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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Crochet carpet

Just a quick catch up, halfway through June already: after taking a pause from blogging I was ironically forced to stand back from most of my creative endeavors
A positive is that this enforced ‘time out’ has made me recognize how important creative activity is to me and I think in time it will renew my enthusiasm. right now working on the crochet carpet as gift for my sister-in-law who am visiting in July. am posting as i know she’s one who is not on social media so my surprise for her won’t be ruined
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Emptiness is necessary.
The yin to the yang.
Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the centre hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there..”Tao te Ching, chp11


Thursday, March 24, 2016

crochet earring

Making your own earrings is a fun project which can be completed in minutes.
You can keep them for yourself or can make a wonderful homemade gift for your female friends and family members
Today I want to show you beautiful crochet earrings, made with new anchor thread launchedWP_20160324_14_23_45_Pro
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Square dangling earrings
Material
  • any thread can work, have used anchor knitting yarn 2 colours
  • crochet hook, have used 3.00 mm
  • ear wires 
  • pliars to fix the ear wires
  • scissors
Pattern
  1. make 3 chains and slip stitch to make a circle
  2. chains 3 and 2 dc's in the ring, You now have a cluster of three dc because the first 3 chains counts as the first dc.Chain three; this creates the space that will become your first corner.
  3. 3 dc into the ring Ch 3 to make your next corner.
  4.  Repeat the previous step twice
  5. Slip stitch into the top chain of the first “chain 3” to close the round.
  6. change colour
  7. chain 1 and sc in the same stitch, sc in next 2 dc, 4 sc in the 3 chain space
  8. sc in each next 3 dc, 2 sc 4chain and 2 sc in next chain space 
  9. sc in each next 3 dc, 4 sc in the 3 chain space 
  10. sc in each next 3 dc
  11. 2sc 3 chains make 3 dc in the base chain after the sc, 3 chain 2 sc to create the tail of the earring
  12. slip stitch in the first sc of the 2nd row
Take the earwire and use your pliers to open the loop at the bottom. Hook the open loop of the earwire onto the 4chain loop of the square 
Close the loop with your pliers.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Crochet phone pouch

being a creator at heart, am in my very happy place, surrounded by design elements i love, The only thng that can make it better is when you love it too
Each design takes time, trying this and trying that, until the magic happens


Now my phone has pouch and am loving it

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Macrame is coming back

I was happy to find out in many home decor photos that macrame is back. And, among them I distinguished a simple plant hanger project that was so cool, despite its simplicity. And, I wanted to try it immediately. It’s not difficult to find its material anyway i found some cotton cords in my stash and there i go knotting a plant hanger for my house
Definitely macrame isn’t something new for me. I remember my mother making macrame wall-hangings and bags that she sent to my father who was on scholarship with Royal College of Arts London, this was around 1978’s
i learnt it around in my late teens and had made curtain for my Father’s office and a wall hanging for a friends 18th birthday



The word macrame is believed to be derived from an old Arabic word magramah.This referred to the ornamental fringe seen on the edges of scarves or shawls.
Later, the ornamental fringe showed up in England in tablecloths and clothing.
In the early 1800’s, seamen, who spent many hours at sea, made macrame an art peculiarly their own.
With rope being the most plentiful material on the ship, it’s hardly surprising that many of these men perfected this craft.
Sailors used macrame to help pass dull, off-duty hours. No doubt their knot tying earned them money in foreign ports too.
Macrame means; The art of using various kinds of knots to produce decorative patterns  If you know a few basic knots and have a little imagination, you can make an innumerable amount of things that are as beautiful as they are individual.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Crocheting Tips

Here are some crocheting tips to establish consistent crochet work: By Rachel Choi
1. Count, count, count! It is really important to count the stitches in a row or round so that you know you aren’t adding or missing stitches by accident. You can also use stitch markers to help you count.
2. Slide loops back. When you put “loops” on your hook, be sure to slide them back to the part of the hook that is leveled. The edge where the hook is, is 
normally skinnier than the rest of the hook. Pushing the loops back to the 
leveled part of the hook will ensure that all the stitches you make will 
consistently be the same size and have the same tension.
3. Not too tight or loose. Make sure that the loops on your hook aren’t too tight or too loose. It should be loose enough so that it is easy for you to slip your hook in and out of loops. It should be tight enough such that the loops are securely wrapped around the leveled surface of the hook.
4. Know how long to make your turning chain. As a rule of thumb you make 1 chain for single crochets, 2 for half double crochet, 3 for double crochet, and so on. This will ensure that the beginning of your new row/round will be the same height as the rest of the row/round.
5. Use different hook sizes. Sometimes you may find that your foundation chain is much tighter than the rest of your work. Try using a larger sized hook for the foundation chain or for the adventurous try the foundation single crochet (can be altered for other crochet stitches too).
6. Practice. Practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes. Sometimes the best way to learn is from doing, no matter how long you end up doing it for.
7. Crocheting should be relaxing and fun. No brute force needed. If you notice you’re pushing and pulling your hook with a lot of strength, then there’s probably something wrong.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Crochet classes

My mother taught me to crochet when I was a kid. She probably wanted to keep me busy/quiet/out of her hair. All she taught was how to do was make chains and double crochets, but I would do that for hours and hours. I think the way a ball of yarn was being turned into a piece of cloth was definitely interesting for me.
At that time basic technique of crochet looked perfect, as making things wasn’t a priority, so I learned various skills as I went along.
Today I’m pretty sure that I know more about crocheting than my mom who taught me, since I’m always learning something new from books and fellow crochet designers
You are new to crocheting, one of the toughest things to master is making consistent stitches in your work. If you’ve ever tried making a square and it ended up not so square, then you know what I’m talking about! I’d also like to say that counting stitches is a must. Most of the problems have come from not recognizing the “first” stitch in a row AND the “last” which then causes to mistakenly decrease stitches.
It is just so gratifying to share crochet with another person! glimpses of my crochet class












Those interesting in learning crochet please contact on : hunarthecraftinghands@gmail.com

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Crochet in Vogue

Chioma Nnadi of Vogue.com writes:
"And speaking of crochet, the boho textile was all over the collection, including the neckline of patchwork and billowing chiffon dresses. The crochet bathing suit, that linchpin of a ’70s bohemian wardrobe, was re-created in several ways, too, and it was refreshing to see Gigi Hadid, a model whose gorgeous womanly body recalls the first wave of free-spirited travelers that came to Jamaica in the late ’60s, striding down the runway in a string bikini. Reason enough to want to run off to a tropical island, or at least dress the part until you can."
 The following photos include all of the "crochet" pieces, but if you want to see the entire show, check it out! (All photos credit to Vogue.com)


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Commissioned project

The first commission project by #Hunarthecraftinghands of 2016 joint efforts of me and my sister,
the giant doilies crocheted and used as umbrellas for a bar and cafe at India Design 2016
Making something with our hands reflects something basic about ourselves. We want to work hard without losing touch with our creative selves; we want to earn money without losing our souls; and we want to be part of a larger picture of human progression while still maintaining our individuality.” – Vickie Howell
#IndiaDesign2016 #madder #giantdoilies #Interiordesign #cafe #textileartist #softsculptures

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Phone case

This pattern makes an elegant, lightweight cover for your phone instruments that stands out nicely against a dress. The pattern is easy to adjust to any length and width you please, and it makes a great gift