Sunflowers and a sale

Autumn flower headbandWorthy of it’s very own post, I just want to shout out a big zippadeedoodar. I’ve just sold my first headband and it’s a gorgeous orange sunflower that I made whilst sat in the sunshine yesterday. It’s a bittersweet story though as I was sat there thinking of our dear friend who has just passed away on Monday. Monday was such a grey, dingy day and then yesterday the sun was shining and it was glorious. I truely felt blessed to be alive, basking in the glow of the afternoon sun creating this gorgeous 3D flower.

Anyway, I posted the lace headband on a Facebook group and it was snapped up almost immediately. I’m so pleased that I’m making things that people want to buy and use for newborn photography props. It’s given me a real boost in confidence.

I can’t wait for the other half to come home so I can tell him all about it.

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WIPs Wednesday 4th March 2015

This past week I’ve been focusing on making flower headbands using cotton and mohair. I’ve also been playing with some knitted-in lace.

flower headband works in progress

At the start of the week the sun was streaming through my office, so I grabbed some cotton and found this pattern for making pansies. I attached it to a white cotton crochet chain and added a pearl bead as an embellishment. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.
Cotton and pearl blue and pink pansy tieback

Following on from the flower theme, I came up with my own pattern for creating a large sunflower. This one measures approximately 5cm in diameter and looks fabulous as an oversized flower. It’s attached to a black crochet chain to contrast against the flower.

Yellow and brown flower newborn tie back

I wanted to make something dainty to contrast against the cotton flowers I had made, so got out some of the gorgeous silk mohair yarn I’ve been working with recently and made a tiny little flower to match a pair of newborn trousers I’ve made recently.

Small flower pearl newborn posing prop

Finally, I had some knitted-in lace arrive that I had ordered the week before. After a few practices I figured out the best way to attach it to the pea bonnets I’ve been making. I love the effect, particularly as it really frames the face nicely. I’ve gone on to make these in a range of colours.

Photography props pea bonnets lace

What have you been making this past week?

Crochet flowers

Just living is not enough...one mustWe had some pretty weird weather yesterday, I think we managed to tick all the boxes

  • rain
  • sleet
  • snow
  • thunder & lightning
  • sunshine
  • hail

Is there any I’m missing?

I’m sooo fed up with this weather now that I’ve started yearning for summery things. My pinterest is starting to fill up with summer patterns and these include lots of lovely crochet flowers. I made the above pansy headband tie-back using cotton and detailed it with a pearl. What do you think? I used this pattern. I’d love to see any that you make.

Tutorial – Interchangeable button on flower

I love, love, love making gorgeous little hats for my little girl, but I wanted to find a way to match them with her outfits without having to make a billion different hats. The easiest way I thought to do this is to have detachable crochet flowers that a permanent button on the hat can attach to.

Newborn flower hat with button flower

Here’s the tutorial for these lovely little flowers:

Form a magic ring and ch 1
12 sc in the ring
sl st to join
*(1 sc
4 dc
1sc) in 1st stitch
sl st in next stitch*
repeat between *’s 5 times (5 small petals)

Sl st into back post before first petal
*(1 dc
4 trc
1 dc) in next back post
sl st in next back post*repeat between *’s 5 times (5 large petals)

Fasten off and weave in tails