Christmas is coming!

I have finally, finally, finally added some listings to my Etsy shop! After so long of saying that I’ll do it, it has finally happened.

I know Christmas is a fair way away but some people I know have already finished their Christmas shopping, so I decided to list some Christmas cards which I made last year. They’re all handmade, with applique, hand stitching and buttons.. what a perfectly unique card to give a loved one at Christmas.

I’ve only put 3 designs up for sale at the moment but I’m planning on putting more on very soon.

Pop over to my shop to have a look at the new listings.. My Etsy shop

HookLineandGinger

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Knitting or Crochet..?

Knitting or crochet? …that is the question!! This week has been a knitting week so I’ve been trying to knit as much as possible as I’m usually in a crochet mood more often than not.

It has been a fairly productive week , I managed to knit myself a new wooly hat. I was desperately in need of a new one as my old one stretched far beyond saving. It’s 100% wool and only used up 75 grams of yarn which I was very surprised at.

Since descovering Wool Warehouse online just over a year ago I now have a new favourite yarn brand… Drops. They have an amazing website.. Garnstudio. All of the patterns on there are free and they also show you where to buy the best priced products. 

I have so many unstarted projects which I’ve bought the yarn for because each time I visit Garnstudio I find something different which I just NEED to make. I can safely admit that I have an addiction and I think it may just be taking over my life… quite rapidly infact, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I LOVE YARN!!!

Oh I nearly forgot… I also finished my first ever knitted sock (yes, sock. Not socks because I’ve only finished one. I need to find the motivation to make the other now) using drops yarn of course, I’m rather proud of myself!

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Time to plan

 The last few months of 2015 were slightly hectic with Christmas, waitressing and making crafty things to sell, I didn’t really have any time to do anything else. While unfortunately still working as a waitress, in my free time the begining of this year has been focused on the projects that I want to make. I feel now that I have recharged my creative batteries I can start on my business venture once again (I cannot handle being a waitress over the Christmas period any longer!!!) As of today, I am going to get my head down and focus fully on doing what I love and hopefully being able to turn it into a business that will grow successfully. I first need to decide what direction I want to travel in because I have so many different craft ideas going on in my head, too many to even think about. I’m going to write on here a lot more frequently to let my ideas become a story which I can look back on, well that’s the plan anyway, it didn’t quite happen last time. This year is going to be a lot of hard work and persistance but hopefully it’ll all pay off.

here are a few of the things that I’ve been making to get back into the creative spirit…

You will be hearing from me again very soon.

HookLineandGinger.

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It begins here.

So, if you read my last blog post you will know that I’m going to post an entry at least once a week. It begins here!

In the last couple of years my creative flow has been mainly drawn to crafts involving wool such as crochet, knitting and felting. Recently this has changed, I  have now started to make appliqued fabric cards. It all began in March when I was looking for inspiration to make my mum a birthday card on Pinterest. I then started creating and designing my own cards with the help of my new love..Bondaweb! These cards are perfect for using up scraps of fabric and they look great too. I then had the idea of making pictures to frame, but I’ll talk about them another time. Hopefully, when I make some more of these I’ll be able to put them up for sale in my Etsy shop.DSC00147[1]DSC00146[1]

Happy sewing!

HookLineandGinger

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Sew many brooches!

Over the past few days I’ve been creating these lovely detailed brooches, altogethe2014-09-11 16.22.02r there’s 29 of the little feathered (well, not really feathered) friends! I’ve fallen in love with making them, I put my music on and off I sew. I make them in a batch as it’s much quicker than making them one by one. I just hope other people get as much enjoyment from wearing them as I did from making them.

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I will definitely be making more of these because they are so cute!

Crochet Purse

This project was going to be a crochet hook case but at the last minute I decided to change the design to a crocheted purse as I found a beautiful ceramic button which works perfectly with the mustard coloured wool. DSCN4331

I found the crochet hook case pattern in a book called “Cute & easy crochet” by Nicki Trench. The patterns in this book are really simple to follow and the finished results look very professional.

This is such an easy purse to make, I feel the finished product looks striking and attractive. I sewed a piece of grey/lilac fabric in to the inside of the purse to match the colour of the button, I think the fabric lining makes the purse feel more sturdy and secure, it also helps to tie all of the gray colours together. DSCN4334

The main section of the purse is simply made from double crochet all the way along the row until the desired length is made. The edging of the purse is made up of a chain of 3 and then a double crochet to secure the chain to the main body of crochet.

I’m definitely going to be making lots more of these purses in a variety of different colours because they’re so easy to make! I love the finished look of the purse and hopefully otheDSCN4332r people will love the simplicity of these purses as much as I do. I’m hoping to sell these purses on either Etsy or at local craft fairs.

If you try making this purse then I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do, I recommend buying the book that I mentioned above if you are looking for easy to  make and simple to read crochet projects.

Happy Crocheting!

Primrose Throw

9781570766435If you’re looking for a beautiful nature and flower inspired knitting and crochet book then “Knit-and-Crochet Garden” by Arnie and Carlos is a perfect buy!

There’s 36 projects within the book, all of which are inspired by flowers, butterflies, birds and bees. The images are amazingly vibrant and fresh, giving the book an upbeat and lively feel. I think every knitter or crocheter would find at least one if not more projects within this book that they would love to have a go at!

I’ve recently started making the “Primrose Throw” (image from the book pictured below) DSC00306 (3)a

This project is perfect for using up odds and ends of wool. (and brand new balls that I told myself I wasn’t going to buy but the colours were too pretty to resist) Another great thing about this project is that, if you’re like me and you loathe sewing crocheted pieces together at the end of the project, you can crochet the flowers together as you go! Perfect!

 2014-08-03 19.36.39The picture on the right shows the start of my Primrose Throw! I love it already, the random mix of colours are so eye catching, just my cup of tea. It’s a perfect project for putting down, picking up and carrying on from where you left off.

I usually have about 2 or 3 projecs on the go at one time but I’m so eager for this Throw to grow that this is my only project I’m working on at the moment. I will probably start a new project before I finish this one but as I have said before, this is a perfect project for putting down and picking up.

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I highly recommend this book as I have enjoyed looking at every single page within it. If you’re as obsesses with knitting and crochet as I am then I am sure you’ll love the book just as much as I do.

If you’re feeling glum on a cold and wet winters day, then flick through these floral pages and by the end of the book, I assure you that you’ll think it’s bright sunshine right outside of your door.

 Happy Crocheting!

Crocheted string bags

I’ve recently become addicted to crocheting string shopping bags. This idea came from a book called “Granny Chic” (pictured on the right) The pattern to create a crochet bag is included within the book, however I tweaked it slightly to make my bags differ from the ones in the book. The book is priced at £10!! That’s what I call a bargain!

This style of bag is so fast and easy to create, it only uses two types of stitches so would be perfect for a beginner to try. This book is full of inspiration if you have a unique and slightly vintage style. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a similar style to mine. I love it!

I used a cotton yarn to create the first bag which I made I bought this from Hobbycraft (they’ve now stopped selling this particular yarn) This yarn is durable which is perfect for carrying heavy shopping!

I used T-shirt yarn to create the second bag (the brand is called Boodles – I also bought this at Hobbycraft) T-shirt yarn is recycled cotton fabric which has been cut in to strips, clothing factories don’t use these scraps so they sell them as yarn. The yarn I purchased is very thick so I had to cut the strip in to 3 separate strips, this makes the cone of yearn go much further, it also makes the bag less bulky and much lighter. Although I cut the yarn in to 3 separate pieces, the bags are still very durable which again is perfect for carrying heavy shopping.

Unfortunately I didn’t capture any images of the process as I was too wrapped up in the making, the next time I make a bag I will definitely take pictures (I promise)

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The bag in the image on the left was made using the first yarn that I mentioned, I also have a speckled grey yarn like this which has been in the process of becoming a bag for about a month. (I’ve become distracted by other crochet projects, oops)

The bag on the right was made using the Boodles yarn, this yarn has a stretchy quality so I decided to make it slightly shorter than the bag on the left. (I didn’t want to be dragging my heavy shopping along the floor on the way home from the shops if the bag stretched too much!)

I thought about making a lining to go inside each bag, I’m still in the process of wondering if it would be worth it.

Both of these bags can be purchased on my Etsy shop, just follow the link below…

HookLineandGinger on Etsy

Happy Crocheting!

 

Little handmade keyrings

I first learnt to needle felt when my two sisters bought me a needle felting book for Christmas. I had very little knowledge of how it all worked, luckily the book was a great help!

http://woolbuddy.com/  <— This is the link to the woolbuddy webpage. Their prices are very reasonable, the kits would make fantastic gifts! The book is very helpful as it includes step by step instructions with very clear images.

 

Book: Woolbuddies

The book includes different sections depending on your skill level. I started off with a range of animals from the simple section of the book such as the owls and the penguins…

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The book doesn’t show you how to make the animals into keyrings but it’s very simple to do, I just simply sew a piece of thick thread up through the animal and back down to create a loop on the top of it’s head, after doing this I needle the ends of the thread into the body and cover with a tiny bit of felt. I then thread the ribbon through the loop and sew the ends of the ribbon together.

Once I had become more confident with sculpting different shapes, I then moved on to the moderate section in the book…

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These keyrings take a little longer to make as there are a lot more shapes to join together, for example with the fox, the head, body, the tail and the arms all need to be made seperately and then joined together. The time spent making these cute little things is well worth the end result!

Here is an image of the giraffe which I made by following the instructions from the challenging section of the book…

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The giraffe took me a very long time to make, by the end of it my fingers were very sore!

Top Tip: always look at where you’re stabbing the needle!

I purchased all of my wool seperately as the kits on the woolbuddy site create quite large animals.