Thursday, February 2, 2017

heartbomb!


I linked to it in my last post, but didn't really explain - this year to coincide with Valentine's Day, I'm encouraging you to 'bomb' your neighbourhood with crocheted hearts. Add a message to bring joy to the finder. Hang them off a tree, or where ever you like!




If you can't crochet- you can make a fabric, knitted or even a cardboard heart! 

include a tag with your instagram name or @ emma_crochets if you wish for the finders to share on instagram, or

 on facebook

sample tag 'you are loved- please take this heart with you! please share on instagram with @ emma_crochets to let me know you found this heart! #ewdheartbomb



Please check out my guest post over at Craftic.com - http://craftic.com/post/157203559160/little-crochet-heart

Monday, January 23, 2017

Little crochet heart


This pattern was originally posted on my old blog.

(link to original post >> http://howtocrochetaheart.blogspot.com/2013/02/10-days-of-hearts-day-1-heart-ornament.html)

I use the US terms: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, tr = triple/treble crochet, sl st = slip stitch.

Magic Ring tutorial here



Starting with the magic ring, then chain 4 (using US terms)
then 3 tr, 3 dc, 1 ch, 1tr, 1ch, 3dc, 3tr. all into the centre of the ring,
chain 4, Sl st in the centre,


then add 10 chains, and slip stitch back into centre and fasten off


And if you would like the UK terms: starting with the magic ring, then chain 4,
3 dtr, 3tr, 1ch, 1dtr, 1 ch, 3tr, 3 dtr, all into centre of ring 
chain 4, Sl st in the centre, 
then add 10 chains, and slip stitch back into centre and fasten off




 hang them up inside, use as a gift tag, or join in my facebook event link >> https://www.facebook.com/events/397280150620083// <<




Monday, January 2, 2017

My year in designing.


Now we're all comfortably in 2017, past the hectic craziness of the festive season, I thought it would be a good time to look back at my pattern year that was. I released five crochet patterns, which are available to buy from Etsy, Ravelry and a few via Craftsy and LoveKnitting.  I also have a few new freebie tutorials published on this blog!

I welcomed my 4th son into the world in May, so blogging had taken a back seat, I did however release a Easter pattern and baby bonnet- both designed with my new son in mind!




Both these patterns were originally released on my old blog, and in August I decided a revamp was totally in order. I'm not a personal or lifestyle blogger, and in fact do more 'mircoblogging' via instagram

So this blog- Emma Wilkinson designs came into existence. My old blog is still there, as it has a lot of content I'm quite proud of.

Shortly after I published the 'crochet club bag' A t shirt yarn bag that can be made in next to no time. I made a short youtube video to explain one of the stitches used.



I rounded out the year with a fun play item- fairy bread- to co-incide with international fairy bread day! And a Christmas pattern- Peppermitts- fingerless gloves.



Working with a new baby, not to mention three other kids, does make designing a challenge, but it's been a challenge that makes me very happy to take on.

My most popular item (maybe because it's been available the longest) is the Starburst Square, and I've got two follow up patterns which I hope can be just as fun!


My goals for 2017 are to have 12 new patterns available. I've found - like most things, you get more efficient over time, so I do feel like it's more than achievable. 

You can look forward to seeing as Valentine's pattern, a fairybread spin off, some chunky clutches, and a little tweaking of the photography! 

For more regular updates, don't forget to find me on instagram or facebook! 

Emma. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How to Crochet a heart- video tutorial


I made this video fairly quickly, as it was requested in a forum! How to crochet a heart - written in US terminology. One round, less than 3 minutes - and that's if you stop to talk about the stitches! How fast can you make one?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday Deals

I have a few items up for sale on >>RedBubble <<- (click the link!) to grab some at a discount - or even something else that gabs your fancy, check out these codes - Please note the dates, as they are for 24 hours only!
Deal: 35% Off Hoodies + Sweatshirts; 25% Off Everything Else
Code: BLKFRIDAY
Run Date: 11/24/16- 11/25/16 

Deal: 30% Off Pillows, Tapestries, Tote Bags + Kids Clothes
Code:FINDGIFTS30
Run Date: 11/26/16, valid 24 hours only in local timezones

Deal: 25% Off iPhone + Samsung Cases; 20% Off Everything Else
Code:GOGIFTGO
Run Date: 11/27/16, valid 24 hours only in local timezones

Deal: 35% Off Men's Classic & Triblend Tees, Long Sleeves, Women's Tees, Women's Filled V-Beck & Relaxed Fit; 20% Off Everything Else
Code:CYBERMON
Run Date: 11/28/16, valid 24 hours only in local timezones


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fairy Bread Day - And pattern!



It's Fairy Bread Day! (almost- I'm posting a little early!) November the 24th. Fairy Bread has been a childhood favourite of Australians since the 1920s. It has had a recent surge in interest, due to other countries discovering this fun, yet simple delicacy!

To celebrate, I've written a pattern to make a playtime version, and it's available in both US and UK terms. The pattern is available to purchase on Etsy, >>CLICK HERE<< and will be available on Ravelry asap. . It's also the first pattern of my 'Australiana Series' Which will be popping up in 2017



Interested in making your own edible Fairy Bread? You will need:

White Bread
Butter or Margerine
Sprinkles or 100s and 1000s

Spread butter on bread and top with sprinkles! Fairy Bread is usually cut and served in triangles. However for my 7th birthday, my creative mother spelt out 'Happy Birthday Emma' in Fairy Bread.

Enjoy!




Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Wreath Base

Last year I made a crochet Christmas wreath for my front door. This year I want to add to it, but before that,  I thought I would repost the original tutorial, for a base to work from.




Now that November is here, it might seem a bit early, but I think it's necessary to plan ahead, especially if you are planning on making some of your own decorations!

I've started with a wreath for my front door. I also recently moved house, so it will be the first time decorating this place. I naturally decided to make a crochet wreath! This pattern is a beginner level.

I picked up a Decofoam Wreath and some 8ply  acrylic yarn - the Kringle value ball.

pictures from spotlight.com
Using a 3.5mm hook I made a chain of 40, and then (in US terms)
Row 1 : skip the first three chains, 37 dc chain three and turn.
Row 2 - 100 : 37 dc across (chain three and turn, except last row)


Check your size against the decofoam wreath and bind off.

 It should fit very snug.

Using a whip stitch, or whatever you find easiest, sew the long ends together around the wreath.


Now you have a lovely base to add decorations to!





Don't forget, I will be adding more decorations!