10 Nov 2014

Irish Crochet Applique

I'd made 4 of these Irish crochet flowers (they are the size of coasters - but too uneven to be used as coasters and too big to be called motifs and too small to be called doilies) five years ago.

My initial idea was to used them as curtain ties. But I found that when used as curtain ties, the beauty of the design could not be displayed to its best advantage, and so I put them away. I'd take them out every now and then, admire them, and put them back; until I had a brainstorm...

I have this whole collection of good quality but faded trousers my husband and sons have discarded. The other day, as I was cleaning out my cupboards I found this old and really shabby Henko box and decided to use one of the trousers to cover it up.

The bottom of one leg fits the box like a glove. Now what do I do? Stick the fabric to the box? Not a good idea... won't be able to wash it. So...

I chopped off the hem (because it was too thick and gave the box a misshapen look), then I tried adjusting the box inside the leg to find the best fit, gave 1" seam allowance each for the top and the bottom and cut away the rest of the fabric with pinking shears. When I turn it right side out, I have the perfect slip cover.

Affixing the Irish Crochet:

Use bell pins to position the crochet flower and tack it in place with sewing thread the same colour as the crochet cotton. Do the same on the other side and when done, slip in the Henko box. 

This is definitely one of the prettiest things I've ever done.

31 Mar 2013

Free Instructions for Split Ring Beaded Tatted Edging

I assume you are familiar with split ring tatting.

Since it's split ring tatting, we obviously need to wind two tatting shuttles. Load the thread of one shuttle with the required number of beads if you want beads only on one side of the edging, and both shuttles if you want the beads on both edges.

Step 1: With Shuttle 1, ring of 5 ds, 5 p sep by 5 ds,  5 ds close ring.
Step 2: With shuttle 1, ring of 5 ds, join to the last picot of the 1st ring, 5 ds, 3 p sep by 1 ds, 5 ds, p, 5 ds close ring. If you want beads in your picots, place the required number of beads in your ring.
Step 3: With shuttle 2, push 1 bead into the ring and 5 ds, join to the 1 st picot of the 1st ring, 5 ds, p,ds, beaded picot, ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds close ring.
Step 4: Split ring of 5 ds, join to the last p of the 3rd ring, 5 ds, p, 5ds/ 5ds, join to the 3rd p of the 2nd ring, 5 ds, p, 5ds, close ring.
Step 5: Split ring of 5ds, 2 p sep by 5ds, 5ds/  5ds, 2 p sep by 5ds, 5ds, close ring.
Step 6 to end: Rep from step 2

26 Mar 2013

Free Instructions for Filet Crochet Curtain Ties

This is a very simple yet useful free filet crochet project.

Here's how I made it:

Foundation chains = multiple of 8 + 6 + 3 turning chains  (multiples of 8 + 9)

8 x 12 = 96 + 9 = 105 chains.

Row 1:  1 dc into the 5th chain from hook. 1 dc into each of the next 100 chains, 3 chains turn.
Row 2:  1 chain,  skip 1 dc, *1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 2 ch, skip 2 dc; rep from * until only 4 dc are left. 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 dc into last dc; 3 chains turn.
Row 3: 1 dc into each dc to end.

Here's the chart:

Insert a cord, braid or ribbon in the space between stitches in row 2.  I made my cord.  I'll post the method in my next post.