We got up this morning and it turned out to be autumn. Outside the window, there was a cloudy sky, rain and a temperature of 17С. I’m not complaining about this weather, because I can’t stand the heat, which has been attacking us lately, but still autumn always comes so unexpectedly … 🎋🍃🍂🍁However, there is another moment – you have to start preparing for Christmas, so today in our shop appear snowflakes. Crocheted of 100% cotton they are beautiful decorations for a Christmas tree. Snowflakes are stiffened and can decorate a fireplace or be an addition to gifts also. In general, how to use them is a matter of your imagination. For me, knitting snowflakes always means the end of summer and the approaching winter.❄️☃️❄️
This is what packing orders looks like – as a gift at any time. I try to be as environmentally friendly as possible: use recycled paper boxes, shredded used paper to fill the empty space in them and the tying thread from which the order is made. I always put a small gift to every order, this time they are 2 additional daisies, a larger and a smaller one. I hope a customer in Omaha will be happy with the order 🙂
We have some different bookmarks at the shop, as crocheted, as well cross stitched. One of the most popular is crocheted tabby ginger cat bookmark. People often ask me how I make them, so I decided to show some pictures of a process.
The thread I use crocheting this cat is cotton Ariadna Kaja 15 colour 337 made in Poland. I use Amour Clover hook No.4 1.25 mm. I have to say, that I use Amour Clover hooks for all my projects, because they are easy to use hooks, designed to prevent thread from slipping, and making picking up and pulling through of stitches easier. What is more, they are made of non-slip material and their three dimensional curves on the grip fit the fingertips naturally, what prevents you from gripping the needle unnecessarily tightly, stopping your hand from getting tired easily.
After I’ve crocheted the main details, I’m working with the head and this is the most difficult part, because I use various techniques: eyes are cut out of white felt and sew to the head with green embroidery floss DMC, a nose, mouth and whiskers are embroidered with Kaja black thread.
The problem with the head is that every cat has a different facial expression: one smiles, another is sly, and sometimes the cat is not in a mood at all and needs to be sewn up again. That’s the one that went right away and he’s cute.
Next step is to sew this smiling head to the body, embroider claws, the part of the body and sew the tail. So the ginger cat is ready and can go to his new owner.
This cat is approximately 25 cm (9.8 in) long and has a name : he’s called Jerome. He enjoys camping outside in a tent and devouring smores. His favourite book is The Game of Thrones series. As I say, all our cats are peculiar, they like various activities and books, so they all have their own personalities.
The collar is not completely new, there is already similar cream in the shop. This time I got an order from New York for a white collar and I decided to improve the design a bit. I have to say that the effect have beyond all my wildest dreams, “banch of grapes” (that’s what I called the part of a pattern) is more prominent and looks beautiful. You can see for yourself. I’m not often fully satisfied with my works (perfection is my enemy), but this time I am.