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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crochet anything... on: June 09, 2008 12:36:25 AM
About 12 months ago, a lovely lady at my work had offered to teach me to crochet, and she was also teaching her daughter.  She brought me in a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, and showed me how to do a granny square.  Well, sort of.  She was trying to remember how to do it and hadn't done if for MANY years.  In the end, it just got put aside, and I hadn't thought of it since, until last week. 

Now, due to irritating pregnancy circumstances, I am forced, for the next few months (and have done for the last couple, actually) to spend a large proportion of my day laying down.  This is very boring and annoying, because I have a pretty active mind and so lack of stimulation causes severe mental agony.  So I've been trying to come up with various ways to keep myself entertained.  So this week, I decided to try to learn to crochet on my own.  I pulled out the yarn and the hook, and had a bit of a go at it.  What I remembered was very shoddy, and as I said she'd only showed me a square.  So I checked out the net, watched a couple of videos, read some tutorials, and after a few practice runs, ended up with this little baby:



I started off doing single crochet, and then after a few rows decided to try something else.  So I learned the double, and did three rows of that.  Then alternated 3 rows of single and double for about... ohhh a metre and a bit, maybe 130 centimetres (that's about 4 feet 3 inches) and then finished off with another block of single. 

Here is some detail of the stitching



I know it's not fabulous, but I'm still pretty proud of myself.  It's a good length, although pretty skinny.  And very scratchy, cos it's acrylic yarn.  So I don't think I'll ever wear it.  But it was a good practice run, and I feel very confident now.  In fact, I think I'm addicted.  DH took me shopping and helped me pick out some more yarn and some more hooks and a "Learn to Crochet" book, so I'm all set.  I've started my next scarf, with some much nicer, softer yarn, and will post that up when it's finished.

Any comments or criticism more than welcome.  And thanks for looking!  If you made it this far, you deserve a round of applause, because I do tend to ramble on a bit.....   Grin

2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Two new bibs - a bit wordy, and four pics. on: June 09, 2008 12:15:31 AM
I've done a couple more baby bibs, one for my as-yet-unborn-DD (come on September...) and one for my friend's new baby boy.  Well, he's actually 7 weeks old now, but I'm a little slow to get around to it... 

Here's a shot of the two bibs...



Ok, first here's the detail of the one for the baby boy.  Yep, his name is Campbell (cutest name EVER, and boy is he adorable!).  I did this completely in backstitch, call me crazy but I think that stitch is more "boyish" than the others that I can do... Undecided

rocket ship...


and lettering...


And here is the one for my baby.  Split stitch around the outside, stem stitch in the middle of the wings, and satin stitch for the body. 



For both of these, I used tearaway stabiliser.  It worked GREAT for the butterfly, which I did first, but with the rocket ship, I found that it pulled the stitches away quite badly, and I had to do some damage control in a couple of places.   Angry  I think this is to do with the back stitch not being as "strong" as the other stitches.  Maybe??  Anyone know?  Either way, I've now found some water soluble stabiliser on eBay which I'm waiting to be delivered, so this should probably solve the problem anyway. 

By the way, so sorry about the shadowy photos, this house has terrible lighting issues.  Perhaps also has to do with the photographer...  Tongue

Comments and criticism appreciated.  And thanks for looking!!  Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Bib for my baby! on: May 24, 2008 06:44:47 AM
I got so excited by posting my first piece of work, that I quickly whipped out the stitch-it-kit and some blank bibs that were just waiting to be embroidered, and ..... voila!  I give you the first bib for my baby girl (coming September 4th to a delivery room near you....)


It's a pound cake with butter cream in the centre, pink icing, and raspberries on top!  So excited about my first French Knots!  Even though they're a bit rubbish, I'm amazed they didn't end up tangled messes, so it's all good!

And here it is, full sized... (sorry about the hoop marks!  Told you I was excited... I couldn't even wait for the iron to warm up!!)


Mmmmm... I really want cake now....

By the way, any tips for embroidering on towelling are welcome.  Boy that stuff snags easily!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / First Project Posted - First Teatowel - Pic Heavy on: May 24, 2008 12:55:05 AM
I've been lurking for quite a while, gaining inspiration (read: being terrified by everyone's skills) and putting off posting any of my meager efforts.  But the time has come.  So here we go, another "first teatowel" post.  I've actually had my stitch-it-kit for over a year, and also bought Sublime Stitching, but with planning a wedding and growing a baby and planning an interstate move, my head's kind of been elsewhere.  So it's taken a mighty long time to get this done.  Anyway, here goes:  (fingers crossed I get this photo posting thing right....)

OK, first up, this is the whole teatowel (folded over in the middle so the empty space wasn't showing:



Here are the three fruits, Strawberry, Pineapple and Cherry.  I'm not so fond of the pineapple, I think I have a bit of practice to do on my satin stitch:



And then the tea party - Two coffee cups and a coffee pot.  I experimented with different amounts of thread, and am happiest with the split stitch detail in the middle of the coffee pot, rather than the cups.  This was done with two threads rather than 3 on the others (makes more sense to be an even number really):



Phew!  There we go.  I'd love to hear any comments anyone might have; as I said, this is my first project so any (constructive) criticism is welcome and appreciated.  Thank you!!
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