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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Elephants -- Geometric

There is something I find very pleasing about geometric shapes. Geometric elephants come in one of two forms, the external shape remains normal and the interior is cut up in a geometric way (as seen in 2, 5 & 9) or the exterior curves are replaced with straight lines and angles.

Source: Pinterest
1. This design uses a geometric design in the interior but not across the whole shape.
2. A simple monochrome design.
3. Such a cute little pin badge
4. There are very few solid 3D geometric elephants about.
5. A bold design for a nursery.
6. Another 3D item, this time it's all about the lines.
7. This is my favourite of all these designs, so clean and simple.
8. Most of the geometric elephant necklace designs about are in profile, this is a little unusual.
9. Cross stitch is a great medium for geometric shapes.


For more elephants visit my Elephants board on Pinterest.
All links above are to Pinterest as some of the items pictured may no longer be available at their original link.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Elephants -- Printed mugs

There were so many elephant themed mugs when I started searching that I've had to split this category into two. Last month it was elephant shaped mugs and this month, the best printed designs. There are some creative and humorous items available.

Source: Pinterest
1. This is the mug for me!
2. Gorgeous colour.
3. Interesting positioning of this repeated motif.
4. Beautiful, the terracotta and teal colours work perfectly.
5. Perfect use of the handle.
6. This just makes me smile.
7. Vintage Marimekko.
8. Simple line drawing, interesting which features they picked out.
9. Folk art inspired design.


For more elephants visit my Elephants board on Pinterest.
All links above are to Pinterest as some of the items pictured may no longer be available at their original link.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Elephants -- Shaped mugs

There were so many elephant themed mugs when I started searching that I've had to split this category into two. This month it is elephant shaped mugs and next month, the best printed designs. What I love about these elephant shaped mugs is how, similar to the elephant tea pots, the shape of the elephant seems to fit perfectly the shape of the object.

Source: Pinterest
1. This mug comes with a handy tea bag holder.
2. 'Pink elephants on parade'
3. Folk art inspired mug.
4. This is just so cute.
5. The simple bronze detail make this one stand out.
6. Lovely raised detail.
7. Uses the trunk as a handle in a different way to all the others.
8. This is rather scary, definitely unusual.
9. It's all about the ears with this mug.


For more elephants visit my Elephants board on Pinterest.
All links above are to Pinterest as some of the items pictured may no longer be available at their original link.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Crochet teardrop earrings tutorial

Crochet teardrop earring :: Embellished Elephant

One of the first craft blogs I discovered was Un Jardin de Hilo. Sadly Olivia no longer blogs there, but it's pages are still a wonderful source of crochet inspiration and some tutorials and free patterns are available too. Inspired by this Olivia's creations, I've designed my own pattern for some crochet teardop earrings.

You will need:
Thin thread, I used two strands of embroidery thread. (Thread of a different thickness will alter the finished size of the earrings)
2 x Earring hooks, I used silver plate
6 x Wire headpins, I used silver plate
8 x Beads, I used some silver plate rectangular tubes from my stash
Small gauge crochet hook appropriate for your thread, I used 1.5mm
Wire cutters
Small round nose pliers 
Scissors 
Needle

Notes/abbreviations: 
ch - chain
dc - double crochet (US sc - single crochet)
tr - treble crochet (UD dc - double crochet)
htc - half triple crochet (US hdc - half double crochet)
dtr - double treble crochet (US tr - treble crochet)
sl - slip stitch
st - stitch


Crochet Teardrop Pattern (UK crochet terms) 
Please note the pictures shown here are using a thicker yarn to allow you to see the stitches more easily.

Round 1 - Make 6dc into a magic circle, sl st into first Dc. Pull the loose end tight to close the hole at the centre of the piece.

Crochet :: Magic loop :: Embellished ElephantCrochet :: Teardrop earrings round 1 :: Embellished Elephant

Round 2 - ch 1, 2dc in each dc around, sl into first dc (12 st)

Crochet :: Teardrop earrings round 2 :: Embellished Elephant

Round 3 - ch 1, 2dc in each dc around, sl into first dc (24 st)

Crochet :: Teardrop Earrings round 3 :: Embellished Elephant

Round 4 - ch 1, dc in each of the next 4 sts, htc in each of next 3 sts, tr in each of the next 3 sts, 2dtr in each of the next 3 sts, tr in each of the next 3 sts, htc in each of next 3 sts, dc in each of the next 4, sl st in first dc. Fasten.

Crochet :: Teardrop earrings round 4 :: Embellished Elephant

To put together the earrings:
1 - Crochet two teardrop shapes.
2 - Sew in all the loose ends and trim any excess thread.
3 - Using the round nose pliers, open the loop on each earring wire sideways.

Teardrop earring :: opening an earring wire :: Embellished Elephant

4 - Thread the crochet teardrop onto the earring wire, making sure that the side facing forward matches (there will a a slight but subtle difference between each side of the crochet teardrop).
5 - Carefully close the loop on the earring wires and check that the crochet hangs the same way on both earrings, adjusting if necessary.
6 - Thread the beads on to the headpin wires, as shown in the picture, leaving about 0.5-1cm to create the loop, cut off any excess wire with the wire cutters.

Adding beads to wire headpin :: Embellished Elephant

7 - Using the round nose pliers create a loop on each headpin.

Creating a wire loop :: Embellished ElephantBeads on headlines with wire loops :: Embellished Elehant

8 - Open each loop sideways and pass through the crochet teardrop.
9 - Carefully close each loop and check that the beads hang the same way on both earrings, adjusting if necessary.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Stripy crochet scarves

On a trip to Manchester a few years ago I came across a lovely yarn store - Purl City Yarns by accident. We were there for a football match and it was just across the road from the pub we were all meeting in.  I could have spent a fortune there but I finally chose two yarns. It seems that this shop has closed down in the time since my visit, which is a shame.

My first purchase was two balls of Louisa Harding Amitola in blue/grey colours called 'seascape' and my second choice was Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Lace in a red and pink colour way. Both of these were self striping yarns - not something I had ever tried working with previously.

Source: www.wisebadger.com
Source: www.loveknitting.com

I knew I wanted to make a lightweight scarf out of the blue yarn. I found this pattern on Ravelry and adapted it slightly.



I just love the intricate detail of this pattern and the gradual changes in colour.

As for the red/pink lace yarn I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it when I bought it but when I saw this pin and found the pattern was free on the Lion Brand website, I knew that was the pattern I wanted to try with this yarn.




It also made a beautiful and delicate item and was the perfect yarn for this item because of the longer lengths of each colour before a colour change.