Friday, January 29, 2016

Joanna's Roses Necklace - a crochet pattern

It was my mother's name day recently and on this day the closest of the family gathers together to celebrate it. We usually bring wine and sweets and other small gifts but this year I wanted to mark the occasion with something else, so I made her this necklace. She had no idea what I was making. I just told her to choose the colors. 
Again I used crochet roses and taffeta rosettes and some glass beads for added charm.
I also wrote the pattern down and you can find it here, here and here.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Easy Cabochon and Pom-Pom Pendant Necklace DIY

Hello everyone!

Valentine is fast approaching and I thought it is the right time to whip up something beautiful and easy. And again. You know that I am deeply in love with projects that an be done in a jiffy, so this is such a project. An amazing last minute gift - if you ask me. I mean literally last minute....

So for this project I used (3) cabochon flowers - preferably in different sizes and colors for more effect, a filigree setting / tray, a strip of tulle for a pom-pom, jump rings  and a metal chain. A glue gun to make the magic happen.

Arrange the flowers in the most attractive way on the lower part of the tray, and add the pom-pom. To make the tulle pom-pom I used this technique here.

On the upper, center part add 2 jump rings and attach them with the chain and your pendant necklace is done.  

Hope you make it. Have fun!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Crochet Dream Dolls - kukukolki

It has always been my desire to crochet and sew and knit and generally make things for babies and children.Dolls have been on the top on my list - but not being a priority and certainly not the basis for my small business, I just satisfy that desire by drawings and sketches of crochet dolls. And by following people who make magical dolls.
One such extraordinary, masterful artist is Anastasia Goval. The first time I saw her dolls I couldn't believe one could make such stunning and mesmerizing dolls. What I like most is the clothes she crochets for the dolls. My Gosh! Those are tiny little masterpieces.
I mean, sweet heavens! I would die to have their clothes!! Look at the coat on this girl below. What amazing and impeccable work on all the details!

Aren't they amazing?! I could swarm up this post with tons of her dolls, but I don't want to ruin the surprise. Go see her work here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Faux Fur Mori Collar

Today we have to show you our newest addition to the Mori collection. A faux fur collar. It comes in a seducing coral dust / pink and brings the air of a fairytale. It will make you feel like coming out of a winter wonderland; feminine, seductive and romantic, bewitchingly fascinating with a sprinkle of mystery about yourself.
It is the perfect thing to throw over a plain winter coat or a dress. I added a detachable crochet flower brooch adorned with a romantic pendant and a small skeleton key.
It is for sale.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Amazing Textile Art Jewelry - "To Tibet"

While searching for textile art jewelry - I came upon a fantastic artist whose creations have literally left me breathless. Her name is  Yanli Duan and the summary of her undergraduate studies is called "To Tibet". A series of amazing textile art jewelry.

According to her words, she boldly mixes textiles with leather and beads adding LED to show the impact of modernization and its integration with culture and tradition. Thus creating contemporary jewelry on the foundation of Tibetan traditional complex patterns and special, mystical designs.

Feast your eyes with her amazing pieces!


If you are hooked, check some more of her pieces here

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Decorating with Doilies


Doilies always remind me of my paternal grandmother. She could masterfully whip up doilies as fragile and delicate as a spider web. She also loved showing and displaying them as much as making them. They were tastefully placed around the house to decorate certain corners and points.

That's where my love of doilies comes from. Being the oldest of her granddaughters, I had the honor of having many tablecloths and doilies made just for me, for my dowry - as she used to say. But the dear soul knew that out of us 5 girls, I was the one who appreciated, learnt and enjoyed crochet (and knitting) and that I would use and care about all my doilies passionately.

So finding new, interesting ways to use and display doilies has always been pleasurable and fulfilling for me. I have found some fabulous ideas for using crochet doilies I want to share today.

A gorgeous doily dream catcher wall hanging as an exceptional visual statement

Glam up an old tablecloth

Redesign an old lampshade

Join different patterned and sized doilies for a unique tablecloth

Make a fantastic, bulletin board with a vintage feel.


In the past I made a doily necklace and a bag

 Use the search bar above to see all my doily related posts.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Easy Crocheted Muff DIY


Hi guys!
On Saturday, at last, it started snowing. We've been fighting pollution for the past several months (one of the disadvantages and curses of living in a big city) so when it started snowing we all got a little bit hilarious about it. Clean air for a while.
The snow was the reason more to show you our new muff and share the pattern for it.
For the muff I used chunky yarn and 4 mm hook.
The chunkiness makes this project finished in about 15 minutes.
The pattern:
Ch 23
Row 1: starting from 4th ch from hook make a dc in every stitch. Ch 3 and turn work. (21)
Row 2: starting from 2nd ch from hook, hdc across. Ch 3 and turn work. 
Row 3: starting from 2nd ch from hook, dc across. Ch 3 and turn work. 
Row 4 - end: repeat rows 2+ 3 consecutively.
{For this muff I made 9 rows of the pattern}


When you achieve the desired length, sew both ends (or sc to join them) together.

To make the chain: insert yarn on the upper side of the muff and chain "x" no. of stitches. To crochet the right length of the muff chain, measure it on the recipient by placing the muff on the navel. The arms / hands are in suitable, muff wearing position when it is right on the navel. Fasten it on the other side and you are done!

Or you can leave it without the chain.

 Happy crocheting!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Roses Necklace Pattern

Again, what I am building as my signature piece  - a Mori inspired necklace. For this one I used a bluish grey Irish roses and taffeta rosettes sprinkled with pearls. I wanted to capture the very essence of the Mori style and aesthetic.
Completely in love with this one... 
The pattern is on etsy, ravelry and blog shop


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Additions to the Blog

Hello dear readers!
I have some small changes and additions going on here, so this post is  to give you the heads up.
For quite some time I have had  four new categories just below the header for easier navigation through the blog for those who come here looking for specific things. I think I managed to shape them up for now though blogger steadily and persistently tries to drive me crazy by messing up with the htmls now and then, so I guess this will be work in progress.
As I said there are 4 categories: Free Crochet Patterns, DIY Tutorials, Creative Ideas and Featured.
Last week I added a Shop on the blog, so now you can buy my patterns directly from here. As for now, the shop only contains my digital crochet patterns; if it functions well I might add other categories to it. 
I also plan to add my free crochet patterns there so you could download those as digital files as well.   

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How to read crochet charts: Doily Pattern

The chart for this lovely doily immediately captured my attention and I knew it will be the perfect one for my how to read series.

What the chart says:

Ch 12 and join to make ring.

Rnd 1: ch3 (counts as the 1st dc) and dc 31 in ring. Sl st to end.

Rnd 2: ch1, sc 1 over the first st (of the row below), ch3, skip 1, sc 1 in next st. Repeat pattern to end. Sl st to join round.

Rnd 3: ch1, sc 1 over the first st (of the row below), ch5, sc 1 in next chain. Repeat pattern to end. Sl st to join round.

Rnd 4: ch1, sc 1 on the loop where you ended rnd 3. Make 9 dcs in the next chain /loop. Sc in the next. Repeat this pattern to end. Sl st to join round.

Rnd 5: ch1, sc 1 where you ended the previous round. Ch3, dc4 tog, make a 3-ch picot, ch 3 and sc in the 5th st. Repeat this once more to complete the "9dcs fan" of the round below.
Repeat this pattern around. Sl st to join round.

I used a different color for each round but I believe it will be beautiful in one color only too.
Some of the How to Read Crochet Chart Series:
For more "readings" hit the search bar above :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Forest Elves by Daisy

I was completely smitten by this poncho that appeared in my mori feed. I looked at it mesmerized and still couldn't believe my eyes. I said to myself that this is something I could wear until it wears out to the thinnest thread. Sans the ears that is.

So I set in pursuit to find the creator of such gorgeousness and I found her. Her name is Daisy and she runs a fantastic, whimsical etsy shop filled with knit accessories. 


Her collection is called Forest Elves and she couldn't have named it more perfectly. All her creations have an ethereal, otherworldly and mystical quality and she captures and emphasizes that feel by creating  a fairy-tale like setting to showcase her creations.


I do hope you pay her a visit!