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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Creative Conversion of Vintage Wrapping Sheet

What do you do when you must wrap in a hurry? You make do with what you have. Since I was in that situation a while ago, I did exactly that. I had this wrapping paper and didn't know what to do with it. It was just sitting there, you know, not doing any thing. I was to wrap in a hurry. Weigh these two down and you realize you will have to go with it. So, I grab the sheet and start a-wrappin!

The sheet was too pink so I decided to tone it down a bit and add some more bright colors. I cross-bowed fluorescent ribbon in yellow and green. Put a bunched-up flower made with silver wired ribbon and added a flower made on a loom. This is what it looked like:


Still not happy with the result, I grabbed some of my left-over net pieces. I had this amazing lilac shimmery net and wrapped the whole thing in it. I left the bunch out so that it looked pweettyy. This was the end result:

I was satisfied and so was the little girl who received it. Smiles all around! =)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Learning Crochet: Making a Crochet Bow

Using double crochet and a very helpful video, I was able to make this cute little bow:





And so I believe since I have learnt the basic stitches, I may be able to do more! A major project is underway right now...I'm going to make a pillow cover using a simple granny square. Shhhhh!

Learning Crochet: Double and Triple Crochet Stitches

Crochet adventures are going well so far. I have now mastered the single and double crochet stitches and have moved on to triple/treble crochet:



I know right now something has gone seriously wrong with my triple crochet but I have figured it out.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Learning Crochet: Single Crochet Stitch



Crochet adventures are under way! It's been two days since, and I have so far learnt the basic chain stitch and the single crochet stitch. As you can see in the picture above, I have got one row of the base stitch, i.e. the chain stitch and I am on my second row of single crochet.

The first row of single crochet seemed fairly easy. However, the second row of stitches was not so. I couldn't figure out how to switch it as the piece was now upside down. I don't have an instructor either so I thought Id switch hands instead. Here's a short clip:

video

I still need more practice obviously but I'm positive I can do it!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Taking up Crochet: New Hobby? Maybe ...


Sitting idle is not really my forte. Since I have been feeling so discouraged to craft, I have decided to officially take some time off. Life has unsettling ways of distracting us but we have to keep the ball rolling. While the buzz is ongoing and till we find a solution, I am going to take up a new hobby.

This is one I have thought of adopting every now and again. The problem was always: I need some one to teach me...it's complicated. However, I have come to learn that in life, you are your own teacher and your own student. Self-sufficiency goes a long way. So, I dove into the vast expanse of the internet, I threw the line and now have caught the fish, so to speak. I have found a wonderful website that has instructions and videos on how to crochet for beginners. Visit this site here.

Anyhoo...Let's see how it goes. When it comes to crochet, I really need an instructable for dummies kind of thing. But, I'll make do with this one :)

So far, I have learnt how to make the basic chain stitch (it's the easiest I guess). Now moving on to the single crochet stitch. This one seems to be a little complicated. Off to learn it now...will keep you all updated!