Monday, September 16, 2019

Insta love - Flor Samoilenco


Happy Monday guys! 

Here's another of the inspiring accounts I love following on instagram.

flor.samoilenco is an economist by profession and a crafter by passion. She designs wall hangings with tapestry crochet and intarsia, in which she pours her favorite inspirations: geometric shapes, nature, abstract art and architecture.

"With tapestry crochet or jacquard I found the way of combining crochet with home decor, in a modern and kind of minimalist way that separates from the traditional. 

This technique came to me in a time of my life where I was struggling a lot with anxiety and stress, and it really is amazing how creating something with our hands can help. 

Making something that I love helped me feel better to make decisions that change my life for the better. I decided to leave behind my 9-to-5 job to focus on working freelance on stuff that I actually like doing, anywhere in the world (and I feel incredibly lucky for being able to do this)."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Peacock Feathers Necklace #2

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I made a slight variation of the Peacock Necklace using ecru thread and I cannot get over how beautiful and vintage looking ecru gives to projects, especially jewelry. When it was finished, I contemplated adding it as a trim to a straw bag and I got all starry -eyed at the image. So, my necklace might be the bag's necklace too :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Crochet Summer Jackets - free patterns


In line with my last post, I am sharing some crochet jackets /cardis eye candies - all free patterns. My personal favourites are the first two by Drops Design. They do make fantastic designs. 

Do you make crochet jackets? My grandma used to make us a lot - as soon as one got smaller, she was already chaining a new one - it is a sweet memory to me. I did make jackets for my kids when they were babies and surprisingly -mostly knits, but I haven't made one in ages. Not that I am not tempted, mind you :)

Temptations lurk in every corner....




Saturday, September 7, 2019

What I Have Pinned Lately #18



My pinterest feed has been swarmed with so many gorgeous patterns and ideas, it simply makes me sad I don't have extra hands I could crochet everything I see. It's just so frustrating :P. Is it the same with you??

I still don't want to shake summer off, especially now when the temperatures have dropped to the lower 30s (we had them in the upper 40s Celsius, if you are wondering what I am talking about) and it is actually bearable to go on and about one's day, hence my choice for today - a summer dress and a top, but also summer jacket ideas for the early mornings and late summer evenings. Some are just ideas, for others there are free patterns. 




Do follow me on pinterest if you like the type of crochet I pin.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Casual crochet


Here, in my neck of woods, things have been rather slow. 
And I am quite savouring the time. Had a short break with my hooks for some time and the time spent working on other things, brainstorming ideas and jotting them down, letting them evolve has been kind of recuperating.  

But as it happens, the crochet kitchen never really closes  and often the door is left slightly ajar as it did with this earrings and bracelet set I casually worked on trying to shape up some ideas I had. For this set I used my newly acquired shiny bead collection and I cannot wait to use them in my new projects!


Monday, September 2, 2019

Embroidered Memories - Cécile Davidovici


 I found out about Cécile  Davidovici quite by accident (or maybe it wasn't?) through this video and her heartfelt story captivated me in an instant. 

Cécile writes and directs movies with which she explores the link between innocence and illusion. "After her mother's death, she felt a need to replace images and sound with tangible, touchable materials. She found that a new medium allowed her to anchor herself in the moment: textiles. The stories of innocence and illusions remained, now tinted with irrepressible nostalgia, and with a desire to capture memories and to immortalize past moments.

I wish I could transfer my old childhood photographs onto a canvas and paint my memories with colorful thread like this! 

More of  Cécile's genius here.