Saturday, 27 September 2014

Crochet Pin Cushions

Here is another "mini cushion" - also known as my Pin Cushions - which you can make.

Satisfyingly swift crochet projects.

Lovely presents for avid sewers?

I used thin cotton to do this, so that the cushion doesn't bend out of shape, once stuffed.
I chose to freestyle with the pattern (so I'm sorry if I can't remember what I did, and can't write down a pattern), but it could easily be made as a simple, dainty, delicate Granny Square...?

I lined the crochet side of the Pin Cushion with some cream fabric, to hold the stuffing inside, and hand sewed the crochet square to the ready made cushion...

Now I'm off to sew something.
Get those pins OUT!

x b.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Zig-Zag-Zoom part two...

And here is another version (colour wise), of my recent obsession.

Pattern is the same as here but you can increase (by 10 ch) or decrease (by 10 ch) the amount of chains in your foundation row, in order to get a larger or a smaller cushion.

Does that make sense?
 My house is zig-zag heaven.
My house is zig-zag mad...


x b.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Zig-Zag-Zoom Crochet Cushion

I have been having a very lively creative period, these last few months...
I just haven't had the time or the concentration to put all my photographs and thoughts down on the blog lately, but the winds are changing.

I have organised all the projects I have made, in recent weeks, and am about to bombard my blog with them.

Lets start with one of my favourite projects of the mo:

The Zig Zag Cushion.
also known as "The Wave".

I have made about 5 of these babies.
They are quick to make.
Love the retro look.
Cushions are good "start/finish" projects (which brings inner pride).
I can watch the latest movie/tv series, without needing to keep reading a complicated pattern...
Need I say more?

 This is how you can make your own:

Foundation: Ch 98

Row 1: dc in second chain from hook, miss 1 st, *1 dc into each of the next 8sts, 3 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, miss 2sts. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, miss 1 st, 1 dc in last st. Ch1. Turn.

Row 2: 1dc into first st, miss 1st. *1dc into each of the next 8 sts, 3 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, miss 2 sts. Repeat from * to final 2 sts, miss 1st, 1 dc into last st. Ch1. Turn.

(Row 2 is the pattern which should be repeated until you achieve a square shape, for your cushion).

You can change colour after 4 rows - or less - or more... the world is your zig-zag oyster!

You then sew your crochet front onto an equally big piece of fabric, and make up your cushion (however you choose to do this).


x b.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Back Again!

Well... well... well...
Long time no write.
I've been re-inspired to start writing about my crafty activities again after a rather long hiatus.

Nina is a proper toddler now, so... that's how long it's been.
Full of energy and assertiveness.
Doing most things on her own (I dare not interfere ;-)
She is out of nappies.
Almost in nursery.
Has a full head of hair.
Chats non stop.
Fights with her big, gorgeous brother (and often wins).

I've been busy making things... just not writing about them.
But I feel it's time again to put down on paper (or a cyber diary) all the things I've been making, in case, some time in the future, Nina (or Luca for that matter), may be interested in making some things of their own.

 So, to get warmed up, and as the roses start flowering in my garden, 
I begin with a few coasters/place mats.

Cotton. Crochet. Colourful.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Harking back to Christmas...

We are desperately waiting for the snow in our household.
It came, we thought it would stay, pondered taking a "day off school", as it was coming down by the bucket loads, then it all disappeared.

Where is the real SNOW!!!
The one that comes down and stays.
The one that makes Winter bearable...
I want to go sledging.
Make a snowman (or snow woman or snow cat - why not!).
Have a snowball fight.
Make snow angels.

I will settle with making Christmas Tree Cookies.
The "un-healthy" kind, which I "can't" eat, but the others will enjoy.

They are good fun to make, especially the dunking of the cooked cookies in the melted chocolate.
And of course "Licking the bowl" Luca shouts!
Snow or no snow.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Crocodile Crochet Stitch

I saw this particular crochet stitch on the web and totally fell in love with it.
 There are some fabulous sites which teach you how to make the Crocodile Crochet Stitch, and it may look complicated, but actually, once mastered, it's easy and so beautiful.

Inspired, as always, by the fabulous Meredith of One Sheepish Girl.
Currently, I am making a cushion, but there are endless possibilities.
Perhaps a sweater for Nina?
(I will let you in on a secret, as I have already started on one, bright forest green, which I will share anon)

Oooo how exciting.
I love the process of learning/mastering a new stitch.

Especially one that has such an effective outcome.


Friday, 18 January 2013

Wheat Free Cookies

As part of this new health kick of mine, I have been discovering a bunch of fabulous recipes that have no wheat or dairy in them (though sugar is hard to leave out, when making cookies... right?)
Here is the recipe:

200g Margarine
125g Caster Sugar (or Coconut Palm Sugar, which is amazing)
335g Gluten Free Flour (Doves Farm to a great one - you can also add a little Corn flour/Semolina or Rice Flour to give the cookies an added crunchiness)
2 Large Egg Yolks
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven: 180°C, fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4

1. Mix the butter and sugar together until they are well combined.

2. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix well.

3. Add the Gluten Free flour (and Rice Flour/Corn Flour if you fancy) in stages,mixing it into the other ingredients well before adding more gluten free flour. You will find that you will have to use your hands to incorporate the majority of the flour as the dough will become quite stiff.

4. Lightly flour a surface with gluten free flour to roll the shortbread dough out on. Roll out the dough to a depth of 5mm (¼").

5. Cut cookie shapes out of the dough (I used Fred's Letter Press Cookie Cutters) and place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Re-roll the trimmings so that you can make more cookies with the remaining dough.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the edges of the shortbread are turning golden. Remove from the oven and leave for a few minutes on the baking tray, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Let me know if you can taste they are Wheat Free.
Even the kiddies had no idea.