Sunday, 16 November 2014

Crochet Heart


This is a great pattern for a crochet heart - super easy and really quick.  

Personally when I write patterns, I do so with complete beginners in mind so I apologise for those that are competant crocheters. 

This is worked in UK terms

Start with a magic ring - or if you prefer work a 5 chain and join with a slip stitch to create a ring

If you have started with a magic ring, work a 1ch to secure you work


Work a double crochet and place a stitch marker so you know where the start of your round is


Work a further 9 double crochet into the ring so that you have a total of 10 stitches - Do not join the round 




For the next round you start with 10 stitches and finish with 20,  to achieve this you need to work 2 double crochets into each of the 10 stitches, starting with the stitch with the marker
Do not join round




The heart shape is created by going down one side and up the other and we need to make sure that each side mirrors the other to make the heart symmetrical  


The photo above shows the left hand side sequence which is as follow

slip stitch
miss a space
1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 double treble - all in the same space
1 double treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble - all in the same space
1 half treble
1 half treble
1 half treble
1 double crochet
1 double crochet
1 double crochet

To create the shaping at the bottom of the heart,
work 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble - all in the same space


The above photo shows the sequence up the right hand side of the heart and you will see that I have pulled my magic ring thread to close the hole - make sure that you secure this end by knotting it before sewing and weaving in

1 double crochet
1 double crochet
1 double crochet
1 half treble
1 half treble
1 half treble
1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 double treble - all in the same space
1 double treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble - all in the sae space
then miss a space and slip stitch into the next space

To complete the heart work a slip stitch in each of the 28 stitches around the outside of the heart


You can then do lots with these hearts, make loads and create bunting, sew them onto other projects to make great embellishments or sew two together back to back as below


Hope you have fun creating these adorable hearts and if you need any help, just ask

Happy crocheting 
xxx







Saturday, 8 November 2014

Stall Makeover

Today, with the help of my daughter, I have given my stall a make over.  It's placed in a cosy little emporium in West Sussex absolutely full of crafty goodness. I am very proud of the fact that most of the items I am selling have been handmade by myself, from fabric bags to gift bags, snoods, hats, bunting, cards and heaps more



The mini crochet bunting looks sweet across the shelf and has given me inspiration to update the heart edging with mini fabric bunting with the stall name on it, so watch this space

The gift bags are doing well and as we were adjusting the display a lady bought some - very interesting to see peoples taste as she didn't choose the ones I was expecting her to


I love making these bags, as it's great seeing a piece of material turn into something so pretty and useful too


And of course, after all that hard work we had to stop for tea and cake... 








Friday, 7 November 2014

Animal Cupcakes





What a way to completely waste an afternoon! So easy to make, but super fun and effective. All you need is icing, food colouring, marshmallows, chocolate buttons and chocolate chips… oh and some cupcakes.



The pig – these need a teeny bit of red food colouring for the icing (mine could have done with a bit more, it was sort of peachy instead of pink). Cut a marshmallow in half for the ears, use a whole one for the nose and use mini ones for the eyes, and then use the chocolate chips for the final details.



The cow is pure chocolate icing, a chocolate button with a corner cut off for the ears, mini marshmallows for the horns and the eyes and nose detail is the same as the pig.



The sheep are just plain vanilla icing, a white chocolate button quarter cut out for the ears, covered in marshmallows for the fur and again chocolate chips for the eyes.



The teddies can be made using any icing flavour and its features are made up entirely of milk and white chocolate buttons with chocolate drops for the little details.


Go on give them a try and tag me so I can see what animals you have tried!