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« on: December 26, 2011 12:25:40 AM »

   Cheesy  I just purchased a copy of this book. It is entitled 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.  It is priced at US. $21.95. I found several on ETSY, even a Japanese version.
  I am posting it here, since it includes BOTH knitting and crochet.
  I am also making beaded COVERED BUTTONS and beading some of my flowers.
  I am excited about making these flowers!  The book is arranged by difficulty, and has very good instructions and photos. I just made 2 of the Number 94, the Ruffled Rose, and an Ivy Leaf. I find it easier to work out a pattern for the first time in a
heavier yarn,like a worsted, before going to a fine crochet cotton.
  Since reading and interpreting patterns like this can be challenging, I am hoping we can help each other with them.
There will be no particular order, my only request is that you make a few notes in your posts to help each other, or be willing to ask and answer questions.
  One rule, is that we cannot post the actual patterns scanned from the book, for reasons of copyrights laws.  The other rule, is that you cannot post your flowers as an advertisement, or refer to selling in any way.(Except for your siggie)
  I would love to see the different projects your flowers are used on, regardless of medium.
  Anyone Game?
P.S. I tried to find reference to this book being done as a CAL previously, and did not find it. If there is an old thread, please let me know.
Karen

The Ruffled Rose (#94) is pictured in the lower right corner of second photo. I'll get my first photos up Monday.
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011 12:53:38 AM »

I bought this book from Amazon earlier this year. I haven't made any of the flowers yet.

I would particiate in the craftalong. IT would be cool to hear ideas to use the completed flowers.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011 01:05:16 AM »

  Hi, mandys_momma!  I'm excited to have you join me! I've been wanting to buy the book for a year now, and finally purchased it on ETSY. It happened to be a resale, but was in perfect condition.
  I think a few obvious ideas are: Brooches, Hair Clips, Greeting Cards,
Bookmarks, Journal Covers/ I-Pads, Purse Embellishments, Sew on scarves and Shawls. I saw a long narrow scarf the other day made with large roses, in a bulky yarn. they were linked together. Even a cluster of small flowers can be made into a statement necklace. This would be especially nice in a stiff cotton thread with beading. Any kind of fashion accessory, even sew a bunch of flowers around ribbons to decorate a vase. These are the first ideas I came up with.
   Do some "Yarn-Bombing" on a local tree?
I'm using the beaded buttons for flower centers.
Thanks for your reply!
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011 01:17:31 AM »

This is one of my favourite books Grin

I made a selection of the crochet flowers which I hang above my mantlepiece as Spring decorations and  a vase full of daffodils for my Mum.





 
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2011 12:10:17 PM »

This is one of my favourite books Grin

I made a selection of the crochet flowers which I hang above my mantlepiece as Spring decorations and  a vase full of daffodils for my Mum.





 


 That Sounds Lovely! Do you think you'd be willing to post a photo? I've been eyeing the daffodil pattern myself, and am needing to get some yellow for them. Did you wire the stems?
   Also, I'd love to have you join us, even if you have "mastered" this book! I'm not quite a crochet expert myself!  I find it a real challenge to work out the patterns sometimes.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011 02:52:37 AM »

I will happily share some pics and craftalong with you Grin

I need more flowers and butterflies for this Spring as my display was quite sparse last year. I don't have a pic of the full vase but I do have one of it partially filled. I used welding wire wrapped in yarn for the stems.

I'm hoping to master knittting with DPNs this year so this will give me some small projects to practise on.

My favourite so far is that fuchsia, Mum got that too to add to a knitted headband so I need to make more of those for this Spring/Summer.







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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2011 03:46:03 PM »

Kookaloo_Star... They are so wonderful! Thanks for posting! I really love your flowers, and butterflies have so many possibilities.
  I'll get my few first pics up soon... I have the flu right now. But I did get out and buy some supplies, since I needed yarn for my Uncle's sweater, before the dye lot disappeared! So I picked up a huge multi-colored pack of UNSTRANDED floss for this. I may still have to work out the patterns in heavier yarn first. I'm going to be working back and forth between a wool sweater and cotton flowers! The flowers will be my treat to myself for knitting all the wool.
   Double pointed needles aren't so bad, but try to get them in bamboo, they aren't quite so slippery as metal; and don't forget the end caps!
Michaels doesn't carry them in small sizes, but Joannes does. Plus, I have an old catalog to check out. I'll post the address if the link still works.
  
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2011 11:28:02 PM »

Thank you  Smiley

JoAnn and Micahel are no help to me, I live in England  Wink and inherited a ton of needles in various sizes (but mostly metal) when my friend Carol passed away last year so I will be using those and stash yarns/thread. My budget for crafting is virtually 0.

The flowers I've made so far have been in DK acrylic but I intend to use up some of my stash of #10 crochet thread on these too.
I want to make a garland of flowers.

I don't know when I will have a new flower to share but they are def' on my to-do list!

I'm also working on a sweater, the first one I've ever knit for my husband. He usually gets hats  Grin
and I have an ongoing snowflake project which I call "the blizzard" as I'm trying to make enough to give them to my entire family for their Xmas decorating - and I have a big family.

Sorry to hear you're ill, I have the flu too so know how you're feeling. Rest up and take it as easy as you can - more yarn time that way!




 
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2011 01:30:28 PM »

I really like this scarf idea:

http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/692519/5492617/0/1246695583/Crochet_Flower_Scarf.jpg
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2011 05:27:01 PM »

  KS- Sorry to hear you have the flu too! I'm taking a quick moment between knitting and movies. Sounds like you have a great stash of supplies you inherited, and I'm sorry to hear you lost a friend.
  MM- Thanks for posting the link! That's such a pretty scarf. I was looking for an idea of the sort, something wearable with lots of colors! Perhaps stitch it along the front edge of an un-buttoned  sweater or topper? 
 I'm going to try to get on my photos with tomorrow's daylight. See Ya later....
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