Monday, May 11, 2009

I Love Wire

I admit it.

I've seen some pretty amazing, complex and detailed jewelery made with this stuff, but the things that really catch my eye, the things I love
most, are the ones that are simple lines and shapes. Yes we can coil it and kink it and combine gauges and add beads and fibres and objects and make it a small part of something really wonderful, but what about line drawing and big open spaces? Squiggles, shapes, swirls and spirals, these are some of the things I like to make the most. They're simple, fast to make in some cases and they look just really great.

Here are a couple things I made this past week from some 18 gauge sterling silver. I also made one of those owls from copper. I love it!





Thanks for stopping by! ~Jan


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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Leon the Pig Amigurumi

Here's another free pattern from my gallery at deviantART. This one was requested (more than once) and I'm happy to be able to give it away now. My big thanks go to Beth (mercysmom on Ravelry) for testing this pattern for me!



Leon the Pig


Abbreviations:
R = round (or row)

sc = single crochet

st = stitch

tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)

sl st = slip stitch

ch = chain

instructions between * are repeated

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in pink or other desired colour.
Used: Red Heart Comfort 3147 (Dusty Rose)

Crochet hook : 4.25mm or G hook

Polyester fibrefill

optional: Two 6x9mm pony beads or two washer-backed safety eyes** in your choice of colour and size.
Yarn needle, for weaving in ends and sewing the pieces together.

** If using safety eyes, I recommend making a small support round that you'll but the eye's post through before the body, to give the post and washer more fabric to hold as well as to further hide the washer. If you don't use this round, the washer may show through holes around the eye. Just sc 6 in a circle using the amigurumi double ring. Pull it closed so the middle hole is big enough to recieve the safety eye post and bind it off with a slip stitch. weave in the end and pull it into the stuffing of the body when attaching the eyes, to hide and secure it. Alternatively, you can use a felt circle in a contrasting colour, to add dimension and detail to the eyes.

Body:

R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st

R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st

R3 - *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* = 18 st

R4 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* = 24 st
(For bead eyes, crochet in pony beads twice on this round, on either side of the round)
R5 to R8 - sc around = 24
(If using safety eyes, insert them after you've made enough fabric to support the washers)
R9 - *sc 2, sc 2 tog* = 18 st

R10 - *sc 1, sc 2 tog* = 12 st

R11 - *sc 2 tog* = 6 st


If you wish, turn the form inside out to get a different, textured surface showing. Stuff it with fibrefill as you get close to the end here. Bind off with a sl st, leaving 12" or so, and sew the hole closed. With this long end, ch 4. Put 3 sc in the 2nd st from the hook and 3 in each ch leading back to the body. Bind off with a sl st and weave in your end. This should create your pig's curly tail.


Feet (make 4):

R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st

R2 to 5 - sc around.

Stuff each with a small ball of polyester fibre fill and sew the edges to the underside of the pig, two in front, two in back. Exact placement is your preference.


Nose:

R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st

R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st

Bind off with a sl st and sew this to the face, dead centre with either your cut end or a contrasting colour for nostrils. Sew it in two spots, where you want nostrils.


Ears (make 2):

R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st

R2 - *2 sc in next st, sc 2* = 8st

R3 - *2 sc in next st, sc 3* = 10st

R4 - *2 sc in next st, sc 4* = 12st

R5 - *sc 2 tog, sc 3* = 10st

R6 - sc 2 tog, sc 2, sc 2 tog, sc, sl st last st = 8st

Bind off and cut, leaving a 4" or so end, with which to sew the ear to the top of the body, just above the face.


If you didn't use pony beads or safety eyes, embroider your eyes on after placing the nose and ears, for best control over the facial expression and placement. You can also embroider a smile, frown or smirk under his nose, if you like.


Thanks for stopping by!
~ Jan

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Another Bandana Shirt

Inspired by such blogs as Mary Olsen's Crafter's Guru and Jan DiCintio's Daisy Janie, I whipped up this little summer bandana shirt for my daughter. She's eight, so it'll fit her perfectly for a good long while as a baggy and breezy shirt, but it could also fit a toddler as a dress.


I found these bright and gorgeous bandanas at the dollar store last time I was there, and bought two each of my daughter's favourite colours to wear: turquoise and green. After washing and ironing, I followed the instructions (from memory actually, it was that easy) I'd seen on both the websites I'd seen this on and made a cute turquoise top. I sewed all the seams down on this one, and embellished the bottom front with a few Tulip's "Glam it Up" iron-on crystals.

I'm considering making something different for her from the green bandanas. A skirt maybe? If she really likes this shirt, then I'll make her another. I hope it's really warm out this weekend, so I can see my girl in this!

Check out the links above for those instructions and try it yourself!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Jan

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Frank The Whale Amigurumi

I'm reposting this free amigurumi pattern from my DeviantART journal. This was originally posted in February 2009.
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Abbreviations:
R = round or row
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
instructions between * are repeated

You need:
100% acrylic yarn, worsted weight.
(Shown: Red Heart Super Saver)
Crochet hook: 4.25mm or G hook
polyester fibrefill
felt, beads, safety eyes or other, for facial features of your choice.
(Felt applied with Speed Sew is shown.)


R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st
R3 - *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* = 18 st
R4 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* = 24 st
R5 - *sc 3, 2 sc in next st* = 30 st (If using beads for eyes, crochet them in along this row on either side of the face)
R6 to R12 - sc around = 30 st (If using safety eyes, insert them after you've made enough fabric to support the washers)
R13 - *sc 6, sc 2 tog* = 26 st
R14 - *sc 5, sc 2 tog* = 22 st
R15 - sc around = 22 st
R16 - *sc 5, sc 2 tog* = 19 st
R17 - sc around
R18 - *sc 4, sc 2 tog* = 16 st
R19 - sc around = 16 st
R20 - *sc 3, sc 2 tog* = 12 st
R21 to R22 - sc around
Stuff the whale fully now, leaving enough space at the tail to press it flat between your fingers.

Tail:

Press the tail closed flat, then sc it shut with 6 sc for R1.
R2 - chain 2, dc 2, sl st 2, dc 2, turn.
R3 - chain 2, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, sc, chain 1, 2 dc in next 2 st, turn
R4 - chain 2, 2 dc in each of next 3 st, sc in middle-most stitch post hole, chain 1, 2 dc in last 3 st, (skipping any between middle and last 3)
slip stitch, cut yarn and pull through loop to bind off, weave in end.

Fins (make 2):

Chain 5
sc in 2nd ch from hook, and sc to end. Turn.
sc along other side to end.
3 sc in end stitch.
sc along to end. sl st final stitch, cut and pull through loop to bind off, leaving enough of a tail to sew fin to body where desired. Weave in ends.

Cut out felt facial features if you didn't use beads or safety eyes, and paste them on with speed sew or sew them on.


Thanks for stopping by!


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