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This week I have continued along the broomstick crochet road. I created a pendant:
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:
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?
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As promised here is a summary of my very first jewellery class. Feel free to add your penny’s worth 🙂
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.
Whilst making the second (well actually my first) bracelet I made one of those happy mistakes:
I have now gone on to make this little mistake into something within its own right:
What I really like about this is that it is slightly curved:
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 🙂
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:
Did I manage to tick the boxes?
New and unexpected? 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.
Welcome to day 2.
Having now looked at the comments I see that I have 3 suggestions for a hybrid animal such as monkbee (very clever thanks to keepmeinstitchez for that amazing idea. I also have 3 for Peacock. I have to say that having had a look around other blogs the Peacock seems to be very rare – making me want to be one (I so like to be different!) Also it made me think that my love for sparkle and beads means I have to be a bit of a peacock? So I am going to announce my own little group: monkbeecock. I like and I am happy with this. What the public wants it gets 🙂
So the project for today is:
Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal.
Source: Eskimimi makes
Now me being so clever and creating a hybrid makes this task tricky. I cannot simply make a monkey or bee…. so let me see:
The House of the BEE
This project would have to be small to allow you to quickly move onto the next project that should catch your eye. For me this would be another piece of jewellery, including shiny, yummy beads. Something that you can complete in an evening. In addition a bee is very light, small and delicate (wings) Maybe I could do something along the lines of the wings? ….hmm, maybe a pendant made from thin wire, small hook with some tiny delicate beads…
The house of the MONKEY
This house requires me to try something new, that I haven’t tried before. Now this isn’t hard as I am just beginning a new project that involves short rows which i something I have not done before (although remarkably I have heard of them!) Unfortunately this project is not something that I can share with you.
To me a monkey represents cheeky, quick, happy and agile. So (can you hear my brain whirring?) ..I am thinking of a project that turns something on its head. A bit like the necklaces and bracelets that I made out of wire granny squares:
This to me is a cheeky, fun and unexpected take on crochet. I shall have to have a bit of a think……maybe a granny square ear-ring ?????But that is a bit along the lines of done that before….I suppose that I could combine the projects – 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 House of the Peacock
Well that is easy – sparkly wire and beads!
There, not so hard after all. I truly am a bit of them all after all 🙂 Do you agree or is there something I have over looked? What would you make in my situation?
Tomorrow we are moving away from the houses to something a bit different. Don’t forget my giveaway here. Happy making 🙂
This week I have been working on two more designs that follow on from last weeks necklace:
If you look very carefully you can see that at the back I have crocheted a piece without beads. It is still a tube shape so this week I wondered whether it would work in wire. With wire you can usually see the stitches quite clearly and so could be quite intricate.
To start with I used some very fine copper wire with a 3.5mm hook. In order to keep the shape I worked around a knitting needle in the same way that I did for the above.
I was working on this with Joanne Scrace (the very esteemed designer – have you soon her latest design? It is fabulous and made the top ten patterns on ravelry this week. Do take a peek as even if you don’t crochet you will not be disappointed I promise.) She suggested threading ribbon through the middle. I was really taken with this idea as it not only solves the whole ‘how do I fasten it together debate, but also will probably create the perfect back drop to show the stitches off.
So what do you think?
This last one is a bit bigger than the copper one as I used slightly thicker wire and a larger hook. The main difference is the size of the stitches as the circumference is very similar. They both fit on the same sized knitting needle.
Those of you who have seen my last post you will know that I am on a journey in an attempt to be able to decent photographs. Unfortunately I have been unable to get anything like a clear shot of the green one ‘in situ’. I also seem to have misplaced my white ‘model’ which is a little annoying!
A plus with this design is that there are many colour combinations so personal preferences can be accommodated. As can matches for outfits. What combination would you choose?
Now as always I am heading over to handmade harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week. It seems to be the perfect thing to do on this cold, cold evening. Why don’t you join me?
Hope everyone has a great week 🙂 xx
I know that in my last post I said that I would post a picture about my explorations with photography but I was wrong. Today is the first Handmade Monday of 2013 and so I needed to write about something I had made. I am sure that photography may count but I always err on the safe side :).
This Christmas I have been very fortunate to download several free e-books, many from the Crochet-me website. I think that they are there all the time but I only just found them. The one that really caught my eye was the Not So Classic Bead Rope. I have wanted to have a go at these for a long time and this week I decided to have a go.
On Thursday, I spent my Creatives Unite time (1 hour) threading hundreds of beads onto thread:
I then followed the really clear instructions to make my beaded rope. As I don’t have a mandrel I improvised and used a knitting needle. True to form I needed to go down a size as it became too tight!
The only other decision I had to make was how to finish it off as the instructions said to join the two ends together and I wanted to add a clasp in some way.
I am personally really pleased with the way that this turned out and am now keen to have a go at a more traditional one – just need to get the beads first.
Now, for the first time in 2013 I am heading over to Handmade Harbour to catch up with other wonderful crafty people. I have missed them all over the Christmas break.
On craftsy I found a great lady (CrocKnits )who made some great necklaces using ribbon or flag yarn. She has recently started up a blog here. Do go and check it out. She has only been up and running for a week and so am sure would love a few visits and comments.
I was really impressed and so, before our holiday went and brought some appropriate yarn. (I am very embarrassed about this next bit) Being too tight to pay for a pattern (sorry CrocKnits) I searched online and found this website (numei) with some ideas. Please don’t compare my work with hers as I did not print out the patterns and so was working blind! The ones shown on the website look very professional!
I started with a simple 3 chain necklace:
Then went onto this one with loops in:
Me being me I then started to experiment:
I think that I shall be returning to these in the non too distant future and think about developing them further with wire and beads.
Finally I wish to thank you all for your comments last week. I took on board Natalie’s idea from freespiritdesigns and did make a heart:
I actually made 2 of these and then joined them together with stuffing in the middle. I thought it would make a great and unusual key-ring.
If you don’t know either of the two blogs I have mentioned then do please go and have a look. They are both very talented people. Again I apologise to CrocKnits for doing you out of some income. Use her patterns if you decide to have a go. 🙂 She also has many others – look her up on craftsy.
As always I am going to be popping over to Handmade Harbour to see what other talented people have been up to this week (freespiritdesigns is usually there!) It really is worth it :).