Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Woven Wall Hanging

It seems like an understatement to say that woven wall hangings have been everywhere recently. My pinterest feed has been literally flooded with them. I decided to give it a try although I had never attempted to do it before! Basically when it come s to weaving it is all about using a variety of yarn (even yarn scraps would do the job), colors, fibers etc. I am definitely no expert at weaving as this is my first attempt but I'm really satisfied with the outcome!:)

I do not own a loom, so the first thing I had to do was either to buy one or make one! My first option was to make a cardboard loom and for a first time thing it worked out really well!:) 
A few days later I decided to make my own loom and start over! It was really fun and easy to make and I will be posting the tutorial for this pretty soon!:)
As you can see I created a much more durable wrap and also started to work with various fibers like wool roving! I also created some triangular shapes and added tassels!:)
I followed a combination of weaving tutorials like this one from Honestly WTF and this one from A Beautiful Mess. Also, Hello Hydrangea talks a bit about working with various fibers! One more interesting and really helpful blog is Loom & Spindle!

Once you get the hang of how to hold your needle and work with it,  it really becomes fun and easy to work with plus you can use any kind of yarn which really makes it even more interesting! I can only say that I have found a new hobby to work with and I can't wait to start my second project!:)
Have you ever tried weaving? What are you working on lately? 
I hope you're having a lovely week so far! :)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Blog hopping is such an exciting way of discovering new and fun blogs to add to your reading list! I think it's actually the first time I'm participating in one so I'm really excited!
This opportunity was given to me by Marianne, the owner of Marrose-CCC. Marianne shares the most amazing and colorful crochet projects and If you haven't already, I suggest you grab a cup of coffee and head over to her blog  to admire all the bright photos and makings of Marianne.

Taking part in the “blog hop” also means answering a few questions about my creative process and why I like to blog about it, so here I go!

1. What am I working on?
Oh my! Such a difficult question for me to answer as I am currently working on far too many projects! I Have just finished a project that I hope  will be posting about later this week on the blog and after seeing lots of weaving projects I started my own weaving during the weekend! The one thing I can say is that it's totally addictive and it's totally worth trying out!:)
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think I'd have to say that I really love working with colors! I think colorful yarn is what makes a project look really bright and happy!
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Well, creating is everything to me! I think that inspiration and creativity are two interconnected processes so I truly believe that expressing your creativity through blogging would only result in a receiving and giving inspiration, making it a truly inspirational process.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
My mind, notebook, computer are always filled up with ideas. I really find it truly helpful to write everything down, as creative ideas can arise from almost anything and everywhere! Also, the web itself is a great source of inspiration; I usually like to grab my coffee, sit comfortably on the sofa and catch up on blog reading, browse Instagram or Pinterest
I hope you enjoyed reading a bit more about me! Now to keep the blog hop going I'm introducing you to an awesome lady I like to follow; the sweet Marinke of A Creative Being! Can't wait to read all about her process!:)
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Yarn Over List - Coffee & Cream

Stole / / I am so in love with this filet stole; amazing texture and the color!
Bike Skirt / / I would love to make this bike skirt! So adorable!:)
Knitting / / This loop bath mat on the Purl Bee could easily be done in crochet!
DIY / / Pom pom placemats! So fun!
Eat / /  These blueberry and vanilla bean friands look awesome!
Illustration / / Indoor planters via Lucy Auge.

A Yarn Over List on a late Sunday afternoon? Well yes, as I have something special planned for tomorrow!:)

Normally I post favourite finds with bright colors but this week I went for more natural shades! I am loving all of these finds especially the blueberry and vanilla friands! These are certainly on my to do baking list!:)

How was your weekend?  This past week (and month) has been so crazy and exciting! I am hoping to share what I 've been working on later this week on the blog!

Enjoy the rest of your day. What projects did you work on this weekend? I would love to see!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Writing for I Like Crochet by All Free Crochet

Happy Wednesday everyone! I am so happy to finally share this news! The new digital crochet magazine I Like Crochet by All Free Crochet just launched and I am honored to be a contributing writer. I have been working on projects for the last few months and it is so exciting to see one of my amigurumi in the first issue!

I Like Crochet is a digital magazine that includes crochet projects from doily patterns, dishcloth patterns, booties, baby blankets, curtains and pillow designs, new crochet stitches, video tutorials in a digital only publication from the makers of All Free Crochet. I am so excited to be part of this new adventure and I am truly thankful for this opportunity!

You can find my amigurumi sheep gang in the first issue; including the black sheep, the naked sheep and the girly sheep! I will have more fun projects in the upcoming issues so keep an eye out!

What are you up to? Have you had the chance to look at I Like Crochet yet?
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, 7 July 2014

The Yarn Over List - Strawberry & Vanilla

Blanket / / I love the colors of this blanket!
 Vase / / Beautiful crochet stitches via Franci Strumpfer!
Weaving  / / Weaving is the new trend; via Jujujust!
DIY / / I love this rose garland via A Pair & A Spare!
 Eat / / Strawberry galettes! These look so delicious!
Illustration / / Strawberries via Bouffants & Broken Hearts!

Happy Monday to all! I really do love all these finds! Each one is a twist on a classic! But this weaving has stolen my heart! I think I have to try something like this very soon!:)

I spent the weekend working on some upcoming projects that I can't wait to share with you! Also, the weather has been really great; not too hot and with a little summer breeze which makes the afternoons perfect for coffee dates!

I hope you all had a great weekend! What are you up to?
Enjoy your Monday!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

5 Things I Love Saturday

1. Such a simple twist, yet just brilliant...
2. I need to make these!
3. I want to do this in every color for summer.
4. This is so fabulously simple!
5. I'm definitely trying this - so pretty!

Image from my Instagram feed! (forest fruit scones & lovely crochet)
Enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Crochet Ripple Clutch Bag

This is probably my favorite project that I've ever done. It's three of my most favorite things (crochet, bright colors and bags!) all in one adorable little package. I will say that this might seem a little more advanced of a crochet project, as it is made of the ripple/chevron stitch, but once you get the hang of the stitch it becomes truly easy and fun to work with! If you enjoy a challenge, then you should totally go for it. I mean, look at the results! So worth it.

WHAT YOU NEED:
The 3 Musketeers Yarn by Treliz (here)
5 mm (H/8)
Sewing needle

CLUTCH PATTERN
To work the ripple/chevron stitch you need to work multiples of 11+1 (+1 for base chain)
I worked 44 chain stitches +1 =45 +1 (for base chain)= 46 stitches in total
You will be working 3 Rows in each color.

Ch 46 (see above)
Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, * 1 sc in each of the next 4 ch, sk 2 ch, 1 sc in each of the next 4 ch, 3 sc in next ch;* rep from * to* ending last repetition with 2 sc in last ch, turn
Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, * 1 sc in each of the next 4 ch, sk 2 ch, 1 sc in each of the next 4 ch, 3 sc in next ch;* rep from * to* ending last repetition with 2 sc in last ch, turn
Repeat the above pattern until bag measures 36cm. or follow the color scheme given below.
 COLOR SCHEME
You will work 3 rows of each color.
R1-3: Yellow
R3-6: Orange
R6-9: Yellow
R9-12: Pink
R12-15: Yellow
R15-18: Orange
R18-21: Yellow
R21-24: Pink 
Repeat the above color scheme once more (final Row =48). Fasten off.
MAKING UP
Now, let’s bring the clutch together. Fold the bottom up. Fold you bag according to your preferences. Mine measured 36 cm long opened as one piece. I folded it to measure 16 cm long.
Attach yellow yarn and sc around the entire edge of the bag. Make sure that you go through both thicknesses at the sides by single crocheting the sides together. Fasten off and you're done!
Although this might seem a bit of a challenging project it is really fun to work with the amazing soft yarn and the ripple pattern! If you decide to give it a go I would definitely like to see and you can share a photo on Facebook or Twitter!
Enjoy the rest of your day!

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