Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dot Picots

I was a bit dubious when I first read about Usha's invention,  dot picots, because it involves frequently having to swap shuttles. But in practice it's easy enough to swap shuttles and it's very effective. A dot picot is a 'ring' with just one double stitch, made with the second shuttle. It creates an interesting textured look. I like muskaan's  working of Usha's pattern, where the beads echo the dot picots.

Monday, May 22, 2017


This is another combination of beaded crochet and Clare Gaylard glass.  I kept the crochet simple so that the glass beads are the main feature. Here's a picture of the work in progress, to give some idea of how it's done:

Friday, May 19, 2017


This is a 'for the record' progress report. I've crocheted 30 squares so far. I'm working on these mainly in the evenings, so I'm happy enough with that.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Leaves and Flowers

There's sometimes a long gap between having an idea and actually carrying out. I've been meaning for some time to try combining beaded crochet with Clare Gaylard's glass.  I tried a sample first, just to see if it would work:
It did work, better than I'd hoped. I threaded the glass leaf onto the thread as part of the beading pattern. It hung down on a loop of thread and I could continue with the seed bead pattern.

 I wasn't really happy with the beaded crochet pattern I'd used. The big flower looks good in the flat pattern, but disappears in the round. I also thought the red was a bit overwhelming.  I looked for a pattern with smaller flowers and settled on one by kolorowekoraliki.pl.  I think it works better.  Here's a closer view:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Winter is rapidly approaching and the first frost will wipe out the rest of the tomato crop in the vegetable garden. Jack has been picking tomatoes rather green and ripening them on the windowsill, which works well. I've been cooking them up with onion and celery and freezing them in small batches, so that we can go on enjoying them during Winter.


I'm working on squares for Annika's blanket. There's a long way to go, but square by square I'll get there.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Tra-la. I've finished Renata's 2017 doily. Thanks Renata, I love the design and I'm very happy with how it has turned out. It measures 46 cm/ 18 inches across, in size 40 thread. Here's a link to the last round. All the other rounds can be found on her blog, or you can buy the whole pattern in Renata's etsy shop.