Sunday, 20 August 2017

V Stitch Crochet Blanket - end of week 1

I have been working every day on this blanket since I started it last weekend and would like to share with you the story so far.....

During my first week I crochet 17 rows in a very random way before I started repeating the pattern.  I am finding it very easy to accomplish and have beautiful straight edges.

I aim to crochet around 200 rows and I estimate that it will take me a month plus a week to finish off the ends.

I am really pleased with the combination of colours.  They happen to work with the colours in my cushions so I may just have to make another one of these for myself!

What do you think of it so far..... please comment below.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

V Stitch Crochet Blanket

Hi everyone

I am sharing with you today some work-in-progress.  I am making another crochet blanket and I am crocheting it using the V Stitch.  The stitch consists of trebles and chains and so is nice and easy if you are a beginner or don't have time to follow complicated patterns.  This blanket is being made for a family member.  It is also a design that I have been keen to try.

I started my blanket by chaining 198 stitches as this is divisible by 3 and then added 4 stitches for the first turn on row two. I used stitch makers every 20 chains so that if I lost count I could easily see where I am without having to recount from the beginning. 

I am going to use a different colour yarn each row which makes the stitch more prominent.

These are my colour choices:

  • Storm Blue
  • Cloud Blue
  • Pistachio
  • Meadow
  • Stone
  • Mocha
  • Camel

I buy my yarn from Deramores and I am using Stylecraft Special DK, which is my yarn of choice for crocheting blankets.  I like to wrap the yarn around these clothes pegs and label them.  Then I can play around with different colour combinations which is how I came to using these ones.

Here is where I have got to after 4 hours of crocheting.

If you want a guide to doing the V Stitch then look no further.  this is a great tutorial and also guides you with how many stitches are needed for the pattern.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Amigurumi Bunny

I found this sweet bunny pattern on Happy Berry's website.  There is a video "step by step" tutorial available which I found useful.  Although the pattern is free I did make a donation as she put a lot of effort into making this tutorial.  I made this for a colleague at work who is an expectant mum and she was very pleased with her gift.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Crochet Elephant

This is my latest crocheting project - an elephant!  I had seen a similar pattern being made up on Hochanda a few months back and was intrigued by how the legs were made up then last week someone offered me a copy of their pattern and I thought I would have a go.  

For this elephant I used Stylecraft DK yard in silver and a 2.25 crochet hook.    I managed to follow the pattern without coming unstuck.  It took about 10hrs to crochet and this is how it turned out.  A quick internet search and I have found the same pattern on this website: 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rose Canvas

Hi there readers

Today I am sharing with you a canvas I made using some Pebeo products. The 8x8" canvas was primed with some black gesso and I used a rose stencil by Imagination Crafts.

I stuck the stencil firmly to the canvas board with some Pinflair Stencil Glue.  This is remarkable glue as it leaves no marks on anything I use it on and rubs away easily enough when you don't want it on your stencil. I then filled in the areas with some Pebeo Moon paints.  It was an experiment that went well.

I then tried it with another stencil I have from Imagination Crafts and used some Mixtion Relief on this one and once dry, rubbed over some gold leaves.

I really enjoyed experimenting with these products and like the appearance of them when they are dry.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Tunisian Crochet Hearts Sampler

I received a Tunisian Crochet hook as a free gift in the latest edition of Crochet Now magazine and thought I would have a go at Tunisian Crochet.

This is my first piece of work.  It is used on a size 6mm hook and the yarn used was Stylecraft Special DK.

I have pinned it out after dampening it so that it dries nice and flat and stops curling at the edges.

This was made as a sampler as I wish to design a Scandinavian style blanket.  I wish to try it again using a smaller hook so I get a tighter finish but I don't have another Tunisian hook. However, it is possible to use a normal crochet hook as long as you don't have too many stitches on the hook otherwise they are at risk of falling off the other end!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

As We Go Stripey Blanket

I am sharing with you today another crochet make I have completed. I have made this as a family heirloom for my husband and he adores it. The pattern is available online from this website address "Not Your Average Crochet" and has very good clear instructions for you to follow.  I learned some new stitches whilst creating this, the Catherine Wheel and the Star Stitch.  If you fancy having a go why not download the pdf pattern and get crocheting. 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are a great alternative to using real candles especially if you have young children or pets.  You couldn't leave out candles in my household in any event, not with our cats. They love to chase each other around the house and you never know what is going to go flying.  Our cats recently celebrated their first Birthday.  They still get on really well together and only the other day they were snuggled up together on the sofa.
Yesterday was a first for my lad Milo.  I was sat in my craft room watching television and he jumped up on my lap and stayed a good five minutes for a cuddle.  I think he sensed something was up because I hadn't gone downstairs for the evening to watch tv because my hip was too sore.

Anyway, the purpose of my blog is to share with you one of my latest makes - paper lanterns.  These were made using my Cameo Silhouette, some cardstock, vellum and battery operated lights.  The images are available in the Silhouette Design Store if you would like to have a go at these you will also need a Cameo Silhouette.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Framed Butterfly

I am really excited today as I have a stall on Saturday in our village and will be able sell some of my makes.  The only thing is it is very last minute and they already have people selling cards so this means I will have to be very crafty and find other things to "make and take".  

I am building up a collection of crocheted owls  which make great bag charms and have been making them in an assortment of colours.  Here is one in the green colour way.

I found some large cotton reels in my crafty stash and this is what I have been doing with them.  I am trying to make a pin cushion top but not happy with the result so still working on this.

And, a trip to Hobbycraft yesterday gave me the opportunity to pick up some picture frames half price.  I have been playing around with ideas for these and this is what I came up with.

Hopefully these craft items will be popular on my stall.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Piano Card with Orchid Flowers

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying this lovely spell of weather we are having.  I have been spending some time upgrading the software on my Cameo Silhouette and getting my head around the new look.  I have also updated the firmware software on the actual machine and rather proud that I managed all this without any technical support.

I haven't used my Cameo Silhouette since my fall because it requires pulling things out and re-arranging the space around me.  The same can be said for my cardmaking really.   I find it difficult to get at what I want most of the time, which isn't helped by the fact that I have a lot of stuff, however, this doesn't mean I don't craft, I just try and keep it simple.  Mostly I spend my hours working on another blanket I am crocheting as an heirloom for my hubby.  I am two weeks away from finishing so I am not in a position to share it with you today. 

What I interested in making at the moment are paper flowers.  I made some orchids a few weeks back and today I knew what I wanted to do with them.

Using my Cameo Silhouette I downloaded a template for a piano card, resized it and then cut it out.  Then I decorated it with the orchids and used 3D gel to stick them on.

Here is the end result which is waiting for a sentiment to match the occasion.  I hope you like it.

Best wishes, Crafty Tash