Jan 7, 2014

Instructions put to use!

I´m so excited to share this picture with you! My dear Friend Sandra followed instructions of this blog post and crocheted herself a bunch of gorgeous acorns! They look so much better than mine!

I´m so glad to share instructions and inspiration with you all!

Jan 4, 2014

The first strawberry is the sourest

Two in a row to make up the time I was absent!

This craft was inspired by the acorn brooch in the last post. Last time I made a quirky dangling acorn brooch with crocheted acorns and belt buckle decoration. The craft in this post was made with the same theme: crocheting edibles.

A crocheted strawberry brooch!

I used:
red pearl cotton thread
green wool knitting yarn
white pearl cotton thread
a steel crochet hook size 2,5 (mm)
a recycled 1930's belt buckle
brooch pin
and a sharp darning needle

You can find many free crocheting patterns and instructional videos for strawberries online. They are very useful, but of course you must alter the pattern to suit your purposes.  I started with 4 ch(s) made into a loop and doubled them. Then crocheted my way towards the narrowing.

Here´s a few patterns and a video:

Pattern here

Pattern here

And here´s one for the flowers:

Again alter to suit your purpose!

Jan 3, 2014

Acorn doesen´t fall far from the tree.

Sorry for my absence from the blogging world. I´ve had time neither to write nor read blogs! I´ve been, yet again, busy with my master´s thesis and work. Even though this blog has been silent for a few months I have balanced the hectic everyday routines by doing some crafts! As I´m trying to graduate to be an elementary school teacher, I´ve noticed that I must conquer the art of knitting and crocheting. That is what I´ve been trying to do the past months! I´ve started small so I won´t lose it straight away. This blog post is about a crocheted accessory that is a recreation of a piece of a 1940's accessory.

Let me introduce to you a 1940's crocheted acorn brooch!

This I must say is recycling at its best: brooch can be made out of pieces of scrap thread and leftover belt buckle. The picture is originally from this lovely blog which contains also the instructions! (In this blog there also many more authentic vintage knitting and crocheting patterns with instructions!)

If you find these confusing, here´s more contemporary instructions for crocheting an acorn! I didn´t quite follow the instructions, because as always I somehow end up doing things my own stubborn way.

I used:
brown pearl cotton thread
mustard pearl cotton thread
a steel crochet hook size 2,5 (mm)
a recycled plastic belt buckle
brooch pin
and a sharp darning needle

1. Crochet the cap.

2. Crochet the actual acorn.

3. Fill the acorn with something soft, like leftover yarn or cotton.

4. Use the ends of the crochet thread and a darning needle to attach crocheted or twisted "stems".

5. Look at the happy bunch!

5. Pick out a matching belt buckle and attach a brooch pin behind it. Then glue the acorns to the buckle.

5. And it´s ready!