Freeform Crochet Lariat, necklace or maybe a belt?…

Rainbow Lariat

Here are 3 new freeform crochet items that I hope you find interesting… An assortment of tassels attached to a long crochet chain… no 2 tassels are the same… & the assorted beads gives each necklace, lariat, belt beautiful drape.

Wear these fascinating pieces by draping them around your neck a few times  to become  necklaces… throw them diagonally across the beast & they become something else entirely… & then again, why not tie them around the waist & turn them into a glamorous belts

All 3 are for sale in my Etsy shop

Rainbow Lariat 2

Lariat 2blue purple lariat

A Holiday Thank You…

It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to an end but 2012 is definitely just around the corner & galloping ahead at that…. As I look back on the year I can’t help thinking about all the wonderful people I’ve met, both in the flesh & on the net, who have supported me in my endeavours in so many ways: your questions, your compliments, your purchases, your trust & encouragement.

And so, in this spirit, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU by offering you, my readers, ‘Free Worldwide Shipping’ in both my Etsy & Zibbet Shops (patterns of course are not included as shipping doesn’t apply) – the offer is valid till the 30th Nov 2011.

So, if you’ve had your eye on one of my pieces, I hope you will take advantage of this once a year offer.

The Coupon Code for both shops is FRSHIP2011 – just put this code in the appropriate place on checkout & it should automatically apply the free shipping for you… (I haven’t used the shop coupons before so, if by chance they don’t work, please let me know & I’ll refund through PayPal)

You can visit Etsy or Zibbet from here or go to any of the Gallery pages, click on the piece you like & you will be taken to that item in one or the other shop.

Happy shopping & many thanks everyone!!!

Down but not out… just a little setback…

Hello everyone, due to some unforeseen health issues that came one after the other, it’s been quite some time since my last post – First… a dead left arm & shoulder (too much crochet, I suspect) – rest & massage took care of that. Then, I woke with a crink in the neck, which developed into a Wry Neck… totally disabling, extremely painful & requiring much physiotherapy. You would think that this is enough to force me to rest & refrain from crochet & the computer (& so called repetitive activities). But no… I had to go one step further…

While looking after my elderly neighbour’s dog, when she went into hospital for some tests, I was bitten on the right hand. Not a serious bite (I thought)… nevertheless… off to the docs, tetanus shot, antibiotic, bandages… all very dramatic… 2 days later I was rushed into hospital with excruciatingly painful Cellulitis & found myself on an IV drip for 3 days… scary stuff indeed!!

Goes to show how quickly things can change in an instant. They say things come in 3’s, Soooo… that’s definitely it… I’ve accepted the forced rest but my hooks & keyboard have been idle long enough now & I’m raring to get back into it. Besides, all those unfinished projects, that are dotting the house, are screaming to be dealt with…

And so life goes on…. Just before all this happened I wanted to post about my new little helper, a lovely, full size mannequin. I had purchased her with the intention of revamping my photos to showcase each piece to its best advantage. I did manage to get many done & posted in my Etsy & Zibbet shops – I wonder, did anyone notice the gallery updates?

Isn’t she gorgeous? If you have a moment, I’d really love your feedback… thank you everyone for your ongoing support… It’s good to be back.

 

I felted some crochet flowers, now what?

Some months ago I had a big spurt of making crochet flowers, felting & then hand-dying them at my kitchen sink. Heaps of fun & I ending up making quite a few, well.. actually, I made a lot.

But, since then they have been languishing in the cupboard with all the other ‘gonna do something with these one day’ items that we crafters seem to collect over time.

The light bulb moment came some weeks back when I was invited to do a local market/display/demonstration… out came the felted flowers, my collection of beads, needle & tread & I set to work beading these little beauties & turning them into pretty brooches that can be worn any-which-way – I’m rather pleased with the results…

A collection of these Beaded felted brooches are available in My Zibbet Shop

A Collection of Lariats…

just finished the last of this collection of lariats – I used cotton yarns for easy wear & care, glass &, in some items, wooden beads & Clones Knots. Each lariat has been individually freeformed so no 2 are ever the same & joined with a crochet tube that sits comfortably on the neck. I’ve named these pieces Tangles for obvious reasons & I’m so very delighted with the results….