Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Moving House



I've been away from blogland for a little while...

I would like to say life is cruising along very nicely at the moment. That things are chugging at a walking pace and lots of interesting things are happening. 

What is actually happening is that life is currently the 8am express to Flinders Street Station. Jam packed and hurtling down the tracks with occasional jerky stops, and while you have a million things on your mind about the destination ahead, all you want is a comfy seat and cup of coffee!

We have just about finished our house move.

My little house near-ish the beach and lake is now empty.


This morning we said goodbye to the Eternally Fruiting Lemon Tree.



And picked as many of the ripe ones that were left.



I've managed to cram an entire house full of crap into another slightly bigger house which already is full of stuff.
At least Sonofagun No.1 has settled in to his new cave...

Please excuse the mess....
The result is like one of those hoarder houses on BBC documentaries about people who crawl through tunnels of newspapers to the toaster in a space that was the laundry but is currently a makeshift kitchen because the kitchen has 37 years worth of TV guides, 15 slowcookers still in their boxes, a large undefined blob which may have been your childhood chewing gum collection or earwax, all of which hides the corpse of a long lost family pet who everyone thought ran away in the mid 1990s.

But everyday we pack more boxes and reclaim living space to make this place liveable for our blended family.


My lovely man The Bear was already living here so I was able to plant sweet peas in April which are coming along nicely.


Our fluffy black moggy Bijoux has been confined indoors until she becomes more comfortable, but spends most of her time hiding in the Sonofaguns bedroom.

My gorgeous Bear bought this place about 2 years ago. He's been using it as a home base but has mostly been at my place or on the road. So it is pretty much a blank canvas.

I'm very much looking forward to landscaping, and decorating and making it our home.


I was super excited to find this little patch of violets in the 'garden' (I use that term loosely). Bear has been instructed not to dig it up!


And my potted daphne has flower buds. A few little things that make me happy and content in our new home.


I took cuttings of a dark pinky purple ivy geranium and from the fig tree in the old backyard. And my lovely neighbor Nana Bev gave me some cuttings from her begonia.  I've popped them in jars of water to strike.


Nanas wall unit has become buried in all my nic-nacks until I can curate the collection properly and find special places for everything. I haven't got anywhere to unpack my yarn yet!


And look what we've got!  This beauty is warming our whole house this winter!


I've had hardly any time for crochet design but have been chugging along with a few WIPs.
Something that has snuck up on me is the need for reading glasses.

I didn't realise I needed them until the Bear got a pair. I tried them on for fun but was amazed that suddenly I could see properly! So off to the optometrist went I.

I had to wait a week for my prescription glasses so in the meantime I bought a cheap pair of magnifying glasses from the supermarket and crocheted a little bag for them.


Then I got my 'real' ones. What do you think?


You can tell it's winter here! Chunky scarf time...

I've been slowly working on my Shells on the half Shell blanket by Teresa Kasner. So easy to zip through the rows.


One morning on the train, I started making a little flower which I found on the Little Woollie blog. Julie is a super clever designer.


I then crocheted some leaves, stitched them onto a boring grey knit vest, embroidered a chain stitch and voila!  I'm just going to crochet a couple of little flower buds to finish it off.


As I mentioned in my last post, as well as moving, I'm planning a super exciting trip in September with my godfather Gary (aka Gazza because in Australia everyone's names are altered to end in 'ZA' or 'O'. EG John = Jonno, Barry = Bazza).

My cousin and his partner of nearly 30 years are getting married. And we are super thrilled for them!

The plane tickets are already taken care of and finally after weeks of unsuccessful searching on airbnb, we've booked accommodation for the first part of our trip. And even though we have to go to this one specific city for my cousins wedding, we are trying to plan sightseeing as well. We also decided to visit another big city thats only a short trip away. 

Many people would have a long list of big touristy places they want to see when they travel. 
For the first city my bucket list is simple:

1. See a real live squirrel. We don't have squirrels in Oz! I've always been fascinated by squirrels and chipmunks.


2. Find a copy of Desolation Boulevard on vinyl by The Sweet. This is available here, but in the place where I'm going, there's something extra special about their releases of this album. Do you know what that might be? It will give you a big hint of my destination!


I'm not really the type of tourist who wants to go to all the tourist sites and see all of the tourist things.  I kind of like to go and dwell and soak up atmosphere. 

I'm also quite lazy and am not overly excited about hiking up mountains or walking to the far side of town to party all night at the hottest discotech, snorting blow off Bob Segers' ass with Stevie Nicks. Maybe if I was 20 years younger...

We will still go and see the amazing big things because how dumb would it be to go somewhere like London and not see Buckingham Palace? Or visit Egypt and not see the pyramids?

The 2nd city has a much longer list of special buildings and monuments which we want to see! Perhaps because Gazza and I are politic-geeks. And this city has some rather impressive museum type places that push our nerdy buttons.

So that's what I've been up to. Thanks for visiting!

xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

David Bowie Aladdin Sane Crochet Lightning Bolt Necklace & Applique- Free Tutorial!



It wasn't until his death that I realized how much Bowie music was in my phone.
One of my favourite songs ever is Golden Years.

This comes from 2 things. When I was a young, hot, mini skirt wearing, platform stilettoed foxy Amazona (ahem: the late 90s), I was kind of hooking up and fooling around with a particularly good looking and kind of much younger fellow uni student friend (who shall remain nameless but who's name may or may not rhyme with Pole.  Oh dear, poor choice of rhyme...)
Anyway, he loved this song and I think we may have made out to it once or twice. And because we're still buddies who chat every few years, I still love this song.
It also was used in a movie sequence which was one of my all time favourites.
The dance scene from A Knights Tale.

Ah Heath! I still mourn, you studly, beautiful man!
But I digress.  I never thought of Bowie as one of my favourite artists, but once I took note of how much of his music was a part of my life, and my regular daily tunes, I realized he was.
At Sonofagun No.2s school, every morning for 3 minutes before the bell rings to start classes, they play music through the loud speakers. Always cool stuff. Sometimes Queen, the Monkees, the Stones, AFL football songs, the Jackson 5. It's the most wonderful thing as the kids skip and dance towards their classrooms.
David Bowie passed away on the 10th of January 2016. When school started back after summer holidays on the 31st of January, they played Bowie every single morning for 2 months.
For Christmas BFF the Blonde Bombshell Miss Emma who is a huge fan of Bowie, gave me this.

Which inspired me to make this applique which can be sewn onto t-shirts or bags etc.

 
 
Although perhaps not to do this...


The exact same pattern can be used to make the funky little necklace at the top of the page.
 
The infamous lightning bolt slashed across the face of Aladdin Sane on the cover of that album from 1973.
Whilst Aladdin Sane was a new character, he was described by Bowie as, "Ziggy goes to America..."
Would you like to make one too?
Let's go!

Aladdin Sane Lightning Bolt

What you’ll need:

In your choice of yarn, choose a bright red and bright blue yarn.  You can use acrylic, cotton or whatever you like. You will need to adjust your hook size according to the ply.

For the applique project I have used an 8 ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5mm hook.

For a 4 ply cotton, I might suggest a 2mm hook.

If you are making a small badge or the necklace and using 2ply cottons (also known as No.5 by some brands) then possibly a 1.5mm hook.
 

Scissors
Needle for sewing in ends.

Necklace findings if you are making the necklace or badge backing if you're making a badge!

Let’s get started!
US crochet terms are used...

The Ch1 stitch at the end of each row (or the beginning of the next) is not counted as a stitch.

Starting with your red yarn: Chain 2

R 1:         Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Ch 1, turn. [1sc]

R 2:         Sc in the sc of the previous row. Ch 1, turn. [1sc]

R 3:         2sc in the sc of the previous row. Ch 1, turn. [2sc]

R 4:         2sc in 1st st, sc in the next st. Ch 1, turn. [3sc]
R 5:         Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [3sc]

R 6:         2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 2 st. Ch 1, turn. [4sc]

R 7:         Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [4sc]

R 8:         2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 3 st. Ch 1, turn. [5sc]
At the end of Row 8.

R 9:         Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [5sc]

R 10:         2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 4 st. Ch 1, turn. [6sc]

R 11:      Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [6sc]

R 12:      2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 5 st. Ch 1, turn. [7sc]

R 13:      Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. [7sc]

There’s a little change here Lovelies!!

R 14:      2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 6 st. Ch 5. [8sc, 5ch]
At the end of Row 14

R 15:      Starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each of the next 4 ch.

               Then sc in each of the next 3 st. Ch 1, turn.
At the end of Row 15. We are only crocheting 3 stitches into the 1st part of the lightning bolt, then turning to make the top jagged bit.

R16:       2sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 5 st. Sl st in the last st. Ch 1, turn. [7sc, 1slst]

R17:       Skip that last sl st of the previous row. Sc in each of the next 7sc to the end. Ch 1, turn. [7sc]
Almost there....

Repeat Rows 16 & 17 x 5 (therefore 10 more rows) finishing with Row 17.

Finish off and sew in ends.

Turn your work as per the image below.
Turn the work on it's side and work single crochet stitches down the LEFT SIDE of the lightning bolt.
 
Join your blue yarn to the right top corner of the piece, Ch 1, then starting in the same space as the Ch 1, evenly single crochet in the end of each row (of the red yarn) ending with 2sc in the last stitch.

This should give 14 stitches total. You may use more or less stitches, but you want to have a straight, even line of stitches with the last two creating an almost sharp point.
This may be only 10 sc when crocheting the small lightning bolt in 2ply cottons.

Finish off. Sew in the ends and now attach your blue yarn on the same side, but in the corner of the lightning bolt. See photo below.

Ch 1, and starting in the same space, evenly single crochet in the end of each row (of the red yarn).

This should give 17 stitches in total. As mentioned above, you may use more or less stitches, but you want to have a straight, even line of stitches.
This may be just 12-13 single crochet when crocheting the lightning bolt in 2ply cottons.

Finish off and sewn in the ends.

Below you can see on the left a lightning bolt I made using 2 ply crochet cottons and a 1.5mm hook.
On the right is the finished piece from the tutorial photos above using 8 ply acrylics and a 3.5mm hook.
I blocked my pieces and sprayed them with some starch to hold their shape.

You can sew this directly onto a tshirt as an applique, stick it on your face ala Aladdin Sane (if you do, ping me on Facie or Instabrag!)

You can glue a felt backing on and attach a badge pin. The possibilities are endless!

If you make one, take a photo and tag me on Instabrag or post to my Facie page!