Sunday, 21 September 2014
This is the finished Stash Buster Cardigan and it has a double loop stitch all around as a fringe. The fringe is a green but looks blue in the photo. I loved making this stash buster cardigan that I have started another. This is the back with nearly half of the front added.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Stash Buster Cardigan Vest. I am making this cardigan with the my left over wool of mohair, acrylic, and other fancy yarns. It is really quick and easy to do in a single crochet and I have used lots of colours. The edging all around has a double loop stitch for a fluffy look. There is a chain stitch tie for the front both sides. The pattern is from All Free Crochet for happy hooking. This pattern has a hood I am making this without. I still have lots more wool and now will make other stash buster items like this. Crochet Pattern
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
I have been learning a new craft willow weaving and went to a free workshop with Ways With Willow Saturday at St Austell. They have a new shop and a workshop in the Market House. There was a market there on the first floor too and I bought pickled cucumber with lots of spices after trying some from a lady who has a small holding and just grows veg and big colourful tomatoes and makes preserves. Next to it were handmade sweets I couldn't resist a chocolate truffle, lovely. I was shown how to make these star willow patterns and had a cup of tea and a cake, yum too. I had brought along this weaving material that I bought cheaply at a car boot wondering if I could use it. It is cane and has to be soaked beforehand for about and hour and a half it was explained. I could bring it with me to make baskets in September when they have a basket making course. There were lovely books on weaving with willow and willow kits to buy in the shop. Next door I noticed a sewing shop Kneedles and Pinns so had to go and peak inside. There were rows of sewing machines with an over locker a row of irons and an old vintage singer sewing machine, bits and bobs of material and seeing paraphernalia. The woman who runs it takes custom orders for clothes. You can go there and sew for an hour with the material there and the cost is £2.50. I haven't seen a shop like this before. If you like sewing and don't have a machine it is a handy place to go and meet other people who like sewing. There is a shop that stocks my makes it is the lovely new handmade Make Stores Ltd in Penzance Cornwall. I noticed it while visiting Penzance last week. I brought my items a week ago a few more items this week. I booked for two weeks then another week. It was great to see my bags hanging up, a blue knitted one by the door and a sunflower one near the till, my rug which looked good on a shelf and my quilt hanging up. This week Alison the lady who runs the shop, brought out a clothes dummy to the centre of the shop to display the bags I brought in. I will give it until the middle of September to see how I do. It costs £17.50 a week to rent a space. The shop is lovely and everything looks good and well displayed full with handmade items. It is a temporary shop open for two more weeks to a month. They have a lease on a shop a few doors down and are decorating it so a permanent Make shop in Penzance. I do not have a photo of the shop to show at the moment though. I have made a patchwork cushion one of my recent makes and it is on sale in the shop.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Here is the finished door mat. It measures 14" x 28" I didn't want it too wide as it is leads from a small utility room so the length and nearly the width of the door would look just right. Some have said I should have it as a wall hanging as it is too good for a door mat. Although I wouldn't have it stepped on. It does look good by the door and adds brightness to the room, we'll see! This is the back. It is knitted with stripes of t shirts on 6mm needles and 30 stitches in stocking stitch.
Sunday, 24 August 2014
I have started making a door mat it will probably be mine and to put at my back door. It is about 13" length with 30 cast on stitches and about the width of the door though not as wide. I quite like the mix of colours and how it is taking shape with different lengths of strips making the pattern. It is knitted in stocking stitch, plain and purl. I could have finished it in no time if it were not tee shirts strips I was knitting with as these take more effort to knit, the texture is nice and firm though. Then there is the cutting tee shirts into about one inch strips which I quite like as I have a nice sharp scissors with which to do it. I think I have about ten inches to do so won't take too long. And it cost practically nothing to make as I used old tee shirts from a charity shop. I am all for recycling and up cycling into something else useful and good.
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.