Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MORE TIPS for sourcing crafts supplies and ideas for charity crafting.

Hi Everyone!
I know it's been ages since I blogged but I've been busy putting theory into practice and raising heaps of funds for charity by making and selling good quality, unique craftwork at reasonable prices. Sounds like advertising spin doesn't it, lol? Please forgive me I'm bursting to tell you a few more tips about great sources of charity crafting knowledge.

To all the world's hardworking, creative and amazing craft-based guilds, clubs and groups a hearty apology to you all also: I have been very remiss in not mentioning, in my previous article, that guilds, clubs and groups are excellent sources for pattern ideas and supplies, many having their own libraries, not to mention all the resources members have at home who may be willing to share, including advice and lessons in your chosen craft. Also many crafting "societies" and "communities" have swap meets and sales where you can buy, swap or sell craft supplies at very reasonable prices.

This maybe worth a try: I once put an ad in a newspaper requesting crochet patterns particularly vintage ones as I wanted to save them from the rubbish tip and establish a good library of patterns. Not only did I succeed in acquiring many unique vintage crochet patterns from the days when women really did very fine needlework I also made many long term friendships which still hold true today. *** A word of warning if you do advertise in a newspaper for donations of patterns or craft supplies please don't publish your full name or home address. Ask the newspaper to pass any messages onto to you or simply publish your mobile (cell phone) number and first name. If you are looking for a particular very hard to find pattern or crafts supply this may one way to go however. My city newspaper has a "Desperately Seeking....." column and although it mostly features people searching for other people they've lost contact with, some people I've seen have put in requests for donations of wool, or particular knitting patterns for instance. I know I have answered some of these requests myself and have spoken to some wonderful people who've made such requests often with wonderful results especially if readers know they are trying to do something for charity...... so do mention the cause you are supporting or the charity crafts project that you are endeavouring to fulfill.

I hope this additional information is of help to those of you seeking inexpensive crafting resources.

All the Best and Happy Crafting!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Hi All!
I'm involved in a lot of charity fundraising and have been for 15 years. I not only sell good quality crafts for charities but also supply useful crafts directly to those who need them, such as hospitals, agencies and community groups who work with the underprivileged, cancer sufferers etc.

The first information you need when crafting for charity is a list of charities or groups etc that will accept your crafts directly or else find craft ideas and patterns that you can readily and effectively use to fundraise yourself or through your church or your own community group or community centre.

In this post I will be going through sources/ideas of craft patterns etc and supplies that will add to or refresh what you you already do or even how to start from scratch.

A good "library" of patterns is a must. There are cheap ways of doing this but sometimes it is worth paying a few dollars for a pattern that is likely to be a good seller, if you plan to sell your wares.

Personally I believe it is good as in a small business it is important to find a niche market for yourself. What I found is a niche for small fashionable knit, crochet accessories such as hats, fingerless gloves, neck scarves and hairbands including the ear-warmer type. You might like to follow suit. I don't mind. Small items take less yarn and time to make. You are more likely to find willing volunteers to make them up for you too because of this.

I also sell good quality sewn item such as tote bags and BBQ aprons.

Sources of good free patterns: there's always the internet of course. For knitting and crochet patterns Ravelry.com is a great place to start. You can also buy patterns here if you see something that may be both popular and feasible to make up ie you will be able to make a profit from it. 

There are many places on the internet for free patterns but many may not be tested thoroughly so warning please read through the patts before you
start or at least be aware there may be errors and you may need to adjust your work as you go to correct it. If the patt has a good photo or tutorial to refer to this may help iron out any mistakes in the written pattern.

If you are willing to pay a little for a quality pattern: AnniesAttic.com had some lovely knit & crochet patts as of course does Ravelry.com available as convenient downloads.

You can find for sale some brilliant sewing patts at Etsy.com.

There are plenty of papercrafts patterns on the net too for backing papers, 3D papers, card making ideas, tea bag folding papers etc as well. Of course you need a printer for these.

There are some great Papercrafting magazines that supply CDs full of papers and card making ideas etc as well and with some imagination and creativity you can use these as inspiration for your own creations. You don't have to use or buy all the supplies recommended in these magazines. You can use what you already have, recycle old greeting cards and use newspapers, wrapping papers and magazine papers
especially for techniques such as Iris Folding etc.

Sometimes E-bay is a cheap source of craft supplies.
as can be yard or garage sales and opportunity shops (charity shops) and $2 shops. Also once the word gets around you are crafting for charity you may receive some donations of supplies and craft books etc from friends and family and your community.

Thanks for "listening" Happy Crafting and All the Best!

Friday, January 10, 2014


There is also a nicer, easier to read copy of this pattern in my "Patterns" section with a photo of the finished hairband.

These hairbands are really quick and fun to crochet, ideal for charity bazaars. Here are the instructions to crochet them:
MATERIALS: Cascade Fixation (98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic). This yarn is ideal for this project as it makes a very soft and stretchy headband, very comfortable for those fussy tweenies and teens and it comes in some great girly colours and also in black, dark purple plus more. 1 ball makes two or three hairbands depending on the size of hairband. 1 ball makes 3 child sized hairbands.
**** 1 x 4mm (US-size G, UK and Canadian-size 8) crochet hook. Using a smaller hook will make a smaller hairband as seen in above photos. Please use the size hook you are most comfortable with using. A 4mm hook suited me the best, it may not suit you. Exact gauge does not matter so much with the finished size in this project.
 **** 1 x knitters and tapestry sewing needle big enough to thread this yarn.
INSTRUCTIONS: (Please note: These instructions are written using U.S. crochet terminology). Ch 17 loosely leaving an end long enough to sew hairband together later on.
Row 1: (Right side) Dc in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as first dc),dc in each remaining ch across to end (15dc).
Row 2: Ch3, (counts as first dc, now and throughout), turn; dc in next 3dc, 3ch, tr in next dc, (skip next 2dcs, tr in next ch) twice, ch3, dc in last 4chs.
Row 3 and 4: Ch3, turn; dc in next 3dc, ch3, skip next ch-3 space, sc in next 3 trebles, ch 3, skip next ch-3 space, dc in last 4dc.
Row 5: Ch3, turn; dc in next 3dc, skip next 3ch space, tr in next sc, (ch2, tr in next sc) twice, skip next 3ch space, dc in last 4dc.
Rows 6 and 7: Ch3, dc in each stitch across, including chs, (ie you do not need to put hook into the actual ch stitches themselves just dc "under and around" each ch)(15dc).
Repeat Rows 2-7 five times plus rows 2-6 once more for an adult or teenager’s hairband or until desired length ie one less repeat for a young child.
You should have two thread ends left. To finish off; sew in one of the ends and use the other to hand stitch the two ends of the hairband together neatly with a flat seam using a sewing needle, as described above under "materials".

Copyright: CateW, November 7th 2011. Please do not post or publish this pattern elsewhere and use only for personal or charitable uses.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BIG NEWS- My Spider stitch hairband now free on Ravelry.com

Hi All!
I have been to the osteopath finally after many years of suffering tendonosis in my thumbs and wrists and have been advised not to do anything repetitive again.... sadly this means no more craft work and probably no more designing for me!

As a gift to all of you I am offering my popular spider stitch headband pattern to you for free again and forever. It is crocheted out of Cascade Fixation which very soft and comprised of 98.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic which makes it ideal for hairbands and babies and kids hats especially. It comes in many plain and multi colours. You can get three hairbands out of one ball if you make one in the smaller size ie 6 repeats of the pattern instead of seven. This makes it so affordable as gifts and as fundraisers at fairs and bazaars for charity. They are very popular sellers on my monthly charity crafts stall. 
The pattern is available as a PDF file on www.ravelry.com search for "spider stitch hairband pattern.


Thursday, August 22, 2013


Hi All!
I haven't been able to post for a while. Our computer died, I've been ill on and off with a stubborn infection for two months, I've been fitness training still when I can and have a lot of stuff to keep up with like CWA, my craft group, various charity projects and fundraisers besides what I do for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Also I've been trying to get my "affairs" in order so that my family will never be left in the lurch anytime in the future. I still have to do the round of a couple of specialist Drs next week and I want to have my eyes tested ( well overdue), get new glasses, go the dentist for a check-up ( also overdue) and make a few changes to my Will. No, I'm not about to drop off my perch! I just don't ever want my family to suffer from financial stress when the time does come, whenever that may be.

Our May, June and July market stalls for The Fred Hollows Foundation were a bit on the quiet side. We continue to get a lot of very positive feedback from customers & raise much more than it "costs". Please note: we hold extra fundraisers to pay for the costs of having the charity crafts stalls at The Nunawading Market nothing comes out from e=what we raise at this market. It all goes to The Fred Hollows Foundation- See more at: http://www.planbig.com.au/crafters-for-charity-creating-and-donating-crafts-to-raise-funds-for-the-fred-hollows-foundation#sthash.vElIFCWG.dpuf

One of the other charity projects I'm involved with is;  "Knitted Knockers", which are machine washable prothesis for women who have had mastectomy surgery knitted from very soft 8ply (DK or sportsweight) cotton yarn. If you Google "Knitted Knockers" you'll find patterns for them using both double pointed needles and two regular needles. Here in Australia we are going to knit them in 8ply cotton from The Bendigo Woollen Mills and with 4mm pairs of knitting needles. We are hoping some Country Women's Association of Victoria members will volunteer to knit for us plus gain help from the Knitter's Guild and Rotary and anyone else that wishes to help. We hope to pay for the pattern and cotton for any volunteer knitters with grant money.

All the Best and Happy Crafting!!
CateW :0)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Hi All!

I have just set up a Ravelry store to sell my crochet designs to the world!! To view and buy please go to Ravelry.com, and join up if you haven't already, then search using Quick Search for "Catherine Weaver's Ravelry Store".

Ravelry.com has heaps of wonderful crochet, knit and fibre art patterns for sale.

All the Best and Happy Crocheting!!
CateW :0)

Monday, April 1, 2013


Hi All!
I know it has been a while since I blogged. Here pictured below is an example of just one of the many and varied things I've been up to since I last "spoke" to you. I've crocheted an original spider stitch towel topper design! I've still to write the pattern to go with it which may take some time. I've also crocheted an original jogger's ipod/iphone/mobile holder armband also in guess what (?): spider stitch plus a dainty spider stitch Christmas angel tree ornament in white No.10 (bedspread weight) thread. Again I've still to jot down the written patterns and test them. This is the most time consuming part. These patterns will be for sale once I complete the written patts and then work out how to enable downloading of PDF files through Etsy etc. I may also sell actual spider stitch headbands on Etsy in future but only if I give up going to markets.

I'd love to hear your comments and feedback regarding the towel topper.

I hope to publish photos of my other designs at some point as well to give you a sneak preview of them as well.

What else have I been doing to disrupt my designing: heaps of charity fundraiser planning and organising, holding charity crafts market stalls, restocking my crafts stalls, attending C.W.A. (Country Women's Association of Victoria Inc), craft group meetings, birthday and other parties, fitness training five times a weeks plus recovering from them, lol, advertising fundraising events, going to the local theatre and to the movies, keeping "fuelled up" for training and other stuff.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share pics of my original towel topper.

All the Best!
Cate :0)

Close up of my Spider Stitch towel topper.

Spider stitch towel topper as in use, hanging on oven rail.