Sunday, 30 March 2014

For Mums



It's Mothers day again over here in the Uk. I can't believe it's come round again. How time flies. 
Big bunches of flowers, lovely handmade cards from the little ones, having breakfast in bed or lunch down the pub - it's all going on in this part of the world today.
But let's spare a thought for those who don't have mums - for whom Mothers Day is not an easy one. 
I'm dedicating this post to the mums who are no longer with us, for whatever reason.
Lets not make too much of a big deal of Mother's day, as nice as it is for some. Let's just appreciate the mums we have -  everyday. 
In the meantime, to all you mums out there, Happy Mothers Day.


Crochet Iris by thredHED. Rainbow flower by Iris. Keep watching, pattern to follow.




Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hearts - not just for Lovers.

light up with hearts, heart fairy lights,valentine heart lights

It's nice to take time to appreciate those you love but, let's be honest, Valentines day is not everyones cup of tea. Red Roses, Chocolate Hearts, or candle-lit dinners - been there, done that, have come out the other end - now totally indifferent…….  so I'm not going to go on about love… or romance. 

Having said that, I do love the paraphernalia…. but that can be just as much fun without all the sugary stuff. 

So for those of you who are…, or who are not, doing Valentines Day, for whatever reason…. but like the odd heart or two, here's a nice little project .


 'Crochet hearts', I hear you say, 'they're everywhere'. 


Yes' that's true and they look great - but I wanted to push  it further and make something extra pretty and, in true thredHED style, 


... a little bit useful.


These little lights instantly perk up a dark corner and look pretty at the same time. Made from crocheted hearts, sewn together and reinforced to make little filigree shades for a chain of LED fairy lights (and I must stress LOW VOLTAGE LED). Use can use any fibre yarn - it's great for using up your stash.


They can be red and racy, hot pink, or muted pastels for that vintage look….or why not mix 'em up. Which ever way you choose they do look nice…. and if you like a bit of crochet you can make them.  Here's how - for a limited period of time, my pattern and instructions are free to download to all fans of my thredHED face book page
Click to get it HERE  







Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Gifts for the boys….Tidy Bag


men's storage bag,underwear bag, men's shoe bag, men's tidy bag, cool drawstring bag

There's nothing nicer than a handmade gift. I love 'em. But Boys?….. simple handmade gifts for boys (and by that I mean men) - now, that's a tricky one, especially with the men I know. They seem to be much more discerning, more fussy than any girl. They totally get the handmade thing but with them there seems to be no messing -  they want stuff that is either really cool or really practical.

Ok. BIG birthday challenge of the above kind. Thankfully I had a small amount of this  great Riley Blake cassette-print cotton fabric.


I picked it up on a visit to friends and family in Bristol, UK from the most fabulous craft shop Flo Jo Boutique. Well worth a visit if you live in or are visiting the area. It sells  all manner of gorgeous printed fabrics, and holds some great classes and workshops - check it out.

I decided to keep it very simple with these lovely little Tidy Bags. Great for keeping their shoes/trainers or undies in when travelling, or just for great-looking, handy hanging bathroom/bedroom storage. Half a metre will give you a couple or if you have more fabric you can make as many as you like. How about a variety of sizes. You can change the size and proportions - the making process is still the same. I think an extra large one would make a great laundry bag. Perfect  - and not just for the boys - I know plenty of girls who would love it too.


They're easy to make - a good project, particularly if you're new to sewing. It's made using 'French Seams', so it will be nicely-finished and good quality. I've put together an easy to follow tutorial.
You Can find it HERE. 





Tuesday, 14 January 2014

New Year, New Arrivals, New variation - Stripey Chukkas

Cool baby boy booties, stripy booties, funky baby boots

A little something for the New Year new arrivals.


 Two new versions of my Little Chukka boot…. in stripe. I've been dying to try a stripey version of these. Knitted in two rows of each colour - a nice stripe width, it's also easy to change colour without floating yarn or finishing off. You may need to juggle the colour variations slightly depending on the size you make.

We've still got plenty of cold weather to come before the spring, so this makes a great gift.

You can find the pattern HERE.





Wednesday, 8 January 2014

More Stashbusting - Modern Patchwork

digital patchwork,modern patchwork cushion, pixel patchwork, pixelated cushion, pixel cushion, pixel stashbuster

Here I am again, sorting through my stash, not wanting to throw away these scraps of fabric. It just seems so wasteful.
Time for another project….. some modern patchwork. As lovely as traditional patchwork is, it takes on a whole new lease of life when we bring in right up into the digital age. "How do you do that?", I hear you ask…….


.PIXELS

1. Pixel Ice-cream Plimsols, 2 & 3. AIE Fashion, 4. 3 Rings, 5. Avant Garden, 6. Socialphy
These graphic inspired textiles are currently all over the blogosphere, and are crying out to be made up as modern patchwork.


I decided to stick with something pretty simple - a cushion comprising of 9 rows of 9 squares, 81 squares in total. 


For anyone who'd like to give this a go HERE's what I did. 








Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Ring in the New - 2014

It's been…..




a good….




2013….






but 2014.




is going to….



get more…






Interesting.

Watch this space….


Wishing all you thredheads a Happy, Healthy, Lucky
and Creative New Year. 
XXX thredHED




Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas
Best Wishes, thredHED




Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Cheat's Guide to Christmas Crochet Bunting


Back in August, you may remember, I did some crochet granny bunting (well just a bit). I liked it so much, I wondered if I would be able to find a Christmas version. I did - I found this  great little Crochet Granny Christmas Tree over at the fabulous Royal Sisters Blog. It's nice and simple with a great step-by-step photo tutorial to follow.


Just what I was looking for - although it needed a little something to finish to off….


That's more like it.

As ever, the madness of of the run-up to Christmas means that there's never enough time for me to crochet up a stack of these. I will at some point, but in the meantime I did exactly as I did with the last lot of crochet bunting. Yes, you guessed it - another printable. Another little crochet trompe l'oeil.


It works really well…. and it means that you can have Christmas Crochet Bunting even if you've never crocheted in your life. Once again it's available as a free download for thredHED Facebook page fans. Get it HERE, but don't forget you'll need to like the thredHED Facebook page first.  As with the previous bunting, make sure you print it on a good  quality paper and a high quality media setting….or…. you could use iron-on transfer paper, even printable cloth.... for crochet-print fabric bunting. 

Happy Decorating.






Thursday, 5 December 2013

Yarn Christmas Wreath, Part 2….Time to Embellish


Okay, time's pressing on. The lights are up and our high street is positively twinkling. Trees are stacked outside the shops, and one by one our windows are beginning to light up. Your Yarn Wreath is made and now it's time for the best bit - embellishing. 

There are lots of ways you can do this - it doesn't even have to be knit or crochet, although it's nice to continues the theme. I've used my own pattens for my wreath, but, sadly due to my other commitments haven't yet written patterns (perhaps that's something for next christmas). There are, however, loads of great patterns out there, free and to buy, for little christmas flowers, leaves etc…..or you can even but them on Etsy or Folksy if you're a bit pushed for time. 

 Here are some of my favourite, most realistic, free patterns for fabulous knit and crochet Christmas decorations. 


Mistletoe (crochet)
This one's my favourite. It's very simple and quick to make…and it's so effective. Would also look great as a garland. You can get it over at the blog Marie's Making


Holly (crochet)
Here's a lovely, lovely, and very simple holly leaf. There's a great step-by-step photo tutorial with this one, from everyone's favourite Attic 24


Holly (knitted)
Here's another Holly option if you prefer to knit. Looks great doesn't it. You can get it here at  the Cvetulka blog



Pinecone (crochet)
I love this one. It's a very clever idea - and much easier it looks. Here it is from Planet M Files


Poinsettia (crochet)
Last but not least, a beautiful crochet poinsettia. I think it looks fab. Find the Pattern here at Hobbycraft - Christmas Craft Ideas

I think that's enough to be going on with, don't you. 

Don't forget, it's important to give thanks to these bloggers for sharing their great patterns, and giving something very precious - their time - for free. Writing patterns is not easy, I know. It takes a lot of knowledge, time and concentration to be clear and accurate.….so a big 'Thanks' guys, and all the very best to you.