Crochet Beaded Flat Weave Bracelet / Cording

crochetbeadedfobSeveral months ago I posted (on my Facebook page, Karen  Glasgow Follett Designs) a Turkish Flat weave bracelet that I made.  The pattern for this bracelet created a lovely staggering of beads that ended in a loop and vintage button closure.

I wanted a pattern of flat weave beaded cording that had a bit more symmetry. The pattern that I devised creates a crochet “cording” that is symmetrical, reversible and would be great to use for bracelets, laniards, necklaces, – or as pictured – scissor fobs with attached tassel pincushion. (I got tired of losing embroidery scissors)

 

 

The materials that you will need include:

Size 10 (ish) crochet thread. I used a nylon thread that was a bit larger than a typical size 10

Size 7 (1.65 mm) steel crochet hook

Size 6 Seed beads (or bead sizing of your choosing) *The combination of hook, thread and bead sizing yields approximately 5 rows or 10 beads per inch*

Toggle or closures of choice

Large eye needle (to weave in ends and secure toggle or closures) You can use a sewing needle and thread if you wish to use a vintage button as a closure

Fabric glue

Scissors

Stitches Used

Chain – Ch

Bead chain – BCh (move a bead close to hook and work a chain stitch that will encompass the bead)

Single crochet  – Sc.

Slip stitch- sl st

Pattern

Allowing a long tail to secure clasp, Ch 2,

  1. Work a sc in the 2nd ch from hook (you can work additional sc to accommodate a button closure if needed) Turn

2. BCh, sl st to sc, turn

3. Bch, sc in base of the sl st (work over the slip stitch) turn

Repeat 2 and 3 until desired length.  (add extra chains if you want to create a loop closure)

Leave a long tail to stitch clasp, Cut and secure thread.

Weave in ends.

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Embroidering and Upcycling for the Holidays – Wreath

 

I will admit that I am a garage sale, estate sale,and auction addict. My love for fabrics and crafts provides fuel for that sales addiction. One of the ways that I rationalize my addiction is to believe that, with every purchase, I am saving items from becoming landfill.  The only problem with that rationalization is that by saving the earth from additional landfill, I am creating a personal landfill in my own home.

The creation of this holiday wreath is an example of how I am putting my collecting landfill to use and – in my mind – saving the planet by beginning the landfill reduction within my own home. (anyway, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it)

To create this wreath, I dug in to my collection of buttons, sequins and beads. I also unearthed some old stained damask napkins (you know … the ones that you find at estate sales where the proprietor always assures you that there are no stains on the carefully taped napkin bundle??? I fall for that hunk of malarky every time!) from the fabric stash. I also dug through the embroidery floss for some greens and some browns.

After starching and ironing a napkin, I discovered an area that was about 6 inches of stain free fabric. (use good light for this, some stains with not show themselves readily)  I found a 4 inch diameter circular lid that I used to draw a wreath base.

After hooping the napkin in an embroidery frame, I stem stitched in the brown floss over the wreath base line.  Varying the shades, I then used random fly stitching and back stitching to create the greenery of wreath.

Beginning with my focal point (which in this case was the rhinestone button) I overlaid and stitched buttons and sequins around the wreath.  (I used a North – South then East – West approach to better balance the design)

Since I decided that this upcycle was going to become a wall decoration, I needed a much more substantial drape to this piece.  So I used a combination of spray adhesive and a craft stabilizer sheet to give this piece the stability that it needs.

Circular items are so attractive, but circular frames are difficult to find.  You can always create your own by stitching you finished work to some plastic canvas, felt or other stable background. I have seen frames created from mason jar lids, embroidery hoops and and grapevine branches. Personally, I crochet, so I created the crochet frame that is shown with this wreath. The frame is available as a paid pattern in my ravelry or etsy shop  (links provided below)

As Creatives, we often find inspiration reading and seeing the projects that other people create.  Hopefully this little post inspires you to enjoy and create from your collection. Happy Holidays!

Links to frame patterns;

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/circular-crochet-picture-frames

https://www.etsy.com/listing/494235227/crochet-circular-frames-crochet-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Fairy Habitat

I collect Liddle Kiddle dolls from the 1960s. Some of my “rescue” dolls get rehabbed in to fairies for my granddaughter .  Well, these fairies  needed an autumnal home … and we made one. 

I’m not big with paying the going rate for the carvable craft pumpkins, so we went paper mache .  We (meaning my 6 year old granddaughter and I ) found a few paper mache pumpkins for under 5 dollars. I carved the opening with a craft knife. Then a few coats of gesso (don’t skip the gesso!) a coupla coats of acrylic paint and then a sealer and viola! A pumpkin cottage that any fairy would love to call home. The carpet is crocheted in worsted weight. The pink chair is the miniature doll chair that is a free pattern on my blog. The fireplace and the other chair are from the calico corners critter collection.

This was a great weekend project (with some drying help from the hair dryer) Excluding the dolls and the furniture, the cost of this project was well under 20 dollars. 

We wish you all a happy fall, a happy Halloween ,  a blessed Samhain and a glorious autumn full of fun and flavor! 💖

This is the first time that I have posted from my phone … hope the universe doesn’t implode when I  hit “send!”

Cross Stitch Sugar Skull

I am still experiencing my learning skill with cross stitch, so any charts that I “put out there” are going to be pretty simple. (which can be a plus, since you can make them quickly and while watching TV, etc)  When I drafted the colors of the chart, I was working on a white background.  HOWEVER, when I did the sample, I worked on a cream background.  No big deal, right?

As I worked the chart, I grew more and more disgruntled with the colors. Then I had one of those “duh” eureka moments! It was a big deal to switch from a white background to a cream background. I had to shift my color palate to complement the cream 14 count aida.  So if you notice the difference in colors between the chart and the finished piece – now you know the reason.

The crocheted frame is offered as a paid pattern. There are currently 3 size variations of the frames included in one pattern. The patterns will be available via my Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy storefronts.

Enjoy!

sugar-skulls

 

 

 

Kansas City Royal Moon Cross Stitch Pattern

royalmoonWe love our Royals! Whether we are winning or allowing other teams to win, that Royal moon will forever shine over Kansas City.

I created this cross stitch pattern last summer.  I decided to post the pattern to my site for others to enjoy.  I’m pretty proficient at many forms of needlework …. but cross stitch is definitely not one of those forms.  So trust that this design is very simple.

The aida (I did this on 11 count with 3 strands of floss) was hand dyed using layers of blue acrylic dye that had been thinned with water.  This gives the aida a beautiful mottled effect. Please note that you can use dye or paint, but be careful that you don’t “clog up” the stitching holes of the aida.  (this is a more definite possibility if you are using paint)  After the aida is dry, iron with a very hot and steamy iron.

The floss colors that I used are black, white and gold metallic. To save the black ink of the printer, I created the chart showing the outlines of the skyline.  You can either keep this as an outline or fill in with stitches as I did.   The chart is included below. If you have trouble with the copy, please feel free to email me at underthemoon3@aol.com

Enjoy!

Karen

skylinekcroyals

Crochet Bath /Spa Pouf Puff

CROCHET BATH / SPA POUF PUFF

Karen Glasgow Follett Designs 2016

These crochet puffs are a generous size of 12 inches in circumference. The puffs suds up liberally with your body washes and bar soaps. And best of all – THESE PUFFS ARE WASHABLE!!! No more puffs that turn into shower science experiments!!!! Easy to create and great cotton stash busters!!!

MATERIALS NEEDED

1 ball (approx 2.5 oz) 4ply ww Cotton Yarn

Size “K” (6.5 mm) crochet hook

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Safety pin or stitch marker

 STITCHES USED

Magic Circle – this is a method that creates a virtually “no hole” center. If you do not wish to do the magic circle, begin your work with by chaining 4 and joining to beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Single Crochet – Sc                                     

Double Crochet – Dc

Slip Stitch – Sl st

Chain – Ch

PATTERN

Work a Magic Circle or Ch 4 and Join to beginning ch with a sl st.

Ch 30 and join to the magic or ch 4 circle. (this create the hanging loop)

***Mark the beginng stitch of each round with a stitch marker***

Rnd 1, Ch 1, Work 25 Sc in the beginning circle. 

             Join to beginning sc with a sl st. Tighten circle

Rnd 2, Ch 3 (acts as first Dc)  Work 4 more dc in the same stitch.

            Work 5 dc in each stitch around. 

            Join to beginning ch 3 with a sl st.

Rnd 3,  Ch 3, Repeat Rnd 2.  Join to beginning ch 3 with a sl st.

Cut and secure yarn and weave in ends.

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 KarenGlasgowFollettDesigns 2016

 

 

                                  

Crochet Simple Spa Cloth Pattern

simplespacloth

 

Materials

4ply ww cotton 1 ball / skein

Size “I” (5.5mm) crochet hook

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

 

Stitches / Terms Used

Chain – Ch

Single Crochet – Sc

Ch – 1 sp, – Chain 1 space

Slip stitch – Sl st

Pattern

Ch 32

Row 1,  Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. (31) Turn

Row 2,  Ch 1, Work a sc in each of the first 2 sc,  ch 1, skip next sc, *Work

                a sc in the next sc, ch 1, skip next sc* Repeat from * to * across

                to last 2 sc.  Work a sc in each of the last 2 sc.  Turn

Row 3,  Ch 1,  Work a sc in each of the first 2 sc, Work a sc in the first ch – 1 sp.

              *Ch 1, skip next sc, Work a sc in the next ch – 1, sp* Repeat from * to *

               across to last 2 sc.  Work a sc in each of the last 2 sc.  Turn

Row 4,  Ch 1, Work a sc in the first 2 sc, Ch 1, skip the next sc, *Work a sc in

               the next ch – 1 sp, Ch 1, skip next sc* Repeat from * to * across to

               last 2 sc.  Work a sc in each of the last 2 sc. Turn

Rows 5 through 30,  Repeat Rows 3 and 4.

Row 31, Ch 1, Work a sc in each sc across. 

Border

Without turning, Ch 1, Work 2 sc in the last sc of row 31,

Evenly space 29 sc along the side of the cloth to the corner,

Work 3 sc in the next stitch (corner made)

Work a sc in each of the foundation chains (29) to the next corner

Work 3 sc in the next stitch (corner made)

Evenly space 29 sc along the side of the cloth to the top corner

Work 3 sc in the next stitch (corner made)

Work a sc in each of the sc across (29) to last sc.  Work a sc in the same stitch as beginning sc of the border.

Slip Stitch in the beginning sc of the border,  Cut & Secure yarn, weave in ends.

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