Tumbling blocks crochet heart cushion – take 2!

After completing my tumbling blocks cushion I decided I wanted to do another without a background and using a different textured stitch, and from that a new tumbling blocks cushion was born.

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The pattern for this is available over on my Etsy shop:

http://www.Etsy.com/uk/shop/hookstitchsew

 

Tumbling blocks crochet heart cushion

Since making my tumbling blocks pineapple blanket and cushion I have had a few more tumbling projects in the works and the first out is this heart cushion.  I added some textures to the heart blocks with some bobbles to make them really stand out from the background and give a textured feel and opted to use two different pinks one on the front heart and one on the back, though you could do them both the same if you preferred.

The pattern is available on my Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hookstitchsew

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Christmas tree decorations …

I really like felt tree decorations and found a few I wanted to make in some magazines I bought last Christmas. These were put on the list of things to make very early on and were one of the first things I made when the count down to Christmas started. Felt decorations are great little makes and these did not take long to make at all. I can’t wait to get them up on the tree although I have to keep an eye on them as often my visitors are keen to take them home! I think a few of the extras I have made will be going in with some gifts – they also look great with a nametag on presents.

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One of my favourites was the squirrel pattern that I found in a Nordic-inspired booklet that came with Sew Home & Style magazine (issue 53). I used ribbon instead of beads for the hanger, so it could go on the tree, and instead, attached a string of beads to the base of the decoration. I think it looks really cute.

The next three I took inspiration from some similar ones I saw in a magazine last Christmas. These had used buttons and stitching to decorate the felt heart, star and tree shapes, meaning that the decorations were not too plain. I also chose to use contrasting threads and buttons on them so that the detailing would stand out.

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Anniversary present problem solved… heart coasters

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I was having some difficulty in thinking of something to make for a relatives upcoming wedding anniversary until I stumbled across a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine (Issue 14) for a heart square motif. I knew these would make great little coasters and also provide a small personal gift that could be utilised, rather than another ornament or cross-stitch sampler.

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These were really easy to make and came together very quickly. I choose to do them in three different colours, with the same pale background, which I knew the person receiving them would like. I think they look really good and the recipient was very pleased with them too.