It seems to have been one of the speediest months ever here at Janie Crow and I honestly cannot believe that I am here with another of my bumper monthly newsletters! To be honest, it is getting a bit scary to realise that Christmas really is on the horizon and that another year is almost over. I keep thinking how strange it is going to be to look back on 2020 and have very few punctuation points to remember, like big family birthdays or holidays, so I have downloaded a year planner for 2021 and stuck it up on the wall in the studio this week in the hope that I can start filling it up with exciting projects for next year....my fingers are very tightly crossed!
So this newsletter is pretty much all about the Festive Season and we have some lovely things to show to you including some new designs I have contributed to Inside Crochet magazine and some images of hanging decorations that Sarah has made from my recent pattern using some lovely alternative colour palettes. We also have an interesting piece that Sarah has written to showcase the designer maker Melanie Keevil and we have also focused on our new Lifestyle brand, with a piece I have written all about plastic!
You can find a video introduction for this newsletter by following this link or by clicking on the image below.
We have some new products on the Janie Crow web site this week including the brilliant knit and crochet stitch inspired tea towels from Tilly Flop (shown above) and an updated stock holding of loads of my crochet project kits.
If you have been patiently waiting for any of these kits we now have yarn packs for the Love Is Enough version of the Fruit Garden CAL, Mystical Lanterns Blanket and Lily Pond Blanket to name but a few. All in all we have updated stock levels of 9 designs and have added more than 100 kits to both Janie Crow and Just Knots, so we are sure you will find something to keep you busy over the next few months as the weather turns more chilly!
You can check out my back history of designs by flicking through the downloadable catalogue here.
This month we are focussing on the technique of adding beads to your crochet and you can find a technique video by following a link that is featured lower down this newsletter. Don't forget you can send in your questions for our monthly Q&A simply by replying to this email.
I hope that you can spare a few moments to settle down with this week's newsletter and catch up with all things Janie Crow.
Inside Crochet Magazine - Festive Edition
I am a big fan of Inside Crochet Magazine and I have a lovely relationship with the team there - they are incredibly supportive and helpful and I am so thankful for their friendship. I think Inside Crochet Magazine is one of the best crochet mags out there and I love that they push the boundaries of the craft and have such a beautiful style with the quality of the images and styling, the stunning locations and the projects they choose to feature.
The new Festive Edition of the magazine is out now and boy is it a (Christmas) cracker! There are so many fabulous projects in there including designs by some of the UK's leading designers and I am honoured to have been asked to contribute the patterns for some more festive decorations that feature in an exclusive 'beaded crochet' cover book.
The cover book contains the patterns for 4 decorations (made in 2 alternative colour ways) and step-by-step instructions and images for adding beads to your crochet. The magazine even has a tube of gold beads included to help you get started on your beaded crochet journey.
If you like the idea of beading but feel you need a bit of extra help you can find a video tutorial that Sarah and I filmed a few years ago on the Janie Crow YouTube channel here and a free to download technique document here.
You can find more bead shades over on Andy's Just Knots site by following this link but unfortunately we have now sold out of the magazine, however you can find it for sale on the Inside Crochet web site here.
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