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Treble the Trouble

Meet the hosts

 

Helen Free, designer and textile artist.

 

Helen Free

I started crocheting as a child; my Dad taught me.  I love the versatility of crochet and that it is no longer granny squares and doilies, although these still have their place.  It is about colour and creativity; pushing the accepted boundaries, and it doesn't matter whether you wear it, play with it, or hang it on the wall.

I started making up my own patterns followed by teaching and producing kits.  The business quickly out grew the house so I opened a shop on the high street.  The shop is not just for buying the latest yarns and craft products: it has become a community hub, with people popping in for coffee and a chat.

Find Me on Facebook Send me a message Follow Me on Instagram Find Me on Ravelry Follow Me on Pinterest Read my Blog Follow Me on Twitter Find Me on LoveCrafts

 

Faye Lamb

 

Faye Lamb

Faye is a crochet tutor and designer.  She was first taught to knit & crochet as a child by her Grandmother.  During this time Faye has been running Unravel & Unwind, a craft space in Rochester but, as a result of the pandemic, has moved classes and craft & chats online via Patreon and YouTube.

Find Me on Facebook Send me a message Follow Me on Instagram Find Me on Ravelry Follow Me on Pinterest Find Me on YouTube Find Me on Patreon Read my Blog Follow Me on Twitter Find Me on LoveCrafts

 

Vicky Gorry

 

Vicky Gorry

I am a crochet designer, more by accident than design.  Having learned to crochet as an adult, and not being able to find a pattern for the blanket I wanted to make that I could see in my head, I made up my own pattern.  More designs followed and before I knew it, I was selling my patterns and having them published in magazines.

My full time job is in publishing and I live in the Fens with my husband and three children, who all ignore/support/tolerate my yarn stash and collection of WIPs to varying degrees.  If I’m not crocheting, I’ll be baking, reading, sewing or knitting.

Find Me on Facebook Send me a message Follow Me on Instagram Find Me on Ravelry Find me on Etsy Find Me on LoveCrafts

Episode 1
Treble the Trouble with Yarn

Join crochet designers Helen, Vicky & Faye as they discuss yarn in the very first Treble The Trouble video chat show. Treble The Trouble is a new podcast which will mainly feature everything crochet but occasionally may cover knitting.  We bring together collective experience, skills & knowledge spanning 4 decades. Treble The Trouble is recorded using Zoom as we live in different parts of the UK.

Resources

Granny Square ∼  Hook & Yarn Conversions

Episode 2
Treble the Trouble with Inspiration

Join Helen, Vicky and Faye as they discuss a variety of inspiration sources for when they are planning new crochet designs.  Below are some useful links that relate to the content of episode 2.

Resources

Helen & Faye's patterns ∼  Vicky's patterns

Episode 3
Treble the Trouble with Reading Patterns

This month Faye & Helen are joined by guest co-host Sylvia, a novice crocheter and tier 2 patreon supporter.  We discuss reading patterns and some of the difficulties that can arise for beginners.  This episode is part one and covers written patterns, part two relates to chart patterns and will be released at a later date.

Resources

Reading patterns
 ∼  Rainbow Learners pattern ∼  Harmony crochet stitch guide
 ∼  Harmony 100’s more crochet stitches

Episode 4
Treble the Trouble with Reading Patterns (part 2)

Following on from episode 3 in March 2021 discussing different styles of crochet patterns.

Resources

Reading patterns
Harmony crochet stitch guide
Harmony 100’s more crochet stitches

Episode 5
Treble the Trouble with Itchy Crochet

This month on Treble The Trouble we are joined by Amanda of Itchy Crochet for an interview of sorts.  Amanda tells us of how her amigurumi character Inchoate came to be and of how Awesome designers, creators and makers are.

Resources

Amanda - Itchy Crochet
Etsy    Ravelry

Mr Funkys Super Wonderful Crochet (this is an affiliate link)

Episode 6
Treble the Trouble with Our Fave Techniques & Stitches

Vicky, Helen and Faye discuss their favourite techniques and stitches in episode 6 of Treble The Trouble.

Resources