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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Blocking and stiffening Crochet Items

Blocking and stiffening
 

When crocheting or knitting, you will often be instructed to block the piece/pieces.

Blocking is basically a way of stretching and shaping a piece to a certain shape or size. It helps it to look better, to be more uniform in shape and sets the design.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lots more crochet

I've been doing a lot of crochet lately, mostly baby stuff.


 There is also a lot of Christmas stuff.


Most of it has been added to my Artfire studio and website.  The rest can be bought by messaging me and will be added to the sites soon.




 Most of the items can also be bought from my stall at the Traralgon craft market every second Saturday of the month.

There are lots of booties,
  


And high tops







Christmas hats, and nappy covers,





More hats,



Long tail hats,


There are also facewasher gifts and crochet cupcakes.




Sunday, July 7, 2013

Free Crochet Baby Crocs Pattern

I have been asked several times for the pattern to make these baby crocs.

SO HERE THEY ARE!

This pattern is given for free, but of course I would love it if you would donate something for the time I've put into this for you.

You can do what you want with the finished piece, apart from mass production.  But the pattern itself if mine and cannot be sold or shared without my permission.













BABY CROCS  - my own pattern

 

Australian/British terms
To fit newborn size

8 ply wool, 4mm hook

Rnd 1 -  Ch 11, htr in 2nd ch from hook, htr in next 8 ch, 3 htr in last ch, (working on opposite side) htr in next 8 ch, 2 htr in last ch, sl st to 1st htr. (22sts)

Rnd 2 - Ch 2 (counts as a st here and throughout) htr in same st as joining, 2htr in next st, htr in next 8 sts, 2 htr in each of next 3 sts, htr in next 8 sts, 2 htr in last st, sl st to top of ch-2. (28sts)

Rnd 3 -  Ch 2, htr in same st as joining, 2 htr in next 2 sts, htr in next 6 sts, tr in next 3 stitches, 2 tr in each of next 7 sts, htr in next 7 sts, 2 htr in each of last 2 sts, sl st to ch-2. (38sts)

Rnd 4 -  Work this row in the loop behind the back loop, 1 ch,  14 dc, 17 htr, 8dc, slip stitch to join.

Rnd 5 - In both loops, 1 ch, 13dc, 19tr, 7dc.

Rnd 6 – 1 ch, 13dc, 2trtog 4x, 2 tr, 2trtog 4x, 8dc (29sts)

Rnd 7 – 1 ch, 12dc, 2htrtog 6x, 7dc

Rnd 8 - 11slst, 2 tr, 2trtog 3x across front, 2tr, slst across other side.

Straps - 23ch, tr in 4th chain from hook, tr in next, htr in next 17 sts,  tr in last 2 sts.  3dc over end tr, slipstitch across, 3dc over other end tr, slst along other edge.


Anyone who makes these, could you please let me know if there are any errors.  I had many notes over the page, which I think have all been added.


 

There is another size that I still have to fix up the pattern for.

 



Created by Jenny Lawson


For any questions, email me at:  craftcove@gmail.com

More tutorials can be found at:  Jewellery from Craft Cove    http://craftcove.blogspot.com/
Please do not distribute, lend or copy.
Do not mass produce.

Copyright  2013 Jenny Lawson

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ear cuff displays

When I first saw ear cuffs, I didn't know what the heck they were.  It took me a while to find out.



Knowing a lot of people probably have the same problem, I decided to make an image of how they're used:




Then I thought a gif would be a great idea, so worked out how to make a gif (which took a while)  and I came up with this:


How to wear an ear cuff photo for-animation-1.gif


I also wrote some instructions and information about them:  http://craftcove.blogspot.com.au/2008/05/free-tutorials.html

But I wasn't totally happy.  I mean how does this look like something you can wear on your ear?



 My husband is better at sculpting than I am so I made up some cold porcelain and he had a go at making some ears.  The only problem is the sizes have to be pretty close to real size to have the cuff fit.  And of course cold porcelain shrinks, supposedly by 30%.  Of course the first try only shrunk a tiny bit.

Then one of the most amazing wire work artists posted this:

She asked what people thought of  her new displays.  They were skin colored silicon or plasticy ears!!  What a great idea!!

So of course I asked her where she got them.  But how annoying!  They don't post to Australia!!

So I looked around at how other people were displaying them.  There were some wonderful black display ears that some people used, others just displayed them on a table, as I did, others used their own ears.  And others used silicon-type ears.

I loved the black stone looking ones.  So I wrote to many different people asking where they got them from.

Damn!  again!  They don't make them any more.  I looked around on Ebay, and it looks like there's a type of silicon ear that's used to practice acupuncture.

Then I finally found a site that makes these ears for acupuncture!  And they post to Australia!  And the price isn't too bad!


And now for the next problem!  I was hoping to hang them by screwing a screw in the top, so that they would stand out at a market stall, and if it was a type with a chain, it would fall naturally.  But when I received it, I soon realized that wasn't going to be possible with this silicon, it would just break and fall out.

I played around with ways of framing it.  But to no avail.

Finally I made a stand!


And I'm pretty happy with it all!



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Now on Artfire

I've decided to re-open my Artfire shop.

I'll be listing a large variety of things there.  Including beaded flowers: 












chainmail: 








3d charms: 






beadweaving: 







And much more

You can find them at: Craft Cove at Artfire

I also have the Artfire kiosk on my facebook page


With this app, you can buy directly from my facebook page without even leaving facebook, you can shop for items and checkout through ArtFire.com.  No account is needed  and you get an Encrypted Secure Checkout.

There is also a rapid cart option at the top of this blog, which works in much the same way.

There is currently a 15% discount on everything as I list them, until further notice.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

More craft Markets

There will be a special craft market at Wonthaggi on Easter Sunday.

I decided I will have a stall there again.

The following month, on Sunday 14th April I will have a stall at Traralgon.

Hope to see many of you at these markets.












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