Archive for February, 2012

February 25, 2012

Country style placemats

Another one of things I love. Gentle and romantic floral patterns, pastel colors in country style. I wish I could have a house with huge windows, wooden floors, full of flowers, lots of cushions on the sofa, white kitchen with big massive wooden table in dining room. It is my dream. Who knows, maybe once it will become true. In one of my romantic idea attacks I decided to sew these placemats. I used creamy fabric with roses and light green checked one for the borders. Originally I wanted to use the roses fabric also for the bottom part, but it is too thin and I could see the patterns of the bottom layer through the top one. So in the end I decided to use just plain creamy fabric for the bottom part. It looks exactly how I imagined, now I need just the big wooden table.

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February 22, 2012

Looking back at the beginnings

Now I experience something new. A new beginning. This whole blogging stuff is a new area for me. It made me to think about the times, when I discovered one of my favorite hobbies.

It is not that long time ago when I fell in love with sewing. It was sometime in 2010 when I finally bought the sewing machine. And since then, with shorter or longer breaks, I am using it. My first project was a quilt or patchwork blanket ( not actually sure if there is some difference between quilting and patchwork ). You may think it is crazy to start directly with a big project, but I am not easy on myself, I set challenging targets.  I don’t have any picture to share, so I am posting here some pictures of another one of my projects from starting period. I wanted to do something crazy, forget about brown and blue and all these settled combinations. I said to myself, let’s be little wild, let’s do something unusual.

At that time, I discovered some US sites which were selling fabrics. I like most Fat Quarter Shop or Hawthorne Threads. Dollar was low, it was great opportunity to shop abroad… and as to the shopping, I don’t like to miss a chance to buy something. So I bought two fat quarter bundles with 12 fabrics, some matching fabric for the back of the blanket and I got crazy. I call this quilt Windows. And there is no brown or beige. It is just pink, green and grey. It is optimistic and energizing quilt. I hope the lady who bought it from me is enjoying it as much as I enjoyed making it.

I am sorry that I don’t have better pictures, at that time I didn’t plan to show it to broader public. I will need to improve my photography skills now, when I will blog it all.

February 21, 2012

African Flower crochet tutorial

You can find few tutorials how to crochet the African Flower pattern on the internet, I like most those which are visual, sometimes it is problemattic for me to crochet something just based on written instructions. So below is the picture and here I will write  also the instructions just for case. Different colors mean also different color of yarn. Depends on you what yarn you want to use, I recommend some which is not fluffy. The thicker yarn, the bigger is the flower. The number (size) of the hook is very often written on the yarn roll.  This is not tutorial for complete beginners, you need to know at least some basics. In case you don’t know what chain, single crochet etc. means, I suggest you look up some youtube video, they are quite good tutorials there too.

 

So let’s start:

 

1/ connect 6 chains in a ring

 

2/ 3 chains to replace one double crochet, 1 chain, *2 double crochets, 1 chain*- repeat until you have 5 pairs, 1 double crochet and fasten into 3rd chain  (now you should have 6 pairs of double chrochets and spaces between them)

 

Change color

 

3/3 chains to replace one doublecrochet, 1 double crochet, 1 chain, 2 double chrochets, *2 chains, 2 double crochets, 1 chain, 2 double crochets* repeat until the last space of previous row is filled, then 2 chains and fasten to the 3rd chain to finish the circle.

 

4/3 chains to replace one doublecrochet, 1 chain,* 7 double crochets into the larger space of previous row, 1 chain*, repeat until you reach the end, 6 double chrochets (as we replaced the 7th by the 3chains at the beginning), fasten at the 3rd chain to complete the circle.

 

Change color

 

5/*1 long single stitch (like single stitch, but you put the hook not just under the one line below, but you grab also the second line, as seen on the picture), 7 single crochets* repeat until whole circle is completed, fasten and cut the yarn.

 

I personally first make the flowers and then connect them, of course, you can do it as you go, in that case just change the yarn and continue with:

 

6/*3 double crochets, 1 double crochet, 1 chain, 1 double crochet in the same loop as previous, 3 double crochets, 1 chain* repeat until circle is completed.

Now you should see nice hexagonal pattern. When I connect these hexagons, I do it on the places where I make 1 chain.

*repeat pattern between the stars

February 21, 2012

For little things

If I don’t have any new idea I return back to old, but proven by time projects. Make-up bags are one of them. Doesn’t matter how many I make, they are not in my cupboard for a long time. It is a great gift for friends and from all things I made and tried to sell, these were also disappearing fast.

 The more interesting fabric you choose the bigger success will the model have.

 

Although the red dotted ones are also very nice and elegant, people usually choose something more original.

February 19, 2012

In one year I should be finished

Do you know the feeling when you get an idea and you must immediately do it? It happened to me several times, last one was previous Sunday. I was actually searching on the internet for some pattern of crochet hearts. It is wonderful, how search after one thing will lead you to another fantastic idea. At least for me, discovery of African Flower was like discovery of America for Columbus. It wasn’t until few minutes of further search when I realized that it definitely isn’t something new, and that some great-grand mother somewhere would laugh at me right now. I am not sure if it is because I am a woman, I really love flowers and I was immediately decided to make a blanket out of these. I had just one small problem. I had no yarn and no bigger crocheting hook. And it was Sunday. Most of the shops except the big shopping malls are closed, especially those where I usually made my shopping. Thank god I remembered about one which in fact was in a shopping center and was open on Sunday! In two hours I was back home with all what I needed and could start on my project.

One week passed now and I have 44 flowers made. Not enough for a blanket, that I am sure…So keep fingers crossed for me and with your moral support, I will be able to finish this before next Christmas.

February 19, 2012

Let’s do this!

It took me some time, but finally I got the courage to start blogging. Now I just need to figure out the technical side, hopefully won’t atke too long. I have always thought that I have good technical skills, so let’s prove it now!

I would like to share here my passion about different crafts and maybe inspire someone else to start doing someting similar. You can read little more about me in the About page. I am looking  forward to your visits and comments.

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