Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crochet watch

I'm in love with the white crochet dress that is featured in this Pitbull's video clip.  If only I had the body to wear something like that!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tambour beading

Source:  Crochet Knitt Unlimited blog
Whilst cruising Pinterest the other day I came across this amazing photo of Irish Crochet with seeds beads - isn't it stunning!

A few years ago I took an online Irish lace crochet class  and I feel in love with this delicate crochet style.  It also linked the techniques I had been taught by my Mother back to Ireland where my family originally came from.

When I went to the original blog post on Crochet Kit Unlimited I also found this amazing video about Tambour beading which uses a Tambour Embroidery hook.  I have used my own crochet hooks to do some detailing on beanies (simple chain stitch) but I never thought to use a hook in this way to add beads.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whats on your hook?

This is what I'm making in my spare moments.  

Its another receiving blanket in Baby Pink, Lipstick Pink and Frost.  The pattern is by Moolgy and its called Loopy Love Blanket.  You can download a copy for your self here - http://www.mooglyblog.com/loopy-love-blanket/.  

The pattern is easy to read and its very easy to stitch.   Doesn't it look divine.  I'll keep you posted on its progress over the next couple of weeks. 



Sunday, April 06, 2014

Circles in Octagons



Its finally finished!

A few weeks ago I posted a progress shot of this blanket (Receiving Blanket - work in progress).  In this post I proudly spoke about how I was going to join the motifs together with the middle diamond, well lets just say that after I completed the blanket (see image below) I wasn't happy with the finished product.  


I wasn't happy about the lack of joins between the Octagons, it made the fabric floppy and the large holes are not ideal for little ones and their little hands and fingers.  If I had of been thinking about this I would of joined the work together using the last round of octagons and not the diamonds.  

So in the end I undid the entire blanket, which meant every diamond and triangle had to be remade, and I hand sewed the blanket together.  It took me 3 nights to sew the blanket together (about 15 hours) and it was well worth it as the finished product is beautiful, even if I do say so myself.
"I remember now why I don't make these blankets often, 3 nights of hand sewing" 
You can find this pattern and many others on my "Crochet Blankets" Board on Pinterest.  I add to this board all the time so please follow me to see what I find.