Flower Fiesta

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This is my flower fiesta art piece… a colourful creative explosion of all things flowery… and that now occupies prime wall space in the Robins nest.  It’s exclusive purpose is to cheer and gladden, created specifically to subconsciously brighten the spirit.  Made from yarn, felt,  buttons and a few beads here and there.

 

sweet mandalas

Sweet mandala’s

felt flowers

Felt flowers

cotton flowers

Cotton flowers

(The links under each of these photo’s contains relevant pattern details).

So, my part was done.  What I needed now was for Mr. R to work his magic, making a frame…

it's fabulous having a handy husband!
it’s fabulous having a handy husband!

Whilst he hammered and stapled, I tied off all of those loose ends…

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and once the frame was finished, I began to plan out this fiesta of flowers, in all of their splendid colours

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I used skewers as temporary stems and then using a hot glue gun, secured each flower into position.

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and began to hand embroider the stems.

 

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I then set about hooking some little leaves; which I am rather thrilled with.   I hooked these without a pattern, whilst the boy robins watched a film and I sat snuggled watching the rain.

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Rainy days are always the best hooking days!  

Anyway…I digress.  I did scribble my little leaf pattern down and you can find it just here.  Several rainy afternoons later, when I had made many,

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I began the final stage of fixing them into position, with (yes you’ve guessed it) my trusty hot glue gun.

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Finally, I set about finishing this piece; creating a signature and dating tag.

 

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I simply LOVE this Flower Fiesta

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xxxxx

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marigold flower

small marigold flower
small marigold flower

Here is a little marigold flower that I rustled up this morning, based on hyperbolic crochet…a freeform technique that I just think is so fun to hook.

I used:

 stylecraft special dk Yarn – Gold

4mm hook

darning needle

Stitches used:

Ch – chain

 St – stitch  

dc– double crochet  

(insert hook into stitch in previous row (top two loops), yarn around the hook (YRH) and pull through (you should now have 2 loops on your hook), YRH and pull through both loops…dc complete).

 htr – half treble crochet  

(YRH, insert hook into st in previous row (top two loops), YRH and pull through (you should now have 3 loops on your hook),YRH and pull through all 3 loops…htr complete).

tr – treble crochet    

(YRH, insert hook into st in previous row (top two loops), YRH and pull through (you should now have 3 loops on your hook), YRH and pull through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook), YRH, and pull through the final 2 loops…tr complete.

dtr – double treble crochet

(YRH twice, insert hook into st in previous row (top two loops), YRH and pull through (you should now have 4 loops on your hook), YRH and pull through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook), YRH and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), YRH and pull through remaining 2 loops… dtr complete).

 

Instructions

  • All instructions use UK terminology

  • leave a long tail at beginning and end

  • Ch 5

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    row 1.  dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch along, (4dc), turn

    row 2.  ch1 (counts as dc), dc in same sp, 2dc in each st to end of row (8dc), turn

    row 3.  ch1 (counts as dc), dc in same sp, 2dc in each st to end of row (16dc), turn

  • your work will begin to curl...this is perfect.
    your work will begin to curl…this is perfect.

    row 4 -6 repeat row 3 (x3 times), each row will have           double the amount of stitches of the previous row (32dc, 64dc, 128dc)

  • your flower may look a bit like a sea slug!!
    your flower may look a bit like a sea slug!!
  • row 7.  ch1 (counts as dc), dc in same sp.  Make x2 sts in each st – randomly choosing between dc, htr,tr and dtr – put them in random pairs ie/ a dc with a dc or a tr with a tr…..free form a bit!

  • hyperbolic crochet
    hyperbolic crochet
  •  fasten off and manipulate in to a flower before using the tails to secure petal position by sewing with a darning needle at base of  flower.

secure petals at base by sewing through the layers at base of flower.
secure petals at base by sewing through the layers at base of flower.
x1 wee marigold
x1 wee marigold

I’m off now to make a bunch.

xxx

 

Scrumbles

 a selection of scrumbles
a selection of scrumbles

These are my first attempts at scrumbles…the term given to little pieces of crochet that are hooked without pattern or chart and from the mind only.  Sounds easy right?  Well yes and no!

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Easy yes, just put together a series of stitches in any order you like, in any yarn what so ever.  And no, without guidelines it felt a little strange at first…was I hooking a mistake…

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from what I have read there is no right or wrong way to hook up a scrumble.

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So what do you do with these scrumbles?  Well that’s easy too… freeform.  

Freeform crochet has fascinated me for many, many months now.  It has also scared me a little too if I’m honest.  But, it is so beautiful that I just had to have a go.  

So these are my scrumbles…I’ve jumped in and I’m glad that I have.  These scrumbles are destined for my new pattern that I will be sharing with you very soon.

xxxxx