Crocheted Teddy Bear

1-DSCF2929Crocheted Teddy Bear

Teddy is my newest crochet design, thanks to the cold snap we had. I say “had”, because the weather today is warm and beautiful and tomorrow is supposed to be even better. I have no doubt more cold weather is still to come, but for now I am taking the great days as they come.

5-DSCF2909To begin with I made six bears to convince myself the instructions I had come up with were consistently understandable.

Once I was happy with the crochet instructions it was time to give these little guys some personality.

6-DSCF2948I considered using French knots for the eyes, but the knots just got lost in the yarn stitches. I opted for black beads instead.

7-DSCF2949The stitches for the nose was also a bit challenging. Embroidered satin stitches on crocheted yarn stitches didn’t turn out the way I envisioned, but the more I did it the more I liked the scrappy vintage look of the stitches.

3-DSCF2923The heart was made using a pop can and a heart-shaped paper punch. I pierced the heart with a pin and attached it to Teddy’s chest using red floss.

4-DSCF2925The finishing touch on this little charmer was the blue and white bow made from homespun fabric.

2-DSCF2930I listed the finished teddy bears in my Etsy shop this morning.

Enjoy!

Crocheted Carrot Bags

Crocheted Carrot BagsCrocheted Carrot Bags

Brrr!!! It’s cold again! sigh…

Oh well, it was expected. And since it was expected I was prepared with a snug and warm, sitting-on-the-couch, crochet project.

2-DSCF2855I’m channeling Spring, so I came up with carrots for Easter. Yep, those roots say “just picked”.

These carrots are bags! They’re perfect for favors, small gifts or candy. Don’t those jelly beans make you dream of Spring.

1-DSCF2852Each bag has a drawstring to pull the opening closed and finish off the carrot shape.

3-DSCF2858They are even cute while empty.

Enjoy!

Crochet a Pumpkin Applique-Tutorial

6-new-crochet-pumpkin-appliquePumpkin Applique

Small crochet projects are a great way to keep your hands busy while watching television or attending your child’s sporting events. Crochet pumpkin appliques to embellish a variety of craft projects. These little gourds can be attached to barrettes, magnets and pins, as well as embellishments for clothing and purses.

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC=half double crochet
DC = double crochet

Things You Will Need:

Orange and green worsted weight, 4-ply yarns
F to J hook (Experiment with what size works best for your yarn and tension.)
Scissors
Ruler

Pumpkin:

Create a Magic Ring: Using orange, worsted weight, 4-ply yarn, form the end of the yarn into a ring with the tail hanging on the left. Pinch at the top where the ring intersects. Insert the hook through the ring. Grasp the yarn hanging on the right and pull it through the ring. Make a slip stitch around both strands of the ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first DC). Crochet 15 DC in the ring, making sure that each stitch is around both strands of the magic ring. Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 3 stitch. Pull the tail of the magic ring to tighten and close up the center of the ring.

Round 2: SC and HDC in the next stitch. Crochet 2 DC in each of the next five stitches. HDC and SC in the next stitch. SC in the next stitch, SC and HDC in the next stitch. Crochet 2 DC in each of the next five stitches. HDC and SC in the next stitch. Slip stitch to the beginning SC. This is the center top of the pumpkin. Fasten off and weave the end into the back of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Stem:

Attach green, worsted weight, 4-ply yarn to the center, top of the pumpkin with a slip stitch. Leave a 3-inch tail on the back of the pumpkin.

Ch 4. SC in the second chain from the hook and in each of the remaining chains. Slip stitch to the base of the stem and fasten off leaving a 3-inch tail. Knot the tails together on the back. Weave the tails into the stitches on the back of the pumpkin.

Experiment with yarn of different fall colors.

Fill a basket to sell at local fall craft shows.

Make several to attach to a ribbon as garland, or attach loops to the tops and hang from a tree branch display at your front door.

Enjoy!

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Crocheted Santa Ornaments

Crocheted Santa OrnamentsCrocheted Santa Ornaments

Another project for the heat.

Yes, I know seems a bit early for Christmas crafts, but my first fall show is the end of September and I have another one at the beginning of October. Anything I can knock out when I can’t stand the heat outside will make last-minute projects easier to handle.

5-DSCF1907I’m an assembly-line-kinda-girl so I started by crocheting all the pink heads…

3-DSCF1905…then went on to their beards and hair…

4-DSCF1906…ending the crocheting with the hats.

2-DSCF1903The eyes, noses and bells were the final embellishments.

I still need to add the hanging loops, but other than that they are done.

I’m working on the tutorial. I’ll share more when it is published.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chairs and Chair Rugs

13-DSCF0435I guess you could call this shopping in the barn, but I no longer have my barns. :( Somehow “shopping in the storage unit” just doesn’t have the right ring to it. :)

04-DSCF0337Yep, these three chairs were stored in the barn before we moved. The only place to move them was to a storage unit. As the weather warms up I will be going through the units (we have two) to decide what will be sold at a yard sale and what I can use (and still store) for projects. These chairs were a no-brainer. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

09-DSCF0430I went shabby chic. Each chair was painted white before receiving a worn and distressed sanding.

08-DSCF0428I loved them…,

07-DSCF0425…but they looked kinda…

06-DSCF0424…plain.

12-DSCF0433I decided to add…

11-DSCF0432…chair rugs.

10-DSCF0431I crocheted them with fabric strips.

13-DSCF0435Now, don’t they look cozy?

Enjoy!