Fabric Daisy

I visited Avon Stitchers, a group of enthusiastic crafters in Bradford Upon Avon, this week.    As the name suggests, they are mainly into embroidery and sewing, so I thought I would try and use fabric on the Butterfly Loom.

 

I took apart an old blouse and cut the sleeves into about 1″ wide strips.

I knotted the strips together and wrapped around my Small Butterfly Loom – I then unwrapped as I realised the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric would be uppermost when I removed it from the loom.

So, starting again, I wrapped the loom making sure the front of the fabric was face down on my board.  I wrapped two rows then used embroidery thread to do the knotting, which I did in a daisy pattern.

Rummaging around in my box of bits & pieces I had small (11″) cushion and, rather conveniently, a piece of navy felt which almost exactly matches the flowers on my fabric.

I attached the daisy to the felt by simply sewing the 4 corners of the knotting (leaving the loops free) and then made an envelope style back for the cushion and sewed it all together.

Rather pleased with the outcome!

If you want your fabric to be neater, cut it slightly wider (and more precisely) and use a bias binding maker to tuck the edges away.

 

Looms are available from my website Butterfly Loom and looms, bias binding makers & other craft supplies are available from my new website Craft Easy

Dublin & Nottingham – all in one day

Butterfly Loom will be attending 2 events in the weekend of 11th November.

Liz and Pippy of Butterfly Loom Ireland will be at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Simmondscourt in the RDS Dublin.  The show starts on Thursday 9th and runs through to Sunday 12th.  They will be joined by Sue Cotten of Learning Curve who is doing 2 workshops one Thursday and one Sunday – visit them and see how easy it is to make beautiful projects by wrapping & knotting!

I will be at Nottingham Yarn Expo at the Nottingham Conference Centre which is held over Saturday & Sunday.  I will have lots of items on show and I will demonstrate how to make pom poms and daisy patterns and using crochet to join your squares together.

The Knitting & Stitching Shows are always popular and they are expecting a great turnout as usual, the Notts Yarn Expo is on its maiden voyage, but it has been very well received and looks like it will become an annual favourite!

 

Knitting & stitching                               Notts yarn logo

 

 

Ignore the mistakes and this is perfect…

After many false starts I signed up for  weekly crochet lessons at the local college.  5 weeks later, not an expert, but I can do the basics.

So I decided to test my ‘skills’ with a small baby blanket.  I used Deramores studio DK in Frost for my main colour and then Mustard, Indigo, Topaz and Blush for the contrasts.

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Deramores Studio DK

I used the Medium Butterfly Loom and wrapped 6 rows in the Frost.

  1. Knot the outer intersections only
  2. Gather the inner sections into the middle to form a daisy
  3. Pass your needle diagonally under all of the threads and out the other side, at the  front pass the needle through the loop and pull the centre into place.
  4. Repeat for opposite diagonal
  5. Pass your needle under one of the petals and out the other side
  6. On the front pass the needle through the loop and pull the knot down towards the centre
  7. repeat for all of the petals and secure off.

 

I then used a series of treble and double crochet stitches in the contrasting colour.

 

Row 1

Starting in one corner, 3 tbl into the loop then  2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then  2 ch* until you get to the next corner.

In each corner 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl, then 2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then  2 ch* until you get to the next corner.

When you reach the corner you started, 3 tbl, 1 ch and slip stitch to join the beginning

The 2 chain are in the gaps and the 3 treble are around the loop

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Row 2

3 ch to start, in corner, 2 tbl  then tbl into each gap, I do not know how to describe this in the proper jargon, but basically I trebled into each gap and when I got to the corner I did 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl to form the corner – I am happy for someone to give me the right terminology!

Row 3 & 4

Double crochet into each gap

 

So where did I go wrong??

On the blush (pink) I did a white row 1 and all the others I did a coloured row 1

On the mustard one of the corners has come a little unravelled, I think I did not secure my starting end

I thought I had 6 colours (to make 6 squares) but then realised I had only 4 so I made the multi-coloured ones in the middle, which I’m not sure I like

The pink one is smaller than the others, one less row, also on the pink I did not start/finish on a corner so it has a bit of a bulge where it is ended

I should have done more in the white and followed the same treble sequence to give a deeper border.

 

Other than that, I think this is pretty good for a first attempt at crocheting.  The great thing is, it only took me 3 days to do, which I think is really quick (you might not?!) so it is really great to improve your crocheting with, the main part is done on the Butterfly Loom and you only have to do a few rounds and then join them together – I joined mine with double crochet.

 

The Butterfly Loom is available in 6 sizes and using the larger looms you can have a blanket made in no time at all!

 

Visit Butterfly Loom to see the full range, watch tutorials and follow our patterns.

 

New Elizabethan Ruff

New Elizabethan Ruff

A really easy pattern to create a soft warm neck warmer!

Christmas presents galore -this only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.

Cream Ruff 1

 

Loom     – Rectangle Butterfly Loom

Materials – 50g Sirdar Ophelia, the cream is Milly and the Grey is Kitty, I bought mine from Deramores and cost £2.99 each.

3 buttons, size of a 20p piece minimum

Instructions:

Wrap the rectangle loom 6 times, following the instructions in your booklet

Use the ladder knotting technique following the diagram below and create 4 daisy patterns – to see a video of how to do the daisy pattern click here

Rectangle loom ruff diagram

Use the ButterflyBraid technique on the 3 central loops of one of the short ends to create an edging.

Attach 3 buttons to correspond with the 3 loops on the other short edge.  The buttons do not need to be the size of the loop, you just need to be able to ‘catch’ the loop to keep it snug around your neck.

That’s all there is to it!

Cream Ruff 2  Grey Ruff 1    Grey ruff 2

 

All looms are available from my website Croft Looms

Proper Woolly

Proper Woolly 2015
Our stand at Proper Woolly 2015

We had a great time over the week-end at Proper Woolly an event to promote natural wools and yarns held at the livestock market in Holsworthy, Devon.  Very well organised, good footfall and plenty of interesting stalls to see.

I popped over to  Blacker Yarns and had a chat with Lara.  I had already made a bag using their Classic Aran in Olive using the Magic Butterfly Loom.

Blacker Yarns Classic OliveI am going to experiment with their Blacker Swan range, a joint venture between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short who farm at Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands.  I am going to match 3 colours from the range Buttonweed, Seagreen and Seafoam.

I had a good chat with Sharon Driscoll of Newhall Naturals. Sharon spins and sells her own creations. She went off with a Magic Butterfly Loom to experiment, so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with.  I also met Lyn Soutar of Aneed2BeadnCraft, she runs lessons in knitting, crochet, Kumihimo and beading and thought the loom would make a nice addition to her repertoire!

The local WI groups and various Brownie and Guide troupes all expressed an interest in workshops and it was great to be invited by a whole range of groups from Brownies to seasoned spinning & weaving guilds to either give talks or workshops to their members, so a busy time ahead!

I came away with a skein of mohair from Julieann at Noteworthy Mohair, beautiful yarn hand spun from their own goats.  She had a whole set of the Looms she was hoping they would keep the kids occupied!  I am going to use the mohair on the loom and see what I come up with.

All in all, a great weekend, disappointed I didn’t get time to buy much yarn myself; still, there is Yarndale to look forward to!

Tunic

How quick and easy is this!

20 motifs made on the Magic Butterfly Loom and then double twist to join them together.

20 motifs, I used 5 x 100g Drops Andes super chunky in Ice Blue from Wool Warehouse.  I wrapped 1 row and used the x stitch to knot.

I joined 6 together in 3 rows and then joined these rows together to give a 6×3 strip.  I then joined 2 of the 3 rows together on the short edges, giving me a back and front of 9 motifs each with the top squares open to form the armholes. The 2 remaining motifs I attached to the top to create shoulders.  To finish I simply used butterfly braid to tidy up the edges around the neckline, the armholes and the bottom.

I am going to see if I can make some sleeves using the rectangle loom.

Magic butterfly Loom Tunic
Magic Butterfly Loom Tunic

Butterfly Looms are available from my shop Croft Looms.

Shoppers

Here’s a couple of shopping bags I’ve made; they are supposed to be reminiscent of the string shopper from the 60’s & 70’s.

This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom for the body, the Rectangle Butterfly Loom for the handles and Baby Butterfly Loom for the flowers. The wool I used is 4 x 50g of Drops Fabel Blue Sea Print from Wool Warehouse.

 

Magic Loom Bag                          Baby Loom flowers

 

I made 8 motifs wrapping 4 rows on the magic. I used the wool from the centre of the ball and the outside together (2 strands) to even out the variegated pattern.
I then made:
2 handles wrapped 6 rows on the rectangle.
2 flowers wrapped 6 rows for the string pull.
1 metre (approx) of i-cord using a lucet.
4 stiffeners for the handles from felt.

I will make up some instructions on how to put this together for a later post.

 

 

 

The second bag I made was using the rectangle Butterfly Loom. The wool I used is 2 x 50g of SMC merino in red/pink (05286) which I bought from a local shop 3 Sheep Wools in Cirencester.

Rectangle Loom bag
I made 7 motifs on the Rectangle Butterfly Loom, wrapping 2 rows.

This was very easy to make up, I simply joined 6 rectangles lengthwise using the Butterfly Twist, joining the last with the first to create a tube. I sealed the bottom using Butterfly Twist and tidied the top edge using the Butterfly Braid technique. I used the Butterfly Twist lengthwise to create the handle and attached to the top of the bag.

As usual my photography skills do not do these justice – the second bag in particular is very lightweight and slightly stretchy, so holds more than you might expect – but make sure you sew the handle on tightly!

Butterfly Looms are available from my website Croft Looms

Scarves

After practicing with the Baby Loom I have made a couple of scarves.

This one is made with the Small & Baby Looms and is made with one 50g ball of Drops Alpaca Camel Beige

I made 10 motifs on the Small Loom with 3 rows and 10 motifs on the Baby Loom with 6 rows. I joined the motifs together by slip stitching, leaving the loops on the front to make the frill.

Small & Baby Loom scarf detail                                         Small & Baby Loom scarf

 

This one is made with the Rectangle & Baby Looms and is made with one each 50g ball of Drops Alaska light olive, olive and dark pink. The flowers take only a few grams of wool so a great way to use up odd bits of leftovers.
Rectangle & Baby Loom scarf                         Rectangle & Baby Loom scarf detail

I made 3 motifs on the Rectangle Loom, using the two green yarns together I wrapped once (making 2 rows). I knotted with some odd pink wool and then I made 6 flowers on the Baby Loom wrapping 2 rows. I joined the rectangle motifs together using the butterfly twist technique and tidied the edging using the butterfly braid technique. I cut 16 25cm lengths of each yarn to make the tassels, 8 for each end – I forgot to cut mine level!!

Photography isn’t my thing, as I always say, these are much prettier than they look!

All wool is available from Wool Warehouse and the Butterfly Looms are available from my website Croft Looms

 

One Shade of Grey…

and any shade of colour!

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Add passionate reds, cool blues, vibrant limes and deeply dark indigos to make a stunning throw.
When you finish other project simply make motifs with the small or baby Butterfly Loom out of your left overs and see this wonderful throw grow!

The base here is alpaca Inca Cloud colour charcoal, made by one row on the Small Butterfly Loom and the flowers are made by three rows on the Baby Butterfly Loom