Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dogwood Flowers

My stack of Dogwood flowers for my scarf is growing....
 I have eleven and counting. 

For color B, I have cut lengths of thread needed for each flower....
Since it is such a small amount it seems easier than trying to maneuver two balls of thread.  


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On the bus

This morning I had to drop my car off for new shocks and struts.  Knowing I would take the bus home, I packed my purse with various things, two secret projects and my Tunisian Shawl.   To get back to my house I had to take two buses.  As I waited to catch the first bus,  I finished a design submission and worked a row on a secret project.  

Then on the second bus, I snapped this picture.....
and worked two rows of my Tunisian Shawl.  So far a productive day.  


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thread Tunisian Shawl

Sometimes it is good to have more than one project in progress.  I always have more than one work in progress and this is one of them....
This is the Hobby Lobby version of the Bernat Acrylic thread in color Lily Pond.  

I am a center pull person, so I squash the cardboard cone.... 
 and wiggle the cone out from the center to have a center pull skein.... 
Then it fits conveniently into one of my up-cycled Clinique pouches.

For pattern...
With 2 Balls of Thread and a H tunisian hook.
Ch 50.
Pull loops on hook then work a basic return: yo, pull through one,  yo, pull through 2 lps across.  
Row 2:  TRS (Tunisian reverse stitch) and return.  
Row 3:  TKS (Tunsian knit stitch) and return.  
Repeat Row 3 for pattern.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Cherry Blossom Necklace

Last week, I finished this work in progress....

I added some beaded buds for an added sparkle...
It is a very nice pattern and works up quickly.  


Thursday, April 23, 2015

TBT - Vintage Booklet

This morning, I was looking for a book but found this vintage booklet instead...
It has 48 crochet patterns from single crochet, post stitches, and shell stitches to Solomon knot stitches.  It also includes two Tunisian patterns along with cross stitch embroidery....
Vintage fun!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIP - Cherry Blossom Necklace

Blocking the branches of the Cherry Blossom Necklace by Sandy Meeks... 
Then I will sew on the blossoms and leaves...
Almost finished.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CAL - Dogwood Scarf

Crochet me is doing a crochet along of Suzann Thompson's Dogwood Scarf.  This is a great way to work on skills and make something fabulous.

Thinking I will use thread, the next decision is what hook size to use.

Last night, I made some flowers and leaves with a D hook...

Then I made some with a size 7 steel hook...
Both look great, the D hook flower has a more lacy look then the 7 steel hook flowers.  

So I think I will use a D hook for this project or a combination of both.  

I have heard people say thread it is too small and you have to use those tiny hooks, but I say not necessarily thread is a adaptable to more than just steel hooks.

Would I use a J hook for thread probably not but B-F hooks, definitely, Yes!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Custom Order -Large Hair Clip

This morning I am working on a custom order....
A large hair clip in pink camo and here it is....

ready for purchase.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Friday! Upcycled WIP pouches

This week I stopped at Goodwill to see if there were any pouches for works in progress (WIP), like this one....

a Clinique pouch.  
These pouches are pretty and spacious and for $1.99 it is a great value.  I have quite a few of these fun (wip) pouches.  Then I continue looking and I find this one an Estee Lauder...
Thought this one is smaller it is see through, perfect for that one project that may take awhile.  Or take so long you wonder, and think to yourself what is in there?  
And you can see, "Oh, it is that project, yeah, I should work on that."  

Now for the best pouch of my recent search....
A fabulous find!  An Orla Keily, for $2.99.  
It is a beauty organizer and retails for $16.99.  
I have some crochet tools and notions that will love living in this pouch. 

My daughter's name is Orla too, but not named after the designer.  She enjoys seeing her name on Soap bottles or other Orla Keily items we see, mostly at Target or Goodwill.  


Thursday, April 16, 2015

TBT - Vintage book series

Treasures I picked up at our local library used book sale.....
These series books of the 70's and 80's are full of all sorts of crafts from knitting and crochet to sewing and macrame.  One  of the many things you may find at a used booksale along with all sorts of other treasures.  I have been lucky to find former library books, leaflet books and older crafty magazines.

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where your library has used books sales, go, see what treasures are waiting for you!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paisley Earrings

Remember these from last Fridays post...

this morning I added them to my shop. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crochet! -Summer 2015

I have seen this latest issue of Crochet! mgazine on the shelves at Barnes & Noble, even at the grocery store....

 and on page 23 is one of my designs,  Grace Necklace...
This will always be fun to see my name in print.   It is an Easy as 123 design...  
A granny style triangle with beaded crochet edged with beade solomon knots. 
 It can be adjustable and worn as you wish.

Did you know if you become a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) a subscription of Crochet! is included in your membership.  


Monday, April 13, 2015

Foray into Overlay

Over the weekend I picked up this book from the library, Master Class Crochet by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss.  It is filled with all the Masters of Crochet names we all know such as Margaret Hubert, Prudence MapstoneCarol Ventura and so many more.  We all know fashion crochet,       free-form, hairpin lace, woven, clones lace and tapestry crochet.  As I looked through this book of masters most I am familiar, I actually met Nancy Nehring (tassel crochet) years ago in Milwaukee.

Some these the masters, I may have seen their work but not necessarily the artists themselves.  This book gives you an insight to each of these master and how their crochet lives evolved.   Of course I found myself  most drawn to thread and color changing techniques this book shares like Overlay Crochet from Melody MacDuffee.  She creates crochet with vivid texture and color changes, as it would look through the lens of a kaleidoscope.  This is her work gracing the cover of the book....
This book is a definite must read for every Crochet lover.  

Another opportunity to play with stitches using thread and color changes,

 I made this foray into overlay....

Friday, April 10, 2015

Left or Right Handed -Paisley Tutorial

When you are crocheting your hands work together in a delightful dance of creating stitches.  One hand holds the yarn and the tension.  The other hand holds the hook.  Whether you are right or left-handed each makes the same stitches, motifs, and designs.

Subtle differences separate left or right handed work such as the direction in which we work.  Right-handed work right to left in back and forth rows, and counter clockwise when working motifs.  Left-handed work from left to right in back and forth rows and clockwise for motifs.

Each of us, left or right handed is highly adaptable, if we wish to make something we find a way!

As you may know if you have seen my tutorial posts, I am left handed.  Subtle differences became apparent to me when I made this Paisley from, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, by Margaret Hubert...
At the top of the picture is the paisley in the book and the bottom paisley is the one I made following the pattern.  It is not the same even if I turn it around like this...

So trying to make a paisley the same as the in the book, I made this...
and with a big THANK YOU! to Margaret Hubert and Creative Publishing International for their permission to use the diagram,  I will show you how I did it...  
Here are the characters and let's go, 

Ch 16...

 work a slst in the 2nd ch from hook, and next 2 chs...

Now looking at the diagram...
with permission from the publisher
continue following the diagram in the direction as the note, sc in next 3 chs, hdc in next 3 chs, dc in next 3 chs, tr in next 2 chs, 5 tr in next ch, working the opposite side of foundation ch, tr in next 2 chs, dc in next 4 chs, hdc in next 4 chs, sc in next 4 chs...
Row 1 complete, fasten off blue.  

Working in back loops only, join aqua with a standing sc in the first dc of Row 1 sc in same st...
following the diagram 2 sc in next 11 sts, sc in each st across.  
Fasten off aqua.  
Join jade, with a standing sc in the first hdc of row1....
sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, (dc in next st 2 dc in next st) 4 times, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in next 8sts... 
Fasten off jade.  Now one more row to go.  

Row 4 starts with sc in the first slst from row1 sc in next 18 sts, 
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st) 5 times,  sc in next 20 sts....

and this is the result...

So if anyone, left or right handed would follow the pattern in the book and then follow this tutorial you could make something like these....
Beautiful Paisley Earrings.  


Thursday, April 9, 2015

A bit of Sunshine...

 on a cloudy day....
This little bud makes me smile! It is so cute!  

The weather here in Wausau is cold and cloudy with rain.   Possible thunderstorms, definitely more rain and then to top it off possible snow tonight.  

Yes, technically it is spring and I am creating my own...

Yesterday, I crocheted one of each little piece for the bouquet and now...
 putting it together...


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WIP, Bits and Pieces

Can you tell where these bits and pieces are leading me?
Last night I stayed up very late in hopes of finishing this flower bouquet from My Picot

This is as far as I got...

I just love all the fabulous stitch patterns and beautiful flowers My Picot creates and
 very thankful for the tutorials they offer.

...continuing to dream in crochet.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Seamless Crochet

You will see on this hat, it has 2 ends....
and it is a granny square hat?  I made it with seamless crochet.

  It is the Jamie Hat pattern from Kristin Omdahl's book, Seamless Crochet.  
 Seamless crochet start with one motif and continues to build from that first motif.  Have you tried it?
It is challenging fun and a bit mind bending. 

You can order the book with an instructional DVD from Interweave.  


Monday, April 6, 2015

Button Flower Brooches

You may have seen the Crochet Button Flowers, they are on Pinterest and Google all over.  

A while back a customer sent me a picture and wondering if I could make some.  So I put some buttons in one of my notion keepers for just the right time.  Everyday if I have a second to daydream I dream about Crochet.   I like to ponder ideas for a time let them mix and fold into thoughts and ideas.   And this weekend while playing with thread and flower ideas...

 I came up with these....
Button Flower Brooches
very organic, freeform fun.  

You can find them in my shop!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Turkish Flat Bead

If you are on Ravlery (find me as gwengoods) hopefully you are in some groups.  One of the many  groups I am part of is the jewelry of the month.

 For March the selected design was Turkish Flat Bead by Adele Recklies.
In her picture tutorial, Adele offers a righty and lefty version, yea!....
easy peasy!   This is what I made last night.  

And on my first one I worked a single crochet into each single crochet instead of ...

working a single crochet into the bead loop like I did on this one...
this one is a set, bracelet and earrings.  

I can see doing more of these, I have lots of bead to destash.  

So find me and this Crochet Jewelry of the Month group on Ravelry and 
join me in making the 
this is as far as I got last night.