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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

free dolls clothes knitting pattern

Fresh As A Daisy 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

items Needed:
3-4oz Bernat Softee Baby Yarn (MC)
1-2oz CC
F Hook
2- 1/2" button
Yarn needle

18 sc/20 rows = 4"x4" square.

Row 1- ch 50, join to make a ring(careful not to twist), ch1, sc insm st as join & each ch around, sl st to 1st sc. (50sc)
Row 2-10- ch1, do not turn, sc in sm st as join and each sc around, join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Row 11- On row 10, sk 18sc (seam to the back) , in 19th sc attach w/sl st, sc in sm sp & next 19sc. (20)
Row 12- ch1, sc dec, sc in 16, sc dec (18)
Row 13- ch1, turn, sc in each sc (18)
Row 14- ch1, turn, sc dec, sc in 14 sc, sc dec (16)
Row 15- sl st in 6sc, sc dec, sc in 8sc (9)
Row 16- ch1, turn, sc in 7, sc dec (8)
Row 17- do not ch1, turn, sl st in 1st sc, sc in 6 (7)
Row 18- ch1, turn, sc in 5sc, sc dec (6)
Row 19- do not ch1, turn, sl st in 1st sc, sc in 5 (5)
Row 20- ch1, turn, sc in 3, sc dec (4)
Row 21- do not ch1, turn, sl st in 1st sc, sc in 3 (3)
Row 22-36- ch1, turn, sc in 3. Do not finish off.

ch4, sl st to opposite side of end to create button hole, sc ea row end and sc around (sc dec inner corner). 2sc in each of ch4, join with 1st sc to finish off. tuck ends.
**Sew button to back, lining up with strap.

with yellow
Row 1- attach w/sl st to rem loops of starting ch @ back seam. ch1, sc in sm sp, sc in ea loop around (50)
Row 2- ch2, hdc in sm sp, hdc in 2sc, (2hdc in next sc, hdc in next sc, 2hdc in next sc, 1hdc in next 2sc) around to last 2sc, 2hdc in next sc, 1hdc in last sc. (70)
Row 3- ch3, dc in each hdc around (70)
Row 4- ch1, BLO, sc in each dc.
Row 5- ch2, in both loops, sc in each dc.
Row 6- ch3, both loops, dc in each hdc.
Row 7-18- Repeats rows 4-6, 4 times.
Row 19- ch1, sc in both loops of each dc around. Finish off.

On 1st row of available loops- attach to any loop in back with sl st.
Row 1- ch1, sc in sm sp, sc in each loop around, join with sl st to 1st sc. (70)
Row 2- Petal is worked over a total of 5 sc.
[(ch3* cts as dc*, trc, dtr, trc, ch3 *cts as dc*) attach ch3 w/sl st to next sc, sl st in next sc] repeat around. Finish off weave ends.
** Repeat rows 1 + 2 of petals on each row with front loops left exposed on skirt. There should be a total of 5 rows of petals. If you want to stagger the petals- shift each row one by 3 loops to the left when attaching. If you don't want to stagger the petals- attach in the same spot on each loop row.

Row 1- ch32, sl st in 5th ch from hook (button hole created), sc in sm sp and next 27 ch, 4sc in last ch, work along opp side of ch, sc in 27 ch. Finish off.
Row 2- Working in ch 4(button hole), attach with white to ch w/sl st. Work 3sc in each ch (12sc)and the space created from original ch. (15sc) join.
Row 3- (ch3, sl st in next sc) around, sl st in 1st sp. (15 ch 3 sp)
Finish off, sew button to opposite side.

with yellow
Row 1- ch55, be sure not twist, join to form a ring. ch1, sc in sm sp and each ch around, join with sl st to first sc. (55)
Row 2-3 ch1, sc in each sc around. Cut yellow
Row 4- attach with white yarn. FLO repeat petal pattern as for dress. (11 petals) Finish off.
Row 5- with white, on top of hat (original ch), join with sl st, sl st in each ch around. Finish off.

with yellow
Row 1- ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in 7 chs, working on opp side of orig ch, sc in 8ch. (16) do not join.
Row 2-10- sc in each sc around. at end of row 10, sl st to 1st sc. cut off.
Row 11- attach with white, ch2*cts as first hdc*, (dc, trc, dc, hdc) around , join with sl st to ch2, cut.
** For handle, attach with yellow to post of sc on last yellow row at the corner. ch25, sl st to opp corner, cut, weave ends.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Last week for buy 1 get 1 free

This is the last week for my fab offer of buy 1 get 1 free on ALL my listings 
So come on everybody grab yourself some bargins 

What Can I Do With My Spare Buttons?

Why not make a piece of abstract artwork to brighten your wall?

I had a nice selection of buttons in beautiful shades of green, brown, stone and cream. They were in a variety of styles and sizes, and some showing signs of their age and use.

They reminded me of the colours of grass, earth and rocks, which led to the idea of a simple picture of layers of earth and rocks that you see in strata at the beach sometimes, or at archaeological digs.

I spent some time working out a pleasing composition, first with pencil and paper, and then with the buttons themselves to achieve a balanced look to the final piece.

I laid out one line of buttons at a time and carefully used a needle to mark their positions through the sewing holes. The buttons were then removed and set aside in the correct order. The pinprick marks were pushed all the way through the mount board to form sewing holes. Where there was a button with a shank, (just a handful in the whole picture), I used a hollow metal punch and hammer to make the hole.

I then sewed that line of buttons to the mount board using some vegetable-dyed embroidery yarn from The Natural Dye Studio. I preferred to sew the buttons in place rather than gluing them, because they are not damaged in making the piece and also, they were made to be sewn!

The marking and sewing process was repeated with each line of buttons, then I signed the piece and gave it a title: “Earth Strata”.

The approximate dimensions are: - 9 11/16" (24.7 cm) wide x 8 13/16" (22.5 cm) tall.
Why not raid your button tin and have a go at your own artwork? (I should add that this piece went to its new home with a lady in the USA.)

Posted by Julia of * Love Buttons HQ * Fire Horse Textiles on Etsy *

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Ideas For Using Up Your Button Stash!

A sampling of beautiful items from Etsy, and some handmade buttons. Great ideas for using your own button collection as accents on handmade projects.

'Button Love' by LoveButtons

All sorts of beautiful projects, involving buttons!

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Who doesn't love the look of a well designed metal kitchen item.  They are useful and easy to clean.  They seem to last forever and look great in almost any kitchen from retro to comtemporary.  They can be industrial or ornate.  They might be polished to shine or darken with age giving them a unique look all thier own. 

I'm having a sale through Februrary 18th on many of my metal kitchen items along with cookbooks and serving pieces.
                                                                     4 Mini Molds

                                                          Cast Iron Meat Grinder

                                                           Mirro Matic Percolator

                                                         Stainless Steel Ice Bucket


Free Knitting pattern Swirly girly scarf

A free pattern for a swirly, girly fun scarf using the granny stitch. It works up fairly quickly in a couple of hours and can be sized for a girl or a lady.
I love how this scarf naturally twists and turns and it’s so cheerful with Red Heart Yarn’s Gumdrop Grape yarn. This yarn is super soft and easy to work with – it just slides right over my fingers. This scarf can be worn wrapped around the neck for more warmth, or draped around the neck for warmer days as a cute accessory.

Crochet Swirly Scarf

By Sara of My Merry Messy Life © 2013


Hook: I
Yarn: Red Heart Gumdrop in Grape 1 skein (4 oz.) for a girls’ scarf, 2 skeins (8 oz.) for a lady’s scarf

CH = chain
DC = double crochet
SK = skip
SP = space

The Pattern

For a little girls’ scarf using this yarn, CH 90. Double it to make an adult scarf, so CH 180. There are 3 rows on each side of the center and we will be working in the round.

Make a chain in multiples of 3

Round/Row 1

In the 3rd CH from hook (not including the loop on the hook), work 2 DC in the same CH
*Skip 2 CHs
Work 3 DCs in the next CH
Skip 2 CHs*
Repeat all the way down
At the end of the row, you should have worked the 3 DCs in the last CH
CH 3
Working in the chain 2 SPs of the bottom of the row you just created, work 3 DCs in each space all the way down
SL ST into the top of the beginning CH 3
Round/Row 2

CH 3 (this will count as the last DC of this round)
*Work 3 DCs, CH 3, 3 DCs in the next SP (in between the first 2 granny stitches)
Repeat from * all the way down, working the same pattern into the corner CH 3, work all the way down the other side
At the end of the round, work 3 DCs, CH 3, 2 DC’s and attach by SL ST to the top of the previous CH 3 from the beginning of Round 2.
Round/Row 3

CH 3 (this will count as the last DC of this round)
*In the next space (which should be a CH 3), work 3 DCs, CH 3, 3 DCs
In the next SP (now not a CH 3), work 3 DCs*
Repeat from * all the way down
Join to beginning CH 3 with a SL ST and fasten off. Done!
Merry Crocheting!


Tuesday, 5 February 2013