Tunisian Tuesday CAL

Tunisian Tuesday  Thursday CAL

28 July 2016 – Week 2 & 3

Week 1 got off to a great start with everyone enjoying choosing their colours and making the first block that Helen & I chose. We have also been joined by Carolyn, the designer of the Tunisian Afghan that we are using for the CAL. She was a little surprised by the influx of pattern sales.

Week 1 blocks from the Rainbow Valley group
Week 1 blocks from the Rainbow Valley group

This week I am a little bit behind so will be sharing two blocks for you to try this week. 

Tunisian Sample Afghan Block 18

‪#‎TunisianTuesdayCAL‬ Week 2.

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This weeks block is number 18. This time you have a Tunisian knit Stitch block so that those new to Tunisian can learn a basic stitch before we start on the patterned blocks. We would love to see your finished blocks and your chosen colour schemes too. You are more than welcome to join us on Facebook – Rainbow Valley Crochet

Tunisian Sample Afghan Block 34

‪#‎TunisianTuesdayCAL‬ Week 3.

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Block 34 has a lovely pattern repeat using the stitches that you have practiced in the previous two blocks.

NOTES – Helen & Faye are both using Stylecraft Special DK yarns with 5 mm bamboo hooks & 5 mm crochet hooks. The blocks before borders are measuring approximately 5 x 5″ inches or 15 x 15 cm.

Allow yourself approximately 2 hours for making the block. Helen has created a great tutorial which you can find here

Faye’s notes – Block 18; I needed to add 4 extra rows of the pattern before binding off to ensure that my block was square. Block 34; To make sure that block 34 was square I needed to include 1 extra pattern repeat (2 rows) before binding off. I am however noticing that as I progress my tension is beginning to settle now.

Helen’s notes – Block 18; My tension was a little tighter on this one. I needed 23 rows to make it square. Block 34;  I actually stuck to the pattern in this one as 23 rows came out square.

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Week 2 examples from our Facebook group



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Tunisian Tuesday CAL

Tunisian Tuesday CAL

19 July 2016 – Week 1 & Introduction

After the workshop on Saturday, Faye and Helen (Rainbow Valley Crochet) decided that they would like to improve their Tunisian crochet skills. They have found a gorgeous blanket with 35 different blocks and have decided to make one each week. Then they realised that this would be really good to do as a CAL (crochet-a-long). They are calling it “Tunisian Tuesday”.

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The idea is to make one block each week. We are not making them in the correct order, just as our fancy takes us. Faye and I will make them in advance and share ours to tell you which block we have chosen. You can then share your finished block in the comments on Rainbow Valley CrochetIf you would like to join in, you would be welcome. You can buy the pattern from gourmetcrochet – Carolyn Christmas. If you are joining in, it would be nice to see your chosen colour scheme.

Different Colourways
Different Colourways

Don’t have a Tunisian hook? Chiaogoo Tunisian Crochet Hooks are available here, they are 80 cm (32 inch) flexible, patina Tunisian hooks which have fantastic joins and pliable, clear, nylon cables with a nickel-plated, copper join that is crimped to guarantee no separation. Hook swivels freely on cable. Size is permanently laser imprinted on each hook.

Rainbow Valley Crochet also stocks a variety of yarns too.

Tunisian Sample Afghan Block 30

‪#‎TunisianTuesdayCAL‬ Week 1.

This weeks block is number 30. We have gone for a plain Tunisian Simple Stitch block so that those new to Tunisian can learn a basic stitch before we start on the patterned blocks. We would love to see your finished blocks and your chosen colour schemes too. You are more than welcome to join us on Facebook – Rainbow Valley Crochet

Helen's Block 30
Helen’s Block 30
Faye's Block 30
Faye’s Block 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES – Helen & Faye are both using Stylecraft Special DK yarns with 5 mm bamboo hooks & 5 mm crochet hooks. The blocks before borders are measuring approximately 5 x 5″ inches or 15 x 15 cm.

Allow yourself approximately 2 hours for making the block.

Helen says – This is my first block. It measured about 15 cm before the border was added. I did 20 rows instead of the 18 the pattern said.

Faye says – This is my block. The bit before the border measured 5 x 5 inches and I did 19 rows instead of the 18 stated. I’m using a 5 mm bamboo Tunisian hook and a 5 mm crochet hook for the border.

Carolyn says “This is great, Helen! Thank you for letting me know. I hope you all have fun.”

 



Meet The Team

Introducing the Team

Unravel & Unwind is a not for profit organisation based within INTRA in Rochester.

We are a creative community sharing skills,promoting emotional & social support and self-worth. Our visions is to continue to grow and expand but keep our “family feel” by sharing skills & knowledge in an inclusive and collaborative manner.

Faye – Unravel & Unwind is Faye’s creative baby. Inspired through revisiting crochet 3 years ago. You will often find Faye sitting at a computer wading through the emails, accounts and varying social media posts… and all with a ball of yarn and a hook in her lap. You can see examples of Faye’s work on Etsy and Hooking the Vintage Way.

Mark – Mark is Faye’s better half and a silent director in Unravel & Unwind CIC. When Mark isn’t playing dog sitter and taxi driver for the family he can often be found weaving paracord or building wire coils (it’s just a phase!).

Freya – Eldest daughter to Faye and regular volunteer at Unravel & Unwind when she isn’t studying music or modeling. Freya was the first to embark on the creative journey through sculpting with polymer clay which can be found on Wolfiesworks. Freya helps Unravel & Unwind CIC by managing the Etsy Store which is slowly growing.

Kieran – Otherwise known as Kron or Yeti, Kieran is our resident artist and keeper of the door. You can often find him in his corner of the studio creating stunning oil paintings. Kieran is hoping to start up some tutorial groups this year focusing on how to use different painting mediums.

Riven – Riven is our spark, she is often found holding Faye up and giving her the proverbial kick when Faye is slacking. You will often find the multi talented Riven guiding visitors through the journey of drawing skills and techniques, or hosting make up and special effect tutorials for budding performers.

Susan – Usually found under a pile of shredded pretty papers and pva glue spatula’s, Sue’s ability to transform vintage, dull objects into things of beauty is a sight to behold. Sue is spending her weekends attending craft fairs and markets around Kent promoting herself and our craft drop in facility. You will find Sue care-taking the drop in studio a few times a week.

Dee – Textile artist extraordinaire, Dee has a flare when it comes to fabric manipulation, felting and sculpting with paverpol. So whenever we need any fabric help, you’ll find us chatting with Dee.

Nelly – Nelly came to Faye’s rescue just recently. Nelly found U&U through coming along to Riven’s art classes and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed and informal atmosphere. When Faye put a call out for help with the book keeping Nelly responded straight away. She tells us that she loves numbers and forms. Well, Faye doesn’t so that is rather handy.

Rachel – Rachel is the face behind Bette Love  and loves everything sewing related. She has been running basic, intermediate and advanced dressmaking classes at U&U, passing on her hints, tips, skills and more to all the sewing fans in Kent.

Tina – Crochet mad Tina has only just joined our team helping Faye to get the newsletter out every week. We do this using Skype and Email because Tina is on the other side of the Atlantic. We have been known to spend a lot of time scheduling around time zones, but hey we are getting there and you guys are receiving The Weekly Drop every week.