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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas Table Runner


   I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to a wonderful new year.

I have had a few projects on the go in the run up to Christmas.  I thought I would share my table runner project with you.  I had a look around and found this pattern on Ravelry  - A Starburst Table Runner by Coats Design Team.   I picked a lovely bright red cotton from the DMC Petra range with a metalic cotton for the edging.

The runner was made up of these gorgeous star squares which were then joined as the runner grew. 

I used the metallic thread to add a bit of sparkle for the edging of the runner.

It soon made up and was a straight forward pattern to follow.  I think the basic pattern could be used for other things too such as scarves, etc.

It matched beautifully with my table cloth with the red berry pattern and made a great centre to the table over the Christmas festivities.

On to my next project now...

Bye for now

Von xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Bauble Magic!

Well, it is most definitely that busy time of the year and working in a school you can imagine it is particularly busy!  These last few weeks I have managed to get all the Christmas present shopping done and cards written.  The house is duly decorated too and looks fab too!

My Christmas wreathes that I have made in previous years are up and my lovely Christmas carousel is out.

 I love these, there is a lovely stall at the Hobby craft Show at the NEC in Birmingham that sells these every year.  I would really love another.

I have been fascinated this year by the making of crochet baubles and have loved looking at these on people's blogs and Instagram feeds.  Well, I couldn't resist and had to have a go.  I found a fab tutorial on Kaleidoscopecity and had a try.  My first attempts were not hugely successful and I quickly realised I should have read the tutorial properly and used cottons not a standard DK!  Note to self:- fully read instructions!

Anyway I had another go but still found that my bauble wasn't quite right and looked a bit like a barrel!

 After a quick chat with Kaleidoscopecity and following her advice I managed to tighten my tension and cracked it!

I tried a few colour combinations - silver and blues and red, green and gold.  See the results below:-

I then had a try using a Granny Circle approach which created a slightly different bauble in the silver and blues.

I have some of these on my Etsy shop.   Well, back to wrapping some presents....

Bye for now

Von xxx