Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another finished project

Sorry for the terrible photo - it was taken late Tuesday night after I blocked the finished blanket.

This is one of the projects I've been working on this month.  Its a personalized fillet pram blanket which uses the filet crochet technique.  I based my pattern on a cross stitch pattern I found on the internet and made the necessary change to turn it into a crochet pattern.  The N in the middle of the bears tummy is for Nicolas, the little newborn lad this blanket was made for.

I know filet crochet is usually reserved for crochet thread and are usually smaller in size but I think its ideal for pram blankets.

What is Filet Crochet? 

As stated on Wikipedia Filet Crochet is
"Filet crochet is a type of crocheted fabric. This type of crocheted lace is grid-like because it uses only two crochet stitches: the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch (U.S. terminology; known in some other countries as chain stitch and treble).
Filet crochet is most often worked from a graph or a symbol diagram. Patterns are created by combining solid and open meshes, usually working the design in solid meshes and the background in open meshes. The size of the space is determined by the number of chain stitches between each double stitch.[2] Filet crochet may also be worked by alternating chain stitches with another type of crochet stitch such as (U.S. terminology) half double or triple crochet, and may be worked from yarn instead of thread."

If you would like to commission a blanket please email me at

Please note that I only take on one blanket per month and blankets take approx 4-6 weeks to complete.  

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Meet Nes

A few months ago my friend Fiona from Imogen's Angels honored me with a custom order of a large blanket in green.  I used Attic24's Granny Stripe Pattern with this image from The Dark Rose as my inspiration.  

I used 100% pure wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills in Celery, Guava and Hunter.  In the end it weighted over 2 kgs and I used 9+ 200g balls of wool.  I worked on this blanket in short bursts every night for about 6 weeks.  Most nights I did a few rows before moving onto another project.  Even though it was a simple blanket to crochet, it did take a lot longer for me to make than I thought it would.  

I've never made a double bed size blanket before and I don't know if I will again as it was quite heavy and cumbersome at the end.  I nicknamed the blanket Nes (Never ending story) because some nights I would think I was nearly done but after measuring it I'd realise I still had a long way to go!  

Blanket up close.

Completed blanket ready to post.  

This lovely message was left on my Facebook page.  I'm so glad they like!
"Thank you for making Imogen's Green Crochet Rug, we all love it.
Look forward to snuggling under it every night xx"

You can check out my Pinterest Crochet Blankets inspiration board here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Market preparation - My new table cover

After my last market I vowed I would no longer use my very large damask tablecloth that once belonged to my grandmother.  Its pretty but usually its too big for my market table and an absolute pain in the bottom to iron.   Plus it always looks un-ironed when I get to the market!

A while back my friend Kasia from Ink.Paper.Cloth recommend Caspa Australia's Trestle Table Covers. After checking them out and seeing how user friendly they are, down to the cross over opening for discreet access to stored items under the table, I decided I would purchase one.

In the past I've had a Vistaprint banner which I have struggled to affix to my tablecloth or on the wall behind my market table. Usually I give up and don't bother putting up any signage, which is a shame because I know I'm missing out on some additional brand exposure.    

To avoid this struggle at my next market, Dreamers Market on 20th July, I asked my friend Christina from CC Design Management to print my logo onto my new tablecloth.  Doesn't it look good!

I'm sure I'll be saving myself at least 20 minutes in setting up time now I have my lovely new tablecloth!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Win 2 C Percy Designs Beanies!

Digital Scrapbook elements and pages by Tracey Martin Scrapbook Designs
Photography by Whimsy Art Photography
Head on over to handmade kids to win a beanie for you and another for a friend!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Dreamers Market :: 20th July at Parramatta Riverside Theatre

My next market will be on 20th July at the Riverside Theaters in Parramatta.  I thought it would be good head up to Sydney to do a market this winter, I love meeting creative people and I love being at markets that place value in the handmade industry. 

I hope to see you there.