Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Patterns

I think I had beginner's luck with this pattern, Flowers by SnowMirna, because the next few I tried were just horrible. At this stage of learning, I gain as much from failure as success (or so I tell myself anyway!)  I now have a pattern that is working, so I will stick with it:


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beaded Crochet Rope

I know, I know, I don't need another craft in my life. But I've been wanting to try beaded crochet ropes for some time. At the weekend, I found a tutorial and gave it a go.
First I strung a small amount of beads onto Cebelia size 10 thread and began. Aha, I can do this. So I loaded more beads for another go. I did alright until I had to stop and put it down. When I came back to it, I'd lost my rhythm and I think I missed a stitch. So I thought a simple colour pattern might be easier to keep track of. The beads are strung onto the thread in reverse order:
Then you just crochet round and round, adding a bead to each stitch. I worked a short length, then found another tutorial for joining in a thread and carried on until I ran out of white beads. I added a press stud to each end, an idea I saw somewhere on Pinterest, and voila, I have a beaded choker.

I have an idea I could combine this technique with beaded tatted pendants perhaps. I think I'd have to work with smaller beads though and for that I need more practice.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Progressing Slowly


I'm sticking to my resolution to work on more than one project at a time. As I haven't been knitting day and night, progress on the pullover front is not stellar, but I'm happy with it.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

My Mistake

Eventually I worked out why my patchwork pieces didn't fit. The problem was not in my cutting but in my sewing. I used the 2 mm mark on my sewing machine foot as a guide to the width of the seams, whereas I should've used the 5 mm mark!

So every square and rectangle is 6 mm wider than it should be. Is there an emoticon for 'I am an idiot'?

Salvage job required. I removed the outer row that I had cut to new measurements because it made the piece too big for a tray cloth and didn't look right. Then I added a backing and did the binding as per the original instructions:
The purpose of this exercise was to learn, and learn I did. I also have an every day, 'don't worry if you spill tea on it' tray cloth in my kitchen.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Edging 87

I quite like the little triangular part, but overall I think this is rather too floppy.  I can't see how it would work as an edging unless you cut the fabric to match it, with indentations where the triangles would fit. Or am I missing something?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mmm, No

After all that careful measuring, the edge panels don't fit. I'm pretty sure I followed directions, so the mistake is in the pattern. The mistake in the placement of the leaf squares is mine though. I carefully made sure all the leaves in the last row were facing in the same direction, I just didn't realise it was the wrong direction! Humph, I think I'll go back to tatting or knitting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bits

At the end of last month's craft group meeting, we were given a list of fabric pieces to cut out, ranging from six squares 4 cm by 4 cm to two rectangles 38 cm by 4 cm. Of course it's been on the bottom of my to-do list ever since. Of course it took much longer to achieve than I bargained for. But I did manage to get it all done before yesterday's meeting, including stitching applique leaves to 12 of the squares. We were given a heart pattern, but that wasn't obligatory, so I used a leaf shape instead.

The fabric pieces need to be put together in a precise order, which is what we learnt at the meeting. We took along our sewing machines and chatted as we sewed:

Though in this picture we all seem to be concentrating rather than chatting! There wasn't time to join all those bits, but I have the instructions to finish at home. This is my progress so far: