Mandala Madness Part 5

There was no description on part 5 as to what this portion of the mandala signifies, but it sure is beautiful!  You can find the instructions here.

I didn’t need any tweaking on this part for thread, but do remember to keep your sc’s slightly looser, for easier access on those back loops and back posts.

I did decide to add a circle of russets slip stitches around the yellow circles, to define them better, and make them stand out.  One is complete in the picture.

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Spring Pineapple Floral Lace Doily

Yes, I’m doing another CAL (Crochet Along), in thread.  A CAL is a group of people who are all working on the same crochet project over a period of time. Often the patterns are a mystery, with only a portion revealed over the course of the CAL.  This can be a problem if you invest 4 or 5 weeks and a goodly amount of material into something  and then find you don’t like the result – and oh yea, it has happened to me.  That is why I generally wait until the CAL is over to begin, or at least far enough along to get an idea of the pattern.  With the internet comes a means for hookers across the world to participate in these CALs, sharing their knowledge and helping each other over the trickier bits.

For this one, 5 designers got together and created 15 patterns to be crocheted over the course of 2016.  April’s is the first one I’ve chosen to participate in, and I’m loving it.

You can find links to the patterns here.

The April project that I am doing now is called Spring Pineapple Floral Lace Doily, designed by Cylinda Mathews (she is excellent!).  The link to download it is on her website, Crochet Memories.

If you read the pattern, the first part is pretty darn easy.  (I misread and portion and frogged twice!)  Here is a picture of my completed part 1.  Cylinda gives you the option of stopping at row 8 for a coaster, though I think I would have chosen row 7) or at row 9 for a jar topper.

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Mandala Madness Part 4

About this part, Helen says:  “This week we change shape again, this time into an octagon. The octagon symbolises balance between the material, and the spiritual, between heart and mind. It is also thought to represent a vehicle for the advent of good health and good fortune.”

You can find the instructions here:

And my version – no tweaking this time, but a bit difficult for me to do in thread, as the sc’s are so very small.

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Mirror and Candy Jar

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I decided it’s time to actually start creating some shabby chic items instead of just drooling over Pinterest.

For the mirror, I just created an edging I thought would look good (if you don’t want to design your own, you can find a million patterns on pinterest).  I ran a ribbon through the edging and added beads (you can sew them on afterwards or crochet them right in).  Used a glue gun to attached the whole thing and voila!  A plain dollar store mirror is now a romantic addition to my desk/vanity.

On the candy jar, I made salt dough flowers and leaves and covered them in nail polish, but I think next time I will use polymer clay or even liquid sculpy (salt dough won’t stand up to water, so it can’t be immersed to wash).  I glued on some beads, and a flower on top.  Added a crochet butterfly (quite similar to this one on Marie’s Making on the Wayback Machine.

You are only limited by your imagination!