About Poppytoft

img_0934I am a ’40-something’ lady with a past in teaching.  An occupation I loved and hated in equal measure.  Having been a ‘lady of leisure’ for the past two years I have discovered an hither to unknown talent for crafting, in particular crochet and sewing.  I am currently completing the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1.  I sell my wares at craft stalls and via Etsy and can also be found on Ravelry.

I am particularly interested in the history of crochet, which has increasingly led to an interest in vintage patterns, Irish Crochet Lace and Hairpin Crochet.  I love the dramatic effects that can be achieved by using very simple techniques.  I am also interested in the use of colour and take inspiration from designers such as Sophie Digard.

My time is split between Albufeira, Portugal and Bristol, England.  This has provided me with an opportunity to compare the different techniques used and the way in which pattern writing varies between the two countries.  When I am in Bristol I organise a number of knit and natter groups across the city and am teaching classes on techniques such as Tunisian Crochet and Broomstick Crochet, bringing these lesser known but beautiful techniques to a wider audience.

In the future I anticipate I will be designing my own patterns using these techniques and look forward to sharing them.

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