Happy Saturday, egg painting and a family walk.

After being inspired by Landscape magazine who had a gorgeous tutorial on egg dying, Arthur and I decided we’d have a go.Image

We had lots of other ideas to, marbling, and wax resist. We appear to have a cupboard full of the right tools.

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Arthur liked using the wax. I think I may have ruined our fondue set which worked brilliantly for melting the wax…I might try some wax resist on t shirts next.

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we wrapped the eggs in nylon (from a pair of tights) and secured each end.  This was to make it easier to dip in the dye.  Also to hold the leaves on for making patterns (this didn’t work as well as in the photographs in the Landscape mag).

We used dyes from Lidls, I think I may have added a bit to much water to them..there was only german instructions so I had to guess by the pictures.

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I didn’t really think about how I would get the wax off..I may work that out tommorow!

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Marbling worked the best, we only had 2 colours. It was amazing how the oil just stuck to the egg.

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Arthur also painted some with gouache paints which also worked well. They are not a patch on the beautiful eggs I showed on my blog yesterday but it was a fun morning.

We picked Tony up from his office at 1 and headed for Clarks Village to get Arthur a pair of walking boots. It was packed! After going in every shop we managed to find a bargain £12.00 pair that are waterproof and that Arthur liked. Next stop was Glastonbury Tor for a walk to test them out.

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Going up.

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Jumping.

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Very bouncy shoes!

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Going down.

A lovely walk, and the shoes were tested and approved ready for our holiday in a couple of weeks.

I’m a bit worn out now and ready to chill out, tommorow I will get up very early (clocks go forward) to be the Easter bunny 😉

Happy Easter xx

Colourday: Some eggcellent Easter colours.

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These pictures have made me want to paint and dye some eggs, I don’t think they’l come out like the ones above but it will be a fun project with Arthur.

The handpainted eggs are believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the household.  If you click on the last picture it will take you to some more amazing photographs of the eggs being painted in East Germany.

None of the pictures belong to me and each one is linked to the original source.

Have a great Good Friday 🙂 x

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Wool shopping and a bit of swatching.

Wool shopping and a bit of swatching.

I have just bought some gorgeous Rowan wools to make crochet swatches. I have lots of ideas in mind using different crochet stitches and am on a mission to match the designs to beautiful yarn that can be made up into the designs. I love the colours available in the Baby Merino Silk, and the Purelife Revive. Unfortunatly the shop I went to did not have the Soft Knit Cotton which has all of my favorite colours in the range.
This little lot should keep me busy for a few days, I can’t wait to get swatching.

Funky Scrumbled Crochet Brooch Tutorial.

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I have been making these little brooches for a few years and have been asked so many times how I make them that I thought I would show you how.

They start as a basic circle, then using surface crochet and lots of different yarns they build up into colourful  textured mini works of art.  Ready to embellish with beads and buttons.

I love things that whip up quickly and these are perfect for in between other projects when you just want to start something and finish it in one go. It is also great for using up little scraps of yarn. Strips of fabric can also be crocheted in.

Materials 

Dk yarn for basic circle ( I used 100% organic cotton by Rowan)

Assorted yarns for scrumbling .  

(I was lucky enough to run my own yarn shop and used to buy all the unusual glittery and textured yarns like Energia by Adriafil, Monello by AdriafilGedifra Riana Colour,and my favorite Amara by Gedifra, all great for using in these brooches. )

Assorted crochet hooks 4 mm to 6.5mm 

Wool sewing needle,

Beading needle,

Cotton for sewing in beads and sewing on the brooch back,

Brooch back.

First make your circle.

Making  a Basic circle.

1st  round : ch 4,join with a ss into first ch.

2nd round:  ch 2 (acts as first dc)  7 more dc into ring. ss to first st.

3rd Round : ch2,  2 dc into each into next 7 sp, (stitches) 1dc join with ss

4th round : ch 2, *1 dc into next sp, 2 dc* into next sp repeat from * to * to end join to top of first st with ss

5th round :ch 2, 2 dc into first sp * 1 dc into next 3 sp 2 dc into next sp * repeat to end

you can make the circle bigger by following this method ie next round 2ch, 2dc into first sp, 1 dc into next 4 sp etc.

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Take the first yarn you are going to use and the appropriate size hook, I am using a size 4mm with Dk yarn. Go through the ccircle and wrap the yarn around the hook, bring the hook back up through the circle.

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Put the hook back through another space/stitch wrap yarn around and bring back through circle (making a stitch) . Pull stitch through stitch already on hook leaving 1 stitch on the hook.

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Repeat all over the circle making a chain stitch on the surface of the circle.

When it looks like the picture below cut off the yarn and pull through the stitch securing the end.

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Pick your next yarn, I have a contrasting colour and repeat as above. With this thick wool I could have gone up a hook size but I am such a loose crocheter that it was fine with the hook I was using for the previous yarn. There are no rules to this it is all about being creative and experimenting. you can crochet over the top of the previous yarn in a random pattern.

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When you have finished cut off your yarn and pull it through the last stitch to secure it.

Pick up your next colour and repeat as above.

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The last yarn I used to go over the circle has a bit of sparkle to it. ( I can’t remember the name of it but will edit this when it comes back to me) This shows the back of the brooch.

Next is the edging, using a wool with a bit of sparkle or texture, single crochet around the edge. (hook through space, yarn over, pull back through (2 stitches on hook) yarn over pull through 2 stitches) Repeat this around the edge.

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This gives it a nice finish and brings it back into shape.  While doing the scrumbling your circle can lose its shape slightly, this is normal and due to the different textures of yarn. I sometimes remedy this by crocheting it back into shape if it is to distorted.

Next sew in all the ends neatly at the back of your brooch then embellish with beads and buttons of your choice by stitching them on with needle and thread.

Add a brooch back to the reverse, wear with pride 🙂

If you have any queries or I have made any mistakes do let me know by leaving a comment.

I have found some of the Gedifra yarns on sale here at Knits in The City Sari silk and ribbon yarns are also good for this kind of surface pattern.

Colourday: Stripes,stripes and more stripes.

There seems to be lots for stripes at the moment from Black and white to multicoloured. From Fashion to interiors. Here’s just a few of my favorites.

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None of these pictures are mine, if you click on the photograph it will take you to the source of each one.

If you liked these and want to see more stripes you can check out my pinterest board

Happy Colourday 🙂

Making crochet flowers.

I am busy making flowers at the moment, lots of them.

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I am experimenting a bit as I go along.

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These are being made for an Spring/Easter window display for a friend of mine who owns Divine Wines in Wincanton, a wine sellers and a fab cafe.

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They will be turned into Garlands and also little Wine bottle cuffs (I think I’ve just invented that?) We tried some on the bottles yesterday and they looked soooo cute.

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I may even make some minature versions as wine glass charms *puts thinking hat on *

 

Time for a happy cup of tea :)

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Wouldn’t you smile if you covered your teapot with this Tea cosy? I would. I have made it for my kitchen and I think it ummm goes quite well with all the colours. This is the happiest place in our house and where I spend most of my time on the computor as well as  cooking ,making, chatting and drinking lots of tea 🙂

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I have made this crocheted flower garland to go in a  shop window along with lots of crocheted flowers to give a lovely Spring/Easter feel, but I actually like them over the fire place…I may have to make a few more! (don’t look to closely at the paint job it was going to be temporary, I am not very good at painting walls )

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The runner under the teapot was designed by Arthur and we painted and printed it together at a local art class last Saturday, I am going to add some crochet around the edge to finish it off.

Happy tea drinking 🙂 x

A good day spent painting.

Its been a very long time since I got my paints out. I have been sketching a lot and using oil pastels which I really don’t get on with.

It was such a relief to find I have not completely lost the knack of painting.

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A quick sketch to start with.

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Then laying down the foundation colours. I am doing the Somerset Arts Week in September as part of a group exhibiting at The Little House Of Art Bed and Breakfast in Glastonbury.

So for my theme I have chosen ‘A view from Glastonbury Tor’, I love the amazing view from up on the hill which changes so much with the light and the seasons. I think rather than painting the Tor I will be looking outwards. I will also make some jewellery and accessories for the exhibition reflecting the colours and textures I capture along the way.

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My first painting is starting to come together, there a still a few layers to go and quite a bit of tweeking. It will be interesting to see how it develops. While it dries between each layer I will start another one.SAW