So, it’s only taken a global pandemic to get me to sort out my life online! You’ll notice there’s not a lot here on this website at the moment- I’m starting a big revamp that includes:
-Bringing you regular crochet related videos- whether you’re after how-tos, product reviews, want to see what I’m making or just want to catch up on my latest designs or events coming up, the plan is to have regular videos to bring this to you. When they’re ready, they’ll be over on my (as yet barely existent) Youtube channel.
-Easy directions to where you can get my latest patterns, whether that’s in a magazine or in an online shop. I’ll be keeping you updated here and on my Facebook and Instagram
-Online workshops. I’m looking into how to do this effectively and getting advice from other crafters, so that I can bring you the best quality classes from the comfort of your home!
It’s all go here!
I’m very excited to let you all know I’ll be appearing on live TV this Sunday (what could go wrong?!) over on Create and Craft (sky 683, freeview 23, virgin 748, freesat 813).
I’ll be on at 11am as part of the Deramores show, which has got lots of gorgeous new crochet (and knitting!) designs to show you. I’ll be showing off some beginner’s stitches that you can use to create a beautiful piece that will feature on the show.
Don’t miss it! (If nothing else, there’s a fair chance I’ll do something daft live on air that we can all laugh about afterwards.)
As well as that, I’ve been working hard to set up some new workshops now that I’m back in Yorkshire. The lovely people at Meadowhall have allowed me to be part of the new Meadowhall Sessions scheme. They’ve got a gorgeous purpose built space, convenient to travel to and in the middle of all the action, so you can shop, have dinner and then come and see me! You can book here:
If you can’t make it to Meadowhall, I’ve also got one planned in Wakefield at WoolnStuff https://www.woolnstuff.co.uk/collections/workshops for more intermediate/advanced crocheters, later in the month on the 26th October.
I’m also hoping to get set up in Barnsley soon 😉 more to follow…
So excited to show off this project! The CAL begins on 23rd May but you can order your yarn pack now at Deramores- if you click here you’ll be able to navigate to my designer shop on the Deramores website and get your pack.
I’m so proud to have been a part of this alongside 4 other fabulous designers: Hannah Cross, Emma Leith, Veronika Cromwell, Leonie Morgan and our brilliant tech editor Lynne Rowe. I’ve had an amazing time collaborating with other creative minds as well as getting an insight into how other designers work.
The CAL has 13 parts, made up of a large, medium and small square for each season (some parts last more than one week). The different squares combine colours and stitch patterns to suggest each of the four seasons. I’m responsible for the smallest squares and the joining, which meant that I was first to see the project as a whole once I’d joined it all together.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s projects as they get started!
Hello lovelies! If you haven’t already seen on social media, the new magazine, Your Crochet & Knitting is out this Thursday
It comes with a bumper yarn pack so you can get started making the designs inside straight away; it even comes with knitting needles, crochet hook and a tapestry needle in case you don’t have the tools yet. Aimed at beginners, it’s packed with lots of simple but effective ideas to get you started.
Very proud to say, I’ve got two designs in issue 1:
The Snow White finger puppets are mine, as it the heart cushion in the second picture. The lovely Jacinta Bowie is responsible for the cushion with the pom pom corners that you can also see here (might have to have a go at that one myself and brush up the old knitting skills!)
To get your copy:
You can also purchase a digital edition of the magazine via the PocketMags app.
It’s here! My designer shop is now open over on Deramores.com!
There’s only the one pattern in there just yet (it’s in the picture above, and it’s FREE!!) but there will be lots more soon.
Take a look!
I’m incredibly excited to let you all know about my new project! The lovely people over at Deramores have invited me to open my own designer shop with them.
I’ve been working hard on some exclusive new designs (as well as making some of my previous patterns available separately for the first time). They will soon be available at http://www.deramores.com.
My first exclusive design is in the shot above- my new Tulip Fields place settings pattern in Sirdar Cotton DK. All yarns for my designs with Deramores will be available to purchase on their site, so you can get yarn and pattern in one easy transaction. (and if you click through from my site on the link below, I’ll get a little something too 🙂 )
For now, you can explore the Deramores website here:
I’ll be sure to update you when the shop is open soon. Can’t wait!
Lots is going on in the next couple of months here!
I’ll soon be announcing big new plans working with one of my favourite online yarn retailers, where I’ll have my own shop so you can buy my patterns in the same place where you’ll find the yarn to make them.
I’ve got masses of design work to do for the new shop, as well as lots of new things in Crochet Now Magazine.
I’m also still running my workshops each month. If you’re local to Chesterfield, or junction 30 of the M1, take a look and sign up to come along. They are at the fantastic Crafter’s Companion, where we are always made to feel welcome. The emphasis is on fun and trying out new things, we’re a very friendly gang!
Upcoming makes include these lovelies on May 25th:
And these on June 29th:
Take care lovelies!
My long overdue Ravelry store is now open. Finally getting my head around how to use the site, so you’ll be able to pick up copies of my individual patterns on there as I upload them. I’ve quiet a back catalogue now to pretty up into nice PDFs for sale, so I imagine formatting patterns is now my new full-time-pass-time!
Hit the shop button above or head straight to Ravelry to take a look.
I’ve been working really hard over the last couple of months to put together some new and (hopefully!) exciting workshops for you to learn to crochet. Take a look at my workshop page https://wordpress.com/page/zoepotrac.com/13 to see what’s available. As well as the workshops I’m running at Crafter’s Companion in Chesterfield and Heritage Re-loved in Wentworth, I’m also available for private bookings; perhaps you have a group of friends who’d like to get together and learn a new skill in a relaxed and fun way?
All of my workshops come with a complete kit so that you can finish making what you started if you don’t during the session, plus a full photographic instruction booklet to remind you of each step.
Traditional granny square workshops are proving really popular, and I’m running these at both venues over the coming months. You can use this versatile stitch to make all kinds of things, including cushions (see above!), blankets, coasters and cardigans.
Do get in touch if you are interested!
So, summer is here and my annual boost in energy with the lighter evenings means I’ve been up to all sorts of shenanigans! Lots of new designs recently in Crochet Now (you can see more pictures if you click the Portfolio link at the top) and I’ve also begun writing a series of articles about getting wool from the sheep to the finished product. In May, I actually went to Humble By Nature and sheared a sheep myself! (Everyone who knows me thinks that’s hilarious. I’m an indoor kind of girl.)
What a fantastic place and what an experience! If you live near Monmouthshire (or even far away like me really, it’s very worth the trip) then you should definitely have a look at the different courses they run. To read the article I wrote about this, take a look in Issue 17 of Crochet Now, out in supermarkets right now.
To follow up, I’ve also been to Wingham Wool Work, just a ten minute trip from where I live, to learn what to do with my raw fleece and then spin it. That article will be out next month if you are interested!
I’ve been forced to stop this last week with a dose of the flu, but I have so many things coming up that now I’m feeling a bit better I can’t wait to dive back in and get on with it! I’m running lots of workshops this summer, including monthly ones at the Chesterfield branch of Crafter’s Companion. The ones I’ve booked in so far are aimed at beginners, I’m hoping in future to run some more in depth ones for people looking for next steps.
If you were coming to a crochet workshop, what kinds of things would you want to learn about? Let me know in the comments!