Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Project: Giving new life to 70's Patterns

Over my enforced break from C Percy Designs (aka Summer Holidays) I am going to be working on making items from this 1970's pattern book I borrowed from Alison at SewGood/KnitToo!

First up I'm going to make this cute poncho.  A few weeks back I asked my Facebook "Likers" what colours I should use.  I got a some great suggestions and over the next week or so I'm going to make up 11 squares in the suggested colour combinations to see which combo I like best.

Suggested colour combos:
  1. Hot pink and light grey
  2. pink and teal
  3. Pink! with grey borders
  4. Apple green & hot pink
  5. Dusty pink, dark purple or pale blue.
  6. Chocolate brown and a pale green
  7. brown & dark pink 
  8. dusty orange flowers and light brown
  9. Turquoise and purpl
  10. purple, pink and white
  11. Chartruse flowers on a purple background
I'll keep you posted on my progress!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Crochet Class: Its Granny Christmas

It’s a granny Christmas!
at Sew Good, Knit Too
Make some cute Christmas decorations using your 
granny square knowledge. Join our 2 hour class on
Tuesday 27th November from 10am.

In this new class I have created you will learn to make a Christmas Tree, Bauble, Start, heart and mini stocking all using techniques you already know plus some funky new stuff. 

It should be a fun and easy class where you can make some cute quick Christmas Decorations. 

This class will also cover pattern reading and will have a demonstration on how you can block and stiffen your finished items.

Maximum of 5 people per class.  All ages welcome.
Crochet workshops are $45.00, includes yarn & hook.

Bookings Essential - 4443 2228 

Sew Good, Knit Too 
Shop 3/28, Paradise Beach Road, Sanctuary Point. 
Phone 4443 2228 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Liz's big day

My little sister married the lovely Paul on 4 November in Hyde Park Sydney. Liz looked stunning in a dress made by my Mum. The Wedding had a French handmade Vintage theme, which included gift bags which had cookies made by Paul, he's a chef.

The Percy clan all ventured up to Sydney and the kids enjoyed the many bus trips we made from Surrey Hills to the CBD over the 3 days we were in town.  Brett and I loved the Crown Street coffee and the wonderful French food at the reception!

Liz's last meal as a single gal. 
Our apartment in Surrey Hills
Hair and makeup done, now time for a drink.
All dressed up and on the bus to the park - very nervous
Mr A sitting next to me on the bus.
Love the rose petals.

Its official - Mr and Mrs Singh.

Love, Love Love the hair!

The Percy's

Miss J and Miss H fast asleep after a big day.

Kids enjoying the park on Crown Street.

Mr J being bored in the park on Crown Street.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Vintage crochet finds.

Yesterday I started my new job at SewGood/KnitToo, Sanctuary Point.  Its the perfect job for this yarn addict! Its only one day a week and its during school hours.  Its my dream job come true.

Yesterday an elderly lady gave a huge pile of vintage and antique patterns to Alison, the owner of the wool shop.  OMG it was like all my Christmas' had come at once.  The oldest pattern I came across was 1917, it even had an advert in it asking people to help with making things for the war effort!

The lady had brought them in because she didn't know what to do with them.  She knew they were of value to someone and she didn't want to drop them off at a charity store, as they might think they were junk.  Thank goodness she remembered her local wool shop.  So yesterday after lunch Alison and I spend an hour or more pouring over all these amazing patterns.

Here are some photos of the patterns that were in the crochet pile.

I've never seen doilies spelt this way before!
See the link below explaining this spelling.
Imagine making this teapot cover!   Don't you just love the
lipstick advert in the back ground - very Mad Men.
I wish they dated these booklets, circa 1940's (we think).

There was two copies of the Semco Crochet Edges booklet, which meant that I got to keep one!  It has 38 different edges, many of which I have never seen before.  It appears this booklet was put together so ladies could put a pretty cotton crochet edge on table clothes, handkerchiefs, and napkins as all the edges have been photographed with a linen and hemstitched edge.

Page 13 of Semco Crochet Edges Booklet No17.
This afternoon I splashed out and purchased some hemstitched handkerchiefs from Crochet Australia as I think I'll be using this book to make some lovely Christmas gifts.

To see these crochet patterns simply pop by SewGood/KnitToo in Sanctuary Point.  Alison has a vast collection of vintage knit and crochet patterns which she is happy to show you.  NB:  Take a scanner and laptop with you so you can take the patterns home with you.


Further Reading:  Doilie, doily, doyley, doiley, d’oyley or d’oilie? by the Dreamstress

FYI: if you are ever cleaning out your grandma's pattern stash please don't throw it away, donate it to your local wool shop, set up a Craftumi or etsy account and sell them or send me an email and I'll gladly arrange to collect them from you. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

My instagram life

Instead of writing about the last few weeks I thought I'd share a selection of instagram photos ~ as you can see its been pretty busy.

If you want to follow me on Instagram I'm #cpercydesigns.

My new epheriell designs earrings

Miss H reading to Liam the cat
Tiny tread crochet Irish Roses

Progress shot of Mr Ted
Mr Ted is finished

Mount Washmore turned in to Mount Foldmore
Lorena and Brett's Wedding

B and Me
Prepping for Liz's Wedding
Cute crochet beanie
Virtual ProBlogger
Liz's Hen's day
Fillet Pattern

learning Irish Crochet

Blocking Christmas Stars

Day Spa
Ken's shoes

Summer is hear - Sun Hats
Water Metre

My Wedding Day
more wedding prep

Lunch after my MRI
Market Day at SewGood/KnitToo

New motifs and patterns
More sun hats

DYI Clip Kits

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Part 5: Restoring damaged crochet tablecloth

Restored tablecloth
Here is the restored tablecloth.  Doesn't it look lovely on my 1930's dinning table!  I'm very proud of all my efforts.  All up it took approximately 7-8 hours to restore, this includes the time taken to create mock up motifs to understand how they are contracted and joined together.

The above photo shows one of the restored sections.  The motif in the middle is the one I inserted,  you can't hardly tell which is the new one!

So there you have it, one thread crocheted tablecloth restored to its former glory.  My work here is now done. 


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Part 4: Restoring damaged crochet tablecloth

Joining the first corner of the new motif.
The next step in restoring this beautiful thread crochet tablecloth was to make the motifs.  The first 6 rounds were easily made up, the last round is the tricky part.

I started with the first corner, this was easy as I simply had to double crochet into the loop that had already been created, this loop already had the 3 corner motifs joined.

Two corners and two sides completed.
I then attached the side chain stitches by again chaining 2 stitches and then double crocheting into the chain space of the adjoining motif.  I continued doing this for around the next side of the new motif.

Joining all 4 corners together 
I then carefully joined the next corner using the exposed corner stitches.  You note in the picture above that I have all 3 corner stitches on my hook.  To join them together I simply worked a slip stitch through all the stitches on the hook.

Excuse the extreme close up  of my leg, I was sitting on the floor to make sure the
weight of the tablecloth wouldn't unravel any of the exposed stitches. 

I then worked on the side chain spaces.  Again I inserted my hook through the exposed stitches to secure theme.

This photo was taken my Miss H (3 years), its of me joining the last corner.
What a clever little poppet she is.
One damaged motif fixed, 3 more to go!