Dawn Hales, Hooked Afloat
As “Hooked Afloat”, I crochet for a hobby whilst living aboard NB Chalico.
I specialise in porthole and cabin lace using antique, traditional, contemporary and bespoke patterns, including my own designs. Making drapes for windows and doors and tableware is something I particularly love, using a technique known as filet crochet (it’s sort of cross stitch with hooks!). I am now making themed designs to use within shawls and throws. A lot of hours are spent making boat lace, but my portfolio covers a wide range of patterns to suit all price ranges.
We also make stainless steel sprung porthole lace hangars, after discovering the ones we inherited couldn’t be sourced elsewhere.
In addition to lace, I make shawls, scarves, cowls, blankets, clothing and hats. To be honest whatever the challenge I’ll give it a go!
My work is made to order, so I don’t trade on the towpath. I do, however, make a small stock of items for sale at Christmas markets and via Facebook.
I use a variety of stitches for my work, including fair isle and cable – most of which can be be used for any garment. Novelty hats of a hobby, canal boat, animal and cartoon characters to a design of your choice also prove to be popular.
I do ask for BACS payment upfront or 50% deposit for larger orders, as I have been let down a few times. I keep in regular contact with my customers and try really hard to meet their needs.