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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Summer of FUN at HH HQ

 It's been a hectic six months at the shop, moving and keeping up with everything that's going on has been hard work but so much fun...we've had hen parties like the one Aimee threw for her friends and family to get to know each other - they had great fun sipping bubbly as personal and touching works of art were produced which Aimee is to make into a quilt for her home.
We then had our long planned charity tea party in aid of National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, a charity dear to our hearts - I will post more photos and details about it on my own blog soon.
 A massive thank you to all at Sweetpea and Vintage for allowing us to invade their home and lovely garden and making so many cakes! Loads of people crafted items for the raffle and we raised £430 on the day with even more donations still coming in! We also aimed to raise awareness of some of the difficulties faced by people with this painful and incurable condition.
 Thank you too to all who came along or donated raffle prizes, cake ingredients and money!
 Hot on the heels of the tea party we had the Strawberry Fair at Alder Carr Farm, a brilliant event with loads of new visitors to the farm and excited people stumbling across Halfpenny Home for the first time...we crocheted strawberries, made strawberry pom poms and pincushions!
 We're almost back to normal this week with workshops resuming and even though it's summer we're still knitting and LOVING the West Yorkshire Spinners yarns - excellent value British wool, reared, sheared and spun here!
 We're using them in the sock knitting workshops which start this Sunday, three Sundays of sock knitting and at the end of the three weeks you'll have a pair of socks! Sundays 6th, 13th and 20th July £60 and everything is included, theraputic cake is applied regularly...*two spaces are left*
 One of my favourite workshops is the Free Motion Machine Embroidery, we have two more planned at present - Sunday 3rd August and Saturday 30th August, unleash your inner artist!
 There are spaces on each of these dates but they are strictly limited to four spaces for each date!
 I know that you can buy nice knitting bags and rolls for your evergrowing collection of needles but surrounded by gorgeous fabrics and ribbons takes it's toll on the willpower and lo, a workshop is born!
Knitting Needle Roll, a stitchery workshop suitable for absolute beginners! Sunday 27th July £35 11-3 make one for yourself or the knitter in your life?

 Seasonal Dyeing with PLANTS...not the wishy washy colours you would expect! As well as indigo we love to dye with the reeds that grow here on the farm and if we time it right the colour we get is a rich pistachio green...two dyeing dates in August where the effect mordants have on the finished result and how to dye safely - Sundays 17th and 31st August 11-3 £35 and you can dye a skein of yarn and a piece of fabric or a silk scarf. Spaces go fast for this one each year so don't leave it too late to book!
Full List

Socks! Sundays 6th, 13th and 20th July
Fleece cleaning and preparation. Friday 11th July
Bunting! Saturday12th July
Advanced Needle Felting, The Green Man Friday 18th July
Quilted Patchwork Mat, learn to piece, quilt and bind! Saturday 26th July
Knitting Needle Roll. Sunday 27th July

Crochet an Amigurumi Gnome! Saturday 2nd August
Free Motion Machine Embroidery. Sunday 3rd August
Fleece cleaning and preparation. Sunday 3rd August
Vintage Style Clasp Frame Bag! Saturday 9th August
Natural Dyeing with Plants! Sundays 17th and 31st August
Print your own fabric make an apron! Saturday 23rd August
Print your own fabric make a cushion! Sunday 24th August
Free Motion Machine Embroidery! Saturday 30th August

Tunisian Crochet. Sunday 7th September
Indigo Batik! Sunday 14th September
Tablet/notebook cover Sunday 21st September
Ragdolls! Sunday 28th September

Needle Felting, squashes, pumpkins and acorns! Saturday 4th October
Carding and spinning with fleece! Saturday 25th October

Book as usual by either dropping by HH HQ, text 07887511081 or email
A deposit will hold your confirmed space with full payment due two weeks before the workshop commences. More dates to be added soon...Nic x