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!