Monday, April 14, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I found this pattern on the net and I liked it so much I had to try and make it. At first glance it reminded me of wrought iron lattices on Tunisian windows we admired so much.
Round 1: Sc in 8th ch from hk, make a (3-chain) picot, ch 5, skip 3 and sc in next st. make a picot, ch 2 skip 1 and in the last st make 1 dc.
Round 2: ch1 sc1 over the dc you just made, then ch5, make a sc on the loop (chain) below, make a picot, chain 5 and sc 1 on the loop below.
Round 3: chain 5, sc in loop below, make a picot, chain another 5, sc in loop below, ch 2 and make a dc on top of the previous dc.
Round 4: repeat round 2
I liked it better vertically so that's how I used it for my necklace. I hung it on a chain and added a lovely skeleton key to it.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Hi guys! I hope everything is fine in your corner of the world.
There's been a stir in our household, but a positive one - mind you. As for the hook- it is never resting and as a matter of fact I am torn between three projects at the time. I multitask most of the time but sometimes it is not the wisest thing to do, if you know what I mean. The three projects being a granny square dress for little girls, a flower blanket and an Easter wreath.
These are some of the flowers that I am going to use for the blanket. I want to make a total of 12 flowers, so I need to make 6 different ones. However, it is the most enjoyable part, because you know me - I love crocheting flowers :)
So, until further notice, I bid you farewell!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I have been restless since the moment I saw this beautiful shawl. It would be more accurate to say it is a poncho, but in my vocabulary poncho is always a woolen, colorful piece not to be associated with this spiderweb like, amazing creation.
I found this picture on the web and it is a pattern magazine ad. I would love to have the pattern for this and make it. I can imagine wearing it on summer nights over one of my dresses.
At least, it is something I can dream about.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Shirts, especially t-shirts are easily refashioned in numerous ways by using pieces of lace and applying them at various parts of the shirt / t-shirt.
Here's a selection of some gorgeously refashioned pieces I am certain you are going to enjoy. Check out my board here for the sources of these tutorials.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
As inspiration to make this bracelet I had in mind the soft, alluring and seductive Victorian jewelry.
The rose bracelet is fabulous, amazingly easy to make and with a couple of variations you can get several unique pieces.
I also made some headbands for the spring babies.
In the shop
Friday, March 28, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Recently we cleared my hub's grandmother's house and I felt if on a treasure hunt. We once had such - I will refer to it later in the post.
Among other things I got (yes, there will be other posts about this, you did not think I could stick to just one, did you?) these were the most desired ones. Cross-stitch samplers,screaming 'retro,' shamelessly ruined simply because they were made on a too narrow strip of fabric. Honestly I did not expect this from a seasoned stitcher. I already have some ideas how to use them - they are gorgeous.
This unfinished piece was probably supposed to be a tablecloth. Here, she used the same color combination as for the above sampler. I guess it was a hit at a certain point in time (the 1970/80s).
This tablecloth left me puzzled. It looks like she got tired of stitching the orange squares and just filled out one completely, just to see what it would look like.
And these below are her used tablecloths, but well preserved.
I am happy to report that I became the proud owner of the swooning embroidered tablecloth I talked about here. And some other finds I got earlier.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
One day browsing the net I came upon this Let's Knit magazine called Nostalgic Crochet. What draw me to it was this picture showing these gorgeous coin purses in a specific pattern. Actually it was the pattern that captured my attention.
My grandma called it "The Lost Road". It was one of her most favourite patterns. When I was just a little girl, whenever we had it on the table, tracing the whirling pattern, I couldn't help but imagine a dirt road winding deep into green woods and wondered how could a road lose itself. It's a fond memory of mine.
The lost road...
Grandma made me a tablecloth and doilies to accompany it.
The round doily (in the center of the collage below) is actually a sampler from my hub's grandma. Apparently she liked it too.
I proud myself of being able to "decipher" a pattern just by looking at it (same as grandma) but this is a tough one.
I know I have this pattern somewhere and when I find it I'll post it here.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Recently at school Jacob learnt about traffic, so this vintage didactic board came in handy. He was a bit puzzled since no policeman of ours wears gloves like the ones pictured but I love having the opportunity of broadening his sense and knowledge of other cultures and hence difference in styles.
These boards were used to teach professions. I've got only these two, my sister's got a different pair, generously given to us by our mother.
As Jacob's teacher encourages the children to re-tell stories and invent them, we used the boards for that too.
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