Dachshund Crochet Wall Hanging (the first of many Dachshund makes to come!)

After making my Dachshund corner to corner blanket pattern I’ve had it in mind to do a few more Dachshund makes and I have finally got a chance to do some!

The first is a Dachshund wall hanging, I’ve wanted to make a wall hanging for a little while now and thought it would be great to combine the Dachshund and the wall hanging together, I’m really please with how it’s turned out.

After making this wall hanging a few more Dachshund ideas popped to mind – be prepared for quite a few over the next few months!

Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Corner to corner crochet block crazy blanket

After a quiet few weeks after Christmas I decided it was time to get back on with some crochet makes and I decided to go for a corner to corner blanket, I had a crazy amount of ideas in my head for a pattern so it took me a little while to get one drawn down on paper since all the ideas were trying to compete with each other! But after a lot of changing about and editing the final pattern was this – the block crazy blanket!

Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Year of stitches 2019 – at the starting blocks and ready for another year!

After last years year of stitches make I decided to undertake another this year. This one however is slightly different to last years and instead of little pictures I’m trying out all different stitches for each of the days, I’ve been wanting to try out lots of new stitches for a while now and this is the perfect way to do it.

I’ve opted for a dark blue background, I’m sure it will drive me crazy when the lighting isn’t great but I wanted something that would make the stitches really stand out!

Here is the first 7 days – am hoping I can keep up as time already seems to be going by quickly.

Year of stitches 2018 – completed

It doesn’t seem two minutes ago I was starting my first year of stitches yet a whole year has gone by and my 2018 year of stitches has come to an end. I’m hoping this next year doesn’t go by as quickly as I don’t think I could keep up!

Here’s my finished year of stitches project:

It’s already up on my wall and it brings back a lot of memories when I look at it.

I have really enjoyed the stitching over the last year and I have already started one for this year!

Got to keep a close eye on these mischievous little monsters (crochet storage basket monsters!)

The Christmas countdown is on (how can it only be a week away!!) and I am so pleased I have got these little monsters finished – the last week before Christmas always seems to go by so quickly so I am glad to have got these finished so early on as I still have a load more makes to get finished before Tuesday!

Making these has definitely made me smile – think I may need to do a another pattern for some more of these!

Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Bobble Texture Crochet Storage Baskets Pattern

These storage baskets are made with my current favourite stitch – a bobble stitch, I love the textured effect you get when using a bobble effect among other flat stitches. The colours in these are my favourites to use in winter time, I always seem to drift towards using them when the weather starts to cool and Christmas is drawing near.

Pattern for these baskets on three different sizes is available over on my Etsy shop

Corner to Corner Dachshund Blanket Pattern

I recently took part in a Corner to Corner crochet along by Zeens and Roger (zeensandroger.wordpress.com) I really enjoy making corner to corner crochet as its great seeing the pattern gradually evolve so was really looking forward to  giving it a go.  I decided to do a Dachshund themed blanket.  It took quite a few attempts to draw a pattern up I was happy with and even longer to decide on the colours to use but eventually I got there!

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Slowly making progress on the Christmas makes – next up a Embroidered flower embroidery hoop.

Now I have got my sewing Christmas makes (Trees, Stockings) out of the way I have been able to focus on finishing some of the embroidery makes I have been working on over the last few months. First one completed is a embroidered flowers embroidery hoop.  The pattern is one I put together using a pattern from Crossstitcher magazine (April 2018).  The original pattern was too big to fit in the hoop I was using so I used bits from the pattern to fill the hoop.

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I covered the hoop with fabric by sewing strips of 4cm wide fabric together and folding the raw edges inwards, I then wrapped this around the hoop.  I created a loop using 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric (place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed).

Christmas Mini Stockings

Continuing on from my Christmas Tree makes are these mini stockings, these are great  for putting little presents into and they can easily by personalised by sewing a name onto them.

I made these using Christmas Birdhouse fabric by The Craft Cotton Company.

To make a stocking:

Cut out a paper template the size you want your stocking to be, then cut out 4 pieces of fabric in two different colours to give you a front and back in one colour and a front and back lining piece in another colour.  Cut out two pieces of batting the same size.

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric 4 x 28cm to make the loop.  Place these two pieces right sides together sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.  turn out the right way.

Place a piece of batting down then the back piece right side up on top, fold the loop in half and place with its raw edges against the raw edges of the side of the stocking,  followed by the right side down front piece and a final piece of batting.  Sew around leaving the top unsewn.  Turn out the right way.

Take the lining pieces and place right side together and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.

Place the lining inside the stocking and fold the top edge of the stocking inwards by 1 cm and the lining outwards by 1cm, slip stitch around to secure.