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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Monday, 27 October 2014

More Flowers

I tried out a flower from the motifs book I have and this is the result.














I finally tried out my Mother's flower pattern and suspect it would be better with fluffier yarn instead of cotton.













Finally I have been overtaken by making poppies this week, well it is that time of year.

Come to think of it, last week's teeny tiny flower would suffice if made in black and red, something else to try now...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Teeny Tiny Flowers & Leaves

Today we had a go at the Teeny Tiny Flowers & Leaves from the Attic24 blog.











We got to choose from all the colours of the rainbow.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

First Crochet Lesson

Four ladies came to the first crochet lesson.

I took a few photos of the table before we began but the time flew by so fast that I forgot to take any other photos.

I made up some bags for each to keep their yarn, hook and patterns in.

We learnt the basic chain stitch (ch) and then went on to double crochet (dc). I think everyone agrees that the first 2 rows are definitely the hardest but when you get further along it gets easier.

It would seem that I hold my hook and yarn in quite an unconventional way but if the end result is OK then it doesn't really matter and that we need to find a way that is comfortable for the individual.


I showed them some pieces I had made including the necklace which is made with wire, initially strung with all the beads and then crocheted up using chain stitch.

We also started on our snowflakes.

I'm looking forward to next week already.

Monday, 6 October 2014

What Shall I Crochet?

In the past, when I thought crochet, I thought lacy doilies, usually made in cream.

Here are some I made a while back. I have placed them on a pillowcase to give some idea of scale. They are all made with crochet cottons.


















































For beginners it is easier to start on a larger scale using bigger hooks (4mm) and DK yarn.















So I have been making up some of the patterns found on the Attic24 website. 

All of these patterns are in bright colours and have completely changed my idea of crochet. Hope you like my birdie.


So what sort of crochet do you like?

Friday, 3 October 2014

Snowflakes

Thought I'd try out the snowflake pattern using different hook sizes as suggested.

I used my DK cotton yarn and hook sizes 4mm, 3mm and 2mm.

The 2mm one was rather fiddly but manageable.

I then tried the 2mm hook with some crochet cotton and also a finer cotton and a 1mm hook.

Have to say I couldn't even see the hook part of the 1mm hook! It was more done by feel and I often dropped the stitches!


Definitely challenging with the smallest hook size! Now I really need to get some spray starch and pin out all these new snowflakes.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Crochet Club - The Beginning

Welcome to the first edition of my Crochet Club blog.

I saw a post, on my local pages of Streetlife, about wanting to learn how to crochet and offered to teach the basics.

We are starting next week right from the very beginning.


I will demonstrate how you hold the hook, yarn and work and start with a slip knot.

The first basic stitches we will cover are chain stitch (ch) , slip stitch (ss) and double crochet (dc).

At this juncture I must stress that this is a UK based blog and all the stitches will be the UK ones and not the American version. A conversion chart can be found here.

After we have mastered these stitches in rows, there is this lovely little Attic24 pattern of a snowflake which we can make too.

I photographed it before (right) I pinned it out and after (above).

I'll be hanging mine on my Christmas tree this year for sure.