Time for another embroidered hoop, off with the birds this time with an owl

Since completing my fox embroidery hoop Ive been working on another, this time an owl.  This had more embroidered details on it than the fox due to the front feathered chest section so took me a little longer to put together but am super happy with how it has turned out.


To make the hoop I drew out the owl outline on paper, then traced this onto the fabric background.  I then went around the outlines in a backstitch and infilled the outlines using different embroidered patterns.


To frame it in the hoop I made sure it was centralised and really tightened the hoop so it wouldn’t move at all once it was put together.  Then I cut the fabric around the hoop 4cm from the edge of the hoop.  After completing a round of stitching 1cm from the edge of the fabric I pulled the thread tight to pull in the edges of the fabric and completed a few stitches to secure.


A round piece of felt could then be sewn onto the back to hide the gathered back.


For hanging I used two  pieces of different coloured ribbon (30 cm) and attached a loop through the hoop fastening along with a bow in the same two ribbon colours (55 cm).





Icy mornings call for some new fingerless gloves, out come the crochet hooks!

That time of year has arrived – I can no longer put off wearing gloves, if I do I don’t think my hands are going to be too happy! unfortunately I came across a slight problem when I got my gloves out from last year – they had a hole in them, a hole which rapidly expanded when I put them on and there was no chance of saving them.

I have had a pair of fingerless gloves on my to to list for a while now and since I no longer had a pair a gloves to wear decided it was about time I got a pattern put together for some and them made.  I received some lovely Rowan wool rowan tweed a long time ago and have been waiting for the perfect project for it and knew this was it.  I decided to use a mix of single crochet and trebles crochet (US Double) for the pattern and am happy with how it has turned out.


Fingerless gloves pattern.

4 mm crochet hook

50 g ball of DK wool, I used Rowan Tweed by Rowan


Make 2:

ch enough so the chain fits loosely around your wrist, slip stitch into the 1st ch to make a round.

Working in rounds:

Rounds 1-2: sc around.

Rounds 3-4: trb(UK)/dc(US) around.

Repeat rows 1-4 until the glove is the length you want on your arm up to the base of your thumb, finishing on a row 4.


Round 5: Take the total amount of sc stitches in your round and subtract 9, then divide this number by 2 (round up if a decimal).  This is the number of sc you need to complete on this round before skipping 9 stitches and continuing around the rest of the round back to the start in sc.



Round 6: sc around.

Round 7: *2trb(UK)/dc(US) into next stitch, trb(UK)/dc(US) into the next 3 stitches.  REpeat from *around.

Round 8: sc around.

Fasten off.





Christmas chair bows

Make a room even more Christmassy with a Christmas fabric chair bow. Added bonus with these are they are quick and easy to make – perfect when Christmas is getting so close.

These were made using the Christmas Birdhouse fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.

The tutorial to make your own is available over on their blog:


From rainbows to Geckos, a few more crochet bookmarks have emerged

I found another bookmark pattern on Pinterest for a gecko which I knew would be perfect for some of my other book gifts, and had a wool in my stash which I have been wanting to use on a project for a while now – always an added bonus when you actually have the right wool already!


I have made 3 of these little cuties so far and will be doing a few more to go with my remaining book gifts…

Link to the pattern;


Such a cute little cloud – how could I not make one of these crochet bookmarks!

IMG_2226IMG_2224IMG_2221I’ve got quite a few book gifts this year and wanted to add just a little something with them that I had made so I decided to make some crochet bookmarks after seeing some very cute patterns on Pinterest.

The first is a very cute rainbow and cloud bookmark which I found the link to on Pinterest:



I love the face details – especially the rosy cheeks! I will be making one of these for myself next!

Time for some puzzling, mini crochet ball puzzling that is!

I have seen patterns for crochet puzzle balls pop up on my Pinterest feed for a while now and have pinned many in my things to make board – which is getting a bit out of hand! I decided the other day it was time I got on and made one of these balls!

I opted to make a mini version to see how I got on first before tackling the larger sized one – didn’t want to end up in a mess of puzzle bits straight off!

The pattern was by #lookatwhatimade


The pattern was brilliant – lots of photos to make sure your on the right track too.

Now that I have successfully mastered on of these little mini ones I will be going ahead and trying one of the bigger ones, however I enjoyed making this little one so much I will be making a few more of these before getting started!