Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blooming Ice Drop

This is a pattern created by Diane, the Lace-loving Librarian. I intended to tat it all in yellow, but the thread had a flaw just as I finished winding the first shuttle. I decided that as I had to join threads anyway, I might as well use two colours. A nice case of serendipity!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In The Loop

I wondered if I could crochet a loop with a circumference smaller than the body of the rope. I could. This loop is four beads around, whereas the bracelet is six beads around. It might be important to make sure the thread and beads match for such a small circumference. The black was hard to work with, but effective.

 I wanted to be sure that the button-loop would hold the bracelet in place, so I wore it for a while:
It held fine and was very comfortable to wear.

The big beads are lampwork created by Clare Gaylard.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Plan B, Plan C

I bought this fabric months ago on a sale. Yesterday I thought I'd use it to whip up a blouse. The project didn't go according to plan. Firstly, the fabric had been so badly cut in the shop that I couldn't get all the pieces out. What to do, what to do?  After some contemplation, I decided to leave off the bands under the bust and use wide ribbon to create a casing for elastic. Right. I cut out the pieces minus the bands.

Next job was to apply iron-on stiffening to the neck facings. I bought 2 metres of the stuff recently, so I hauled it out and tried to figure out which was the sticky side. After a couple of trial runs, I had a very gungy iron and realised that both sides are sticky! It's not interfacing, it's fusible web for joining two pieces of fabric. Luckily I have a cleaning product designed for taking labels off jars that did a fantastic job in cleaning the iron. So I found some scrap fabric and fused it to the facings using the fusible web.

By the time I'd made plan B and plan C, the day was gone. I finished this morning according to plan, without mishap, hooray! 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Rainbow Ice Drop

This pattern is also by Nicola Bowersox - can you tell I like her style? Rainbow thread and blue beads seemed perfect to suit the name.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


This is a trial-run for an idea I have to show off a focal bead. I'm not sure I have the right seed beads on hand for that project, so it may have to incubate a bit longer. I think this one works pretty well on its own merits.

My noose still needs some work. I"m thinking I should work the increase before the split a bit more gradually. I worked two beads into each stitch and then did one more row before splitting. A more gradual increase should give a smoother look.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Working On It

I started this crochet rope as a bracelet, but it doesn't work. It's a long bead sequence: three repeats is too small and four too large. So I'm making a necklace instead. Which takes very much longer!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Doing The Splits

I followed a link on Pinterest to this tutorial on splitting a crochet rope. It's in Russian. At first I thought I could figure it out by looking at the pictures. Mmm, no. So I used Google translate. It throws up some odd phrases - "Master-class on bifurcating the bunch" - but it did enable me to learn how to do it. Aha.

So then I looped the loop:
It'll need a bit of practice to get smooth and neat, but I'm absurdly pleased at having come this far.