Blog: Seasonal

New Bessie May Projects 2016

Posted on - 14/01/2016

We hope everyone had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year.

Now Christmas knits are all done, we can’t wait to see what gets created in 2016, in another full year of knitting ahead to enjoy x

Christmas Projects ~ Crochet 4ply SNIKEL Swirls

Posted on - 08/12/2015

All needles are clicking late into the night at this time of year all over the world.That special present that was intended to be started months ago suddenly hits critical point, but determination and late nights will ensure it is all wrapped and ready for watching the face of the recipient as they open it.

The needles for sure at the Bessie May Studio are working overtime ~ here is a glimpse of one of the projects which is setting the crochet hooks on fire ~ pretty Crochet 4ply SNIKEL Swirls, being made into a throw for a double bed ~ mad but true.

So soft, as being made with Bessie May SNIKEL, what more can be said.

No panic here ……………….!!! Can you tell…….?




Autumnal Leaves

Posted on - 26/10/2015

As October comes to an end autumnal colours are at their best.

Being surrounding by all these amazing autumnal shades and shapes has been the perfect influence for our designing, at the Bessie May Studio.

We have been exploring textured, chunky leaf designs, and this is our favourite, using chunky Bessie May SNUG in the perfect autumnal shade of Lichen, which is new in.

What a beautiful blend….

Bessie May Autumnal SNUG Leaves and Cables


FREE Knit Pattern | Woman’s Hour Tea Cosy

Posted on - 22/01/2015

How about a Tea Cosy for all those lovers of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 each day.

Enjoy the FREE Pattern.


WindUp Three | Thanks & Pics

Posted on - 24/11/2014

Wow ~ WindUp Three on Saturday was a fibre buzz.

Thanks to all the lovely people that came along from near and far and joined in, with the amazing clack of needles, chat and laughter, and our amazing stash vendors.

This month we had three new stash vendors ~ mo with her amazing needle felting, Julie all the way from France, with the most beautiful crochet you can see, all in cashmere and pure lovely colours, and Mike who brought his amazing handmade ceramic yarn pots, which were all snapped up well before the end of the four hours, so a real hit. As well as YAK with beautiful yarns and notions.

Textile Gardens were there with their amazing collection of buttons, braid and lace, next to us Bessie May. We both arrange the event, and are so pleased with the support and feedback, which makes the effort all worthwhile.

Here are some pics of knitting in action, and some of our lovely stash sellers.

Thanks to everyone, and see you hopefully for our Christmas Vibe WindUp Four on 20 December. x

WindUp | 6 September | Bring Your Latest Project

Posted on - 05/09/2014

TOMORROW is the first WindUp Event to be held in Steyning, and final preparations are underway in the Bessie May Studio and Textile Garden Bunker.

We have 102 Cup Cakes (yes 102), vintage table cloths, rag wrapped flower jam jars, and a million miles of bunting made by Maggie the Bunting Queen, for our beautiful venue.

There are six lovely vendors, all offering different knit and stitch ideas and products, to get your needles twitching.

Bring your latest project to share, while you take some tea/coffee and cake refreshment (yes they all must go).

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Everyone is welcome and entrance is FREE x

Find out a bit more on the WindUp Blog


Try the Cubet Cowl

Posted on - 23/10/2013

New Knit Kit ~ perfect for winter, and presents for Christmas

Take a peek at the Bessie May Cubet Cowl, in three different Colour Ways.

A Chunky, 3D, Graphic Colour Design ~ fun to wear, and even more fun to make. Add in a little bit of Colour Work along the way.

Learn how to set up Tubes, connect Tubes, and move stitches to create 3D bends and twists ~ all covered in the pattern notes, and once learnt you will be addicted to these techniques!

Hope you like the clashing shades, using some of our new Bessie May Snug (fine merino), bright shades.

Pitti Immagine Filati ~ Love

Posted on - 22/07/2013

We got to play in Florence, Italy, for a week at the beginning of July, as we attended Pitti Filati Autumn 2014-2015.

The Inspiration Section depicting trends and colours for that season, was beautiful, with the theme being all about Love.

We captured some of the different elements that caught our eye, with co-ordinated, cute, knit couples, all through the show.




Make Me Smile

Posted on - 17/01/2013

Bessie May Smile, our 100% extra fine merino wool in 12 lovely, lovely colours is featured in the first edition of Simply Crochet – such a pretty magazine, and bringing crochet into the 21st century at last.

Bessie May Smile appears as pretty littles cakes, you could just eat them – we are so proud.


Bessie May Smile, makes Simply Crochet Smile


Pitti Filati, Florence

Posted on - 17/01/2013

We are preparing at the Bessie May Studio to hit Pitti Filati in Florence next week, and get a peak at all the amazing yarn designing and inspiration to be shared by the best mills and knitwear design houses for Spring/Summer 2014 season – we love to always be thinking ahead and getting as much flavour and inspiration as we possibly can.

Colleagues ready to meet, cameras at the ready, and looking forward to finding usual Italian style, style, style, with well needed pit stops for excellent coffee, along the way.

We will share what we learn on our return.





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