Monday, June 22, 2015

Blocking Magic: A Granny Square Can Become a Granny Rectangle!

I could never say enough about how magical the blocking process is! You can change the shape of a piece, simply by getting it wet and pinning it into the shape you want it to be- as long as the shape is similar to what you have crocheted. When the thread or yarn gets wet, it allows you to stretch it into shape, and establish a new memory to the fibers. 

I was making a new Mini Masterpiece sample for eWoodStory, and thought I should document my steps to show you how I make granny squares fit into the rectangular frames.

1. I marked the holes of the frame with a pencil, onto a plain sheet of paper.

2. I crocheted a miniature granny square, using pearl cotton size 8, and a size 1.75mm hook. I crocheted enough rounds, so that the square was slightly wider than the width of the frame. That way it can stretch all the way from the top to the bottom and be the correct width.

3.  Spray the granny square with water, and using an ironing board or blocking board as a base, pin out into shape on the paper pattern that has been topped with plastic to keep it dry.

4.  Allow to dry completely before removing the pins. 

5. Now the granny square turned rectangle can be easily stitched into the frame!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dreaming of A New Crochet Necklace Kit...

I have been in the studio working up a sample for a possible new necklace kit. The Nouveau Necklace has been very popular, so I would love to add another necklace kit to the eWoodStory line.

In its design phase, I am calling this the Ribbon Necklace, because the ends of the necklace that are framed in exotic wood resemble the way I like to cut the ends of ribbon when I tie bows. The elements of this necklace are simple to crochet, and it is very comfortable to wear.

As a little market research, I would love to have some feedback from all of you before I proceed with making it available as a kit. What do you all think, would you like to see this as our next kit? Any constructive comments would be much appreciated! If I go ahead with making it into a kit, it will be available in a variety of different wood and yarn color combinations!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Getting Ready for The Knit and Crochet Show!

I am busy these days preparing for my trip to the US and the Knit and Crochet Show! I am so happy that I am able to attend the conference again this year, and I am thrilled that I will get to sign books with my co-author of "Crocheting Clothes Kids Love", Ellen Gormley! We will be signing books in the Crochetville booth on July 24th at 12:30 pm.

I am also excited about the fact that our eWoodStory line will be for sale in the Crochetville booth on July 24th and 25th!

If you are going to be in the San Diego area during the conference dates, do try to attend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mixed Media and Another Use for Surface Crochet!

Surface crochet is one of my favorite techniques. It really is like drawing with your hook! I was doing some cross stitch recently, and it occurred to me that I could surface crochet into the holes in the Aida Cloth! This technique makes nice even stitches that are perfect for a background! For this Mini Masterpiece pendant, I used size 8 Pearl Cotton thread, and a .75mm hook.

I like using variegated thread as it gives the look of a watercolor painting. I did the sky in grass, going in different directions, then I surface crocheted the flower stems on top. I embroidered the small flowers, crocheted the large flower and sun, and stitched them on.

To demonstrate to you how to do surface crochet on a grid, I used some latch hook canvas. It is a lot fun to work on. I taught my 9 year old daughter how, and she is planning to surface crochet a rug for her room!

1. Insert hook into next hole up from last hole worked.

2. Wrap the yarn around the hook.

3. Pull up through the hole you went down in.

4. Pull through loop on hook.

 5. Stitch is completed. Repeat steps 1-4 and, go in any direction       you like!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Crochet Guild of America's 2015 Design Competition!

Summer is just around the corner, and so is the annual Knit and Crochet Show! One of the highlights of the show is the Design Competition. It is open to all members of the CGOA, and it is a great opportunity to show the industry what you can do, not to mention the cash prizes! You do not have to be a US resident to be a member of the guild. I entered the competition several years in a row, sending my entries from Kuwait!

There are 7 categories this year:
  1. Fashion 
  2. Accessories
  3. Home D├ęcor & Afghans 
  4. Thread Crochet
  5. Artistic Expression
  6. Young Designer (25 years old or younger; may turn 26 in 2015) 
  7. First Time Entrant/Non-Professional (for those who have not entered before and have not had their designs published)
The judging will take place in San Diego at the Town and Country Resort on July 22nd. You do not have to be present to win, the results will be announced online as well. The deadline for the entries to be received is July 1st.

So don't keep your ideas to yourself, put your heart into crocheting a great piece, and send it in!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

eWoodStory in Australia!

We are thrilled to announce that the wonderful freeform fibre artist, Prudence Mapstone, will be selling our Mini Masterpiece frames at her events in Australia. You can find her in Perth, next week (May 20-24), at the Craft and Quilt Fair, stand #F09, at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

To see all of the events she is participating in this year, have a look at her calendar

The frames are also available in our Etsy shop, and can be shipped worldwide.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Blooming Bracelet Crochet Kit is Now Available!

We launched our eWoodStory line last summer with the Nouveau Necklace Kit and Mini Masterpiece Pendants. We thought the next kit should be a unique and fun to crochet bracelet. It can be crocheted in about an hour. A quick and satisfying project that is sure to be a conversation piece when you wear it. It is great for spring and summer crocheting, and would make a lovely gift!

The kits are for sale in our Etsy shop, and at The Sadu House and Needles and Yarn shop in Kuwait. They are available in 6 different yarn colors with coordinating engraved exotic wood flowers to slide on the flower centers. 

There are written instructions for three different sizes, and enough yarn included to make any of the sizes. The kit also comes with a full stitch diagram. Kits sold in the Middle East also include instructions in Arabic.