Monday, May 22, 2017

Lots of projects!


Today I'd like to share some of the things that I've been working on!  I finished another 2 Spring Brilliance doilies.  This time I used Alize Miss Batik thread in the colorway 3719.  

This doily is called State of the Art.  The pattern is from Decorative Crochet magazine, issue #55.  I'm on round 72 out of 90 and using size 20 thread with a 1.25 mm hook.  I love the design and eventually would like to make another one for myself!


 Made another crochet pouch and filled it with tea lights. Instructions on how to make these pouches can be found here. I also added a new page for tutorials which can be found here and in the menu at the top.

A few days ago I went to the craft store just for tissue paper and ended up with all of this!   The scrubby cotton I'm curious to try out.  There was a great selection of colors available.  I went with peachy, loofa, and fiji.  The charms are for bookmarks and pouches :D
I also got Bernat blanket stripes in the color teal zeal.  There was only 2 of that color so I will need to get more!  Maybe there will be another Bernat blanket mystery stitch along? :D  The cotton in the back is to make more silhouette hot mats with.

Working on a pattern for this doily!  It's about 17 rounds and measures 9 1/2".

This picture was taken after finishing round 9.  I changed the center by adding picots.  

   I will hopefully have a doily pattern available soon, maybe this doily or another one.  Have a great day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Crochet Pouches

With a doily and few other materials you can make these pouches.  They can be used to wrap small gifts, filled with potpourri, party favors, or anything else you can think of!  For this guide I filled them with a mix of decorative seashells and sea glass.  The doily pattern I used is called Starlight, a link to the free pattern is available here.

Materials
1 doily, around 10" in diameter
tulle, 12" or enough to cover the doily plus  about 1-2" extra
scissors
1/8" ribbon, about 25-30"
yarn needle
something to fill the pouch with
optional- glue for the ribbon edges, I used fray lock glue

If you would like to add flowers instructions can be found here.


Step One
Lay the doily flat and place the tulle over top.  Cut out a circle about 1-2" larger than the doily.

Step Two
  Place the tulle circle off to the side for later and thread your ribbon onto the needle.

Step Three
With the right side of the doily facing you, starting about 1/2"- 1" from the edge of the doily, weave the ribbon between the stitches staying even with the round.
Continue until you've gone around the entire doily.
Flip the doily over so the wrong side is facing up.  Pull on both ribbon ends slightly until it starts to form a pouch.


Step Four
Lay the tulle circle flat and place the items to fill the pouch in the center.
Gather the edges of the tulle together and place in the middle of the doily. 

Step Five
Pull both ribbon ends to close the pouch and tie in a bow.  Trim the tulle and ribbon ends to desired length.  You can add a drop of glue to each ribbon end to prevent fraying.

Complete!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the finished pouch :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Crochet covers



These crochet doily covers are quick and easy to make.  If you have some smaller doilies this might be a nice and different way to display them.  They can be used to cover small bowls, vases, bottles, ornaments, or anything else you can think of!  For this guide I'm using the pattern Starlight.  It has been updated with instructions for a third border style available here- www.draiguna.com/p/starlight-border-style-3.html.
Materials
1 small doily around 10" in diameter
1/8" ribbon (about 25-30")
yarn needle
scissors
glue for the ribbon edges, I used fray lock glue

something small to cover with the doily, around 3" to 5" tall

Optional materials and instructions for adding flowers

12 ribbon roses
sewing thread
sewing needle
 With the wrong side of the doily facing you, thread the sewing needle and evenly sew 12 flowers around the edge of the doily


Step One
Thread your ribbon onto the needle.

Step Two
Choose where you want the ribbon to go.  I recommend starting about 1/2" to 3/4" from the edge of the doily.  For the one I'm using that would mean starting near round 16 or 17.  Keep in mind that the closer your ribbon is to the edge, less of the doily will show at the top.


Step Three
With the right side of the doily facing you and working even with the round, weave your ribbon between the stitches.


Step Four
Once you've gone around the whole doily turn it over so the wrong side is facing you.  Put the object you want to cover in the center of the doily and pull both ends of ribbon so that it forms a pouch.

Step Five
Pull the ribbon tight and tie in a bow.  Trim the ribbon if you'd like and add a drop of glue to each end to prevent fraying.

Complete!
I hope that you enjoyed this guide and the finished doily cover :D

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday morning

I took some pictures today of the eastern bluebirds.  They have been gathering materials for their nest.  
The female bluebird decided that a chicken feather would be a nice addition :D



This tiny chipmunk was out and about this morning visiting the bird feeders.


Also this weekend was the county library's annual book sale.  I found some great books and even a few thread crochet pamphlets :D  The J. & P. Coats Quick crochet gifts has some interesting bookmarks in it that I want to make.