Happy New Year!!

02 01 2017 DIY

Love yourself even a bit more and spread love and kindness around you - It's free and I really do believe this will help making the world a better place these days...

These adorable little chunky crochet hearts are perfect to get you into the right mood for this.

The crochet hearts are great for decorating on any occasion throughout the year (not only for Valentine's Day but for sure it's very perfect for that special day...) and also make wonderful little handmade gifts.

I have chosen recycled fabric yarn for this quick and easy project, but any other yarn is fine too.

Fabric yarn makes a really solid heart whereas other yarns will be softer.

If you choose thinner yarn you need to adjust the stitches and do more rounds.

Material you need for one crochet heart:

- about 11m not too thick fabric yarn ( mine is from Wollfactory) - if your yarn is very wide you can cut it in half or you can cut your own yarn from an old t-shirt for example.

- crochet hook size 6.0mm

- scissors

- a little bit of filling (some un-spun wool like I used or yarn left-overs or some synthetic fill material)

Here we go - you crochet in rounds and because I usually totally confuse counting crochet in rounds I came up with a really simple tutorial with very little counting :-)

Start: Chain 2 - leave the first chain really wide (picture step 1)

Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook (meaning in that first wide chain...), pull the ending tight to form a close and nice tip (picture step 2 and picture step 3)

Now...

(For the full tutorial please click "continue reading" further below )

Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion - also grat for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz

Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion on hand - also great for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz

Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion on hand - also great for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion on hand - also great for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz


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Stitch It Yourself - Embroidery Is Back On Trend - Make A Wallhanging With Free-Form Stitching

22 11 2016 DIY

I made three embroidery projects for the new german craft book called "Stitch It Yourself" by Knaur Kreativ.

One of them is this cool wallhanging embroidered with extra chunky yarn.

Trend DIY embroidery wallhanging, stitching, mending, Sticken ist wieder Trend, gestickter Wandbehang

I crocheted the "fabric" from fabric yarn (I used Re-Cotton) to get a nice sturdy surface with a loose enough wave to put the thick yarn thru with just my fingers.

I did not make a plan about the motif and let creativity flow free-form and spontaneous and that was really fun!

My finished wallhanging is about 46x70cm and I used a 10mm hook to crochet the fabric. But you can easily change the size to bigger or smaller by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches and rows.

I chained 39 stitches and crocheted about 47 rows. 

Please see the pattern for creating the "fabric" below. 

You can put the finished wallhanging on a stick or branch or fix it with some nails directly onto the wall like i did. 

Trend DIY embroidery wallhanging, stitching, mending, Sticken ist wieder Trend, gestickter Wandbehang

Trend DIY embroidery wallhanging, stitching, mending, Sticken ist wieder Trend, gestickter Wandbehang

You need:

- 1kg fabric yarn to create your embroidery surface (I used Re-Cotton)

- 10mm hook or hook size indicated on the yarn you are going to use for creating the surface

- Yarn left overs (I used mostly Loopy Mango Big Loop)

- Scissors

- Nails, hammer (branch, stick... )

- optional beads, pieces of fabric, wire...etc. anything you might want to put onto your wallhanging

Pattern:

Chain 39

Row 1: Work 1 sc in 3rd chain from hook, #ch 1, skip next chain, sc in next chain; rep from# to end. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, #ch 1, skip next chain, sc, rep from# to end. Turn.

Repeat row 2 until desired lenghth.

Always put your sc in a sc from row before. Weave in the endings.

Now just use your fingers and embroider to your liking. Don't think too much about every step - just keep going!

I left the endings on the back loose or simply knotted them but you need to pay attention to the back side so it won't get too packed with knots otherwise your wallhanging won't be hanging smooth on the wall.

Trend DIY embroidery wallhanging, stitching, mending, Sticken ist wieder Trend, gestickter Wandbehang

Trend DIY embroidery wallhanging, stitching, mending, Sticken ist wieder Trend, gestickter Wandbehang

Happy Day,

Anette