Interested in making a crochet rose?
Consider opening the following URL. The designer has taken the time to include UK & USA terminology. Very astute decision. MO.
Some newbie Interent user searching for patterns run the risk of getting frustrated with patterns falling short when worked in one terminology when another applies.
Wow! Thank You so much for sharing! I'm just starting to crochet again and see that her instructions and photos are going to be very helpful to this second time around beginner. Mary
Your very welcome. The site came through CarftStylish. If interested in registering (upper right) to receive the newsletter -
It's a Tauton publication.
And a very warm welcome back to trying crochet! All the whimsy patterns avaialble can add to a sewn fashion, if your less inclined to make a fashion or get into afghans. MO of course. My thread crochet is very limited. I appreciate the effort placed to make a doily, though the limited ones I have are in the vintage category coming to me from a maternal aunt-in-law. The more recent was a gift from my brother's S.O circa 1988.
ETA - My error!!!! The rose URL came from Daily Crocheter. The one on Craft Stylish is different. Senior moment kicks in now & again.
The site offers the opportunity to retrieve patterns for 2 wks back. Matters if it's necessary to miss a day.
Edited 3/23/2009 4:00 pm ET by Palady
Thanks! Lots of interesting goodies at both sites. Now, where did I put those crochet hooks? I know exactly where the yarn is....hope I have better luck with this than I did when my son tried to teach me to knit! Mary
>> ... better luck with...did when my son tried to teach me to knit! <<
Sometimes one has to revisit an effort. I abandon crochet until well into my adulthood. Taught my self in 1971 after seeing someone, who literally knew absolutely nothing about needlework, finish a crochet poncho over a w/e.
Once your crocheting again, kntting just may come to you as well.
Thanks for the encouragement! I've started chrocheting a simple scarf. It's very slow going as I can only do about half a row and have to rest my fingers. I'm enjoying it and it will be good exercise I think as long as I don't get obsessive and overdo it.
I think the little roses would be the perfect size project for me to work on if I can figure out how to do them. They inspired me to give it a try. Mary
>> ... rest my fingers ... << A thought, before you start to crochet, take a 5 or so minute relaxation. Take nasal deep breaths with your mouth closed, hold as long as possible, exhale very slowly with your lips barely parted. If you can manage both at the same time, do some finger exercises. Spread your fingers widely apart as you can. Flex your fingers. Clench a fist. Until you get the rhythm, you can do these individually before you begin.
Inner tension is often "missed" in our in time thinking. We sometimes consciously go into an effort with enthusiasm, while subconsciouly having a feeling of failure, or at least coming up short.
I truly beleive every sewsit has sat down to accomplish a join that repeatedly just comes out wrong. Best approach, set it aside and walk away. At another time, the doing seems to just fall into place, leaving one to wonder why the precious failure. The experience sewist just accept the all as "fate."
Inner tensions can be subtle and unrecognized. Given time, you may just find yourself very comfortable crocheting.
Palady, I greatly agree with you! When we learn a new skill, like crochet, we also tend to grip the tool too tightly, which is too hard on the hands also. When I teach anyone, I tell them to hold the hook as if it is made of glass, and it makes the tension a lot better too! Cathy
Another great tip, thanks so much for sharing that! Arthur Itis is being a pest lately and frustrating me. You ladies are correct, I am defeating myself before I begin. I've decided to read a novel, do a lavendar hand waxing, then come back to the creative interests with a new perspective. Mary
Thanks for the encouraging words and suggestions! I'll try them out!
Thanks for that daily crocheter site, I saved it for when I have more time.
>> ... daily crocheter ... more time. <<
Your very welcome for the DC URL. I find whimsies a way to take a break from projects requiring more - time. The all elusive each of us experiences in our doings.
Thanks for posting this link! It was useful for me in another matter! I have had a rose shaped beaded project in my head, not like the regular beaded roses, but couldn't get it figured out, but was heading the same way this rose was shaped. Thanks to you, I have a direction to take. Amazing how one threadcraft inspires another! Cathy
Your very welcome on the rose URL. Being given a heads up on a cyber find is what makes the message baords so much of a neighborhood.
>> ...Amazing how one threadcraft inspires another! << Most definitely.
Thanks for the link to the crochet website! The photos are fantastic and help me make sense of the whole process. I have other crocheted rose patterns, but none quite as 3-dimensional as this one, which would look wonderful in the many new yarns available nowadays.
Your very welcome as to finding the crochet site of value. These usually catch my eye.
Flowers were "big" in the 1940/'50. I worked in a 5 & 10 (Neisner Bros) for a time, and the accessory counter of flowers was often my assignment. The selection was very large and the offering ran the gamut from a small "bud' & leaves, to virtual mini bouquets. During the fall & winter, the choices lessened to a degree, but the choices took on the season.
These were, of course, quite different from the stemmed that proliferate in stores today.
The pages on fabric flowers in #142 are enticing.
I agree--the fabric flowers in the new issue are enticing; I'll have to make time to look at that article again as I didn't follow it well when I browsed through it at first.Working an "accessory counter of flowers" must have been a dream come true--how wonderful to touch and sort and gaze at beautiful objects! Sometimes I find myself sorting and rearranging button or yarn bins (and DVD and book shelves!) when I'm shopping, not because I dislike disorder but because the different colors and shapes are so appealing when appreciated and arranged.
>> ... new issue are enticing ... <<
As with most of anything the fabric & color choice for these flowers factor in big time. My stash has little in silks, which I think would be the better. Maybe the remnant bins will hold a surprise?
>> ... counter of flowers" must have been a dream come true ... <<
It was kinda neat. I have to admit to finding arranging the choices was a pleasure. The supervisor stopped by at one point & took the time to acknowledge her noticing my effort. As a teen, her effort was a +.
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