Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Celebrating the Mademoiselle Crochet Necklace!

I am celebrating crochet jewelry design this week, with the first pattern I ever designed for the Berroco Yarn Company. It was also the design that made me realize that designing crochet jewelry patterns was something I really needed and wanted to do more of!

The Mademoiselle Necklace is an adventure in crocheting beads and in embroidery embellishment. An elegant and truly fun accessory.

You can find this pattern for free, here on Berroco's website. Berroco Comfort Sock yarn is really the perfect yarn to use for this pattern. Check out all of the beautiful colors it comes in! The sample above was crocheted in "Dunedin", which I love. The colors running through it are like natural stones. The sample on Berroco's website was crocheted in "Fruit Cocktail" which I also love. Any of the variegated Comfort Sock yarns would be beautiful to use! 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Bella Necklace Trio Pattern Sale!

This week I am celebrating my crochet jewelry designs by featuring the Bella Necklace Trio! This collection started out with one necklace that I enjoyed creating so much, that I kept going to create 2 more versions. 

I originally designed the trio for the UK magazine, Inside Crochet, and I have since rewritten the patterns in US crochet terms. It is a great collection of patterns to crochet small gifts for people, not to mention how fun they are to make!

From today through December 8th, I am offering this pattern collection at a 50% discount, so you can download all three patterns for just $2.47! Click here to take advantage of the offer and purchase the trio!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Loopy Trim Tutorial- Another Use For the Weaving Shed Stick!

I love experimenting with multiple ways to use my patterns and fiber arts tools, and recently I came up with another use for the shed stick in our eWoodStory Weaving Kit.

Shed Stick/ paint stirring stick
Tapestry Needle

Steps 1-3: Make a slip knot and slip onto the shed stick. Tighten the loop so that is tight, but it can still move on the stick, because you will be sliding the loops off of the stick at the end. Next, you will fill the shed stick with loops as in the single cast on method for knitting. See this link for how to do part one, substituting the shed stick for the knitting needle. When the stick is full of loops, cut the yarn from the ball, approximately 5 times the length of the shed stick and thread the tapestry needle with the tail end of the yarn.
Make a slip knot

Slide slip knot onto shed stick and tighten the loop

Add loops to shed stick using the single cast on method

Add loops to fill the shed stick, and cut yarn and thread the tapestry needle

Step 4: Now you will stitch through the small loops on the top of the stick in an "s" pattern. Insert the needle from right to left through the first loop and pull yarn through. Then insert it from left to right in the next loop and pull yarn through. Continue stitching alternating right to left and left to right to the end of the loops on the shed stick.

Working in an "S" pattern, Insert needle from right to left

Insert needle from left to right in next loop

Continue stitching, alternating from right to left and left to right, until you reach the end of loops on the stick

Step 5:  Now you will over stitch over the small loops by inserting the needle from right to left in every small loop until you reach the other end of the loops. Make a knot in the last stitch to secure the stitching.
Stitch over the small loops by inserting the needle from right to left in each small loop to end of loops
Make a knot in the last stitch by inserting the needle in the loop twice before tightening to secure the stitches

Step 6: Gently slide the loops off of the shed stick, and weave the tail end into the small loops for about an inch, then cut off the tail end.
Gently slide the loops off of the shed stick
Weave the tail end into the small loops about an inch and cut off the tail
When you first remove the loops from the Shed Stick, they will be a straight fringe, then when you stretch it out slightly, the loops will come to life and become fuller.

Stay tuned for my post on how I use this trim in my weaving!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Getting My Studio Organized!

It has been a long time coming, but I finally get to experience the joy of having a studio! For the first time in my life, I have a dedicated room for my work! I can't tell you how amazing it feels to have all of my things at my fingertips in one room! I am so used to working at the dining room table, that I am having trouble believing that I have an actual office to work in! Every week I try to add something new to make it better than the week before. Recently for my birthday, my husband built me a book shelf to go above my desk. I can't believe how many books I have, and how I really haven't been using them, because they were packed away upstairs. Since the shelf has been installed I have been referring to them daily! Organization really improves my work experience and each new addition to the studio is so exciting! Next on the list are more shelves, and under shelf lighting!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Celebrating with the Raindrops Necklace Crochet Pattern!

I am continuing the crochet jewelry celebration by featuring my Raindrops Necklace Pattern! It is a really fun piece to crochet and is sure to be a conversation starter wherever you wear it! From today through November 18th, I will be offering this pattern for 50% off ($1.49).

To take advantage of this offer, go to this Ravelry link

I would love to see different color variations made up, so if you make one, please post a photo on Ravelry for all to see!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Celebrating Crochet Jewelry!

Now that I have decided to focus more on creating crochet jewelry patterns, I will be featuring one of my jewelry patterns every week to celebrate! This week, I am featuring the Crawford Necklace. It was originally featured in Inside Crochet magazine, and I have since converted the pattern to US terms. It is a versatile pattern, and it would also be lovely in one color, or you could use a shaded yard if you want colors but not the color changes.

For one week, through November 10th, I am offering a 50% discount on this pattern in my Ravelry store. So, for the next week the pattern will be $1.49!  To purchase the pattern, click on this link which has the coupon code already entered. 

I am really excited to get back to doing what I love best, and I would love to hear what type
of jewelry you like to crochet best! 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Collection of Crochet Necklaces!

Fall is a great time for new projects and recently, I was inspired to create a collection of ready to wear necklaces for the museum shop for the Sadu House in Kuwait. My idea was to create mixed media/technique pendants with a Sadu theme.

I decided to use eWoodStory Modern Stitchable Pendant shapes, and reduce them in size to make mini versions! 

I painted some and stained some to coordinate with Sadu Colors, then got to work crocheting the backgrounds. Without having any set designs in mind, I stitched the backgrounds into the pendants, creating mini canvases. Each pendant is one of a kind and I don't usually plan them out before I start stitching. I have a page of sketches that I refer to for inspiration, then I begin embroidering, adding stitches here and there until I feel they are finished. The outcome of each finished pendant is really a surprise! I loved watching the collection build as the patterns and colors complement each other to create a tapestry of sorts. 

I really enjoyed working with a theme in mind, and I would love to create another collection based on a completely different theme!

These necklaces will be for sale soon in the Sadu House Shop!

Close-up of the detail in the pendants

Some of my favorites

Finished pendants waiting for chains