Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas table setting

Hi Everyone! Are you getting ready for Christmas? I am. I always need to think about what seasonal projects I want to make a month early to present my crochet ideas on this blog. Since I'm done with a crochet Christmas table setting, I'm going to introduce. 

Napkin Holder
It was hard to make holly leaf shapes. I made some chains and worked on both sides. That way the crochet project won't roll up. The napkin holder is composed of two leaves, three berries and a belt.

Stitches that I used for the napkin holder.
Chain stitch, slip stitch, single stitch.

Candle Holder Cover
We can see numerous fancy candles at shops. I actually bought the red candle on the table this year since it was 50% off. However I would rather like to use what I already have with my ideas than buying new things every year. I came up with decorating a glass candle holder with crochet! I made three square granny, and connected them with chain stitches. I also made the snow flake and put it under the candle holder.

Stitches that I used for the candle holder cover and the snow flake.
Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, picot.

Center Piece
I tried a waffle patter for the first time, and learned that waffle pattern takes a lot of yarn. The center piece (9" x 32") took two balls of yarn. However waffle pattern looks very nice! I worked on both sides with chain and picot stitches. That looks snow flakes, doesn't it?

Stitches that I used for the center piece.
Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, picot.

These snowmen on the each place mat have a function. You see letters on their hats. Those letters tell guests where to sit, because each letter indicates the guest's first initial. Guests may take their snowman home after the meal. This is may idea.  I want my guests to enjoy my meal and entertainment.

I used orange beads for his nose, and used cosmetic cheek powder for his cheeks.  I usually use hook, which yarn suggests, but I used smaller hook for the hat. Changing hook size is one of way for adjusting size.

Stitches that I used for the snowman.
Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, foundation single crochet.

Yarn that I used for these projects.

I Love This Yarn Sport Weight : White, Red and Black
Omega Sinfonia : Blanco

I'll introduce other my crochet Christmas projects soon!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crochet Accessories #1

I visited Japan with my husband this fall. One of my reasons that I want to visit Japan is to buy handcraft materials. There are a lot of specific handcraft shops in Japan. I also look forward to seeing my mother's sewing projects. She lives in Japan, and she is great at sewing. I always get new ideas from her projects.
On the trip, I bought Chinese beads, a wooden stick for ornamental hairpin and metal parts for barrettes. I'm attempting to make crochet projects with other materials recently. I'm going to introduce my crochet accessories made with these materials.

For the first, I'm going to talk about a yarn. I used only one yarn for these accessories. I have introduced the yarn when I presented how to consume left-over yarn. 
The yarn has gently sifting colors, so I actually see white, pink, dark purple, light brown and dark brown on it. I recommend the yarn to you when you make a few small things. If you buy all colors of yarn, you will have many left-over yarns. Before I make these accessories, I divided each color reasonably, so you can see a few parts mixing colors on them.

Ornamental Hairpin
The accessory is composed of the wood stick, the Chinese beads, three crochet flowers and two crochet corkscrews. I made a flower ball with the three flowers, and stuck it near by the top of the wood stick, and then hang the two corkscrews from the center of the flower ball. I used the Chinese beads at the top of wood stick and the bottom of the two corkscrews. I also added tiny pink beads on each petal of the flowers.

Stitches that I used for the ornamental hairpin.
Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet.

I used the crochet flower and the crochet corkscrews on the necklace as well. The flower is movable on the chain part of the necklace. The flower is actually holding ring shape. I used two clear beads at the bottom of the corkscrews as weight.

Stitches that I used for the necklace.
Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet.

I surrounded the barrette with working chain stitches to make foundation, and work five chains, slip stitch in next stitch repeatedly to make frill on the foundation. I used six tiny pink beads, a clear purple bead, and purple leather for each barrette.

Stitches that I used for the barrette.
Chain stitch, slip stitch.

If you have any questions about these accessories, please don't hesitate to ask me. I'm happy to answer you!
Have wonderful time with crochet. ☆

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Costume for Duffy

Do you know who Duffy is? Duffy is a stuffed bear character from Disney. Duffy is sold at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center and Disneyland's Disney California Adventure along with an army of merchandise in the U.S. In Japan, it is sold at Tokyo Disney Sea. When my husband and I visited Japan this fall, my niece gave me a small Duffy. Japanese girls like to show off their Duffy with costumes, which they made by themselves or they bought at shops. Duffy's costumes are sold at Aunt Peg's Village store in Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan, but those are for only the large sized Duffy, so I made a fall costume for my small Duffy with yarn! Of course I used left-over yarn for the costume.

This Duffy is about five inches tall, so making the costume was not easy.  The costume is removable. I will enjoy making other seasonal costumes.