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Paper Crafts at HCS, Stony Stratford

papercarftbannerStony Stratford High Street is becoming THE place to shop and always busy and bustling with crafters, HCS Crafts in Stony Stratford have now opened a new Paper Crafts Shop at 4 Timor Court, Stony Stratford.

Check out their website at www.hcscrafts.co.uk – packed with information and supplies for knitting, stitching and more about the new paper crafts department.

HCS Crafts, 73b High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK11 1AY


Lorraine Hearn – local Knitwear Designer

Local Knitwear Designer Lorraine Hearn is in the processes of launching her first book –  “Aspley Collection Book 1” which aims to help raise £80,000 for Aspley Guise Lower School.
The children from the school modelled for the book and all the photos were taken by award winning Photographer Karen Parker.
Lorraine says, ‘Since I was interviewed by “Style Magazine” we have received wonderful support on this.
James Frost from the Frost Garden Centre chain in Woburn Sands came forward and modelled with the children for the Allotment shoot.  Jacqui Dankworth also modelled with the children for the “Stables Shoot”.  The Duke and Duchess of Bedford offered their stunning grounds of Woburn Abbey for the Woburn Shoot and Hollywood animal star “Warhorse” was transported over to be photographed with the children for the Woburn Shoot.
Local Press and knitting magazines have also offered their backing and have been brilliant..
The book also contains designs which cater for those growth spurts and even though the designs are modelled by the children the patterns are graded to adults too.  I based the book in four themes “Woodland”, “Stables”, “Up The Allotment” and “Woburn Abbey”.
I wanted the book to not only be about knitting patterns but to show the children what it was like for me growing up in this area. The first of the five e-books has been launched on Ravelry – click on the link below.  We will be loading on “Stables”, “Allotment” and “Woodland” and the main e book “Aspley Collection Book 1” over the coming days.’
To view the “Woburn Shoot” click on the link here or go to the sub heading on Lorraine’s website Aspley Collection Book 1 e-books
Lorraine is looking forward to the release of the hardback version of the book due to be launched soon. Kindle versions are already being worked on and will also be released.
If you want to see more about this project you can view the designs on the main slideshow on the home page of Lorraine’s website http://www.mypdfpatterns.com

Age UK MK – the Big Knit

Hip hip beret – the Big Knit is back!
AGE UK Milton Keynes are joining in the ninth Big Knit which is back for 2012.

With your help and the support of Innocent (the smoothie makers) and sainsburys (the large supermarket chain) Age UK MK hope to raise hundreds of pounds in Milton Keynes by knitting 3,000 little hats.

Download your knitting pattern at pattern

Please send your little woolly hats by Monday 24th September 2012.
Please put your woolly hats in a bag or packet with your name and address written on a note (so that we can acknowledge your kind donation).

You can deliver them to any of our shops, to the Peartree Centre or our Drop-In Centre above Iceland in the Food Centre.

Or post them to The Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3EB

The little hats will start appearing on the tops of innocent smoothie bottles in Sainsbury’s stores from Wednesday 21st November 2012, for three weeks.

More information from the AGE UK MK site at AGE UK MK


HCS Crafts, Stony Stratford – latest news

The HCS Sale continues in the shop on selected yarns, and there are new yarn ranges in stock now – King cole Super chunky Gypsy, Glitz Double knit, Patons Fab Big Colour scarf yarn.

The next event for the Giant union Flag will be at Harrold Park near Olney for a family fun day out to encourage kid’s going outside, keeping fit, and learning about nature – more details at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Fun-Day-Bedfordshire/933000813506757

The flag will be used as a blanket for the story teller section of the event, with donations for use of the flag going to Willen Hospice.

You can also find HCS on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hcscrafts.co.uk – check out the pages for shop information and Flag updates, or visit the website at http://www.hcscrafts.co.uk/

Children’s Crafter needed for the Woburn Oyster Festival

Is there anyone that could do something crafty for children at Woburn’s Oyster Festival this year? Sue from the Knitting Hut will be there for one day of knitting, but the organisers would like someone for the other day. The Festival takes place on the first weekend in September and there are usually 1500 to 2000 visitors depending on weather so would be good publicity for someone…

If you would like to be involved, or know someone who could help, please let us know and we will pass on your details, or email

info@theknittinghut.co.uk for more information

Sunday Morning – blog time!

Belinda Harris-Reid and Ruth Morris are the Directors of R&B Designs – their blog is lovely, full of images, knitting chat, and their designs.  Have a read at http://ruthandbelinda.wordpress.com/, check out their website at http://www.ruthandbelinda.co.uk, or email them  info@ruthandbelinda.co.uk

Sunday morning – blog time!

I have recently taken up my knitting needles again, due to the cold wet wintery weather we are having in July, and have found loads of people blogging about knitting and crochet – this one caught my eye – take a look……


Sunday morning – blog time!

The Pin Money Craft Co-operative is a local crafters’ group who are interested in developing skills in various arts and crafts, and in doing so build community in and around Brackley, Northants.

Take a look at the blog here – http://www.pinmoneycrafts.blogspot.com/

They hold regular low-cost craft workshops and hold monthly PubCraft Nights for local people to craft, chat and share ideas. They also sell a sample of members ‘ items in the shop.

New members are made very welcome – have a look at the ways you can get involved and join in!

Sunday morning – blog time!


Of course the beauty of the internet is that we can read about the crafty doings of people all over the world!  This is a good read

Twisted Traditions – Knitwear Collection

Emily Platt lives in Milton Keynes and is in her final year at Derby University where she has been studying fashion.

She has created an incredible collection and she hopes her work will get people interested in knitting and creating their own garments. Check out her photoshoot at http://www.facebook.com/lostinknit.  Its great to see fresh, modern designs using traditional skills and colours.

The collection is called Twisted Traditions and is inspired by traditional dress from around the world which has been transformed into knitwear pieces. She has taken features from countries such as Scandinavia, Sweden, Russia, and many more and used them to create fair isle designs and shapes to create a unique collection.

Her aim with this collection was to create a complete knitwear range and she is now working towards designing hand knit pieces completely different to anything else on the high street.

If you would like to get in touch with Emily, email info@localcraftmatters.co.uk  and we will pass on your message.

We hope Emily achieves the success she clearly deserves!