It's been a busy week around my place, there's lots of interesting yarny things on the boil at the moment, I'm looking forward to sharing all my crafty news over the next few weeks. There is nothing really massive, but lots of little things that all together are quite satisfying and make me feel very happy. I hope you have good things going on in you lives too!
Today I thought I'd show you something that is very exciting for a hooky friend of mine.
Do you know the amazing Shelley Husband?
She has a fabulous crochet blog called Spincushion, a very active, fabulous Instagram profile, and she is also a very prolific and clever crochet designer!!
She has just finished producing a new ebook of crochet patterns, called 'Flowers Abound', there are 20 beautiful granny square patterns all with a floral theme. I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of these patterns to have play with. Yay! :)
The squares are all the same size so there is lots of scope for mixing and matching these patterns for blankets, cushions, bags, or a million other things. :)
The patterns are very clearly explained, Shelley is an excellent pattern writer, and explains unusual stitches and techniques so I had no problem following this new to me pattern. And the stitch dictionary and tips and tricks are very interesting, I am going use a few of Shelley's techniques from now on to give my work an extra professional finish, she is great at hiding joins!
I did get a bit carried away; I was just going to make one square as a sample to show you this gorgeous pattern called 'Hana', but then I just got caught up in the colour play possibilities and ended up making nine squares! :)
There are lots of great squares to choose from in Shelley ebook, it was hard to decide which one to try. I think I will be making quite a few of these patterns when I have some more time. I do love the puffiness of the flowery centre in the Hana pattern, and it is a lovely solid square; so much flowery goodness!! :)
.........I loved making these puffy flowery centres, so many colour combinations to try......
.....I love the flower centres just by themselves too, I think I might make some of these and sew them together for my Christmas tree :) .............. or how about a garland :) .............
So anyway, as you can tell I had fun making these squares and then I had more fun photographing them (sorry for the picture overload, could't help myself!). I am planning to make a few more of the Hana flowers and turn them into a pillow case for our bed, I think it will look awesome!
The best bit is that you can have fun with these patterns too!
Shelley has generously offered a copy to my readers as a giveaway, so if you'd like the chance to win a copy of the ebook 'Flowers Abound' just leave me a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner next Friday. It will be available for all the normal ebook readers, and will be available from Smashwords as a pdf if you don't have an e-reader/kindle thingy.
Have a look over here at Shelley's blog if you'd like to pre order your own copy, it will be released on August 29th!
Good luck you guys! :)
Have a great weekend!