Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Challenge #4 & A Whole Lot More!

Challenge Update

I'm still going on challenge #4!  It's taking awhile because I've been working on other projects too!

Previous progress:
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Current progress:
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Spirit of Flight Diamond Painting

I've finished the top page on Spirit of Flight, which means I now have a row finish!  This makes the project 27,900 tiles down and 18.29% complete, which isn't too shabby for such a short amount of time!

Previous progress:
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Current progress:
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I can't wait to get back into doing more diamond painting once the Challenge is complete.

Diamond Painting Resources

I've made an Information Sheet for the HAED Diamond Painting Facebook Group, which I'll also make available here and on my Downloads Page.  It includes information on how to calculate diamond amounts and canvas size.  It also includes steps for making a modified order on AliExpress and answers to some frequently asked questions.    Please note that the Facebook links will only be accessible to group members.  You may wish to join the group in order to view these.  I've also added a Spreadsheet that can be used to calculate how many packets are needed to make an order.  Please read the notes in the PDF file if you are going to use this!

Diamond Painting Information /PDF File
HAED Facebook Diamond Painting Group
Spreadsheet for Diamond Order

Cosy Stripe Blanket

I was recently gifted a beautiful set of crochet hooks from my lovely friend Sandra.  They have a special ergonomic design that is meant to help prevent and minimize pain in the hands.  My hands get quite painful as I have Fibromyalgia.  These are definitely helpful as my hands hurt much less using these as opposed to using an average crochet hook! Sending out massive thank-you to Sandra for these beautiful crochet hooks!

I'm making the "Cosy Stripe Blanket" from Attic24, using one of my new hooks.  I love what Lucy has done with the colours in her blanket. My blanket is going to be inspired by her colours but will be a bit different as I'm digging into my yarn stash and using using heaps more than 15 different colours!  I'm also using a 3.75mm/F hook, rather than the recommend 4mm size. 

Here is a little preview of my start:
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It's obviously much wider than the picture shows, I've got it folded over here!: 
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Happy stitching! xxx
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Friday, 3 March 2017

Diamond Painting

Flying Through the Sky

I've been working on my Spirit of Flight diamond painting for the last couple of weeks.  I've finished the first three pages and I'm really enjoying it!  The confetti sections don't take as long to do and it's definitely quicker than stitching. What I've completed in two weeks would have taken me about three months to stitch!

Previous progress:
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Current progress:
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Challenge Number Four

I've been distracted by the diamond painting but I'm still working on the HAED Challenge!  I've skipped page 6 because it was a partial and the Challenge called for a full page.  Here is my progress on page 7.  I'm around the halfway mark at the moment:

 Previous progress:
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Hoping to be back with a finished challenge piece towards the end of the month!

Happy stitching xxx

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Diamond Painting

I’ve stumbled across the craft of diamond painting, which involves sticking resin tiles/diamonds to a sticky canvas.  The tiles are available in both round and square shapes in the whole DMC colour range. This means any cross stitch chart can be turned into a diamond painting! There are kits available but the quality of the kit will vary depending on the size and amount of colours used.  In any case, it is possible to make a diamond painting using a Heaven and Earth Designs chart, which really caught my interest!

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend…

I’ve decided to jump right in and make Spirit of Flight my first diamond painting! This one was screaming “pick me” and I can really visualize it working well.  The diamonds are 2.5mm each which makes the canvas the equivalent of working on 10 count cross stitch fabric. The finished size of this piece will be about 85 by 113cm...  Just over a meter wide!

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Charted by Heaven and Earth Designs

Sorting the Diamonds

I have been using an organizer to keep all my floss containers neat and organized and managed to free up a draw in this for the diamond containers:
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Diamond Supplies

The supplies were ordered from the "Little Home" store on AliExpress. The Seller gave me a great deal on a large custom size canvas, bulk lot of diamonds and the tools needed.  I would definitely recommend buying here if you are looking for supplies.   If you are looking for more information on diamond painting, there is a Facebook group called HAED Diamond Painting.   I’d recommend joining the group and asking questions there, or feel free to post any questions here as well! :D

My supplies arrived on the 14th of February. I'm delighted to receive diamonds on Valentine's Day! ;)
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90 chart colours sorted!:
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Spirit of Flight Start

I've made my start in the bottom right hand corner of the chart:
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Hoping to fly through this page and be back with more progress soon!

Happy stitching & lots of love! xxx

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Water Lily Pond


Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been stitching another butterfly cushion!
This was the colour scheme of the first one I stitched some time ago.

Original Butterfly:

Monet’s Room

I stitched another version of this butterfly as a gift for my Sister. The colour design of the cushion was inspired by Monet's painting "Water Lily Pond 2." My Sister has a room with a Monet inspired colour scheme, so I picked colours that would work in this room.

Water Lily Pond 2 by Monet:

New Butterfly; Ready to be stitched to cushion:
Finished Cushion; 22 count Hardanger tented with 3 to 4 strands:

Lilly Butterfly

The Pattern is available on the downloads page.  The colours used in this Monet version are:

Happy Stitching! xxx
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

T-shirt Yarn Project Reveal, Part 2

Rug Progress 

The t-shirt rug is now finished! Here are some work in progress photos from where the last blog left off:

Previous progress; 20 rounds, about 80cm wide:
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After 31 rounds; about 127cm wide:
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After 32 rounds; about 130 cm wide
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The Finished Rug

The completed rug ended up having 35 rounds and measuring 144 cm wide!  It’s also quite heavy!  Which is not surprising since there has got to be at least 50 or so whole t-shirts of varying sizes in there.  I did end up needing more green t-shirts for the last couple of bands as I decided to go back to green before ending on black.  There were some t-shirts left over but I did use most of the yarn I had.   The great thing about the rug is it is hand washable.  I've found it’s better to spot wash if possible because it’s really thick which means it takes ages to dry.

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I purchased a non-slip rug grip underlay for underneath.  Although the rug so heavy that it doesn’t tend to slip around much.  If it were smaller and lighter then this would be more crucial as it would be more likely to slide around. The rug does have a nice soft texture and thickness but the underlay does make it even more cushy to stand on, which is nice!

Cutting the underlay:
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I've cut the spare corners leftover from the underlay into stripes to use as grips under my q-snap clamps, they grip really really well!: 
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For anyone wanting to create a t-shirt rug the following links are helpful:

No sew joining two pieces of fabric together:

Seamless joining in the round/invisible join:
Formula for a perfect crochet circle (see table):

Happy stitching! xxx

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

T-shirt Yarn Project Reveal, Part 1

A Circular Rug

I've been busily making my t-shirt rug project and can now reveal the first part of the rug!  If you have been following along with previous blogs, it will now make sense as to why I was madly cutting up so many t-shirts!  After weeks of collecting, washing and cutting shirts it was super exciting to finally get stitching!     

A rough template of the colour band order followed is pictured below, traveling from right to left with some lines of yarn doing more than one band.  The estimated gauge from my test swatches was about 2 cm per round.  The plan was for the finished rug to be between 120 to 150cm wide, a size that would work well for the room it would live in.  For the rug to be halfway between this range it would need approximately 33 rounds!

(To estimate the number of rounds for a given size circular rug; find the radius and divide by the stitching gauge:  So for a rug diameter of 135cm, the radius= 135cm divided by 2cm= 67.5cm.  Then the radius of 67.5cm divided by 2cm gauge= approx 33 rounds):
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A Round & Around

I'd never crocheted in the round before, so spent quite a significant amount of time practicing making magic circles and working out how to change rows and colours seamlessly.  It took awhile to get the hang of it and I ended up having to restart a few times!

My cat Matisse seems to approve of this attempt and happily claimed it for herself lol!:
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Ring a Ring a Rosie

I didn't really follow a pattern!  Initially I worked off something similar to the formula for a perfect single crotchet circle.  Although, I started with 12 stitches in my magic circle rather than 6, due to the bulky nature of the yarn and the large hook. After the first 10 or so rounds, following rounds were increased when corners started to curl up, which is an indication an increase is needed.  If a round was increased when it didn't need to be, waves/buckles would appear to indicate increases were not required.  It was a bit of trial and error process, but it became easier to gauge what to do as it progressed.  As long as everything was sitting flat it was alright to progress to the next round! There were also constraints in terms of the amount of yarn balls available for each round/colour, so I tended to try to increase in rounds where there was more yarn available.  After the first 10 or so rounds were completed, I increased every couple of rows (when needed) by putting two single crotchets in every 5th stitch ( in other words every 5th and 6th stitch would go in the same hole).  A 15.75mm crochet hook was used, as this hook gave the best results with the 1.5 inch strips of yarn used.

 The first 12 rounds; about 48cm wide:
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20 rounds; about 80 cm wide.  Outer row is buckling/becoming slightly wavy, so I redid it without increases before moving onto the next round!: 

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22 Rounds; about 90cm wide:
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I'll be back with more progress later this month!

Happy stitching, xxx
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Iris Keeper of the Rainbow: 14.08%

Nocturne: 16.87%

Robber Bridegroom: 16.25%

Spirit of Flight: 18.29%

Enchanted Manor 29.73%
Queen Of Spades: 7.19%
Rainbow Girl II: 6.36%

Of Earth, Air, Water & Fire: 20.70%
Treasure Hunt 38.75%

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