Fluffy Flower Brooch Tutorial Using Rowan Kid silk haze

This is a little crochet pattern for these fluffy flower brooches. They are great as brooches or to add as embellishments. I have written this in longhand with abbreviations highlighted to make it easier for beginners to follow. Image

Materials Double knitting yarn for the center (selfstriping works best)

Rowan Kid silk Haze for the outer petals.

Crochet hook 4

Crochet hook 5 (If you are a loose crocheter I would go down a size in hooks)

wool needle

sewing needle

coloured cotton

assortment of buttons.

Scissors

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Using the Dk CHain 4, join with a Slip Stitch to the first CHain forming a circle. Image

3 CHain then Treble Crochet into the circle (yrh put hook through circle yrh pull back through. (3 stitches on hook) yrh pull through 2 stitches yrh pull through remaining 2 stitches) repeat 13 more times, you can move the stitches along slightly if it gets tight.

Join with a Slip Stitch to top of 2chain (1st stitch) Image

CHain 6 (3chain counts as Treble Crochet), miss a SPace TReble Crochet into next SPace

*CHain 3 miss a SPace Treble Crochet into next Space* repeat all the way around,

join yarn into the base of first stitch with a Slip Stitch. Image

Next is making the petals. DC,TRC,DTRC,TRC,DC into each space /(3chain) joining  with a SS at the base of each.

Longer version for beginners.

Into first 3 CHain, *Double Crochet, Treble Crochet, Double Treble Crochet, Treble Crochet, Double Crochet, Join to the base of the next 3 CHain with a Slip Stitch* repeat until you have completed all the petals. Join with a Slip Stitch.

Cut off yarn and pull it through the last stitch. Turn your flower over. Image

Put your hook through the back of the stitch wrap orange yarn over hook, and pull back through making sure there is a long end.

*CHain 8, Miss a space/stitch Slip Stitch into back of next Space* repeat all around. Join into first Stitch with a Slip Stitch.

Cut Yarn and pull through stitch.

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Next insert the hook in the back of the stitch between the orange petals. YRH pull through Stitch.

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CHain 12 miss a stitch, Slip Stitch into back of the next Stitch (between the orange) CHain 12 repeat all the way around, Slip Stitch into last Stitch/Space cut yarn and pull it up through last stitch.

Sew in the ends using a wool needle. I would  turn the flower over so the front is facing and pull up the wool ends so that they are on the front of the flower, then sew them in (not visible from the back leaving it neat). Then choose a large button use a sewing needle and cotton and stitch it into the center. I would secure the cotton first again on the front side of the flower (under the button) then sew the button on, sewing the cotton through to the back with the last stitch, turn the flower over and stitch on a brooch back. Secure cotton and cut off as close to the brooch back as possible. You should end up with a very neat finish.

I hope this is helpful for crochet beginners. If I have written anything wrong or you have problems with the pattern do let me know 🙂 I would also love to see any flower brooches made using this pattern. Have fun.

Colourday: Fruity Friday. From bright coloured fruity prints to knitted fruit. Put some happy colours in your life.

This is a collection of some of my fruity finds from around the web. I love the big bold prints around at the moment full of vibrant colours.

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Fruity ring.

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Moschino Cheap and Chic

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I love the strawberry dress!

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From Polyvore created by Modelely

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J. Crew Apple Print Pleated Cotton Skirt,  available at Net-a-Porter.

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A cute crafty fruit make. Click on the photograph for the source.

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Asos has gone a bit fruity.

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I don’t know about you but I am really inspired by all these fruity finds and am off to design an intarsia fruity jumper 80’s style.  I used knit Piccaso and Mattise jumpers in the 80’s and I can so see the large intarsia pictures coming back…so many ideas so little  time!

Have a great weekend T x

If you click on the photograph it will take you to the source of each picture.

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Finished still life paintings.

Finished still life paintings.

I invited Nicky back today to finish her painting , and left the still life set up over night so she could carry on. I’m so pleased I did as I think her painting is fantastic for someone who has never painted before. It would have been such a shame not to have finished it. I did a bit more to mine, but am not that pleased with it (I don’t think we ever are with our own) I di love the colours in both pictures though and think they would look perfect in my kitchen 😉

Painting club progress.

On Wednesdays I am running a little painting club.

Today I had set up a couple of still lifes, not sure who was turning up (its early days) as I had not managed to see my friends all week.

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I picked some flowers from the garden and put a few colours together. 

Then Nicki arrived with lunch that she had made and a bunch of gorgeous flowers, which went really well with some of the other china, in a colourful sort of way.

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The other ladies were delayed so me and Nicki started on our own, first doing a couple of sketches with charcoal.

Then painting on board. I was talking about how to mix colours and muttering out loud about what I was putting on the board. Nicki has not painted before so it was all about experimenting with the colours.

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I love the results 🙂 R arrived with cakes, but that didn’t stop Nicki she carried on painting while nibbling cake. R sat in my favorite seat and carried on with her landscape painting from last week..then we ran out of time and it was all jump in cars for the school run!

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My painting is not quite finished and Nicki is coming back in the morning to finish hers as its easy enough for me to leave it set up.

It was a lovely day, and I did start off a bit exhausted and grumpy from not sleeping well ( a regular thing these days). It was so relaxing spending the morning painting and I can’t wait to do some more.

Out in the garden.

I am a little bit behind on posting this blog, the photographs were taken on Sunday afternoon when the sun came out and we all went down into the garden.

Arty had been ill on Saturday and was still not great Sunday but we persuaded him to join us in the garden for an hour..

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The bottom bit of garden is Arty’s and we had left the grass long for him to hide in (it will be cut by next weekend). He was very pleased to find the dandelions had turned to seed..us not so much.

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When we first moved in 3 years ago this bit of garden was just ivy and grass, now it is a miniature bluebell wood surrounded by cottage flowers.

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The bluebells came from Arty’s bit of garden, I dug them up before we started clearing it and replanted them in this section.

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Another of my favorites 🙂

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Tony and Arty also planned the little veg plot (last year I did it very randomly) the lines are really straight.  Lets hope something grows and the slugs don’t eat them all!

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It was so lovely to spend some time together in the garden and not be rushing around. It is starting to look how we’d like it to, so I can see us actually relaxing in the garden this year.

What are your favorite flowers?

Colourday: A visit to Butterfly Bright full of my favorite colours!

Today I went to Butterfly Bright in Sherborne for a Yarn Bee (knit and natter), a morning of crochet chatting and eating cake in a very colourful shop owned by Ali Nurts (@AliNurts on twitter)Image

I met some lovely ladies who were being taught to crochet by Caroline Bradshaw (@carolinemakesit).

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Now to the colour! Beautiful buttons.

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Yummy fabrics (these are 30% off at the moment)

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Gorgeous bundles of felt.

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Colourful displays.

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Cute little containers by Rice which I could not resist..

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because they are all my favorite colours 🙂 They will soon be full of beads and buttons, great to take with me when I’m running workshops.

Ali also now stocks my cards,brooches and jewellery. 

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What a fab day.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend T x

Painting with friends and a bit of stitching.

I have been asked by a few of my friends to teach encourage them to paint. So we they  have decided that every Wednesday is painting day.  Which is great because it means I get my paints out and join in. Very important as I have 2 exhibitions booked The Somerset Arts Week at The Art House in Glastonbury and an exhibition in November at Divine Wines in Wincanton, so I seriously need to be more disciplined about painting every week.

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I wasn’t sure what the ladies would like to do so got out a variety of art materials to play with.

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We ended up talking quite a lot, about different artists and how to use colour.  Acrylics were chosen to work with. None of the ladies had used them before so the idea was not to try and paint a picture as such but  just have a go with the paints and see how they mix, what happens when use different brushes etc. Picking out colours from the view but not trying to paint exactly what is there seemed to work well.

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I did a tiny acrylic sketch trying to capture some of the colours and not just paint green.

We were really lucky that the sun came out, there was no colour yesterday just grey.

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Next Wednesday we will be using water soluble oils and I will be setting up a still life with lots of colours and textures.

Now its time to get back to my day job and finish stitching brooch backs on to all these flowers.

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Colourday “Blue and Green should not be seen”…or should they ?

I have been totally inspired by the bright green Spring leaves appearing against beautiful blue skies. Such an uplifting sight.

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I remember the saying when I was younger “Blue and green should not be seen” and started thinking as I admired the trees that they actually look really good together.

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Here are a few pictures I have found which make blue and green look fabulous together from fashion to interiors. If you click on the photographs they will take you to the source of each designer/website.

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Spotted on the 2013 Spring catwalks, Dior using green and blue makeup.

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Have a great weekend  and don’t forget to look up when you are out walking, you never know when you might be inspired 😉  T x

A visit to Courts Gardens NT

I had a lovely morning out with my Mum. We visited Courts Garden in Holt Nr Bradford on Avon. 

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It was so nice to see the flowers coming out and feel the heat from the sun.

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The beautiful blossom in the trees.

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A walk around the ponds.

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Admiring all the flowers.

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We sat down over looking the ponds with a flask of tea I had brought and a homebaked cake. Bliss!

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We nattered a lot, and watched the wildlife.

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It was so nice to catch up and enjoy the sunshine together.

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There was a a fab children’s den part to the gardens hidden in between the trees, which gave me lots of ideas for the bottom of our garden.

We also found a lovely cafe near the carpark with the yummiest looking cakes and salads..I will be going back with Tony and Arthur soon I think.

After dropping Mum back in Trowbridge I headed home picking up some baguettes from Whiterow Farm Shop at Beckington.

I am now back in my garden concentrating on writing a new pattern for funky wristwarmers.

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What a perfect end to a great day 🙂