Monday, 27 July 2009

Crochet Flowers & Whorl Drop Spindle

The reason I wanted to learn to crochet was so I could make crochet flowers. I can't believe it took me over a year after I taught myself to crochet to actually start making them.

As you can tell I am still practicing and I am not very happy with them yet but I did try using different colours, effects and borders. If you look at the larger flower you can see that I tried different borders: the smallest petals are single crochet, the middle ones are single crochet through the back loops only and the largest petals are double crochet all the way round. I tried a three coloured one tonight but I need to weave in the loose end before I can decide whether I like it or not. Either way, I think I might turn my little experiments in crochet into some brooches so they are not a total waste of time. I will keep you posted on further trials and how the brooches turn out.

Also, look what arrived in the post today ....

... a whorl drop spindle and four natural wool tops that totally smell of sheep. The breeds and colours are as follows: Bluefaced Leicester (white), Manx Loghtan (light brown), Suffolk (grey) and Welsh Black (black). I can't wait to get started on my first spinning experience but instead of just rushing into it and risking a big mess I'd rather watch some tutorials on YouTube over the next few days but I will let you know how it goes, whether it's a success or not.

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