I am thrilled to announce my NEW book! It's titled Crochet Love, and it features 27 sweet and simple zakka-inspired projects. They are small, adorable projects that I had a ball designing and hope you enjoy making!
Crochet Love officially hits book stands October first but can be pre-ordered right here on amazon.
PS: Here's a little video that provides a sneak peek of Crochet Love. Enjoy! :)
I'm diggin' my new apron I made with a cross motif that I knitted with Crochet Hemp and appliqued. Here's how I did it.
APPLIQUE AND EMBROIDER:
Check out these yummy, chunky hot pads I knitted (with a touch of crochet). Here's how I did it:
Each hot pad weighs approximately 6 ounces. You can work with 6 spools of A or B. If working with just one spool of A or B, pull out enough yarn so that it weighs 1 ounce and make that into a small ball. Repeat until you have 6 small 1-ounce balls of yarn. Use the strands of all six balls to make the hot pad.
Learn more about Crochet Hemp here.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it was time for a sweet new little wreath for the front door. I love this one. It's minimal and so different. Here's how I did it.
Shape a wire hanger so that the main body becomes a circle.
Draw up 12-ply natural hemp yarn from the back of the hanger and create a loop. Create single crochets along the wire hanger so that it covers the entire hanger. Slip stitch to join. Fasten off. Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle.
Based on your preference, create as many small and large petals on the crocheted wire circle.
To Begin: Pick any place along the crocheted wire circle, drawing up the yarn and ch 1. Sc into the same st, sc in the next 4 stitches, turn.
Row 1: Chain 1, single crochet in next 4 single crochet, turn (5 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in next 5 sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, turn (3 sc).
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc.
To Begin: pick any place along the crocheted wire circle, drawing up the yarn and then ch 1. Sc into the same st, sc in the next 9 stitches, turn.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in next 9 sc, turn (10 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1 sc in next 10 sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog, turn (8 sc).
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 8 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, turn (6 sc).
After all petals are made, start anywhere on the crocheted wire circle and draw up a loop of yarn, ch 1, sc in every sc, and every time you get to a petal, sc evenly up, around and back down the petal. Continue in this manner until all petals and all parts of the crocheted circle have been worked. With a tapestry needle, weave in all ends.
Hand letter text on watercolor paper with sumi ink.
Attach sentiment to the crocheted wreath and hang.
To me, the best ornaments aren't bought. They're handmade. Here's an easy one that I made with just a few tools and materials.
Attach washi tape to the edges of a 4-inch square canvas board.
Punch holes along the edges with a crop-a-dial and use Crochet Hemp (3-ply natural) and a crochet hook (size B) to single crochet along the edges. Here's a similar tutorial with a bit more deatils, including how to turn corners.
Adhere a photo to the center of the crocheted canvas board. I used a 3-inch square photo that I got from Kanvess. I also used spray adhesive, which makes the photo adhere nice and neatly.
Super fun project.
Happy holidays. :)
Check out my crocheted hearts that I dyed ... some in red and some in blue.
For these light-red hearts, I dipped the hearts in the dye bath for about 1 second and then rinsed them with cold water.
For the light blue hearts, I prepared a dye bath using the denim Rit dye and dipped them for about 1 second.
For these darker red hearts, I dipped them in the dye bath for about 1 minute and then rinsed them with cold water.
Oh the possibilities.
NOTE ABOUT THIS DAY
I hope you vote today. And I hope that whoever you vote for and whoever you campaigned for prior to today, you'll count blessings that we live in a country where we have the freedom to champion the candidates and propositions that we believe in with all our might. But after the votes are cast, it is America's fine tradition that when the results become clear in a presidential election, the losing side makes a concession call to the winning side, followed by a concession speech. Transitions of power then take place in the most civil and peaceful manner that is the envy of the world. This is very different from other parts of the world where concession speeches are not made, and where power is held onto, frequently with force and violence. This is a tradition that should make all of us proud and one that we should work hard to preserve for future generations.