#eastersquare shoulder bag

 

I finished my #eastersquare shoulder bag last night and I love it. It’s perfect for visiting the Saturday market here in St Francis Bay, or to carry my next crochet project in.

Before I started this project, I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. But as soon as the first 4 squares were joined, the doubt started. Should I use the beautiful dark grey from African Expressions Adore (a local yarn) or the lighter Katia Hechizo…

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  Posting the question on Instagram and Facebook really helped and I decided to go light. It didn’t take long to finish the 24 squares I needed.

Joining the squares was the best part of this project for me. I fell in love with Katia Hechizo. Although it consists of 48% virgin wool and 20% alpaca, there’s a bit of glitz in there too. Don’t know if it’s the 16% Nylon or the 16% polyester…

  I hope you can see it in the photo (above). It’s so soft to the touch. I think it contrasts beautifully with the 100% natural Vinnis Nikkim, Serina and Bambi that I used in the first 4 rows of my #eastersquare.

 In the photo above you’ll see Bambi Natural, Nikkim Stone, Serina Silver, Nikkim Blue-Grey, Bambi Baby Pink, Nikkim Purple Pink, Nikkim Pale Sage ( go to http://www.vinniscolours.co.za for stockists) and an unknown/unlabeled soft pink 100% merino wool. All the yarns were bought at my favorite yarn shop, Nomvula’s Knitters (contact Frances on 0824783022) in St Francis drive.

I could do this all the time. Crochet, I mean.

 

The button is plastic, but covered with a small crocheted circle.

 

The lining is a recycled old T-shirt of my husband’s (he doesn’t know it yet) and 2 extra squares ‘line’ the flap (something nice to look at every time I open the bag).

 

A most enjoyable Easter holiday project. And for my next make, here’s a sneak peak:

 

Follow me on Instagram for updates. Till next week Friday, bye!

C x

happy valentine’s (and a little tutorial)

I love these little celebrations through the year

and Valentine’s Day is just one of them.

There is still time to give your own handcrafted spin on the day we celebrate LOVE.

Elsbeth (her sweetest little heart brooch, which I LOVE, is below in this blog post) and I have both made a brooch each and hope to show you step-by-step how easy it is to do..

Mine will be posted here tomorrow morning.

We are so happy to be back, blogging in this new spot we found on WordPress and hope that you’ll follow our crafty journey…

Yeah!

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Hi everyone, Elsbeth here.

This super adorable little bear was my inspiration for a Valentines DIY crochet project.

I believe we all need some cuteness in our lives..

Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!

Can’t wait to take my little brooch out tomorrow!

let’s start!

 STEP 1 Some nice white wool. I used African Expressions, Desire, or any other colour you would like your brooch to be. Some black, yellow and gold wool. Your trusty hook, needle, scissors and toy stuffing or bits of wool.

STEP 1
****Some nice white wool. I used African Expressions, Desire, or any other colour you would like your brooch to be.
****Some black, yellow and gold wool.
****Your trusty hook, needle, scissors and toy stuffing or bits of wool. I made this little heart without a pattern and just followed my creativity. You can look on pintrest for some patterns like this one to help you make a basic heart.

 

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Step 2
Make 3ch and connect. Make dc/ sc into the circle and sl st into the first dc/sc. Add a second row of dc/sc st. In every second ch sp make 2dc. You don’t want a perfect flat circle but rather a little circle that looks like a cup.

 

STEP 3 Make another circle in the same way as the first circle.
STEP 3
Make another circle in the same way as the first circle.

 

STEP 4 Attach the 2 cup circles with a sl st and make a dc in every ch sp.
STEP 4
Attach the 2 cup circles. You need a gap in between the circles so that you can push the stuffing and your needle through there.

 

STEP 5 Continue with dc in every ch sp forthe next round. Start decreasing stiches in the following round by working 1dc over 2 ch sp in every 5th sp.  In your next round you can decrease in every 3rd ch sp. Be creative here and play around- if you want a long thin heart you need to decrease more slowly and over more rows. If you like a fatter shorter  little heart  you can decrease more in each row.
STEP 5
Continue with you dc/sc sts and start decreasing gradually. Continue until you feel you are almost finished.

 

STEP 6 Your heart is almost done but you need to add the little face now! Get all your other goodies closer and thread your black yarn into your needle.
STEP 6
Your heart is almost done but you need to add the little face now!
Get all your other goodies closer and thread your black yarn into your needle.

 

STEP 7 Make a knot at the end of the black yarn and push the needle it into the inside of the heart and then out where you want the eye to be. The  knot is then inside the heart. Make the eyes and lashes. TIP: Make the eyes on the middle horizontal line of the heart. That is the trick to get the cutness effect!!! Please don't worry about how you are going to make the eyes! Just do it! You are clever, capable and more creative than you think and any mistake can be undone.
STEP 7
Make a knot at the end of the black yarn and push the needle into the inside of the heart and then out where you want the eye to be. The knot is then inside the heart.
Make the eyes and lashes. TIP: Make the eyes on the middle horizontal line of the heart. That is the trick to get the cutness effect!!!
Please don’t worry about how you are going to make the eyes! It’s similar to half a circle. Just do it! You are clever, capable and more creative than you think and any mistake can be undone. Add the lashes as you go.

 

STEP 8 Continue with the last bit of the bottom of your little heart.
STEP 8
Continue with the last bit of the bottom of your little heart so that you can add a smile.

 

STEP 9 Finish of the little smile. Its just another little half circle design.  When you are done with the smile you can remove the needle and push the remaining black yarn into the heart as part of your stuffing. Continue to crochet the last bit of the heart with your pretty wool and end it of. Leave a long tail so that you can close the top of the heart later.
STEP 9
Finish of the little smile with the black yarn. Its just another little half circle again.
When you are done with the smile you can remove the needle and push the remaining black yarn into the heart as part of your stuffing.
Continue to crochet the last bit of the heart with your pretty wool and end it of. Leave a long tail so that you can close the top of the heart later.

 

STEP 10 Push some toy stuffing into the top hole. You can also use bits of wool from other projects.
STEP 10
Push some toy stuffing into the top hole. You can also use bits of wool from other projects.

 

STEP 11 Now for the decorations! Use your yellow yarn and make little french knots. Here is a tutorial to help you make the perfect french knots!!
STEP 11
Now for the decorations!
Use your yellow yarn and make little french knots. Here is a tutorial to help you make the perfect french knot!! You can push you needle through the top hole in your heart to start.

 

STEP 12 Make as many french knots as you want and then add some more with your second colour yarn. I used a golden thread to add some sparkle!
STEP 12
Make as many french knots as you want and then add some more with your second colour yarn. I used a golden thread to add some sparkle!

 

STEP 13 i added a little bow to my brooch too.
STEP 13
i added a little bow to my brooch too.

 

STEP 14 Remember that long piece of yarn at the bottom of the heart? Thread it with your needle and push your needle in at the bottom straight to the top. You will now close the brooch with small stitches.
STEP 14
Remember that long piece of yarn at the bottom of the heart?
Thread it with your needle and push your needle in at the bottom straight to the top of the heart. You will now close the top opening of the brooch with small stitches.

 

STEP 15 Want a little blushing heart like mine?  Add some of your blusher- yes your makeup- on your heart!
STEP 15
Want a little blushing heart like mine? Add some of your blusher- yes your makeup- onto your heart! You are done!

 

 Hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Please share your little heart brooch with us on our facebook page.

love elsbeth

friday i’m in love

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Elsbeth and I just posted 7 mini crochet tutorials on Facebook for the Sorbet-and-Lace Square from IDEAS CROCHET.
Please join our group ‘hellohart.co projects’ on Facebook if you’d like to watch the tutorials.
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The yarn we used for the tutorials were sponsored by I LOVE YARN, and is from their Imagine range, a lovely, soft bamboo and cotton mix in yummy SORBET colors.
I LOVE these colors and the yarn is extremely soft to handle.
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Spending time with Elsbeth in her beautiful handcrafted home (this chair is in her kitchen-dining area) ALWAYS inspires me.
I’m very lucky to have you as a friend, Els!
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Our amazing background fabric for the mini tutorials is Kaffe Fasset’s Paper Weight in Sludge.

Elsbeth bought hers at Mezomode Quilting and Sewing. CLICK HERE to contact Annette at Mezomode, Wonderboom South Pretoria, for more details.

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Here’s to a weekend filled with crochet and love,

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(original post on 22 august 2014)

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Good news if you decide to crochet any one of the projects from IDEAS CROCHET or IDEES HEKEL!

I personally designed and made all the projects in the magazine and would like to offer you my assistance and support when you decide to crochet any of the items from the book. I’ve created a group on Facebook called hellohart.co projects where you can post photos, ask questions and share in the making.

The aim with the group is to nurture, support and celebrate crochet and creativity.

Click on the link and ask to join the group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hellohartcoprojects/

If you battle to find the book in the shops near you,

order it from Julian at Ideas Magazine julian.padua@media24.com or buy it online at

https://www.mysubs.co.za/magazine/ideas-crochet

I bought my own copy on my iPad, using the Zinio app

For Android find the app here.

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(original post 7 august 2014)


crochet ideas and winners

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Hello!

Thank you for the wonderful response on our new website and shop!

It warms my heart to know that we have so much in common.

The photo above is just one of 24 things you can make from Crochet Ideas Magazine or Hekel Idees Tydskrif.

As I promised yesterday, here are the ladies who have each won a copy of the new crochet pattern book, Crochet Ideas / Hekel Idees, published by IDEAS magazine:

Connie Wilson

Lizette van Zyl

Adri Drotski

Kobie Botha

Ronell Grobler

Chrisna Scheepers

CONGRATULATIONS!

I will send each of you a message on Facebook to confirm that you’ve won, and would like you to reply by sending me your address for delivery.

There are 2 more Crochet Ideas / Hekel Idees to win:

SUBSCRIBE (column on the right) TO RECEIVE OUR BLOG AS AN EMAIL, BEFORE MONDAY 11 AUGUST

Winners will be announced Monday morning on this blog.

Then,

an invitation to every one who crochets any of the 24 patterns from this book:

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS ON HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/HELLOHARTCOPROJECTS/

Thank you!

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(originally posted 5 august 2014)