Monday, September 1

Re posting this pattern I keep getting asked for it

Monday, 6 June 2011


As l couldn't work on the new craft room frustration...l decided to make a new bath mat using the same 8 petal flower
mix 6 strands of DK...l used: aqua x2, grey,ivory x2 and beige Acrylic

3 strands of Chunky yarn or 6 strands of DK
12mm hook
Row 1: magic circle with 8 DC (3chain as first DC)(8sts)
Row 2: 2dc in each stich with a chain st between each (16sts)
Row 3: 2dc 3 chain and 2dc in each space
Row 4: 7dc in the loop made by the 3 chain of previous row and sl st in the middle of the 4dc of previous row
use the join as you go method of joining each of the flowers together using 2 petals for each join
the large hole is made up of the 8 petal sides..3 sts each making a total of 24 sts

Row 1: Magic circle with 12 dc (2chain as first dc)
Row 2: 2 dc in each stitch using the join as you go method of sl stitching into the 24 stitches of the petal sides then sl st into the first st to finish off
repeat in the second hole
l always work the ends into the work as l go so there is only a few ends to sew off

If you don't want to do the fill-ins then do a staggered join as you go 
matching like this and using a similar method matching the stitches and sl stitching as you go
Hoping to get the craft room yarn today or order it if l can't 
They really feel lovely under your feet
Teresa...yep l really am going to put it on the floor and walk all over it lol

Still thinking about the backing but something none slip as they slide all over the place on laminate floors


Have a wonderful week everyone and thanks again for the lovely comments on the rug making
hugs to all xx


  1. I just love the blue-grey-white-beige yarn! What is it? And what's the pattern for these Japanese flowers? They're just devine!

  2. Esther...? on the post lol
    hugs x

  3. Love the new bath mat Suz. Several said they thought our triffid was a Verbascum and I have checked out pics and think they are right....I will prob still think of it affectionatly as a triffid :-)
  4. hehe l agree a Triffid it is 
    Hugs x

  5. I hope that your bathmat won't cause you to lose interest in the rug. They look great, I really like the blue, it makes it seem cheerful. But I really, really love that crochet chair. Where did you come across that?
  6. Looks great Suz but don't know how you will make it non slip. 
    Make sure you tell us when you do, as I'm sure you will sort it. 
    I really admire your skill 

  7. lovely bath mat; it looks cozy on the toes! that chair is amazing!!!! are you going to make one?
  8. great idea! why not use fabric paint that has a shape to it (sorry I'm french and don't know the right word...) to make non slip.
  9. Love it, and especially that it's chunky and quick! Would love it if you'd drop by my crafty international linky party and share some of your great projects!

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Saturday, August 30

Update on a HOMESPUN READERS version of my design

Hi Homespun,
On receiving my August copy of Homespun, as soon as I saw Sue Pinner’s "All That Brightly Blooms" crochet blanket, I just had to drop everything and make it. I changed the colours to suit me and I am thrilled with the result. I always finish my crochet blankets with crab stitch, I find it looks tidier, (on my work anyway).
I am an "O.C.C" ( Obsessive Compulsive Crafter!!) and my wool stash is as bad as my material stash ... It was certainly a way of using up some odd balls of yarn that I had. I have started on another crochet blanket, so Sue keep those patterns coming.
Regards Margaret McDonald.
A mail from Homespun arrive in the week, with a picture and a letter (above) from a delighted reader, who had made the throw from the August magazine....isn't it wonderful?
Well done Margaret McDonald
 Sorry the pictures won't size up
 Below is the original before I added the flowers, a black background version
Book 2 update
I'm about to post the next 5 designs for Book 2, that's 3/4 of the designs finished.
Going really well so far, almost finished, and really pleased with everything so far.
Sylecraft Life


Wednesday, August 13

Absent blogger!!!

Sorry I've not been around much for a few weeks, i'm still working my little socks off lol.
I've just sent the second set of design for the new book and its a lot easier this time round.
I know what I am doing this time, well so far anyway.
On target at least, commissioned designs are also keeping me really busy and I have just been sent the latest copy of includes a design i did for them and a small article about me too.
All the Stylecraft pattern I did last year are selling well, so I am told, I have done quite a few more since then, so crossing fingers they are as successful.
My favourite is the teacosy and the flower topped pots and mats.
The Sylecraft patterns are available from lots of places so hope you will buy one or two of the designs and give them a go.
This set of patterns use mostly
I have already seen a few around in blog land.
Latest Yarns i am using for the book are
...a super soft and gorgeous Almerino, in the most scrummy of colours, hoping to do 2 projects in the new book using the Almerino.
Stylecraft, Cassique cotton, Senses and the Alpaca should all be in the new book too.
All super gorgeous yarns.

Friday, May 30

Granny Squares 2......colour and shape

Thank you for all the congratulations on the new book, it is well on it's way, after 4 months of planning, deciding and playing with ideas from the last twelve months,
plus quite a few new designs.
 In total I submitted about 80 designs and 2 different options of book for GMC to look at back in early February.
 They went for the 20 projects again, with may be the second option as book 3!!! wow i am going to be busy.

Not that the cover will be my decision but a fun project to play with.
I promise there will be lots and lots of colour and new shapes, 
I'm also hoping to include a few felted designs....I promised Vogue Crochet and Knitting I would try to include a couple of ideas.

The Title is still to be decided but the 20 projects are almost in the bag, they liked the 80 I sent and I was asked to pick my favourite 20 designs.
So now I am just waiting on the final go ahead from the GMC Team.
The Contract is signed and the work begins.......

Thursday, May 8

Mandala Madness....

It seems Mandalas are back in favour again...
The Fairisle Mandala I did in 2012 is still being used so I thought an update on other Mandalas I have done since 2012 would make a interesting post.

True Meaning of Mandala far more than just a circle!

 Always lots of new stitch combinations to use in the round....

I have a photo album of Mandalas on PINTEREST with some lovley designs some with patterns.
MANDALA CUSHION BACK HERE part 2 in fact a link to all the parts is on this post

 pictures below of the simple cushion back

 A secodn colourway

finished cushion back

 Fairisle Cushion Front below
Happy hooking x

Wednesday, May 7

American Vogue Knitting and Crochet!

 A couple of months back Kristina Sigler asked to do a small piece about me and my crochet felting I had come to her atention because of the first book and its success.
I can't tell you how excited  was when she wanted to do the piece for
Vogue Knitting and Crochet magazine....VOGUE, WOW WOW WOW!!!

It's a fabulous magazine with beautiful and innovative designs.
I was so thrilled to be asked....
Today the magazine arrived with the piece about me in it.....
I can't thank you enought Kristina for the lovley piece you have writen about me and
my crochet felting.
I'm even more than thrilled to read what you have writtten....thank you.
Me in Vogue how wonderful is that...such a dream come true.
These are a few of the pictures she had to pick from when she wrote the article

Monday, April 28


And I added 3 flowers as an option...I couldn't believe i needed to buy another ball of Rowan wool to finish the red cowl.
So i had a good look in all the bags of wool...and there it was a full Ball most of which is still left, but i finished the top row of edging and edged the bottom too
Finished for one of the challenges on Challenge 52 on Ravelry...
I'm really pleased with it and just as pleased I didn't need to buy another ball of
Rowan Aran to finish it off.

and I also finished a second cowl with the Challenge 52...
Well it's finished too...

The challenge was to finish an old project or unpick it...I unpicked one project and finished this cowl with some of the James C Brett Marble, using a small amount of a lime and aqua marble that blended into the lime i then added smaller pennies to the lime end of the cowl
i used a 5mm hook but the lime is a DK so it looser and slightly more open than the aqua which is a chunky.
I also have started two more projects with the unpicked project....
 Thanks to the Week 8 Challenge 52
Happy Hooking