Friday, July 29, 2011

Crochet anklet

This is my latest crochet piece. It's an anklet (please don't faint!).
When I was a teenager I used to wear anklets but only in summer. While on the beach there were sellers selling braided anklets and I thought how fun would it be if I crocheted one. Eva loves them - that's for sure!

I love how it looks with the spiky crowns. I added wooden beads although it would have been more spectacular with shiny ones. More photos here.
But that's not everything. It's more versatile than it appears. Stay tuned.


Sorting through my archive I found photos of this brooch I made for Nat. It represents my two great loves - crochet and embroidery!
Can't get enough of french knots!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A waterfall of colors

Another fruitful day resulting in a ruffled scarf.
I made it in the heavy, post beach hours - nestled in a comfortable chair, caressed with a soft breeze carrying the salty smell of the sea. What a memory this will be!!
I combined three joy provoking colors for ultimate and pleasurable wear.

Next, I have set my mind on is this. The Larksfoot crochet!
Isn't it gorgeous? I am thinking of a blanket....

Here's the pattern: Larksfoot Crochet Stitch

Here you can find 2 versions for a blanket.



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mary Janes for a newborn

About ten days ago I became a proud aunt of the sweet Ena. I haven't seen my little princess in person yet, because my sister decided to have her while we are still on vacation.

Upon the reception of the news I immediately made this cute Mary Janes. In the photos they look big while in fact they are as big as my forefinger. I wanted to add more flowers but I knew they would look ridiculous as such so I left just one flower.

They go beautifully with this gorgeous dress.

We had a shopping spree day in Thessaloniki and I bought several things for her (I just couldn't restrain myself)!

Baby leggings .. awhhh....
I am planning to sew and knit more clothes for her, but I want to make them for the upcoming autumn and winter. Babies grow so you remember moms?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A fine assortment of shells

One of our favourite past time activities..... shell collecting...
I cannot resist picking them from the sand. I already have a full bag, can you believe it?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New fashion site discoveries

Not long ago I discovered Risingtaste.
I am transfixed by all the beautiful things I have seen there.

Feminine and romantic dresses and blouses in all my favorite colors.

I loved making these style boards for inspiration. Hope you enjoyed!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to attach a trim to a tee

Following a question I decided to show you how to attach a crochet trim to a tee. This is so easy and sort of clicks when you see it, so I wonder if I should be doing this.

What you need:

- A simple t-shirt
- A crochet trim
- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Pins

Position the trim on your tee.

Pin the trim in place.
Please note that I am on vacation - pinless- so I had to improvise and used hairpins instead.

Employ the running stitch to sew it on. Sew close to the edge of the t-shirt and be careful to do the sewing on the foundation of the crochet trim since it is denser there and your sewing stitch wouldn't show.

A look from behind:

Up front. See... it doesn't show.

And that's it. This can also be sewn by a sewing machine. It's up to you.

Next time I will show you the difficult bit - how to actually crochet on the tee.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Crocheting on vacation

There is nothing like doing what you like best when on vacation. I have been crocheting to my heart's content :)
Mostly trims because... well... they are my current obsession!
I am having a tutorial ready for tomorrow! Come back to see what it is about.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Holiday greetings

Hello sweet friends!
I am enjoying my holidays to the fullest and having loads of fun!
Talk to you later.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Crochet trims - part one

Today I am sharing the pattern for this trim:

As you already know I love crocheting edges and trims and received many sweet comments and mails regarding the same which I adorned my old tees with.
This is a pattern that is quite easy to make and it looks fabulous - whether you are going to apply it on your tees or pillows. It's a shell pattern and you will need basic crocheting skills to make it.

Make the foundation by chain stitching the number of stitches you will have for your project. It usually takes twice the width of the related project.

The pattern:

Row1: Single crochet (sc) in every stitch until the end.

Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work.

Row 2: *5 sc in same stitch, ch 1 and slip stitch in the second stitch from the stitch you are working on. Chain 1, skip one stitch and in the next one continue from *. End it with a slip stitch. Tie it and weave the end.

This is what you will get. It's beautiful, isn't it?

*Linda, I hope this will make your tees fantastic. If you need help with the stitches try the Lion brand site. They have wonderful picture tutorials of the stitches.*

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Eva's new bikinis

These are Eva's bikinis. She's at the age when she is not a small girl anymore but still hasn't entered girlhood yet so it was hard finding a suitable swim suit for her.

She grew so much this year all swim gear she had is too small for her. We decided to make one.
I used her old bikini to make it. On the bottoms I added a ruffle at the front and adorned it with crocheted flowers. She wanted an array of all-sizes of Irish roses, but knowing how hard those dry I wasn't going to be persuaded.

I made this top for the "threw yourself in the sea to catch that ball" and other water jumping activities that may leave you embarrassed when you realize your top is missing! Those triangles can get a bit tricky!!

In a couple of days we'll be heading on the long-waited-for vacation. Preparations are under way and I am trying to keep the lists short although at times it seems difficult because we'll be away for three weeks and with children one has to be prepared for everything.
I am preparing crocheting tutes before I leave so come back to check them out!