fabulous friday follies – 2

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!

X.

a little crochet arm candy

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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!

X.

 

make a flower corsage – a free pattern

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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!

X.

a colourful life

dear diary,

Last week I had the good fortune to be going to an event at Royal Ascot. This meant that I was staying in London and had some time to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition before it closes later this month.

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What a treat!!!!This exhibition, the first in London since Kaffe Fassett’s record breaking show at the V&A Museum in the late 1980’s, features more than 100 of his works in a dramatic installation over two floors.

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Highlights of the exhibition include 9 foot wide knitted shawl columns (above) and a glorious selection of quilts (below).

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Kaffe Fassett is surely best known for his vibrant and innovative work with colour, and this exhibition shows how his approach in handling colour has evolved. From early beginnings in painting, through to his textile work in knitting, quilting, as well as tapestry, and lastly through the medium of mosaic, this exhibition shows every facet of his creative life.

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His work began with gentle colour schemes in historical hues borrowed from the early medieval and Renaissance arts, but a visit to India in 1992 sparked a shift in his use of colour to become more vibrant and exhuberant. In Kaffe’s own words: ‘India proved to me that colour is a vital ingredient in life’.

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The attention to detail is ever prevelant, and his delight in pattern and form infuses his creative output.

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Kaffe Fassett’s ability to delight and encourage people to take up their own needles, yarns and fabrics and experiment with colour is ever evident. I have been lucky to meet the man and have spent a whole weekend at a workshop with him being inspired by his infectious teaching in the use of colour and pattern. I think it is a fair statement that Kaffe Fasset’s life in colour has had a lasting impact on so many others’ lives as well and that the title ‘King of knitting’, given to him by British Vogue in 1970 still rings true today.

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The exhibition is still open until 29th June and I urge anyone close enough to London to go and visit.

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I hope you are all having a colourful week xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square five

dear diary,

I hope you are all on track working up your squares? Today I give you a sparkly number…first you crochet the square and then you jazz it all up with some blingy beading…

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rico creative cotton aran – 4mm hook – 11 x 11cm

 

6ch, join with ss to form ring.

Rnd 1: 12dc into ring, join with ss.

Rnd 2: 12ch, *ss in next st, 12ch; rep. from *10 times (12 petals worked). Join with ss, fasten off. Join new colour at any 12ch sp.

Rnd 3: *1dc in 12ch sp, 4ch; rep. from *in all petals, join with ss.

Rnd 4: ss in next 4ch sp, in same sp work [2tr, 4ch, 2tr] (corner made), [4ch, 1dc in next 4ch sp] twice, 4ch, *in next 4ch sp work [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] (corner made), [4ch, 1dc in next 4ch sp] twice, 4ch; rep. from *twice more, join with ss.

Rnd 5: 1ch, 1dc in next st, *in corner 4ch sp work [2dc, 2ch, 2dc], 1dc in next st, [3dc in next 4ch sp, 1dc in next st] 3 times; rep. from * around, join with ss, fasten off. Join in first colour at any corner centre st of prev. rnd.

Rnd 6: *3dc in ctr. dc of prev. rnd., 1dc in next 17sts; rep. from *around, join with ss.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew 12 small beads around centre circle.

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svarta faret tilda – 3mm hook – 9 x 9cm

Happy crocheting! 🙂