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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Crochet Days in Dorset 2016

Come along to the lovely Dorset Countryside….

…..And learn to crochet in a weekend or Improve your crochet skills in 2016
Ali will be running 2 great crochet workshops from her Crochet Classroom in North Dorset in 2016, so either come along and

Learn more…..

This will be a great weekend getaway, where you and like minded crochetbeginners or improvers can learn in a totally crochet inspired classroom – probably the only dedicated crochet classroom in the UK!
Beginners will learn all the basics, “warts ‘n’ all” including the “knitty gritty”stuff, plus tricks of the trade and cheats.
Learn how to….011b55ede2c71004e7d4685ee2b40efd3383ca9a5c
  • make foundation chain
  • crochet with straight edges
  • crochet in the round
  • make pot holders
  • make traditional granny squares
  • change colour expertly and
  • lots more!
By the end of the course you’ll be crocheting fluently & with confidence, reading patterns and hooking like a pro!!

Be Inspired

or Improvers can simply get better!

On the improvers course, you can bring along that project you’ve been struggling with and get help with pattern reading.  Get that WIP out and come along and
Have fun with…..Photo 2
  • Learning new stitches
  • Mastering a new technique
  • Improve your Increasing and Decreasing
  • Learn how to read symbols charts
  • Have a go at C2C
  • Amigurumi – learn how to invisibly decrease and
  • lots more

Both courses will…

run from 10am on the Saturday & Sunday until 4pm, giving you time to go for a lovely countryside stroll alongthe trailway, before going back to your B&B to freshen up for supper.
On Saturday evening, we shall all meet up at the local pub, where we can enjoy a glass of wine or a G&T and have something to eat whilst discussing all things woolly!  A great excuse to crochet all weekend!
All courses are taught by the highly talented Ali Campbell, who has taught hundreds if not thousands of people to crochet in both Surrey & Dorset.  She has also designed and written patterns for both UK & US books and magazines and is highly sought after for her colourful works of crochet art.IMG_3171

If you need to stay over, local B&B’s are:

The Willows –  Which is a short walk down the trailway or the main road to the Crochet Classroom.
(more to follow)
Hook the weekend away


The price of the course is £120 for both days.  This will include unlimited tea or coffee, cake, biscuits and lunch on both days.  You will also be taking home tuition sheets & patterns  used.  If you do need to stay in our lovely county your B&B will be bookable & payable by the pupil, however, if you do need help then please do ask!  The Saturday Night meal & drink at the local pub will also be charged for sperately.

Find my classroom…

Shillingstone is located in North Dorset and is easy to get to from most directions.  By car or train, it’s not that far away!   Simply pop this postcode DT11 0SL into your directions finder or sat nav to see.

When will it be?

  • Beginners 9th & 10th April

  • Improvers 12th & 13th March

How do I book?

Contact Ali Campbell on 01258 860 124 or campbellmac44@gmail.com, as you will need to complete a booking form.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Childrens Crochet Party

I had a booking for a Childrens Crochet Party the other week

So I put balloons on the gate with my usual, colourful "Crochet Classes Here" sign

I borrowed colourful cups and plates & bought some stripy drinking straws

Along with a load of cup cakes

And chocolate bars

I put colourful balls of wool and some crochet hooks in a basket

And made sure that my classroom was looking lovely

I also added to their 5 a day by making fruit juice cocktails

And when they arrived it was smiles all around

As they threaded lots of beads onto their wool.

and starte to make chains

Very long ones too!

We all made lovely beaded bracelets and necklaces

All the girls got goody bags to take home, along with what they had made and their ball of wool & a crochet hook.

Saturday 10th October 2o15Hi AliThank you so much for yesterday. Katie had a great time and can’t wait to return. She has been crocheting all day today! The girls loved the food and the fact that they could take their hooks and wool home. They were especially impressed by the room! Thank you for going to so much trouble.See you soonLouise 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

September is taken over by Crochet Mania!

Do you remember this Crochet duckling that I made in the summer?  Did I have a premonition that it would have been made for a purpose?  Well I must have done as Daffy was the only survivor of a last & final hatch and needed a friend.


My friend "up North" wanted a storage saver bag & she posted a photo on pinterest.  Could I resist the challenge?  No of course not!

So I used up my leftover super chunky yarns by DMC Natura XL and came up with this.

Don't ask me for the patter as I didn't write it down.  I just made it up as I went.

Homework for week 2 at Sherborne Crochet Workshop was to make a jar cosy

Didnt they do well?

I rewarded them with making Granny Squares in week 3

And here they are concentrating on reading their patterns.

The same went for my class in Week 3 taught from my classroom in Shillingstone

Granny Squares!

Here's some I made earlier.

Again the concentration is there

 In my last ever workshop for Sparrow UK we played around with some T-Shirt Yarn and all came up with these lovely storage bowls 

It was so different to use such a super chunky yarn and a very large hook.

I have saved the best till last.  My lovely AR, who doesn't like colour, made this rainbow blanket for her grandaughters

I am so proud of her  *big smiley face*

I have been busy, busy, busy with organising the Coach Trip to the London Knit & Stitch show, which is now only 10 days away, taking private classes & getting ready for my workshops in October which will be held from both Shillingstone & Blandford next month.

No rest for the wicked as they say!

No wonder I am so chilled as Crochet is so stress relieving!! LOL

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Summer of 2015 & more....

As you know, I had to take this summer of, due to a leg operation, however I didn't daudle, I was busier than ever, but without the teaching side of things.

I was busy designing for myself & for books & magazines.

The work kept on flowing in nicely.

My other hobby is hatching & also keeping (I have 7) Indian Runner Ducks, so I wrote up a pattern for a crochet version.

 Do you like my new Crochet Bag?  I have to take lots of bits and bobs plus books etc to classes, so this bag, made for my by Kitty Stitches (see twitter) is perfect.
As soon as I saw the material, which looks just like Granny Squares, I was hooked!

This new book, by DK publishing, is one of the books that I have designed 2 patterns for.  A lovely wrap around (figure of 8) scarf & a mens tie.

A new wool shop has popped up locally, so I didn't waste any time in offering my services to teach Crochet there.  Class start on the 5th October, so contact 01258 488542 to book your place.

Baby Hexagon a Day
My CAL is still being worked on, when I get some spare hooking time!

It's looking good so far.  I must tally up how many I have made.

I practised some new techniques over the Summer too, like C2C

And Hairpin Crochet, so that I could teach them when my classes started again.

I love the different "effect" that this technique has to offer

I started a new beginners class in Sherborne in September

 And also a new Improvers class in Shaftesbury too

I so love to teach Crochet!

A new book (one of several ) arrived in the post 

I wore the ring that I designed for Inside Crochet Magazine too!

I also took a one off 4 hour improvers class at Sherborne, as I hadn't been able to do my regulary weekly stint, which was well attended.

This lovely hooker, came to class claiming that she couldn't read patterns.  I gave her a copy of my book "Crochet for Begninners who want to Improve" and left her to it.  She made this flower all by herself & has now started to make the socks!!

Some lovely colours chosen by another pupil, to make a cushion cover

And last but not least, Sarah made this amazing Granny Square blanket over the summer.

On top of all of this going on I have also been busy organising the Coach Trip to the London Knit & Stitch Show.

There's going to be a raffle & an on board Auction as well as a quiz & a sing a long!!

Here are just some of the gifts donated + there are more to come, like a meal for two at Dikes & some hand made & dyed yarn from Sparrow UK to name a few more items.

Companies and individual's have been very generous. 

All funds raised will go to Age Concern North Dorset Befrienders

More soon folks