Mosaic mania …

04/01/2013 § 5 Comments

I’ve been playing around …

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Favourite crochet pictures (some of them)!

and joining in the fun that everyone’s having with mosaics!  I’ve had a few attempts at these, from creating my own in a photo editing program, to creating albums and compiling collage photos – all rather time-consuming and frustrating.

Then I read Sarah’s recommendation at Down by the Sea and had a bash at Mosaic Maker.  Thank you, Sarah – you’re right, it’s brilliant!  So, here goes – there’s no stopping me now! Here are some of my favourite photos from last year …

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Wildflower Meadow Quilt

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Selection of Summer 2012 quilts

Photos from some of my 2012 fairs in Winchester & Alton

Photos from some of my 2012 fairs in Winchester & Alton

Phew!  I’m all mosaic’ed out for a bit.

Look what’s just arrived in today’s post …

Most beautiful woodland scene brooch

Most beautiful woodland scene brooch

It’s a tiny brooch, much smaller than in the photo and very cheaply produced from a celluloid material, probably in the 50’s?  Have you ever seen one like it?  If you know about these then do, please, let me know as I’m no expert – but I do know what I like and I LOVE this!  I guess it’s based on the idea of an ivory carving and to its credit, the detailing is exquisite.  I won the bid on e-bay yesterday at lunchtime and it’s just popped through the letterbox!   Oh, complete joy!

And I’ve finally finished my crochet dala horse and taken it for a wander down the garden for a photo or two …

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I’m delighted with how it’s turned out and last night I picked up my hook again and started making more blocks for my huge Carnival WIP.

That’s all for today, folks …

Have fun!

Adaliza x

 

Dala horse …

02/01/2013 § 8 Comments

I love, LOVE,   L O V E   these traditional Swedish horses …

My Dala Horses

Here’s my little collection that I wrote about way back here.

Imagine my excitement when I was mooching in Ikea just before Christmas – there I found wonderful, solid wooden dala horses, just waiting to be decorated.  I couldn’t resist treating myself to one!

I was drifting off to sleep the other evening and I had an idea.  Rather than use paint or decoupage, I thought it may be fun to decorate my horse with crochet.

On a very wet and windy New Year’s Eve afternoon, I curled up on the sofa to watch Gone with the Wind – it was going to be a long haul in front of the fire, with the candles alight and the final evening with our Christmas tree (we take down the decorations on New Year’s Day)!  I had a ball of soft grey 4-ply wool just waiting for something special and what better than a Dala horse.

I started with a tight 5  ch circle into which I made 10 dc’s – this was the nose.  Then off I went – made it up as I went along and by midnight I was ready to sew it all together – from nose to tail, ears to tops of legs is all one piece; the legs were made separately from the body.  Don’t ask for a pattern – it was made up on the hook and was quite a challenge but lots of fun!  It certainly kept me out of mischief for hours and hours.

Tonight I’ve started decorating it.  I decided to go with simple chain stitch flowers in soft colours.

Here’s my crochet Dala horse, so far …

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and dashed difficult it is to photograph too!  I took some without the flash, but wobbled too much so they’re out of focus!  I was also disturbing our youngest – worn out after a day choosing a winning giveaway number …

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I’m hoping to finish my dala horse tomorrow.  I may have to make another visit to the big blue & yellow store to treat myself to another one (or two) – wouldn’t it look smashing in red – and a patchwork one too!!!  I love holidays – time to let my imagination run riot!

Night, night Belle – I’ll see you in the morning!

Adaliza x

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