Thank you so much for looking at my tribute to Wink. I hope her mandala designs are starting to fly off your hooks … there has been an amazing online response to the loss of such a talented designer.
Now back to posts for a moment ….. the spike samplers (in my Spikes and Posts 1 blog) have resulted in some wonderful coloured cushion covers ….
This recent interest in textures has reminded me of the lovely basket weave stitch which uses the front and back post technique. So many crocheters are put off when they see the terms postwork, raised stitches, relief work or the abbreviations frtr and brtr in patterns – I know I used to be as well.
In fact, once you have seen these techniques used a few times and can identify the post of a stitch they are really easy to do – you simply work these stitches by inserting the hook around the stem or post of the stitch below, from the front or back of the fabric. Interesting textures and effects can be produced this way … working from the back gives an elastic, ribbed effect rather like knitted rib and combining front and back in blocks produces a basket weave texture.
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When you start to combine the front and back trebles some amazing results can be achieved …
…… and now the previously mentioned basket weave stitch ..
I hope these swatches inspire you to have a go at some textured stitches and not be put off by the terminology. There are so many excellent U-tube videos now to help us.
My Monday group continue to impress with their varied projects and enthusiasm for more complicated patterns and stitches. I just love it!
Oh, how I wish there were a few more hours in each day for hook and yarn … there are so many wonderful stitches, patterns and designs just waiting out there for us! In the meantime enjoy this beautiful summer weather and the tennis and keep crafting!
That’s all for now,