Geillis Cloth


Soon I will be releasing a new design: the Geillis Gathering Wrap.  If you are a fan of the new television series, Outlander, you will know that Geillis is a healing woman well versed in knowledge of plants used for medicinal purposes.  In fact, we first see her out in the woods where Claire is gathering mushrooms.  In this scene she is wearing an interesting wrap–part shawl, part vest.  I am designing a Wrap inspired by the one Geillis is wearing.  I am not trying to make it look just like Geillis’s–mine will, however, share a similar style.  The final pattern will have instructions to make the Wrap, a shawl, a scarf, a cowl, and more.  I think matching fingerless mitts would be nice, too!

The Geillis Cloth pattern is a way to learn some of the lace stitches used in the Geillis Gathering Wrap.  You learn the stitches, and end up with a small (about 6 inch by 6 inch) cloth that is perfect to use under your coffee mug, or it would be a nice gift with a couple of small sample size handmade soaps!

I hope that if you enjoy this pattern, you will show your support by putting it in your Ravelry Favourites, and if you make one please link to my design on Ravelry too.  You’re also welcome to share photos and comments on my Facebook page.  If you find any errors or have any questions or need any help with the pattern, please contact me–on Facebook is usually the quickest way to get in touch.



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August Flowers ~ Dahlia

I have had a busy summer of knitting, crochet, dyeing and other fibre-fun, but have not been posting very often on my blog! I have been busier on Facebook, and if you would like to see more of my summer fun, that is a good place to check out some of the posts.  I have been trying eco-dyeing–love it!!! Mahonia/Oregon grape berries, wildflowers, salal…even pennies and beans! some create really interesting fabrics and wool, others do not.  It is an inexpensive way to explore new colours and to enjoy the forests and meadows.


Tonight I finished a new design to share with you: the first in a series I am calling “August Flowers”: the Dahlia D’Oyley and Cloth.  It is free from my Ravelry store.  I do hope that to show your support for all the hours I spend researching antique patterns, redesigning and rewriting them, working them into new items, etc., you will add my designs to your ‘favourites’ on Ravelry, or comment on a Facebook post or photo–better yet, share some of your own work on my Facebook page :) I love to see what others are making!



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Asphodel Meadows

Asphodel Meadows Collage

Asphodel Meadows crochet design is offered free to thank all my Facebook fans and followers, to celebrate reaching the Milestone of 1000 “Likes” on my page, West Coast: Super, Natural.  If you look at the top post on my page you will find a link to a HUGE Giveaway that I am participating in; there are over two dozen vendors offering prizes to celebrate “Milestones Madness and More”…just click on the link and you’ll be whisked over to the page where you can enter!  You can also click right here:  Milestones Madness and More Giveaway

Asphodel Meadows was Inspired by:

asphodel whiteAsphodeline yellow

Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day

By the streams that ever flow,

By the fragrant winds that blow

O’er th’ Elysian flow’rs,

By those happy souls who dwell

In yellow meads of Asphodel,

Or Amaranthine bow’rs…

                             ~ Alexander Pope

This pattern is for a quick little flower motif that was originally used for a lamp cover in an 1861 French magazine, La Mode Illustrée. I think it would be lovely as a floral shawl or scarf—or, in worsted weight, an afghan. I have tons of photos in the pattern to help you make this 3-Round flower, and how to join the flowers as you go (you could sew them together after you make them if you prefer).  I also show how I made it into a pendant for a necklace.  While it would be nice made in one colour, I would love to see something made with either self-striping yarn or with flowers made in different colours. I hope that if you make something using this motif, you will share photos on my Facebook page, West Coast: Super, Natural, or link to the design on Ravelry: “Asphodel Meadows.”


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Entwisted Cloth Knitting Pattern

Entwisted Cloth

The “Entwisted Cloth” free pattern, designed to thank all my followers and fans on Facebook for “1000 Likes Milestone Reached” is now available in my Ravelry Pattern Store.  Please take a moment to add it to your Favourites in Ravelry and feel free to share the link on Facebook.

This cloth is knitted with a simple but really effective knitted mesh lace that I found in a Victorian book from 1871. There are a lot of photos–so if you are a beginning knitter you can make this cloth.  All you need to know is cast on, knit, slip a stitch, yarn forward, knit 2 together, and cast off.  If you haven’t done a yarn over or a knit 2 together, there is a photo tutorial at the end of the pattern to show how to do them.

Soon there will be another design in “A Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath” that uses this stitch pattern, and making a cloth is a really useful way to learn new stitches.  I think this cloth in the size I made only used about 25g of worsted weight Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (with 5mm needles), so you could make a set of 3 from a ball of cotton–a lovely gift for someone on your Christmas gift, if you wrap it up with a bar of locally handcrafted soap!


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Tour de Fleece and Entwisted Cloth

Pelerine Elisabeth Buddy fleece

Today is the beginning of the Tour de Fleece. I’m in Team Canada and getting set to spin a few yards. My Tour de Fleece goal is to spin all the yarn I need for my “Pelerine Elisabeth” which is a cape-like garment I am re-working from a Victorian-era French design. And I don’t read or speak French, even though I live in an officially bi-lingual country…oops. Maybe my secondary goal should be to learn to speak French a little, too, even a phrase or word a day! Eh!

Entwisted Cloth

As well, today, I am finishing the pattern for another “A Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath” design.  The “Entwisted Cloth” will be a free pattern offered to thank all my followers and fans on Facebook for “1000 Likes Milestone Reached”  It is a simple but really effective knitted mesh lace that I found in a Victorian book from 1871. There will be tons of photos–so if you are a beginning knitter you can make this cloth.  All you need to know is cast on, knit, slip a stitch, yarn forward, knit 2 together, and cast off.  If you haven’t done a yarn over or a knit 2 together, a photo will show you the how it looks.  Always remember to search on Google or on Youtube for tutorials for these basic knitting instructions too.  They are the basics of all lace knitting, and they open up a new world from basic stockinette stitch (knit one row, then purl one row) or garter stitch (knit every row).

I made a very simple crocheted edging on my cloth, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t know how to crochet or prefer it without it.  I also show what it would look like with just a row of single crochet around the edges, or a chain loop edging.

This stitch pattern will be used in another larger project in the Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath series, and making a cloth is a useful way to learn the stitch.  Tomorrow I will be publishing another free cloth pattern as a “1000 Likes Milestone Reached” thank you for Facebook followers! It will be based on a Victorian crochet stitch pattern and will also be used in a larger project later on.

The patterns for the Ocean Spray Cloth and the 1888 Slumber Slippers may already be found in my RAVELRY PATTERN STORE  as instant Pdf downloads for just $1.95 each.

Victorian Potpourri collageslumber slippersOcean Spray cloth

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A Victorian Potpourri for Bed & Bath: Slumber Slippers

The latest design in this series is now available–a cute, adaptable crocheted slipper pattern that is sure to be a favourite with young and old!

slumber slippers


These Slumber Slippers are adapted from an 1888 Victorian design, re-designed to be made with any yarn and in any size.  Directions are included so that you can easily make a pair using any weight of yarn with the appropriate hook, from baby to mens large size!

I made Women’s Medium size, with chunky weight acrylic yarn and a 6.5mm hook.  It used about 70g of the main colour (green) and 30g of the contrast colour (pink).  The second pair of slippers is a 1-3 year size, and used about 50g of yarn.  There are lots of photos so making these slippers is easy!  If you find any errors or need any help please write to me on the comment form or write a message on Facebook or Ravelry and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can–I check my mail boxes at least once a day.

Victorian Potpourri collage



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A Victorian Potpourri for Bed & Bath: Ocean Spray Cloth

ocean shetland 8


This lace stitch comes from an 1867 pattern for a Shetland Shawl, forming the large centre square. In the original shawl, there is a wide 18 inch Shell or “Old Shale” border around it.  I made this cloth with 5mm needles and about 35g of worsted weight cotton.  To make it you need to be able to cast on, cast off, knit, knit 2 together, knit 3 together, yarn over.  I crocheted a single crochet and then crab stitch round on mine to finish the edge, but you can also leave it just as knitted.

There will be a variety of patterns in this series using different stitch patterns and re-worked designs, both crocheted and knitted: soapsaver bag, slippers, a cushion, lace curtains, and more!  They will be available singly then, later, as an e-book which you can buy at a discount if you have already purchased individual patterns.

Ocean Spray cloth Victorian Potpourri collage

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