Saturday, 28 December 2019

Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt

For several years I have been meaning to make a Christmas tree skirt for my Christmas tree and this year I finally got around to it. I looked at many patterns but none quite fitted with what I had in mind so I thought that I would try and come up with my own design and this what I came up with.

My idea began with a simple colour scheme which was based on my own Christmas tree colours, red, gold and green. And these are the 12 shades I settled with.

I used 4 shades of Stylecraft special double knit yarn in the colours camel, matador, green and bottle. The other 8 shades I used were Deramores studio double knit yarn in the colours mustard, butterscotch, gingerbread, fir, olive, cranberry, ruby and shiraz. They are all great Christmas names aren't they?

I have an artificial Christmas tree and I wanted something with a hole in the centre to cover the base of my tree. I decided on a hexagon design joined as you go so this would give me the centre hole that I was looking for. I liked the hexagon design from the flower hexagon blanket from this book which is what I used for my Christmas tree skirt.

I wanted an even distribution of all the 12 colours in my design so I began by crocheting 4 centres in all 12 colours.

Then I began crocheting the 2nd colour to each centre. The only rule I had was that it could only be red or gold if the centre was green and so on.

At this stage I wasn't exactly exactly sure how many hexagons I would need for the tree skirt so I began by crocheting 48 hexagons to start with.

The hexagons grew quickly as each additional colour was added.

After crocheting a couple of hexagons I had memorised the pattern and this was great tv crochet whilst watching a Netflix series in the evenings.

I was very good and waved in all my ends as I went, can you imagine what a task that would have been if I had left them all until the end! And then it was time for joining and I could finally see my idea taking shape.

I began joining my hexagons and left the centre open on purpose for attaching to my tree. 

I liked the effect so far and no two hexagons were the same.

After joining 3 rows I realised that I would need a 4th row to complete my tree skirt. I then crocheted 13 more hexagons to finish the 4th row and this is what my tree skirt looked like after the 4th row.

Now all my hexagons were joined but I had not finished yet. Next I crocheted a pom pom border all the way around. There are some excellent video tutorials on line for crocheting this type of border.

The pom pom border took some time to crochet but I was really pleased with the finished result.

Finally I needed to edge the centre hexagon hole and reduce the size a bit to fit my tree. 

I began by crocheting another round of granny stitches all the way around and this is what I continued to do several times decreasing each time until I was happy with the size.

And here is my finished Christmas tree skirt and how it looks on my Christmas tree. 

I am so thrilled with how it turned out from an initial idea in my head of what I wanted and I think I have definitely achieved that. I hope I may have inspired you to have to go, please tag me if you make one as I would love to see it. 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne xx

Saturday, 30 November 2019

When Creativity Strikes - Making Candles

Hello everyone I know it's been a while and it feels really good to be back.  I never planned to be absent from my little blog for quite this long and I wanted to share my candle making with you.

This week all I could think about was making some candles which is something that I have never done before. But trying something new is often quite exciting right? I've come to realise when I have bursts of creativity that it's best to just run with it. Is anyone else like that?

I had an idea in my head of making some white candles in all sorts of shapes of sizes using pretty up-cycled glassware. This week I visited a local charity/thrift shop which supports the homeless and this is some of the glassware that I purchased.

Now I was all set I just needed to buy some candle wax and candle wicks.

I also wanted to use an old saucepan to melt the wax that I would no longer need for food. I didn't have one that I didn't want anymore so I also purchased a 2nd hand saucepan at the same shop where I bought all my pretty glassware.

I already had the stainless steel jug which I no longer use which I thought would be perfect for pouring the melted wax into the glassware.

The candle wicks came with sticky dots for securing the bottom of the wicks in the glassware which I prepared first.

I then gently melted the wax over a low heat stirring occasionally.

I was impressed how quickly and evenly the wax melted. I then worked quickly to fill my glassware.

I used some drinking straws and cocktail sticks to hold the wicks in position just whilst the wax was cooling and setting.

I wasn't sure how long the candles would take to set but they didn't take very long at all. I then trimmed the wicks down to size and I could not wait to light one.

Don't they look pretty? Homemade candles in up-cycled glassware and they would make great gifts.  It would be really lovely if I have inspired some of you to have a go at making your own candles. Please tag me or comment below as I would love to see them.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne xx