Tunisian Crochet Workshop Blog Hop

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Hello friends

Just popping in quickly to let you know that the official promotion for my Tunisian Crochet Workshop book starts on Monday 25th September where I’ll be kicking off over on the publishers, SewandSo blog . It also happens to be my birthday that day so double celebrations and cake all round!

Some awesome crochet friends will be joining me so come and join in the fun with us.

Monday 25th September – SewandSo

Tuesday 26th September – Amanda from Crochet by Redagape

Wednesday 27th September – Sandra from Mobius Girl Design

Thursday 28th September – Shelley from Spincushions

Friday 29th September – Julie from Little Woollie

Saturday 30th September – Cintia from My Poppet

See you there!

Michelle x

 

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Herringbone Cushion Pattern in Mollie Makes Issue 84

Herringbone Cushion pattern - Mollie Makes issue 84I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Herringbone Cushion pattern from my Tunisian Crochet Workshop book is reprinted in the latest issue of Mollie Makes (issue 84).  How exciting!

Herringbone Cushion pattern - Mollie Makes issue 84

This latest issue is out now in the UK.  I’m not sure when it will be available here in Australia or elsewhere but the digital version is available on the links below:

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mollie-makes/id911319779?mt=8

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/newsstand/details/Mollie_Makes?id=CAowr9LnAw

Until next time

Michelle x

 

 

Tunisian Crochet Workshop Bonus Offer

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Hi there

Just popping in quickly to let you know about the free bonus pattern offer if you pre-order my book Tunisian Crochet Workshop now.

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When you place your pre-order you’ll receive a copy of my Tunisian Triangles cushion pattern. All the details of how to take advantage of this offer are over on Ravelry so click away and enjoy.   I know some of you have already pre-ordered your copies (thank you lovelies x), but don’t worry!  You can still get your bonus pattern too – just have your order number handy and follow the steps as per the instructions on Ravelry.

While you’re over on Ravelry you can also view all the individual projects from the book too.  Be sure to give your favourite projects some love!  It would be fab if you could press that little heart button on your faves so I can get an idea of what appeals to you all the most.

The Sampler Blanket is my fave of them all.  It was such fun to work on and uses many of the different stitch patterns found in the book so it’s a great way to practice your new skills.

Tunisian Crochet Workshop Book: Tunisian Sampler Blanket

photography: Jason Jenkins/F&W Media Intl.

Until next time

Michelle x

 

 

My New Book: Tunisian Crochet Workshop

Tunisian Crochet Workshop Book by Poppy & Bliss

Do you remember a few posts ago, I quietly mentioned that I’d written a book?

Well, the day has finally come that I can let out the secret the I’ve been bursting to tell for so long now and I can start shouting it from the rooftops.  Yippee!

It was an exciting day here when the postie delivered an advance print copy.  Champagne was drunk and a little happy dance was had.

My book is called Tunisian Crochet Workshop and is an ‘all you need to know’ about Tunisian crochet filled with stitch patterns, projects and how to’s.

Click on the book for a little sneak peek inside

Tunisian Crochet Workshop book by Poppy & Bliss

 

The book will be available in September but is available now for pre-order on Amazon now.

 

Well that’s it from me now but I’ll be back to tell you more about my book later and there is a blog hop planned in the coming weeks too.  How exciting!

Until next time

Michelle x

Yarn Review: Wool and the Gang Tina Tape

The question I am most often asked is ‘what yarn do you use?’  Since the answer to this question is so varied depending on what I am making, I’ve decided to start a new semi-regular Yarn Review series.

To kick off the series, today I will be reviewing the new Tina Tape yarn from Wool and The Gang

I’ve never used tape yarn before so I was very interested to see how it would work up, I’m also getting back into knitting after a bit of a break so I decided on the ‘Addicted To Love’ kit to try out.  How gorgeous is this Quetzal Green!

Tina Tape by WATG yarn review

I loved the silky feel of this yarn and was happy to see that it is made from fibre from sustainably sourced eucalyptus trees, is 100% vegan, uses no harmful chemicals and is processed in such a way that any water and solvents used in the manufacturing process are reused instead of ending up as pollution and waste.
Tina Tape by WATG yarn review

I would say this yarn is more suitable for Spring/Summer garments with a feel somewhere between silk and linen.   Even though we are in throes of Winter here in Australia I couldn’t wait to cast on and get a head start on my Spring wardrobe which is in dire need of updating.

I’m really enjoying knitting with Tina Tape, it works up very quickly, has beautiful stitch definition and the fabric has a lovely heavy drape to it.  The only downside is that it has a tendency to twist as it comes off the ball.  This drives me bonkers but it’s not really making a difference to my stitches so I’m learning to live with it.

I also received another ball of Tina Tape in the Eucalyptus Green colourway so I’ve had a little play with it in Tunisian crochet.

Tina Tape by WATG yarn review

I’m still undecided what this will be yet but I think it will be a bag.  The black yarn is dk cotton held doubled and worked in Tunisian Simple stitch and then I’ve worked the Tina Tape section in Tunisian Full stitch. How lush is that stitch definition!

Until next time

Michelle x

Disclosure:  The kit featured in this post has been very generously gifted to me by Wool and the Gang in exchange for my honest appraisal.  All opinions are my own and I only accept such offers if they are relevant to my readers and that I am happy to recommend.

Vivo Bolster Cushion Pattern

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Hooray it’s new pattern day! I’m excited to introduce my Vivo bolster cushion pattern to you today.   She’s bold, she’s colourful and so much fun to have in your home.

I’m so happy with how this pattern has turned out and hope you will love her as much as I do.

Getting Vivo ready for the world has been a slow process though. I actually finished making the cushion several months ago but I must admit to a tiny bit of procrastination when it came to writing up the actual pattern. But it’s all done now and back from the testers ready to go.

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Inspired by the colourful ethnic textiles from around the world, this stunning cushion is created using tapestry crochet and textured stitches to create the designs.

The pattern is rated as intermediate, mainly for all the colour changes but it is not as complicated as it looks using only basic stitches and each design element is set out in strips with easy to follow short pattern repeats for each section.

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The pattern also includes a quick guide to tapestry crochet, photo tutorials for the special stitches used and full colour charts for all the different design strips as well as smaller charts for just the pattern repeats to save you going cross-eyed working from the whole chart.

There are two versions of the pattern available. One written in US terms and one using UK/Aus terms and can be found in all the usual places :

 Etsy:   US Terms       UK/Aus Terms

Love Crochet:   US Terms     UK/Aus Terms

Ravelry:          Here   (Ravelry will only allow one listing per design so your download will include both versions of the pattern as 2 separate files. You will only need to print the one you need)

I hope you enjoy.

Until next time

Michelle x

Tunisian Feathers Free Pattern

free pattern for Tunisian crochet feathers

Hello Hello

I’m back on my little blog after being MIA for almost a year!  Yikes, that year slipped by!  I’ve been a busy girl in that time and wrote a book. Yep, a book!   I’m so excited and very proud with how it’s turned out but I can’t say much more for now except to say that it will be released later this year and I will pop back with more details soon.  I can’t wait to share!

In the meantime, here’s a free pattern for you.  I’ve been having so much fun making these feathers.  They’re easy and quick to make and easily achievable with only just the basic knowledge of Tunisian crochet.

I hope you will have as much fun as I have making your own pretty feathers.  Enjoy

Tunisian crochet feathers free pattern

TUNISIAN FEATHERS

Abbreviations:

ch        chain

M1tb   Make 1 – top bar

Tss     Tunisian Simple Stitch

lp/s     loop/s

sl st    slip st

yo        yarn over

st/s     stitch/es

Special Stitches and Techniques Used:

End st:  The last stitch of the forward pass is treated a little differently than the rest of the stitches in your row.  To make an end st, insert hook under the last vertical and the bar lying directly behind it (2 lps on hook), yo and draw up lp (1 lp back on hook & end stitch made)

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M1tb (make 1 – top bar): insert hook under top loop of horizontal bar before next st, yo, pull up loop and leave on hook (1 extra stitch made)

Tss3tog: insert hook under next 3 sts, yo and pull up loop (1 loop on hook)

Finished Size:         

Large Feather = 17 cm

Small Feather = 13 cm

You will need:

  • 5mm crochet hook without handle (pop a rubber band on the end to keep your stitches from falling off)
  • DK/8ply cotton in at least 2 colours

PATTERN:

Large Feather

Pattern notes:

  1. The following instructions are for the design pictured above (the little guy sitting out on his own) but you can go to town with as many colours as you like (or could be bothered weaving in the ends of ), mix up the stripe sequence as you please. There are so many possibilities! Check out the photos throughout this post for inspiration.
  2. To clarify that the last stitch of the forward pass is worked differently, I always refer to this stitch in my patterns as an ‘end stitch’
  3.  Carry yarn between rows if there is only a few rows between colour changes.  If there are more than a few rows, then it’s best to cut yarn and rejoin.
  4. As you work, you will notice that your feather starts to lean to one side a little. That’s a good thing! This will give your feather a nice natural shape

Foundation row: Using Colour A, ch 11. Starting from 2nd ch from hook, pick up a loop from the * top loop only of chain and in each ch to end (11 lps). Return

* a nicer edge is achieved for this design by working into the top loop instead of working from the usual back bump.

 Row 2: M1tb, Tss 3, Tss3tog, Tss 3, M1tb, work end st (11 lps). Return

 Row 3: Work as for Row 2, changing to Colour B on the last 2 lps of return

 Row 4: Continuing with Colour B, work as for Row 2, changing to Colour A on the last 2 lps of return

 Row 5: Continuing with Colour A, work as for Row 2, changing to Colour B on the last 2 lps of return

Row 6: Continuing with Colour B, work as for Row 2, changing to Colour A on the last 2 lps of return

Rows 7 – 10: Continuing with Colour A, work as for Row 2

Row 11: Work as for Row 2, changing to Colour B on the last 2 lps of return

Row 12: Continuing with Colour B, work as for Row 2, changing to Colour A on the last 2 lps of return

Row 13: Continuing with Colour A, Tss 3, Tss3tog, Tss 3, work end st (9 lps). Return changing to Colour B on the last 2 lps

Row 14: Continuing with Colour B, M1tb, Tss 2, Tss3tog, Tss 2, M1tb, work end st (9 lps), changing to Colour A on the last 2 lps of return

Rows 15 – 17: Continuing with Colour A, M1tb, Tss 2, Tss3tog, Tss 2, M1tb, work end st (9 lps). Return

Row 18: Tss 2, Tss3tog, Tss 2, work end st (7 lps). Return

Row 19: M1tb, Tss 1, Tss3tog, Tss 1, M1tb, work end st (7 lps). Return

Row 20: Tss 1, Tss3tog, Tss 1, work end st (5 lps). Return

Row 21: Tss3tog, work end st (3 lps). Return: – draw yarn through all 3 lps on hook. Ch 6, sl st back down along chain. Fasten off.

Weave in ends

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Small Feather:

Pattern note:  The following pattern doesn’t include colour change instructions.

Foundation row: Ch 9. Starting from 2nd ch from hook, pick up a loop from the * top loop only of chain and in each ch to end (9 lps). Return

Rows 2 – 10: M1tb, Tss 2, Tss3tog, Tss 2, M1tb, work end st (9 lps). Return

Row 11: Tss 2, Tss3tog, Tss 2, work end st (7 lps). Return

Rows 12 – 13: M1tb, Tss 1, Tss3tog, Tss 1, M1tb, work end st (7 lps). Return

Row 14: Tss 1, Tss3tog, Tss 1, work end st (5 lps). Return

Row 15: Tss3tog, work end st (3 lps). Return: – draw yarn through all 3 lps on hook. Ch 6, sl st back down along chain. Fasten off.

Weave in ends

Tip:  You can also make your feather in a single colour and embroider your designs on later

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There are no rules here. I’ve mainly used long stitches following the natural slant of the crochet rows and the occasional loopy stitch (I’m no embroiderer). You could also weave your yarn under the vertical bars for another interesting effect. Have fun experimenting!

Now that you’re addicted to making feathers. There are so many ways you can use them to decorate all sorts of things …

Tunisian crochet feathers free pattern

Make a dreamcatcher inspired wall hanging  – add beads, charms, pom poms, lace and ribbon if you like

Tunisian crochet feathers free patternDangle them off a basket or bag

Tunisian crochet feathers free pattern

they make great bookmarks too

These are just a few ideas.  Here’s some more to spark your imagination…

  • String them along a crochet chain for a feather garland
  • Attach them to a woven wall hanging
  • Attach one to your keyring
  • Use them as an applique motif on blankets, clothing, cushions ..
  • Frame one or two and hang them on a wall
  • Use them as gift toppers
  • Make greeting cards – Stick one on a blank card with double sided tape
  • Make a necklace

What will you make?

Until next time

Michelle x

 

p.s. edit:  Thank you everyone for the overwhelming love this post has received.  There has been lots of requests for the mandala to make the dreamcatcher and also for a video tutorial for the feathers.  

In answer to your requests – I’m very sorry but I won’t be doing a video for this free pattern.  

I will publish the mandala pattern at a later date but for now I am busy with other commitments and won’t have time just yet.  

Thank you for understanding.

Copyright:

Please respect my rights as the designer of this pattern.  This pattern may not be reproduced in any way for distribution, sale or for teaching purposes.