Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ducks for My Auntie's Birthday

My 87 year old aunt's birthday is upcoming and I was thinking of sending her an amigurumi duck. I made these ducks to give away to people who buy lots of ducks that I've been raising for food. You can find my ducks at Duckduckbro. The duck pattern may be found at the Lionbrand website. The ducklings in the nest are a modified version of Lionbrand's Baby Birds in Nest. If there's time, I'll add a crocheted bolero for my auntie! :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fabric for Men's Top

About a week ago, I got this soft fabric which I intend to sew into a top for my husband. I am not sure what kind of top it will be: t-shirt, collared shirt, poncho, etc., but I do know that it needs to be very simple. This might be the challenge to learn to make a sleeve. Since this will all be hand-sewn, and my first attempt at men's garments, I really want this to be as simple as possible. If you have any pattern ideas for sewing a men's top, please let me know! Thank you! :)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Crocheted Cupcakes and Frog

I finished these in 2 days, crocheted cupcakes and crocheted frog. The cupcakes make a nice Christmas decoration as well. These projects use up small amounts of colourful acrylic yarns. For filling, I have used tangled up scrap yarns. The pattern (UK crochet terms) for the cupcakes may be found here and the pattern for the frog may be found here - all from Garnstudio.com, makers of DROPS yarns!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Working with Gauze Fabric

Gauze fabric is amazing, I love it. It is difficult material to work with. In the shops it is known as gauze diaper fabric because it is material used to make gauze bandages as well the traditional reusable diaper or "lampin." Over all, I am working more with fabric now.

Here are three works-in-progress: the white vest and tunic are both made with the gauze diaper fabric with crochet trims. The vest will need finishing and the tunic will need more crochet work - for the neckline, armholes, sides and hem. The red fabric is from a sheer beach cover-up that was way too large for me to wear. I cut it up and hope to make a blouse with it. At the moment, it is poncho-style. I am grappling with what design of crochet I might add to it. Do you have any suggestions?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Multi-colour Thread Crochet Jewellery

In March 2011, I intended to publish patterns for crocheted jewellery using multi-colour thread. I had 6 sets of designs for earrings, necklaces, bracelets. I had several pattern testers who helped enormously in spotting errors in the patterns but for one reason or another, I never regained the confidence to publish the designs. I have always had difficulty using multi-colour threads because the colour combinations available   were often too harsh or unattractive. I wanted to come up with a way to change that. I used beads and also solid colour thread in combination with the multi-colour threads. Yet still, I wasn't satisfied with the results. One day I will get back to this project and make it better. I came up with a number of interesting stitches while making these designs and those need re-consideration even if the actual patterns will never get published.

Nevertheless, I was able to make designs from this initial effort. The patterns are freely available: Forest Candy and Seaside Butterfly - both using multi-colour thread.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Using a Table Mat Pattern

In October 2013, I made this blouse using motifs from a table mat pattern. The pattern came from a magazine called MAGIC CROCHET. The magazines were gifts from Linda, a crochet friend from the US. I used 2 types of yarn, both from the Turkish yarn shop, Yarn Paradise. I originally planned to make a skirt. However, the shaping was not sufficient for a skirt made up of motifs. So I made a blouse instead. The blouse is very simple, just motifs joined together with a slit in the centre for the neck. I would like to continue using the Magic Crochet magazines. I would also like to re-design this blouse. It is very large and loose and shapeless. It can be quite nice to wear but this construction needs a much better and more interesting pattern design. There were plenty of distractions at that time - the big earthquake in October and the powerful typhoon in November.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Irish Crochet Motifs on Fabric

This is a work in progress which I started with Irish crochet motifs. The motifs are worked in crochet cotton size 10 and padding cord in crochet cotton size 8 in several strands. In the beginning I wanted to use these motifs to decorate the back of a crocheted sleeveless top, but decided against that. The garment appeared too heavy. So I got some fabric - one is sheer organza and the other is gauze diaper. The gauze diaper fabric is most intriguing. I am now using that with the Irish crochet motifs. Work is coming along very slowly.

If you are interested in Irish crochet, you may look at some work I have done earlier on Crochetology, this is Trippletimber 2 (with pattern and photo-tutorial) and A Blackberry Design (an antique pattern).

Irish Crochet-Style Motifs

I call these "Irish Crochet-style" motifs because these are not, strictly speaking, Irish crochet. These motifs resemble popular Irish crochet motifs but these are crocheted without the padding cord. In this sense, these motifs are easier to make than traditional Irish crochet motifs. These motifs are based on patterns found in the Russian crochet-knit magazine series, Zhurnal Mod. Although the magazines are in Russian language, anyone who can read crochet symbols should be able to use the magazines.

If I remember correctly, I used 3-ply cotton yarn and 2.5mm hook to make these motifs. Here I include some photos of several pages from the magazines. If you are interested in buying some magazines for yourself, you can find the authorised on-line seller at http://www.duplet-crochet.com

Admittedly, Irish crochet motifs with the padding cord are much more beautiful because the padding cord brings out a much more apparent differences in the texture of the motifs and the 3-dimensional appearance that Irish crochet is most well-known for.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Simple Modification of Crochet Dress Pattern

At the moment, I am making a crocheted dress. This is the second dress. The first dress I made in 2013 using a pattern from this beautiful Japanese crochet book. I love that dress, I wore it to my mother's birthday. I am making a second dress in a different colour. I am using light fingering weight yarn and 3mm hook. I modified the original pattern in a simple way - that is, change the direction of crocheting and reduce the length of the shoulders to fit me.

Photos below suggest how I am making this dress. By changing the direction of crocheting the body of the dress, I can decide how long I want to make the dress. In the original pattern, the dress is worked from the bottom up. I want to make the body of the dress from the top down.