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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Something Old, Something New

I have a new look, a new logo and a new attitude. Hello! Welcome to the brand new Heart & Sew. Recently I've made a very scary decision to get serious about designing patterns. Until now I have treated crochet as a simple hobby and have maintained this blog sporadically purely for my own love of designing and writing.

I decided (with a little encouragement from Tom) to really try to follow my dreams and turn Heart & Sew into a name in the crochet world. To even think about doing this I had to sort some things that were bugging me about this blog, first and foremost being the design. My old layout was made on the cheap by a very talented and very kind website designer from Etsy who was wonderfully flexible in customising the template to suit my (then) needs. I had just started designing and wanted a simple but pretty layout, somewhere I could just shove my first pattern out into cyberspace with everything crossed and hope for the best. The design was made and the pattern posted thinking "What the hell? I have nothing to lose."

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mallow The Monster - Free Crochet / Amigurumi Pattern



Say hello to Mallow! I designed Mallow for last years amigurumipatterns.net design contest, the theme being "monsters". Sadly Mallow did not place as well as I'd hoped. There were a lot of elaborate and brilliant entries and I think perhaps his design was a little too simple. He turned out super cute though so I'm happy, and now you can make him too! Feel free to make him your own, make him bright red, give him spots, 3 eyes, a tail, whatever! Let your creativity run wild and create your own special monster.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Christmas Crocheting


I may have been absent from my blog for most of 2016 but I wasn't absent from designing! Back in August, Let's Get Crafting magazine got in touch looking for a few Christmas patterns for their new website Craft Store. LGC magazine offer their very own brand of yarn with every issue and they wanted me to make some Christmas decorations with their new Christmas colours. 

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Amigurumonsters Design Contest - Please Vote for Mallow!


Hello everyone! I know I've been kind of quiet these past few months, but I'm still here and I'm still designing! Sometimes real life just gets in the way, y'know? It's been a hard year for me...but I hope to design more and focus solely on my blog and brand in 2017.

Last year I entered my Ballerina Mouse design in the annual amigurumi design contest and came 5th, so this year I'm hoping to do just as well with a completely new design - meet Mallow! This time the theme was "monsters" which I was really excited about. There are no limits, design and imagination wise, when it comes to monsters. They can be any size, shape or colour. 2 eyes or 6 eyes? Fangs or a toothy grin? I couldn't wait to get started!