Hearts and flowers all the way
I can’t believe that it’s already Valentine’s Day – that time of hearts and flowers! The year is galloping along and I’ve just realised that I haven’t blogged since Christmas! I have a good excuse, though. I’ve been super-busy making things for my Etsy shop, which is very new, and needed lots of love and attention. It’s finally starting to pay off though, as I’ve just had a lovely review from a lady who received a pair of my Flora mittens, which have a little flower on the back, as her Valentine’s Day present.
There’ll be more about my mittens very soon, as well as a digital pattern for the gloves!
The Etsy shop has spurred me on to design lots more things and, I must say, I’m loving coming up with the ideas.
Here’s my hearts choker…
I love working beads into my crochet, and this choker gave me the ideal opportunity.
I ended up making them in a variety of colours – they’re all over on the Etsy shop (but if anyone wants one in a different colour, just let me know!)
They’re a little fiddly, and there are loads of ends to sew in once they’re finished, but I love the results. Hope you do too! This character definitely seems to think they’re the cat’s whiskers, it seems!
Even more hearts and flowers!
In fact, I’ve been crocheting up all sizes of hearts and flowers in the past months ready for teaching my Hearts and Flowers crochet classes. They looked so pretty together.
It got me thinking about how I could combine them into something cute to hang on the wall. So out came my Rico DK cotton in lovely vibrant pink and pale yellow shades, some blue glass beads, and with a 3mm crochet hook, I was away…
And here’s the finished result..
I love the multilayered flower. It was just going to be a few rounds of petals at first, but I just kept on going! What do you think?
Because I’d finished the flower with pink at the edge, I decided to add a yellow edging to the pink hearts. The pattern for the little heart is here. And if you’d like the flower pattern too, just let me know in a comment below…
Finally, while doing a bit of decorating at home, I came across this tapestry-style cushion that I designed and made years ago. It’s based on the classic Raphael picture of the cherub leaning on a cloud together with my garland of flowers around the edge. I finished the cushion cover in rich burgundy velvet and added chunky gold rope edging with gorgeous big tassels in the corner. Maybe some more tapestry in the pipeline? But who knows where I’ll get the time from!
Here’s to even more hearts and flowers in the year ahead!