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I just had to share this with you before is begins it’s journey to California.

The crocheted Magnolia’s form the main focus of the arrangement, but the butterfly adds the pizazz.  I would give you the name of the species, but my friend and entomologist is not handy at the moment-  that said, it’s as long as you arm.  🙂

Creating this butterfly was quite a challenge, but well worth it.  As I wanted it anatomically correct, I sought out my neighbor, who had a collection of this species.  What a help that was.

Butterfly Structure

The upper wings are constructed with a wired support at the top vein, the lower have the wired vein on the inner edge.  Both are secure with these wires to the crocheted body, which itself is constructed over #26 wire.

The method I used was to crochet the “rise” (or shape of the vein, using sc to tr variations), then reverse slip st in front loop to created a raise edge.  This is just like reverse single crochet, but with a slipped stitch.  This method gives you complete flexibility in shaping wings, as you are always going back to the beginning and working on the right side.

I used a black pearl bead for the head and the two body wire ends for the antennae.  Hard as Nails black finished the job.

The details on the upper created using satin stitch and #40 thread.  The black dots on the lower wing are black seed bead, (#11), the silver satin stitch is #100 nylon thread.

I created a mount for the butterfly with a crocheted button, attach to a stem wire.  I have found that the most stable method for all my flowers is making a 90 degree bend (about and inch) at the top of the wire, then bending the inch portion into a circle that ends up centered over the main stem. * A small vice is very helpful to hold the main stem while you bend the circle.

All of this project is made with #40 thread, and a .06 hook.  The flowers were made with #20 thread and 1.0 hook.

*Crocheting over wire-  Make a foundation chain of desired length.  Holding wire (#26)in left hand lay wire on thread between hook and working thread. Chain one st, securing wire.  Holding wire in left hand, and insert hook in second chain st from hook(lying just below wire), push hook under wire, yarn over hook and pull loop through. Yarn over once more and complete single crochet.  Continue down foundation chain to last stitch.  I always make 3-7 sc in last stitch before the return.  Bend wire until it lies flush with the bottom of foundation chain.  Work single crochet down opposite side, inserting hook in loops of previous row, making sure that your hook goes under the wire every time.

  • You can secure the beginning tail after the turn, by laying it along the wire.

Happy crocheting- KT

 

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I recently completed the crocheted Iris’ I made for my mom.  As she wanted them incorporating in with the roses already in her vase,  I decided not to make the leaves to accompany the flowers.

Here is a photo of the assembled bouquet.

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She loved them.  The bad news is they are now in her hospital room-so glad I got them done.  We never know when life is going to throw us a curve.

I am praying that she will recover to enjoy them for days to come, but that’s in God’s hands.  For now, I can make flowers and sing, “It is Well With My Soul.”

I have learned that I can’t change the world, but have found that some of these simple things can bring great joy, if only for a little while.

Just sharing,  KT

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I just finished crocheting this Iris for my 97 year old mom.  She saw it for the first time today, and was delighted.  I have a couple more Iris’s to make, then I will complete the arrangement.  I will drop in a photo when I’m finished.

Just thought I would share my progress.

Happy crafting- KT

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Many of the hat elements that I have posted are a version of a crocheted tape lace.  Above is just the latest.  Most of these patterns are from a great site call Sheruknitting.com.

I love the versatility of tape.  I can make as many colors or patterns as I like, and mix and match them to all my outfits.

When I go out, even to just walk to the Post Office, I always co-ordinate my clothing with my matching hat and tatted or crocheted earrings.  I have as yet to venture out without receiving a compliment on my attire.  It’s kind of fun-especially when you are 76.  🙂

So………..why don’t you check out the net for “crocheted tape lace.”  It is a new adventure in design, and it will get your creative juices flowing.

PS- Another cool tool for watching tutorials is “Clip Grab.”  Download this program to your PC desktop.  When you find a tutorial you want click “Control L, then control C.  Start up Clip Grab and hit control V.  Save the file and click “grab this clip.”  Now you can watch it at your leisure, and you do not have to be on the web.

Have fun!

KT

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Just thought I would share my latest project.  I received a many a smile and compliment on this hat when I wore it out for it’s maiden debut the other day.  It is amazing what something this simple can do.

No matter how jaded our culture becomes, there are always those who still respond to something pretty.

I really like the idea of the crocheted tape lace crown bands combined with some of my crocheted flowers.  I am able to mix and match them to coordinate with whatever outfit I am wearing.  It’s great fun.

KT

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This hat is a combo of knitted lace on the crown, crocheted Magnolia for accent, and crocheted braid for the inside brim trim.

I made this for a friend who loves to wear hats.  It gave me the opportunity to explore different techniques, one of which was securing  20 gauge wire to the under edge of the brim with the “Fagot” stitch.

Secondly, it was the first time that I knitted lace for a crown trim.  I liked the delicate look of it.  It is also very light weight, and that really counts when it’s on your head.

Thirdly, I learned a new way of keeping track of where I am in my knitting charts.  I am surprised I didn’t think of it before.

010Yes, a “post it note.”

I used 7 repeats of this pattern to encircle my 24 inch hat.

Crown Lace Chart

Here is the tutorial for the Magnolia

Magnolia tutorial

The Brim trim was a simple crocheted braid.

Chain 1, chain 3, work 2 dc in base chain, ch 2, work 2 dc in base chain.  Chain 3 , turn.  Work 2 dc in chain 2 space, chain 2, work 2 dc in same space. Chain3, turn.  Repeat until you have braid long enough to cover the circumference of the hat brim.

The one thing that really helped was having my “head” available to work on.  I thought I had a post that gives you instructions on how to make one for yourself, but alas I can not find it.  So…………………

Measure you head!!!!

I took a foam head and cut it down the center from top to bottom through the center of the nose and insert an 1/2 inch sheet of foam into the space, then I cut  the head again, across the ears and down, and added another 1/2 inch piece.   I shaped it with a grated and smoothed it off.  You may not need a whole 1/2 inch.  I do believe you can get 3/8 inch at the craft store.

 

Enjoy!  KT

 

 

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I just finished crocheting a white Magnolia.  While working on the leaves I realized I hadn’t shared my latest discovery.

It has ever been my desire to create a realistic leaf, one that could be altered to fit the flower I was working on.  I have tried many versions from Irish crochet patterns to Russian patterns.  Many were good, but never came up to what I wanted.

To that end I began playing around with some ideas of my own.  I am not saying that this has not been done before, just that I hadn’t discovered the concept.

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I was close in the post I made in July of last year, but after reviewing it I think I have finally put together the best option, at least for me.

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With this method you begin each section of the leaf at the top.  There is no having to slip st to the top to begin the second side.  The trick is to peal off about 5 yards of thread before you begin.  This thread will be used to finish the second side, allowing both sides to be finished at the bottom.

By manipulating the stitches, sc, hdc, and dc, you can shape each wedge of the leaf and make the veins stand out.  This also give you the freedom to shape the leaf for any specific flower.   The key here is to draw a picture on paper first, then measure the center from top to bottom.  This figure with determine the chain length needed to begin.

I have uploaded a tutorial here.  It is not an exact pattern.  It is the concept, and methods used to create the leaf, or leaves of your choice.

Magnolia leaves tutorial

I have not included the instructions for the Magnolia, as I have not written them up yet.

This Magnolia will be going on a hat for a friend dealing with cancer.  I will share the finished product when it is done.

 

Happy Crocheting

KT

 

 

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