May 1, 2016

Colour Inspiration // Neutral Wood Panels

These cool wood panels immediately bring to mind that Nordic look… I don’t normally go for a neutral colour palette, but there’s something about this combo of icy blues, pale mushroom pinks and the lightest grey…. and hey, I’m always a sucker for herringbone patterns!!

Colour Inspiration // Nordic Wood Panels

I found this image here at Epheriell Designs – the post is worth a look, there are NUMEROUS gorgeous images featuring pinks and blues together… but the original image can be found here, from Amanda Fiske on Flikr.

Given the neutral tones, I can’t help but think this would make a lovely neutral blanket (for baby or otherwise)…. or a base palette for a relaxing space within your home…

I hope you enjoy this colour palette. What would you use if for?


April 28, 2016

Inspiration: High Fashion Crochet Tote Bags

When you check out the latest couture runway styles each season, it is so satisfying to see that real craftsmanship still exists…. and is taken to the extreme. Even more exciting this season is that there has been  A LOT of craft used in ready-to-wear collections. So expect to see a bit of a series on some of the highlights (according to me at least!) over the next little while…

As many of you are heading into summer what better than these stunning high fashion crochet tote bags to inspire you, just in case a new bag is on your horizon…


Tory Burch High Fashion Crochet Tote Bag

If you’re after some colour this stunning tote is from Tory Burch (available here). To be frank I am calling this crochet loosely because it looks more knotted to me, but if you’re not up to the price tag you could try something similar mixing some DCs and Trebles (UK terms) for a similar effect.


Straw Studios Crochet Tote

This simple but classic design from Straw Studios is available at Nordstrom (affordable!!). I love this simple update on a raffia tote and if you were feeling inspired this this guy, you could make any simple connected shapes as your main feature – stars would be very cute and maybe a little more modern. Simply make the body of your bag in Treble (UK term) and add your centre feature panel.


Stella McCartney High Fashion Crochet Tote Bag

Okay so this is more of an oldy but a goody!! This gorgeous Stella McCartney bag is no longer available, but as far as I’m concerned it’s not out of date. I LOVE the use of heavy bevelled chain on this guy. Ultimately it’s pretty simple with Trebles and appliquéd motifs – but wow is it effective!

Are there any other high fashion crochet totes that you’ve been eyeing up out there?

If you’re looking for more summer worthy crochet styles, check this post.

April 23, 2016

DIY Beaded Friendship Bracelets

There’s nothing like a little new arm candy to brighten up your day….
How To Make Beaded Friendship Bracelets + 3 FREE patterns

After see some beaded friendship bracelets around and about I decided this was something I could do myself. The results of my experiments are above… the options are endless and its fast to do, and you get a great result for not a lot of money.

If you’re keen to give this a try yourself, the following guide will get you started. And hey! If you get to the bottom you can down 3 FREE patterns to try ; )

Crochet thread
Bead thread (or cotton, but it won’t be as strong)
Seed beads 
Beading needle (that will fit through tiny beads)
Embroidery hoop (25cm works well) or bead loom if you have one.

NB. It’s important to choose seed beads of high quality that are very even in size, which will keep your bracelet width even as well.

To get started you need to think about your design and decide the width you want your bracelet (ie, number of beads across – I went for 6 in the pink options and 8 in the zigzag designs). I mocked up some basic ideas on paper – graph paper would be great for this.

Diamond shapes and diagonal stripes are a good starting point, or try something a little more free form.

Today I’m going to used these assorted sorbet coloured faceted beads in a graded rainbow pattern.

Once you know the width, you know how many lengths of the crochet thread you’ll need. Today, I am going to make my bracelet 6 beads wide, so in this case, I need 7, as these run on the outside and between the beads. continue reading

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