Friday, December 23, 2011

Crochet Patterns on Sale

Hello my fellow crafty crocheters. I've had my published crochet patterns on sale for the last couple of weeks, and they will continue to be on sale for the month of January 2012. There are lots of free patterns on this blog, but if you didn't know, I also have my extra spesh designs for sale in my etsy store. All pattern come in PDF format, emailed straight to you within 12 hours of purchase.

All patterns currently HALF PRICE until the end of January 2012. Find them here. Cheerio, and happy crocheting over the holidays!

X Mel
Mobius Cowl

Ascot Scarf
Cloche Hat with flower
Fingerless mittens
iPod cozy

Friday, December 16, 2011

Snood cowl collar neckwarmer - what do you call it?

It's summer here in Australia, so about time for me to start on new winter designs for 2012. I've had trouble naming my latest knitwear design - these things have just too many names. Sometimes they're called snoods, sometimes cowls, or just plain 'ole neckwarmers. But I've decided on the RIBBED TWIST COLLAR. That title describes it well - the collar has a mobius twist and is crocheted in textural ribbing.

I have a couple of colours available in my etsy and madeit stores now, and the pattern is also available if you would like to crochet one for yourself.

What would you call this knitwear garment?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mel P Designs in Frankie Magazine

Originally uploaded by Mel P Designs

Mel P Designs featured in Frankie Magazine (summer 2011). I've been a subscriber and fan of this magazine since 2005, so you can imagine it's a bit exciting for me to be in it, even in this little way! :-) Check out the latest Frankie magazine and look for the Leeloo ad page.

The item featured is my bow tie brooch, available now from Leeloo for just $11, including postage.

 Wear the brooch like a bow tie, or anywhere you please. Expect compliments when you wear it!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

NEW crochet pattern - scallop collar

Yay, I'm happy to show you my new published crochet pattern! I've had this design in my repertoire for a while, but recently have edited and published it into PDF format.

I've made collars form this pattern for myself and for sale, and it really is versatile and useful little accessory, even if I say so myself. I found it came in extremely handy on my holiday in Venice last January when it was super cold. The collar folds up small for travel, but is surprizingly warm.

The pattern is currently half price in my etsy store (regular price $4).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

NEW: Vintage style hair accessories and Perth Upmarket

Well I've been busy lately experimenting with new designs for summer. I've been wearing more hair accessories myself lately, now that my hair is getting quite long. (I've changed my hair colour recently too, now it's a light golden brown instead of blonde).I find these bow hair slides and headbands are just the right amount of girlie with that vintage look that I like.
These will be available at my stall at the pop-up Perth Upmarket at the Subi Street Festival next Thursday night, 1 Dec. Hair slides $11, Headbands $22.

For you crocheters out there, here are some crochet headband tips:
- use wool! It's stretchy.
- as a rule of thumb to get just the right length, stretch the headband round your head. When the ends touch at almost full stretch, the length is about right. You don't want a headband that is too loose.
- decorate with bows, flowers, buttons.

Bye for now,
x Mel.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Leeloo Design Online

Back in September the wonderful Leeloo made a call for submissions for designers interested in supplying their designs to be sold in their successful online store. I applied and was excited to find out that I was of 8 new designers accepted! So at the moment Leeloo stocks my hand made bow brooches and bow necklaces.

 Here are 3 of my favourite items from some of the other new Leeloo designers. Are they gorgeous?

Bunny Brooch by Kimono Reincarnate

Bow Ring in Gold by Pear Shaped

Brer Fox Felt Necklace by A Wilderness For You and Me

Monday, October 17, 2011

I'm on holiday!

I'm half way through my month of holidaying in Europe. Have spent 2 weeks in Greece and the Greek islands, and today is my last day in beautiful Amsterdam. Here are some photos of me in some of my favourite places.
On the Greek mainland, this is Ancient Delphi.

A beach on Mykonos - I french braided my own hair after a swim.

Pretty sunset on Mykonos.

Lion statues on the island of Delos where there are more ancient Greek ruins.

A little street on Paros - typical cycladic houses, all white and lots of bogenvillia trees blooming.

The byzantine way - a walk through the hills of Paros island.

On a volcanic island, Oia in the background (Santorini island)

Chania, Crete. A really interesting place with venetian architecture and history.

A canal in Amsterdam.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Free Crochet Collar Pattern

I've been working on some new crochet collar designs and thought I would share this simple pattern I have come up with. Wear it over a vintage dress or plain t-shirt and you'll look super cute.

What you will need:
no8 mercerised cotton
1.5mm crochet hook
measuring tape

1. ch2, 6sc into 1st chain
2. 2sc into each sc (12sc), join with ss, do not finish off.
3. continuing from the circle you have just made, chain for 85cm.
4. 6sc into 2nd ch from hook.
5. 2sc into each sc (12sc), join with ss, finish off. Weave in ends.

Lace collar
1. Fold chain length in half. Join yarn 11cm from middle of chain.
2. ch1, sc into same sp, then sc in each chain for 22cm, turn.
3. ch1, dc into same st, dc into each sc to end, turn.
4. *ch 5, sk 2 dc, sc* to last dc, turn.
5. 3 ss into 1st ch5, *ch5, sc into next ch5 space* to end, 3ss into last ch5 space, turn.
repeat step 5 until you have 3 rows of trellis. Finish off, weave in ends.

This pattern is my own original design, so please be kind and do not resell or copy my pattern. You can make and sell as many as you like, but please reference me by linking to this blog post. Thank you :-) 

You can purchased collars I have made here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New retail stockist - Viewpoint handmade Gallery Bendigo

I'm super happy to announce my latest stockist - Viewpoint handmade Gallery Bendigo. They stock a range of my crochet jewellery including gift boxed crochet lace necklaces, rose brooches and big bow necklaces.

VIEW|POINT is part gallery, part retail space and part community hub. Combining elements from all creative fields, from music through to craft - it strives to serve the artistic community and the residents of Bendigo, by providing an avenue to showcase the amazing talent on offer in our beautiful town.

Check out an interview I did with Jess from Viewpoint here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Crafty yarn wrapped vases

I recently went to the wedding of two of my very good friends, and thought I would share this cool idea for creating a yarn covered vase. They were made in lots of pretty colours and filled with contrasting coloured flowers. A beautiful way to decorate a table. Here's how to do it.
poppies and peonies in pretty vases

poppies in a yellow yarn wrapped jar

various sized glass jars (washed jam jars, etc)
a few different yarns of coloured yarn
hot glu gun or PVA glue

Glue one end of yarn to bottom of jar. Wrap yarn all the way around jar til you reach the top. Secure with more glue at the top. Fill with fresh flowers!

Friday, August 12, 2011

New web banner and avatar

I just got a new banner and avatar design for Mel P Designs online stores and facebook fan page. What do you think?

I didn't do it myself, eolene on etsy made it for me. She is having a shop sale now where you will find lots and lots of banner designs that she can customize with your store name. I found the service quick and friendly, and a real bargain price.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Photo from here

Alpacas are one of the greatest animals on earth. Cute, wooly, and the inspiration for many folk arts around the world. Here are a collection of new and vintage items all made from alpaca yarn. But to start with, a video of an alpaca chewing I took earlier this year at an alpaca festival, and a photo of a pair of cute alpacas...

Vintage alpaca figure

Ruffle capelet made from Tasmanian alpaca. Crocheted by me, designed by Tiny Owl Knits.
Vintage Alpaca Poncho

Vintage alpaca jumper

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Three reasons to learn to knit

I just discovered Tiny Owl's Magin Attic - the etsy store of the talented Stephanie Dosen, and I really, REALLY, now want to learn to knit. Stephanie designs the most adorable knit patterns that you can purchase to knit yourself at home. I'm setting myself a challenge - by this time next year I will have learnt how to knit so can make:

Deer Hat!

Bear Jumper!

Meow Mitts!