This weeks friday follies…

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Songbead – Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca has been playing with beads since her grandma gave her her bead box to play with when she was tiny, and comes from a long line of female creatives. Originally from Edinburgh, Rebecca now designs and crafts her jewellery in her Studio in Belfast. She is entranced by light, colour, words and all things handmade, and you can find her gorgeous follies here.

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Annaboos House Collage

Annabooshouse – Sarah Garrod

Sarah started to crochet after re-locating to Sussex and giving up her career as a teacher. Originally she took up the craft to learn a new skill, but soon found herself adapting patterns and it wasn’t long before she designed her first item. The rest is history as they say, and we have been enjoying Sarah’s patterns ever since. At present she is busy writing a crochet book for beginners which will be published in 2015, until you can lay your hands on that you can find her designs here.

Marianne collage

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maRRose – Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Marianne has loved being creative, from when she was a child. Her first piece of crochet was a poncho when she was 9 years old, and she vividly remembers feeling ever so proud!
After her professional career as a management assistant, she revamped her long lost creative side and has discovered that this is where her true passion lies. Marianne has a truly gifted eye for putting colours and textures together, creating fresh looking items with a little twist. To see more of Marianne’s work, visit her here.

How do you like my follies this week? Are you tempted? Go on investigate, you know you want to…

Have a lovely weekend!

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Spring is here and maybe, like mine, your accessories wardrobe could do with a little brightening up, a little colour injection to put a spring into your step.

I saw a really good idea (well, I thought so!) in a German Magazine the other day and, after some tweaking by yours truly, I thought I share it with you here.

All you need are some scarps of yarn (4ply cotton works best), a 3mm crochet hook and some beads or buttons.

Let’s get started: (UK Terms)

Chain 53 (or if you use thinner yarn ch 63)

Work 5htr into 5th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, ss in next ch, skip 2ch, 5htr in next ch; rep. from * along to last ch, work 10htr into last ch.

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Don’t turn your work but continue by working on the other side of the chain (as shown in photo above) in exactly the same way as before: *skip 2ch, ss in next ch, skip 2ch, 5htr in next ch; rep. from * to end, ss to beg.

Ch6 and ss to make a loop.

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Now comes the fun bit!

Let your imagination run wild and decorate with beads or buttons!

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A quick little project that’s fun to make. Try different yarns, different colours and different decorations. You could make these for little girls birthday party goodie bags, or even teach little girls to make for themselves.

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Whatever you do…have fun!

Enjoy!

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Remember these? A couple of weeks ago I told you about my playing around with flowers. This is what I came up with for my idea of a corsage with a bit of a difference.

I wanted the layout to evolve organically and all by itself, rather than planning it all in minute detail before starting. So I set to work with some yarn scraps from my stash (all worsted weight), a 5mm hook and some beads, and this is the result…

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…do you like it? It’s a quick little project! You can whip it up in an afternoon or evening, ready to wear the next day or as a last minute gift for someone special. Do you want to make one?

Here is how:

You need: Yarn scraps and corresponding crochet hook, some beads to decorate and 1 brooch pin.

Ch5, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch1 (counts as dc), work 9dc into ring, ss to join.

Rnd 2: *Ch3, work a 7-st tr cluster in next st, 3ch, ss in next st; repeat from *4 times, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make as many flowers as you need for you corsage (I made seven for mine), assemble in a way that pleases you and stitch together. For the final icing on the cake (or flower in this case!) add some beads and attach the brooch pin to the back.

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Try different yarns for different looks! I would love to see what fabulous creations you come up with, so please mail me with a photo.

Have fun creating and wear with pride!

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