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.ūüćłūüćłūüćłūüćłfor 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 ūüôā. All of you (Helen included,) did a great job, many many thanks ūüôā – Moira

Minno
Nathalie
Johnelle
Karen

 

Enid
Alison
Tina

Stacy
Collette
Beth

Ester

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

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

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

D`Juana

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

Sandy

Slowly, slowly my garden starts to blossom ¬†ūüė䬆– Mary

Mary

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

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Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

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

Tuesday Hangout – Canvas-Stencil-Gilding

Canvas-stencil-Gilding

with Sy from Happy Accident Studios

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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 Twitch.tv with unravel_unwind

 

Tuesday Hangout with Sy – papercraft flowers

Papercraft Flowers Tutorial

with Sy from Happy Accident Studios

Sy goes live every Tuesday afternoon over on Twitch  to bring you papercraft tutorials and more. This week we are sharing her two-part video stream. We hope you enjoy them and if you want more content like this please do let us know.

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

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Mini Butterflies

Helen Free
Helen Free

Rainbow Valley Crochet released her first crochet-a-long on 16th January 2017, after a couple of month’s of excitement and pre-sales reaching over 400 crochet enthusiasts world wide. The Secret Garden blanket began last summer with just a conversation (all the best idea’s start this way) among friends and soon developed into the creation of garden blocks with as little sewing as possible. The excitement began when Helen shared the image below in a very large online crochet group, having no idea how much interest it would bring.

Rainbow Valley Crochet Secret Garden CAL
Rainbow Valley Crochet
Secret Garden CAL

Helen quickly set about getting a test team together so that the idea could develop further and with as few teething problems as possible. I joined the team with Heather and Lesley, and later on Moira. All of us testing the block patterns to ensure that they were correct and pin-pointing any potential problem area’s. This gave Helen the opportunity to create photo tutorials for each block.

During this time, interest continued to grow and we saw an increase of visitors to the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook page. Helen then decided to do a pre-release pattern sales and with the option of purchasing yarn packs via her website in order to gauge the level of interest.

On release day, Helen emailed more than 400 participants directing them toward the support group. WOW! None of us were expecting such a huge number. I couldn’t believe it, but I have been telling Helen for a long time that she is a yarn artist and very talented indeed. But you can be the judge of that.

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Discovering Papercrafts

Discover Papercraft!

With Happy Accident Studios

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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!

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

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Pre-Order now open

Secret Garden CAL

Coming Soon from Rainbow Valley Crochet

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If you have you enjoyed taking part in the #TunisianTuesdayCAL, or if you have never tried one and would like to,¬†then why not join us with this one. Helen has designed one of her own and it looks and feels incredible. The pattern launch is taking place in January 2017 but you can pre-order the pattern and yarn packs now via Helen’s website. There is also an online Facebook event, where you can find out all the information you need.

Rainbow Valley Crochet Secret Garden CAL
Rainbow Valley Crochet
Secret Garden CAL

See you all there. Don’t delay as yarn packs are being pre-ordered now. Please note that if you are outside the EU, then please contact Helen directly before making your¬†yarn pack purchase.

Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 19 РBlock 8

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The loops are a lot easier to work on this one than the block from week 4. When working the bobbles, insert your hook as you would for the TKS.

Your block will not look like the one in the pattern. There is an extra row of loops in the picture than are in the instructions.

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 19a РBlock 24

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All TSS but you do need to change colours. You can carry the unused yarn along the back but I find it looks much neater if you just use a separate small ball and sew the ends in afterwards.

If, like me, you used extra rows in your plain TSS block, add some in as you go along so that the design sits in the middle.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and information about the NEW Rainbow Valley Crochet design that is being released in January 2017.

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Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 17a РBlock 9

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Although this block is one of the easier ones to make and there are no errors, I did find that it came out really tight. I ended up using a size larger hook.

If you do not have a larger Tunisian hook, don’t worry. As the blocks are so small, you can use a regular hook. Just take care that the stitches do not fall off the other end.

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 18 РBlock 10

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A nice easy one this time, just TSS and chain. Faye’s notes also say “very easy, finished in 40 minutes”

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 18a РBlock 7

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Helen has to confess, she did not like this block. She could not get into a rhythm and it took her ages to make. It did not help that you have to flip back and fore between pages. Read the instructions carefully.

Faye, however totally forgot to keep notes on this block other than she only did 15 rows.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and information about the NEW Rainbow Valley Crochet design that is being released in January 2017.

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Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 17 РBlock 28

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#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 17 – Block 28.

More bobbles and chain loops.  These chain loops are much easier to make that the ones we made in week 4.  When working past the chain loops in the next row, double check that you have picked up the correct vertical bars, it is easy to either miss some or pick extra.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Handy Hint

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Finding the last stitch

We were asked “Hi, does anyone know what I keep doing wrong with the end stitch of the squares please?”

By going to the very edge and picking up the last two strands you should still have 23 stitches. Just follow the above image left to right/top row/bottom row and you should be good to go.

 

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and more.

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Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 16 РBlock 222016-10-07-21-12-31

Mostly TSS but with long stitches. When making the long stitches, insert your hook as for the knit stitch.

Faye discovered that she needed to change colour at the end of row 18, and repeat row 3 for row 19 before binding off.

#FollowonFriday  Week 16a РBlock 5

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This time you are creating shells using a UK treble. Faye kept forgetting to do the chains on the reverse pass.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and more.

Continue reading “Tunisian Tuesday CAL”