Category Archives: Knitted and crochet wire jewellery

Turquoise silver swirl necklace

First try

First try

second go

second go

Final attempt - third time lucky!

Final attempt – third time lucky!

sept

Nearly there….

The finished piece.

The finished piece.

For a more detailed post click here.

 

Bedknobs and Broomstick

This week I have continued along the broomstick crochet road. I created a pendant:

Broomstick pendantAs well as some earrings:

Broomstick earringWire broomstickThe earrings have some orange crystals added along the bottom whereas the pendant has some beautiful Myuki beads added along the bottom.

Am I allowed to say that I am quite pleased with these? I think that they are unique and different to a lot of jewellery out there.

My final project this week is something that I hadn’t originally thought about being a craft until someone suggested that it was crafting on the large scale:

Yes, I made this bed. It came in kit form.....

Yes, I made this bed. It came in kit form…..

Surely this counts? In my house I am considered to be the queen of flat pack and it wasn’t until it was likened to crafting that I realised why. Up until this point I thought it was just because I was organised!

So that pretty much sums up my crafting week except for the odd bit of jewellery that I shall cover on the other blog! For now I shall be heading over to my weekly appointment at Handmade Harbour to catch up on what everyone else has been up to this week. Fancy joining me?

Thank you!

A really, really huge thank you to all of you who took the time to comment and share your views on my post last week. The care and time that you put into them was truly amazing and a great help. At the moment I am going to continue as I am, more or less but let me share some of the key points that came up. The first is a really core one and one that I will attempt to not forget in the future:

Blogging is for fun. It is meant to be enjoyable, not a stress or a chore!

I am going to remember this. I love the whole blogging ‘world’ and can no longer imagine life without it but that doesn’t mean that it is the only part of my life. It therefore has to fit in as and when it can.

The second point that I had failed to take into consideration was that I read blogs that change. It doesn’t mean that I stop reading. I tend to build up a relationship with them and so are interested in whatever they write about. It is simply like having varied conversations with them. I therefore need to stop worrying so much. I don’t stop and think whether each post is relevant to what I signed up to and doubt that many others do either.

Finally someone made me realise that the whole issue was more likely down to me and the way I was feeling rather than an actual problem with the blog. I had been feeling a little bit down. Once I had realised this it was a bit like having the cloud lifted. Things were nowhere near as bad as I had made them out to be.

So again, a huge thank you. It is much appreciated.

And my makes:

I have also found more time to crochet this week 🙂 My broomstick crochet diary cover has been completed.

The free form fitting over the diary itself was quite tricky and got better as I went on. The inside back is therefore slightly better than the front. It doesn’t stop me loving it however. I can’t wait to start using it properly (it is an academic diary).

AND….

Yes there is an and. I also managed to have a go in wire and made this wire cuff (admittedly not quite finished yet.)

Broomstick cuffI have quite a few more ideas of ways to use this design which I hope I will get around to this week.

Just one last thing before I head off over to handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week: if you like knitting you may appreciate this link which was sent to me on twitter.

Hope you all have a fab week. xx

 

 

Prom Jewellery

This will probably show my age but I didn’t attend a prom when I left secondary school. Did you? Now, it seems like all schools hold one. I have to say that it seems really nice, a bit like a mini wedding. You get all dressed up with a nice dress, get your hair done and organise a special (unusual) way to get there. Fire engines, limousine’s, VW vans etc. I am not sure what my shy and reserved 16-year-old self would think about it but now I think it sounds like fun.
The reason I am writing this is because we are coming into prom season and I was asked to make a bracelet and some earrings for a friend’s daughter. It appears that they had found the perfect dress but had been unable to find the right jewellery to go with it. As the dress has a high neck line a necklace would not work.
I have to say that the responsibility did make me quite nervous but I cracked on anyway.
They entrusted me with the dress so that I could choose the perfect beads. Yes I took it to the shop with me and had some excellent advice from them.
All I needed to do now was to make the pieces.

Knitted prom bracelet

I was undoing this to add a border around the edge so that the beads were a bit more ‘contained’. However a friend that I was with said that it was great as it was. Seeing how she is completely OCD about symmetry I took her advice and left it as it was.

Crochet Earrings. There are some 'proper' crystals in here.

Crochet Earrings. There are some ‘proper’ crystals in here.

As an added extra I recently added a ring as well. I had some beads left over and, having begun to get a bit more comfortable with ‘proper’ jewellery making I was keen to have a go.

The ring!

The ring!

Luckily everything has gone down really well. A huge relief although we did have plenty of time to rectify the situation had it not been.
I am a bit late joining up with Handmade Monday this week as my computer had a bit of an issue with the  internet yesterday. (oh the joys!) I hope you all have a great week. Xx

French Knitting

Hands up who has added something new to an already busy schedule? Maybe it would be put better the other way around as in who hasn’t ;). I ask this because as I was thinking back over this week I realised that this is exactly what I had done myself. The trouble is I have done it in the past and know that I will do it again in the future!

This week has been busy enough as it has been half term. Add on to that the two blogs that I am now doing (having started the second one just over a week ago so I am still getting to grips with how this one works) and all the time that takes (making things in order to be able to blog being the most time expensive). I also have a tunic that I am knitting that really needs finishing asap and you can see that my life is very busy (but a lot of fun!) at the moment.

When out and about this week I suddenly decided that I would actually buy one of these:

Buy Pony French Knitter Online at johnlewis.com

Does anyone remember these from when they were little? I certainly do. One of these had been on my list for a while now as I wanted to try it out with wire. I got it on Thursday and Thursday night I:

threaded a load of beads onto the wire I was going to use.

threaded a load of beads onto the wire I was going to use.

I then proceded to spend a very happy hour or two making this.

I then proceeded to spend a very happy hour or two making this.

It is a very enjoyable process where you wrap the wire around the metal spikes at the top and then pull the bottom piece of wire over the tops one with a crochet hook. It grew nice and quickly. I am going to make this into a necklace.

I think that there is a lot of scope for this and I look forward to having another play very soon. Once I have made some more jewellery the traditional way and finished my tunic that is ;). At least this ‘detour’ meant that I had something to blog about and show ready for Handmade Harbour. I am heading over there now to catch up on the weeks achievements of the many talented bloggers. I hope that you have all seen some sunshine today and that you have a great week 🙂

Tunisian Aqua Earrings

Do you remember this?

Aqua pendant side

It is a pendant I made a few weeks ago see here. (I have re-done the photos!)

I decided that some earrings might also work well with this technique so had a go:

Aqua earrings

I used a 1mm hook and 3.25mm wire and seed beads.

Aqua earrings side view

They still curve up giving them a 3D effect. I think they work well and judging by the response on my Facebook page so do other people. I have even had a commission for a pair!

Talking about commissions I have been very busy working behind the scenes towards opening an online shop as an outlet for selling some of my work. I have spent hours and hours on Photoshop in an attempt to come up with a banner:

Shop bannerSo what do you think? All opinions and/or advice is greatly appreciated.  I had to think of a new name as knitnrun4sanity would obviously not work!

The next major decision, and the one that has probably taken the most time,  is where to sell. There is something about Etsy that screams no to me – it is so busy and there seems to be a lot of things that you are expected to be part of it. I know that a lot of you sell on it, but it all seems a bit alien and unknown. I then found Zibbet which is free but appears to be more for the American market. Finally, as reading through the wonderful blogs on handmade harbour  I saw that some sold on a site, similar to Etsy but called Misi.It is based in the UK but I am not sure how much traffic they get on there. Oh dear decisions, decisions. I really do need to get on and take the plunge!

Enough waffle – what I really want to do is to go and catch up on the other wonderful blogs over on Handmade harbour. Hope you all have a good week and if you have any pearls of wisdom then do please share:)

A Happy Mistake.

I have to say that all day I have been umming and ahhhing as to whether to write a post tonight or not. As always the lure of Handmade Monday over on Handmade Harbour is just too strong. I know that I shall be visiting blogs there so thought that I may as well put my penny’s worth in.

The last few days I have been doing some research to try to find other people who use wire and crochet / knitting to make jewellery. It has been totally inspiring and I have loads of ideas bubbling around in my head. Now before you worry, I am not going to copy what they do, it has been a case of looking at what they are doing and using it to inspire me to move on with my journey. Obviously there are some overlaps but largely what I am doing is my thing and what they are doing is theirs. I shall share some of these blogs / shops with you later. Today I want to keep things fairly short so shall move on.

Tunisian Crochet

A while back I did some experimenting with tunisian crochet here and here. To save you clicking back I made this:

Beaded Queen lace Crochetand this:

A Tunisian Wire Bracelet.

A Tunisian Wire Bracelet.

Whilst making the second (well actually my first) bracelet I made one of those happy mistakes:

Not quite what I was looking for!

Not quite what I was looking for then!

I have now gone on to make this little mistake into something within its own right:

A beaded tunisian pendant

A beaded tunisian pendant

What I really like about this is that it is slightly curved:

tunisian pendant

Don’t you just love it when a mistake turns into something lovely and new? Has it happened to you recently? My next project….earrings 🙂

I am now going to head over to catch up on all the other blogs over at Handmade Harbour, do come and follow me.

 

Hope you all have a great week 🙂

My Mascot Project Realised

4KCBWEWC

Having completed the challenge to blog every day last week as part of the knitting and crochet blog week I wasn’t sure if I would manage this today however the lure of Handmade Monday is just too strong. (although I may keep this post fairly short) 🙂

One of the prompts last week was entitled A Mascot Project. (To see my post click here) To cut a long story short we had to identify which animal was most similar to our crafting style. In true form I was unable to put myself into one group thus making up a new house group: the Monkbeecock. (A mixture of a bee, monkey and peacock should you be wondering!) The mascot idea that I came up with was:

take a flower motive, make it out of wire as ear-rings. This would be turning a basic motive into something new and slightly unexpected, something I haven’t done before, delicate like the bee and linked to the bee through the flower idea. Also if I adapt it (as is my way) then it will be more monkey like as I shall be challenging myself.

The Design process:

I first went onto ravelry to look for a flower pattern that I could use.

I found these. (From Donna Collinsworth) I was drawn to these as I liked the 3D nature of them. I initially had a go in yarn to get the idea (it was disastrous if you are wondering) before moving on to free free-forming with wire and beads. The result is:
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I actually quite like it although it is too big for the earring idea. More of a pendant for a necklace size. I successfully was able to keep the 3D element in the design.
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Did I manage to tick the boxes?

Flower? check

New and unexpected? check

Delicate? check

Adapted? check.

What a great way to round off a really great week 🙂

(Should you wish to see what other people made then type in 4KCBWEC to a search engine)

A bit later than usual I shall be linking up with Handmade Monday – I have already had a read of some of the lovely blogs on there and have some more to read tonight. Do make yourself a tea and have a good read yourself.

 

 

A Blogiversary and Queen Stitch Crochet

So it would seem that I have been writing this blog for a year now. Wow. I can hardly believe it. It has certainly been a really positive thing in my life. I have ‘met’ so many completely amazing people through this. I have always known that I am a  ‘people’ person who cannot survive without contact with people and this has opened up a whole new world of people (almost literally!). If you are one of these people then do please help yourself to piece of cake and join me in my celebrations. (I would love to have had a giveaway but am sadly not that organsied – will do better next year I promise.)

Today is the day of the week where I eagerly await the ‘biggest’ regular coffee (tea or wine) meet up with fellow crafters through Handmade Monday.

Handmade Harbour

Through a special link everyone shares their post about what they have been making during the week. I have to say I have learnt so much through each of these wonderful people and eagerly await the time when the children are in bed and I can sit down and have a good read. A big, huge thank you to all (with a special mention for Wendy whose idea it is and who hosts it every week.)

Another marker in my week is the creative ‘meet up’ called Creatives Unite that happens on a Thursday evening.

MissBeatrixThis is simply a time where you can sit down and know that others are also crafting away too. There is a great sense of community on twitter throughout. It is the time that I set aside each week to create my object for handmade Monday if I have not got around to making anything for the rest of the week. A huge thank to Anna for organising this one.

So what have I made this week? Following on from my experiments last week with Tunisian crochet I was very keen to have a go with wire and beads. I chose the queen lace stitch and created this:

Beaded Queen lace Crochet

Believe it or not this took 2 hours. Unfortunately it is not long enough to go around my wrist so cannot technically be called a bracelet although this is what I am hoping it will end up as.

I do really like this as I think it works really well.

Queen Lace Stitch.

Queen Lace Stitch.

The idea was to add beads to the ‘loopy’ (technical term!) bits that go across. I added 4 seed beads to each loop this time although I would also like to try using 1 larger one each time.

I think the beads would hang better if it was this way but I don't have a long enough hook (yet!).

I think the beads would hang better if it was this way but I don’t have a long enough hook (yet!).

So there you have it. A work in process for this week. This is because I am also in the middle of a test knit which has taken a bit longer than I anticipated getting going. It is now on its way but I have a long way to go yet.

As for now….. well I should be knitting but fear that I shall not be able to avoid the lure of Handmade Harbour!! Hope to see you there 🙂

Tunisian Crochet Wire Bracelet

On the same e-book where I learnt how to do the non – classic beaded rope necklace there were other patterns. (Click on the photos to go the page to download this free book.)

Discover each unique design for crocheted jewelry.

As I also liked the one on the very left I decided to give it a go. At this point I had not realised it was not ‘normal’ crochet, a good thing as I would probably never have given it a try if I had! (It is called Gold Wire Bracelet so no clues there!)

Trustingly I started to give it a go. I didn’t find it easy to start with:

Not quite what I was looking for!

Not quite what I was looking for! (Ear-rings?)

But after re-reading the instructions a few times I got the hang of it 🙂 For those of you who don’t know the difference between crochet and Tunisian crochet – Tunisian crochet is a bit like knitting where you make stitches to leave on the hook and then ‘crochet’ them off on the next row.

After adding some beads I came up with this:

Tunisian Wire BraceletI have to say that I am rather pleased with the way it came out.  I am also pleased that I have had a go at Tunisian Crochet – a bit of a mystery up until now. I will definitely be doing it again (now I know that you don’t need a special hook!) Have you ever had a try at Tunisian Crochet?

Tunisian Wire BraceletAs always I am heading over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week. Do come and have a look too 🙂