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Christmas Bazaar

Hello,

Just a quickie today to say a huge thank you to all those who supported The Woolly Prawn at our stall in the Abbotts Bromley Girls’ School Christmas Bazaar last Saturday and to those who bought books, kits or pebbles. I hope you enjoy them.

I had lots of help from my granddaughter who was definitely giving the crocheted pebbles the hard sell and was generously distributing our cards for The Woolly Prawn and Crocheted Pebbles. A big thank you also to Helen, who invited me to share her stall – we had a lovely day. Do take a look at her fabulous goodies – they make wonderful presents.

The stall

Plans are afoot to extend the Woolly Prawn’s range of goodies for next year’s event – watch this space.

Now it really is time to concentrate on my Christmas projects! No photos at this stage for obvious reasons. Time is certainly of the essence …. why does December seem to fly?

Off I fly!

Jenny x

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Motif mania

Hello again,
It’s twelve months now since my first attempts at covering pebbles – the interest began during our visit to beaches in North Cornwall last autumn. Well, we have just been back to the same beautiful spot and nothing has changed except that my pebble interest has now become a bit of an obsession …. nothing new there I hear you mutter!

It has never been easy to find patterns for the crochet covers and after the first couple of months of experimenting I soon found myself scouring the internet for new motifs.

Each different pebble seems to have a life of its own …. as well as a very individual shape! After trying out the most attactive internet patterns by designers such as Margaret Oomen, Ros Badger and Sascha I needed to experiment some more. Some of the most pleasing designs have been adaptations of squares from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks and flower centres from Natura Crochet Flowers by Tash Bentley.  Some work better than others and adapting a square motif to fit a round or oval stone is very much a question of trial and error.

Edwardian Lace from Jan Eaton's book

Edwardian Lace from Jan Eaton’s book

Odd shaped stone with Jan Eaton's snowflake

Odd shaped stone with Jan Eaton’s snowflake

Star and round flower from Natura Crochet Flowers

Star and round flower from Natura Crochet Flowers

You can imagine my delight when a knitting friend returned from a holiday in Italy and allowed me to borrow Italian crochet motif magazines which she had found. Inside were a treasure trove of new motifs but since my Italian is not brilliant working them depends entirely on reading the charts! Definitely a challenge!

Italian mag 1

Back 1

Italian mag 2

Back 2

So …. there are just a few designs to add to my Pinterest board of stones patterns tried so far which you can find here! I have only managed one so far for reasons which you will discover in a few days and this is it.

Celtic hexagon - my first Italian (chart only) design

Celtic hexagon – my first Italian (chart only) design

Also, having promised our grandchildren some crocheted pebbles I have been doing some little ones for little hands – they are so quick to finish and so lovely to hold.

Made for grandchildren and other small hands.

Made for grandchildren and other small hands.

So, enough about stones for now – I have other prawn-related things to attend to. But, more of that later ….

bye for now,

Jenny x

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Pebble puzzles

Hello again.

Well, there’s good news and not so good news. I’ll start with the bad news, shall I, and get it out of the way?

Well, would you believe that I’m running out of pebbles. Yes …. that huge bag of North Sea Cobbles is almost at an end and what’s more all the best of them – round and symmetrical – have gone, leaving behind  some rather quirky shapes which are proving quite a challenge to cover.

very odd shapes

very odd shapes

More on that subject later!

Now to the good news …. I’ve found a product which transforms the rather grey stones into a far more acceptable pebble to crochet around. A most helpful young man at our local Post Office came up with the idea of painting the stones with Mod Podge – yes, that really is what it’s called – to enhance the colours of the rocks. You know how much more attractive pebbles look when wet – well, it doesn’t quite reproduce that look but it definitely helps.

the marvellous Mod Podge

the marvellous Mod Podge

 

glossed and ready to go

glossed and ready to go

 

So, with some unusual shapes lined up I have been searching the internet for some appropriate shaped motifs to use. I’ve seen images of beautiful designs …. leaves, ferns, swirls and other fantastical shapes … But there are never any patterns for them. The problem, you see,  is framing the central motif in such a way that it enhances the shape of the pebble. The perfectly round patterns which I started on last autumn work well but now I want to create something different for each stone. It’s become a bit  obsessive and I have taken to scouring all my crochet magazines for different motifs and doily centres which I can adapt to the shapes of my stones.

My attempts at covering a rather beautiful oval shaped stone have not achieved quite what I wanted: having spotted and worked a leaf outline design from the beautiful new book Natura’s Crochet Flowers I was disappointed to find the finished result too fussy so that the central motif is lost. This is one pebble which is about to be uncovered!

attempted leaf!

attempted leaf!

 

Some have turned out better, though, and I shall certainly be trying the windmill, spider’s web, spiral cross, snowflake and granny rectangle again.

windmill design by Anita Mundt

windmill design by Anita Mundt

 

spider's web by Lucy Croft in Simply Crochet

spider’s web by Lucy Croft in Simply Crochet

 

granny rectangle from Simply Crochet

granny rectangle from Simply Crochet

 

snowflake from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks

snowflake from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks

 

I can’t quite believe I have now made twenty-one different covers and even the designs which I have made more than once look different each time.

For anybody who really does want to see the designs I’ve used so far –  all my covered pebbles can be seen on Pinterest here.

So, that’s all for now. I’m off on a large pebble hunt.

Jenny x

 

 

 

 

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Pebbles and patterns

Hello again,

It’s hard to believe that a scrap of cotton crochet can transform a stone into a thing of beauty. Admittedly they are those most sought after North Sea cobbles but nevertheless ….

unadorned

unadorned

I just pootle along with a bit of thread and a tiny motif, adding a round of double crochet here a few chain there until the cover looks big enough.

five rounds in

five rounds in

Then comes the moment of truth …. which stone or pebble will fit best inside?  A tug at one end, a little easing at the other and it’s in, ready to be secured with a couple more rounds.

it just kept growing and growing

it just kept growing and growing

Suddenly, what was just a trial piece is too nice to undo and so another crocheted stone appears on the hearth!

…. And another one – these are addictive!

Star by Ros Badger

Star by Ros Badger

There have been a couple of patterns in Crochet magazines recently … this design by Ros Badger featured in Issue Ten of Simply Crochet. I also found some online: Margaret Oomen has a few super patterns such as Sunburst, Shamrock and Radii on her website but others don’t seem easy to track down. This is frustrating because the detailed lacy patterns on these pebbles on Pinterest and other sites are so lovely that I just want to be able to try them myself.

sunburst and radii

sunburst and radii

I covered two stones for my daughter last week and they blend very well into her bathroom rock collection.

rock collection

rock collection

What’s more the backs of these stones are beginning to look a bit more professional – less trial and error involved as I get used to the shapes.

getting neater

getting neater

These covered stones are so lovely to do as each one turns out slightly different from the rest and the colours and shapes vary such from stone to stone. The other satisfying thing is that one can be completed in an evening.

Well, I’m off now to keep track of my other projects.

Back soon,

Jenny x