A Year in stitches weeks 18-23

I’ve just about kept up over the last few weeks – its been close but somehow I have managed it!

Its really starting to fill up now – i’m hoping that my choice of using a smaller hoop doesn’t end up causing me problems of not having enough space!

Week 18: Thistles completed and two dahlias added.

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Week 19: Pine needles and winter pansies started.

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Week 20:  Winter pansies completed.

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Week 21:  Heather and red berries added.

 

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Week 22: Asters added.

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Weeks 23: Pumpkins and season names added.

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But of floral fabric fun with a reversible bag and woven cushion

Don’t think it’s possible to have too many flowers so this English Garden fabric by The Craft Cotton Company was perfect for me to get making with! I decided on two different makes which combined used 1 jelly roll and 1 fat quarter set.

I was a bit worried about problems I might encounter with the woven cushion but the only thing that went wrong was me forgetting to pin some of the strips before lifting it up for sewing so they all went all over – serves me right for not checking they all had pins!

I really wanted to add something to the reversible bag when I had got it finished so decided to add a bow to the handles, I really like how it adds a little bit of detail.

These tutorials are available on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

Woven cushion:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2018/05/15/Woven-Cushion-Cover-Tutorial

Shopping bag:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2018/05/17/Sew-a-Reversible-Shopper-Bag-with-Bow-Detail

The final crochet flower instalment for now – and saving the biggest until last, part 5: bring out the dahlias!   

How could I do crochet flowers without doing dahlias, with their lovely colours and being such different shapes and sizes I just had to make some! However, I couldn’t quite decide on which dahlia types to make to start with – there are just so many to choose from!

Eventually after a long time looking at pictures of different dahlias (of which there are a ridiculous amount!) I managed to narrow it down to 4 different flower heads to attempt to make. The shape and size of some of these flower heads did pose me some problems when thinking about how to make a pattern for them, but I think I have managed to get them right in the end!

After the flurry of flower makes recently, I will be taking a break from any more crochet flowers for now – I have so many other makes I need to get on with – along with actually dealing with the real flowers in my garden outside! I do still have a few in mind I would like to make, and I know they will sneak their way in to be made at some point!


Patterns:

All using a 4mm hook

One colour, pointed petals

Ch76

Dc into second chain from hook, into next stitch :dc, trb, double treble, ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble, trb, dc. *dc into next stitch, into next stitch: dc, trb,double treble, ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble, trb, dc. Repeat from * along rest of row.
Fasten off.

 

Using a long piece of wool, attach to the start of the row, then sewing as you go roll the row around to give the flower shape, tighter at the start and getting looser as you go around. If you sew from the back it makes it easier as when you roll the row you can see where you need to go next as a spiral will form on the back as you go, and you won’t be fighting the petals as much if you sew from the back.


Yellow middle, pointed petals, different colour edging 

For the yellow middle

Ch10

Dc into second chain from hook,* into next stitch : 2dc, dc into next stitch. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.
In chosen Petal colour Ch57

Row 1: Dc into second chain from hook, * into next stitch :dc, trb, double treble, ch1. Into next stitch double treble, trb, dc. dc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.

Row 2: In different colour join onto first dc of the previous row, ch1, 5dc, in ch space:dc ch2 slip stitch into second stitch from hook, dc. 3dc, dc2tog. *3dc, in ch space: dc, ch2, slip stitch into second stitch from hook, dc. 3dc, dc2tog. Repeat from * to end of row (ending on a dc2tog). Fasten off.
To assemble:
Stitching as you go roll around the yellow centre section, fasten off. Then again stitching as you go roll the petal section around the yellow middle and continue rolling to create the flower

 You could also do these in just one colour, completing both the main section and edging in the same colour. They look good with a speckled colour wool.
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Long skinny petals

In chosen colour: Ch76

dc into second ch from hook, dc, *ch7, dc into second ch from hook and remaining 5ch, dc into foundation ch at the base (the same stitch you started the ch7 in) dc. Repeat from * to end of row. Fasten off

Stitching as you go, roll around to make the flower.

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Flower with inner petals
Starting in Orange
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 8dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch

Change to yellow

Round 3: *into next stitch: dc, ch3, dc into 2nd chain from hook and remaining 1dc, slip stitch into stitch at base of ch. repeat from *around

Fasten off
In red

Ch18

dc into second ch from stitch, *into next stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, in next stitch: triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. Repeat from * along row. Fasten off

Sew petals on around the outside of the orange centre, aligning up the red petals so the yellow inner petal is in the middle of each petal.

You could also add another colour along the edge of the petals. Join another colour in the first dc of the petal row, ch1 and dc into each dc along the rest of the row, putting 1dc, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into the ch space at the top of the petals.

I wish the flowers in my garden always came out as well as all these crochet flowers have! Part 4: 5 and 6 petal flowers

Time to get back on to the crochet flower theme that has started to take over in my crochet makes these last few weeks – I think it’s seeing all the lovely flowers coming out in the garden with this nicer weather that has set me off making them all! This time I decided to have a go at some 5 and 6 petal flowers, I wasn’t too sure what type of flower these actually were while I was making them – I’m terrible at identifying flowers! it was only once I had finished them I realised how much some of them looked like different clematis flowers! The pointed petal ones look exactly like some clematis plants I have growing in my garden at the moment!

After making some pointed petal ones I also decided to do some round edged petal flowers too, inspired by a lovely little pink flower that has bloomed in my garden over the last few days, luckily these crochet flowers will last longer than this little pink flower which sadly only lasts for a couple of days!

Pattern:

All made with 4mm hook

5 petal flower with separate middle piece – single

Flower: 

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch around

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Middle section

In yellow

ch10, fasten off leaving long thread to attach to flower

Roll around the chain to make a circle and sew onto front of the flower

Leaf

In green

Ch4

dc into second chain from hook, in the same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch 3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch.

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach to back of the flower


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5 petal flower with separate middle section – double

Make two 5 petal flowers in two different colours, then sew them together with the top flower offset so you can see the bottom petals though the gaps of the top one. Then make and attach the middle circle to the top petal.


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6 petal flower 

Starting in yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to flower petal colour

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch Repeat from *5 more times

Leaf
In green

Ch4

Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc into remaining 2dc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc, in next stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, triple trb, double trb, trb. dc into last stitch.


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6 petal flower with bend at petal point

Starting in yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to flower petal colour

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times

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5 petal flower with bend at petal point

Starting in yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to flower petal colour

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, double treble, trb, dc. dc into next stitch Repeat from *4 more times

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5 petal flower with rounded petals – small

In yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into the ring

Change to petal colour

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3: *6trb Into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Small rounded leaves 

Ch4

dc into 2nd chain from hook, in the same stitch: 6 trebles. dc into next stitch

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5 petal flower with rounded petals – large 

In yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to petal colour

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: *6 triple trb into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Large Rounded leaves 

Ch4

dc into 2nd ch from hook, in the same stitch: 6 triple trebles. dc into next stitch

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6 petal flower with rounded petals – small
In yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into the ring

Change to petal colour

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3: *6trb Into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times

Small rounded leaves 
Ch4

dc into 2nd chain from hook, in the same stitch: 6 trebles. dc into next stitch

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6 petal flower with rounded petals – large 

In yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to petal colour

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: *6 triple trebles into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times

Large Rounded leaves
Ch4

dc into 2nd ch from hook, in the same stitch: 6 triple trebles. dc into next stitch

Just blooming marvellous – Crochet flowers, part 3: Roses 

Looking out into my garden a few weeks ago I noticed with excitement that the leaves were starting to grow on my roses and it wont be too long before they start to flower. I have been waiting for this all winter! I love their flowers, they are just such lovely colours and the flowers look so pretty in a garden.

I did patterns for the roses in two different sizes: small and large and a two toned colour.  As the flowers are quite small it didn’t take me long to get them all made, I had all these finished after one evening, so they are great little makes when you don’t have much time. I also love the versatility of these flowers, you can use them for so many different things. I am going to attach these roses to hair grips so then can be used as hair accessories. You could add some wool wrapped wire stems to these to put in a vase or make a bouquet using a few of them grouped together again with wire wrapped wool stems with a few of the leaves going down them.

The leaf detail on these roses can be completed in different shades of green, and they can also be positioned in different places with more or even fewer leaves.

Rose patterns 

4mm hook
Ch 38
Trb into 4th chain from the hook, then

5trb into same stitch, *Skip 1 stitch, then slip stitch into next stitch, skip a stitch then 6 trb into the next stitch, repeat from * along rest of the row to the last two stitches: skip a stitch then slip stitch into the next stitch.

Fasten off

Stitching as you go, starting from the starting end loosely coil the trebled row around to make the flower.

Fasten off .


  
Leaf – make 2 or as many as required 
Ch8

dc into second chain from hook, trb, double trb, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc.

Fasten off, leaving long end.

Using the long end left from fastening off, weave along the bottom chain row, then pull the thread tight to pull it in, then position and attach to the back of the flower. Fasten off

  
To make a large rose ch68 and repeat the pattern as for the smaller rose. You can make them bigger again if required by increasing the number of chain stitches.

To add a second colour detail, join new colour at the ch3 at the end of the foundation row slip which makes up the first treble of the first fan and then slip stitch in each dc along the whole row. Fasten off and roll into rose in the same way as the small rose.

It doesn’t matter if you forget to water these flowers, crochet flower making part 2: daisies

I have found memories of making daisy chains when I was younger, and whenever I see them outside it still makes me smile. I couldn’t quite decide on what type of crochet daisy to do so tried out a couple of different ones, and I’m still not too sure which I like the best! You could make bunting out of these, or use them to add some nice detail to a tablecloth on the corners or in the middle. Think I will make some more of all the different types and use them on a tablecloth I have been thinking about making – another project to add to the list!

Daisy pattern 

4mm hook for all Daisy’s

Daisy flower

Starting in yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to white

Round 3: (*dc, ch5 slip stitch into second chain from hook and then the remaining 3 chain stitches, slip stitch into the stitch at the base. Repeat from * into same stitch, so there are two petals in the same stitch). Repeat ( ) around.

Fasten off


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Wider petal daisy flower – make 2

In yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to white

Round 3: *dc, ch7, treble into 3rd chain from the hook and then the remaining 4 chain stitches, slip stitch into the stitch at the base, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *around 4 more times

Fasten off

– Sew the two together with petals offset form each other

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12 petal Chain stitch daisy

In yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch, repeat around

Change to white
Round 3: *dc ch12 dc into same stitch, repeat from *around

Fasten off

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8 petal chain stitch daisy

In yellow

Make magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 4dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch repeat around

Round 3: *dc ch10 dc into same stitch, repeat from * around


Now for something nice and bright and flowery..Part one: crochet daffodils 

As I am letting my poor fingers have a rest from sewing for a few days while they recover from a mammoth patchworking mission I embarked on last week, I have decided to do some crocheting. I have been wanting to make some crochet flowers for a while now so have decided now is the perfect time to get cracking with them.

I have quite a few different flowers in mind so I have decided to split up the posts based on the different flower types I have made, this first post will focus upon some daffodils, followed by daisies, peonies, 5 petal flowers then dahlias, and who knows maybe a few more if I come across some more I would like to make. I have decided to keep them separate as it means the patterns for each flower will then be kept separate and means each flower gets its own time to shine!
I made up my own patterns for all these flowers, and started off with a few rough sketches of what I was aiming for as a guide, and by rough I mean very rough – it made me realise that art is definitely not one of my strong points, they were more like stick flowers!

I started with daffodils as I am always sad to see them go, such a lovely bright flower that signals the start of the warming weather, now I have these I will always be able to see some! You could make some stems for these with wool and wire and pop them in a vase, or even attach them around the edge of a basket for a lovely bit of flower detail.


Daffodil pattern:

4mm hook

Petals:

In dark yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch around

Round 3: *dc, Trb, double treble, triple treble, ch 3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple treble, double treble, trb, dc into same stitch. dc into next stitch Repeat from *4 more times
Trumpet:

In light yellow

Ch12, slip stitch into first stitch to form a ring

Round 1-4: ch1, dc into each stitch around, slip stitch into top of ch1

Fasten off, leaving long tail to fasten trumpet on to centre of petals
You can also swap it around and have light yellow for the petals and dark yellow for the trumpet, or just use dark or light yellow for both the trumpet and petals.

The card take over continues… Part 2: Die-cut flowers, layers and 3d

Continuing on my unexpected card making spree I decided to have a go at using some dies which I haven’t yet had a chance to use.
Both are produced by Sissix and I used them in my Big Shot machine, the first is a 3d die, called 3d flower and vine.  It took me quite a while to get the hang of rolling the flower into position from its flat cutout state to the 3d flower in the picture, but after a few disasters and a bit of stress I started to slowly get the hang of it and think it’s turned out really well. 
Materials I used include; 
– Purple papers: Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collectons French lavender 
– Pink papers: Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collectons Wild rose 
– Docrafts Papermania bakers twine in spots and stripes pastels 
–  Green card
– Wooden buttons: Docrafts Papermania bare basics
– Pearl adhesive gems from the Tilly Daydream ultimate card pack 
The only thing that dawned on me after making them was how on earth I am going to put them in the post! Think I might have to give these ones to people in person so they don’t get damaged, nothing worse than getting a card that has a squashed flower on the front! 
The second flower die I used was a Bigz die called Flower layers and leaves. This produced 3 different flowers which looked great together. These were much easier to put together than the 3d flower, although it did take me a while to decide on how match the colours together along with the other embellishments on each of the cards.  
Materials used;
– Papers: Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection spots and stripes brights 
– Buttons: Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection spots and stripes festive, polka mini buttons 
– Docrafts Papermania bakers twine in spots and stripes pastels
– Ribbon in green and yellow
– Green card
These will be much easier to post than the 3d flower cards, and I love the bright colours I have think they would make anyone smile.  I also think these flowers would look really good using pastel shades like those used in the 3d flower cards too.  What I like about these flower cards is they can be used for many different occasions, this is great as I often find I never have enough ‘general’ use cards as most are specific to birthdays or anniversaries etc. 
I really enjoyed using the die’s and making these cards, I have a feeling that both these die’s will be getting a lot of use in the future! 

Flying gracefully into the made box are some pink and pretty butterfly cards

In the July 2014 docrafts goody bag as well as the botanicals range I used previously were also some other items from the docrafts Papermania Capsule collection wild rose and Tilly Daydream range. 
From these I used;
– Capsule Collection 12″x12″ paper pack in wild rose 
– Capsule Collection big bloomers in wild rose
– Capsule Collection polka dot buttons in wild rose
– Tilly Daydream ric rac in natural 
Butterfly punch used;
– Super lever butterfly punch by Woodware (punched butterfly is: 5cm/2″ in size) 
I love the 3D effect of these cards with the butterflies coming out – I only stuck the middle body section of the butterfly to the card so that the wings would flap outwards.