Crochet rose!

As promised, here is the crochet rose pattern I used.


Very pretty, and I did use one, crocheted exactly as the pattern specifies (although I only had a 1.5 mm hook, not a 1.75mm one) on my Masked layout, seen previously.  It is a bit tall, but not completely out of line for a scrapbook page, given the paper flowers I also used.

But I have been experimenting with other versions.  Making the rose with yarn, omitting the middle row, and a size E hook, still gives quite a tall flower.

Using the crochet cotton and omitting the middle row gives a flatter flower, perfect for adding to a page, although more pansy-like than rose-like, to my eye.  Using baby-weight yard and the 1.5mm hook, more like 40 chains in the beginning row, gives a yarn flower that is also less of a cupped rose but again, easier to add to a page.

A comparison:

Overall I love this pattern a lot, and think the rose it produces as specified is gorgeous.  It is only a couple of rows, simple stitches, and easy to do.  I say give it a go!

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A layout – about time!

Last week I had a little minibook page lurking on my WOYWW desk but in the end I really felt it needed a more substantial treatment so I switched to a 12 x 12 layout.  A photo of DD, wearing a mask we bought her for one of her school plays.  She was dashing by be when I snapped the photo, hence the unusual angle.  But I love the photo and although I have made a layout (many years ago) using other, more recognizable shots from the same day, this photo never seemed to fit anyplace.  Now it does, in a very OTT layout that is embellished to within an inch of it’s life!

a couple of fun things – I used clear TAPE  (Heidi Swapp, maybe?), which I have a lot of but always hesitate to use because getting it stuck down smoothly is hard for me.  I stuck it to a bit of vellum (and it did allow a bit of pulling up and sticking back down) which gave it a different look.  I like it.  And the little crocheted rose – I found a great pattern which I will link to, probably tomorrow.  I’m experimenting with a few variations and if I get time I want to make some other samples to include.

I like the wire fronds with beads stuck in place with Diamond Glaze, something that struck me while struggling with the darn birdcage earlier.  I have a lot of wire and a lot of beads so this will possibly show up again.

Those letters are from a tub of WRMC double-churned alphabets.  They don’t punch out of the surrounds well (I don’t think) and always look a bit rough, but by sponging on some Distress Ink and clear embossing, they look a lot better.

The background and the corner of flowers over the photo are from Websters Pages and the big wings are from the Caio Bella paper pack.  Oh, and I used some skeleton leaves (remember when they were all the rage?) that I unearthed.

Off to crochet….


Scalloped rosettes with punches – the video

I did do the video for these the other day, then waited for it to fully load on You Tube and had a few issues. It took most of a day for the playback to work absolutely properly so now I feel I can post it and hopefully it will work.

One thing – the cardstock ones will want to spring open with just glue dots. I would strongly suggest firing up the trusty glue gun and putting a dab in the center then squeezing it shut and adding the embellishment to hide it. If you do that, just stitch the button to the topper (circle or scalloped circle) and stick it on rather than struggling to get a needle thru the middle which is full of dried glue-gun glue!

People comment a lot on my vids, asking about the music. USUALLY it’s just an appropriate length MusicShake instrumental added via the You Tube AudioSwap process (which takes FOREVER, when it’s working) but this one is actually my FIL singing with his previous band. I just love his voice and it’s a shame both my kids got their vocal talent from my side (tone deaf, all of them) and not from him. I love my kids, but hearing my DD sing along to Girls Aloud, if bottled, could work well as a paint stripper, and when I sing along to the radio or iPod, my kids just roll their eyes and say “Mom – please. Stop” DS is a bit better, but he will never belt out a tune, so it all sounds a bit hesitant. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it, even if old-timey bluegrass isn’t your thing. I did set the music to play at 1/2 volume when I did the video but I’m not sure if YT doesn’t set volume to a certain level, and that overrides the video settings.

Enough dithering. This is what you want to see:

And I’ll include a few close ups of the rosettes once my camera battery recharges.


WOYWW – 11/8/2010

Quite a busy day as we are taking DD to meet up with her charity group and see her off for her weekend in Cornwall.  And getting DH and DS ready for Cropredy.  BUT, I have still have a lot on my desk!

Not sure how many WOYWWers read the blogs that link there on any day other than Weds. but if you DID see my blog last week you would have seen this post about using the Martha Stewart score board to make paper rosettes. Well, I was tidying and came across a series of little strips that I had punched a scallop along, borrowing the punch at a crop.  I hadn’t done anything with them but in an instant I could see lovely scalloped rosettes so I gave it a go.  What you can sort of see are some of the samples I have been working on for another You Tube video explaining how I did them and some of the pitfalls various punches produced – and how to overcome them.  I just love these.  Although I try very hard not to fall back on flowers as the generic embellishment, I do love making them and do love using them on pages about my DD.

There is also a mini-book page on a chunk of cardboard started, and a little Steampunk thingie I have been playing with (I saw Neil Stephenson had a new book out, which it made me think of the cyberpunk authors I read heavily way back when, of  The Difference Engine, which had to be one of the first instances of “steampunk” ever, and one of my all time-favourite books, and….well, you know how it goes!)

So quite a varied selection of projects.  And the best news?  Blogger announced on their forum they would be rolling out something this week to solve the “WordPress folk can’t comment” problem I have been hit by the last couple of  weeks!  YAY!  I tried a comment on a blogspot blog yesterday and it seemed to have taken, although I will have to go back and check that it actually appeared but I am hopeful!

I’ll probably do that video today, if I can, so do check back if you are interested or find me on You Tube as UKmaryanne.


Paper rosettes

A year or more ago I sent a mini-book back with DH to give to his Aunt and Uncle.  His auntie is a bit of an artist herself, and she very kindly sent back to me both a mini she made by scanning the book I sent and embellishing it with some extra goodies AND a couple of little cards for the kids.  The cards each had money, folded in interesting ways, and I always meant to pursue how to make them but never did.

You can see one is a little rosette and one is a curled heart.  So sweet (although it didn’t stop the kids from disassembling them and spending the money!)

The other day I saw the Tim Holtz die that makes paper rosettes.  As I have said it is only recently I got an actual die cut machine (with both a Craft Robo and a Cuttlebug it seemed a bit redundant to get a manual machine) but the lovely embossing folders meant I needed something and the pasta machine just wasn’t doing it for me in the end.   Anyway, the paper rosette die looks interesting but not sure if my machine, a very old Zip-e-mate, would do the job so I looked for a way to make them with stuff I had.  The Martha Stewart score board, with it’s multitude of evenly placed scoring grooves, proved the perfect solution.  I did a little You Tube video on how I did it, incorporating Auntie’s idea of the tied element through the layers to hold it all in place. and I just love how sweet they look.

I imagine it would be easy enough to make them in a few sizes, and I assume other scoring systems would work too, but as I have the MS one (which I love) that’s what I used. Have a go.  They are really easy and can be made from as little as a 1 inch strip of patterned paper.  I think they would also make adorable graduation cards, for example, making a bit more out of a gift of “folding money” than just a little sleeve, or sticking the bill inside the card.

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I thought this flower, over at Cut out + Keep, was just so sweet made from musical note paper.  Perhaps a bit dimensional for a scrapbook page or minibook, but it would look lovely adorning my desk, and maybe yours too!

At the bottom of the post are a fair few links to other papercraft items other flowers, etc.  Worth have a bit of a nosy if your day, unlike mine, is due to be a slow one.  Whereas I like to trick the family into celebrating BOTH UK and US Mother’s day, they like to try to convince me on the UK one that we should celebrate the US one, then on the US one they like to try to convince me that we ALREADY celebrated the UK one so should give this one a miss. HA.

Typically, DH planned a big BBQ/Air gun shoot competition for today so I have already got a crockpot full of baked beans on the go (a firm favourite with the whole shooting crowd) and still have to hoovering and kitchen cleaning to do in anticipation of a houseful of people.  Happy Mother’s Day to ME!

Probably does NOT help that I was up till nearly 2 pm playing a Words with Friends match with a friend of DH’s. …


Crochet roses

My great-Grandma was a master of crochet. She made most of the newlywed’s crochet bed covers, using filet crochet patterns but rather than make them in squares and sew them together, she would continue the pattern all along the width so she ended up with a seamless whole. They were, in a word, stunning. Most of the first level of kids (the children of my Grandmother’s generation) have one of these, and almost sadly, they are wrapped up in tissue paper and carefully stored, never used. They were deemed too fine for actual USE. While it preserved then nicely, the wrapping and storing meant they never saw the light of day. I’m sure many of the kids and grandkids of that lucky generation will come across them and have no idea of the time nd effort that went in to them. Will they carry on being stored or sold off or disposed of as being too “old fashioned” for modern tastes?

I have some crochet hooks, not sure whose they might be, either my great-Gran’s (Nanny) or my Grandma’s, and when I take them out I marvel at the fine-ness of the hooks. Some are clearly designed for sewing thread weight, others for crochet cotton weight but tiny. How my Nanny worked with them in her 90s I do not know – I certainly can’t see the stitches to slip the hook in to and I am 40 years younger!

Anyway, I was playing around with some crochet roses. I think it is a fairly standard pattern of two sets of chain loops with petals crocheted onto the chains, but, being a scrapper, I wanted to bring a bit more to the mix. I made the roses then inked the edges with Distress ink in Fire Brick and added dots of Glossy Accents then sprinkled on Diamond Dust for a “dew drop” look. Mine are with baby yarn and just about 2″ across, although I know they would look fab in crochet cotton with a finer needle (these were on a 1.5mm hook) making them flatter and less bulky for a page. May try that when I find time to make it to a yarn store.

The next day or so will be tied up in making a Mexican feast for DHs birthday – tradition. Home made chicken with peppers and onions enchiladas with mexican rice and home made guacamole – I will def. stop short of buying masa harina and hand making the corn tortillas (although we do have a tortilla press, it is just too much work!) but I do need to get started on the slow cooked then shredded chicken. Cooking today, assembly tomorrow, then the final cooking. DD and I may even try making a cake (although DH is def. not a cake fan, it is tradition again so he can suck it up for one dessert – I mak make him an eggnog milkshake as a special treat as we have a can of Borden’s eggnog hoarded from Christmas) so lots of cooking and not much crafting over the next couple of days.

drat. Good thing birthdays come only once year and that my family ones are spread out! Between DSs walnut cream gnocchi and the mexican feast it’s enough intense cooking for me! DD always picks pizza so at least that one is easy.


DIY flower loom

OK, so as I said yesterday I am impatient. when I get an idea I know I will forget it if I don’t put it in to practice right away. So when I saw the flower loom video I went looking for a DIY version. There were some but most involved woodworking, drilling and a lot of palaver and I am allllll about the quick result.

I cast my eyes around my scrap room and came up with something that would work, minus the pegs, and that was ALWAYS going to be something I would have to buy. This is what I did

(PLEASE NOTE: I offset the inner and outer circle of pegs, thinking it would look nicer but in reality it just makes it harder to sew the circle that secures the flower “petals” so you should line yours up along the same axis. I will probably make a second one like that. and you can make a single circle one rather than the double rows for a faster finish. That is perfect for ribbon)

FYI: My outer circle is about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and the inner one is about 2 inches. I hope you can right click and save the two image files – I may make them a PDF at some point

If you click on the link from yesterday and watch the video you will see the winding and stitching process

and here are a couple of samples.

This one is with fairly thin yarn (baby weight, I think, but the band is long gone!) and just the outer ring of pegs.

This one is with heavier weight cotton yarn, both sets of pegs – it is VERY thick in the middle.  It looks pretty, would be a cute addition to a knitted bag, for example, but way too thick for a layout.  Maybe ok on a mini-book.

The ribbon ones, with very fine ribbon, are my favourites.

So that should keep you busy over the weekend!


Yarn and Ribbon Flowers using a flower loom

Hi guys!

I saw this little video a while ago for making ribbon and yarn flowers on flower looms. I remember flower looms were all the rage when I was a teen (in the late 60s and early 70s) but they don’t seem to be very easy to find nowadays.

I really wanted to try this technique and while I know you can cobble something together that looks similar by just wrapping yarn or ribbon and tying it then fluffing it, the samples in the video look a lot more polished, with the stitching and all.  One problem – no loom, and (impatient me!) I wanted to try it TODAY.  So I thought about it a bit and developed a plan and made my own.

Here is the flower:

I think it turned out fab – I want to try a nested yarn one with two colours and  will share that tomorrow – along with how I made my own version using stuff that I had (except on element which I did have to buy but cost under £1.50)

I think you could easily use something like the Nifty Knitter, which looks like this:

although the bulbs on the end of the pegs will make getting the flower off difficult.