Blogs I Follow
- alice fox
- The Shrub Queen
- Wild Daffodil
- Photographic Memories
- lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown
- Amanda Jones Crochet
- Ramblings From Jewels
- Creating my own garden of the Hesperides
- The LOOPY STITCH
- Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
- The Dorset Rambler
- The Wee House Of Crochet
- Dorset Dawdlers
- The Crafty Therapist
- Morale Fiber
- Tea & Paper
- Julia's Creative Year
- Maria Clarke-Wilson
- The Contented Crafter
- Sewing Etc.
- Words and Herbs
- It's all in a Nutshell Crochet
- Notes From the Hinterland
- Eliza Waters
- Pink Cobwebs
- Buttercup and Bee
- the willow witch
- Life is too short to drink bad wine
- I Am Branching Out
- Well Hopper
- from sewing room to potting shed
- Barn House Garden
- T H I M B E R L I N A
- Postcard from Gibraltar
- An Artist's Journal
- KDD & co
- Petal & Pins
- The Green Dragonfly
- Murtagh's Meadow
- Beach Clean Art
This month’s Goody Pack from The Stitchbook Collective, is all about dyeing and staining.
It probably comes as no surprise that I have a Rust Collection. These are all pieces I have gathered over the last 5 or 6 years whilst beachcombing.
I have been waiting to use them for dyeing fabric, but every time I looked online for instructions, I came across confusing information, so didn’t have a go …. until now!
Helen Birmingham’s written instructions are clear and run alongside a helpful video tutorial. This gave me the perfect kickstart. You can still buy the kit in her online shop.
I relished getting each rusty piece out and arranging them.
enjoying the texture and colours.
Then the happy task of wrapping them in white-vinegar-soaked fabric.
Leaving them overnight was a challenge – I’m SO impatient
Some were stacked on a trivet above my cooling wood-burning stove to speed up the process
I also stained a few bits of paper for collage at the same time.
The larger pieces were put on top of vinegar-soaked fabric and put it in the oven.
I put the oven on the lowest temperature for just five minutes and left for a while, repeating this several times, sprinkling with white vinegar to keep it moist.
The grid effect came from a disposable barbeque mesh, that had been left on the beach.
Nails wrapped in strips of an old calico curtain and the lining were my favourite little experiments
My intention was to dye strips of fabric and embroidery thread to use in textile art
– but I loved the look of the wrapped nails so much I have kept some of them wrapped
and will use them as they are.
To preserve them, I have painted them with some old acrylic varnish found in the garage, left by the previous owner – it must be at least 15 years old, but it did the trick.
This is a little stitched sampler that will go in my Stitchbook.
I am enjoying this so much!
Joining Kate for her monthly Scrap Happy get together.
There are lots more Happy Scrappers to check out as well.
Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.
Have you been creative with things destined for the scrap heap? If so, leave a link in the comments of Kate’s post and join in the fun.
I have been trying to make the pattern for this little Seahorse easier to understand. This little chap has led me a merry dance! Here goes.
The pattern is written in US terms. I am left-handed, if you are right-handed the seahorse will face the other way.
Use a 3mm up to a 4.5mm hook and any double knitting yarn.
I have used Stylecraft Special DK
or the pattern can be made in cotton with the appropriate sized hook.
(Use the bigger hook if you like the motif a little bigger and looser)
ch chain sc single crochet dc double crochet
hd half double sl slip stitch tog together
Dc into 4th ch from the hook, 1dc, 3 dc2tog
2 dc, 2 tr, work 2 tr into each of the next 3 chs.
1tr, 2dc, 2 dc into each of the next 2sts, 2 hd, 3sc2tog,
2 sl (leaving the remaining chs unworked)
Miss one st, sl 8, 2sc, 1hd, 2hd in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st,
2dc, 2dc into next st, 1dc, 2hd,
3sc, 2sl, miss 1st, 2sl, (to the neck)
Miss 1, 6sl, 4sc, 2hd in next st 4 times, 2hd, 2sc, 3sl
Miss 1, 3sl, 16sc, sc2tog, 3sl (you are now at the lower point of the neck)
ch 8, sl into 5th ch from the hook to form a loop, (the loop will form the eye)3 sl into the chains (working back towards the neck).
6dc into loop,
miss 1st, 2 sl,
ch5, sl into 2nd ch from hook (forming a picot that will be the top tip at the end of the snout), dc, sc, dc.
Flip the snout over, so that the picot is facing upwards.
Sl into the top of the last of the dcs into the loop to attach the snout to the head.
2dc into loop, 2hd into loop, ch3, sl into the top of the hd
1hd and 2dc into loop
sl into the first ch of the HEAD (at the neck).
2sl to the top of the neck,
1dc into each of 3 sts, on the top of the head
sl into the top of dc directly below the chs
sl, ch3, sl into 3rd st from the hook, sl into dc directly below the picot just made,
(sc,* ch4, sl into 4th ch from hook, sl) twice, sl
The picture below is at this first sc*, which is made into the loop at the base of the foundation chain.
ch3, sl into 3rd ch from hook, 2sl
(ch4 miss a st, sl) 3 times, sl
ch4, 2 tr into next st. twice, ch1,
(sl, ch3) 5 times.
Sew in the end.
When sewing in the end of the tail pull slightly to get the tail to curl.
This new improved pattern with many more photos is untested. If you have a go, I would love to know how you get on.
It would also be fun to see how you use the motifs.
I put them on a Hoodie.
Rainbow Junkie made a wonderful wall hanging for her bathroom.
It is Cathy’s 6th Anniversary of In a Vase on Monday!
Congratulations Cathy you have brought together some wonderful gardeners from all over the world. Warmest heartfelt thanks for the floral camaraderie and all the knowledge (and plants) shared.
Cathy has set us a challenge to celebrate with a miniature vase, but as you can see, I have not stuck to just one.
I have combined the meme with my birthday celebrations and here we have Hot Princess, and there is the rose on the left of her (corny I know, but hey it’s my birthday, I’m allowed!)
On the right are some anemone buds (!) and wallflowers (!) – what are they thinking?! They need to pipe down and wait til Spring.
And the dianthus continues to produce sweet pink buds, even if the flowers do get a little frosted.
All put together in a bit of a rush between birthday shinanigans, but I did not want to miss out on celebrating with Cathy. ❤
It is my birthday today, and look what a lovely card my daughter and her children made for me. Particularly love the portrait by Little Miss M (7).
A glorious sunny morning, just right for a beach clean walk and for making a labyrinth.
I’m so lucky that this beach is just a 10 minute drive away.
I found some sea glass too.