Sunday, 15 February 2015

Pin cushion series - 2

I'd never really attempted any stitching before...
Then I bought Cath Kidston's STITCH and simply got addicted to these dainty projects.

So, I've made my second series of Pin Cushions.

A little pooch and a rambling rose (all projects from the book).
I've started another stitching project, which I am still working on... and may take some time.

I'm quite pleased with the outcome... it reminds me of my Nonna and various pictures she used to have framed on her wall.
I love that one minute you are thinking "This is going nowhere" and the next you have a perfectly formed, delicate picture.

I'm going to attempt some cut out, stitched letters next: L, N, A... B (for me).

Stitching it quite time consuming and delicate work.
Being a fast paced, no nonsense crochetter - stitching can seem quite focused work, so I can only take so much of it at a time.
Great for taking with you on a train journey...
Not so good if you want to watch TV and be crafty with your hands, all at once.


x b.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Carnival Crochet Cushion

I absolutely LOVE this cushion.

It reminds me of a CARNIVAL... confetti, colour and a ticker tape parade.

It was my summer project as we drove across Europe (I should add that I didn't drive and crochet at the same time, that would've been far too adventurous ;-)

As my hubster did ALL the driving, fabulous driver that he is, it allowed me endless hours of time to sit in the passenger seat and crochet away little triangles, in between sorting out drinks, snacks and entertainment for the (amazingly very well behaved) two little ones in the back.

This is the pattern:

Foundation: Chain 20.
Row 1: Sc in the second ch from hook, and all the way to the end of the row. Ch1 and turn.
Row 2: Miss the first st and sc all the way to the end of the row.
(You carry this on row after row, making the triangle - by missing out a stitch at the start of every row).

Once you have the correct amount of triangles, for the size of cushion you want to make, you stitch them all together and voila...

 Once I'd sewn in all the straggling bits of yarn, I sewed the crochet side of the cushion onto some fabric, making an envelope opening.

I may try this cushion again, by making the triangles bigger this time.
A bit bolder perhaps?
And not as many ends to sew in (hi hi hi)

Happy crochetting.

x b.