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Crafty Saturday

It is ‘Crafty Saturday’ today – the last Saturday of the month from 2-4.30 at Kiki’s Craft Corner. It is a time for like-minded people to meet over a cup of coffee and a super-large work-table; with needles, threads, yarns, fabrics, spinning wheels and sewing machines. I shall be taking my finished cushions along for the adult equivalent of ‘show and tell’

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I must also remember to write down exactly how we did the extremely neat joining of the squares:
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Now I feel myself being called to do something more colourful! But what?? I have boxes full of wool, a Pinterst board full of ideas but nothing concrete to actually get going on. I only have until 2.00 to decide – Help!

http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side four

And now the second side of cushion number two:
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The patterns on this side are ‘Fishing net’
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and my own version of ‘Fences’ (sort of brickwork, or staggered fences depending on how you look at it)
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’. on a 4.5mm hook. The cushion pads have been covered in a grey/beige coloured linen fabric which I think sets off the textured stitch patterns well.
Both patterns learned at our lovely local craft shop ‘Kiki’s craft corner’
If you are interested in classes, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side three

No I haven’t literally made a three sided cushion, this is the first side of cushion number two, but you understand my meaning.
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the patterns on this side are ‘Shells and pebbles’
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and ‘Fences’
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’. on a 4.5mm hook. The cushion pads have been covered in a grey/beige coloured linen fabric which I think sets off the textured stitch patterns well.
Both patterns learned at our lovely local craft shop ‘Kiki’s craft corner’
If you are interested in classes, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side two

I am not sure how well this will work photographically, but I wanted to show you the stitches on the reverse side of the cushion.

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the patterns on this side are ‘Noughts and crosses’
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and ‘Honeycomb’
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’. If you look closely you will see that I had to change dye lots between these two squares (lesson to self – buy more yarn than you think you will need!)

Both patterns learned at our lovely local craft shop ‘Kiki’s craft corner’
If you are interested in classes, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/

Heirloom textured crochet cushion side one

I have been learning new things!
Our lovely local craft shop has been running ‘intermediate’ crochet classes and we have been learning how to produce textured stitches in crochet.

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The idea was to learn 12 new patterns, make (roughly) 20cm squares of each, then join them to make a throw.
Well as you can see I didn’t quite mange the throw bit. However I made 16 squares in 8 patterns and joined them together to make some beautiful cushions, which will sit proudly on our sofa for all to see.
This patterns on this side are ‘Moss stitch’
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and ‘Diamonds’
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The panels are crocheted in Robin FX DK ‘Moorland’ on a 4.5mm hook (I found my tension was too tight on a 4mm hook) and finished off with 2-3 rounds of double crochet ‘sashing’ to make all the squares the same size. Even the way the squares were joined together was new to me, and gave such a lovely smooth seam that I shall certainly use it again.

I really cannot thank Keira enough for taking the time to teach us these lovey stitches, remembered from her childhood in Ireland, and painstakingly written out and charted for us to follow. We are trying to persuade her to publish them in a book so other people can benefit from her amazing knowledge and expertise. It would be lovely to think that these heirloom patterns could be passed on to another generation.

If you are interested in classes, or in purchasing the book when it is published, you can contact Keira through her website: http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/
The lovely Harris tweed patchwork cushions in the background are from our friends at Calicvol quilts on the Isle of Lewis. http://www.callicvolquilts.com/home/index.aspx

The joy of dots

Finally got round to making my ‘circles into squares’ panel into a rather lovely little cushion.

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The idea for the circles came from Three Beans in a Pod’s lovely retro blanket
(http://www.threebeansinapod.com/2012/08/retro-circles-tutorial.html)
and the tutorial for turning the circles into squares is on Little Tin Bird’s blog
(http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/free-crochet-tutorials/bullseye-squares-pattern/)

Mine is in Rowan wool cotton dk on a 4mm hook, and the colours are Tender, Celadon, Clear, Paper and Antique.
The back is in cream coloured calico from our lovely local craft emporium – Kiki’s craft corner
(http://kikiscraftcorner.co.uk/)

A labour of love

I have finally finished a pair of fingerless gloves in a herringbone treble stitch.

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They started off as an Easter project and 6 months later I was still grappling with how to add in the thumbs. A trip to Kiki’s sorted that out – thank you Kiera! (kikiscraftcorner.co.uk), and finally I worked up enough confidence to finish them. Made in New Lanark double knitting wool (newlanarkshop.co.uk) in Damson on a 4mm hook. The main stitch is herringbone treble, with the shaping for the thumbs done in herringbone half treble. The rib effect at the top is produced by doing a treble stitch into alternating front and back posts of the stitch below.
They are for my daughter who I know will appreciate my efforts!