Helen Free

Helen Free

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Enfys (pronounced Enn-viss) is Welsh for Rainbow and, as you can tell from my designs, I love Rainbows and colour.

I started crocheting as a child, my Dad taught me. I was never very serious about it. I got back into it in my early 20’s. I had just bought a house, couldn’t afford to go out and needed something to occupy my evenings.

I started getting requests for items I had made and, in an effort to make ends meet when the interest rates went sky high, decided to make items to sell.

I hadn’t even considered there would be a market for the patterns until I started getting requests for them. I was always good at just “making things up as I went along” and never thought of it as designing until I discovered the wonderful world of crochet online. I met a group of lovely ladies who encouraged me to write down my designs and sell them.

I freelance regularly for Inside Crochet and have worked with DMC and YarnMaker using hand spun yarn. I have had a few patterns in “Let’s Knit”. (I haven’t gone over to the “Dark Side”, they are crochet patterns). My newest magazine adventure was with Reloved.

Rainbow Valley is now international! The German section went live in October 2013 with the Swedish section following in January 2014, with a selection of patterns on both sections.

I love teaching!

My lessons have been proving popular which means more time teaching and less time spent designing. However, as I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy designing, this is no hardship.

I currently hold regular weekly lessons at the shop. I love seeing my students who have been struggling with holding the hook, bloom and produce a piece of work they are pleased with.

I hold workshops for those who want to learn a new technique, brush up on an old one or who just can’t make it to my regular weekly lessons.

Then there are the Crochet Kits!

I started with Christmas patterns and am working my way through older patterns to make the “kit friendly”. All new patterns are being produced as kits as part of the design process.
As an off shoot from this, I started selling crochet yarn and accessories. Originally it was only the excess materials from the kits as I have to buy full boxes and only use one ball at a time. I now have an extensive range of yarn, thread, hooks and needles and haberdashery. This soon outgrew the house and I have a shop in Chatteris.

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