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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 🙂

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 🙂

Experimenting with Tunisian Crochet

This week has been one of those weeks where I feel that I have done a lot but there isn’t a lot to show for it. I don’t have any finished objects but I do have some pieces that may well turn into finished objects at a later date.

Some of you may remember this bracelet that I made:

A Tunisian Wire Bracelet.

A Tunisian Wire Bracelet.

I felt that it worked really well so dug out my faithful crochet book and decided to look at the formerly neglected Tunisian crochet section.

I started off in wool as it is a technique that I am unfamiliar with and wool is far easier to rip back than wire! (It is also easier to see each stitch!)

Basic Tunisian Stitch.

Basic Tunisian Stitch.

Fan Stitch

Fan Stitch

Queen Lace Stitch.

Queen Lace Stitch.

I only did very small samples but as you can see Tunisian Crochet makes quite a dense material. I do like the patterns. I then did them in fine wire:

Basic Tunisian stitch.

Basic Tunisian stitch.

Fan Stitch

Fan Stitch

Queen Lace Stitch.

Queen Lace Stitch.

As you can see using wire opens the stitch up nicely. They look very different don’t they? Add a few beads and I think some bracelets may be made. Hopefully I shall get around to it this week.

Have any of you tried Tunisian Crochet? I would love to know what you think about it.

The other major thing I did this week was to watch a free webinar from The Design Trust on Twitter. I learnt loads and I would definitely recommend watching it. It remains free until Feb 28th so be quick. One of the sections is on the 10 minute Twitter session. Apparently this is all the time you need to spend! I also found HootSuite through this which I really love – you can have several feeds on the page at one time, can follow tags, schedule tweets and even tweet a link straight from a web page. You also get analysis. I am sure that you are probably all using something like this but it is all new for me!

The final thing is that I have joined my first ever CAL (Crochet along). If you crochet and are interested in joining in (there are even prizes up for grabs) then have a look at this link. The more that join in the better 🙂

As always I will be heading over to Handmade Harbour, glass of wine in hand, to see what wonderful creations other people have been up to this week. Do join me – it is great way to spend a Sunday evening. 🙂

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 🙂