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

Octopods


Love Birds




Butterfly Gardens



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






Fairies







Snakes


Lizards
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




Materials
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.