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We can’t resist these ultra-bright shades in the Barisienne yarn range from Bergère de France. Perfect for making colourful – and unmissable – autumn projects!

www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

Find out more about the Knitting & Stitching Show at www.twistedthread.com

Inside Crochet meets designer Vanessa Mooncie, author of Crocheted Wild Animals, who will be appearing at the Knitting & Stitching Show this month.

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Win! Tickets for Christmas Craft Show ➻ If you’re dreaming of a handmade Christmas, visit Crafts for Christmas and Hobbycrafts at the SECC, Glasgow from 24–27 October and at the NEC, Birmingham from 7–10 November. To book tickets please visit www.ichfevents. co.uk or call 01425 277988. We’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away for each of the shows. To enter the draw, simply answer the following question: ICHF Events also organizes the Craft Hobby & Stitch International Show to be held next February. What is the venue for this event? Send your answers by 16 October 2013 to competitions@tailormadepublishing. co.uk. Please include your full name, postal address and telephone number and state whether you’d prefer Birmingham or Glasgow.

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New season, new hat! ➻ The latest in the “20 to Make” series from Search Press is Crocheted Beanies by Frauke Kiedaisch, £4.99, which shows just how versatile the classic beanie hat is. Each design incorporates interesting variations and extra details to make each hat look quite unique, so whatever look you want, there’s a pattern to suit.

Where do you call home? I live with my husband, Damian Mooncie, who is a sculptor, and three of my four children in the former home of Virginia Woolf, in the lovely rural Sussex village of Firle, looking out towards the South Downs Way. How long have you been crocheting? I was taught to crochet as a child by my Mum and Nana. They showed me how to make squares, which I turned into blankets and cushions for my dolls. I collect old sewing, knitting and crochet patterns and it was when browsing through these and spotting some vintage doily patterns that I was inspired to pick up a hook and yarn again around ten years ago. Is crochet your main career? Crochet is a passion, as is knitting and textile design. I also work as a silkscreen artist, although more recently I have been working with GMC producing a range of books which cover a variety of creative disciplines. Have you always worked in the creative industry? After leaving college I worked in retail. Then, when we started a family, I worked from home doing various things, all in the creative field. I created a small range of childrenswear, designed and painted wooden jigsaw puzzles, then worked in commercial interior design. When my youngest child started school I began selling fabric corsages, which led to creating knitted and crocheted jewellery. What will you be doing at the Knitting & Stitching Show? I will be doing a book signing through GMC Publications, including a “make and take” crochet project. Visitors can sit and crochet a little mouse to take home with them. I will also be visiting other stands to see what other

designers and makers are up to, and meet contacts for yarns and other supplies. Tell us about your book. The projects in Crocheted Wild Animals are inspired by illustrations from old children’s books or vintage toys. Most of them are simple but I wanted to introduce texture and pattern, such as the flamboyant flamingo’s feathers, the patterned snakeskin and the plumage of the owl. My favourite animal is the chameleon. There is a twist to this project, as it actually changes colour – you just turn it inside-out. My son gave me the idea, which makes me love it even more. Do you prefer designing or making? When I design a crocheted piece I will make it as I go, writing the pattern down and changing elements that don’t work or don’t look right. I really enjoy that part, but need to be able to concentrate in the quiet of my workroom. In the evening, that’s when I can sit with my family and crochet or knit while following a finished pattern. What’s the best aspect of having a creative life? Being able to work doing something I love is wonderful. I get immense fulfillment from the process of having an idea and being able to spend my working day bringing it to fruition. There are some fantastic events happening on the GMC stand (F5) at this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show, which runs from 10–13 October at Alexandra Palace, London, and is a must-visit for all crafters. Meet Vanessa Mooncie, Sarah Fordham, Jean Moss, Kath Orsman and Susie Johns, who cover a range of crafts from crochet and knitting to cross-stitch and jewellery-making.

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