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.
One more element to the Cats through Time Sal, this time this gentelman is the last one. After I wash and iron the embroidery, I’ll show you the whole thing, but in the meantime, just this one fragment even without a frame.
There are some more parts of the lakesideneedlecraft Sal by Durene Jones design : 9th and 10th. Now I am working on 11th part and I hope to complete it next week.
A new big lace collar with adjustable crochet ribbon is available at our shop. It was crocheted of white 100% mercerized cotton. This Peter Pan Victorian style lace collar is with approximately 50 cm (19,6 inches) neckline, the width of the collar is 10 cm (4 inches). Some pictures of it.
A few weeks ago Kate Worthington announced that together with dizainer Lucie Heaton organize free Sal, which they called Furry Tales – Medieval Fun. Every Friday the members of the group received a pattern and after 7 weeks I can show you the finished stitching. It was a pleasure to stitch these wonderful creatures in the Medieval style. Very funny and cheerful, no matter who they are – a King, a Quenn, a Princess, a Knight, a Wizard or a Jester – they evoke a smile on everyone’s face. Here are some pictures of the process. DMC threads, Iridescent Evenweave 32 count.
On 11 October 2018, a meeting of the Jury of the VII edition of the Inspired by Colour competition organised by P.H. “SK”, a representative of the DMC brand in Poland and the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź took place. 216 works by 130 authors from all over Poland were admitted to the competition. An award was granted in the Debut category. In the Personal Inspirations category, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place was awarded. Additionally, the CMW awarded two distinctions. The works were also awarded by regional representatives of the DMC brand, Wena Desing publishing house, haberdashery stores Jola from the Tricity, Internet shop, online coricamo shop, online bow shop and haberdashery shop A Guzik from Warsaw. Congratulations to all the awarded persons. The exhibition of all competition entries can be seen in the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź until 11.11.2018.
This post is not accidental, because one of my works – Irys – received two awards. I am very grateful to the organizers of this competition, who gave me the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful works, which you can see by following the link below. In addition, I would like to thank the talented painter Oksana Gatalskaja , the author of this beautiful Irys, according to which the designer Anna Kuznietsova made the pattern. Thank you!
Inspired by Colours
Happy me 🙂
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.