Craft, Wreaths

Red Christmas Wreath

This is a Christmas Wreath I made last year, but did not publish about it until now.   This is a close up on one of the decorative elements.  The original piece was just the silver piece.  I added the small red balls and brown pine cones with the red berries.

Embroidery, Sewing

Felt Dolls

So, know we have not posted a lot lately.  In fact, the last post on this site was in February; which is really sad, because we have been doing a lot a great things since then.

Most recently our new favourite hobby is to make little felt dolls.  We found them from this great and adorable site called Gracefully Geek Designs.  We made a couple, and now we cannot stop.

In a way, the are almost like paper dolls, except made out of felt. Hopefully that makes them more durable.  The process of making these dolls is almost like embroidering, but more like appliqueing.  They are made in a 5×7 embroidery hoop and everything is made in the hoop.

Each pattern comes with a doll and an outfit.  Then there are more outfit patterns you can buy.  They have a bunch of cute designs: Disney princesses and fairies, cute little girls, a monkey, and my favourite: Sherlock Holmes.

So far we love these dolls and we love making them.  The only thing we would change is the instructions.  As my mum says, they are “cryptic.”  She said if she didn’t know certain embroidery techniques and was only left to these directions, she would not be as successful in making the dolls.

Also, these patterns do not come with a supply list.  My mum really hoped it would say on each pattern: “You need 3 pieces of gray felt, 1 white, and 2 purple.  You also need thread colours 12345 and 54321.”  Unfortunately a list like that is nowhere on the instructions.  Eventually what we will do is make a DIY tutorial for this blog to show how we made them (with pictures!), and provide a list of the supplies we used.

Until then, look at the ones we made so far.  Aren’t they adorable?

Making adorable felt dolls
Here is what they look like when we make them.
Adorable Felt Dolls
Here are the girls and their day outfits.

Adorable Felt Dolls

Adorable Felt Dolls

Sherlock Holmes Felt Doll
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes Felt Doll
Sherlock Holmes with out his hat
Sherlock with his hat
Sherlock Holmes with his hat
Detective Olaf
Detective Olaf
Olaf and Sherlock
Olaf and Sherlock

All together

Olaf wishes you a happy holiday
Olaf wishes you a happy holiday
and one more of Sherlock, because he is super cute.
and one more of Sherlock, because he is super cute.
Crochet, hat, Patterns, Valentine's Day, Yarn

Overwhelm Oberon Hat

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As snow flurries fall outside, the fairies are at it again, adding a sweet hat to compliment your scarf.  Just an extra little touch to overwhelm the Oberon in your life.  This cozy warm hat is quick to whip up.  Grab some bulky yarn and by tonight you can be on a romantic walk in the snow in your new chapeau.

Overwhelm Oberon Hat
Overwhelm Oberon Hat

Continuing with the fairy shell stitch this lacy hat is made in the round. Hat fits up to 23” head circumference.

Yarn Used

I love this chunky yarn! Color maraschino. 100% acrylic. Machine wash cold, tumble dry normal. (Huzzah! Easy to care for!) 3.5 oz/109 yards. This yarn is so soft and squishy. We still love working with it.

1 skein used

Hook Used N (9mm)

American Terms Used

space-sp

repeat-rep

chain-ch

slip stitch-ss

foundation single crochet-fsc

single crochet-sc

half double crochet-hdc

double crochet-dc

round-rnd

Special Stitch

shell-(2dc, 2ch, 2dc)

We will be working in a spiral. It can be helpful to place a stitch marker at the end of each row.

Begin

Magic Ring

Rnd 1– 6 hdc in magic ring

Rnd 2– 2 hdc in each hdc (12 stitches total)

Rnd 3– 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc next stitch. *(2 hdc in next hdc. 1 hdc in next stitch.)* * Repeat from * to ** four times. (18 stitches total)

Rnd 4– 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches. *(2 hdc in next hdc. 1 hdc in next 2 stitches)** Repeat from * to ** 4 times. (24 stitches total)

Rnd 5– 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches. *(2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches.)** Repeat from * to ** 4 times. (30 stitches total)

Rnd 6– 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches. *(2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches.)** Repeat from * to ** 4 times. (36 stitches total)

Rnd 7– 2 hdc in next hdc. 1 hdc in next 7 stitches. 2 hdc in next hdc. 1 hdc in next 7 stitches. 2 hdc in next hdc. 1 hdc in next 8 stitches. 2 hdc in next hdc. 1 hdc in next 9 hdc. (40 stitches total)

Rnd 8– 1 hdc in each hdc (40 stitches total)

Rnd 9– Ch 4. sc in last hdc, skip 1 hdc, shell in next hdc, skip 2 hdc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next hdc. *(skip 2 hdc, shell in next hdc, skip 2 hdc (sc, ch 3, sc) in next hdc.)** Repeat from * to ** 4 times. Skip 2 hdc, shell in next hdc.

Rnd 10-(sc, ch 3, sc) in first sc. *[(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 2 sp, shell in ch 3 sp]** Repeat from * to ** around ending with (sc, ch 3, sc)

Rnd 11-Shell in ch 3 sp. *(shell in ch 3 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 2 sp.)** Repeat from * to ** around ending with a shell.

Rnd 12– Repeat Row 10

Rnd 13– Repeat Row 11. End with shell. 2hdc in ch 3 space. sc in sc. ss in dc. Finishing

Cut yarn. Pull through. Weave in all ends.

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Row 9 starts the fairy shell stitch.  At the beginning of Row 10, (sc, ch 3, sc) happens 2 times in a row.  Then at the beginning of Row 11 the shell happens 2 times in a row.  In this picture, a shell has just been completed at the end of Row 11.  The crochet hook is pointing at a ch 3 space.  You need to place another shell there.  It’s a little confusing.  Remember to shell in the ch 3 space and (sc, ch 3, sc) in the ch 2 space of the shell.  Don’t worry, when it’s all done, no one will notice you have two shells together.

Scarf and hat together
Scarf and hat together
Over the shoulder view
Over the shoulder view

Pond makes such a lovely model.  This cheerful combination has certainly helped with our winter blues!

Crochet, scarf, Valentine's Day

Overwhelm Oberon Scarf

IMG_8765Romance is in the air and the fairies are up to mischief. Oberon, king of the fairies, has merrily set his sprites to spread as much joy and love as they can. Titania has plans of her own for her husband this Valentine’s Day. Join the celebration with a romantic scarf to Overwhelm Oberon. Stay warm and cozy while enchanting your own true love.

This month’s featured stitch is the fairy shell stitch, a pretty lacy stitch just right for February.

Yarn Used

I love this chunky yarn! Color maraschino. 100% acrylic. Machine wash cold, tumble dry normal. (Huzzah! Easy to care for!) 3.5 oz/109 yards. This yarn is so soft and squishy. It is lovely to work with and so nice right up against your skin. We think it would make an incredible blanket.

Finished scarf is 6 inches wide and 70 inches long.

2 skeins used

This scarf is made from the middle out. A second skein of yarn is joined in the middle and worked out the other way. No seaming required!

Reds, purples and pink swirl together in this scarf.
Reds, purples and pink swirl together in this scarf.

Hook Used N (9mm)

American Terms Used

space-sp

repeat-rep

chain-ch

foundation single crochet-fsc

single crochet-sc

half double crochet-hdc

double crochet-dc

 Special Stitch

shell-(2dc, 2ch, 2dc)

Overwhelm Oberon Scarf

12 fsc, ch 4, turn

Row 1- sc in 4th ch from hook, *skip 2 fsc, shell in next fsc, skip 2 fsc, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next fsc; rep from * across to last 6 fsc, skip 2 fsc, shell in next fsc, skip 2 fsc, [sc, ch 1, hdc] in last fsc, turn.

Row 2-ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc in hdc, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 2 sp, shell in ch 3 sp; rep from * across to last ch 2 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in last ch 2 sp, 3dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 3-ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch 1 sp), sc in 1st dc, *shell in ch 3 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch 2 sp; rep from * across to last ch 2 sp, shell in last ch 3 sp, (sc, ch 1, hd)] in top of tch, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until first skein of yarn is used. Pull yarn through.

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Join second skein at the beginning.

(As you can see, I joined on the opposite side of where my original slip knot is located.  This scarf is reversible and it doesn’t really matter which end you start the second skein from.  Lady Dorcus happens to be left handed and does things a bit backwards.  The really wonderful thing about foundation crochet is it gives you nice place to work from on both sides.  It should be very easy to see where your stitches should go.)

Join second skein of yarn along the back side of fsc. Repeat pattern-Row 1, Row 2, Row 3, then Rows 2 & 3 until second skein is used up. Pull yarn through. Weave in all ends.  Enjoy!

Draped around neck.
Draped around neck.
Looped once around neck.
Looped once around neck.
Crochet, hat, Jane Austen, Jane Austen January, Patterns

Visit With Emma Part 3

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As soon as the wristers were done, we started a hat.  We have been using the crunch stitch for flat pieces and we were curious about what would happen if we stitched it in the round.  We never would have guessed that it makes a lively, swirly pattern!  We are thrilled with the results, and so was Emma.

Crunchy Hat
Crunchy Hat

Emma’s Crunchy Hat

Yarn Used

Plymouth Yarn-Baby Alpaca Grande. This yarn just gives a number for their colors. In this case 831. It’s a nice burgundy color. 100% baby alpaca. 100grams/110yards. Hand wash, lay flat to dry. It is a bulky yarn.

1 skein used

Hat fits an average size head. 20-22”.

All terms are American

Terms Used

Magic Ring

Chain-ch

Slip Stich-ss

Half Double Crochet-hdc

Front Post Half Double Crochet -fphdc

We are returning to using the crunch stitch for this pattern which uses (hdc, ss) repeats. It works up slightly differently in the round

Using size N hook (9mm)

Magic Ring. 6 hdc into magic ring. Gently close ring.

Row 1- 2 hdc in each hdc. (12 stitches total) Check ring, pull completely closed if need be.

Row 2-(hdc, ss) in first hdc. hdc. (ss, hdc) together. ss. (hdc, ss) together. hdc. (ss, hdc) together. ss. (hdc, ss) together. hdc. (ss, hdc) together. ss. (18 stitches total)

Row 3-[(hdc, ss) together. hdc. ss. (hdc, ss) together. hdc. ss. (hdc, ss) together. hdc. ss.]*   Repeat 1 time. (24 stitches total)

Row 4- [2 hdc together. 1 hdc in next 3 stitches.]* Repeat 5 times. (30 stitches total)

Row 5- [2hdc together. 1 hdc in next 4 stitches.]* Repeat 5 times. (36 stitches total)

Row 6- [2hdc together. 1 hdc in next 5 stitches.]* Repeat 5 times. (42 stitches total)

Row 7- hdc around. (42 stitches total.)

Rows 8-16 have a total of 45 stitches per row.

Row 8- (ss, hdc) around. End with ss, ss.

Row 9- (hdc, ss) around. End with hdc, hdc.

Repeat Row 8, then Row 9 three times.

Row 16- Repeat Row 8

Row 17- 1 hdc 10 times. (2 hdc together.) 1 hdc 10 times. (2 hdc together.) 1 hdc 10 times. (2 hdc together). 1 hdc 9 times. (45 stitches total)

Row 18- hdc around (45 stitches total)

Row 19- fphdc around (45 stitches total)

Row 20- hdc around (45 stitches) 1 sc, 1ss. Break yarn, pull through. Weave in all ends.

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Wristers and Hat together

We hope you have enjoyed our journey for Jane Austen January.  We were unable to visit all of our heroines, but hopefully we saw a few of your favorites.  We have survived the cold and gloom of January.  We have left behind warm accessories that can be used for years to come.  Three huzzahs for Jane Austen and helping us enjoy the winter a little more.  Creating and visiting with excellent companions is a very satisfying way to occupy ourselves at all times of the year.  Our thoughts are now filled with the romanticism of February with reds and pinks and purples.  What will February inspire in you?

Crochet, Jane Austen, Jane Austen January, Patterns, Yarn

Visit With Emma Part 2

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Emma was enchanted with the stitch used on Mr. Knightley’s scarf.  As we still had plenty of afternoon left, we thought we could make something for Emma too.  We had two more skeins of alpaca yarn to play with, this time in a burgundy color.  We thought decided to make some wristers and a hat.

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Emma’s Crunchy Wristers

Yarn Used

Plymouth Yarn-Baby Alpaca Grande. This yarn just gives a number for their colors. In this case 831. It’s a nice burgundy color. 100% baby alpaca. 100grams/110yards. Hand wash, lay flat to dry. It is a bulky yarn.

1 skein used

American Terms Used

chain-ch

slip stich-ss

single crochet-ss

foundation single crochet-fsc

half double crochet-hdc

Emma’s Crunchy Wristers

Using a size N crochet hook (9mm)

Make 2

Leaving a long tail to sew up the side, make 20 fsc

Row 1  ch 1.  hdc in first fsc, ss in second fsc. (hdc, ss)* across.  20 stitches

Row 2  ch 1.  (hdc, ss)* across.  20 stitches

Row 3-24 Same as Row 2

Leave long tail, break yarn, pull through.

You now have two rectangles.

For Both Wristers

With fsc at the bottom, hold left hand side of rectangle. Fold in half to the right side. Using the tail from the beginning, stitch 10 stitches together up the side of the wrister to form a circle. Secure yarn, break and weave in ends. Using the tail of the yarn from the end (top) stitch 3 stitches together down the side of the writster. Secure yarn, break and weave in ends. This leaves 7 open stitches for the thumb to fit through.

For the Left Wrister

With the seam on the right, attach yarn at the top right corner. (the seamed edge) 12 sc across the top.

Turn. Ch 3, ss in first ss (picot made). ch 3. ss in next sc across. (11 picots). Break yarn, pull through, weave in all ends.

For the Right Wrister

With the seam on the left, attach yarn to the top right corner (the folded edge.) 12 sc across the top.

Turn. Ch 3, ss in first ss (picot made). ch 3. ss in next sc across. (11 picots). Break yarn, pull through, weave in all ends.

Take care to keep the completed wristers together.  Just like their glove cousins, it is very easy to lose one, especially on picture day.  Luckily, Emma was much more careful with her wristers and was able to wear them on her next walk.