Crochet ~ Along Part IIIΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the (overdue) Part III of the ‘Wallhanging CAL’ 

Have you been waiting for it? I’m so sorry that it took me ’til now to tell you how to go on. πŸ˜• Next time this happens (which I hope is never!) just yell holler at me. 😊

So let’s hop on the CAL train πŸš‚ ⬅️ Ha… how cute is this? 

Row 11 – The Tapestry Stitch 

This one is really easy. πŸ˜ƒ It’s a great way to use and showcase the beautiful (and valuable) handspun yarn in your stash without breaking the bank. 😍

Besides the handspun yarn I used some frizzy yarn (pick a thin yarn or you won’t be able to see the underlying one)


Now just work a row of double crochet stitches across, while guiding the spun yarn, and enclosing it in each dc.

Of course I forgot to take pictures…so I recreated the stitch on another piece (which has nothing to do with the CAL πŸ™‚)

Make a loop in the first stitch, position the spun yarn across your piece. For the first dc make sure that the yarn you work with is behind the stationary yarn. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, finish your dc as usual.

Work all stitches very loosely because 1. the yarn is very thin, and 2. you don’t wanna ‘choke’ your pretty handspun yarn. πŸ€“

Row 12 Dc in black 

Row 13 – 18 – The Star Stitch 

Each Star stitch row really consists of two rows, the ‘Star’ base and a row of hdc stitches. I used 3 different colors, but it’s also very beautiful in one color….that’s completely up to you of course 😁

I found a great photo tutorial at ‘The Spruce’. She’s doing such a great job explaining this stitch that I, instead of copying her, just give you the link to her page. If you’ve never done this stitch or need a refresher ‘course’, click here πŸ˜ I hope you don’t mind! 😍

Row 19 Dc in black 

Row 20 Tapestry stitch – same colors as Row 11

Row 21 Dc in black 

Row 22 Change color to turquoise. Ch3, *skip 2 stitches, Dc 3 in next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row. 1 dc in last stitch. 

There…that’s it for Part III. You have my word that you’ll have the next part in front of you next week. πŸ€“

If you missed the beginning, here is 

Part I 

and 

Part II 

Have you started yet? Let me know how far along you are already. 😊 Or do you plan to but get constantly interrupted? πŸ˜‹ What to do? 

She’s ⬇️ got it right 🀣


Thanks for visiting and reading πŸ’• 

Ohhh…tomorrow is WIP Wednesday and I finally have something to show ya 😎

I hope you will be back to take a peek πŸ’œ

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Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

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 

A Fiber ~ Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ πŸ€—

While clicking through Pinterest these 3-D Tapestries caught my eye. Here’s one of my favorites…


Isn’t it amazing? 

Here’s another gorgeous piece 


The artist is Martina Celerin from Bloomington, Indiana. 

On her Blog  she says 

“I am a fiber artist. I create 3 dimensional weavings using reclaimed and recycled materials. I love to create tapestries that are stories of the world around me – people I’ve met, places I’ve been and things that make me smile.”

I do not know her, but her talent leaves me in awe. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ , and maybe even found some inspiration while looking at the beautiful weavings. 😊

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Roommate: Mother Nature

As the days get shorter, the days chilly, and the evenings colder there is, sadly, not too much opportunity anymore to enjoy Mother Nature in my yard. So I’m working on bringing her inside.
I stopped living with indoor plants because the Army moved us around a lot, and I always had to leave my beloved plants behind. So eventually I stopped buying them. But now we’re settled in a nice home, and we’re here to stay. Between you and me…have been for a while, and I did have a Christmas Cactus, a little Palm, and an Aloe plant. Then one day it hit me – I can have as many plants as I want, and I get to keep them! 😍

So I went shopping, and brought home some pretties ~and a vintage stand from a Thrift Store!
*Sorry about the lighting – it was a sunny day…cold, but bright


I bought a beautiful ‘Peace Lily’ for the bathroom

….and a cactus  ~ Meet ‘Albert’ 😊

 

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‘Albert’ is about 23″ tall (with pot), and named after the other guy with the crazy white hair! 😏

The patio-door space, and my studio window are reserved for the 3 Hibiscus trees that have to come inside soon.

No more bright sunlit spots, so I’m done….I thought.
During a trip to the store I found a (relatively) new plant that doesn’t like bright light, prefers the medium light. Yay! I bought 4 and they now live in the dimmer corners of the house…the bedroom dresser, the bookshelf, the dining room table.


This magic plant is called ‘Red Aglaonema’. It’s one of the easiest houseplants to grow, and keep nice.
This beauty displays dark green leaves, generously flushed with various shades of red or pink. It looks great year-round, but now it makes a great alternative to the (more fickle) Poinsettia.
Take one to the office! It’ll spruce up your workspace, and a plant at work can make you more efficient and improve your memory (according to University research)

How to care for your ‘Red Aglaonema’
~Keep it away from direct sunlight – if you want to place it in a sunny window, please protect it with a sheer curtain
~Medium water needs – allow soil to dry between thorough waterings
~Fertilize a couple times a year with any houseplant fertilizer.

Besides being super-easy to care for, it’ll work really hard to purify the air you breathe!
I told you it’s awesome! πŸ’•

Now, tell me, do you wanna run out and get a few? Please show me where your new ‘roommate’ lives! 😎

Oh…one more thing…if you have cats, dogs, kids that think plants are a special snack – please check out the info on this link before you buy any plants!

http://www.flowershopnetwork.com/blog/10-houseplants-poisonous-to-dogs-cats-or-children/

Alrighty…now go shopping!

Hope to see you next time

~Tina xoxo

 

PineCone Home Decor Project – revealed

Now you’ll (finally!) πŸ€“ find out what I did with the pretty pine cones I told you about this morning in my post Dear (Decor) Diary

I did bake the cones for an hour at 200 degrees/F.
Honestly – I did like them better before the baking. So I think, if I make another project, I’d just clean them – how? Find out right here Home Decor DIY ~ Stage 1
Especially in a project where they are more visible.

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before

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after


What do you think?  They lost their luster, didn’t they? But – what’s done is done, and they still work quite well for our arrangement.

Here’s what you need …
~a glass vase

~your pine cones

 ~Potpourri

 ~decorative glass gems 

~1. Start by filling the vase with the gems – about 2″ high.

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~2. Then add the pine cones and the Potpourri in layers.
I started with some Potpourri, set a pine cone on top – against the side of the vase, added more Potpourri, a cone on the other side, and so on.

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~3. When you work your layers, make sure you have 2 or 3 pine cones left over – sticking out at the top they’ll give your arrangement the pretty ‘fall-y’ touch.
*This is not where it’ll stay – it’s just the ‘darkest’, yet still ‘light-enough-for-a-photo’ corner in my house…everywhere else the reflection of the window hid all the details.

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And you’re done!   😍    Pretty easy, wasn’t it?
I hope you enjoy making your ‘Fall-Arrangement’! Please don’t forget to show me what you made!

Before you go – here is where mine lives now…

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*see what I mean ‘reflection-wise’

I hope you will join me next time when I’ll show you what you can make with dried leaves, book pages, and ModPodge! 🍁
(The leaves are still being pressed, and not quite dry yet)

Take care! πŸ’•
~Tina xoxo