Free Halloween Crochet Patterns from gentlestitches

gentlestitches Halloween Picnic

Join me today at the Gothic “not for profit” Montsalvat. Have a look around, join me in a picnic and a quiet read. Help yourself to a free amigurumi pattern and enjoy the visual and peaceful treat which is Monsalvat before you go. Take some deep breaths under the gum trees and enjoy the art and hand crafted items on display. Take 5 minutes of delicious “you time” <3

amigurumi crochet spiders and candy skull
First up our the famous Australian red backed spiders.

crochet melbourne fruit bat
Beware of flying Bats (not this one though, it is friendly and cuddly) :-D

crochet zombie bunnies on spiral staircase














Grab yourself a free zombie bunny pattern before they grab you.

crochet large and small sugar skull masks
Just in time for día de los muertos, a large or small sugar skull from Jennifer at squirrel picnic. Pattern here.

shane playing music for us to leave by

Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy the music as Shane pipes you out.

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introducing the foxes!


trio of amigurumi foxes by gentlestitches.
These little guys will be appearing at up coming markets and their pattern will be available in my shop soon.

duo of foxes by
Each fox is unique and proving a little hard to part with.

one fox by
I think I will just keep this one and perhaps those over there……..

enjoy the foxes everyone. <3

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Wild on Wednesday brought forward to Monday..


Spring in Victoria Australia. Come and look at my friend and neighbor fozziemum’s place! 

Originally posted on FOZZIE.M:

Hi guys..i was unable to do a Wild on Wednesday last busy getting things done outside..this week with some ups and downs with Pickles I am doing an early Wild feature…I think we have had so many sad animal stories the last week or so that an early smile and maybe even a squee is called for…
Now I am thrilled with these pictures..they were hard to get..but I was honoured that Mum felt safe enough around me to allow her little babe out of the pouch..this small group has been very close to the house and the day I took them I was actually taking bird pics..when I turned to follow a bird’s flight path I saw below the embankment this family..

Mum was having a snooze…

Mum was fast asleep

Mum was fast asleep

Until she spotted me..

A sweet spot to rest up with the family

A sweet spot to rest up with the family

Of course you may…

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The Masterpiece Displayed


What we can achieve when we work together! A blanket made by people from all over the world reflecting the core principles of permaculture. If you are new to permaculture or even if you are not, take a peek at the wonderful work of Jan Martin from The Snail of Happiness.  Also take a look at her folksy shop. Perhaps your square is here too? My contribution was the positive  and responsible human driven co existence of domestic animals on our fragile flora and fauna. Enjoy!



Originally posted on The Snail of Happiness:

So, Saturday was the day when the masterpiece blanket finally got to be a very public manifestation of my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. All those squares from across Britain and all over the world were on show at Gilwell Park in Epping Forest, London as I gave my final presentation before receiving my diploma at the UK Permaculture Convergence. Whilst other people choose to use Powerpoint or Prezi on a computer, or have a slide show, I decided to be low tech, but high impact and take my blanket. The main question was how to display it.

When I discovered that I was to give my talk in a marquee, I knew that my initial idea would work, namely to hang it from a washing line so it was easy for everyone to see. The joy of a marquee is that there are lots of struts to fasten your washing…

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Creating a Welcome Market.

craftivists support asylum seekers.

 It was a brilliant day for our market on the 16th August 2014. We raised four thousand dollars and every cent went to asrc. For more details visit Creating a Welcome face book page. 

High Street Market

 A rather serious looking Aunt Sharon discusses sheep and Alpaca yarn with a customer. Both these yarns were kindly donated as were all the goods available.Northcote High Street

 A highlight of the day was an appearance by Melbourne’s own Charm of Finches who performed with a buskers hat and all proceeds were donated to the cause. Thank you.

Northcote market wares.










Melbourne and surrounding textile artists, and other kind people donated the most wonderful  assortment of products for us to sell. This is just a very small sample.

lovely Northcote babies













The knitted and crocheted hats were very popular as shown by our very lovely babies. Yes, four thousand dollars was raised which is a lot of welcoming Owls and ants.  Stay tuned for our upcoming events and nurture hope in your heart that peace and sanity can be achieved for all. <3


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