Friday, 8 February 2013

A flower throw for a flower friend

In the past nearly two years since I learned to crochet and it has become my passion, I attempted a few things that seemed nearly impossible in the beginning but when a friend asked me to make her a flower blanket I said Ok, challenge accepted.

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To Liezel - WITH LOVE





She wanted a blanket where the squares should be different sizes and they must all look different. So this is how it started

She sent me  two pictures
One of a  granny squares throw that she saw in a magazine

and another of a flower throw
 also out of a magazine and she had this one in a file


  And she wanted the flowers in the middle of the squares

 So I started with a few squares in the beginning of November 2012





 The squares got more - but I worked without any definite plan - I used all kinds of patterns  with flowers and granny squares but made a lot up as I went along




And it grew and grew





I first made a lot of big squares and then started to make little ones










 on some squares I made separate flowers that I worked on top - like the rainbow square



I  asked my friend Liezel if we should use a dark color like wine-red or navy blue between the blocks, or a lighter creamy color. So we decided the cream would look good. I wanted it to be one color where I joined the blocks so it would look neat. I make a row of single crochet  in cream around each square



 And I made  more little sqaures


And then I started to try and fit them all together - my oh my was that a difficult job  - but FUN



 Here it started to look like something and some squares I had to make one or two rows bigger to make them fit




And I started to crochet the blocks together










These pictures are not so good - but I was documenting my progress an it was  bad lighting




This was the final fitting -







Then Voila - I had them all fitted and crocheted together and started with




the border - This was about Christmastime and Liezel said I could take my time as they were away on holiday 




And here is the finished flower granny throw
I took these pictures on New years eve - 31 Dec 2012







And Liezel is ecstatic over her flower blankie. A special blanket for a special friend




And the heart button is my signature - with love






Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Peacock necklace - remake

Finished product 


I had to redo the peacock necklace - it was much too long and I'm going to try
 and use this for the competition. 

See my previous blogging about it Here

and here too

The prescribed length is 90 cm from end to end if open.  SO I just made a few knots , but the bottom part was completely redone. 

I also used a metal fastener and fixed it to the ends with knots & some glue that I use for fabric and yarns & cotton. 













I crochet around my wooden  circle template


And then I went on and  string some silver beads and crochet that with single crochet around the border of the circle






Then I had to do the feather strings with a few beads and  a crocheted string to fix to the circle. This was quite an undertaking and I've redone it a few times



Now this is the finished project and I've decided even if it is still too long or I do not qualify for the competition, I like it like this and I'm not going to change it again








This is it and I LOVE IT!


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Quilts everywhere in the house


It has been a busy few days for me. Still doing some crochet but after I spoke to my  mom on the phone tonight , I decided I must show some more of her work. So here goes


Mom Made the flower quilts as window dressings - very original and  sunny

















This quilt depicting the shops and buildings in Rovaniemi , which is the home of  Santa Claus, was made by my mom after they visited Rovaniemi in Finland many years ago









The dolls-dresses quilt was the first quilt  mom ever made












Pastel colors love quilt







Love Quilt - bright colors





Butterflies & flowers - unfinished - for cushion cover








Flower throw cushions





I hope with sharing some real talent I can inspire more people, as she is my inspiration for aal my art & craft & crochet projects







Friday, 1 February 2013

Bold Bright Buttons

More uses than just fasteners for clothing, Buttons is another way to express your creativity in  ways that one would never have though of .


A while ago when visiting my mom, I saw that she was making cute BUTTON embellished shopping bags.



This is the one she made for me






Mom has a friend that supplies her with these buttons - an endless stream of beautiful buttons which she uses in all her sewing projects and quilts. So I was going bonkers about the  Buttons and she said I can take what I want. As you can see the background of my blog is a few of  my lovely Buttons

I used them on my hanger covers




And as my special signature on the blanket I made




I have a few other project in mind 


Till tomorrow, I'm going to sort through my buttons now










Wednesday, 30 January 2013

My Mom is Sew Special

I am sharing more of my Mom's amazing sewing crafts



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This is the cover for her sewing- machine













In this special needlework bag she has put in some amazing features
The Beehive in the picture below opens up and is a needle holder









The cute cottage below opens up to a side bag where you put little scissors, measurings tape and more






The basket that the girl is holding , is a bobbin-keeper




This is my Mom's goodies that she takes with when going to her quilting classes