Crochet Tapestry

Here’s my first attempts with tapestry crochet. Once I got the hang of how to manage the color changes it really was sorta kinda easy peasy. I made each one based on Ternie’s nieces and nephews. They were a big hit with each of them. I used Red Heart Super Saver; however, since I was framing them, I really should’ve used thinner yarn but, nonetheless, they turned out great. I do have a great tip that took me a little while to figure out: before you start you graph, there is lots of preplanning. It’s imperative to number the rows on your graph and establish your right and wrong sides. If you take this extra step it makes it so much easier. Most importantly, by establishing your right and wrong sides, you’ll be able to have your color changes all on the same side. Trust me, for a smoother and more professional finished project, you’re going to want to do it this way.

Listed below are the sites I got each of the graphs from.

Cats

Musical note

Rooster

Letter S

Horse

Messy Bun Hat

Although I had already planned to jump on the messy bun/ponytail/mom bun hat bandwagon, my sister sent me a text of one so I made it earlier than expected. Boy, am I glad I did. A lady at work was looking for two so I offered to make them. Then a pharmacist at Walgreens wants one. Good thing I decided to wear my sisters for the day to decide if I wanted one for myself. It also made me realize I need to get business cards ASAP. Although I told the pharmacist how to get in touch with me, it would’ve been more professional to hand her a card. Does anyone know of any good deals or tips on getting business cards made up?

Would you like a messy bun hat? Contact me for your custom order today. Adult and child sizes available for $15 with free shipping.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that 2017 will be the best year yet for all of us.

Update: I was reminded by a reader I forgot to mention where I got the pattern from. Truthfully, these hats take some getting used to. I took bits and pieces from different patterns but the one I’ve been following most closely is from Crochet Jewel on YouTube. I did not use a hair tie. Instead, I chained the 22 and went from there. I’ve also done several hats using her ribbed band and also did some with a basic single crochet edging. Once you figure the best starting method for you, its just like any other hat pattern and is easy to customize.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, dear readers! I will be back hopefully next week with lots of updates. Projects to tell you about include my adventures in tapestry crochet and the ever popular messy bun/ponytail/mom bun hat. Stay tuned!

I truly wish you all the merriest of Christmas’s as I will be celebrating the most precious of births with my family.

See you soon!

Christmas Tree Skirt

This year I really wanted to make a Christmas tree skirt. Maybe it’s just me but there seems to be something special about making a skirt that adorns a beautiful tree that your family came together to work on and created a memory around. Hopefully, this skirt will be around for years to come. Once I got the hang of the beginning, the pattern was super easy. I started (and stopped and ripped apart) several different skirts (including some that were just a basic double crochet) but none of those worked out for me. I just wasn’t getting it I guess. This is the first one that I was finally understanding and had an elegant while simple design. If you’re a beginner, this is a great pattern. If you’re not a beginner but it’s your first tree skirt (like me) this is the pattern I recommend, at least until you understand the basics of the formation. The designer provides the formation of the pattern and then at the end it is easily customizable. I used Red Heart Super Saver in colors Cherry, White, and Paddy Green.

Peppermint Hats

Back in November my Mom asked me to make some hats. One set was for two sisters. They are 7 and 8 years old. The oldest has cancer. She either had just started or was about to start chemo. The hat choice was for her but the little sister would want to be like her big sister. As if that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, the third hat was for an 18 month old who had already started chemo. Mom and I decided on maybe something Christmas-y. My personal preference was something appropriate for Christmas time but would be cute for the rest of the year too.
As I was looking through Pinterest (of course!) I found this Girls Christmas Flower Hat by Cream of the Crop Crochet. It reminded me of a peppermint but I thought it would be pretty any time. I made the baby’s hat first. I knew it needed to be soft, not scratchy and easy to take care of. I used I Love This Yarn Sport by Hobby Lobby. I used Red and Ivory (I didn’t realize I did that until I took the final 3 hats together photo). I didn’t have enough of that particular yarn to make 3 hats so, ironically, on that day, I got a package from my mom with more yarn (yay! Thanks Mom). Included in it was some unnamed red and white cotton yarn..enough for 1 more hat. Then I had enough of Red Heart Super Saver to make the third hat. I only had 2 white buttons but I didn’t realize it until after I made the hat for the baby (I call her a baby but I guess toddler). So the sisters buttons are crocheted buttons because I wanted at least those 2 to match. Here’s a photo of the 3 hats after being completed.

Like I mentioned, this was about a month ago. I mailed them right away but I haven’t had time to do a post about them. After yesterday I’m so glad I didn’t! I got the most adorable photo of the baby wearing my hat. I now know her name too: Kylie. It’s the first time I’ve seen someone that’s not family wear something I made. As exciting as that is for me, I hope Kylie gets better soon and that her family knows prayers are being sent for her not only where they are in Mississippi but also in Indiana and wherever you might be reading this too.


Interview with a Crocheter

Several weeks ago my mother-in-law and I went to several local craft fairs. We saw a lot of really great handmade items using different materials such as wood and tin in a recycled and purposeful way. We also saw more crochet than I think we were expecting. There were tons of dishcloths, baby hats and doll clothes. One of the tables we saw really impressed us. From memory, Elizabeth had baby hats, cup cozies and sewn children clothes. I think not only was it the items she displayed it was her quality of what she had displayed. Everything looked neat and organized and professional. To be honest, it was exactly what I had envisioned my first craft fair to look like, whenever that eventually gets to happen. Without thinking before speaking, I told her I had a small blog and asked if I could interview her. I walked away thinking she probably thinks I’m a weirdo.
Skip forward about a week, I decided weirdo or not I’d send her a message through her Etsy shop and just see what happens. To my surprise she said she wondered if she’d hear from me. So from that initial meeting here are questions I was curious about and thought others might be too.

1. Please give an overview of yourself and what type of crochet items you make (i.e. how did you start crocheting, do you focus primarily on babies or hats or blankets or just a mix of everything?, etc.)
My name is Elizabeth Kelly. I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for about 3.5 years. I have two children, a daughter (4) and a son (almost 3). I started crocheting when I was a little girl. My mom showed me the basics and taught me how to make an afghan and a simple beanie. It was after my son was born I decided I would try to sell items. I started out making hats for babies and kids. With requests for other items I’ve tried almost every kind of crochet and many styles.

2. Do you remember the first project you ever completed?
My first completed project was a beanie I made in high school. I was so proud and wore it to school then ended up making more for all my friends.

3. What is your favorite item to make?
I don’t really have a favorite item that I make.  But I love receiving pictures of babies in their hats or photo prop items. I also love when I receive requests for something I haven’t already done. I really enjoy challenging myself. 

4. What is your favorite type of yarn? Do you have a favorite brand?
My favorite yarn is the I Love This Yarn brand by Hobby Lobby. It’s so soft and they offer such a wonderful variety of colors to create complex designs.

5. Do you follow patterns, change patterns or design your own?
When I first started selling I was using some patterns, especially for sizing items. But I haven’t used a pattern in at least 2 years and most of my designs are original or written by me.

6. When did you realize you love crocheting and wanted to start selling?
I decided to start selling since I was a stay-at-home mom and really needed something to make me feel busy and productive other than mommy duties. I had worked for so long that being at home was really hard on me at first. My husband really encouraged me to try it. He wanted me to be happy and he knew how much I loved to make things. He could’ve cared less if I was ever successful or if I failed. He would’ve supported me no matter what. Also, for me, its never been about making money. I truly just enjoy making things and the feedback I receive from my customers.

7. Do you only sell on Etsy and craft fairs? How do you find craft fairs and decide which you want to sell at?
The craft fair we met at was actually my first craft fair. I was asked by a friend if I wanted to sell. I had always wanted to try it out. I haven’t decided if I will do more in the future.  I mainly sell through Etsy and Facebook.

8. What is your hottest seller?
I would say I sell baby items the most and cabbage patch hats are very popular around Halloween.

9. Do you have any tips on starting to sell crochet?
My tips for selling would be to always challenge yourself. Try to never tell a customer you can’t make something (unless you’re really busy or its an outrageous request). Also, the pictures you use for listings should be clear and good quality. You can search Google for many ways to take nice photos even with a phone.

10. Do you have any tips or tricks for beginner crocheters?
Beginners should start simple. Learn the basics and get a feel for crochet. Don’t try to push too far ahead so you don’t become discouraged, but don’t stick with one style. Try all sorts of patterns, stitches and types of crochet. I highly recommend RepeatCrafterMe (www.repeatcrafterme.com). She has a wonderful website full of free patterns that are written wonderfully.

11. Is there anything else you want readers to know about yourself, your crochet or crochet in general?
I absolutely love everything crafty. I would craft all day every day and I think my love for it is what has made crocheting easy for me. I don’t get discouraged. I keep trying. I think for sellers the most important thing would be to love what you do.

12. Other than Etsy, where can you be found? (Ravelry, Instagram, Facebook, etc)
I can be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sewoncrafts), Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/sewoncrafts),  and Instagram (Sewoncrafts)

Thank you Elizabeth.

Please visit Elizabeth with Sew On Crafts at any of the above sites to see all her adorable creations.

All photos are courtesy of and property of Elizabeth Kelly of Sew On Crafts.