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

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

Tunisian crochet feathers free pattern

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.

Tunisian Sunset – a new pattern

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Hooray!  I’ve finally finished writing up the pattern for my new blanket – Tunisian Sunset.  Isn’t she pretty!

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If you follow me on instagram you would’ve seen her in the making and I just loved every colourful minute of making this one.  All those pretty sunset-ty colours just make my heart sing and dream of happy sunny places far far away.

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Would you like to make one too?  Well, the good news is that you can.  I’ve just popped the pattern up in my etsy and ravelry stores.  To celebrate my excitement of getting through the boring writing bit, you can get yours at 30% off for the next 48 hours only.  Use the code earlybird30 to receive your discount (offer ends Friday 10 June 3pm AEST)

It’s quite an easy make – using only Tunisian Simple stitch and a clever, almost invisible join-as-you go technique.  It’s also the perfect project to pick up in your spare moments and complete a square here and there and before you know it, you’ll have a finished blanket.

Oh! and it’s a great pattern for stash-busting too.  Here’s another version I’m working on using up all my bit’s and bobs of DK yarn.  The squares are slightly smaller in this one but the technique is the same ..

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If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet before but would love to have a go at making this blanket (go on … you know you want to 😉 , I have a tutorial on how to do Tunisian Simple Stitch over here at My Poppet blog.  Once you’ve mastered this stitch you’re good to go and will have found a new craft addiction too!

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Until next time

Michelle x

and that was January

 

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It’s good to be back after a longer-than-planned break. It’s been a super busy few months and I really needed to switch off from the world for a couple of weeks to recharge my batteries.

Now that I’m fully charged up, it’s time to get back in the swing of things. First up, I thought I’d kick the year off with a monthly review. Here’s what January looked like …

A new pattern is being born. Pattern writing is nearly done and then it’s off to be tested.

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There’ll be a couple of variations to choose from with this one

MerryGoRound_1Being watched over by these cute puppy dog eyes whilst I stress out over deadlines for some secret projects.

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Oops!  Accidentally started a big project.  A Tunisian ripple blanket just has to happen!

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Challenged myself to keep up a year-long project with a temperature blanket. Will do another post on this later.

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Finishing this happy blanket (more on this one next month)

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And that was January!

I’ll be back soon with more.

Until next time

Michelle x

Crochet Workshops

Hello friends

Exciting busy times around here in Poppy & Bliss land at the moment.  I’ve got lots on the go and lots to share over the coming months now that I’ve got my mojo back.

One of the more exciting things (for me anyway) is that I’ve decided to start teaching again.  I love teaching others and sharing my knowledge.  Nothing is more satisfying than watching a student bloom as they gain confidence in their new skill.  It’s heartwarming I tell ya 🙂

So, now that I’ve got my home reno’s done I have opened up my house (or my dining room table at least) and inviting you in to do a crochet or Tunisian crochet workshop with me.  To kick the workshop schedule off, I’ll be running workshops in Tunisian Crochet  and Crochet Joining Techniques all throughout September and more fun topics will be added soon.   Pop over here to find out all the details.

Tunisian Workshop by Poppy & Bliss

I held the first Tunisian Crochet workshop last Tuesday.  We had so much fun, sitting around chatting, learning and eating cupcakes.  Everyone walked away confident in their new found skills and inspired with new ideas.

Tunisian Crochet Swatches by Poppy & Bliss

Before the workshop I was busy making up some swatches for everyone to see how beautiful and versatile Tunisian Crochet can be.

Tunisian Moss Stitch sample

I was also busy joining some of my WIPs for the Crochet Joining Techniques Workshop

mini granny squares

Gradient Hexies by Poppy & Bliss

Sunburst Blanket by Poppy & Bliss

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  I hope you will come and join me for a workshop if you’re in Melbourne.

Until next time

Michelle x

I’m back and with a new pattern

Well hello there my blog buddies.   It’s been a long while since I’ve been here hasn’t it!  I’ve been up to my elbows in paint and plaster for the last 3 months renovating and ‘jooshing’ up our home.  So not much time was had for crochet but happily life has gone back to normal now and I’m back in my cosy little crochet zone.

Now that my house is finally spruced up I’m attacking my very (very) long ‘Poppy & Bliss To-Do’ list.  Top of the list was getting the pattern written for this Tunisian Triangles cushion which, according to my Instagram feed, first made an appearance some 82 weeks ago …. ahem … nothing like the present moment hey 😉

TunisianTriangles_Fuschia by Poppy and BlissThe original is long gone to a new home so I dug deep into my huge WIP pile and finished off another two that I’d started in different colour-ways and had been patiently waiting for some love and attention.

TunisianTriangles2 by Poppy and Bliss

Fuelled with lots of coffee, I finally sat down and got the pattern onto paper and hopefully for you to enjoy.  I hate to get all ‘buy my stuff’ but if you’d like to buy the pattern then you can find it either in my Etsy or Ravelry stores.

TunisianTriangles_frontpage by Poppy and Bliss

This is not a difficult pattern, using only Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) but some patience and concentration may be required for the colour changes at first.  Once you get going though you will be powering along, excited to get to the next set of colours.  If you’re comfortable with the basics of Tunisian crochet then you will be able to do this easily.
Charts are included for two different colour-ways plus pictures of even more to inspire your own creation.
I hope you like it!

Until next time

Michelle x