Monday, 11 November 2013

Crochet Fun!

I haven't been blogging much of late but I have been so busy making all sorts of goodies, in both crochet and sewing, so I've decided to show them here and make an attempt to catch up a little with my crafty life.
 I have veered away from paper crafting completely and have returned to my crafting roots in textiles and I think this was inspired earlier in the year when I started quilt making for the children going through treatment for cancer. 
It has been such a success with so many children receiving a comfort quilt thanks to the generosity of the lovely generous hearted people who have joined in and made them for LillyBo Quilts blog.
Recently, I have been making these friendship bracelets that my DD1 spotted on the lovely colourful, inspirational, Hakenenmeer blog. They have a super tutorial, on their left side bar, if anyone is interested in having a go and they have recently published a super new book. 
My little grandees and their friends have been thrilled with them so I decided to make some for the cancer care group for the children and also for my grandee's school fete.
Not quite finished but these are my own idea with crochet  flowers on plain bands. 
I've also added the flowers to elastic headbands
and snap hair slides
More bracelets packaged up ready to go.
The headbands below have bows made from Liberty Tana Lawn fabric, and they are so popular with both adults and children.
These flowers can be used as handbag bling or keyfobs.
This larger flower has a pocket to hold keys
if the leaf is pulled the key goes neatly into the pocket.
The best thing is that I can take my crochet with me everywhere and most items have been made, in otherwise waste time, whilst travelling (airlines have never refused my taking a couple of hooks on the plane!), whilst sitting in the car, in waiting rooms etc. I find it's very relaxing to do, time passes happily and I have something worthwhile to show for it. 
Next I'll be showing some of my recent fabric makes so keep popping in! 


Ann B said...

Hi Jo, long time no see. Love the flowers and how clever is the key one. Not had inky fingers for ages now but I have done a bit of sewing. My StepD gave me a pile of material when she moved house last month including two half-made children's quilts so I'm in the middle of finishing them off for you and CHICKS. Have to try to find some matching fabric for the bags. Will let you know when I've finished them
Ann B

Annie said...

Wow Jo those are really fab. I will have to check out the links. Thanks for ringing's always so lovely to talk to you.
Annie x

Helen said...

No wonder you haven't had time to blog! You've been so busy - these are all fabulous makes!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow, Jo! You have been incredibly busy so no wonder you haven't had time to blog. All your crochet projects are fabulous and I love the bows too. Nice to catch up with what you are doing and thanks for sharing. Elizabeth xx

mamapez5 said...

These are lovely Jo, and you have done so many of them. I always have some knitting and crochet on the go as well as my papercraft, because I can do when/if I sit down in the evenings.I am sure your bracelets etc will sell really well at the grandchildren's fete. And the others will be going to a good home too.
welcome back. Kate x

Redanne said...

Wow Jo, you have been very busy and so productive. Love the bracelets and that key holder is just amazing. Thanks so much for the link. Hugs, Anne x

Twiglet said...

Oh Jo - just my sort of crafty activities!!! Lovely. x Jo

fairy thoughts said...

hi Jo looks like you have been having fun with your crochet, the purple one is gorgeous. must agree about the portability of the crochet and glad the airlines are sensible about allowing you take the hook on board. I am trying to get back to some paper crafting but the fabric just keep calling me too, there is something about it isn't there. if only there were more days in the week!

gardenpinks said...

Love the items you have made Jo, yes I can imagine the children loving those bracelets. I love the flowers on the bands too.
Lynn x

voodoo vixen said...

I am in awe at how much stuff you can actually get done! The bracelets are lovely and the flowers are fabulous, especially love the key idea!

tilly said...

wow, what a lot of crafty items you have been doing lol......I love the material the bows are made from, no wonder they go like hot cakes lolthe friendship bracelets are such fun