Playing With Yarn & Colors ~ A Freeform Collage

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Are you enjoying the brilliant colors Mother Nature uses to paint the trees around us this time of year?

Every morning, while walking the dogs, I see more and more patches of reds and yellows pop up 😍

And some wonderful people have been sharing their Fall pictures on Facebook

Glorious…isn’t it?! I wanna jump right in! Don’t you? 😁

Seeing all these photos sparked an idea = Freeform Collage!

I’ve been trying my hand at Freeform Crochet Scrumbles, and am loving it!

So I got all my Fall-Color yarn out and went to town…no plan, just a picture in my mind.

Luckily I had the perfect yarn in my stash. πŸ˜ƒ

Like this one here – Fall colors in a skein…

And this beautiful handspun wool

And of course many more, but these two really stand out. πŸ™‚

And inch by inch it grew

Glorious Autumn – A Freeform Collage

It’s so much fun to play with the colors and different stitches.

Please watch for updates, and see the lake, sky, and more trees appear πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ

Do you think Freeform is for you? You should try it sometime – once in a while it’s good to let the crazy child inside you create πŸ™ƒ

Have fun! πŸ’•

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Your πŸŽ…πŸΌ Advent πŸ•― Calendar πŸŒ²

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Do you have an Advent Calendar? It’s a german tradition, and I’m happy to see that it really caught on here in the States over the last few years. πŸ˜ƒ

I had one since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and remember being so excited every morning to open that little door. A piece of chocolate before school…gasp…unheard of the rest of the year πŸ˜†

Of course my daughter had the ‘chocolate behind the little door’ one since she can walk. When she was 8 or 9 we got fancy. πŸ‘ΈπŸ» In a magazine I found a pattern for a crochet/quilted wall hanging/Advent Calendar. The middle is a crochet Santa, the border is quilted. 24 buttons hold little bags with treats. This year is the first year that it’s not hanging in my house. But…she found a nice spot for it in her new home 😍

So…are you ready to take a peek behind the first door?

Introducing ‘Clementine’ – she’s my little Christmas elf. Every year around this time she makes an appearance πŸ’• Well, she looked around, and wanted to take selfies with her favorite scarf ‘Falling Leaves’. After a few failed attempts she let me help. 😁

Have a beautiful December! πŸŒ²πŸ•―πŸ€ΆπŸ»

I hope you stop by tomorrow to open door # 2 ☺️

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

‘Bohemian Oasis’ ~ The Crochet-Along Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Show of hands    πŸ™‹πŸ»   Who has started this project? Are your squares done and joined?
If not – no worries, this will keep. 😊

Once they’re joined you want to continue with a few rows of Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.
This stitch is a double crochet, worked into the spaces between the stitches of the former row, instead of the loops at the top.

I picked black as a separating color between the sections, because it serves as a ‘frame’ for each section. It separates colors you normally wouldn’t put next to each other, and makes them ‘go together’. And – I think – it adds a bit of a ‘dramatic’ flair to the piece. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Note: If you take a closer look at the picture you’ll see that I stitched the first and last dc of every row in black as well. You can save yourself that hassle    πŸ˜   My thought was to give the piece an instant border, in case you don’t want to add one at the end. Oooops 😳  it’ll definitely needs a separately stitched border.

Ready? Alright – here we go….

Row 1:
Attach your yarn to the corner space of the first square and work a dc.
One dc between the next 2 dc of the previous row. *One dc between the next 2 dc.
2 dc in ch1 space of the previous row. Continue from * to the last corner space. Place 1dc in that space.
2dc between the top 2 vertical stitches of the join, 2 dc in the space next to it.
Repeat for all squares and join rows.

Row 2 & 3
Attach a new color, and ch3. Work both rows in the Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.

Row 4
With black yarn work one row of Offset-Filet-Net Stitches.

Row 5  – The Bobble Stitch



A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.

Start this row by attaching a new yarn color.
1 hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in 2nd stitch *1 Bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row. End with 2hdc

Row 6
2sc, *sc in eye of bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row  7
4 sc, *1 bobble (in the middle one of the 3sc of the previous row) 3sc. Repeat from *
End row with 4sc

Row 8
Repeat Row 6

Row 9
Repeat Row 5

Row 10
black dc across

I’m gonna stop this right now and  let you catch up πŸ€“

I really, really hope that this makes sense to you – if not, just holler. I’m just a quick message away! πŸ“¬

Now have fun with your yarn and hook    πŸ˜ƒ   Play with your colors    πŸŒˆ This is a great stashbuster, isn’t it?! 😁

Next time we’ll use the Tapestry Stitch and the Star Stitch – that’s a great one….you’ll love it. Wanna see? Okay…here it is


Other than this…there’s not much going on here. Kind of a boring slow week 😜
So I’ll let you go now. Take good care of yourself. πŸ’œ

Thanks for stopping by! 😍

I hope to hear from you soon – let me know how far you’ve gotten with your ‘Bohemian Oasis’

Until then πŸ’•


 

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’•

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 

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