Posts Tagged ‘craft’

The complete lack of recent posts about embroidery might give you the impression that I don’t do it any more.  I promise that’s not the case at all!  I’m still beavering away at my knitting needle roll/bag/thing, which has planned embroidery elements, still reading upon blackwork and redwork and different stitch techniques, I’ve just had nothing worth showing off in a while!

But I do still love embroidery, which is why I thought I should remind everyone that May is the month that Urban Threads celebrates it’s birthday – and they just announced a site-wide sale on all embroidery designs!

Personally, I’m a big fan of their design packs.  The packs are 25% off, while individual designs are 50% off, but the packs are already cheaper per-design, so now is a great time to pick up your favourites!  It’s an especially good opportunity if you’re a hand-embroiderer like me – their hand-embroidery versions of the designs are only $0.50 each, which works out something like 30p per design.

I’ve picked up the Blackthorn and Elven Court design packs.  I’ve already got most of their others – the Nordic Majesty and Clockwork Magic packs were early favourites of mine – and I’d had my eye on these two since they came out.  I also picked out their standalone design, the Hops and Grain crest.  I’m a big lover of earthy designs incorporating plants, so this and the buckthorn designs were no-brainers for me.  But actually, Urban Threads are pretty good all-round if you’re Pagan, and they’ve got designs featuring symbology from Norse Paganism, Wicca, Celtic Paganism, Druidry, Eastern religions and all sorts.  Not only that, but they’re Yuletide Revelry pack features Christmas designs that manage to display a little Christian theology while still looking appropriate for both Pagan and Secular homes!

Oddly, the design categories only seem to have a tiny sampling of designs that quality – “Pagan” as a category only has two pages of designs, and yet not only does it not include the Ankh designs, Hugin and Munin or the Vegvisir, it also only contains one or two items from entire design packs dedicated to Pagan spirituality.  So your best bet really is to just search every category and save every new, useful pattern to your favourites – you never know where it’ll disappear to later on.

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Anyway, enough blathering on.  There’s a sale on!  Go!  Go!

Things are kind of in turmoil, right now.  Amongst other things, I seem to be having some rather serious difficulty accessing my Ravelry account.  I don’t know why.  In the meantime, here is this week’s Freebie Friday post, with patterns accessed thanks to a relative’s account.  Apologies if the post is a bit short on words, Stuff is Happening.  Sufficient to say I’ll be sorting out the problems with my Ravelry account when Stuff calms down enough that I have the time and energy to do so.

Freebie Friday rules are a little different to Ravelry Monday rules, and are as follows:

  • The pattern needs to be free.
  • The pattern does not HAVE to be a Ravelry download, but must be listed on Ravelry.
  • The pattern must have a photo clearly showing the item.
  • The pattern still needs to produce a professional looking item and have the necessary information for potential makers.
  • Clothing for adults must still be available in plus sizes.
  • An item showcased on Freebie Friday may still be showcased on Ravelry Monday, if it fits the brief for that day.

So, without further faffing, here are my favourite free designs of the week!

 

Lace Shawl with Diamond Pattern

A very pretty, delicate lace-wight shawl with an attractive leafy border.  Available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Tschuss Frau Holle

A simple but pretty aran-weight toque, with an attractive striped and spotted pattern.  Available as a free Ravelry download.

 

Construction Site Cowl

A unusual worsted-weight cowl with a fun pattern, ideal for working up in bright, contrasting colours.  Available as a free Ravelry download.

My fabrics arrived today!  In the end, I went with the pretty purple/cream blend, picked up a couple more fat quarters to compliment them, and am currently sitting here gently stroking the aubergine microdot cotton against my cheek, so very much in love with it.  I got lucky, managing to pick up the last fat quarter pack in that colourway.  The microdots were almost lost to me forever!

Oh, sweet love.

I’ve not yet started cutting onto my precious fabric, but I have got some photos of my planning and practice to tease you with.  Because I am a terrible, terrible tease.

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Ravelry designer Tori Gurbisz recently released a gorgeous new cardigan pattern, the Thyone.

Like all of her clothing patterns, Thyone is available in straight and plus sizes.  Tori is one of my favourite designers – her shawls and sweaters combine classic shapes and simple, elegant designs with fun knitting elements and flattering lines.  And to celebrate the release of Thyone, Tori has released a voucher code giving 25% off her designs and ebooks!

Until 4th May, enter code MM2013 at checkout to get the discount off any of these!

This is Ravelry Mondays, a weekly event where I pick three-five patterns seen on Ravelry that week, and share them on this blog.  Some weeks will be themed, and there are some rules.

In order for a pattern to qualify it must:

  • Be on Ravelry
  • Be available for download either on Ravelry or from another website – no patterns only available in print or magazines, but it doesn’t have to be free
  • Have at least one photo clearly showing the item as a whole
  • Have at least one photo where the item is not being manipulated, so we can see accurately how it hangs and fits
  • Must have the necessary minimum information on the ravelry page – sizing info where applicable, yardage, yarn weight, etc
  • Clothing items will only qualify if they are available in plus sizes
  • Only one pattern per designer per week

This week on Ravelry Mondays, we’re celebrating shawls.  The weather in the UK still hasn’t caught up with Spring, and while the last couple of days have been a little more bearable we’re still far from being able to walk about without an extra layer.  Shawls are a great, versatile cover-up.  They can be wrapped around the shoulders or tied at the neck like a scarf.  Worn low or high on the body, worn around the waist as an impromptu beach wrap, and large ones can be wrapped around the body like an infinity cardigan.

Shawls can be made from thick aran yarn or delicate laceweight, can be made to protect against cold winds or keep out the worst of the sun’s rays on a hot day.  They’re great, and these are four of my favourites, seen on Ravelry this week.

 

The House of the Rising Sun by Melissa Lemmons

This is a very attractive shawl.  Although you could knit it in any colours, the bright, sunny greens used in the shawl shown here are a really attractive departure from the dull, long Winter we’ve been having.  I particularly like the way the shawl hangs neatly over the shoulders when worn loose, making it a very nice cover-up to wear when you don’t necessarily want to pin it across the chest.  The lace pattern has a lot of fun variety to it, and looks like it would be easy to knit to a larger size if you wanted something a little longer or wider.  The errata and notes on the pattern page are reassuring, as it shows the designer has taken a lot of care to check and recheck for errors, listened to advice from test knitters.  There are also lots of pictures on the pattern page showing it from different angles, worn different ways and in close-up.

This shawl is knit in a fingering weight, making it a little warmer and more covering than a lace shawl, while still being light enough to wear without having a lot of extra bulk over the shoulders.  A very attractive design, available for download on Ravelry for under a fiver, in UK money.

 

Primula Denticulata by Linda Choo

I had some difficulty choosing which of Linda Choo’s patterns to display here. today.  She’s released a Ravelry ebook of five patterns, although you can also buy them individually, and if I can be honest I loved every single one.  I think I particularly love her Forest Pansy for the three different lace patterns used, and the Siberian Isis for the attractive and unusual finish at the edging, but the Primula Denticulata won out the day for the lovely use of beading in the lace border.

This is a laceweight or light fingering shawl, making it very delicate and light to wear, so the addition of beading adds weight to the edge that helps it hang very nicely.  I particularly like the continuous, simple lace pattern in the main body of the shawl, that reminds me a little of simple broderie anglais, and which would make it easy to pin this shawl without worrying about damaging the fabric.  It’s available for download on Ravelry for about £3.50, or under £10 for the ebook.

 

Shawl Matabor by Lina Utena

I have a weakness for shawls that use more than one colour, especially ones with stripes, and this particular shawl really caught my eye.  The solid, worsted weight body provides ample coverage and protection from the elements, while the lace edge keeps it looking light and feminine.  I especially love that there’s more than one way to finish the edge provided with the pattern, as indicated by the pictures.  Choosing between a shaped raggedy-edge style or the simple, straight finish shown above.  What really impressed me however, is that information is given to aid knitters who might want to knit it in an entirely different weight yarn – yardage, gauge, needle size and finished size are given for fingering, DK and worsted weight versions, so a knitter could produce an entire wardrobe of different shawls from this one pattern.

Available in a variety of versions but shown above in worsted weight. this very versatile pattern is available for download on Ravelry for under a fiver, in UK money.

 

Adonis Wrap by Kate Jackson

This crescent-shaped shawl/wrap is particularly attractive, and makes use of a lovely, minimal lace design made more feminine by the use of a ruffled edge.  Once again, we’re provided with plenty of information to help us decide whether the pattern is right for us, and we’re shown two test knits in the photos in different colours, for a bit of variety.  This worsted-weight shawl would make a lovely cover-up on cold days and has a rather more practical feel to it than more lacy shawls.  It’d be an immensely practical accessory to wear when working in the garden or walking the dog, and can be wrapped without needing to be pinned, thanks to the long shape.

Sadly, this shawl almost didn’t make it into the list this week, as it cannot be purchased individually.  However, at a mere £6 for a Ravelry downloadable ebook of five patterns, I decided this one was cheap enough to be allowed through.  Although I am disappointed that the one sweater in the ebook is only available up to a 48″ chest, making it less good value for those of us that wear plus sizes.  Keep that in mind when deciding whether you like this pattern or not, but if you decide to go for it, it’s available for download on Ravelry here.

 

So that’s it for this week.  Let me know if you think any other patterns deserved to be in the list!  And feel free to give your suggestions for next week’s theme in the comments below!