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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Tui Applique


I'm having so much fun creating this New Zealand Bird Themed Blanket. I'm learning so much about native birds here.

Tui's are common in our street, they feed off the nectar in the blossom's. There are a couple in the photo below.






Sunday, 12 February 2017

Papermaking

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We had so much fun making this paper. 


The original plan was to make valentines cards for the kids friends, we probably still will but the first piece has been turned into a diary.

I wrote a post over on my other blog about the process but I wanted to share with my followers here as well. It's nice to take a break from crochet once in a while, although to keep it yarn related you could always add a few scrap pieces to your paper. Technically we used yarn to stitch the pages in.




Saturday, 4 February 2017

Valentine's Classes

Check out Creativebug's February Lookbook.

It's that time of year again... We should be showing the ones we love regularly just how much they mean to us. But sometimes it is nice to make a little more effort on Valentine's Day.

You don't have to go out and spend a fortune. These crafts are quick and easy to make. They also make good projects for children who want to do something for their friends.

These Hand Sewn Valentine's pouches are perfect to present little love notes in and are great for children and adults alike.

Children will love the simple design and with a little help they should be able to stitch them up themselves.





These Valentine's DIY Love Bugs can be made with things purchased from the dollar store and children will have so much fun decorating their own. One eye or two, pink or green, so many different options :)

With a video tutorial to help along the way you can't go wrong.








Friday, 20 January 2017

ANZAC Crochet Poppy

My aunty works with the elderly and requested a Poppy to wear to work. She wanted it to be quite large.

I found this free pattern on Pinterest http://pin.it/oTdO4Bf which was perfect but I only had 8 ply yarn. To compensate for this I only did rows 1-4 on the petals.

It's a shame red is so hard to photograph as I love how it turned out.




Creative Kids


It's the school holidays here. The summer ones that seem to go on for years, but in reality are only 6 weeks long.

We have been making the most of it though, with a trip back home to Invercargill to spend time with family over Christmas and various other holiday activities.

One of these was 100% Summer where my 5 year old daughter made this dream catcher. I always thought they were quite difficult to make, but they are actually super simple.


When I got home I decided to look into all the Kids options on Creativebug, I have had a subscription for over a year now but haven't really put it to use or kept up with all the new video tutorials available. 

I have made a list of the few activities I want to try with the kids. 



Thursday, 8 December 2016

Crochet Yoda






As soon as I found this pattern I new I had to make it. How cute is this Crochet Yoda. He's only 4 inches tall and works up quickly. It's a perfect Christmas present for Star Wars fans.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Woodland Blanket C2C Squares

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Above patterns can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/teri-heathcote-designs

I was going to wait and get a video tutorial but a few people have been asking for the pattern for the base squares.



I thought in order for people to get started I would put together a quick photo tutorial. You can also search for C2C squares on YouTube. There are a few videos to pick from.

These squares work out to measure 12 x 12 inches and are 18 squares high and 18 across.

Materials:

8ply/dk yarn in white (450 grams) and green (300 grams). I used 4 Seasons.
4 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle

Pattern: