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Wall Art Mandala’s and Dubrovnik

IMG_0872We recently enjoyed a little holiday to Croatia.  I’ve never visited this country before, wow it is really beautiful. On one of our days, we visited old town Dubrovnik and walked all the way around the outer wall surrounding the old town taking in the amazing views.  A fabulous day but it was so busy there, so many cruise ships visit the old town, apparently, we went on a quiet day, would hate to be there on a busy day!

IMG_0882For those of you who are Game of Thrones fans, they did quite a bit of the filming in the old town,  so it has brought a lot of tourism interest since the program was aired. Not that is the reason we visited, but it was cerainly strange to see all the merchandise in the gift shops.  Here we are, sitting on the wall for a little rest overlooking the red-tiled rooftops after about an hour into our walk it was soooo hot that day!

As you can see from the pictures below, we certainly had some pretty changeable weather! Is’nt it handy I took my Crochet hook and some Cotton in my suitcase. 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised to see my colour choice of yarn perfectly matched the hotel decor, and my two little mandala makes, looked totally at home in the hotel room.

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I made these one afternoon when the only thing to do was to stay in our room and wait out the thunder and lightning storm.  It was so relaxing, listening to the rain on the balcony and hear the sea in the distance with a crochet hook in hand, who needs the sun eh!

#NotaCal

Before I went on holidays I took part in a new sort of Crochet Cal (Crochet Along) on Instagram,  called #notacal by Dedri Uys. It was a photo tutorial of Mandala 21 by designer John Kelly who gave Dedri permission to share his lovely pattern.  It consisted of 15 rounds with each round being posted at different times on Instagram.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this mandala and as usual Dedri’s instructions were easy to follow and very informative, fingers crossed she will do another for all her IG fans.

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I had some lovely Yarn and Colours 100% cotton mini balls in my stash and decided they would be perfect for this mandala, although I did run out of the raspberry colour just a little way off finishing my round! Aghh…

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I was just going to frog the last round and choose a different colour when I heard a loud ‘NO…..’ from the seat next to me!  It was my dear OH, he said “you cant do that just order more cotton! ”  Music to my ears!  haha, so of course I had to order a few other colours just to make the order worthwhile.

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This is the finished Mandala.  I loved the bright colours and decided to make it into a wall hanging which would be perfect for my new Home Office/Craft room (which is still in the decorating stage).   So,  I found some lovely metal plates in our local Ikea Store, I think they are meant for candles but are perfect for what I had in mind.   Using the last round colour of raspberry, I attached the mandala to the plate using a darning needle weaving in between the holes of the plate and  Ta-Dah! Perfect.

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I can’t wait to put this up on the wall but of course, I will need to do a few more, just to balance the look of it you understand and not because I love making them  😉

Crochet Wall Art

Talking of wall art, I was most surprised to see the huge glass cabinet displays in the bar of the Hotel in Dubrovnik, some beautifully crocheted red mandalas.

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Both Mandalas were of a different design but both had sort of like ‘bite-size’ pieces left out of the finished rounds.  They were perfectly finished, so like me they had definitely not just run out of yarn.

I sat for a very long time sipping my cocktail, just looking at these and wondering why they had that section missing and if I am honest thinking how much nicer they would have looked with complete rounds. Eventually, I found someone to ask who worked at the bar, but she had no idea and was obviously not as interested in them as I was, I think hubby was getting a little tired of my vocal theories as to why the looked like that and was desperately trying to hurry me to dinner.

Eventually, I found someone to ask who worked at the bar, but she had no idea and was obviously not as interested in them as I was, I think hubby was getting a little tired of my vocal theories as to why the looked like that and was desperately trying to hurry me to dinner.

I do have a theory which until advised otherwise I am sticking with… All around the local area, shops and gift shops we visited they had many pieces of red jewellery, which I found out was made from local coral – also a traditional Mediterranean ornament, a symbol of vitality and a protective charm.  So I am thinking the mandalas represented the red coral of the area.  What do you think, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings… I’m on a mission to finish all my WIP’s so I can start on my Autumnal projects, I will share them with you soon.

Happy Crafting!

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Crochet First’s Filet and Mandala

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I haven’t posted for a little while on the blog but have been spending time with my hook, paints and of course family.

This catch up is all about a few First’s that I have tried in crochet, things that I have either never considered or not know about before.

The first first…….Overlay Crochet’ with a beautiful Mandala design by Amanda Williams from Yarn House Creations.  You can find her designs on Etsy or Instagram @yarn_house

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This gorgeous pattern came in my Little Box of Crochet subscription, along with with yarn needed, hook and all instructions.  I loved making this and learnt a lot about overlay crochet which gives the finished Mandala a beautiful multi dimensional look and feel.  The yarn used was 100% cotton which again was a joy to work with.   Isn’t it yummy!!

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Even the back of the work is sooo pretty…

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I loved this design so much I purchased another pattern from Amanda, just need to choose my colours now.  This one is currently sitting on my dining room table, look out anyone who tries the put a cup or anything on it ( dear other half).   I may make a wall hanging so I can put in my room and enjoy looking at it every day.   Hmm I like that idea. 😀

Filet Crochet Swatches for Diploma Submission

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Second First …One of the required submissions for the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1, is a square of filet crochet of your own design.   I have never tried Filet crochet, and although  it looks pretty, I have never had the inclination to give it a go… so another first!

I used DMC Petra Cotton ( love that yarn) and a size 2.5mm hook, so needed my glasses on this one.  After a few attempts at drawing out a pattern  that I liked and also trying to keep it simple,  I made up the swatch.   Shock , Horror, ITS NOT SQUARE!

Now I am confused… my stitch count is right, the pattern drafted out on paper is perfectly square…. so now what?  Anyone else experienced this?  I read and also researched a lot about it and there were several answers , mainly relating to my tension , the hook size etc but I had discounted those already through trial and error.

So ‘MY FIX’ (are you waiting with baited breath?, No? oh ok moving swiftly on…)

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Look at the above swatch… its square.. Yay!  I achieved this by firstly rather than using treble stitches for the blocks (UK Terms) but extended Treble, a very useful stitch which looks very much the same but taller.  Here is a lovely tutorial if you have not tried the extended stitches in crochet.

My second fix related to how you work the spaces ( in Filet you work blocks and spaces, the blocks being filled in with trebles and the spaces are chains)  In all the guides I looked at the blocks were worked into the chain spaces, which to my mind made the stitches shorter, so I decided to work into the actual chains, and it worked!

So two little tweaks, a lot of cursing and breaking out in frustrated sweats and I have a square!  Yay… now we have to see if it will pass the scrutiny of my assessor   ….. I will keep you posted.

Filet crochet using a background of Bars and Lacets  next… can’t wait (NOT)….. I don’t think I will be pursuing future projects in Filet not my fav technique but I appreciate the concentration and effort and patience required  when I see all those wonderful makes using Filet.

Next time… my challenge with bumpy and texture , two words that sound very similar but mean very different things for the diploma apparently – Happy Hooking 😀