Sunday, May 21, 2017

crisp clear crochet day

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A day to the mountains. The road trip itself is already a treat.
On the way we took a little break for a verbena tea at the local 'tea cafe' at the river Ourika.
After a bumpy ride we arrived at the most beautiful place to hang out with the cool crocheteers.

Project of the day; a crochet cover for a suitcase size stool.
After a delicious lunch we finished our 'crochet class' by the pool, had a swim and lazed with crisp clear views of the Atlas Mountains!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

united colors

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United colors of the 7th Cool Crochet Workshop edition at Chambers d'Amis.

Unpacking the huge wool bags from our stock and making a new workshop display is always a fun way to get started...

On the first workshop day, we make an introducing tour in the Medina, to show our guests the way. During this walk we always visit 'wool heaven' to expand the wool stock to everyone's wishes.

(above pictures are pre-woolheaven visit, no really)

Friday, May 19, 2017

beyond beautiful

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Back home after 17 amazing days in and around Marrakech!

We had two terrific workshops with lots of adventures and wonderful women.
This is a photo report of the second day of the Cool Crochet workshop, when we went to the desert.
The light, changing skies and views were astonishing!
Project of the day; a crochet bikini top, what else?
Marika from Sweden won 'gold', she was the first to finish her bikini top in no time!

A desert day with a lot of fun, good food, drinks, music and dancing in bikini tops ánd a whole lot of animals (horses, camels, scarabeo's and Ank's puppy Flip)

Altogether beyond beautiful!

PS: Lost my phone in Marrakech and unfortunately couldn't post on Instagram since the 12th of May. So i've been offline for a while (actually quite relaxing). My new iPhone is on it's way, so soon i will be back on social media.

Monday, May 1, 2017

s l o w crochet

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I'm off to Marrakech.

From Wednesday - Monday we will travel in and around Marrakech with our wool baskets to experience new adventures.

I'm looking forward to stay in Marrakech for a long time and absorb all the colours, sounds and flavors.

We will start on Wednesday with the 7th edition of the Cool Crochet Workshop and I can't wait to meet the new fellow crocheteers (from Belgium, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland) and to see old friends again.

After a week of crochet travels we will start a brandnew g r e e n adventure with the 1st edition of the Green Gardens workshop; #greenisthetheme

So no new posts or updates on my blog for a while, but you can follow our adventures on Instagram @woodwoolstool and #coolcrochetworkshop #greengardensworkshop #woodwoolstool #chambresdamis ...

Au revoir!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

packing mode

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Tomorrow I'm flying to Morocco again.
After our family and friends trip a few weeks ago, I'm happy to return to the Red City.

On Wednesday we will kick off with a new Cool Crochet workshop in Marrakech and a week later the first Green Gardens workshop is on the program.

Can't wait to start with the preparation (some serious wool shopping in the souk) and meet everyone at Chambres d'Amis.

and today... I'm packing my suitcase for the journey.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

nothing beats handmade

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A small selection of my handmade products, you can find in my E T S Y - S H O P.

Most items are related to interior; 'crochet beyond the granny square'.
I've been best friends with my hook for more than 10 years and I still love to crochet and design new items and patterns, after all those years.
It's a passion, a way to express my creativity and a way to relax.

Nothing beats handmade...

You can also find plenty of patterns in my handmade WOODWOOLSTOOL shop, if you prefer to make something yourself. (feel free to look around)

Monday, April 24, 2017

el fenn - a feast for the eyes

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El Fenn is a restored riad, tucked away down a quiet street in the Medina.

Vanessa Branson, owner of colorful Riad El Fenn, launched the Marrakech Biennale in 2009 and has filled the riad with select pieces from her private art collection.

Drenched in all colours of the souk. Bedrooms overlook a courtyard shaded by orange trees, while the rooftop restaurant, where the two of us had a delicious and romantic lunch, has a panoramic view of the city.