Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Baby Blanket Peachy

This is baby blanket number three, using the same pattern as the previous two; Baby Blanket Blue, and Baby Blanket Aqua, but this time I made a different edging. We didn’t know whether it was a boy or a girl until he was born, so I played safe with a variegated yarn, in both pink and blue colours, with added hints of green, grey, peach and dusky rose. The joining and border crochet are in Schachenmayr Bravo DK 8346 and the squares are 02116. Once again,we have known his mummy since she was a toddler, way back in the early 1980s, and she was a playmate of my own two children.

It’s all too much. I need a nap!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Heart of Gold

A Christmas decoration made for a friend. The cherub was already printed on the fabric in gold on a dark blue background. I embroidered the date and worked blanket stitch around the edge in gold metallic thread. Then I crocheted the edging through the blanket stitch spaces; single crochet followed by two rows of double crochet. It was hard work using such a stiff thread  but anything softer would mean that the edging would not have stood out and would have been limp. The final touch is a gold bow and loop for hanging.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Round Robin and a Little Tree

New makes for Christmas 2016. Both free patterns from the very talented Amanda Berry of Fluff and Fuzz. Amanda suggests decorating the tree with buttons, bead or sequins. I found the latter hid my wobbly stitches best.