And So it Begins ~ ‘Bohemian Oasis’ Β – A Boho Crochet-Along πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Are you ready for a new Crochet-Along? 😊 I’m so excited, and hope that you’ll have fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Since it’s not a ‘Mystery CAL’ I can tell you…we’re making a cozy blanket. An oasis for your living room – something to snuggle under in the colder months to come. It’s hard to imagine right now that I ever want to sit under a blanket, but it’s coming! πŸ˜‰

I will give you a few tips on how to change it into a shawl, a larger blanket, or even a Wallhanging. 😁

But now…without further ado….here’s Part 1

(Please be patient with me 😊 this is my very first (own) crochet along…so if I stumble a bit, or am not clear on anything – give me a nudge πŸ€— I think together we can make this a fabulous experience πŸ’œ)


It’s actually 32″ wide but in the full picture you couldn’t see the detail. 😁

There was a lot of trial and error…translation – frogging πŸ˜„ But I ironed out the problems, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. 

So today I’m going to show you how to crochet the ‘Flower Grannies’. They are your foundation. 

There are 5, for a total width of 32″ (including the connection crochet) We’ll work a 3″ border around everything at the end for a total of 38″. 

If you want to make a larger blanket just add more squares. I picked stitches that work with any number of foundation stitches. πŸ€“

But first…the ‘Flower Granny’ 

Abbreviations:

htc = half treble crochet 

tc = treble crochet 

dc2tog = yo, insert hook in designated stitch, pull yarn through, yo, through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into same stitch, pull through. Yo, pull through 2loops, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops.

1. Start with a Magic Ring. Ch3, yo, dc in the base of the chain. *Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Fasten off 

 

*Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Close ring with a slipstitch. Fasten off

2. Connect your second color. Ch 3, dc in ch1 space at the base of the chain. Ch1, dc2tog in same space. Ch1. Work *dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog groups in each ch1 space. 

  I marked the placements with pins 

Connect with a slipstitch. 

3. Ch3, turn your work around, 2dc into space at the base of the chain. Ch 1. *Work 3dc into every ch1 space of the previous row 

= 12 groups of 3. Connect with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 



4. Connect your third color. Ch3, 2dc in space at the base of your chain. Ch 1, 3 dc into next ch1 space. Ch1 – now you’ll work the corner. 2 htr, 1tc, ch3, 1 tc, 2 hdc. *Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, crochet the corner. Repeat from *. End with a corner. Connect with a slipstitch, and fasten off. 

Done! 😍 Isn’t that a nice weekend project? 

Then you want to connect them πŸ˜€ I picked this join stitch because it goes perfect with anything Granny Square, plus it aids in keeping the project ‘flowy’ 😌 

I posted a tutorial for this join stitch a few weeks ago…you can find it here πŸ™‚

I honestly hope you like the project I picked for us πŸ€— Please holler if you have any questions or concerns! I’m always just a quick message away 😘

Let me know what you think about this project! Will you join in? πŸ’œ That would be pretty awesome! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few ‘Weekend Chuckles’…I did find some good ones! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Until then πŸ’•

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 A Pinwheel, Hydrangeas, and two scarves 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• It’s always fabulous to see you here! 

I have a few projects on various hooks these days 😎 

If you saw yesterday’s post you already know a little bit about the Hydrangea blossoms, and how a little spark of an idea, a hook and some yarn turned into these…

Part of the idea was to turn them – and many more like it – into a Boho purse. Yesterday I wasn’t sure how to accomplish that. —-> see yesterday’s post for the ways I considered. 😊

Well, now I’m one step closer – this is how it’s gonna be 

  I’ll sew them onto a felted wool-sweater, and add a handle

What do you think? Looks like it’s gonna be fabulous, doesn’t it? πŸ€“

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It’s a bit difficult to think of scarfs and wraps right now – but nevertheless, I persisted! πŸ˜‹

I have two to show ya….

1.

 Inspired by my ‘New Stitch Sunday’ post 😍

2. 

And this one is pretty much done….I just have to secure the “yarn tails”.  πŸ˜•


I love how this one turned out. The cool thing is, it kinda designed itself while I was crocheting. Every time I got to the end of a segment, I remembered a certain yarn from my stash….and wouldn’t you know it – it was always the perfect one. πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’œ See little Eddie hanging out under the couch? Right in the path of the AC flow. Smart dog! 😍

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Speaking of Yarn-Tails. Don’t you hate the dreaded little things that always seem to double the time it takes to finish a project! 😣 

The stack of Flower-Squares is growing….maybe I should sew in some tails now…before I make more?! When do you deal with them? As you go or at the end? 


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And then….the “Yarnspiration” Crochet Along 😍 I started that this morning, so there’s not much to show you yet 


It’ll be a ‘Pinwheel Blanket’ – so far I’m pretty happy with it. πŸ˜€

I’d like to tell you more about it….the difficult color choice πŸ˜‰ my ‘brain fart’ moment πŸ˜‚            How about we do that tomorrow? And then we can also look at the pattern together! πŸ€—

Alrighty! It’s a date! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

As always I’m looking forward to chatting with you! πŸ’œ Tag…you’re it! 😁

Thanks for visiting! I’ll see ya tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Throwback Thursday 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for joining me today! 

I hope you don’t mind, but for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a few of my past creations. 😊

See – I’ve had this “sometimes in life the best laid out plans are ruined by unexpected goings-on” thing happening here. 😜 Nothing disastrous, just normal interruptions of my routine. So –  I didn’t have the leisure to explore the webs for awesome artwork. I hope these here will do, and add some enjoyment to your day. 😍

I made this ‘Nature Weaving’ last year ~ using twigs, enameled leaves, and ribbon to embellish the pretty yarn. 😊

This one hangs in my bedroom. I removed a large canvas (print), and used the frame as a loom. 

One of my first Dreamcatchers… πŸ’•

This here is one of my favorites. πŸ’œ I felted an old wool sweater, and needle-felted unspun wool on it. Back then I did write a ‘how-to’ post, if you love it and need (yet) another project 😝here’s the link πŸ’•

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! πŸ˜ƒ Maybe something inspired you to get busy! I would really love to hear about it! πŸ’œ

Oh… I did find one thing I don’t wanna keep from you…


The guy on the right looks happy πŸ˜‚ If you start now you could surprise your guy with one for Christmas! 😜 

Thanks for visiting and reading to the end! 😘

I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday – 🌺🌼🌸 ~ PowerΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•Welcome back! πŸ€—

I bet the flowers in your garden are just fabulous right now! 😍 Nothing can compete with that beauty….but we’re gonna try! 😁

These blooms are beautiful – right?! 😎 – and you’ll be surprised how easy they are to crochet. 


But don’t take my word for it…see for yourself 

You need two colors of yarn – mine was for hook size 5.5mm, and the flowers are about 2″ in diameter. 

Start with ch 4. Close it into a ring by placing a slipstitch in the first chain. 

Ch 1, place 12 sc into the ring. Change color.

Slipstitch into first ch, (*)ch 3, yarn over (yo), insert hook into the same stitch, and pull the loop until it’s as long as the ch 3.


Repeat twice. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, pull up loop. Repeat twice. There should be 13 loops on your hook. 

Yo, pull yarn through all loops. Ch 2


Slipstitch into next stitch, ch 3, repeat from (*) 5 times. 

Finish by placing a slipstitch into the 1st row slipstitch. 

There! πŸ˜€ Aren’t they pretty? 


Now you can make many more, stitch them together for a pillowcase. 

Or sew on a pinback and wear it as a brooch. 

Or sew it onto your hat. 

Or…I’m sure you can come up with more clever things for them. ☺️

Now I have something else for ya…it’s not a new stitch – just a (for me) new way of using the…πŸ₯ Slipstitch πŸ₯ Make a whole project in a Slipstitch. 😳 Have you ever done that? It looks great, and I’m sure it’s very warm and cozy…but it’s quite time consuming. 


I did this sample piece by placing the stitches in the back loops only. I don’t know if you can see it here, but after 2, 3 rows it was more a topstitch. 😏 Apparently you’ll get a different effect when you use the front loops only. I’ll try that next, and will report back. 😎

One tip – When you try this…be wary of the ‘auto pilot’ in your brain. More than once did it tell me to do a yarn over for a single crochet. πŸ˜‹

I hope this all made sense. If not – don’t hesitate to point it out. Any questions? I’m just a message away, and more than happy to help. πŸ€“

So…I’ll go now and try this front loop thing. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your day/weekend/week! I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A ~ Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Granny Squares Rock πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Great to see you again! πŸ˜€

As you probably know by now…I have a thing for Granny Squares. It was a slow growing love, but now I design everything around those beauties. πŸ˜€

And it turns out – there are a lot of us.

I researched them a bit, and found the first mention of (then called) Patchwork Squares in a publication from the late 1800s πŸ€“ The book is called “Victorian crochet by weldon and company published in 1895”. It is wildly speculated that women used every and any scrap of yarn to make a warm blanket, and came up with this pretty pattern…probably long before 1895. πŸ˜‰ I could not find any info why they’re called ‘Granny Squares’ though. If you know, please tell us! 😊

Now let’s take a look at what’s out there in the Patchwork department…

I do like this dress 😏


These are cute…

         
       

Sir Paul rocks the ‘Granny Square’ 😜

Now, dresses, skirts, tops I can see myself wearing, but the pants are not for me πŸ™ƒ

       
What about you? Would you rock the pants? If you just uttered a giddy ‘Yes’ … Alright! πŸ˜€ I do admire the wild and crazy you! 😁

While those  β¬†οΈ  are a touch and go, for these here ⬇️ I only have a firm ‘No’ 😳

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    The top maybe, but the shorts (panties?) are a ‘Nope’! 

But that’s just me…. 😊 Again, if you love it… Go and rock it! πŸ€—
These are the most notable outfits I could fine. I’m sure there are a lot more out there. If you find/made a spectacular piece- I’d love to see it! πŸ˜ƒ

Thank you for visiting! πŸ’œ I hope you enjoyed your stay! 

Come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ All images I found on Pinterest. Source (if available) are by the photos. 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ MomentΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for coming back! 

For today’s Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment I picked some beautiful wearable art by Beverly Ash Gilbert. 

Her motto is ‘Color feeds the soul’, and this shows through in all her felted creations. 😍

On her website http://www.beverlyashgilbert.com/gallery/galleryoffiberart.html she says 
“My goal is to inspire you with fun new ways to use color

Whether your passion is making and appreciating art or

Beautifying your business and home in small or large ways 

Color Feeds the Soul”

Here are 2 examples of her work ….

         
Stunning, aren’t they? πŸ’•

I don’t know Beverly personally, but I feel that I’ll get to know one of her creations up close and personal very soon. 😁

I hope you enjoyed today’s pick. πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 


A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for taking a moment to peek in. 

Today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ is another Pinterest find – a cute needle felted miniature from Lisa Jordan.


On her Blog she says…

“Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.”

She is a very talented crafter as you can see for yourself when you visit her on Blogspot 😁

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an artist’s world. πŸ€—

I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress Wednesday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

 ~ Tina xoxo 

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