Rug crocheted in plastic carrier bags - detail and hand carved crochet hook


Being creative is the way I live life. I cannot remember a time when I was not crafting things from yarn or fabric, sticks or reclaimed materials. Crochet has been my favourite yarn craft for many years. Oak Trees Studio is my way of channeling my creativity, with a particular focus on using natural and upcycled materials.

I love working with natural materials – from wool to wood and from hemp to hedgerow finds. I am also a huge fan of upcycling – the whole art-form of transforming trash into treasure. Like many families, we are concerned about our impact as humans on our one and only planet. It is important to us to always try and use materials for our projects that are planet-friendly, so that means choosing renewable resources or re-purposing resources that have already had another life. You will often find us telling the story behind the materials we’ve used.

We live high on a northern English hillside surrounded by wild and beautiful countryside, with moors and forests, rivers and meadows close by. We encounter the beauty of the natural world every day as we go about our work and daily life. We also enjoy rambling, exploring and observing nature wherever we go. Nature is a huge inspiration and teacher.

Through Oak Trees Studio we want to share with you the beauty of natural materials crafted through timeless artisan skills into new natural treasures. We also want to share our ways of upcycling materials that are often regarded as disposable to create new and practical items.

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    1. Hi Suzy πŸ˜€ Lovely to hear from you.I am absolutely fine, thank you … sadly, just not enough hours in the day to keep up my blogging at the moment – though I’m still planning on returning at some point! I hope you are OK too and that you’ve had a lovely Christmas. Best wishes for 2016, Peggy πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Lakshmi πŸ˜€ It has indeed been a long time! I am fine, and thank you for asking … though I’m still so very busy and there’s not enough time for everything I’d love to do! I do hope you are keeping well too πŸ™‚ Best Wishes, Peggy

    1. Hi Lakshmi, I’m fine and thank you for asking πŸ™‚ I have been a bit overwhelmed with various work and family matters just lately but I am planning on getting back to blogging very soon. The WordPress blogging world is such a wonderful place and I have missed you all this past couple of months πŸ™‚ I hope you and and your family are all well too. Best wishes, Peggy.

  1. Hi Peggy, Thank you for visiting my blog I’m so glad to meet you. Your blog is wonderful. At first, from the photos, I thought you might be from Pennsylvania (USA) because your terrain is so much like ours. I love that you turn collars on shirts. I haven’t seen this done in years, which is really too bad because it doubles the life of a shirt. Take care and best wishes for your continued success. Kathleen Andrews Davis

  2. I know this is a silly question, but is the English countryside as beautiful as shown on Grand Designs tv show? I know the producers may just be choosing nice places, but that program has made want to visit your countryside to see for myself. I have been to London, but visiting the countryside would not hurt either, I think πŸ™‚

    1. I am afraid I don’t know the TV show you mention, but I would certainly say many people find the English countryside very beautiful. We have 15 National Parks in the UK, in areas that are renowned for their wonderful scenery and areas designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty too. Whether you prefer coast or country, hills or forests, I think there is something for everyone πŸ™‚

  3. I am doing a project for my own blog about people making the world a better place through various projects and lifestyles. I am emailing you because I think you fit in with my project. If you wouldn’t mind answering 4 questions for me, please email me at and I’ll send you the interview. My blog is if you would like to check it out before you respond. Thanks for your time! Sarah

  4. What a nice blog you have here! Good information! Maybe even I can work on a project by following your instruction.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Hello Helen – and thank you for your kind comments πŸ™‚ It would be great if you try out one of my craft projects – I’d love to see that πŸ™‚
      I enjoyed your water images for Cee’s challenge – and Well Done for being one of the featured bloggers πŸ˜€ I love seeing how bloggers from all over the world interpret the photo challenge.

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