Thursday, 31 March 2016

Doily or Mandala a Crochet Dilemna

When reading this, bear in mind that I am not in the first flush of youth which may account for my confusion.
My Grandma and my Mum crocheted doilies for all sorts of reasons but I remember them under plates holding lovely homemade cakes and scones. As I look around the internet I notice the trend is to crochet mandalas - my question what is the difference?

Look at the next 7 pictures which are mandalas and which are doilies?


Seems easy but look this is a lovely free pattern for a doily. I remember my mum making pineapple type doilies but
look at it here  where there are more  free doily  patterns. The colour change makes all the difference. has it become a mandala?

If you want to make your own mandala Helen is publishing a CAL that you can join in. This is done in weekly parts and I can't wait to join in.There is also an interesting explanation of what a mandala is.

 The Dandelion Mandala by LillaBjorn Crochet design, The pattern is not free but it is clearly illustrated with lots of pictures.

Having tried the Dandelion I was inspired to branch out on my own.

So I think doilies are nearly always white, mandalas are any colour you like.
Doilies are often lacy, mandalas are usually solid.
Doilies are used horizontally to support dainty edibles, mandalas are used vertically to decorate walls.
Doilies are domestic decorations that have been made throughout history, mandalas have a cosmic link but they have been made from very ancient times too.
I think doilies are always crochet or paper but mandalas have been made from lots of different materials including stone, enamel, glass and paint.

No these are rugs.
Lynn and Victoria.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

My Crochet Holiday Snaps

On the way to Portugal, classic scalloped shawl but ran out of yarn, So this is not finished. Close up below using Drops delight yarn.

 Lost my phone cosy somewhere on the journey so I made these one evening. Lovely Stylecraft Cabaret double knitting.

Started a lovely lacy scarf in the
 bar while the rugby was on. But this is not 
finished either.

 Because we visited a town and the yarn, buttons beads etc were very cheap so I had to start another project.

The little buttons are roses and chrysanthemums - wish I had bought more.

love the fish buttons.
flowery scarf mostly made on the way home.

I suppose you were expecting this sort of photograph.

Man tries to hold back the sea.

and fails!

thirsty man looks for bar

And finds one!

the sea

the sand
I love crochet and Portugal.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Summer Stock! I've been making giant floral rings ... lots of them.

The Spring and Summer craft fair season is nearly upon us - eeeek!  This year I have designed a really cute flowery finger ring to compliment mum's head garlands (free pattern for those here if you'd like it).  They are so quick and so pretty I thought I'd share in case anyone else would like to make a few too.  
Usual request: feel free to use, gift or sell what you make from the pattern but please don't share or copy the pattern or pictures without permission.  Please do share links to the blog, though.  The more the merrier :-)
 You will need:

Two colours of 4ply cotton or embroidery floss.
A crochet hook (I've used 2.5mm)
A pair of scissors or snippers
A ring blank
A needle for sewing in ends
(glue if you're not able to sew to your ring blank)

I've used these opened backed filigree ring blanks in different colours.  I like them because they fit anyone and I can either glue the flower to the pad or sew it on through the open-work.

They are not expensive and available from various Ebay sellers.

Pattern (UK notation):

  1. Using your centre colour make a magic ring/magic loop/adjustable ring.  Leave a long starting yarn-end if you want to sew your flower to the ring.
  2. Make an even number of dc into the ring (10dc will give you 5 petals, 12dc will give you 6 petals ...)
  3. Join with a ss and change colour
  4. First petal made over first two dc: [2ch, tr, dtr] in first dc, [dtr,tr,ch, slst] in next dc.
  5. All other petals each made over two dc: [ss, ch, tr, dtr] in next dc, [dtr, tr, ch, ss] in next dc.
  6. Join with a slst, cut yarn and hide ends.
  7. For some of mine I've added a 3rd colour accent.  I sew these stripes on before I attach the flower to the ring blank.

Diagram for first petal (read right to left)
Diagram for all other petals 

 Using long end sew around edge of centre of the flower through the ring blank or glue with a clear drying glue to the pad.

Wear with pride :-)

Can't ....

... stop ...

 ... making!

Victoria x