my butterfly brooch

 

I had so much fun making this! A cute little butterfly brooch…..

It has two sides. The fun speckled yarn side……..

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….and another side with flowers

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the collection yarns

I used an arty speckled yarn from one of a kind yarns, black vinnis nikkim to crochet the two sides together and to crochet the middle of the butterfly’s body and to embroider 2 small flowers.

The other side of the butterfly was crocheted with some delicious natural merino dk yarn, and cowgirlblues merino lace was used for the little french knots and flowers.

If you would like to see it in action on my jersey you can pop over to my instagram account. Winter is here and its time for jerseys, sweaters, scarves, beanies and mittens…and of course, my cute little butterfly brooch!

Have a lovely weekend

love from Elsbeth

ps: this is the pattern that I used.

Crochet Olympics 2016

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This was our fourth Crochet adventure in St Frances (or as we like to call it the Crochet Olympics). It’s a time we all cherish! It’s here that we get to cook wonderful creative meals while sipping on bubbles and wine. We crochet (Liesel embroiders) and talk about our daily lives, we discover new topics such as square foot gardening, the joys and benefits of eating only organic and everything about permaculture and so much more…

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It really is a time to restore one’s soul and reflect on the exciting adventures we all have ahead of us. Each year we go back home feeling fulfilled and blessed in the knowledge that life is so much better when its filled with happiness, creativity and the many exciting ventures that lay ahead.

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Cornel has the most beautiful home in St Frances and this year our weather was amazing, Melanie and I went for a walk on the beach every morning. It’s during these walks that we re-discovered the beauty of St Frances.

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Each one of us got a turn to dish up something delectable. Most of the time it’s a group effort with Liezel (our official food photographer) snapping away at every morsel created. What made this year so special is the fact that all our food was organic, sourced from a local supplier. We all agreed that the food was soulful, colorful and so much more sumptuous as a result.

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Of course our visit would not have been complete without a trip to the wonderful Nomvulas. We tend to spend all our money in this store (without any regrets). It’s filled with the most beautiful yarn and we find ourselves spending hours just exploring. Liesel even bought a ball of yarn this year and Cornel made her some awesome mittens for the Winter.

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Cornel, Elsbeth and I are busy working on our crochet book, which is scary, exciting and rewarding all at the same time. We can’t share too many photos of what we crochet on our trip. But I can tell you that we are working with some of the most fantastic South African yarns available. For a sneak peak in the months ahead you should follow us on Instagram. Anisa, Cornel, Elsbeth

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The poem below sums up how the Crochet Olympics team feel about our life passion… crochet, food, conversations and a happy ever after.

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have a fantastic fun filled weekend!

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tierlantynkies and the african flower motif

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As you know Elsbeth and I have a small business called Empty Nest.

Well, between 27 April and 3 May this year our nest was CERTAINLY not empty!

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We held crochet workshops at the Tierlantynkies Market in Pretoria,

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And on the side we sold some lovely yarn from I Love Yarn

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and Moya Yarn.

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From the very young

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to the more mature ladies discovered the magic of crochet in our beginners workshops.

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And for everyone else who just wanted to spend 2 hours crocheting something new,

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spending time with friends,

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drinking wine, laughing and relaxing, we introduced them to these 3 motifs…

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The humble Granny Square, the popular Rustic Lace Square and

THE AFRICAN FLOWER.

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Needless to say, I got a little carried away…

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Over the course of 7 days I progressed from one

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to more

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and more

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to many.

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Until I had a small ‘roll’

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of African Flowers,

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And ultimately this half-finished beautiful blanket made with left-over “kakriel” yarns.

But acrylic blankets last forever and who wouldn’t want to play with so many colours at the same time.

As you might have noticed our blog posts have been few and far between.

I can explain. This is also the reason why I have to move my Happy African Blanket to the side (sad face emoji).

Anisa, Elsbeth and I am working on a wonderful, packed-to-the-brim crochet book with something in it for everyone.

And there’s only 3 months left.

Elsbeth and I have even postponed all our crochet classes (The Gentle Art of Crochet) until November 2016 by which time we hope the  ‘crochet dust’ will have settled.

Please join me on MY INSTAGRAM to keep up with happenings.

Although I can’t show you exactly what I’m making for our book, you’ll get glimpses of the beautiful yarns I’m working with.

We have THE MOST amazing yarn sponsors!

Thank you for following our blog.

Have a wonderful week!

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Bell Sleeve Revival

I loved wearing vintage clothing in my teens. I used to scour the local vintage stores and visit Rocky Street in Johannesburg to find the most beautiful vintage items. My favorite was any item that had either bell bottoms or bell sleeves. So it was to my absolute delight that I discovered that the bell sleeve is experiencing a revival. From Victoria Beckham to Rosetta Getty – two of the worlds renowned designers have included the bell sleeve in their collections.

Victoria Beckham always a trend setter, launched her version of the bell sleeve jersey in 2015.

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Take a look at Rosetta Getty’s  fall 2016 collection where she showcases her beautiful knitted bell sleeve jersey.

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And just because I could not resist, take a look at some of Rosetta Getty’s beautiful crochet items

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Gigi Hadid looks super chic in one of Rosetta’s designs

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Here are a few Emma Bell designs to inspire you

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There are some interesting bell sleeve knitting and crochet patterns to be found on etsy.com.

 Have a fabulous weekend creating something spectacular!

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our workshops at Tierlantynkies

In 19 days, Cornel and myself will embark on a crazy amazing adventure….

Hosting crochet workshops for a whole week at Tierlantynkies here in Pretoria, our home town.

This annual market celebrates all things home-made, hand-made and love-made, and is highly recommended if you are looking for something special and unique.

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Since starting our ‘Gentle Art of Making‘  classes mid  last year, we have seen the magic that happens in our get-togethers. Ladies of all ages come to learn how to crochet, and in the process discover not only the joy of learning a new skill, but also the joy of making things with their hands and being creative.

If you are in need to connect with your creative self and see how amazing it is to create with your hands, I highly recommend coming to our workshops. The best thing about learning to crochet now is that winter is coming and that means you can make…. mittens, scarves and blankets!

Join our beginners crochet class where we will introduce you to the basics- even left handed ladies are welcome.

Our crochet motive class will be prefect for those who can hold a hook and yarn. You will get 3 lovely crochet motive diagrams to choose from, and we will go step-by-step in guiding you to master the art of reading crochet diagrams.

All your class material, yarn and hook will be included.

Here is the schedule, specially made for our local Afrikaans ladies. Our classes are bi-lingual, so everyone is welcome!

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…and for those in need of a bit of paper and fabric fun, our paper doll class is for you!

I specially designed cute paper dolls and you have the opportunity to make a paper doll version of yourself, or a loved one.

Everything is included and you don’t need to be an artist!

I will give some inside arty tips to make you comfortable with a brush and paint, and guide you through the whole process.  Add a magnetic strip to her back, and your movable paper doll can live happily on any metal surface, like a fridge.

Please contact us for more info and to book your spot. We like our classes small so space is limited.

Have a lovely weekend,

love from Elsbeth

granny square beach tops

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While on holiday in the Eastern Cape, I couldn’t resist making these granny square tops for our teenage guests.

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It starts as a plain granny square with 9 rounds, then the sides are worked over 11 rows (tapers down in the granny square pattern from 6 treble groups to 1 treble group) and finished off with 6 treble-scollops around all the edges*.

Or you can buy the last one here.

Happy weekend!

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BOHO Crochet

So what does it mean to be bohemian…  I think it’s someone who tries to live by the ideals of truth, freedom, love and all those beautiful-sounding concepts.  I also think its someone who kinda does their own thing and as a consequence has a kinda weird fashion sense.  To expand further, its someone who leads an alternative lifestyle, they are not necessarily hippies because they can have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature etc.  they are usually very creative  people.

Above all they are optimists!

They like wearing a mixture of unique and different fashions, and they love crochet or knitted items.  They know that anything handmade is unique, special and has been created with love in mind.

I love everything that Bohemain represents, and you all know by now that crochet is one of my passions.  I’m sharing with you some of my favourate Bohemian crochet photos sourced from my three favourite Instagram friends.

Here are some truly spellbinding photos from Spell Designs:

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I also simply love the designs from Australian design company FirstBornKnits:

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Another of my favourite sources of bohemian clothing is Reloved Treasures Vintage

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 I hope you are inspired!

Go on it’s a dare crochet something unconventional, nonconformist, avant-garde, offbeat, original, artistic and eccentric.  Be bold be Bohemian!

Happy Easter everyone.

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Be bright

Things that brightened up my day….

  • Receiving the most funky and sweet place mats ever from Cornel this morning while working on our crochet book.
  • This neon yellow African fabric I used to dress my paper doll version of myself.  These paper dolls are part of our Empty Nest workshops at Tierlantynkies . Please see the workshop schedule if you live in Gauteng,-  our workshops will brighten up your day and no previous art experience needed to make and paint yourself and your family!

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Hope you have a bright, shiny weekend full of love

love from Elsbeth

 

craft share on friday 4 march 2016

Since 11 September 2009 I’ve had the privilege to crochet with friends on Fridays.  I call these gatherings “Craft Share”, because we make things (crafting) while we share a table, treats, coffee or tea (sometimes champagne), funny stories, sometimes heartache, just being mothers and wives, but most of all a love of making. I’ve met so many incredible woman over the years. To say that our circle of friends (who all love making and in particular crochet) have grown is an understatement. I remember one particular Friday when we met at a restaurant in Pretoria, because I didn’t have enough chairs for everyone to sit on! We were about 25 ladies crocheting, knitting, embroidering and having a good time. After about a 2 year period where I focused more on my family, home and travelling often, Adele Marais and Anneke van Heerden contacted me and asked if I could invite some of the “regulars” so we could all get in touch again. Let me introduce you to my guests:

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On Friday 22 January 2010 Sonja joined Craft Share for the first time. She loves working in soothing and earthy colours. Sonja just finished a blanket for a friend’s baby. Sonja made sure we were hydrated on Friday.

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Anneke fell in love with the Rustic Lace Square recently. She is methodical when it comes to colour combinations and will be joining her squares as she goes (JAYG). I met Anneke on Friday 16 July 2010.

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I’ve never known a person who cares more for others than Annelize. She is always helping someone or making a contribution somewhere. I met her on Friday 11 March 2011.

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I met Emsie at the primary school our children attends. She came to Craft Share for the first time on Friday 6 May 2011. She is making a cuddle blanket for a friend.

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Annemarie (or Ammie as I know her) blesses her children and grand children with generously sized blankets. She loves to use soothing colours together. I’ve known Ammie about 12 years and the first time she came to Craft Share was on Friday 29 July 2011.

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Jackie came to Craft Share for the first time on Friday 9 September 2011. She’s an avid knitter and is making a classic top for herself.

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On Friday 9 September 2011 I met Adele Marais for the first time. Adele is a true artist when it comes to crochet. She is always busy with a beautiful blanket in the most gorgeous yarns. Click HERE for her Instagram feed.

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Craft Share is where I met Elsbeth! On Friday the 13th of April 2012. It was a most auspicious day and I am so proud to call this incredible human being,  talented artist and extraordinary introvert my friend.

marietjie

Marietjie is a crochet connoisseur and always takes the utmost care when she chooses yarn, patterns and crochet hooks for projects. She loves challenging items like this beautiful shawl in Buttons from One-of-a-kind Yarns. I met her on Friday 1 June 2012.

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On Friday 15 June 2012 I met Amelia, who LOVES colour, especially purple. She is busy making a scatter cushion cover for her daughter’s room.

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Debbie home schools her children and should get a medal for how well she does it. I met her on Friday 15 June 2012.

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Marissa enjoys crocheting in strong bright colours. She is working on the Rustic Lace Square for a blanket. I met her on Friday 15 June 2012.

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I met Susan on Friday 10 August 2012. She was busy crocheting a blanket for her holiday home. The blanket she’s holding is her way of getting rid of all her short ends. She bought the grey to tie it all together. How clever!zelda

Zelda is always busy working on blankets. She is almost done with this one (inspired by the American flag) for her son’s bedroom. I met her on Friday 8 November 2013.

I always feel SOOOO inspired after seeing what everyone is working on and also feel extremely proud of what my friends have made and achieved through crochet.

Crochet has so many benefits for the person who’s doing it, but also for the one that is blessed by receiving a handmade item.

If you’d like to explore a little more…….

Just have a look here on my first blog i love pom-poms 

and then there were all these photo albums on Facebook ….

Have a wonderful weekend!

from me, x

cornel

PS Im holding a crocheted beach skirt that a friend made. I’m just joining the panels and finishing it off.