Hi it’s Michelle here again, this time with a tutorial for a Tunisian Crochet Wash Cloth.
Tunisian crochet is a deceptively easy technique that is a little bit crochet, a little bit knitting and looks like weaving. The resulting fabric is quite thick and spongy making it a perfect choice for wash or dishcloths, potholders, cushions and more. It’s also quite lovely for scarves if you use a fine yarn.
Once you get past the first few rows you’ll be powering ahead with the rhythmic motion of making these simple stitches and looking for more projects to try out your new skills.
This is a quick and easy project finished off with a crochet border in Linen Stitch and perfect for gift giving. Let’s get started!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have noticed I’m going a little gaga over knitting. It’s a craft I never thought I’d enjoy but now that I’ve really given it a chance, I’m obsessed. I think I’m enjoying the challenge of learning new techniques with every project, and also it has a methodical, meditative aspect that I’ve been craving at the moment.
So far it’s been a steep but splendid learning curve full of new delightful discoveries like stitch markers.
Even though I was aware of them in crochet, I never had a need for them, but with knitting it’s different. Stitch markers are quite important to mark things like the beginning of rounds, increases and decreases and other stuff I probably don’t know about yet, they are also like a bit of jewellery for your knitting and many knitters choose ones that reflect their personality.
Until today I was improvising with paper clips, safety pins and little scraps of yarn, they all did the job but I wanted something prettier. So today I visited Beadil, a local bead workshop and made my own. If you are a jewellery maker you will probably have most of the supplies required but if you don’t, ask some of your crafty friends, they may have jewellery making supplies stashed away that you can borrow. Many years ago I used to help my sister make earrings, so was quite familiar with the kinds of bits that I needed.
Of course you can choose any beads that catch your eye. I’ve made a rainbow of stitch markers to brighten my knitting. If you have a friend that knits, stitch markers would make a great gift.
This is one of the easiest garment refashions I have ever done, it’s only just one straight cut and seam to transform a skirt into a cute sundress. Elastic shirring can be a time consuming process to do yourself, so I’ve saved time and taken advantage of the existing waistband shirring on an old skirt. In under half an hour you can transform an unwanted skirt into a pretty sundress for summer.
It’s Michelle here and I’m back again with another crochet tutorial. This time I thought it would be fun to play with Tapestry Crochet.
It really is quite easy to do and brings a whole new world of design possibilities. It works up into a nice firm fabric making it ideal for pouches, bags, bowls or even hats.
To whet your appetite we’ll make a quick little coin purse. Make one or many, they make great little gifts and Christmas is just around the corner. Really! So lets get started…
I often get asked about my crafting habits. Do I craft only for the blog? Do I share everything that I make? Do I make personal projects? So today rather than share a DIY, I thought I’d chat about what I’ve been making for myself behind the scenes, and why I don’t always share everything I make here on the blog.
Like any hobby that turns into paid work, some aspects of things that were once fun can become a bit of a chore. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing tutorials here on the blog, but the reality is that I do see it as a job, and I try to do it as professionally as I can. Sometimes it means that the projects I share on the blog aren’t projects that challenge my personal skills or help me experiment with technique or processes. Blog projects need to be manageable for beginners or require me to be very confident with my skills so I can explain techniques fully. So when I’m learning something new, I don’t want to pressure myself with writing a tute for it, or having to take step by step photos, it takes the fun out of it.
Sometimes the projects I’m working on take a really long time, like over a year, because I like to pick things up and put them down depending on my mood. For me, making something involves emotional investment, I need to put happy feelings into what I’m making or that project will give off cranky vibes.
So in my craft basket at the moment are a few works in progress that I’ve been enjoying…
Weaving has had quite a resurgence of late, so I thought it would be fun to translate this craft trend into something wearable. It’s winter here in Australia, and I liked the idea of a warm cosy bangle wrapped in colourful yarn. I know yarn wrapped accessories are not a new thing, but the idea of weaving a pattern in is an accessible way to experiment with designing woven patterns without having to commit to a big project.
These bangles look great worn as a stack, so make a few that co-ordinate together. If you can’t get wooden bangle blanks, you can buy plastic bangles at the thrift store and refashion them.
“Brought to you by Officeworks”
I always dread tax time, every financial year I start off with the best intentions of having all my paperwork nice and organised but ultimately it all ends up in a big mess. Well not this year! Officeworks has challenged me to #MasterMyWorkspace, get organised and de-clutter to start the new year afresh.
I welcomed the challenge with gusto and have gone to town transforming my workspace from a horrible mess to an inspiring part of my home.
I quickly whipped up a few tassels the other day to embellish a bigger project that you will see soon. These are so easy to make and only took me a few minutes with some materials I had on hand. You can keep them simple or add some pretty trims to make them look fancy. The only tools required are scissors and a hot glue gun. They make great little charms for key rings or zipper pulls. You are limited only by your imagination.