Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com

The Tea Cosy – A Heirloom Gift

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We’ve been in Canberra for almost 17 months and making a trip to the CRAFT ACT Museum has been on my to do list since we arrived. Then the other day whilst picking up supplies for my crochet workshops I finally popped in to check it out!

The space itself was much smaller than I imagined but as I walked into the space I squealed with excitement as the Portraits of a Tea Cosy was on display!

Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com

The cosies were amazing bright, bold and rather elaborate.

  • Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com
  • Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com
  • Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com
  • Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com

My favourite was The Emperor’s New Tea Cosy 🙂 which of course made me chuckle out loud!

Portraits of a Tea Cosy Exhibition, Canberra. www.onebymeforyou.com

I took an hour or so wandering around a second time and reading all the amazing stories of how so many people had come to own their beloved tea cosies. The stories were beautiful! And I couldn’t help but notice the common thread in each tale… (pun intended 🙂 )


The people who had cherished their tea cosies for all these years had been given the tea cosy as a gift from either their mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, cousin, friend or sister and they had kept it, and used it to this very day.

I absolutely loved this idea of the tea cosy becoming an heirloom and I thought it would be a wonderful idea to revive the tradition again. Because what better way to catch up with our family and friends over tea and cake 🙂

And so I decided to design a crochet pattern for a Pineapple Tea Cosy which could be passed down from one generation to the next collecting stories as the years go by… and creating its very own little portrait!
Pineapple Tea Cosy Crochet Pattern. www.onebymeforyou.com

Make Your Pineapple Tea Cosy

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Have you got a tea cosy with a story to tell? Or have you made a tea cosy lately? Let me know all about it in the comments below.

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Nicole Kerrigan is a fibre artist and environmentalist who’s on a mission to keep bad stuff out the ground. Through her one-of-a-kind creations, blog posts and workshops she’s here to shake up the way you treat, buy and love your stuff. And when she’s not making art out of trash you can find her exploring natural spaces and exotic places. Making friends with local wildlife. Occasionally rotting her brain on animated sitcoms like South Park :-) Or lighting it up on documentaries like Planet Earth Meet Nicole and get ready to save the planet one stitch at a time at onebymeforyou.com