Wednesday, July 18, 2018

DIY Crochet Flower Bookmarks





Here's a lovely project to tackle - crochet flower bookmarks. Don't need to say they make lovely gifts and you can put all your yarn lefties to a good use. 

Let's start. For the bookmarks I used sport yarn and 1.9 mm hook. You can use thicker yarn + adequate hook, but remember that in that case the size of these would be bigger.



Forget-me-not  pattern 
Ch 5 and join to make a ring. 
Rnd 1: Sc 9 in ring and sl st with 1st st - it will make 10. 
Rnd 2: Ch2, dc3, hdc1 in the first stith, sc 1 in the next. Repeat this pattern around. You will get 5 petals. 
Rnd 3: Over the 1st petal: ch2 +dc1 in the 1s st, dc2 in the 2nd, treble 2 in the 3rd, dc2 in the 4th and dc1+hdc1 in the last (5th) stitch. Sc between petals and repeat the petal pattern for the next petal. 

Flower stigma (center)
Ch 6 and join to make a ring. DC10 in ring. Join with a sl st to end. 

For the stem I chained 65 - used a standard A5 book format to measure it fits. Near the flower I made a leaf. Leaf pattern below. At the bottom I made a loop, turned it and made sl st the other way. In the loop I inserted a "flower center" How do you make that? Ch 5 and join. Sc 5 or 6 in the ring and voila!

Leaf pattern
Ch 7. Sl st in 2nd st from hook, next hdc1, dc1,dc1, hdc1, sc1. 


Calla Lily


For the calla, ch 5 and make a ring. 

Rnd 1: In the ring, ch3 and dc5. 
Rnd 2: Turn work. Ch3 (counts as the 1st dc) and dc1 in the 1st st, dc1 in the second. Repeat making dc2 in one st, dc1 in the other to the end. (9)
Rnd 3: ch 3 +dc1 in the 1st st, continue making 2dc in every stitch to the end. (18)
Rnd 4: dc1 in the first 5 st. Next, dc2 in the next st, dc 1 in the other. Repeat this 4 more times. Dc1 in the remaining 4 stitches. (23)
Rnd 5: Turn work and sl st in the first 3 stitches. sc 1 in the next 2st, hdc1 in the next 2st, next dc2 in one st, dc1 in the next - repeat this 4 times, dc2 in one st again. Next, hdc1 in the next 2st, sc 1 in the next 2st, sl st in the remaining 3 st. 

For the filament - ch 20, double the chain and put in center of calla. You will sew it together with the calla. Thread yarn and sew the sides of the calla sewing the filament too.

Take green yarn and ch 5 through the calla's bottom, and join the stitches as you would for a ring. Next, chain a long chain (65). When at the bottom, ch 7 more for the leaf, crochet the leaf pattern and to make the other side just crochet in the reverse. When done, insert the hook through the leaf, yarn over and sc on the top of the leaf. Continue making the stem by making hdcs in every st to the upper end. 

I made the big calla leaf separately and afterwards sewed it on. The pattern for it: Ch 12. Sl st in the 2nd st from hook, hdc1, dc1 in the next 2 st, tr2 in the next 2 st, dc1 in the next 2, hdc1, sc1, sl st 1. Repeat pattern in reverse to make a full leaf. 

Yellow flower


The flower center as for the forget-me-not.
Ch 5 and make a ring. 
Rnd 1: Sc5 in ring. 
Rnd 2: ch 3 and sc in the next st. Repeat this pattern around. there should be 5 ch spaces. 
Rnd 3: In the 1st ch space - sc1, dc3, sc1. Repeat this pattern for all spaces. 
Rnd 4: Ch4 and make 1 dc in between the two dcs of the petal, ch 4 more and make another dc in the same st, then ch 4 and sc between petals. Repeat this pattern for the rest of the petals. Sl st to end it. 

I made two leaves for this stem and sc across it. For the bottom I used this flower pattern
and made some French knots to decorate it.  






Hope you like it!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tiny Studio Ideas


I don't have a real studio. I've been dreaming of such for ages.
I have a part of my living room converted into a creative spot/studio. We've been searching for some small brick and mortar places to make into a studio for me, but the expenses are so huge, no person right in the mind would undertake such a step. So into the living room I stay.  That doesn't mean that my mind is constricted - no...no.. It soars up into fantasies filled with all sorts of beautiful rooms where yours truly could flaunt all crochet supplies, beads and findings, all my beautiful fabric and trims....

I don't let my spirit fall. I always look up to this quote:

Stop waiting for the ideal art/craft studio. Find a spot, claim it as yours and make art!

Here I am showing 4 of my favourite creative spaces / studios.
The first one belongs to Kelly Rae Roberts.

This one belongs to Alisa Burke. Hers is enormous but I couldn't left it out of this post. 




Hannah has an enchanting creative corner.

And finally there is Alicia's shed transformed into this gorgeousness!




How about you? Do you have a studio? If not, where do you create?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Insta love: Puzzle Necklaces by Peekaboo



 
 
 
 
I couldn't help but thought that this is one extraordinary idea when I saw Peekaboo's puzzle necklaces.
 
I asked her about the inspiration and idea behind these and this is what she said:
 
The internet has been an everlasting inspiration for everything - including my new jewelry pieces that come with their own case - puzzles. It resulted from the need to store my necklaces without fearing that the chains are going to get tangled or break.
 



Currently I am in a phase where I employ and use wood, which is easy to acquire it, immensely suitable for painting,  and shaping possibilities are endless. 
 
This puzzle case / holder is still in an initial developing phase. I've made about 10 pieces featuring motifs of flowers, birds and non-defined abstract shapes, but I am tremendously happy about people's reaction to them so I am inspired to further work on these.
 
So all I can say is that new motifs are underway!
 

 
 

 

You can follow Peekaboo on instagram and buy her necklaces here.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What I have Pinned Lately #12

 

My latest source of inspiration, my latest pins. This gorgeousness was crocheted by Cindy Van Der Schee according to Jen Tyler's pattern and I couldn't be more in love!!! Follow Jen for more amazing squares - they are nothing you have seen before!

 
Draiguna has made an amazing, vintage doily with her crochet hearts and named it heartblossoms.




 
I don't know if you noticed how these circle bags are getting more and more popular. Well, yours truly jumped on the same wagon, but left the project after one such circle made. Will tell the story soon, that is if I ever put an effort and actually finish it! However, I am always on the look out for some new patterns and these two are simply the best.
 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Crochet Summer Kimonos - free patterns

 
 
Browsing through my pinterest feed, I couldn't help but notice how summer crochet kimonos are on the rise, so I delved more into the subject (side note: being constantly distracted from what I am currently working on - and quite willing to drop everything and crochet .. a kimono! - which, mark my word, will never happen I tell you!), I found for your and my pleasure, five lovely kimonos and the greatest thing is that they are FREE!
 
My most favourite is the first above (my,my... the colors are gorgeous!) which is graciously shared by Hooked on Tilly and hers is also this one below. This girl is amazing! Thank you Bailey!
 
 
 
 
Mama in a Stitch offered this Cascading Kimono
 



Erica named hers a Water's Edge Kimono
 
and lastly, there is Chi Wei's Diamonds Kimono
 

 
Maybe this distraction will be fruitful for you?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Reliving the Past: Zagreb 80s Museum



There is a museum in Zagreb that takes you down memory lane. It's called Zagreb 80s Museum. There is a 60s museum too, but because I am a 70s child, which means I was a teenager in the 80s, I decided to go down that memory lane.

Now, I love the past and you all know my favourite historical period was the years from 1920s to 1950s if we exclude the Victorian era, and although I had a perfectly normal, ordinary and quite happy child/teenagehood, I am not particularly fond of the 80s nor nostalgic about it to be honest, although I thought that would change over the years. I shudder at the thought of hairstyles and clothes being popular then - not all, mind you. The interior design - cringe, cringe....But, as a vintage lover, there were things that I loved seeing once again, and now let me take you on a short tour!

The Museum is on the first floor of an old building in the historical part of the city - on  Radićeva  Street. It shows a replica of a flat and the everyday life in Zagreb in former Yugoslavia 80s and it represents a unique and interactive way that vividly portrays the past, the way of life and heritage, memories and emotions.



The living room










The Museum is completely interactive - you can put on music on the turntables, play the tape recorder, put on some 80s clothes, play games, type on the typewriter... Even get into the Fiat that greets you at the entrance.


 The kitchen
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The Dining room


The Bedroom






The Study




Play room







 I hope you enjoyed the tour!