Saturday, 28 April 2012

Lacy Crocheted Collar

This lacy crochet collar is another lovely pattern from Mel P Designs This collar, like the other one I made was really easy to make, what I forgot to say in my last post was that the patterns are written in American crochet and I usually use UK crochet. However if you have an American crochet book or even find an American to UK crochet conversion chart it is easy enough to swap between the two. The ends of the chains that are used to tie the necklace are even finished off neatly with crocheted circles.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Crocheted Peter Pan Collar

This crochet peter pan collar was made using a free pattern I found on Mel P Designs I have just discovered this blog and I absolutely love it! It has loads of brilliant free crochet patterns and inspiration. This pattern was really quick and simple to make (I made it while watching The Apprentice!). I was a bit concerned that it might not be the right size but it is actually perfect! I used Debbie Bliss Eco Baby to make the collar, I love this yarn because it holds its shape really well so it is perfect for projects like this. I sewed a pretty pearl button on for the perfect finishing touch.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Wire Rose Ring

I made this wire rose ring using a tutorial that I found in  two parts, I originally could only find the second part of the tutorial so I had to make the first bit up when I made this ring! But when I was looking for the link to put in this post I found the first part. I think I pretty much did as it says in the tutorial but I may have to have another go with the instructions next time! So here are both parts for you: part one  and part two Don't be put off by the complicated appearance of this ring, when I first saw it I thought it was going to be very tricky to make. But its actually really simple, I think I may have to invest in some coloured wire to make another one of these rings with.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Postcard Display

A while ago I showed you some postcards that I had bought at Tate Britain when I visited London for the day ( and now I have created a display board for them. I have collected quite a few postcards with artwork on; this selection also includes postcards from The National Gallery, also in London and the Picasso museum in Barcelona. I made this display board from a thick piece of A2 cardboard and then I added patterned paper that I had ripped up into strips. Now I know where to look when I need some inspiration!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Beaded Shelf Trim

This beaded shelf trim is a brilliant way to brighten up a plain shelf. I made this trim using some Tilda ribbon (its a good idea to pick some ribbon that's roughly the same width as the edge of your shelf) and several different types of beads. I used bugle and seed beads for the triangular shaped part of the beaded trim and larger glass and white wooden beads to finish the ends of the triangles. The beads are attached using cotton sewing thread and a fine beading needle. Try changing the colour of the beads or use a different type of ribbon to suit your colour scheme.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Decorated Jars

I saw some jars for sale in John Lewis that were decorated with shell buttons on wire around the rim, so instead of buying them I thought I would make some. I threaded some small heart shell buttons onto 28 gauge wire and spaced them even distance apart. To secure I twisted the two ends of the wire around each other about three times and then wrapped the ends underneath the nearest button either side to hide the ends of the wire. I am using my jars to store different ribbons and lace and some ribbon bows and roses on the top. They are a brilliant way to store your trims and make a pretty feature of them at the same time. You could put co-ordinating colours of ribbon and lace in each jar or you can just mix and match as I did. They would also make a lovely gift for a crafty friend!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Crochet Ring Tutorial

These crochet rings are a great way to display your favourite buttons or you can wear the ring without buttons, it looks just as good. I will be showing you how to make the ring with the large button pictured below. I will also explain the stitches needed to make this ring (chain stitch and treble crochet).

- Two needles - one with a large eye (for yarn) and one with a small eye (for sewing thread).
- Some yarn, in a colour of your choice (not too thick).
- A crochet hook, I used size 1.5mm.
- Sewing thread.
- A pair of small scissors.
- A button or several buttons (optional).and treble crochet).
If you are an experienced crocheter you can use this abbreviated pattern:
1. 16ch
2. 1tr in third chain from hook, 1tr in each st to end.
3. Fasten off.
4. Continue to step 20 for the making up instructions.

1. How to chain stitch: Start with a loop.

2. Then pull the yarn through the loop with a crochet hook.

3. Tighten the loop.

4. To make the first chain stitch wrap yarn around the hook. Then pull this loop through the existing stitch on the hook.

5. Continue the last step to make chain stitches. 

6. Continue to make 16 chain stitches (this will make a small sized ring).

7. How to treble crochet: This ring uses treble crochet. To make a treble crochet wrap the yarn around the crochet hook once.

8. Then insert the hook into the third chain stitch from the hook.

9. Wrap the yarn around the hook again.

10. Pull the loop through the next loop on the hook.

11. Wrap the yarn around the hook.

12. Pull the loop through the next two loops.

13. Wrap the yarn around the hook.
14. Pull the loop through the final two loops on the hook. You have now completed a treble stitch.

15. Make a treble crochet in each chain stitch to end.

16. To fasten off put the yarn around the hook.

17. Pull the loop through the existing loop on the hook.

18. Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and pull the yarn right the way through the loop.

19. Pull the tail of yarn to tighten.

20. Assembling the ring: Sew each end of the stitches together using the tail of yarn that you ended with, do this on the wrong side of the ring.

21. Finish off the stitching by threading the tail of yarn through the back of several stitches and cut off the excess.

22. Repeat step 21 with the other tail of yarn.

23. Turn the ring the right way round, you can leave the ring as it is or sew on a button to add some extra decoration.

24. If you are adding a button sew it on using sewing thread in a matching or similar colour.

You can make each ring look different by using different stitches and buttons. The rings below use a selection of treble, double and double treble crochet. You can use different types of buttons such as four holed buttons or shank buttons, or you can layer buttons on top of each other.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial, please feel free to ask any questions if you are unsure about any of the steps.