Crochet

Stripe It Your Way Crochet For Home And Fashion

crochet for home & fashion
What a great book! “STRIPE IT YOUR WAY for Home & Fashion” is the kind of “go to” book that is so handy to have. The nine projects range from accessories like a scarf, a wrap, a shawl, a slouchy hat and a tote, to home items like a pillow, a lap robe, a bed runner and a star blanket. Whether you are crafting a treat for yourself, or a personalised gift for someone special, you are sure to find a useful idea in this book.

Stripe It Your Way Crochet For Home And FashionSo far I have finished a scarf and started on a bed runner. The instructions for both have been clear and easy to follow. The “Simple Scarf” was very enjoyable. It was definitely simple to do, and grew quickly, while still having enough pattern in it to keep it interesting. I am really happy with the end result.

Stripe It Your Way Crochet For Home And FashionThe bed runner is now also growing fairly quickly. Again, the stitches used are fairly straight forward but keep the work interesting. The yarn information in the book was very useful when I was trying to work out what I needed for this project. I couldn’t use the yarn recommended for either project so was able to use the yarn details given to work out suitable equivalents.

I have enjoyed using several new stitches in these projects. I like learning new things and the diagrams given here are very clear and easy to follow. The photographs of each of the projects throughout the book also give a really good idea of what the stitches as well as the garments/items should look like. To see photographs of the rest of the projects please follow this link to the Leisure Arts website.

I am looking forward to trying out other projects in this book and highly recommend it as a “must have” book for anyone who enjoys doing crochet.

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Lace Making

Update on Lace Sampler

Update on Lace Sampler
My Lace Sampler project got put on hold for a while over Christmas and the school holidays. Now that the grandchildren are back at school, and there seems to be a little less going on, I have managed to pick it up again.

Progress has still been slow as I have a number of other things “on the go” as well, but at least I am starting to see some progress. I was a little surprised that the thing which has been the most time consuming so far has actually been whip stitching all the tapes which form the grid to the backing fabric. This has finally been completed however, and I have just finished filling in my first section.

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when “Murphy’s Law” struck again when I went to start the actual lace stitching. I got all set up with my pattern in front of me, and a nice length of no. 60 crochet cotton threaded onto my needle. I carefully attached aforementioned thread to the side tape and then discovered that I had managed to choose the only section that I had managed to miss attaching the top tape on!

After detaching the thread from its initial anchor point I temporarily solved my immediate problem by turning my grid around and using the corresponding section at the other end. Once I had got my stitching established I retrieved my smaller needle and thread and attached the last tape.

Update on Lace SamplerIt has been a steep learning curve getting the feel of a new stitching action, and also working out how to gauge the tension required. You will see from the photo I have included that it took me a couple of rows with each new stitch before the tension became reasonably even. There are also some variations where I put down the work and had to resettle when I started again.

Overall I am finding it very enjoyable, and it has been a lot easier to pick up than I thought it would. I am very excited to move onto some increasingly more complicated stitches. I will try to keep up my momentum and will keep you up to date with my progress.

Remember, if you are feeling inspired, you can pick up a copy of the “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlecraft” for yourself from Amazon.