Exciting new ventures and a place to relax…

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As you know I have been teaching crochet courses for a while now and I have been enjoying every minute of it! The people I teach are all lovely and it’s so wonderful to see their enthusiasm for crochet beginning to blossom and grow. One of the best bits of the lessons are the ‘show and tells’ at the beginning where students share what they have been making at home. A lot of the time is also spent chatting, drinking tea and eating cake and I’m glad to be able to encourage other people to see crochet as a bit of indulgent ‘me time’ in the middle of a busy week as this is where my own passion for crochet was born.

At the moment I run the courses from my home, but with four children and a busy (or maybe I mean messy?!) household I have been wondering about basing them at a venue. So when Jo, who runs The Painted Barn Vintage Tearoom, approached me at a recent fair to ask about workshops the timing seemed to be perfect!

Last Friday I went to meet Jo and have a look at her cafe. I was in utter bliss! The tearoom is delightful- full of vintage repainted furniture, formica tables, bentwood chairs, gorgeous china teasets… I didn’t know where to look first!


My friend and I shared a scrumptious cream tea while we discussed the logistics with Jo and I came away full of excitement about leading my first crochet workshop from such a beautiful setting.

So here’s the poster I’ve put together. The workshop is designed for beginners- I’ll cover holding the hook and yarn and the treble crochet stitch and then we’ll move on to make granny squares. There will be 5 spaces on the first workshop and if it proves popular I’ll be organising more sessions each based around different themes such as making a crochet flower. Do let me know if you’re interested in taking a place- it should be a lovely morning!

Sam x


workshop poster

4 Responses

  1. Bev

    Fabulous! That setting looks amazing, what a lovely place to learn a craft!

    • sam

      Thanks Bev! Yes it’s lovely- there’s a farmshop there too and I think there’s a bit where you can feed the animals but I didn’t explore that properly! Well worth a little outing.

  2. Jacqui rowbotham

    Hi Sam, could I book 2 places on the workshop please. Can you let me know how to pay. Looking forward to learning ,I do knit but crochet is a mystery.
    Regards Jacqui

    • sam

      Hi Jacqui, that’s brilliant, I’ve reserved you two places. There are several options for payment- you can pay via paypal: either send me the money using my email samsabido@yahoo.co.uk or if you let me know your email I can send you a paypal payment request. Or I can send you my bank details for bacs if you let me know your email address, or you can pop the money in/ send it to me at 59 Eight Acres, Tring, Herts, HP23 5DD. Please could you let me know which method you decide to use and it would also be useful to have your email address and a contact phone number in case I need to get in touch. Thank you- I look forward to seeing you on the 9th May!!

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