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

Large Butterfly Loom Pom-pom cushion

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By making just 2 motifs on the Large Butterfly Loom you can create this lovely pom-pom fronted cushion.

Loom used                           Large Butterfly Loom

Techniques used                 Knotting – Ladder & Cross stitch

Joining                                 Double Butterfly Twist*

Materials                             400g Aran weight wool

Cushion pad approx. 32x32cm

Scissors

Wire dog brush (optional)

Darning needle

 

Instructions

Follow Basic Wrapping and Knotting in the Instruction Booklet.

Front – Make one motif by wrapping 9 rows.  Use the ladder knotting techniques.

Back – Make one motif by wrapping 6 rows.  Use the cross stitch knotting technique.

Hold wrong sides together and using the Double Butterfly Twist* technique join the front and back together, when 3 sides are joined insert the cushion pad and complete the joining. (* If the yarn is too thick it is ok to use single Butterfly Twist).

To make the pom-pom effect, leave the first row of each edge and using a sharp pair of scissors, cut ¾ of the way through the side of each knot so the underneath strands are still intact. Using the dog brush, brush each pom-pom to make it fluffy.

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All Looms are available from my shop Croft Looms

Proper Woolly

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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!

Troon Mini Shopper

 

Troon Mini Shopper made on the Magic Butterfly Loom
Troon Mini Shopper made on the Magic Butterfly Loom

 

Made on the Magic size Butterfly Loom this shopper measures approximately 33 x 33 cm and is made from a sturdy worsted 100% Aran wool.  The colour is cherry and has a subtle blue fleck.  This has been lined with black felt and finished with a woollen covered button and faux leather handles.

 

Instructions to make the Troon mini shopper

Materials

Troon Tweed Aran Collection
A gorgeous aran weight knitting wool spun in Scotland in a range of tweedy and marled shades, packed full with character
I used Cherry, a deep red with blue fleck.

250g Troon Tweed

Butterfly Loom – magic

Butterfly Loom – small

Piece of felt or fabric for lining 35x70cms approx.

1 pair of sew-in bag handles

1 button form

Crochet hook

Needle & thread

 

Method

Using the magic loom, make 8 Butterfly Loom motifs of your choice wrapping 4 loops.

Using the small loom, make 1 Butterfly Loom motif of your choice wrapping  4 loops.

If you are making daisy patterns lay the motifs out and decide where they need to be placed, 4 back and 4 front.

 

To join I have used the Butterfly Twist technique – but I have used 2 sets of loops at a time (1 from each motif) to give a more defined, sturdy join.

Double Butterfly Twist 1
Double Butterfly Twist 1
Double Butterfly Twist 2
Double Butterfly Twist 2
Double Butterfly Twist 3
Double Butterfly Twist 3

Take 2 motifs and hold them back to back, starting a one corner put your crochet hook through the loops of both motifs. Put the crochet hook through the second pair of loops and make a butterfly twist (i.e. draw the second pair through the first pair). Continue to the end and put an odd piece of wool through the end loop (to stop it unravelling). You should now have a herringbone patterned join on the right-side of your work. Repeat this for the remaining 3 pairs of motifs until you have 4 pieces, 2 back and 2 front.

To join the 2 front pieces together, hold the 2 front motifs back to back making sure the 2 end loops (with the odd wool through) are together. Using the edge that have the end loops, start at one corner and repeat the twist described above. When you get to the joins pick up the 2 loops and crochet them together through the first loop. You will now have what looks liked 2 bulky loops (16 loops) on the hook, pick up the next 2 loops and crochet through leaving the 8 loops and carry on to the end and again put an odd piece of wool through the end loop. Repeat for the 2 back pieces. Now you have one back piece and one front piece. Using a damp cloth press both pieces and the small motif.

 

On the edge where the end loops are, use the butterfly braid technique and braid the top edge to make a neat top for the bag, do this for both of the bag pieces.

To make the lining fold the piece of material in half along the longest edge, this should roughly be the size of your bag. Sew the 2 sides up leaving the top open. Turn the open edge over about 1cm to hide the raw edge of the fabric and using the needle & thread slip-stich this to the wrong side of the top edges of the 2 sides of the bag, hiding the raw edge. I used double thread for a bit of extra strength.

Lay the outer part of the bag flat on the lining and put the sewable part of the handles through the outer – I put mine 3 holes down and 3 holes in. Sew the handles in place using the needle & thread, again I used double thread and went round twice for strength.

Join the sides of the bag using the twist technique, when you get to the joins you will come across the beginning join of the original joins, pick up ‘start’ loops and treat them as one (as you did for the end loops). The edge will go in slightly but over time this will stretch out.

To finish

Using the Butterfly Braid technique edge the small motif. Find the centre of the small motif and place it on the back centre seam, using the twist technique attach one edge of the small motif to the 1st row.

Cover a button template with a contrasting wool and sew onto the front centre seam lining up with the central hole on the small motif, this will create the ‘button hole’.

 

Options

Instead of using a covered button you could use a chunky wooden button or leave the top open. If you do not have the small loom but want a closure you could crochet a simple loop for the button to pass through.

If you do not want to buy handles, you could use the rectangle loom to make straps or use a peg loom or weaving sticks to make a handle.

All materials are available to purchase off my website Croft Looms.

If there is a design you want us to try on the Butterfly Loom let me know!

 

Troon mini shopper 2                Troon mini shoppper 1            Troon mini shopper 4

 

 

 

 

 

Marlborough Craft Fair 22nd March

Marlborough Craft Fair 22nd March 2014
Marlborough Craft Fair 22nd March 2014

I will be at the Marlborough Town Hall Craft Fair on 22nd March 2014.  Marlborough is a lovely market town full of gorgeous shops housed in beautiful buildings and on Wednesday and Saturdays there are well stocked markets along the High Street, the second widest in Britain.

I will be selling Butterfly Looms, knitting looms and accessories to make blankets and scarves, I will of course be sitting along side showing passers by how to use the looms.

So if you are in Wiltshire and fancy a stroll around one of the prettiest towns, in an area full of pretty towns, visit Marlborough on Saturday 22nd March.

Marlborough Town hall
5 High Street
Marlborough
Wiltshire
SN8 1AA

 

 

 

 

 

Loop the Loop

Here’s a different way of securing your work instead of using knots.

By looping one way and then the other back and forth, for me is quicker than knotting each intersection.

Look at the attached diagram and follow the direction making a criss-cross knot at the start of each column or row but use a  loop at each intersection rather than a criss-cross knot.

I have made a quick video, take a look at my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Butterfly-Loom-UK/1409387595958212

 

diagram – I’ve had a new laptop and Windows 8 is driving me barmy!  I cannot, for some reason, scan to a PDF – will upload tomorrow if the laptop is still in one piece!!!

 

Have a Looming Great Christmas

Looking for stocking fillers that will last past Boxing Day?

The baby and small butterfly looms are great for making scarves and accessories – ideal for keeping away those post Christmas ‘I’m bored!’ moans.

No knitting or crocheting experience needed, by just wrapping and knotting a scarf can be made quickly and easily – and (so you get to enjoy the holiday) needs a minimum of supervision.

The whole Butterfly Loom range is available through EBay, click on the pictures below to visit EBay :

6loomsTN Babyloom LargeLoom magic-loomTN Medloom recloom smloomB

Have a Looming Great Christmas!