donderdag 29 augustus 2019

Carreaux Crochet - Double Layer Patch


Many years ago I saw a double-layered potholder, made of two patches locked together with a sort of embroidery. Since then I was wondering if there was another way to make a double layered potholder without having to weave in too much ends of yarn. A possible solution came in a dream. I woke up, thought it was not gonna work, but took my crochet to try and managed.

After making about 20 try-outs with different sorts of yarn I found a family member willing to try it out. So I collected my notes and made 4 documents with small test patches in Dutch (my mother language): One for the basic explanation and 3 for variations.
While doing the basic explanation her reaction was; “once you get the hang of it, after about 3 rows, it goes very quick and if gives a nice patch”. After the fourth her reaction was; “still great to do, but this one is more like a 4 star sudoku”.

The pattern with the four tests - and some additional charts - is available in both Dutch and English on Ravelry and Etsy.

Nederlandse Blog

Both sides of three potholders made with cotton in fantasy patterns. Both sides of a potholder made with cotton to try out diagonal lines. Both sides of the four test patches.
The name “Carreaux” is chosen since I wanted an “X” in the name, because of the little crosses in some my first try-outs, but I couldn’t find a word in Dutch or English. It means ‘tiles’ in French and actualy the French floor tiles were an inspiration for later designs.

zondag 28 juli 2019

Châle à coquelicots

Premier châleNuances rougesDeuxième châle

Après quatre semaines de chaleur le temperature était monté ces derniers jours. Cet-à-dire: vers le nord. Pendant que le nord de la France et ma famille aux Payx-Bas ne savaient pas ou se cacher avec le canicule, nous, dans les Corbières, on as eu un peu de l'eau du ciel et du fraîcheur. Des nuits de 17°C au lieu de 22°c et à l'intérieur 22°C au lieu de 28°C (une petite maison de village reste quand même plus fraîche qu'un appartement).

Tôt le matin j'avait mis une veste quand j'ai promenée mon chien, mais plus tard dans la matinée je pouvais mettre ma châle à coquelicots (blog en Anglais). Je l'adore! Fait en cotton ; c'est doux et comfortable. Et les couleurs rouges sont toujours si vivantes. Le châle date de mai 2016. Créé pour utiliser tant de nuances de rouge que j'avais. Après tout ; les coquelicots ont des nuances, eux aussi.

Je l'avais posté dans un groupe de châle sur Facebook et on m'avait démandé de transformer mes notes en motif de crochet. Avec quelques personnes on s'est mis apart et je les ai donné les notes, j'ai fait des 'charts' avec un programme gratuit, j'ai eu des corrections, des questions, des suggestions. Mais enfin, avec leur aide j'ai réussi de le faire! Un de ces personnes as aidé pour corriger une traduction brut en Anglais. Et j'ai tout mit sur le net.

Deux amies ici dans les Corbières voulaient bien m'aider avec une traduction en Français, mais suit à d'autres tâches qui demandaient leur attention et le mien on n'as pas réussi. Alors, la traduction 'brut' que j'avait fait restait tranquille sur mon disque dur. Mais en mettant mon châle ce matin je me suis dit que c'était le moment pour me mettre derrière mon écran pour continuer. Je venait de découvrir un groupe de test sur Ravelry, alors .... il faut plonger parfois.

Mes deux châles & un petit essai. Pour bien pouvoir préciser; 'combien de mettre', 'combien de temps' et d'avoir la façon de faire fraîche dans la tête je me suis mit à refaire quelques fleurs et - peut être plus tard - faire un troisième châle en couleurs.

donderdag 11 oktober 2018

Low Budget Loom for Card Weaving

Imagine, you have made a bag in tapestry crochet and you are thinking of making a strap with card (or tablet) weaving. But you have some doubt.

* You might not like it
* It is only for one bag
* You don't have much budget
You don't have to buy anything - or not much - if you are a handy person who always keeps stuff-wich-could-come-in-handy. The most important is a piece of shelf so you can create your own Low Budget Loom.

Get some sturdy carton for the cards. On the Internet you can also find examples of making them from playing cards.
*Cut square cards.
*Make holes in the angles. Be sure to align them as neat as possible.
*Cut the corners to avoid yarn getting stuck when you turn the cards.
*If you want to follow a pattern like the "Ramshoorn" (Dutch text) you can put some colored paper on the cards (top and bottom).
*For the weft make a cut on all four angles, wrap around the yarn a few times, then fix it in an angle-cut. When your card slips out of your hand it will stop to unroll on a fixed point.


For the basic of the loom take a shelf of about 50/60 cm. Fix another piece of wood on the back. A flat shelf doesn't work well since the cards are difficult to turn and tend to fall.

Be sure to fix the back piece tight enough. There is a lot of tension on the yarn when you turn the cards. The little white triangle on the picture is normally used to strenghten a rickety cupboard.

When your strap grows use a round piece of wood or cut some pieces of cane.


If you use cane, cut it close to the connection points. Shed or file the pieces, be careful not to hurt yourself!

You can use screws, brackets or nails to fasten your work.

Just watch the images and your collection of 'stuff' to get some ideas.


When I start a strap I attach a piece of wood with some hooks on the frontside of my loom. For the next part to weave I change it for a piece of cane (see pictures).

Use supplies like a kitchen s-hook and rubber band to attach yarn to your loom.

To keep the tension on your strap you can attach two pieces of cane with a rubberband somewhere on the backside of your shelf/loom.


On the backside you can also use a s-hook and rubberband(s). Other usefull items could be paper clippers or clothespins.


More usefull stuff:
*Tape to make sure your strap stays about the same width.
*A wide pin to secure your cards. You can also put a crochet hook through the holes and secure it with a rubber band.
*A smooth piece of wood to tighten the wefth. I use a bamboo crochet hook.


Left: an extensive version of the Low Budget Loom

Right: And when you finished your strap...
Pull the yarn in small bundels through some of the stitches of you bag. Regroup them and braid the yarn.

vrijdag 21 september 2018

Card weaving

Short time before the summer I accidently discoverd card (or tablet) weaving. So I tried. Watched some videos. Read on websites. Tried some more. The biggest struggle was to warp the S & Z correctly. The second was turning the cards in two directions. Certainly with wool! So I choose to flip the cards and 'translated' diagrams with F&B directions to diagrams where you can easily see wich card you have to flip + the direction of the cards on every turn.

On my cards I taped a piece of red paper between A-B and green paper between D-C. The red and green lines in the diagrams show where you have to flip some of the cards (a little triangle).

For the warping I keep ABCD on the right side, no matter if it is S or Z. Instead of using these letters where to warp I use the position. It is marked in Dutch and means Up (B), Down (O), Front (V) and Back (A).

The loom has a whole bunch of nails so it is easy to put each group of 4 threads on their right place. After the warping it is just a matter of putting all the cards with ABCD to the right and 'voilà' it's done.


Ram's horn

The first diagram is shown on the picture with the felted cords. Second one is the original Ram's horn and a test diagram. The third one was my son's suggestion: "it looks like waves, if you use dark blue for the air and some stars in it...". In four of the dark blue cards is a white thread wich I flipt and turned unequally to create an irregular pattern of stars.


Flames

This image can be found on the internet with the numbers of the cards you have to turn F & B. I translated it into a flip-diagram and to make it easier I warped some of the cards 'upside down'. So every two turns you have some red cards up - these are the ones to flip (except the edges).

Cords

Cords on the left picture beneath this phrase are made of wool from an attick. There where a lot of weak spots so I threw them in the washing machine to get them more or less felted. And yes, it worked!
2d and 3d picture is a cord made of cotton to try out some of the diagrams.


Diagrams


Loom and warping

On the third picture the cards are placed in S or Z position. Attached to knitting needles. It does work somewhat, but since the needles are not flexibel it was a bit difficult to pull the threads. Should try something more flexibel.

zondag 27 mei 2018

Camboulan Crochet

Named after the picknickplace where this originated. In a small village in 'Les Corbières'. So nothing to do with the castle (unless one is named after the other). After experimenting with 'weefhaken' I started to improvise. It was just the little crochet project to do without a lot of thinking while my dog was chasing fish.

Nommé d'après la place picknick d'un petit village dans des Corbières. Donc rien à voir avec le château (sauf si l'un est nommé après l'autre). Après avoir expérimenté avec 'weefhaken' j'ai commencé à improviser. C'était juste le petit projet de crochet à faire sans beaucoup de réflexion pendant que mon chien chassait les poissons.
Camboulan
On my website you'll find
step by step pictures of the
making of the square here
on the right, wich I finally
used to make a phone case.
Under each image there is
a link to a youtube video
just to show the stitch.
Sur mon site web vous trouverez des photos pas à pas de la réalisation du carré ici à gauche, que j'ai finalement utilisé pour faire un cas de téléphone. Sous chaque image il y a un lien vers une vidéo youtube - juste pour montrer la façon de le crocher.



Link / Lien => Link direct to one of the youtube videos - Lien direct vers l'une des vidéos sur youtube.