Saturday, January 25, 2020

Amber Autumn Necklace - Mix & Match


 

I've mixed & matched another of my tribal necklaces.  I am almost complete with their beautifying.

For this one I forgot to take a before picture. I used an ensemble of various roses and small flowers along with leaves and a wooden, crochet covered bead. And I think it looks much better than being a solitary beaded necklace. 

I've put it in my shop already. 



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Crochet on the Runway - Spring / Summer 2020



 

To my greatest delight, this year's spring / summer collections included some stunning crochet pieces. Oscar de la Renta has gorgeous lace crochet creations composed of crochet doilies intricately weaved into coats and dresses.


I also liked D&G use of rich lace crochet creations.




Next, Altuzarra also offered some interesting lace creations made by wonderfully mixing crochet and knitting patterns. 



Here's what the high couture offered last year on the runway.

Monday, January 20, 2020

What I Have Pinned Lately #19


I cannot believe my last post showing what I pinned was back in September. Time does fly fast. I've compiled a ton of things since then, but the latest are the following:
Above you can see Anna's free Rose Hexagon pattern - the image and crocheted hexie belongs to
dimequesitejidos
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Next would be this amazing Mermaid Isle Scarf in a wonderful color combination made by CrochetKim.

 

Maria offers this free pattern for a wrap she  named Winter Indulgence.


Last, but not the least, I recently found out about Jenn Monahan who was invited to knit the scarves for Beth and Jo from The Little Women film and you can find her paid pattern in her ravelry shop. But there is more to this story. 

She wanted to use the opportunity of her work being featured in a film and do more to empower women and girls globally.Thus she has reproduced the shawl as a pattern to fund raise for the Barefoot College Solar Mamas (www.barefootcollege.org). An international charity that trains women from rural communities to become solar engineers bringing light and power to their remote village communities. A simple act that'll make a huge difference, you must agree!



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Little Women

 



I watched the first Little Women film when I was a kid and the marvelous Katharine Hepburn being my favourite actress at the time left a strong imprint on me, masterfully portraying the role of Josephine March. 

It happened when I was at university majoring English language and literature that I stumbled upon a second hand copy of Ms.Alcott's novel (my copy was published in 1973). Normally it became one of the most treasured books in my collection.

 
As the new remake of the film is in the run for Oscar, I started rereading it and enjoying every single minute of it. I haven't seen the new release of the film yet, but it sparked the idea for a new collection. I have seen every single image of the film posted online and read through all the interviews I could find with director Greta Gerwig and especially costume designer Jacqueline Durran, who managed to recreate vintage clothes and make them look seductive to the modern viewer. 

As I am excitedly preparing to see the film, I have already outlined several crochet pieces I want to make (2 are actually done) inspired by it. Cannot wait to show you!


What about you? Have you seen the film yet? What are your thoughts?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Floral Wall Hangings - insta love

 



Alyssa is a weaver that creates magic with yarn and fibers. Or as she likes to say: Flowers that last forever.  

She mixes her amazing palette of yarns to make eternal, falling, spell-binding  gardens with impressive dimensions and enchanting charm. 

To be honest, my jaws dropped when I saw her work. I haven't seen anything like this before. Each wall hanging and loop is a true masterpiece. One of a kind.

See more of her work on instagram.






Friday, January 10, 2020

Sunshine Necklace - Mix 'n Match

 


Sticking to my plan to use most of my stacked crochet lovelies, I present to you my latest mix & match. The necklace was originally made as part of my tribal necklaces pattern collection. Left aside to be additionally adorned, it actually never saw the light of day. 

I used three different flowers and leaves to decorate a corner of it and honestly, having all these at hand, I don't know why it has taken me so long to actually beautify it!

I have it for sale here.




Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Crochet Flower Kits in the shop



I started the year with a clear plan to use more of the flowers and other crochet things I make for my tutorials and patterns and as before, I made some mix 'n match necklaces and these kits. 

These include a variety of flowers in different sizes and colors I color coded. They are perfect for numerous projects - you can use them as/in:

* appliques - sew them on blankets, belts, hats, clothes, etc.;
* scrapbooking and cards making to make your projects more attractive and vivacious;
* make jewelry - they are perfect for brooches (stack some one on top of the other), necklaces and bracelets; rings or earrings, or add them on headbands to beautify them;
* make art - (here's an idea: put some into a frame and you've got a unique piece of art)
* make a table runner - join them all into a design you come up with to make a unique table runner or a centerpiece




 



 


 


Monday, January 6, 2020

Gobelin Cloaked Domestic Objects by Ulla-Stina Wikander




The very first craft I tried and practiced at the age of 8 is gobelin making. My mom being an expert in cutwork and all types of needle point work transferred that love to me, so although considered kitsch nowadays - gobelins have a soft spot in my heart. So imagine my excitement when I came upon this artist who shares the same love, but has taken it to a different level of art!

Meet Ulla-Stina Wikander, a Sweden based artist who raids vintage shops and flea markets in search for gobelins that she uses to give old domestic objects a new face.  



"For more then 10 years I have collected cross stitch embroidery and today I have a big collection with over 100 different designs. These embroideries have been made by women and is often seen as kitch and regarded pretty worthless. I have mixed feelings for them but sometimes they are very beautiful and I want to bring them back to life.
 
In 2012 I started to cover ordinary household items from the 70s, like a vacuum cleaner, sewing machine, electric mixer etc. I find it interesting to see how these objects transforms in a new context; the obsolete, the things we do not want any longer, the old and forgotten things. They become artifacts from a begone era, disguised, camouflaged and dressed. I give them a second life and although I cut the embroideries into pieces, I think they look very beautiful, when they have been ”dressed up".  



Isn't this amazing? I am literally blown away with the masterfully cloaked objects! It is surely not something you see every day. Check out Ulla's instagram if you want to explore more of her work.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy 2020!

 

Happy New Year dear blog buddies! 

I wish you a year filled with lots of exciting adventures, tons of love and happiness, sprinkled with showers of laughter and heaps of good health!

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Best of 2019



2019 is counting its last days and it's time to look back at what has marked the year on the blog. 

These best offs  are a kind of an inequitable review because posts at the beginning of the year have an unfair advantage in regards to the  the posts made near the end of it, but nevertheless, here they are according to my stats.


The absolute winner this year is The Frida Kahlo brooch, closely followed by the Frida bag


The Art Brooches have charmed the internet beyond measure and I am quite thankful for all the love they have received. Equally loved were the Coral Necklace and the Margarita Sandals.


Among the most viewed were two patterns I retired this year - the African Flowers Bracelet and the Vintage Bib Necklace.


We beautified the summer with these 3 free crochet patterns (and one video): the Shells Necklace, the Ariel Bikini top and the Boho Clutch

Features

We had the honor to be featured in 2 magazines this year and an internet site:  

The collaboration with the Sewing Box Magazine for which I created the Peacock Necklace and the interviews for the CraftBusiness magazine and Fakulteti.MK.


10th Blog Anniversary

Without realizing I missed my blog anniversary this past May, can you believe that? I always say I started blogging back in 2008, completely forgetting that I registered my blog then and started blogging later in 2009. So to mark the occasion  here are the top 3 with the most views:


1. The Fabric Carnation Tutorial with 119 356 views.


2. The Ruffly Scarf Tutorial with 115 639 views and 


3. The Larksfoot Stitch Demistified with 98 253 views.


Best of 2018
Best of 2011