Friday, May 26, 2017

A Quick Spin

It takes me about 11 hours to spin a full 'batch': that is, fill two bobbins with spinning and then ply them together. I'm in 'crochet mode' at the moment, rather than 'spinning mode', so I decided to just spin a half-batch. I have to wash this lot. It'll dry quickly in this weather, so I should be able to crochet again this afternoon.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


That's my new tally of crocheted squares. I've been working them in sets of 10:

Whether that way of working is really quicker than working one complete square at a time, as I read somewhere, I don't know. I have run out of the natural so will have to spin some more before I can resume crocheting.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Colour

Following a comment by Maureen on yesterday's post, I gave some thought to making the dot picots in a different colour. It's a bit fiddly, but possible, and the working did get easier as I went along. I used three shuttles and encapsulated the pink thread. I think it may be pertinent to muskaan's idea of using dot picots instead of beads. For a link to Usha's instructions for dot picots, scroll down to yesterday's post.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dot Picots

I was a bit dubious when I first read about Usha's invention,  dot picots, because it involves frequently having to swap shuttles. But in practice it's easy enough to swap shuttles and it's very effective. A dot picot is a 'ring' with just one double stitch, made with the second shuttle. It creates an interesting textured look. I like muskaan's  working of Usha's pattern, where the beads echo the dot picots.

Monday, May 22, 2017


This is another combination of beaded crochet and Clare Gaylard glass.  I kept the crochet simple so that the glass beads are the main feature. Here's a picture of the work in progress, to give some idea of how it's done:

Friday, May 19, 2017


This is a 'for the record' progress report. I've crocheted 30 squares so far. I'm working on these mainly in the evenings, so I'm happy enough with that.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Leaves and Flowers

There's sometimes a long gap between having an idea and actually carrying out. I've been meaning for some time to try combining beaded crochet with Clare Gaylard's glass.  I tried a sample first, just to see if it would work:
It did work, better than I'd hoped. I threaded the glass leaf onto the thread as part of the beading pattern. It hung down on a loop of thread and I could continue with the seed bead pattern.

 I wasn't really happy with the beaded crochet pattern I'd used. The big flower looks good in the flat pattern, but disappears in the round. I also thought the red was a bit overwhelming.  I looked for a pattern with smaller flowers and settled on one by  I think it works better.  Here's a closer view: