Posted in Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Home Decor Accents

Snowballs and Icicles in Color

Is it winter yet? Well, I know we’re not there yet, but, it’s never too early to make some colored snowballs and icicles for the season. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing…

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I’ve crocheted a few swirly and twirly snowballs and icicles – little colorful ornaments that are safe to have around kids and pets, with adult supervision, of course 🙂

If you’d like to make yourself some of these, you are welcome to check out my written pattern for a Duo Swirl Snowball (see green&yellow and green&red below) and a Duo Swirl Icicle (see white&blue below) here: Snowballs and Icicles in Color – Crochet Patterns-1-2 🙂

With practice, you’ll see that the principle, or technique, described in the pattern will also apply when you make a trio or a quartet swirl.

Here’s a quick pattern for the ornament on the left (pink&lavender), which is not included in the pdf:

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MC. Sc, hdc, dc, in MC; dc x 3; dcinc x 12; dcdec x 13; sc; complete in both colors (the pdf above contains a step-by-step breakdown of the dual color swirl work principle); make a loop; fasten off.

Lastly, try making some Trio and Quartet Swirls (see photos above) too with these easy-peasy patterns:

Trio: MC. Sc, hdc, dc, in MC; dcinc x 3; (dc, dcinc) x 3; (dcdec, dc) x 3; dcdec x 3; dc-hdc-sc together; complete in 3 colors; tie and braid the ends; create a loop; fasten off.

Quartet: MC. Sc, hdc, dc, in MC; dc, dcinc; dcinc x 4; dc, dcinc; dc x 8; dcdec, dc; dcdec x 7; sc; complete in 4 colors; tie and braid the ends; create a loop; fasten off. 

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(US) Crochet term abbreviations: MC – magic circle=magic ring=sliding loop (see video on how to make MC that works for this pattern); sc – single crochet (+); hdc – half double crochet (⊤); dc – double crochet (†); dcinc – 2-stitch double crochet increase (⩝); dcdec – 2-stitch double crochet decrease (⩜); dc-hdc-sc together – a 3-stitch combination decrease.

Cheers!

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Posted in Crochet, Jewelry | Crochet

A Little Wearable Flower

I’ve crocheted myself a new little ring.  The flower pattern incorporates elements of a circle pattern by Edie Eckman. Last week, I discovered E. Eckman’s work for myself, thanks to a post by MrMaxwellMakes and the WordPress that makes it possible for creative folks to connect and share info and ideas. Her math approach to crocheting is so in synch with how I’ve been looking at it. I looked at a few books of hers and came to a conclusion: I love her work! 🙂

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Wearing blue today feels so right 🙂

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Posted in Crochet, Jewelry, Jewelry | Crochet

A Necklace

Today, I’ve been thinking – what was my very first crochet project? How did I get interested in crochet?

I remember, at some point, feeling like having a nice and soft and long and delicate necklace that wasn’t metal or plastic 🙂 Then I thought to myself – what if I’d make one using yarn and tiny glass beads…had no idea how though, I’d never crocheted before 🙂

I looked it up online, and sure enough, there were lots of people out there showing how they make crochet thingies. I found a video that taught how to make a bracelet – which was the closest to the picture of a necklace I had in mind 🙂 I was so thankful to the person who took the time to make an instructional video. I can’t remember exactly what video it was, but it was a mom crocheting things for her kids. The process involved crocheting beads onto a foundation chain. I went out a bought some super thin yarn and a crochet hook. My necklace was slightly different – I placed beads within the chain in one step, not onto the chain in a second step, if you know what I mean.

So, my very first crochet project was a tiny necklace, which I could also wear as a bracelet if I wrapped it around my wrist. It fell apart, though, after about two months, as I hadn’t secured the ends well enough for the type of yarn I used.

Here’s my new Shamrock glass bead necklace, which I’ve made using a 3mm crochet hook:Crochet-Necklace-Shamrock

I hope it serves me longer – I’ve used a different technique to secure the ends this time. I like it how it’s so long, soft, and weightless!

Posted in Polymer Clay

Cornflower

Today is the day! The day to get some polymer clay out and add it to the colorful mix of my little craftsy thingies 🙂

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Here’s my polymer clay Cornflower pendant with some matching beads, uneven contours intended 🙂

Makes me feel a little nostalgic…thinking of that one time, when I was a kid, my aunt took me along on an outing trip with her ballet dance group. We discovered this beautiful blue field of cornflowers, my favorite ever since…Of course, my polymer clay creation is not even close to the beauty of a live flower, but I love it anyway 🙂

Posted in Felting, Home Decor Accents, Wet Felting

A Quick Felting Project for a Spare Moment

Today, I’m sharing my idea for a set of felt coasters 🙂

Here’s my Rise and Shine set:

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To make the Sunshine coaster, I started by laying out and needle felting fibers of different colors on a needle felting brush. In the next step, I wet felted the piece shaping it into what I wanted to see as a final result.

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In making the Floral coaster, I laid out and wet felted a floral piece; then I used scissors to form petals. The final step involved placing the flower on a flat surface and shaping the petals to make sure the coaster is a perfect shape to hold a cup of tea or coffee 🙂

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Posted in Felting, Jewelry, Needle Felting

ColorPlay Needle Felted Earring and Ring Set

Wow, it’s been two fun weeks with WordPress. I know, the world has been enjoing it for years. I, however, just joined in and am very happy about it 🙂 What a great tool, or rather, platform! – Taking snapshots of what my creative part of self is up to in a given moment. – Helping connect with like-minded people out there, with all their cool ideas and creations!

Speaking of creations, here’s my new set of earrings with a matching ring in a combination of energizing and vibrant springtime colors:

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I’ve needle-felted it using some organic fiber I acquired when overseas last spring. That brings back some positive memories of wonderful people we met along the way…Anyway, back to my set, I’m planning on wearing it over the upcoming long weekend. The ring is so light and soft that wearing it is not going to be in conflict with the nice and sunny or the warm rainy weather, per forecast, I think. Plus, they say, felt has a range of healing properties, some of which my fingers could use as I’ve been crocheting quite a bit 🙂
Happy Friday!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Crochet, Jewelry, Jewelry | Crochet

Pastel Flower Earrings

Just made a pair of earrings for myself 🙂 I’m going to wear these today, no special reason or occasion. Simply feeling like wearing some pastel flowers and hearts ❤
I thought texturizing the wire would detract, to some extent, from focus on the flower, its natural and soft and nonstiffened look and feel, so I left it smooth.

The flower pattern comes from a book that I have, by Caitlin Sainio,- my favorite these days 🙂 she offers some lovely patterns!