Saturday, 16 August 2014
I made this crochet star flower Mandala cushion this week. It is stitched to a green cotton material and attached to a green and yellow patterned cotton for the back. It has a zip to close. I made a cushion pad with muslin and filled it with a soft polyester stuffing. I went to a new craft fair in Helston Cornwall last week and sold this crochet Mandala cushion. I sold a few other items as well so well worth doing and there is another in October and December. They have a Facebook page so good advertising and lots of people came to see. https://www.facebook.com/HellysCraftFairCornwall?ref=ts&fref=ts
Sunday, 27 July 2014
I have completed the Mandala and added a soft yellow cotton circle for the back. I made the inside circular cushion pad as I'd polyester stuffing and a few yards of muslin. I like the fullness around the edge which then decreases in stitches for the yellow circle on the back. The Mandala which was getting wider as I was crocheting it has been rescued and made into this cushion. It measures 18" x 18" plus the sides make 24" I came across this weaving with a Hula Hoop on Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a go. The biggest hoop I found is a size 29" the recommended size for a small rug is 33" I may get a larger size. I made this little bowl with strips of old t-shirts. I think these colours go pretty together and like the rustic look. This hoop weaving is very easy to do and doesn't take long to make something. I have not done much weaving before this now I will make other small items with the Hula Hoop.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
I have finished the pinks and cream baby blanket.I like how it turned out. I have added a cream border with the same stitch pattern as the blanket all round and added two cotton crochet flowers in each corner. I have begun making my first Mandala although it became rather wide as I went along. I must learn to count the stitches as I go. It will be a circular cushion with probably a cotton backing. I have two rows more to do. I love the colours and various patterns of Mandalas that came up on a Google search. The green is brighter than it appears in this photo that I took with my iPad camera.
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Here is the pink and cream baby blanket almost finished just a few rows more and just a few crocheted flowers to make and attach. I did a craft fair on Wednesday and you can see at least five items have been knitted or crocheted by me, a rag rug knitted, two blues knitted bag, cream knitted bag with primary colours, a crochet granny squares bag, and a pink crochet cushion. I sold two bags a green patchwork you can see and a patchwork bright colour bag on top the rug, a needle case with a tree in autumn colour out of sight behind the purses. I had a lot of interest in my makes and would like to do another one soon. Barts Heart Centre And some other fab news this week I'd like to share is I am very proud to say that my daughter has just passed her MRCP exam and is now a member of the Royal College of Physicians. She is one of the first doctors who will have the honour to work at the amazing new Barts Heart Centre @NHSBartsHealth in 2015
Saturday, 5 July 2014
I have wool left over from my striped Afghan and decided to use it to make a baby blanket in pinks and cream for a girl I may also do a blues and cream for a boy. I used the same two row pattern as the Afghan for it is a nice and thick stitch. I will crochet a few flowers to add to it too in the same acrylic yarn or in a cotton yarn that I have in blue, pink, and white depending on what looks best. It measures 30" in width I don't know how long it will be yet.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
I have completed my crochet Wonky Afghan or blanket. I used acrylic yarn and four loops to each stitch so it is a thick warm blanket and took quite a while to do. I used a lot of yarn and as many colours as I could find. It measures 72"x 72" approximately give or take as the sides are wonky though I think it adds to the design. I should have counted the stitches but kept going. This will cover comfortably a double bed with good amount of overhang at the sides. I am wondering whether to add an edging though with the loops it won't hook easily and it may not need it as it looks just as good as it is. I am overall very pleased with it and it is very colourful! This is the pattern I used. Chain however many you need for the size of blanket you want. Beginning row: Make four loops into 3rd chain from hook then draw through all four loops making a nice plump stitch (for the first row only in every second chain stitch to end) First row: Make four loops and draw all four loops do this for every stitch. Second row: One single crochet miss one stitch to end For a little change of pattern as a decorative edge a few rows from each end of blanket. One, four loop stitch, chain one, miss one four loop stitch to end. You can see the side here is a little bit wonky and there are still ends I have to weave in before I can style a photo shoot and list it in my shop for sale. This is the reverse you could show either side.
Sunday, 22 June 2014
This is a bag I made on the Sheep to Hat course I used Alpaca fleece in colours from cream, golden blond to a tan and a brown and Jacob fleece in dark brown and white and Merino white wool. The fleece had first been hand washed by me then carded with a hand carder and a drum carder. I used the Alpaca fleece which I wet felted to make the main part of the bag and added Jacob fleece and Merino wool that I needle felted to the top as decoration. The shoulder strap is knitted in stocking stitch with the white Merino wool then needle felted more wool to the back to strengthen and added Jacob and alpaca strips to blend with the bag. For the bottom of the bag I used Merino wool which I needle felted adding circles of alpaca and Jacob wool. The knitted front flap and the knitted loop attached I first spun with a spinning wheel using the Jacob carded fleece. I have started knitting with this colourful Merino and will make a bag. Here are the projects they all look good and are all different. I love this stole which has been felted with Merino and little balls added under a layer to get this textured look the other side was felted onto silk. Jan made the felt balls necklace too. The cot blanket is finished and is soft and thick white Merino wool with strands of other colours too. Alison couldn't bring her weaving frame too large she brought her lovely colourful wool and large photo frame continuing to make a cushion creating a bobbly effect with her thick and thin ply wool. Just the four of us on the last day and us four didn't miss a lesson. We all said how much we learnt and had achieved in the time and the three there said they would carry on with lessons again in September so may I though I have other projects including my sewing I want to do too. Janet had brought in her photos on her camera of her sheep she has a small holding with brown and white sheep and sheep with thick black fleece and curly horns and she showed the fleeces shorn in a pile. So she will have fleece to do her spinning and weaving. Jan had been on a hand dyeing class and brought in little pieces of blue and white squares she had dyed with a blue powder there were various patterns including tie dye and a smocking she had learnt that made a very interesting pattern. Alison has her loom and will make cushions and she would like to then sell them online opening a shop on Etsy probably. Jana had another class for Sheep to Hat in Penzance and posted two groups photos of us all on her Facebook page and she will post these latest ones too.