements you like.

3. When you’ve seen enough, go home and print out your photos. Arrange them in a sketchbook and think about how you could use your photographic fragments as a starting point for a design.

For ways to apply your newly acquired typography ideas, check out Paper Only by The Papered Parlour, from which the above instructions are extracted.



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