Dorset Arts & Crafts Association Exhibition Awards

The exhibition includes fine art, photography and crafts exhibits, workshops for children & adults and numerous crafts stalls. The exhibition attracts an extremely varied range of crafters and artists from all over Dorset, most of the work being of a very high standard in quality of workmanship and originality of design.

I entered some items into the exhibition at Purbeck School, Wareham, for the first time this year, not really expecting to win anything.

So it was a lovely surprise when I went to pick up my items today to find that every one of them had won an award!

DACA entries

My crochet dresses both got ‘Work of Special Merit’

Judge’s Comment:
‘A most creative way to use crochet doilies and mats. The colours compliment the various styles and designs. Well done – these are impressive pieces of work. I would love to talk to you about your unique creations.’

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Each of my pyrography pieces got ‘Highly Commended’

All these items are available on Etsy.

Why Learn to Crochet?

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Everyone should have a creative, productive outlet where they can express themselves and make their own mark and crochet is a great way to do this.

It can be used as a way to wind down and relax at the end of a stressful day, or to help relieve depression or anxiety.

You can make beautiful and unique items that are perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones, knowing they will not have been given a similar item by anyone else. You could even sell your items if you are business minded!

Whether you are a complete beginner or someone who has been crocheting for many years, there is alway something new to learn,  inspiration can be taken from many sources and perhaps my new crochet course may be perfect for you…..

With 1 to 1 tutoring I can take you through the basics stitches, help you to read patterns or to help you to create something totally original such as my doily dresses.

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Set in Christmas Cottage, a quirky 18th century property in Upton.

Starting on Thursday 27th April from 7 til 9pm.

Places are limited to ensure focussed attention and is priced at £7.50 per session and will last for 6 weeks.

Materials will be supplied, however if you’re working on your own project, please bring it along with you.

Refreshments and homemade cake will be included, as will be a relaxing atmosphere for you to explore this traditional pastime.


To book a space either email me on or call me on 07947 044013.

Crochet Dress now on Etsy

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In November 2015 my sister and I started to make new items from recycled junk. At first I worked with a load of old jumpers and cardigans, which I cut up and hand sewed into new ones.

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I then started to do a similar thing with old dresses and tshirts….

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Whilst looking online for new ideas on how to customise clothing, I came across some gorgeous dresses made from antique and vintage crochet doilies and decided to have a go myself.

I had a few doilies that my grandmother had made, I then bought more from car boot sales and charity shops, but did not have enough to make a dress, so I decided to take up crochet again and make some myself, something I had not done for many many years!

This was my first effort…..

I then hand dyed it to make the over-all colour more lavender.

This dress is now available on Etsy at Lavender crochet dress

Some of my other creations are also available

mandala cardigan

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