Welcome to The Gingerbread Bunny! I'm Sarah, a textile artist specialising in crochet and felt based in Wigan in the North-West of England.

On my blog, you can find my day-to-day craft adventures and tutorials.

You can find details of my work for sale and workshops on my website - www.thegingerbreadbunny.co.uk

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Selfish Winter Crochet!

Since Christmas, I have been busily partaking in a little selfish crochet! I have been desperatly searching for a pattern for a slouchy hat for some time now and, as I was browsing the web, I stumbled upon the perfect pattern on a great website - Gleeful Things

Gleeful Things is written by Julie who lives near Los Angeles in California and is her place to share the things that make her happy, her gleeful things!  Her website features her blog, free crochet patterns, crafty tutorials and a link to her shop.  It is beautiful and well worth taking a look at.  

I have made two of the free hat patterns on her website, Gumdrop Slouchy Hat and Waffle Cone Slouchy Hat.  The patterns where extremley well written and really easy to follow and crocheted up really quickly - I crocheted the Gumdrop hat on the way to Bath!

Waffle Cone Slouchy Hat modelled by Fred the Head
Gumdrop Slouchy Hat modelled by Fred the Head!

I have also been having a go at a little mini designing of my own in the crochet world!  I had a fair amount of cream coloured yarn (different brands) in my stash and have turned it into a little set for myself!  I made a ribbed hairband, mesh stitch snood and some mitts.  To join them all together, and to add a splash of colour, I crocheted pink flowers for them all. 

A vision in cream!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Crafty Bath!

Last week saw the anniversary of 4 years of wedded bliss to Mr Bunny.  We chose to celebrate this momentous occasion with a few days away in a city we have been desperate to visit for quite some time.  Bath. 
Bath is famous for it's impressive Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and as home to Jane Austen.  We were not disappointed with our visit and spent hours wandering around admiring The Crescent visiting the Abbey and admiring the art work in The Victoria Art Gallery.  There was even time for a sneakily large piece of cake and a pot of Breakfast tea! 

The Crescent
However, behind the tourist attractions of Bath you will find an array of craft, wool, art and vintage shops awaiting us crafty types.  Being very organised, I had already made a comprehensive list of places I wished to visit so that I didn't miss out! 

First stop was The Makery, a cute little sewing shop nestled down an alley in the middle of the city.  I first became aware of The Makery through Mollie Makes magazine and, as well as the shop, they also have a separte premises where the majority of their workshops are held.  Although small, the shop sells a good selection of fabric and other bits 'n' bats including stamps and thread.  I purchased 2 fat quarters of fabric, a hair slide ready to be decorated (I think I'm going to use buttons), a magnetic bag clasp and a wooden bobbin purely because I liked it. 

The Makery
Wool is, as the name suggests, a yarn shop.  It is situated in the middle of the city and stocks a wide range of yarns in all weights.  I spotted popular brands such as Rowan and Debbie Bliss as well as some less well known ones.  They also stock needles, hooks and some very pretty stitch markers.  There was a good selection of patterns and books with a comfy couch (which was wearing a rather pretty granny square throw) on which to sit and peruse these.  Although I didn't buy anything from here, I was getting rather tired by this point in the day, the lady in the shop was really friendly and helpful and was assissting some of the locals.

The final crafty attraction, which was also my favourite, was my trip to Great British Yarns (GBY).  GBY can be found on a little industrial estate just off the A4 as you head towards Bristol.  It's location means that parking is really easy and, as I did, men can be left in the car safely as long as you leave the window open for them!  GBY is mainly an internet based yarn store however, a trip to the showroom is a must if you are ever in the area!  The properitor of the shop (who I think is called Sharon but don't quote me on that!) is exceptionally friendly and explained really clearly how the showroom works - basically she has one of each yarn in each colour on display and then you just ask for the quantities and she goes and gets it for you!  They stock a great range of yarn - Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Jamieson Shetland, some King Cole and Knit Picks.  I had gone for the Knit Picks, which is amazing! Everything is organised really well with clear prices.  They also stock a good selection of patterns and books and KnitPro hooks and needles (yes I did buy a new hook).  I had a lovely natter whilst I was paying and shopping at GBY was such a great experience.  It is well worth checking out the online shop if you can't get to the showroom.

My stash from Great British Yarns
Bath is a beautiful and amazing city to visit both for it's traditional tourist attractions as well as it's crafty ones!  It is definitley a city I will be visiting again.