Sunday, 21 February 2016

Wintergreen free form crochet - the finale.Part 10

I love making the fringe on a free form. Just find everything green in the house, then attach it, in stringy form, anywhere you like along the edge.

These two show the ends: beads, rings, corkscrews, buttons, plaits and tassels.

Then along the edge more of the same.

I am very pleased with the result. It certainly paid to choose colours first and have beads and buttons that blended close at hand. Mind you it made the living room a bit messy to say the least.
Lessons learned? I wish I had started by combining small scumbles into larger patches as I did later and I will when time allows make the fringe denser along the back.

I think this is the first truly free form that I have done. With the others I had an idea what I was making right from the start, with this one it sort of evolved into a shawl. I hope you like it
Lynn and Victoria.

These are previous attempts:

First one ever.

Made by Vicky and I together

One I made for the purple scarf auction 

I like rainbows

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Part 9 Making the scarf wider with lovely new yarn

This is my hoard from the Waltham Abbey Wool Show, which I have been dying to try so now I have finished up the yarn tube I am going to use it.

Part 9 Using new yarn to make the scarf wider.
First piece uses new yarn and some of the beads I bought at Waltham

   Second piece: the shape and the yarn speak for this patch. 
These two were sewn directly onto the scarf  to make it wider.

Then I made scumbles (of  shapes to fit) by connecting small patches together and crocheting round the edge before sewing them on to the scarf/shawl.

 Another fat paisley with bullions
 A spiral in three colours with crab stitch detail
Supposed to be a circular motif - it isn't very but it doesn't matter this is free form.
 Sew them together
 Crochet some beads round the edge.
Sew it on to the scarf/shawl. You can see the diamond shape too. There is a triangular piece of mesh to fill a gap.

 You probably recognise all the separate parts of this piece.

 Here it is added to the shawl together with the square from earlier
Finally to smooth off the edge a bit there is a semi-circular patch that was crocheted directly onto the work with a few leaves that were added later.

So you can see my way of doing free form is the jigsaw method. It gives me a chance to try out any new motifs, stitches, yarn or methods. I don't worry too much about colours since I have already chosen the palette before I start but I have to admit that when I am immersed in a project like this, I am blinkered in yarn shops to only choosing things that I think will go with it. This is a good thing because it does stop me from buying too much yarn.
Next time one of my favourite jobs: part 10 making a fringe, part 11 the big reveal.
Lynn and Victoria.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Wintergreen Free Form Crochet Part 7 filling gaps and Part 8 new yarn and a rethink.

This picture is what started this free form. I took it walking round Heath Lake on a misty morning and then I used it as the inspiration for the patch below.

Part 7 How to fill awkward gaps.

Trouble is that although I liked the picture I didn't like the patch but when you add a few bits it starts to look better.
The spiral fits the dent in the side.

Add a rather plump paisley and crochet it all together.
How to fill the strange shaped gaps?
Bullions - join yarn at height of bullions that you are going to make.
Work them all into the corner of the triangle to be filled - I always do too many, less rather than more is much tidier.

Crochet round the edge to knit the piece together.
A leaf for another funny gap

This is crocheted around a roman blind ring mainly dc but some trebles to give the point. Then this shape is sewn in to another gap.

A bit more crochet along one edge to give a triangle.
Pop corns are very good for gaps because you can make them different sizes and they will bend to fit a gap.
                                                                                     A bit more crocheting around the edge and some                                                                                          more bullions - now I am happy with this scumble.
You can probably spot the scumble here but the reason for this picture is to show how much I have got from one tube of yarn.
There is a tiny bit of yarn left

Part 8 Adding more yarn
There is no good reason for the next bit except pure self indulgence, you see I went to the Waltham Abbey Wool Show and bought some yarn which I have been desperate to use so I am now going to start adding patches made from some of this yarn.

So here is how far I have got. I have added buttons and some fringing but I am not happy with it as it is but the shape is shawly. So I am going to make it wider - Part 9 more patches with gorgeous yarn and adding width.
Lynn and Victoria.

P.S. the Waltham show was lovely small enough to see everything but big enough to offer a wide variety of yarn, buttons and beads. Lots of real craftspeople whose work was inspirational. Thoroughly recommended.