Month: August 2014

Crochet Lace



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If you guys have been following my posts for long, then you may have spotted my last blog post where I had showed you my latest crochet project… If you did happen to see it, then I bet this crochet project in the photo above looks awfully familiar? That’s because the crochet lace trim/edge I had posted about last was so lovely that I could not stop! I seen too much potential in this design that I kept going — basically free-form crocheting each remaining row. The reason for this is the trusty ol’ inspiration struck again as I admired the finished trim/edging I’d crocheted.

I seen a skirt in that thin piece of trim. I seen a curtain for a small bathroom window. Most importantly, I seen the bottom portion of a bad a** peplum blouse! I know, it is kind of pathetic, but I am obsessed. I could not help myself, so I grabbed the hook and re-attached my thread and kept going, and going, and going. Kind of like I’m doing now as I type and can’t seem to shut up.

There’s something so elegant and classy about the peplum top. It’s so flattering! I know some of you despise them, and I can understand that, as I once thought they were somewhat unsightly too. But once I tried my first peplum style blouse on, I loved them forever. The bottom ruffle of a peplum top is just so darn feminine and the way it drapes is so beautiful on every body/frame that I can’t get enough of them. I’ve never seen a peplum shirt that I didn’t think looked beautiful on the wear-er.

Plus, the peplum top has a comfort similar to that of yoga pants. It looks so nice and put-together, yet the way the somewhat loose ruffled bottom drapes creates a flattering looseness that kind of conceals the shape of your mid-section’s frame. No, I’m not saying that’s a goal or something we should aim to do, as I don’t think we should “hide” our shape. There’s no reason to hide it, but sometimes it feels good and comfortable to wear something that is not form-fitting, or tight and uncomfortable. I like some room to move, and sit and a peplum top is like wearing a loose fitting t-shirt only it looks super classy and very put together. I like to top a pair of jeans or blue jean shorts with a pin-stripe peplum top I have that features a satin red ribbon belt that I tie in a bow at the side. It’s so easy, and creates an instant dressed-up look without actually having to try much.

So, there you have it. I’m a peplum fan, and now you know why. And now I’ve just ran out of my white crochet thread to finish (barely) the bottom peplum portion to this blouse I’ll be making. I so hate when I run out of thread (or yarn) before I’ve finished a project. This happens to me quite often. You may recall one of my last blog posts where I complained about this very thing! It was my niece’s dress, then. Now it’s my top.

The top portion will be tank top style, probably since I’ve yet to actually do sleeves except twice. I’ve never crocheted something from thread that had sleeves, either. It’s always a tank top. However, I do think I would like sleeves on this peplum top, but I never know exactly how a shirt will end up until I actually finish. I just go with whatever style and stitch comes to mind as I work. I usually have an idea of what I want in mind, but not completely, and the project often changes into something completely different from the time I begin! Obviously. I mean this was originally just an edging.

For the top half, I’ll probably use some combination of double crochet (like I did for the lace-y vest I crocheted and blogged about a few weeks ago) and whatever stitch comes to mind as I work it. I’m thinking of long, open stitches and some criss-cross stitches tossed in the mix, much like the double crochet cross-over stitch, which creates an awesome little “X” like design. For this top, though, I think I’d like the “X” stitches to be much longer than a double crochet cross over is. Perhaps I’ll use chains and attach them in a way that creates “X”‘s. I won’t want the entire top half to be totally see-through, though, so as always, I’ll be including multiple rows of double crochet.

The ‘design’ is stored in my mind. I have the vaguest image of it in my head, but hopefully when it begins to come alive, I’ll adore it. That was the case with the vest, anyways.

Since I still love the trim I’d originally made from this design, I’ll be making another (and leaving it at trim this time.. Hopefully). I had many ideas for that trim before it blossomed into the bottom of a peplum top!

MORE PHOTOS (BETTER QUALITY) COMING SOON

In fact, there’s a t-shirt I just re-fashioned and had wanted to use this very trim on the bottom hem of it. 🙁 I will have to wait until I get more thread for that.

So, what do ya’ll think? Did you like the trim/edging better than turning this into a peplum? What do you think of peplum tops? Love or loate? And last but not least, what projects are you currently working on? I’d love to see pictures!



Crochet Lace Trim/Edging


Hey my fellow crocheters,

I have found myself crocheting a lot this past week. Kind of trying to work my way through this bout of depressive feelings by keeping busy. I guess something good has come of it, though because I’ve managed to crochet this nice lace-y trim or edging. I didn’t even have a particular project in mind that I wanted to use this trim or edging on, but I know since the minute I took up crochet & knitting, I wanted to eventually have a nice stash of hand-crocheted trim/edging on hand because it’s so darn beautiful and can go with virtually anything.

Crochet Lace Trim LF

Lace crochet by Kendra
I actually have quite a few various trims I have crocheted, but I have yet to use any of it. I figure one day the day will come when I have a shirt or something that could use a nice lace-y looking trim to it, but for now, I just enjoy makin’ the stuff.
Kendra's Lace
There are so many possibilities, too. Lace-y edged pillows, trim for a dress, bedding, a t-shirt. Heck, I even imagined using it to trim a neckline on a regular ol’ top, and thought it would look lovely. I think I’ll also add this by the roll to my shop, just in case it ever takes off. At least potential “shoppers” would have something to choose from, huh? Kendra's Lace
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I have really enjoyed the stitching of this trim, though, and thought I could even keep going with it to make it wider, but am still unsure of where I’ll go with it at the moment.
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Do you guys crochet your own edging/trim for your projects? If so, what types of projects do you use it on?

Lacey Floral Crocheted Motifs (+ Free Patterns)

Finally, I’m back with a new crochet project! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to update my blog here because I’ve been so busy working, and because I’ve not had the chance to really complete much of a new crochet project. I have, however, found time to crochet a few fun motifs that I’ve yet to find a way to use.

Kendra's Motifs

One of my favorite things to crochet are motifs. They’re so versatile, and I’ve been able to create a couple of beautiful tops (a vest was the last project I made from motifs) out of them by stitching them together.

I’ve also made a small handful of flowers lately, which I had thought I’d be able to attach together and make the neckline of a blouse, but they didn’t exactly turn out the way I pictured. I’ve not really been able to freehand things like flowers (that aren’t a basic shape like a square or triangle) yet.

I’d love to be able to stitch a whole bunch of flowers together to create a loose blouse or create the top part of a blouse from, then crochet the rest using a stitch. I guess that’s something else that will take practice getting just right. I’ve seen many beautifully put-together shawls that use a flower and circle design, but I’d want a shirt instead. So, if I could find patterns like the flower shawls that I could alter to make into a blouse, I’d be all over that.

Kendra's Motifs again

Since I’m on the topic, would any of my fellow crocheters happen to have any suggestions for going about this idea? Maybe I could use the pattern of a shawl (one that uses small flowers attached together) and just make a large rectangle rather than the triangle a shawl is typically made into. From a rectangle, I could easily make a blouse! Now the ideas are a churnin’.

While I probably won’t get to use the flowers I crocheted (no photos of those, but can put them up if anyone is interested) in a top anytime soon, they’d at least be a beautiful addition to any piece of clothing, really. I love the way a combination of fabrics and crochet look together, so I might add some of the lacey-ish flowers to some blouses of my own, or my niece’s. The motifs, though, I hope to eventually be able to create something nice out of. I have a nice stash that’s only growing of various crocheted motifs — all made in the same white thread (I’m stuck on this stuff!) I love the lacey-ish appearance it has.

Kendra's Motifs more

I hope to one day (when I’ve gained more patience for repetitive motif crocheting), create a decorative throw or blanket from motifs like these.

I’m thinking of using some of the floral motifs to sew onto the elbows of plain ol’ long sleeve tops. Or I could put them on pillows. Or to patch holes in jeans. Or I could always just slap them together and make a lovely garland from them! There are so many awesome ways to use them. What would you do with these motifs?

And also, what are your favorite ways to use motifs? Do you add them to pillows, or clothes, sew em’ together and make a table runner? What do you like to do with them?

Oh, and as always, I’ve included links to the patterns I used to make these motifs (which can be found on this post here.) All were available for free, thanks to many bloggers (and companies) who are kind enough to offer instructions/tutorials free of charge.

*Other Projects I’ve been Working On*

My “main” project I’ve been working on the last month is a dress for my youngest niece. I like to have a little something small to work on in-between my big projects, so I chose more flowers and motifs that I might be able to use eventually.

It’s almost complete, but the straps still need sewn on, and of course those pesky yarn tails that are dangling from various spots on the dress need sewn in. I hate that part of crochet more than anything — tucking in your tails.

I’ll post photos of her dress once it’s complete. I’m actually not thrilled with the color combination at all. I started out with a purple for the bust and since I only had enough for a couple of rows, I planned to use a pretty decent sized roll of this other yarn that I thought would look nice with the purple (and Bug insisted I use it in her dress). But, to my sad surprise, I ran out of the yarn way before the dress was long enough! I could just buy a new roll, but I have had this roll for years, and it was given to me from B (my significant other’s) grandmother who’s passed away! On top of that, I’ve never seen the exact color in stores anywhere. I’ve seen a similar color from the Peaches N’ Cream line, but am really not that fond of any of their colors, including the one that’s similar.

When the yarn was given to me, it didn’t have the label on it, but appeared to be a full roll, and if not, it was very close. I call it “birthday cake yarn” because it’s a white color with small flecks of colors that resemble the sprinkles often decorated on a birthday cake.

So, I improvised when I ran out of the “birthday cake yarn” and used an off white to finish, which is not very close in color to the white of the “birthday cake yarn.” It’s disappointing because I thought the detail in the stitching (I combined several different stitches, including two different ruffle stitches) was absolutely stunning. She adores it already, so that’s all that matters, but I’d have loved to have felt a sense of pride or something upon seeing my completed project.

Unfortunately, I didn’t even enjoy the stitching of the bottom portion! I know, what a Debbie Downer I am, right? Lol. It was just very tedious and hard on my hands. It’s something similar to a shell stitch. I typically enjoy the fun of crocheting, but this project didn’t go smoothly like your average single crochet or something.

I figure since I love the look of the stitches, though, I’ll try to use another very similar stitch (probably opt for some kind of shell stitch) and try to find the patience to crochet another one, making sure I have plenty of yarn this time! That way, I can post photos of it and enjoy the look of it myself. And I’d like to try and have it in my shop (Laughing Flamingos,) hopefully that may be something that’ll draw the shop some attention.

Well, enough talk about my projects. I can post an image when I’ve completed the dress & maybe get some feedback from ya’ll. Perhaps another set of eyes could be useful, especially regarding the color combination.

This poll is to get an idea of what  products people would prefer as I’m working on getting together a bundle of items to send to a few bloggers in exchange for a product review. If any of you are interested in reviewing a hand-crocheted product, please do let me know!

 

What Hand-Crocheted Gift Do You Prefer Recieving?

  • Hats/Beanies
  • Appliques to sew on clothing/purses
  • Baby “sling” for carrying baby
  • Blanket
  • Colorful Seat covers/chair covers
  • Cosmetic Bag
  • Dish cloths
  • Face scrubbers
  • Handbags
  • Headbands
  • Pillows
  • Scarves
  • Shawl
  • Shrug
  • Socks
  • Other? Please tell in comments section!

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