Agathi’s Handmade Crochet, Lace and Handcrafted Olive Wood – Kassiopi, Corfu

While we were in Corfu enjoying the friendly atmosphere wonderful food and of course, the sunshine, we visited Kassiopi which is bigger than San Stefanos where we were staying but still a relatively small place. The photo below, provided by Agathi as you can see was taken in 1963, this little place has definitely grown over the last 50 years.

I met Agathi in Kassiopi when we were here last year, she is such an inspiration with amazing talent and so many skills, crocheting, knitting, lace making, weaving, whatever I take to show her she can tell me more about it. Oh how I long to absorb all her knowledge.

I couldn’t wait to go back to her shop this year, it is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful things, they are literally everywhere………

……….hung are tablecloths in all shapes and sizes in featuring handmade lace and embroidery………

………more cloths, sheets, pillowcases and bedspreads are stashed and stacked on shelves along with the paintings by one of her sons………

………on hangers are napkins and smaller tablecloths………

………in bowls, on the counter in shelving.  A zillion things in this little shop, from carpets and rugs to baby shoes, bibs and Christmas Angels.

Shelves are piled high with hand embroidered sheets, table cloths of all sizes just waiting to be snatched up.

Crochet is very fashionable in Europe and Agathi makes a range of different clothing and accessories.

They are a talented family, Agathi’s other son creates with olive wood, his wonderful creations are also available in the shop.

There is an area dedicated to his work with the shelves bursting with options.

All these beauties are turned on the lathe he imported.

My favourite is this pestle and mortar but unfortunately it was too heavy to bring back, I will try to allow for the weight on the return flight next time.

For a small shop Agathi is amazingly busy. If you ever have the pleasure of going to Corfu I would definitely recommend a visit.

Crochet Jacket and Shoes For Baby E

I was away for work last week at a trade show. I don’t really like being away from home as it parts me from my wonderful family and my woolly projects, so as I packed I included some pink and lavender 4 ply, a couple of hooks and a pair of scissors.

In the evening after dinner I left my colleagues at the bar and disappeared up to my room for some happy hooking time……………..

………………. aaaaah that feels better!

What am I making?

Well, if you have been to The Grange Range before you will remember the post before the foal was Pink Crocheted Dress and Beanie Hat For Happy Little Baby E

I am making the jacket for the same little laughing lady to go with the dress, and when I get home I am going to try to make some shoes to cover those cute little toes now the weather seems to be getting cooler.

But for now back to the jacket. It is constructed much like the dress.

First you make a flower.

Make the flower into a square.

Join the squares together.

And then there were three, this is the sleeve you see. Continue making and joining the squares as many as instructed for the size you are making.

Then start working up from the squares to create the body of the garment, again this is the sleeve is shown here.

Here are the finished sleeves.

And the finished body, all worked in one piece.

And here is the finished jacket, the pretty picot edging really finishes it off nicely don’t you think?

I got about half of this done while I was away and finished it once I was back home.

It looks really flat and lifeless here but I am sure it will come to life when a certain little lady adds her smiley face.

Then determined as I was to make some suitable footwear I spent all of Sunday making and pulling apart shoes! I got so fed up, I tried so many different patterns and just could not achieve the look and finish I wanted.

Frustrated and about to give up? No way, not me, I was determined not to be beaten by this.

In the end I made up my own version and this is how they turned out.

I am really pleased with them and am hoping to make these sweet little shoes my first tutorial. Although I must say I am really nervous about doing it in case no one can understand it, “just be brave and have a go” is what my lovely hubby says.

Watch this space!