A gift of crochet

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I was, quite simply, overwhelmed by the generosity of a friend made over the last year through our respective blogs, when early this year I received an email from the TheGrangeRange asking if she could contribute anything to my wedding day.

Table settings

Table settings

I thought long and hard about Geraldine’s generous offer of her time and skill when she could have been busy creating for herself.

My other half had made his feelings known to me that he really wouldn’t appreciate turning up at our venue to find it the latest setting for Kirstie Allsops wedding show alongside his other nemesis Cath Kidston.  ( I can’t think why. I personally would have loved to have gone down this route!) If I had mentioned crochet and wedding in the same sentence I’m not sure he would have turned up.

Geraldine and I have never met in person, although I hope this will be put to rights over the summer, but I thought I knew enough of her work to trust that what she made would be a fabulous addition to my plans for a simple but elegant setting for our day.

We batted some ideas backwards and forwards across the net and settled on something along the lines of these napkin rings that I found on folksy.

No patterns existed. I knew from her blog, that Geraldine would be able to work from the ideas we had seen. I left it up to her to decide how intricate to go. I was very aware that I had 60 guests and didn’t want her to feel she had taken on something too vast and tying.

I visited Texere yarns in Bradford and choose their own Texere linen yarn in a few colours. I wish I had remembered to take a photo of them before I sent them off!

And then, a few months later, I received an amazing parcel in the post.

You will not be disappointed!!

You wait until you see these.

It came in this boxWedding box
Wrapped up like this.IMG_6398
And inside


I was blown away

Aren’t they utterly amazing?

The venue had lent us 60 white cotton napkins in advance of the date.


I was hoping that my guests would also see these as wedding favours. I can tell you they soon disappeared into my ladies handbags!

I had stamped my guests names on these parcel tags, with their food choices stamped on the back.


My mum and I spent a very pleasant afternoon assembling these.

Wedding napkins

Wedding napkins

Then we were ready to pack them up to go to the venue


I didn’t get to see them again until I saw the tables all laid out, just before we sat down for the wedding breakfast. So elegant and utterly tasteful.

Table settings

Table settings

I cannot thank Geraldine enough. Please pop over to her blog TheGrangeRange. She is currently planning a fantasy garden yarn bombing of her husband’s GP surgery and is looking for contributions. She has many suggestions and links to patterns here.
I am busy crocheting birds and flowers which I will hope will go a little way in returning her generosity.

My husband (get me!) now sees crochet in a completely different light.
Thank you Geraldine.
Love, Lucie

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I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. Infact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wastest make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Beautiful! 😊 Is a great idea…

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  2. Oh how utterly gorgeous, no wonder you were blown away but then having followed Geraldine’s (nice to have a name to put to a blog title ;) ) creativity over the last year, I am not at all surprised by either her generosity or her skill. Beautiful.

    I hope you managed to keep a few for yourself ;) :)

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  3. Gosh, what a wonderful present, and friend.

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  4. How utterly fantastic and beautiful!

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  5. These are beautiful and what a beautiful story you have to tell too.
    I have no idea why your hubbie wouldn’t have wanted Kirstie Alllsop or Cath Kidston to wedding plan for you!!!

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  6. A Stunning gift. Hope you had an amazing day 🍸🎉😀

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  7. WOW! – A *lot* of work! I’m amazed that She came up so many *different* designs! KUDOS!
    And, CONGRATS to You! :-D

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  8. So pretty and generous ! How lovely they are.

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  9. They are amazing, I am not surprised they quickly disappeared into handbags!!

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  10. What a beautiful and creative gift. Hope you have been able to keep a set so you can use them on your other special occasions.

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  11. stitchedupsam

    What a wonderful gift.

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  12. What a wonderful gift. They are all so unique and the addition of the pearls made them so pretty.
    Ali xx

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  13. How lovely and generous. Were you tempted to tell your guests you had made them? ;)

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    • I didn’t dare! But so many thought I had done them until I put them right. I shall however crochet myself a matching set for al fresco dining (yes this is actually happening in the UK right now!)

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  14. I love these! What a nice variety of colours and shapes. I love the Grange Range too – anyone who hasn’t checked it out should do! :)

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  15. Perhaps your hubby like mine thinks crochet=unfashionable. But these are just gorgeous, unique, practical, elegant and gifted!

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  16. They are gorgeous, congratulations on getting married, I hope you both have many many years of love and laughter together.

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  17. The whole of Geraldine’s creations must have been simply overwhelming!

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  18. They are beautiful, hurrah for Geraldine!! Think I might have to make some ;)

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  19. This is so beautiful and stylish! I admire your patience!

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  20. Thank you so much for such a lovely post and all the fab photos of the napkin rings, I do have the patterns for them and have been waiting until after the wedding to add them to my tutorials, but with all the work for the yarn bomb project it will probably be a September ‘to do’. It was a real pleasure to make them for your special day (I have to confess to being a little nervous when I sent them off in case they were not what you expected) so I am so happy that you were pleased.

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