Saturday, March 28, 2015

My little bunny

Hi my dears,
how are you? I am busy mummy and godmother. But I LOVE IT :-)
It is the balls season, so I made some costumes for my girls.

Look at my little sweet bunny :-) 

DIY Bunny costume

It took me 5 hours to make it - I am any quick seamstress - but the smile of my little bunny was worth it :-)

I made this funny carrots. 
Thank you for the great tutorial, Clare.



And I made also fancy owl costume for my second girl:-) This took me much more hours then 5 - I stopped by counting it. I am writting a little story, how I made this costume. 

My sweet goddaugther celebrated her 7th Birthday, so I made a cake for her :-) She is very talented sports girl. She plays tennis, so I made for her girlie - sporty cake with raspberries inside. I am not any pastry-cooker - so this isn't any professional work, but I made it with a love. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELLENKA! :-)

Cake inspiration


And I was crocheting also of course - but about it in my next post ;-)


Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, our sweet puppies :-)

It's like yesterday, when we helped our Sunny to give birth to her first litter and now, they celebrate their first Birthday. The time is running so fast. We wish you excellent health and love and care and we hope to see you soon!

Rhodesian ridgeback

♥ ♥ 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The wicker heart


The Wicker Heart tutorial

Because of the bright colors of our wreath, I wouldn't use much embellishment, this time. I needed to add the contrast color. So I decided to add wicker heart in wonderful raspberry red. My favorite color for making the contrasts. You could buy this heart in some flowers shop, DIY shops or you could easily make it by yourself. If you would like to make it, I wrote the tutorial for making easy DIY wicker heart decoration/embellishment :-)

Wicker Heart tutorial


For this heart I used natural wicker. Natural wicker is well known for its strength and durability, and for the high level of beauty and comfort that an expert craftsman can produce. Materials used can be any part of a plant, such as the cores of cane or rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants, as with willow switches (www.wikipedia.com). I used red colored wicker. You could buy it in some DIY shop or flowers shop, like me. Two twigs of 1 m / 39 inched long will be enough for one heart.

The width of my twigs is 3 mm, but it could buy thiner (placed on the wreath), wider, there are many variation of the wicker in the shops.

Before you will work with wicker, roll the twigs and place them into the water - 5 minutes will be enough. The twigs should be wet when you will work with them, if you put them into the water, they will draw water into the pores and they become very flexible. If you will not do it, they could easily break up.

Wicker Heart tutorial

Anyway – do you see my new bowl? I love it! :-)

Wicker Heart tutorial

Ok, back to the work :-)

Note: if you will have colored wicker as I, it could slightly discolor, but there will be nothing on your heads, only the water could be colored a little bit.

Now cut two pieces of wicker of 30 cm / 11.8 inches lenght.  Fold them in the half and join them by some thin wire or elastic band, like me.

Wicker Heart tutorial

Then shape the heart nicely and join the ends using wire or elastic band again. Let it dry, to the basic shape of the heart will be strong enough to you could continue. After 20 minutes begin with rolling one wet twig around the heart. Dry the rest of the wicker again – for 5 minutes. Roll it nice, irregularly, but strong, to the shape of the heart stayed nice after dry also.

Wicker Heart tutorial

Hide the ends of the twigs inside. 


Let it dry again and you beautiful wicker heart decoration is ready :-) You could make many other sizes, use any colors. I made this heart for my wreath and the size of finished heart is 7 cm/ inches 2.8 height and 5 cm / 2 inches width.

Wicker Heart tutorial

Back to our wreath. Now sew the heart easily on the wreath, using common sewing thread. 

Spring wreath tutorial

Finishing of the spring wreath
You made all tree parts: The Star Stitch Wreath, The Ribbon's Bow and the Wicker Heart also. Only, what is missing is beads garland (you could buy it in Flowers shop od DIY shops again) and roll the beads garland around the wreath. It will add nice gently “touch”. Use thin nylon thread for hanging of the wreath. 


Spring wreath tutorial


And your spring wreath is finished :-)

Spring wreath tutorial

I hope, you like to make this wreath as same as I. 
I will look froward to seeing the pictures :-)

Spring wreath tutorial

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The ribbon's bow


The Ribbon's Bow tutorial

Ribbon bow tutorial

I was always scaring of making the ribbon's bows. But, I noticed, that I was scared needlessly. I will show you the bow, which is nice and easy like a piece of cake :-) 

Use 1,6 cm/ 0.6 inches width ribbon in light pink color and cut 25 pieces of 11 cm/4.3 inches lenght.

Ribbon bow tutorial

Now you will take a longer needle with tiny “eye” and pull the thread through it, use double thread and make a big, strong knot about 8 cm / 3.1 inches from the end. Then take one small piece of ribbon, fold it in the half and insert the needle through the ribbon, like you see on the picture below. Let it into the needle and continue with another ribbon pieces by same way. 

When you will have all ribbons on the needle, then pull them on the thread and make a strong knot (I made 3 knots, for sure :-) ).

Tadaaaah, your ribbon's bow is finished :-) 

Ribbon bow tutorial


The size of my ribbon bow is 9 cm width and it is enough for my wreath. But you could use another ribbons, different width and any number of ribbon's pieces, what you like most. 

Now take your wreath, you made last time  and sew the ribbon's bow in the middle of the wreath. Use common sewing thread.

Ribbon bow tutorial


Continue tommorrow with The Wicker Heart :-)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring wreath

Hi my dears,
do you like the spring? I love the spring very much. My mood always jumps over 100% :-) This is my most beloved period of the year. I just finished the new free tutorial for you and  hope, you will like it :-)

Spring wreath tutorial

When I made this wreath, I combined many different techniques. I used bright colors – I love this combination very much and I am pretty sure, you will see it on my other projects also :-). I used my favorite star stitch, I added ribbon bow and wicker heart. I enjoyed making this wreath and really hope, that you will enjoy it too.

This tutorial consists of 3 parts:
The Star Stitch Wreath
The Ribbon's Bow
The Wicker Heart


Let's begin with The Star Stitch Wreath


Abbreviations used:
Chain (CH)
Single crochet (SC)
Half double crochet (HDC)
Yarn over hook (YO)

Material:
Yarn weight: Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) 100% cotton
e.g. Catania Solids by Schachenmayr SMC
Yardage: 136 yards (124 meters)
Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
Gauge: 26.0 sts = 4 inches
You will need about 70 g of yarn/ about 191 yards for all wreath

Hook: 3 mm

Colors: 165 light blue (if you don´t find this color you could use also number 253 – it is a little bit darker, but in same color line), 100 Light Yellow, 281 Orange, 256 Raspberry , 236 Pistachio green, 212 Kiwi green

Other material: as a base of my wreath I used the polystyrene wreath size 20 mm, then I needed common sewing thread, common sewing needle, needle with blunt tip, beaded garland, wicker heart and ribbon bow, scissors.

The gauge of the stitch: 16 rows and 33 stitch in 10 cm square

Spring wreath tutorial

Note: Please remember, that if you will have another size of the wreath the I, you should adjust the number of stitches and rows according to your wreath and you style of crocheting.  
Always it is better to make the sampler. Make first 4 rows and try it, if it is enough for your wreath.

Instruction

I used star stitch. I like this stitch very much. You could make this stitch by different ways and this is the way, I like most.

Beginning: make 43 CH

Row 1: Pick up a loop in second stitch from the hook and in each of next 4 CH (you will have 6 loops on the hook), YO and through all loops on the hook, then make 1 CH. 

Spring wreath tutorial

[Pick up a loop in the middle of the star (under the CH you made), then in the next stitch and in each of next 3 stitches, 1 CH ] as you see on the picture below.

Spring wreath tutorial

Repeat to the end of the row. You will have 13 stars – enough for the wreath, ending with 1 HDC in last CH (same CH as last loop of last star), turn.

Spring wreath tutorial


Row 2: 2 CH (count as first stitch), insert a hook in last HDC from previous row and make 1 HDC, 1 HDC in very first star from previous row, then make 3 HDC in the middle of each star across, ending with 1 HDC in the top of turning CH, turn.



Row 3: Change the color. You will have blue stitch on the hook, cut the thread. Change the color in your hand, take yellow thread and make 2 CH with yellow thread. Then pick up the loop in second stitch from the hook (yellow stitch), and in each of next 4 stitches from previous row. You will have 6 loops on the hook, then YO and through all loops on the hook, make 1 CH. [Then insert a hook in the middle of the star and pick up the loop. Then pick up the loop in each of 4 stitches from previous row. You will have 6 loops on the hook, then YO and through all loops on the hook, make 1 CH ] - repeat the group in brackets across, ending with 1 HDC in last stitch ( same stitch like last loop of last star), turn.

Spring wreath tutorial

Spring wreath tutorial

Row 4: 2 CH (count as first stitch), insert a hook in HDC from previous row and make 1 HDC, 1 HDC in very first star from previous row, then make 3 DC in the middle of each star across, ending with 1 HDC in top of turning CH, turn.


Spring wreath tutorial

Try the sampler on the wreath, if it suits good.

Spring wreath tutorial

Repeat row 3 – 4 until row 84, then end the work.

Color scheme:
Light blue: Rows 1, 2, 13, 14, 25, 26, 37, 38, 49, 50, 61, 62, 73, 74
Light Yellow: 3, 4, 15, 16, 27, 28, 39, 40, 51, 52, 63, 64, 75, 76
Orange: 5, 6, 17, 18, 29, 30, 41, 42, 53, 54, 65, 66, 77, 78
Hot pink: 7, 8, 19, 20, 31, 32, 43, 44, 55, 56, 67, 68, 79, 80
Hot green: 9, 10, 21, 22, 33, 34, 45, 46, 57, 58, 69, 70, 81, 82,
Dark Green: 11, 12, 23, 24, 35, 36, 47, 48, 59, 60, 71, 72, 83, 84

Spring wreath tutorial

Neaten free threads. Place the crocheted part on the wreath, make some nice pins work to you could sew it together. Use needle with blunt tip and yellow thread. Make nice stitches, from inner edges to the second inner edge across, as you see on the picture below. 

Spring wreath tutorial

Please, be sure, that you have nice straight stripes :-) 

Spring wreath tutorial

Then sew last edges. Neaten free threads.

Spring wreath tutorial

And main part of your wreath is finished :-)

Spring wreath tutorial


Continue tomorrow with The Ribbon's Bow tutorial :-)