Showing posts with label ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ideas. Show all posts

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Tawashi scrubbie -


made from cotton string


A tawashi is a Japanese type of scrubby. You can use it for dishes but I made a few from cotton string that you use for office purposes. We use it in the shower and it just keeps on working. It is very strong made like this. 
I found a pattern here
 but I've made some changes. I do leave long tails of string at the beginning and end and then crochet a handle to hold it by. I've also tried making in a little bigger with more stitches - Use you imagination.


Row 1:
(leaving a length of yarn long enough to weavethrough & gather one edge and tie off.)chain 21: 2 single crochet in second chain from hook,crochet one single crochet in each chain acrossto last 2 chains; crochet the last 2 chains togetherchain 1 and turn (20 stitches)Row 2:single crochet first 2 stitches together,crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to last stitch, 2 single crochet in last stitchchain 1 and turn (20 stitches)Row 3:2 single crochet in first stitch,crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to last 2 stitches, single crochet last 2 stitches together chain 1 and turn (20 stitches).Repeat rows 2 &3 for a total of 21 rows.Cut yarn leaving this second end long enough to weave through & gather one edge then tie off.









Slip stitch beginning row and ending row together.
Using the end of yarn weave each end in and out of the ends of the rows of the edge it is attached to. Pull them tight.
Now pull one yarn end through the scrubbie and tie in a tight knot.
Pull both ends back through to the other side and knot again.
Then with chainstich make a chain as long as you wish, Fasten with a knot again and weave in ends



I used satin ribbon for a nice touch but after a few washes this does not work and starts fraying and getting ugly


another pattern here

Happy Ta-washing !


Friday, 29 March 2013

Headbands & hats




Plus flowers
It is so easy.....

 to crochet a headband and I've tried a lot of different strategies. The easiest one that I do is
to start with a magic ring with  sc in the ring, ^

Then I chain about 40 and start increasing stitches , sometime by sc and sometime dc
to desired lengh and then start decreasing by crochet 2 together until I have one stitch left. chain 40 and end by making a ring in the previous chain and fasten off

 Flowers are just as easy, there are so many patterns on the internet , you can pick and choose
Here is mine that I posted previously

I used Elle premier double knit natural cotton for the flowers and stringing, and a 3.5 mm crochet hook. 

Pattern for the flower

Make a magic ring with 7 sc , sl st in last sc, ch 1

row 1: 2 sc in each  sc in the circle , sl st in last ch,  ch 1

row 2: In the next sc make 2 dc ch 1, sl st in next sc, ch 1 - 7 times and then sl st in the first ch. fasten off
 This is my flower! 


 And by making a loop at the back of the flower, you can attach it separately to the headband - OR you can use it as a ring, which I think is FABULOUS!




 I also made a few mesh type beanies that seemed a favorite of the young crowd 


the pattern that I used is available HERE



Other news is that I just finished writing my book,  I will keep updates here on the blog too.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Bright granny Throw cushions

I didn't only work on the baby blanket. In the past few weeks I had to make three throw cushions.  square, round and rectangle
Here is the pictures of how some of it came together. My delivery was on Tuesday at 9 am and I worked the last stich at 5 to 9. And it is not anybody else's deadline - it was my deadline - I also worked into the night - till half past one - Was I tired - but I am very happy with the results

Square front
Here I crocheted the flowers and then made a square from the flower


 Square back


 Round front


Round back


 Finished - first two

12  Granny Squares for the rectangle cushion - I've made the flowers separate and sewed them onto the squares
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12 squares ready to be crocheted together



Finished products - Voila!!



 The back of the rectangle is srtiped double crochet rows







And here is al 3 - I did good!


Now it is time for a bit of rest. I am also close to finishing my book and then I will start on blankies for our grandbaby!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Works in progress

I am busy with cushion covers - Crochet of course,  and a baby blanket for a friend's niece so that is why I am so quiet, in between writing my book.

This is as far as I have come with the cushions

 For the square cushions with flowers - Front


 And the back



And the front of the round cushion







And this is how far I have come with the pink heart baby blanket. A friend posted the pictures on facebook and from there I started to crochet using the pictuures as guide - Nowhere is there a writen out pattern to be found. Maybe i will write one out if somebody is interested






Lots of work still to do on this and I hope to keep the blog updates coming!




Monday, 18 February 2013

How to Decopage tin cans

 RECYCLING :

Decopage tin cans

You are going to need
* A few empty tin cans, labels removed and washed. in soapy water. All dirt, oil and glue removed
 ( PS. THE GLUE CAN BE REMOVED BY SPRAYING
 WITH HAIR SPRAY or DOOM and then rubbed off)
* paintbrushes
* Craft glue
*Paper and pictures you want to use for decorating the cans - I had this lovely gift wrap paper but it was not enough so I scanned and printed more. With printed pictures from a computer printer you must be careful because the ink can smear but  mine worked fine.
           

     




* embellishments such as buttons and ribbons and pieces of leather



* scissors and craft knife

* And deco podge or modge poge. The Deco podge that I used  is from Creative talents but there is many different kinds available from craft stores

How to:
1. If you want to paint or seal your tin you must do this first.





2. Cut the pictures you want to use in the correct sizes ( with scissors or craft knife if you want straight edges and cannot cut straight - like me.

       

        

3. Put  craft glue on the back of  the pictures as well as on the tin can  Glue your pictures to the tin cans in a way you like it and smooth out with fingers . Let it dry completely before going on to the next step
4. Paint over it with your deco podge. A few coats maybe necessary to completely seal  the can
5. Let it dry completely and now you can glue on the embellishments and let dry


I've made them into planters for Echevera succulents to give as small gifts  at a function







And these two I made to use as pen holders for the office


And that is some recycling that turned out great