Sunday, 30 December 2012

Happy New Year



Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Creative paper cutting / book review






As with most Japanese craft books Creative Paper Cutting is very beautifully photographed and presented. There are clear instructions on the different ways of folding paper, cutting and all you need to do to make the various patterns is to trace or copy them from the book. This book will get you started easily. All you need are scissors of craft knife and paper. It’s a great Christmas present for craft loving people and a great resource for self made paper Christmas decoration. A clever part of the book shows you how to use candy wrappers and shopping bags for free paper and inspiration. It gives you a good launching point for experimentation, as well as many different projects to do as-is.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Rug



Pattern note
Rug is crocheted holding two strands of cotton together, as if holding only one strand with a 6.0mm crochet hook.
1st round: ch 8, join with sl st to first ch to form a ring
2nd round: ch 4 (count as dc and ch1), 1dc, ch1 - 15 times into ring. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch4, 16dc
3rd round: sl st into next ch 1 space. Ch 5 (count as dc and ch2), Miss next dc. (1 dc in next ch1 space, cj 2. Miss next dc) 15 times. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch5.
4th round: ch 1, *1sc, 3dc,1sc in next ch2 space. Miss next dc. Rep from * 15 times. Join with sl st to first sc.
5th round: sl st in each of first 2dc. Ch 3, 4 dc in same space as last sl st. Drop loop from hook. Insert hook from front to back in top of ch3. Pull dropped loop through - beg popcorn made. Ch 5. Miss next 4 sts. *5 dc in next dc. Drop loop from hook. Insert hook from front to back in 1st dc of 5 dc group. Pull dropped loop through - popcorn made. Ch 5. Miss next 4 sts. Rep from * 14 times. Join with sl st to beg popcorn.
6th round: sl st in each of first 3 ch of 5 ch. Ch 1. 1 sc in same space as last sl st. Ch 8. Miss next pocorn stich. 1 sc in next ch 5 space. Ch 8. Miss next popcorn stich – 15 times. Join with sl st to first sc.
7th round: sl st in first 6 ch space. Ch 1. (1 sc, 2 hdc, 7 dc, 2 hdc, 1sc) in same ch 8 space. Miss next sc. *1 sc, 2 hdc, 7 dc, 2 hdc, 1sc in next chane 8 space. Miss next sc. Rep from * 14 times. Join with sl st to first sc.
8th round: sl st to the center of 7 dc group. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. Ch 6. Miss next 2 dc. Yoh and draw up a loop in next dc. Yoh and draw trough two loops on hook. Miss next 6 sts. Yoh and draw up a loop in next dc. Yoh and draw trough two loops on hook. Yoh and draw trough all loops on hook – dc2tog made. Ch 6. Miss next 2 dc. * 1sc in next dc. Ch 6. Miss next 2 dc. Dc2tog. Ch 6. Miss next 2 dc. Rep from * 14 times. Join with sl st to first sc.
9th round: 3dc in each ch 6 space.  Join with sl st to first dc.
10th round: ch 3 (count as dc), dc in each st around. Join with sl st to first dc.
11th round:  ch 3 (count as dc), dc in same space. *dc in next six dc. 2dc in seventh dc. Rep from * around. Increase made.
12th round: No increase, just rep round 10.
13th round: Increase every 8th dc space.
14th round: No increase, just rep round 10.
15th round: Increase every 9th dc space……and so on.