Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 roundup

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Nanny
Nanny

Block 1 – Highlights

The mini butterflies block was released a fortnight ago and progress has been great. With now more than 450 participants across Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram and email.

Helen and the team have been excited and enthralled by the photographs and feedback.

The community that is evolving on Facebook is a lovely space to share progress, and everyone has been supportive of each other. With participants from 11 different time zones there is pretty much always someone online to talk to. The group have been very supportive with the more experienced crocheter’s offering help, hints, tips and support to those who are just starting out in the crochet community.

Block 2 was released at the beginning of the week and many have already begun creating it. But before I share any of the progress on the new block I wanted to give you a look back over some of the other mini butterflies along with feedback from members of the Facebook group.

Johnelle
Johnelle
Barbara
Barbara

 

Just when Barbara was all but ready to give up, everyone all pulled together and helped her along, and what a great job she made on her first butterfly block.

Well done for sticking at it.

Holly
Holly

And Barbara isn’t the only one to have found the new skills and techniques a little challenging. Holly also made good progress and finished her block.

There have been a large number of new crocheter’s to join us on the journey, but I am so pleased that they have persevered. I am also very proud of all those who got together and helped out by pointing people in the right direction towards the support photographs and videos.

D'Juana
D’Juana
Stella
Stella
Enid
Enid

 

 

 

 

 

Stella
Stella
Enid
Enid
Lynette
Lynette

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa
Melissa
Vicky
Vicky
Jill
Jill

 

 

 

 

 

Minno
Minno
Suzanne
Suzanne
Kathy
Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

Holly
Holly
Brody
Brody
Enid
Enid

 

 

 

 

 

Vera
Vera
Stacy
Stacy

 

 

 

 

 

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

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Mini Butterflies

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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.

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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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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 scratch– the absolute basics. We covered the use of a paper trimmer, matting and layering, and basic card layout ideas. 

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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 – Block 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 – Block 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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