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Just finished the project below.  My Monarch now has a home.               016 (2)

As I was working on putting my roses leaves together I thought I would share the process with you.  I have written a basic idea tutorial with photos.

The one thing that stood out to me when I looked at my rose bush was that the rose leaves and stems are two colors.  The tops of the leaves are shiny and dark, the bottom are lighter in color and match the stems.

As I am a nut for making things as close to nature as I can, I decided to make my leaves two colors also.  The simple solution was to paint the backs with acrylic pain.  This actually serves two purposes.  First it  changes the shade of the thread to a lighter green, and secondly, it stiffens the leaves, while sealing the threads.

I found that using a small damp sponge worked great.  Being careful to wipe off the excess, I gently sponged in the paint a little at a time, allowing it to dry in between coats.  I also used a fine short pointed artist brush to define the central vein on the top side.

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For this particular arrangement I chose to use sets of 3 leaves together.  The larger one for the center, and the two slightly smaller ones for the sides.

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I used a backward cast on loop, (Josephine knot) to wrap the wires and secure the leaves in place on the stem.  I use Hard as Nails to secure any place I need to reinforce.

The rose you see in the middle of the arrangement is made directly off the center bud structure, and the edges of the petals are just stiffened with clear Hard as Nails as well.  I love the stuff. No wires needed.

One technique that emerged from this experiment was what I call  closed triple crochet.  This can be worked with other sts (dc, hdc,etc) as well.

I found that if I pick up one of the loops to create the stitch in the post, or chain to the right , it closes the gap sometimes occurring at the beginning of a row or change in increases, or decreases.  I use it often when shaping the close of a row that needs to be tapered at the end, or when I begin a row where I want a smooth edge.

Example, if I need a dc to begin the row, I chain up, then, instead of a yo to make the stitch, I pick up the loop in the middle of my chain, then insert the hook into the hole at the base of the stitch.

If the direction call for starting the row in the second stitch from hook, I pick up the dc loop from the middle of the chain, or in some cases the hole at the base of the chain, then insert my hook into the next st (2nd), then complete the dc.

It works well for me and keeps my edge sts smooth and snug, no gaps.

 

Here is the pdf of my process.  It is for you to play with.

Crocheted Rose Leaves

KT

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I just couldn’t wait to share this with you.  I have been having so much fun working on this project.

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I am going to add this crocheted Monarch butterfly to an arrangement I am making for a dear friend’s mom.  She loves the Monarch, so naturally I had to include it with the yellow rose that I am making for her.

Below is another photo taken by my local “bug” man.  He is my official “eye” and chief.  When he says, “You got it,”  I know it’s right.

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If I come up with an pattern in the future I will definitely share, but for now, I am still working it out.

Every butterfly is different, however, the divination (veins) for this particular group of butterflys is the same, only the colors and sizes are different.

It has been quite an education, and great fun, especially when people think it is real.  🙂

Just sharing-

KT

 

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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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