Crochet Colours

I borrowed this book out from the library recently, and tried out some of the patterns.

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I made two mandalas and two flowers with various shades of yarn.

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The little pink mandala reminds me of this felt peony I made a while ago, the colours match really well!

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The second mandala has a few extra rounds than the first one, and because of the colours, it looks like the sun to me.

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I reckon the centre of these little flowers is a little plain, so when I figure out what to do with them I’ll probably sew a bead in the middle, just to make it more interesting.

I’m thinking I could perhaps make a garland of the little mandalas, or use them as patches for old clothes. I’m welcome to other ideas if you have them!

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

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Soft Spikes

It was a friend of mine’s birthday not long ago, and I decided to make her a little crochet cactus for a birthday gift.

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These French knots are cactus flowers, which I think look adorable on real-life cacti.

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The pot is stuffed, and I put a circle of cardboard in the base to help it stand upright.

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Yeah, Sarah, this succulent is a little large for your living room, I’m sorry. It’s probably quite heavy, too. “It is!  Ughhh.” *rapid footsteps, followed by a sigh of relief*

My friend loved her gift, so much that she named it Steve. (I’m all for naming inanimate objects, especially plants.)

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

2017 In Review

Whew! What a year!

I believe last year I re-capped the year in 12 photos, and I thought I’d do the same this year, so we can see how my skills have developed. Starting with January:

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February:

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March:

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April:

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May:

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June:

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July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Looking at the pictures I chose, I seemed to do a lot of sewing and crochet this year! There were quite a few big achievements, including the knitted socks, the shawl (my first crocheted item of clothing), and publishing the Occamy pattern.

I was also able to make some miniature food this year, including the delicious cinnamon rolls – don’t they look delightful? I also think my miniatures skills have improved alongside my sewing/embroidery and crochet skills, what with the trophies.

Hopefully next year I can continue improving, and try to make a few more big projects, like sets (*cough* Diagon Alley), as I find them just as fun as the little projects I make in between.

It’s been amazing sharing this year with all you wonderful readers, your comments truly make me happy, and I enjoy sharing in your blogging journeys too.

Anyways, see ya next year!

FillieFanatic

Oh Christmas Wreath…

I finished my crochet Christmas wreath recently!

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The little red seeds (?) on the holly are beads that I sewed into place to give the wreath some sparkle.

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I also put the sequins around the bells for sparkle, because Christmas decor should be sparkly, in my opinion. The fancy stitch around the edge of the bells is a crossed treble crochet (double in America). I’ve used it once before and really liked it, so this was an excuse to use it again.

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I love the pompoms – I’m not usually very good at making pompoms but these turned out really well, so I’m very pleased.

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It hangs on my bedroom door with the garland, where the miniature wreath was before:

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The wreath isn’t quite big enough for Sarah to sit inside, but I figured this was pretty close.

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

Project Roundup

I’m making good progress on the life-size Christmas wreath, all the individual elements are done, they just need to be sewn on.

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I also put fold-down awnings on all the Diagon Alley windows, to add a 3rd dimension to what was previously a flat facade.

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(I also made the Three Broomsticks external windows yellow, as I wanted it to look like the light inside was golden, similar to bakeries in Europe.)

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They do fold flat, it’s just a little difficult as they are made of cardboard. They are all attached with paper glued to the front facade, the long ones with the paper folded underneath so it wouldn’t intrude on any signs.

What have you been up to?

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic