Crochet Club: FREE pattern and book giveaway from Ruby & Custard!
It’s Indie June, and we’re celebrating our independent designers all month long. This week, Melissa Masterton from Ruby & Custard introduces her fabulous new book – and we’ve got three copies to give away!
Meet Millie Masterton, author of the Ruby & Custard blog, and fabulous new book Ruby & Custard’s Crochet: Creative crochet projects to make, share and love!
Can you tell us how you got started with Ruby & Custard?
About five years ago I spotted a beautiful but expensive crochet cushion cover in an exclusive homewares shop. I was always a knitter but I just thought to myself “it can’t be that difficult!” So, with the help of a book and some YouTube tutorials I taught myself to crochet and utterly fell in love with it – in fact I haven’t actually picked up a set of knitting needles since! I love crochet because of the flexibility in design that I don’t think you get with knitting. It’s so much fun to come up with beautiful accessories, home furnishings and decorations!
Ruby & Custard was born out of a desire to share my love of crochet with others. The name came about because I wanted something that reflected the fun and playful nature of the things I like to create.
We love your royal patterns! Where does your inspiration come from?
There is quite a big London and royal theme running through my designs – London buses, guardsman egg cosies, skyline cushions and even a crochet tiara!
I commute to London’s West End every day and I love London’s landmarks and the sights and sounds of the City. I am so lucky to work close to St James’s Park and I never get bored of looking at the beauty of my surroundings. The free guardsman decoration pattern is based on the guards outside Buckingham Palace.
I wrote a lot of the book on my train commute (much to the curiosity of my fellow commuters as I typed the patterns up as I went into my iPhone) and the London skyline cushion is directly inspired by the view from the train window. It has the Shard, St Paul’s cathedral, Tower Bridge and the London Eye – all in crochet!
Your book is fantastic! How did you decide what to put in it?
The book was so much fun to write! Ruby & Custard has quite a strong style – somebody once said it was The White Company meets Cath Kidston which I was very flattered by! It is a real mix of vintage style with a modern twist. I designed things that I would want to wear and have in my home – there’s no ‘granny’ style stuff in sight!
I had a tough job trying to narrow down what to put in the book but I divided it up into chapters of hats and headwear, accessories, items for the home, gifts for babies and children and then Christmas to give me a structure. There are over 30 patterns in the book and the idea was that it could be used and loved all year round. I also hope that the patterns will inspire people to adapt them and create new items to love and share.
The book is also very personal. My daughter is one of the models (she is the blonde one with one of her little friends) and the other models are children of my friends. Also, it was photographed in my home – if you look closely in the background of the London skyline cushion you can see a photo of my children and me! And yes, that is me modelling…but I really don’t like looking at photographs of me!
Tell us about your crochet workshops!
The crochet workshops are really good fun! They are small groups (max 8 people), mostly complete beginners and by the time they leave they are confident enough and know the basic stitches to crochet flat and ‘in-the-round’ and they all leave with a crochet flower. It is so rewarding sharing my love for crochet and helping other people learn a new skill. (Find out more about the workshops on the Ruby & Custard blog.)
What’s next for Ruby & Custard?
There are lots of exciting things coming up for Ruby & Custard. I am continuing to design crochet patterns and I have recently published several new free patterns on my blog including a little crochet crown applique, perfect for royal celebrations! So, watch this space!
Download Ruby & Custard’s London Guardsman Soldier decoration FREE!
Millie’s fabulous London Guardsman Soldier decoration is the perfect souvenir from a visit to London, or a darling gift for Christmas! Click the image above to download the FREE pattern!
We’ve got THREE copies of Ruby & Custard’s Crochet book to give away! To win one, all you have to do is tell us which pattern you’d love to make from this blog post, and why! Add your answers in the comments section below: winners will be chosen on the 18th June and notified via email.
Ruby and Custard’s Crochet: Creative crochet projects to make, share and love is published by Ebury Press and is available to buy on Amazon and in all good book shops. Buy it here!