Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Impossible Triangle - Cross Stitch Pattern

I have a new obsession lately. Yes, another. :S A wall of cross stitch was created in my house and now I only have to come up with designs that appeal my nerdyness. I have decided to go for geometry. Yeah. Bitchy or Grandma style simply isn't for me. Don't get me wrong, I love everything else Grandma style. But, Cross Stitch = Math canvas. Gets me so excited.

Plus, I got the 9 version of PCStitch, so now I can work on my own patterns. Next level of keeping my brain busy. Note that I am not using brand new materials. You can tell by looking close to the fabric and the floss. I don't really mind this because the fun is in crafting and, besides, I love recycling. You would be surprised of how much material is being sold at your local thrift store. I've found bags of hoop frames for 3 dollars and tons of unused yarn.

So I think that I will be sharing some Cross Stitch patterns over here. This blog is calling for a redesign too. Sorry, I get bored too fast. So you might see crooked things around sometimes. This site is a work in progress. So, here I share this pattern with you. Click on it to enlarge.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mexican Flower Granny Square

I designed this cute square about a year ago. Today I decided to publish the pattern for the Square Lovers in the world. The written instructions for the used crochet terms are in American English. Feel free to translate them into UK terms but please don't forget to credit me. 

With color A, CH6 join with SLST to form a ring.

R1(woked in the ring): CH3, 2DC, CH1. (3DC, CH1) x5, SLST into 3rd CH, SLST into top of next DC, not the CH. (Here we have a total of 6 groups of triple stitches in the ring). Join color B into top of next DC. SLST in next space (the CH that separates groups of stitches).

R2: (CH3, 2DC, CH1, 3DC) in the same space where you previously SLST'ed, CH1. Work (3DC, CH1, 3DC) in same space (between the groups of 3DC) + CH1 all around to complete the circle (it will look like a hexagon). Join with SLST in top of CH, SLST in next 2 DC, SLST in space.

R3: (CH3, 2DC) in the same space, 1HDC in top of middle ST of next 3DC. Repeat all around 3DC in same space, 1HDC in top of middle ST of next 3DC. Finish with SLST in top of CH. (48 ST total). SLST in top of next 2DC.

R4: (CH3, 2DC) in the same ST, CH3, 3DC in next ST, *CH1, -Skip 3DC-, work 2SC together in next space and 1SC in next ST. CH1, -Skip 3DC-, 2SC together in next space and 1SC in next ST. CH1, 3DC together in next ST, CH3, 3DC in next ST*. Repeat from * to * all around. To end, SLST  until you get to the corner space.

R5: (CH2, 2HDC, CH2, 3HDC) in same corner space. *1HDC in each stitch (not in CH spaces) all the way to the corner. For corner work (3HDC, 2CH, 3HDC) in the same space*. Repeat from * to * to complete four sides of square and SLST to join with beginning using Color A.

R6: SC all the way around the square, keeping in mind that corners require 1SC, CH1, 1SC in same space.

Here's a photo tutorial. Just click on the picture to see a larger size.

Some printable sheets:

How to use them? just click on each picture to see larger size and print them out!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Home Projects & Cross Stitching

Cross Stitching is becoming the new attraction around the home studio!

[Chicken is my cat]

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pastel Waves the bag, the process

[It's getting super hard to keep up with this blog and all the different activities I have right now but I haven't decided to abandon it. I can't give it up. So it might take some time to update but I still have a few things in mind I need to share in here, and trust me I feel this way every time I come to put text in the box. ]

I decided to make a Pastel Waves bag. This one has a different shape than her three Waves Sisters. I didn't want to keep doing the same thing all over again. This is how I am, I vary. I can't repeat myself. That's why I find it hard to keep a routine.

First, I made panels with only 3 rows of waves. Why? The yarn I got for this project was slightly thicker than the ones I used before, so I had to use a bigger hook and it was turning into a giant tote bag so I undid a bunch of stitches, went back, did some rethinking and redesigning. This is how the panel looks:

If you are wondering what kind of stitch I use, it's the Long Single Crochet. It's basically the same stitch I used for the Piano Neck Purse (see tutorial) but arranged in a different way. I've heard people calling it Zig Zag but honestly zig zag is another thing to me. I call it the waves stitch.

Lining. Lining is next. I spent two weeks looking for a perfect cloth to go with this. I didn't want to get just some new fabric from the shop, I wanted to use something previously worn. I like recycling. Then, I found this scarf in my closet and well, I've worn it enough so what the heck. It makes the inside of the bag look psychedelic!

Did some handstitchin' on the wrong side both panels

Hand sewn both panels together. Right sides facing.

Pull the inside out.

Assembled the handles and did some ruffles on the sides.

What do you think?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Crochet Friday Series 11: Double Treble Crochet

I never had to work this stitch before until recently. I'm thinking of making a heart garland for some little girl as her birthday present. So I had to work the Double Treble stitch for that. There should be a post tutorial for the garland coming up soon, in the meantime I share with you this video by Dropsdesign that explains how to do this stitch.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cross Stitching Poems

From time to time I cross stitch. I love to see my work hanging from the wall but I definitely struggle with being patient enough to finish this type of work. It always makes my eyes hurt. I usually pick funny phrases, reminders, Mexican sayings or excerpts from my own poetry. This is an example of the last one. I have a platonic romance with the Republic of Chile, so I have written poems about it. I can't really explain this love since I was born Mexican, my mom is 3rd generation Spaniard and my dad is 3rd generation Mayan. I suppose I am just terrestrial, even though I hate to admit it.