Saturday, 3 June 2017

Furls Crochet Hook Winner

With over 500 entries we certainly had a lot of comments to read through from our recent competition! but we did read every single entry both on Instagram and here on my blog.

I cannot express how amazing some of the comments were. There were just so many wonderful charities and organisations people are crocheting for, heartfelt stories and really amazing work that some of you are involved in. I am in awe of all your amazing acts of encouragement for others, and love that you are sharing to those dear to you or to those you have never met. You really are making such a difference.

Obviously the HappyBerry team behind the scenes can only pick one winner, and our winner we felt was making such a lovely gesture and her comment was a lovely shout out to all those special people that have helped us in our crocheting journey, that have allowed us to do all the amazing things we can do today. We also felt that the ergonomic design of the Furls hook would really help her Mum. Well done cuppabooks1 from Instagram, with her message here;

"Although I do crochet, I would actually like to win this for my mum. She struggles with sore hands now and at times it gets quite painful but it never stops her creating beautiful/quirky pieces. She'll always makes us whatever we ask for! She's just about to start making little mini beasts for the nursery I work at! I would just love to give her something beautiful to show my appreciation of everything she does." - cuppabooks1

Please message me with your contact details and I will get your Furls crochet hook out to you!

And here are some amazing comments we received that we believed were worth an honorary mention, or highlighted a lot of similar entries.

Honorary Mentions πŸ’•

caroline131415 I have a rare genetic condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta. It causes my bones to be considerably weaker than an average person, so I have broken many bones from completely ordinary things, like if I am walking and my foot rolls the wrong way I can brake my ankle. I can't preform many physical activities without braking bones or becoming injured. Since I have to be very careful when doing any physical activities I have done a lot of crafting from a young age, but when I discovered crocheting I completely fell in love with it. I spend a lot of my time crocheting for my family since it is a safe activity that is incredibly fun. If I were to win this hook I would like to use it to crochet some amigurumi characters for my friends and family.

matildarei Honestly, getting a Furls hook isn't going to inspire *what* I crochet; but rather, *how* I crochet. I am married with three adorable sons. So, I am the only feminine entity in my home. When the boys go to bed, I have a few minutes to myself; and this is my precious crochet time. I usually make small projects (such as seasonal motifs to decorate my home). In fact, these small projects are how I became familiar with HappyBerry Crochet. I believe that using a Furls hook would transform me into a princess. I'm sure I'll start sipping cocoa from a very fancy teacup, wear more lace, and I'll have to find slippers trimmed in marabou. A Furls hook will surely change my country bumpkin life to the most luxurious, feminine, movie-starish life -- because, really, how can it not? (By the way, I'm looking forward to making lacy curtains for my pink kitchen this summer, using a size 3.5 mm hook; a Furls hook would make them especially amazing.)

sigonimacaroni I want to make a matching beanie hat with a beard for both my son and fiancΓ© for his first Father's Day πŸ˜‚(it's never too late for a funny gift!) He is the best father to my son and although he's not his by blood, you would never know because they are two peas in a pod and he wants to adopt him when we're married. They would crack up over the beanies πŸ˜‚

bunnykitkit The first thing I would do is to begin a "Thank You" project for a woman physician who finally after seeing many, many other doctors, took the time to listen and discovered the sources of my pain and took immediate steps to help me. I have the most beautiful mohair and silk dove gray yarn and I would make her something that says, "Thank you for listening. Thank you for helping my pain."

mycrochetmakes Beautiful hook, I would make a day to remember 😘 Sit in the sun, dog at my feet, big pot of tea that morphs into Pimms later on in the day and work my way through a crochet mandala book! Bliss 😎

fancier_feast I crochet the tiny turtles you provided a tutorial for, and I sell them to donate to local turtle charities in South Florida. I call them 'turtles for turtles', and I'd make plenty more with your lovely crochet hook ❤🐒

maxinesteinberg Hello Laura. I have been crocheting for quite some time and would now call myself a 'crochet addict'! At the moment I am attempting to crochet as many hearts as possible to send to Manchester as there is currently an appeal for these. Some organisers in Manchester are planning to cover the city centre in crocheted and knitted hearts following the horrific attack there this week. I would love to crochet more hearts with that beautiful furls hook! Much love x

sotomayormariel Been through so many black clouds lately... I felt I needed to start having my time!! and enjoy the little creative side of me ...I have always loved crochet but finally decided to learn.. it's been fun and relaxing .. its actually helped with my depression and anxiety ...have a blessed day

janetsevin I've been watching your videos an love your work. Last year March 2016 my Husband lost his job,it was horrible! My Mom always Crocheted and I wad Inlove with Crocheting as a kid. I just knew it was in MY blood. When the Layoff happened money lasted a few weeks no more money. I just knew I had to do something bc there was no jobs hiring. We had $20. to our name ONLY . I asked my Husband bring ME to the store he did and i bought yarn and 1 H hook. I pulled up a crocheting video Tutorial an crocheted my first blanket. It was Beautiful! I then posted MY blanket to Facebook in a group to sell we needed to make a living. Not knowing if it would sell or not,it Sold!! I've Been Crocheting ever since an Adore it! Just wanted to tell you MY story,it was MY journey,Destiny an Tallent. Beautiful hook!! I'd Crochet a Beautiful Afghan with your hook. Much LOVE Janet

traceyrice2 Oh my goodness what a beautiful hook. Thank you for being so generous. I have recently joined slimming world and in readiness for reaching my target weight I am planning on making a gorgeous tunic instead of rewarding myself with food. Using this hook would be a wonderful way of celebrating my new healthy life. 😊.

mum2mya My nan has just needed to go into a nursing home to to horrible dementia. She loves my crochet shawls and toys I make her as it's one of the only things she remembers. It breaks my heart that she can no longer remember how to crochet but she still enjoys to watch me, hopefully the hook will keep her focus xx

loulabelle39 I work in Maternity Care and would love to use this hook to make little hats and octopuses for the Special Care Unit and little hats and very special blankets for the babies that are delivered stillborn or as we say "Born a sleep" ❤️πŸ’–πŸ’™

libertinewithatwist First of all can I just say Eeeeeeeekkkkkkkk! Have been eyeing up @furlscrochet hooks for what feels like ever & I now have this opportunity to win one so a massive THANK YOU Laura! This is awesommmmme 😊😊 My first project with the hook should I win it will be a very special baby blanket πŸ’œ Without going in to too many details... Back at the beginning of 2016 I had some amazing news in that my closest friend of 28 years was pregnant with her 1st baby after her & hubby had been trying for almost 7 years. We were all super excited as you can imagine. Devastatingly, our joy was short-lived and our little angel princess passed away when my friend was 32 weeks pregnant. I did crochet a blanket for her to be laid to rest in...Fast forward now to May 2017 & we are excitedly & anxiously awaiting the immanent arrival of our angel princess' beautiful baby sister due 2nd June so I am desperate to make a pastel rainbow baby blanket for her with the hook to show her how special she is & just how amazing her big sister was πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’– So sorry for the novella folks!! I just wanted to make sure the story was given properly! Hope you're not all asleep πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚ thanks again Laura! You're just fab! ✌πŸ’™ @happyberrycrochet xxx

tasha_smasher @happyberrycrochet That furls crochet hook is just so beautifully crafted n devine 😍 if I was to win it, I would continue (with the amazing help n guidance of your YouTube video tutorials) to do what I love n find great pleasure in... CROCHET!:) I have found great joy in crochet n it is s bit help for me with the condition I live with (autism). It helps to calm me n releases much stress I find. I would hope to make great things with the help of the furls hook xx btw have a great weekend n enjoy the summer sunshine πŸŒžπŸŒΈπŸ˜‰

woodcabin_clothing I'd love to use it for making snails with your tutorial. I'm helping a friend with a project where she is sending snails to people all over the world who take pictures of them in cool places. The pictures are for my friend's friend who is unable to travel due to health reasons and seeing all the pictures of snails all over the world is like him being there too (he has a snail too and has thought up a story where they all communicate with each other and share their adventures). If you want to see the project, it's on facebook and it's called "Kateryna's Traveling Snails"

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and leave a comment. I wish I could send you all a hook, but there will be more competitions soon, so stay tuned!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Win a Furls Crochet Hook

Winner was cuppabooks1 - See latest post.

Win an Heirloom Furls Crochet Hook worth $79!

Last year I was lucky enough to get my hands on a beautiful Furls crochet hook, but I've just never used it as I'm a creature of habit and just too in love with my Clover Softtouch hooks. So! to pass on the love and not let this gorgeous hook sit unused and unloved, I'm going to give it away to one lucky crocheter! To enter simply follow me on Instagram and comment on my competition post to tell me what you would make with this hook! The best answers will be put to a panel of HappyBerry judges and 1 lucky winner will be chosen. I feel it's going to be a tough choice!! 

Competition ends Friday 2nd June 2017. 

If you don't have Instagram then you can also comment below with your answer, simply tell me what you would make with this crochet hook if you won it!

You can find out more about Furls Crochet at

Good luck!!

This is not a paid for promotion. Open to everyone as long as Royal Mail deliver to your country.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

How to do Embroidery with Video Tutorials

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It's been a really productive last couple of months and I truly feel that I am back on track with a new direction and passion for HappyBerry. The support I have received from you guys has been fantastic, and I have read every message and comment, so thank you so much! You are all so wonderful and kind, and it has really helped me on my creative journey.

Since my break from YouTube I spent some time rediscovering some old hobbies, and I have particularly been taken by something I haven't done in years and that was sewing and embroidery, which I have found very therapeutic.

So much so, it has enabled me to pick up the crochet hook again, and I have been working on some exciting new crochet projects (as well as my very long awaited crochet book of course!), which I'll talk about all in good time. For now, what I am excited to talk about is my plan to share my new embroidery journey with you guys, with a new selection of embroidery video tutorials.

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The video tutorials will be like a fun sew-along for beginners, where we can make an embroidered project of various flowers and fauna together through me sharing various different embroidery stitches and techniques.

The first two embroidery video tutorials have already been released if you would like join in, and they are for the Raised Fish Bone Stitch and the French Knot to create the yellow flower you see above. You can view them below.

In time this project will work up to a collage of creative embroidery stitches for you and I to sew together. I am not sure how it will plan out or even what colours we will use, but I hope along the way you can join me in this immensely rewarding and therapeutic craft and learn some wonderful techniques with me as your guide.

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The materials I am using are nothing fancy, just grab yourself some cotton yarn (I split mine into thinner strands), a normal sewing needle (not a yarn needle as they are too big), some cotton fabric (anything goes from linen blends to those cotton fat quarters we all love), and an embroidery hoop, which you should be able to pick up from most craft stores (I got mine from HobbyCraft if you're in the UK), and some scissors.

I recommend Rico Essentials Cotton DK, which splits lovely and holds strong. So far I have used Banana (yellow) and Nougat (brown). Click here to get yours shipped today! Takes you to - Make sure to use the code SAVE20 to save 20% if you spend over £30! (until May 27th 2017)


Lastly, I really just want to say thank you again so much for all your kind messages of support and encouragement over the last few weeks. I have been so touched and quite overwhelmed, and it means so much to me.

Thank you x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

How To Sew a Small Zipped Purse

I haven't done a photo tutorial in a while (or posted in a while tbh!), but I thought I would share with you my little Parisian Purse sewing pattern, which is so easy to do with just some basic sewing skills.

You will need the following materials;

- Outer fabric; preferably 100% cotton
- Lining fabric; again preferably 100% cotton that compliments your outer fabric
- Fusible fleece; this stuff is available online or usually in your local fabric shop and comes in rolls or small packets. It gives a lovely padded feel to your bag. You can use either the iron on variety where the bobbly side sticks to your fabric when hot, or the sew-in variety. I chose fusible fleece by Pellon.
- Sewing thread; I use 100% polyester in a complimentary colour to my fabrics
- 1 x 15cm (6") zip; choose a colour that compliments your fabric, if in doubt choose white
- A sewing machine, but you could feasibly hand sew if you have the patience!
- Scissors
- An iron, if using the fusible fleece

Step 1
Download my free sewing template pattern Parisian Purse from my resources section of my website at; Make sure to print at 100%, the pattern is to scale.

Step 2
Cut out your fabric. You will need 2 outer fabric pieces, 2 lining fabric pieces and 2 fusible fleece pieces (if using). Make sure that if using a fabric design that has to be 'the right way up' (like I did here) that the top of your design lines up with the shorter edge of your template. The same applies to things like stripes, make sure they're straight! You'll appreciate your hard work now at the end.

Step 3 
Heat up your iron for a few minutes on a hot cotton setting, and iron on your fusible fleece to the back of your outer fabric pieces, making sure that the bobbly side is against your fabric and not your iron. Iron the fabric side first, pushing out from the middle and finish with a gentle iron on the fleece side. If your fleece is larger than your fabric, cover with old fabric to avoid any fleece sticking to your iron.

Step 4
Place your outer fabric face up with the shorter edge at the top, then place your zip face down onto the top of your fabric, making sure that the metal ends of your zip are inside your fabric, but only by your seam allowance. It doesn't matter if your whole zip overhangs your fabric, you can cut it down later. Then place your lining face down on top and pin in place.

Sew in place with a normal straight stitch, but don't go too close to your zip. Your sewing foot should just fit nicely between the metal zip and the edge. You may have to pause halfway to move your zip out of the way, if so make sure your needle is down in your fabric before removing the foot or pausing.

Step 5
Open out your project and fold in place with the lining fabric face up, flipping/folding your zip up so your fabrics are level with each other.

Now place your second outer fabric piece face up on your table. Line up your zip now with the top edge of your new fabric piece (your zip end should be at the opposite end now), then place your second lining fabric piece face down. Pin in place and sew with a straight stitch like before.

Step 6
Fold out your project with outer fabrics facing up and your lining fabrics facing down, and flatten your zip. Top stitch along zip edges with a straight stitch on both sides, this will show now so make it neat. Try to sew close to the zip now by about half a cm. I tend to use made-up markers on my sewing machine foot as a guide. You may need to move the zip head out of the way like before so make sure that you needle is in your project before pausing/removing your machine foot.

Step 7
Now fold out your work again so that the outer fabric pieces are together again, and the lining fabric pieces are together again. Pin in place.

Now cut out 3 x 3 cm squares from each corner (as per the template). You may have already cut these, which is fine.

Now, making sure your zip is open half way, sew with a straight stitch along the edges, but do not sew along the right angled corner squares, and leave a hand width gap along the base of the lining fabric so we can turn our work inside out. I chose to mark where I wanted to stop and start sewing around my hand.

When sewing around your edge make sure your zip faces and folds out to your outer fabric! I also chose to mark where the ends of my zip were so I could sew as close to these as I could, often curving in slightly to reach them. This also creates a nice curved edge to your bag.

Step 8
Now take your right angled square corners and pull them apart (like a crisp/chips packet) so that the edges lie straight with each other. Pin in place and sew to secure with a straight stitch. Trim off any excess. Repeat for all 4 corners.

Step 9
Put your hand inside the gap left on your lining fabric and turn your work inside out, covering your outer fabric so that your lining fabric is face up.

Now turn your bag inside out completely, making sure to gently poke out your corners. Check your happy and then pull out your lining fabric again to find that remaining open gap.

Step 10
Line up your lining fabric edges and fold edges over and pin in place. Sew as close to the edge as possible with a straight stitch to close this remaining gap.

Place your lining bag inside your bag, zip it up and now you're done! 

I hope you enjoyed this photo tutorial and managed to follow along. I will see you soon for more crochet and crafting fun!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Crochet Trends for 2017 - Predictions
Every January I always start to ponder what the trends will be in crochet for the new year, and this year is no exception. Having successfully predicted the trends for 2016 (it was all about macramΓ© and fringes, black and whites, and geometric shapes last year!) I'm going to put down my thoughts of what will be popular in 2017 in the world of crochet.

Mandy from RedAgape's 'Gelato Pops' popcorn cushion
It really is a case of #pickyourpalette with the Paintbox yarns
with 60 shades to choose from!
My first thought is that 2017 will be all about colour, and really vibrant Spring colours, which really brighten up any room for any occasion. Think coral blues, grassy greens and sunny yellows, played with together to form beautiful rainbow pieces.

A perfect new year example is Mandy from RedAgape's latest creation, her Gelato Pops popcorn crochet cushion, which showcases some vibrant colours of Heirloom Cotton 8ply yarn.

We also cannot ignore the amazing new range of colourful yarns by Paintbox, and the name certainly does their yarns justice as these yarns, which come in three different weights and two fibres, literally have any colour you can dream of.

Paintbox yarns come in DK (light worsted) weight, Aran (worsted) weight and Chunky (Bulky) weight, and come in 100% acrylic and 100% cotton fibres and come in 60 shades!!

With the amazing introduction late last year of their mini yarn series as well (currently only available in their advent calendar) I'm expecting some very colourful designs hitting our eyes throughout 2017.

But what stitches or techniques can we expect in 2017? Read on...

I'm feeling very passionate about Tunisian Crochet this year, and I think 2017 will be full of new and exciting projects which incorporate Tunisian stitches, and not just from me. I'm also expecting a lot of crochet enthusiasts keen to learn new Tunisian crochet techniques, and what better than starting on my very own Tunisian crochet Basket Weave zipper bag. This bag utilises the simple Tunisian stitch and the Tunisian purl stitch, and demonstrates how to crochet in a zip and line a bag and is available as a video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

But what about this stunning blend of Tunisian crochet and bold rainbow colours, in DaniΓ«lle's Tunisian Sunset Blanket (in the making).

Either way, I think 2017 is going to be yet another exciting year for crochet, and I'll be keen to see what transpires!

If you have any predictions for 2017, I would love to hear in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram @happyberrycrochet