Thursday, 29 August 2013

My embroidery gallery

Hi, this week I have been working on my cushion so I thought that I would give you some eye candy by putting together some of my embroideries from the  twelve months before I started my blog. Since I started my blog I have been so busy learning new crafts that I haven't done any stitching so hear is a little reminder.



Thursday, 22 August 2013

Hand painted cards

Hello everyone, I have not spent much time blogging this week, things have been busy. I have sold five cards this week and I have now got two orders for tatted cushions. I have been working on hand painting cards, I think there is room for improvement in my art work but people who I have showed them to think they are ok, what do you all think?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

card selection

Hello, I have been working on lots of cards this week made from last years old Birthday and Christmas cards
This was the first one that I made, it is a simple card made by adding a pin pricked border.

The star embossed background I created by embossing over a stencil

I used the same embossing with this one and made the Christmas tree myself from the old cards.

These two cards I have used a lot of paper pricking, I love these designes and the bottom one I am going to send to my mum at Christmas

This one is a very cute Birthday card with little paper roses around the door.

This one is for my Mum's birthday in September.

I am not quite sure if I have finished with this one yet, I think I might try a few more gem stones!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

crochet hook holder and card

Hi, I have been playing about with my crochet and decided that I needed something to put my hooks in so I have made a crochet pot which holds the hooks securely in place but at the same time they are easy to get at.

As you can see the wool is a mixture of all colours, it was a ball that I bought from a charity shop for 20p, I knew that I could find a good use for it! The pot was made by covering both sides of a cardboard tube and base. The hooks slide inside the crochet stitches to hold them in place.

I have also made another Christmas card, this time I have added paper roses.

I am now starting to work on some Christmas cards that are made by recycling the old cards from last year, it is a challenge to see if I can transform them into something interesting, watch this space!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Hot water bottle covers

hello, this week I have been finishing my two crochet hot water bottle covers. The peach one is the same design as the other but the swirl design is for a male so I thought that the design would look nice.

I was reading the local paper yesterday when I came across an article about the park gardens that I had my picture taken in my previous blog about the Craft fair. I couldn't believe what I was reading, someone came in the night and stolen most of the plants and snapped the trunks of the new trees, what is the world coming to, do people not want to see their environment look nice anymore!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

crochet hot water bottle cover and pattern

Hi, this week I have made a start on making Christmas presents, I have been looking at hot water bottle covers made from crochet squares but they weren't quite the design that I wanted so I thought that I would have a go at making my own pattern. This is the first one of three that I am going to make.

This is my pattern, I have set it out the best I can so if anyone wants to make it and has any problems please let me know. The pattern is simle and ideal for a beginners project.
Hot water bottle cover pattern
Yarn used - aran weight wool for bottle cover and DK for flowers or any other decoration
Hook - 5mm for cover
             4mm for flowers
sts = stitches
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
1   ch 15 + 1 turning chain
2   dc15sts
3   dc17sts  inc2 (inc one stitch at start and one stitch at end of row)
4   dc19sts  inc2
5   dc21sts  inc2
6   dc23sts  inc2
7   dc25sts  inc2
8   dc25sts
9   dc27sts  inc2
10  rows 10-27  dc27sts
28  dec2  dc25sts
29  dec2  dc23sts
30  dc23sts
31  dec2  21sts
32  dec2  19sts
33  dec2  17sts
34  dec2  15sts,  fasten off
Neck of bottle
1   With right side facing join yarn 4 dc from top right, 8dc
2   dc8sts
3   inc2  10sts
4   inc2  12sts
5   inc2  14sts
6   inc2  16sts
7   inc2  18sts
8   dc18sts  fasten off
Bottom cuff
Follow rows 1-9 as for front
10   dc5, ch3,(miss2dc) this creates button hole, dc5, ch3 (miss2dc) dc5, ch3(miss2dc) dc6
11   dc27sts  fasten off
Top back
repeat rows 10-34 from front then continue with neck as before.
Making up
Add decoration to front. The flower wasn't my own design, you can find the pattern in The compedium of crochet techniques by Jan Eaton or you can use any other design that you like.
1   Put front and back sides together with right side facing.
2   Use same yarn as front and dc all the way round the edge starting at the neck.
3   With a yarn matching your design dc round again.
4   Add buttons to back.
I hope that you have found my pattern useful!