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cross stitch patterns. Please, come back often. :)

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29/06/2011

more crochet

Now you can see the two little crocheted bags I made as presents for two lovely little girls.
I crocheted them as a circle, with single crochet all along, I have to admit I prefer the look of it if done around than in rows. I only did one row of double crochet to weave in the cords. Then I crocheted together the bottoms, added some crocheted flowers that I am really enjoying doing right now, and the light blue one also has a picot edging. I added lining and a zip.

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20/06/2011

New freebie to stitch

This free pattern can be finished in more than one way.

I made this little pincushion out of it. Still thinking whether to add a button in the middle or not.

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This is what it looked like before stitching a line of backstitch around it and whipstitching the sides together:

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Here is the pattern for you. I drew it in blue, but I stitched it in my favourite DMC 115 colour. I think it might also look good in rainbow colours, feel free to experiment with it.

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Since it is quite big, I made a cut off of a quarter of the pattern, to make printing easier, this is actually enough, you just turn it around 90 degrees :)

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I really like how the pincushion turned out. But on the other hand, I am thinking to stitch it again in a flat version, perhaps for a cushion. But then I would use it turned around 45 degrees, like this:

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I thought that this way I might need something to put into the corners. So I came up with this version. But again, I am not sure I will keep to these colours. (Sorry, my program doesn't let me turn the pattern 45 degrees.)

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I find it interesting how the modern stile of the lines and the traditional form of the flowers meet. Hope you will like it too.

19/06/2011

Crocheted jewellery

Hello, friends,
Sorry I haven't written for so long. I haven't been stitching much lately, spent most of my time crocheting. Here is the result. Most of it was done with no written instructions, so I will try and give some explanation how I made them if someone is interested. But don't expect me to write a real crochet pattern, I still have difficulty understanding them, let alone writing :D I am still a very beginner crocheter.

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The necklace was made like this: I chained 76, then did two rows of double crochet (By the way, I think I use the American terms, that's how I learned them.) In the second row I increased five stitches. I simply marked the middle stitch, and counted 4 in both direction, marked those stitches, then counted 4 again and marked again. So I had 5 stitches marked. I did two double crochet in those, that's how the semi-circular shape was formed. I didn't know how it would turn out, I was just experimenting, but it did work. :)
Finally, I did a row of single crochet, with a 3-chain picot in every 4th stitch.
To finish, I made a chain on both ends, attached a magnetic clasp, and sewed small dark grey beads on the picots.


The bracelet is just a 7-stitch wide single crochet band. When I had the desired length, I decreased on the two sides to make a rounded edge. Then I did the same single crochet with the picots edging on the two sides, and added a small 4-chain loop at the rounded end for a buttonhole. Sewed on the beads and a tiny button.


Another necklace - for my taste it is a bit clumsy, but I can see such things everywhere so it must be the fashion right now :D :D

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This was made by chaining about 50 (cannot really count it now) then doing two double crochets in each chain. At the end I didn't turn the row but went around and continued on the other side of the same chains. Then I did the same single crochet with picots edge all around. Didn't sew beads though, because I though it might be overdoing it. It is also finished with - this time shorter - chains and closed with a small loop and a bead because I had no more clasps at home :D


I also made some flowers using different video tutorials on youtube. The dark blue was made into a pin (I just sewed a safety pin on the back, have to buy some professional finishing things!) and the light blue, with a button in the middle was attached to an elastic ring. The bigger light blue circle was just another trial piece of a double crochet band, I sewed the edges together and pulled a piece of elastic band in it, perfect for a ponytail.

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I also made two small pouches for telephones, just double crocheting all around. Not very professional. But he friends who received them liked them :)

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I have two more crocheted pieces but they are made as gifts, so don't want to show them before they are received. So more crochet to be expected. In the meanwhile, I will be coming back with some cross stitching, too.

15/06/2011

I won an award :)



Thank you, lostinblue for the award.

As I understand it, according to the rules of this award, I have to tell you a few random facts about myself. Hm...

* I love listening to audiobooks, actually since I discovered them, I read much less. Can you guess why? Of course, because you can stitch while listening. :)
* I have been singing in a choir for two years and that has been a wonderful experience for me, a whole new world of music opening up, and also I have become part of a wonderful group of people.
* I love languages and my dream is to learn a few more when I retire. In my life I have learnt Russian, English, German, Finnish, Italian, Georgian (!) and Estonian. Because of the Russian, I understand a bit of Croatian as well. Of course, this doesn't mean I can speak all these languages, only that I have spent some time with them. I can speak English well, and some Russian still, some basic Italian and that's all. And now I am learning Swedish.

What else? You can ask me, if there is anything else that is of interest, I can't come up with any more.


And now I would like to pass on this award to:

Brodösens blog
annekata
Ötletelő

Congratulations, I love your blogs.

04/06/2011

Some of my patterns stitched up

I have stitched some of the circles and made them into cards.

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And an unusual blackwork design:

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02/06/2011

New free blackwork patterns

I told you to expect some more blackwork patterns. I hope you like them. Please, feel free to change the colours, or stitch them with variegated thread. I would love to see some realisations of them. :)

Mondtam, hogy további blackwork minták várhatók. (Mi a blackwork magyarul? Tudja valaki?) Remélem, tetszik. Nyugodtan változtassátok meg a színeket, vagy használjatok színátmentes fonalat. Szívesen látnám a mintáim különböző megvalósulásait. :)


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And variations of the same pattern. És variációk egy témára.

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