Friday, July 19, 2019

Sabrina Crochet Necklace


 

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The Sabrina Necklace - a part of the Modest Debonaire collection. Made in cotton yarn with a decorative rose as the focal point, accompanied by wooden discs, beads and my favourite crocheted wooden beads. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gina - Crochet Motif Top




This is the Gina top.
Made having flower motifs as the central point, making the front expressive and playful and from the sides it continues to the back following a simple pattern to give stability to the rest of the piece and do not steal the emphasis from the front panel. 
I envisioned the back a little bit different where the intertwining, closing ties would be more pronounced but Eva is so slim the back panels tied closed to each other, so this is another point I will have to consider when I make the pattern for this. 




The top is already given, but I do plan to publish the pattern for this one. Sadly, my life does not let me work as planned, so I am afraid if I can make it at all until fall comes.

Monday, July 15, 2019

We are in Monte Negro


With an unexpected, but very fortunate turn of events, we are currently in Monte Negro. Hubs is for business and the pleasure is all mine :)

We'll be here for a week, but I'll share more of our experience after we come back home. I do have posts prepared for this week, so do stop by on Wednesday. See you then!

However I will be sharing sneaks on my insta stories so tag along if you feel like it!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Flower Pounding Technique

 

 


I was first intrigued by a flower dyeing technique when a couple of years ago I read an article about this artist, Cara Marie Piazza, who takes bridal bouquets and dyes the brides' dresses using the flowers from the bouquets to make them a keepsake by using a steaming technique. Needless to say I was stunned.  



Since then, my interest into eco printing has been slowly growing and now I am at a stage where it is focused on flower pounding. I quite detest the name to be honest because it sounds brutal and in fact it is, because you actually pound or hammer the flowers onto fabric. I found many tutorials and they are all linked below.

 

 


 


 Via



Have you tried any similar dyeing technique? I hope I find the time this summer to try both - steam and pounding.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Margarita Barefoot Sandals - free pattern


 



Hello and welcome to my newest pattern! 
Having a soft spot for barefoot sandals, I wanted to make something eye-catching and fun at the same time - cue margaritas, or commonly known as daisies. 

 


Gather your materials, sharpen your hooks and let's start:

Supplies: cotton sport yarn in 3 colors (white, yellow and green) and an adequate hook, in this case 1.9 mm.  You will also need a sewing thread and needle to sew the margaritas to the base. 

Stitches - very basic: ch, sl st, sc, dc.

Pattern:

Floral disc

Ch 5 and join to make a ring
Rnd 1: sc5 in ring
Rnd 2: sc2 in all stitches (10)
Rnd 3: repeat rnd 2 (20)
Rnd 4:  sc1 in all st. (20)
Cut yarn, tie a knot and weave the tail. 

Petal
 

Insert white yarn into a st. (I don't pay attention to insert new color where I ended the floral disc of the daisy)
Row 1: ch8
Row 2: starting from 2nd ch from hook, work the following sc1, hdc1, dc3, hdc1, sc1, sl st.
Skip one, sl st in next stitch and repeat petal pattern until the end. There should be 10 petals. 
Cut yarn, tie a knot and weave the tail. Make another one.

Leafy base 



Ch 74. That's 70 for the tie and 4 for the leaf. 

(*if you want to tie your sandals around the ankle once or twice, then consider making a longer tie by increasing the count up to 90-100 sts.)

Next, dc 3 in the 4th st from hook. Ch4, turn work and dc 3in the first st of the chain you just made. Repeat this leaf pattern to make 5 such leaves. 
 

After the 5th one is done, ch 20 (this is for the toe ring), sl st in 1st st of that chain, ch4 and start making leaves for the other side. When done with the leaves, chain 70 for the other tie. Tie a knot or two at the end of the crochet work of the tie to secure it and cut excess yarn off. Make another leafy base. 


Pin the daisy and sew it on. I set it at the end of the base, on the last leaves. You can put it wherever you want if you are into a different look. 


And that is it! Do you like these? Are you into barefoot sandals? 



 

Check out my other designs on etsy.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Insta Love - Crochet Artist: Tuija Heikkinen



I have been following Tuija's work for a good portion of time and thought I might share her work on the blog as inspiration, because she is no ordinary crochet artist! She combines her mind-blowing free form crochet with  collage techniques to create unique, charming works of art with vintage Scandinavian feel. 



Tuija Heikkinen comes from northern Finland. She has a fashion & textile degree, but as she says - her heart and soul is in various fields of arts and crafts, hence she works as an arts and crafts teacher and she also has a small company for printed textiles.


One cannot find a lot about her on the internet because, in her own words, she is an old fashion person when it comes to social media. What I could find regarding her work is the reference to becoming a crochet artist and creating her crochet illustrations:

"I found crocheting by chance some years ago. My grandmother was a great crocheter, and her stitches would have gone around the world many times. My first main material was printed textile. It has all the essential things that drive my working. First there is an empty surface and an idea how to fill it with colours and shapes. The same goes with my crocheting. I don't do sketches, I just start with some theme and let the hook fly. I call my crochets hook pictures, hook sketches or hook illustrations. One could think of them also as print textile sketches, or book illustrations. I don't use much direct instructions or patterns, I get along just fine with some basic stitches."



Her instagram is her window to the world. Dive into it if you were seduced by these images! 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Frida Kahlo Brooch Pattern



 

My mojo inspired by Frida Kahlo is still flaming strong. This time I made a brooch inspired by her! And I also wrote the pattern so you can make it too!

The brooch is quite big - it measures 15.5 cm from the top down and 9.5 cm at the widest point. It is easy in difficulty and a breeze to make. I have other similar designs in mind but not the time to make all come to life, sadly.

The pattern is on etsy and ravelry.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead, I sign off!





Wednesday, July 3, 2019

5 Fantastic Summer DIYs


 Pooling DIY ideas for the summer, I found some great creative tutorials to share with you. In my summer bucket list I just posted back on Monday I forgot to add printing / stamping with plants and other object which has been my wish to try for quite a long time, so I chose an interesting tute showing printing with fruits and veggies


Also, this is a lovely way to preserve plants and flowers and make unique art. Meet Leaf Mandala.


While at plants, I couldn't resist this gorgeous, monster leaf pillow.


 Another fun project - wooden, hand painted geometrical magnets.


And lastly, Mondrian inspired mason jars for bringing color to your balcony or garden.


Monday, July 1, 2019

This Summer...


 


... I want a hygge summer where we will...
Have picnics on flower strewn valleys. Lie on the grass and soak in the sun, listening to  nature's buzz and get dizzy by flowers' perfumes....



Start an art journal and try making a keepsake of it. Already bought Alisa Burke's class which starts today. Can't wait!



Walk barefoot on the beach, combing it for treasures. Watching the wind toss and turn small particles of sand. Feel the sun caressing my skin (under a thick layer of screen - don't want to age prematurely :)
Listening to the waves gently kissing the shore. Swim to my heart's content. 



Do projects with shells and other beach finds to make decorations.

  Bring more plants in the house. 
Make my creative space more appealing and less messy.
Try new food recipes I've been saving lately.

 

Have a long nourishing and refreshing holiday both for the body and soul and crochet my heart out!


What's on your summer's bucket list?