Showing posts from August, 2015

Christmas Motifs Bracelet

This is a pattern I made nearly 5 years ago. I'm reviving it here with edited instructions. I'm sorry it took so long! SKILL LEVEL Intermediate FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Bracelet: approximately 1.45 inches wide and 6.5 inches long Length can be adjusted for woman’s sizes  YARN Monaco Mercerized Cotton Thread size 8, color burgundy (A) and dark green (B) OR any crochet cotton thread size 10 or size 8, color burgundy and dark green CROCHET HOOK Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook (1.3mm) or size required for gauge GAUGE  30 sc = 4 inches TERMINOLOGY Pattern is written using US crochet terminology NOTIONS Burgundy color sewing thread 2-cut rocaille beads (gold) (3 pcs for each motif) Beading needle Decorative button or bead for closure DESIGN NOTES The bracelet is made up of a strip of motifs joined together at the second round. A button/bead loop is crocheted and a button/bead sewn at the ends of the bracelet for closure. The bracelet can also be completed by

Hairpin Lace Armband

This is an easy project using hairpin lace. A strip of lace is made then tie and button hole are crocheted at each end, then beads are added. If you're threading beads, you can make your own bead threader, see this blogpost . For this project, I used stranded (unplied) cotton yarn of about 12-ply weight. The yarn is a beautiful aquamarine colour, a gift from crochet friend Imeng. The beads used are rolled-paper beads, a gift from crochet friend Gerry, of assorted shapes, sizes and pretty colours that go well with the yarn. You will need: 12-ply cotton yarn Bead threader Assorted Beads Hairpin Lace Staple 1" 3.5mm crochet hook 3mm crochet hook Finished Measurements: Armband measures 2" wide and 7.5" long. Tie measures 12" long with 3" fringe at the end. Armband can be adjusted to fit and may be used as bracelet, anklet or choker. Instructions: On 1" hairpin lace staple using 3.5mm hook and two strands of 12-ply co

DIY Bead Threader

A couple of years ago, a crochet friend from the US sent me some beads and this little piece of blue plastic known as a dental floss threader. While a dental floss threader is intended to be used with teeth, it is also repurposed as a bead threader. This dental floss threader came with a set of beads, findings and glitter thread for a DIY Bracelet. I must say that this little piece of plastic is the most useful thing for threading - fine beads with fine thread and most especially, small beads with large yarn. I would like to emphasise the latter because I can easily thread fine beads with fine thread but with large fraying yarn? It is impossible with just a needle. Here is what a dental floss threader looks like (below). Image Source. Special needles are also available for the purpose of beading. These needles have large collapsible eyes so that they are easy to thread and easy to pass a bead through. This is what a beading needle looks like (below). Image Sourc

Easy Tarn Anklet

The "tarn" is actually taffeta fabric cut into strips. Taffeta is very easy to cut into strips. You just make a notch and pull. See video below. Taffeta tarn is held with one strand of gold viscose DK-weight yarn. A chain of suitable length for anklet is made, with tail ends about 6 inches long. Tail end is sewn to make it tighter and thinner, then made into a loop for the button loop. The other tail end is sewn to secure and make tighter, thinner and cleaner. Buttons are sewn along the right side of the chain. Then red stone beads are sewn along one edge of the chain. Very easy to make if you have the patience to sew tiny beads! Then the following day I made another anklet and a necklace. Here are the two anklets. The second anklet is sewn with gold spangles, not the tiny beads. I use one button with the loop. And here is the necklace. It is made up of tarn, buttons and tiny beads. For the closure I used this antique gold colour tog

Crocheting with Recycled Fabric and Old Clothes

This sleeveless top is a continuation of my experiment with tarn (short for "t-shirt yarn"), although strictly speaking I didn't use any t-shirt. I used scrap fabrics, cut into strips and tied together to make yarn with interesting colour and texture. The process for the making of this hand-tied yarn may be found in this blogpost . Below are photos showing the fabrics, cut and ties into yarn. Then, using a large crochet hook ( hand-carved from gmelina wood ), I made some flowers. An earlier project using flowers may be found in this blogpost . I made enough flowers to make a sleeveless top. Then I joined the flowers with irregular mesh crochet using 2mm hook and cotton thread size 8. As guide, I used a lining I made a couple of days ago. At some point, I decided that I could sew a dress under the top. I got some cotton fabric and made this dress, however, I wasn't very happy with it. So instead, I decided to sew a lining for the top.

A Blackberry Design

From Harvey, Lula M. Priscilla Irish Crochet Book No 1, A Collection of New and Original Designs, With Stitches and Lessons for Working. Boston: Priscilla Publishing, 1912, 48 pgs. (Scans donated by Judith Adele, edited by Judith Adele, 2006.) The book may be found at The Antique Pattern Library . I gave the pattern a try and was able to make a necklace from the motifs. If you would like to make the pattern, this can be the opportunity to learn Irish Crochet. I suggest that you download the whole book and learn the basic techniques described at the beginning of the book. The book is available in the website mentioned above, in four parts. For the blackberry design, I find that two techniques in Irish crochet need special attention: the Clones Knot and the use of the Padding Cord (or “pc”). The finished necklace. A closer look at the clones knots of the berries. A few years ago, I gathered some information about making the Clones knot which you may find at thi