Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Jars and Frames ... so far

Many years ago we used to sell goldfish in bags like you used to get at fair grounds.  They were very popular.  I don't know why we stopped.  

Then, a little while, ago we were asked to supply fish in jars to The Handmade Craft Companya local craft gift shop that specialises in the handmade work of local artists and crafters.  There had been a crafter selling fish but she had left to sell elsewhere and given the ok for someone else to take over.  We, of course, said we'd be delighted and pulled out our old fish patterns.  

Carl, the fairground goldfish, although shiny and gorgeous proved to be too big for a jar:

Carl in sequins :-) 
Pattern available - click link above

So we came up with two tiddly widdly teeny tiny fish.  This is mine:

And this is mum's:
But we couldn't leave it at just little fish, could we ....?  We're having so much fun letting our imaginations run wild.  Here's a quick gallery of a few so far with apologies for the less than perfect photography.

Bigger fish in bigger jars

Really big fish in bowls (brilliant pattern credit to Kate Wood)

Clown fish

Jelly fish

Teeny Weeny brights


Love Birds

Butterfly Gardens

Bumble bee gardens in spaghetti jars, small jars (not shown) and frames.



There are also turtles and seahorses and many more wonderful things that haven't been photographed but I'll leave you with our best seller: because they have the smallest little jars with the tiniest of pets - either a fish or an octopus - we have been able to price them at only £5 and they have been selling like crazy at fairs and in the shop too.  Hope you can see them in among all bits and bobs!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Dream Catcher

1 x 25cm ring
2 x 7cm rings
Beads ribbons and tassels for decoration.
about 20g of DK yarn
3.00mm hook
less than 50g of double knitting yarn – I used cotton but any yarn of the right weight will do.
Pattern tips
Large ring is from an old lampshade – cut off the cloth etc and then either soak the rest off the metal ring or use sand paper. They are also available from the internet
Smaller rings are two bangles.
Large dream catcher
Round 1: Make a mc. ch 5 to represent first dtr and 1ch. (1 dtr in ring 1ch ) 19 times and ss into 4th ch of the starting 5ch. pull mc closed.
Round 2: (1dc into next ch space 4ch) 19 times 2ch 1tr into first dc.
Round 3: (4ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 2ch 1tr into next tr.
Round 4: (4ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 2ch 1tr into next tr.
Round 5: (5ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 3ch 1tr into next tr.
Round 6: (5ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 3ch 1tr into next tr.
Round 7: (6ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 3ch 1hdtr into next tr.
Round 8: (6ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 3ch 1hdtr into next tr.
Round 9: (7ch 1dc into next ch loop) 19 times 4ch 1hdtr into next tr.
you will think the crochet piece is too small but it will stretch to fit  - honestly

To Join to the Ring
work one dc through both the current 7ch loop and the ring then  (work 10 dc into the ring only. 1dc through both the next 7ch loop and the ring.)repeat this 19 times 10 dc into ring only
ss into first dc ch 50 (this will form the hanging loop) fasten off leaving an end to sew the loop.
Small dream catchers. make 2
round 1: mc ch 4 (1tr into circle,1ch) repeat 9 times. ss into third of 4ch.
round2: (1dc into next ch space 4ch) 9 times 2ch. 1htr into first of starting 4ch.
round 3: (1dc into next ch space 4ch) 9 times 2ch. 1htr into htr
To Join to the Ring
work one dc through both the current 4ch loop and the ring then  (work 5 dc into the ring only. 1dc through both the next 4ch loop and the ring.)repeat this 9 times 5 dc into ring only
 ss into first dc, chain 8 fasten off leaving a long enough end to sew onto larger ring.
To make up
Sew the end of the 50 ch to the 30th chain from end this will make the loop to hang the dream catcher.
You can design your own decorations or use the picture as an indication of where to attach them. The ribbons are tied on and the small dream catchers are sewn to the edge. The tassels were bought ready made (but you could make your own) and they too are sewn on.
A small crochet hook was used to thread the ribbon though the beads.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

How to make a rainbow spiral dream catcher. Part 2

 Joining the crochet and the hoop is a little more complicated.
If you are following the pattern and not making a change in number of colours or size of hoop, then you will need roughly 230 dc to cover the entire ring. Since I have used 7 colours I will need 230 divided by 7 or approximately 33 stitches in each colour.

1. Put the yarn over the top of the hoop and the hook underneath. Pick up the yarn and pull it through the stitch on the hook. Now work 33 dc around the hoop. This feels a bit awkward to start with but if you imagine that the hoop is like the ring at the start of the project it might be easier.

2. Cut the yarn leaving about 4cm. Remove the hook from the work and pick up the next colour before putting the hook back in the dropped loop. Yarn over, through both loops on the hook. Make 33 dc around the hoop covering the 4cm tail at the same time if you can.

3. Repeat number 2 above for each colour in turn then join the last colour to the first using a ss.

4. Make 25 chain to form the hanging loop.

5. ss into the base of the chain, cut the yarn and hide the end.

Your Dream catcher should look like this.

Let us know if you have any problems and we will be glad to help ( if we can)
Do you know I think this one needs ribbons beads and may be some feathers.
Lynn and Vicky.

If you are using a bigger or a smaller hoop you will need to do a bit of maths:
1. Find the circumference of your hoop ( school maths pi x the diameter) or get a tape measure and measure all the way round . C

2. Now do a test: join yarn to the ring and work 25 dc. Measure how much of the hoop this covers L

3. Divide the circumference by the length of 25 stitches and then multiply by 25 this tells you how many
stitches you will need to fill up the whole hoop.H.

4. Now divide the answer to number 3 by how many colours you are using and this will give you a rough idea of how many stitches to do in each colour.

5.Remember crochet is very for giving and you won't notice a few stitches more or less so don't worry if the very idea of algebra turns you to jelly.

6. But if you like sums; The number of stitches in each colour ={ (C/L) x 25} divided by the number of colours.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

How to Crochet a Rainbow, Spiral Dream Catcher. Part 1

You will need very small amounts of coloured yarn. I have used Stylecraft Special Dk. You can use as many colours as you like but I recommend no more than 6 or 7 while you practise the technique.

This picture will give you some idea why you should limit your colours - it is very easy to get carried away with the creation and end up in a terrible mess. TIP; Tidy up after each round 
You will also need a 4.0mm hook but it is not crictical and one stitch holder for each colour .

Finally you will need a ring to hang it all in. The ones I have used are about 25 cm in diameter but again it is not critical and the pattern will explain how to adjust the size of the crochet to fit the ring. You can buy dream catcher rings from ebay or you can use embroidery hoops but I have also removed the rings from old lamp shades because I love recycling. 

The Pattern 
You don't need to read the red bits unless you want to add more colours or adjust the size.

1. 7ch. Join into a ring with a ss. This is suitable for 7 colours.

TIP: If you can do a magic circle instead of the 7 ch it is much easier to add more colours to the pattern. If not then you should increase the length of the starting chain by 1ch for every 2 colours you add.

2. 2ch, 1tr into the ring, 1ch insert stitch holder. 
TIP: If you know how to crochet over the short ends it will save hiding them later,

3. Join the next colour to the ring and repeat 2 above. 

4. Repeat until you have used up all your colours.

TIP: The piece looks like a unicorn nest by now and it is a really good idea to run in the short ends  at this point. If you haven't done so already.


5. Pick a colour, remove the stitch marker and make 2tr,  in the gap between the 2ch and the tr of the next colour then 1ch before inserting the stitch marker..So above the dark yarn has been crocheted into the red, the red  in the orange etc.
Repeat this with each colour until you get back to where you started.

6. The next round is crocheted into the 1ch space just after the first treble. The hook in the picture above is showing where the orange yarn will make the next pair of trebles. So as before pick a colour, 2tr  in the 1ch space of the next colour and then 1ch. Repeat for each colour.

7. Pick a colour 2tr in the next 1ch space of the following colour then 2ch, repeat all round.

8. 2tr in each 2ch space, and then 2ch. all round changing colours as before.

9. Repeat number 8

TIP:You may find that your crochet spiral is becoming a bit dome shaped but it does not matter as you will be stretching it onto the hoop later.

10. This time work 3 trebles into the 2ch space of the following colour then 3ch, repeat all round.

11. 3tr in the 3ch space of the following colour, 3ch repeat all round.

12. 4tr in the 3ch space of the following colour , 3ch repeat all round.

13  Repeat round 12

14. 5tr in three ch space of the following colour 2ch repeat all round.

Do not cut the yarn. Notice that the spiral is quite a bit smaller than the ring. this is because you are going to stretch the spiral onto the ring.

If you want to make a bigger dream catcher:
There are two ways of increasing so that the circle becomes bigger as you go. Either increase the number of chains between the trebles or increase the number of trebles in each group. If your trebles start to lean back it is time to increase. It does not matter how you choose to increase as long as you use the same method all the way round.

As usual please get in touch if the instructions are not clear 

Next time how to join the crochet to the hoop.
Lynn and Victoria.