Secret Garden comes to an end

Now the Secret is out…

“I am sure that you are all with me on saying a BIG Thank you to “The E Team”. Faye, Heather, Lesley and Moira have provided amazing support and I could not have done this without them. Thank you ladies.🍸🍸🍸🍸for all of you and your favourite waiters.” – Helen

It goes without saying that  I don’t think any of the team could have survived the CAL if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of dear ole Johnny and the support from the handsome Jason, who did try and join the group. Unfortunately we didn’t let him in because he hadn’t  bought the pattern.


As someone who asked many questions, thank you all for your patience….even if you are answering the same question for the 4,375,987 time 🙂. All of you (Helen included,) did a great job, many many thanks 🙂 – Moira






Do you feel like you may not be experienced enough to make the Secret Garden? Here are some words of encouragement from those who have finished.

The most used bit of advice

I’d only been crocheting a year when I started this. Explanations are step by step. Read it really carefully stitch by stitch and you’ll be fine. You’ll learn loads and have such a sense of satisfaction when done. I found it more fiddly than difficult, easy stitches just in peculiar combinations. Honest. Good luck and have fun xx – Holly

Steph Anne

Not difficult, very time consuming but the result is amazing! Read the pattern carefully, count every single stitch and don’t be afraid to ask for help! 14 weeks, a couple of headaches, a letter to the tail fairy, offerings to the tail goddess and a few voodoo dolls and voila…. this little piece of art is done!!! Thank you Helen Free for this beauty, it’s been an incredible journey!! Cannot wait for Space Odyssey! Helen Free…. it’s Fall yet!- Rosanna


You ‘can’ achieve it. I’ve been crocheting for less than a year and completed it. It’s amazing. Follow all the advice above and ask for help if you need it. Best of luck and enjoy the learning journey x – Anne


I’m officially finished. My one bee I’ve made looked horrible, so I’ve cheated. Good luck to everyone on this beautiful journey and best wishes to all those done. This was a wonderful project. – D’Juana


Finished. Thank you, Helen for a delightful ride. Now I have some beading commissions to do before my next CAL. – Sandy


Slowly, slowly my garden starts to blossom  😊 – Mary


Related Links

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 Round-up 

Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time

Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK
Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK

Tuesday Hangout – Canvas-Stencil-Gilding


with Sy from Happy Accident Studios

canvas notebook
Sy’s canvas notebook

This week Sy is introducing the method of using multi medium materials to decorate the front cover of a canvas notebook. This will  be the focus of one of our Girl’s Night In events later in the year, so do keep an eye out on our calendar and Facebook page.

Watch the process in the video below. Sy takes you through every step of the way.

Do you enjoy the Tuesday hangouts with Sy of Happy Accident Studios? — Watch live at with unravel_unwind


Discovering Papercrafts

Discover Papercraft!

With Happy Accident Studios

Cardmaking has been around for a long time, but if you feel you’re a bit late to the party, there’s no such thing! Discover Papercraft is designed to help you even if you have never made a single card before. If you’re acquainted with the basic skills of papercraft, but would like to do something a little different, we’ve got that too. There’s a little something for everyone!


In November and December, we started out from scratch– the absolute basics. We covered the use of a paper trimmer, matting and layering, and basic card layout ideas. 

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Can Draw? Will Draw!

Can Draw? Will Draw! – Goes through my mind regularly…


So how about you? And what can we do to help you?

Did you know that we run 3 regular art classes in Medway, Kent every week? And we have just added 3 more stand alone classes over 3 months too.

Want to know more? Keep reading

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Tuesday Tips

Looking for a special gift?

Check out our spring/summer window display, showcasing our very own Susan’s decopatch vases hand decorated and available for purchase on the Unravel & Unwind Etsy page

Decopatch Photo source: Unravel & Unwind

You will not only find work from Susan, but also paintings by the talented Riven and Kron the Mad alongside the textile work of Faye and Dee and miniature sculptures by Wolfiesworks. So no matter the occasion there is sure to be something just for you and at affordable prices too. Visit Unravel & Unwind CIC for more details, commissions, events and more. Alternatively you can sign up to our weekly news.

Throwback Thursday

Learn as we go – Felting

May 2015



This is from one of our experimental sessions. One photo and three different artist. We had a lot of fun during this session. Our felt group meet once a month and are peer led, rather than having a tutor. For up to date information of our groups and workshops subscribe to The Weekly Drop