Just had to make one more crochet Dachshund wall hanging – but this time just a little bigger!

I liked my crochet Dachshund wall hanging so much and I really enjoy corner to corner so I decided to make another! However I wanted this one to be a little bigger, have slightly different hanging loops and have some tassels. So with those requirements in mind I set off and made a second version – here it is!

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

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

Bit of a twist on a crochet granny square blanket – time for a log cabin for granny!

Earlier this year I took part in Zeens and Rogers granny cal 2019 and it took me a while to think of something I could do which would be a little different, then one day after spending a while messing with some graph paper and coloured pencils I thought about having a change of direction in the granny blanket. From that the granny log twist was born! I had to keep an eye on what row I was on when making the pattern as I had a habit of getting a bit carried away and forgetting I needed to add the twist in!

I have now made two of these blankets and have finally had a chance to get the pattern sorted and uploaded to my Etsy shop.

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

Textured stripe crochet blanket – so snuggly I’m making more!

This blanket has been in the pipeline for a long time now, I have been making a bit, changing my mind on the stitches used, undoing it then redoing it and not liking the stripe arrangement and undoing it…. for what seems like forever, however I finally hit a breakthrough a few weeks ago where I found the perfect stitch and the perfect stripe layout.

I found the stitch gave a perfect textured snugglyness to the blanket which I was looking for and now I have finally got the blanket finished and the pattern is now available over on my Etsy shop. I love this blanket so much I am already starting on another in a different colour!

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

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).

Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations

Its that time of year where it all gets a little manic as I realise theres not long left for me to finish off all my Christmas present makes, no mater how early I start I always seem to end up at this stage with me looking at the calendar wondering if I will actually manage to get them all finished.  Luckily I have always managed to finish just in time – although i have been known to be frantically finishing off an item on Christmas Eve ready for the next day!

I have got most of the Elf gift bags finished, and I have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes.  First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat so are easy to post without having to box everything up.

I made these using fat quarters from the Christmas Birdhouse  and Essential trends (red) fat quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company.

To make one tree you will need:

2 pieces of fabric:

5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm, 4x5cm.

10 cm ribbon.

5 buttons.

Take each of the two pieces and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning.  Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.

Lay the square pieces out so each one is lying on top of the largest square, then starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure.  Next sew a button onto the folded up part of the square.  Repeat with the remaining squares.

Take the rectangular piece and place on the back of the largest square 1cm up from the base and in the middle and slip stitch along the top edge of the rectangle to secure.

Take the ribbon, fold in half place on the back of the smallest square 1cm from the top point and sew to secure.

Crochet Elf drawstring bag

After making my Crochet Elf Storage baskets I had an idea to make an Elf drawstring bag for some of my other Christmas presents to go into, I always seem to use paper gift bags at Christmas when gifting and decided to go for something a bit different this year. I also seem to have acquired a mass of green and red wool (I’m sure wool sneaks in overnight!) so these makes will be perfect for using some of it up!

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

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