Crochet Gifts

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This week has been one of getting into the swing of the New Year. The decorations have been taken down and the house has had a clean. Years ago I read a book by Una Stubbs who said that Spring cleaning should be done in January and February when the weather isn’t so good and then when Spring comes you can go out and enjoy yourself, it always made perfect sense to me so I start each year with a clean then try to focus on each room in turn for a more thorough clean. Trouble is I tend to get distracted whenever I find sewing or crafting stuff!

I thought I’d show you my sons’ home made crochet gifts from Christmas. I LOVED making these and hope you’ll like them too.

Son 1 (the one interested in all things sea life) got his own little bit of a coral reef!

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I loved making this as I just made it up as I went along, adding more and more bits and pieces as I went. I started with some pictures of crocheted reefs and found a couple of tutorials to set me on the right path and then I just hooked away. Son 1 was very appreciative and even suggested that I make another one ๐Ÿ™‚

Son 2 got this cactus as his pressie, I loved making this too, it made me chuckle!

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The cactus was from a pattern from Zoe Creates here. The mini stetson was from a dolls pattern I found somewhere in the ether.

You may have seen from my last post that my daughter got a tiny little crocheted sheep to go with her nativity shepherds.

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She was made using perle embroidery thread and was extremely fiddly, so those shepherds have only got the one to look after – a very small flock indeed!

I think I’ve shared all my Christmas makes with you now ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoyed seeing them.ย  If you have time why not drop me a line in the comments section, it’s always nice to hear from you.

Right then, back to the cleaning…..or there is that sewing that needs to be done….

Until next time,

Chris x

 

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Like a Bat out of Hell

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Son 2 had his birthday this week and his little home made gift was this little fella…

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The pattern can be downloaded from here.

Does anyone know of a good source of free amigurumi patterns please, I’m running out of ideas and Christmas is a coming!

Until next time,

Chris x

Happy St George’s Day

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter and are having a lovely St George’s Day.

I don’t usually even know when St George’s Day is but this year I thought I’d mark the occasion by wearing a special brooch (a bit like the St David’s brooch I made here).

The national flower of England is the Tudor rose and I discovered that there are very few crochet patterns ‘out there’ for making one. I eventually found just what I needed on Ravelry and was congratulating myself on my find when I realised I couldn’t find a link to the pattern! At that point I gave up looking and made up a pattern. See what you think,

 

Happy St Georges day

Over Easter Hubby and I went to Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, for a mini break.ย The LONG car journey there was not wasted as I took some hand stitching projects with me, as most of what I was working on are presents I can’t share them with you yet but here’s a glimpse of something which is for a display in Church.

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It’s a bit of a mystery object at the moment but hopefully all will become clear as the project progresses.

While we were in Cardiff I did quite a bit of wandering around and sight seeing. One of the highlights, for me, wasย visiting a gallery called Craft in the Bay which displayed local artist’s work.

Several artists had been invited to submit work on the theme of bowls and while they were all very creative and imaginative, the work of two artist’s particularly caught my eye.

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Bowls by Zoe Hillyard

These fabric bowls are made by taking a smashed pot and covering the broken pieces with fabric and stitching them together to make the bowl as whole as possible. If you look carefully you can see the joins with the occasional hole where the piece of pot is missing. Those lines on the inside are long stitches of thread giving the inside of the bowl a different look and texture to the outside.

Never in all my life of breaking things have I ever thought of doing this, I thought it was such an imaginative thing to do. So you know what I’ll be doing next time I drop a pot!

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Bowls by Paul Taylor

This artist used a flat slab of clay to fashion a bowl and embellished it with texture. I thought that this could be easily translated into a fabric bowl – ย two layers of fabric stiffened with interfacing to make a square, cut and stitched into a shallow bowl then texture and decoration added with anything your heart desires.

There are SOOOO many things I want to have a go at!!! I guess that’s why we all tend to have far too many UFO’s ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy your week.

Until next time,

Christine x

 

Happy St David’s Day

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Today is the day that Welsh people celebrate St David, the patron Saint of Wales. As I have a Welsh hubby it’s a day when daffodils are worn. Hubby wears a real one in his lapel and so I don’t feel left out I’ve made this one for me to wear,

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Lucy from Attic 24 has a tutorial for this pretty daff – just here. I made mine using Anchor Pearl Cotton thread (the yellow is colour 301, the orange is shade 304 and the green is a mystery as I’ve lost the band!) and a 1.75mm hook so it’s only 4cm wide.

Dydd Gลตyl Dewi Hapus!

Until next time,

Chris x

Puffing Away

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Last week I told you about the crochet gift I made for younger son. Well this is what older son received as his ‘silly’ Christmas gift.

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Some of you may remember that older son is a fan of all things fishy so this was PERFECT for him. This was another project with great details – those eyes and mouth really do pop out and all those lumps and bumps are brilliant. I really enjoyed making this.

There are so many brilliant patterns to be found on the web and this one is by Vanessa Mooncie. The pattern is found here – Crochet Puffer Fishย you’ll need to scroll down the page a bit to find it but it’s there!

If you want to have a go at making this it’s worth pointing out that those bumps on the surface of the fish gave me pause for thought. The pattern says they are picot stitches and maybe they are but not what I’ve always known as picot stitches. Instead they are what I would call granule stitch – there are plenty of YouTube videos to help with this but the tutorial I used was this one –Granule Stitchย with instructions for lefties and righties ๐Ÿ™‚

Update on the Great Amaryllis Competition

This is a competition some of my family are doing, we all started growing our bulbs on New Year’s Day. This is mine today…

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and this was Son 1’s last week end!

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Hmmmm!

 

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Crochet Fun

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Work has been very busy so little time has happened for crafting, although I am still trimming all those blocks for my Bonnie Hunter En Provence mystery quilt – a little bit of trimming followed by a little bit of piecing. Later today I shall be going to my quilt group and guess what I’ll be taking to do?!!

I love crocheting almost as much as sewing and I have a sort of tradition that I make each of my children a homemade gift for Christmas. The ‘sort of’ bit is because if it doesn’t happen I don’t get stressed about it and I’m sure they don’t either.

This year my boys (sorry young men ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) received crochet animals.

Youngest son, who is at University in Wales received a dragon.

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I loved the details on this little fella. I can’t begin to describe the joy I felt when I realised he had nostrils! Those ridged wings look good too together with claws on the edges of the wings. The only change I made to the pattern was that when I stuffed him I inserted pipe cleaners into the body so he can be posed.

The pattern is a freebie and if you feel the inclination to make one for yourself here is the link.

Fierce Little Dragon by Lucy Collin

I’ll show you what I made for Older son in another post.

Now, back to the trimming ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time,

Chris x

Rat Attack

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My daughter and son in law had a rat problem a while ago. A pesky rat got in to their house and decided to stay. After a bit of a battle it was removed and all is now well. However, I saw a beyond brilliant bookmark which I just HAD to make for Son in laws birthday.

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What do you think?

Happy to report that it made him smile ๐Ÿ™‚

This free pattern can be found on Supergurumi’s blog here.

Until next time,

Chris x

A Flock in my Sewing Room

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I made my son a sheep (see this post here), which he loved but I loved it too so I made another

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Then I made another, and another and another until Iย ended up with a flock- my excitement levels must have been pretty high here as I didn’t even take a photo!

The purpose of this flock is that each member of my Ladies Wot Sew group has now been given one together with the name of a member of the group. They now have to make a little coat for their sheep which that member will like, for example we have a member who is mad about buttons so she might well end up with a sheep whose coat is decorated with buttons, one member loves a bit of bling so she might end up with a sparkly sheep!

These will be wrapped and be our Christmas gifts to each other.

I must remember to do a photo shoot of them when the time comes.

Until next time,

Chris x