Summer is on! The heat is on! And in this issue (last for the summer) we have lots of fun in store from new designs, recipes, free patterns, customer photos, and so much more! As always my intent is to make the newsletter enjoyable and I hope you take time to browse; I'd love feedback!
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Owls are in! And this handsome crochet pineapple owl is perfect worked in russet and copper mist. With huge round eyes and a bead nose, he's sure to please everyone! Hoot...hoot... Measures 11-in T x 9 1/2-in W using #10 thread.
It's fun to work up a tissue box collar! Instead of working the complete cover, work just a beaded and/or pearled collar that provides elegance and style to a plain box. Worked in points to drape with each point studded with pearls and beads. Elegant and stylish says it all. Fits a standard boutique style tissue box using #10 thread.
This adorable crochet western-style boy and girl holding hands, boast western wear complete with hats and boots. Set atop a wreath, the scene explodes with fireworks overhead. A must have for your 4th of July celebration! Designed by Betty Stevens. Uses #10 thread, it measures 15-in W x 16-in L.
Our beautiful filet crochet runner boasts 4 sets of pinecones that have been overlaid with a basic straight stitch so they pop! Edged in dainty pineapples the runner is sure to compliment your Christmas decorating for the holidays. It's perfect for a cabin setting bringing the outdoors, in! Uses #10 thread, it measures 35-in L x 14-in W.
Work up a dainty bowl with a slight spiral design edged in luscious popcorns. Boasts three pedestaled feet for a Victorian style decor. Perfect for holding potpourri, cotton balls, or fancy soaps. Uses #10 thread, it measures 5 1/2-in dia.
Festive Pinecone Pineapple Runner: A fun and wonderful idea given to me by a dear friend and customer. She purchased the Pineapple Snowflake Runner pattern and after making it, thought a pinecone runner better for year-round enjoyment. And hey, what better type of runner to have for a log cabin or those living in the mountains or by a beautiful lake! So I set to work, honestly the hardest part about this runner was finding a means to "pop" the pinecones depicted in the filet. Let me just say, I almost lost heart and found myself procrastinating in finishing this piece. And then like most designers, I'm always thinking about a piece to make it better regardless if I'm actually holding a hook in my hands or not!
Spiraled Elegance Bowl: This bowl design is definitely not new. I designed it quite sometime back for some reason (that I can't recall), it never was published. I came across this little jewel in looking for another pattern. It was designed to match our Spiraled Elegance collection - hat and doily!
Crochet a mystical garden where a large three-dimensional rose sets center stage for hummingbirds and flowering vines! Pineapples, shells, and color burst forth in this spring/Easter doily that'll bring a breath of fresh air to your home. Worked in size 10 thread, measures 17-in W x 8 3/4-in H.
Our versatile crochet doily with a petite flower center encircled by dainty pineapples and then edged with beautiful butterflies and more flowers is sure to delight all. Worked in #10 thread, it measures 16 1/2-inches dia. Create coasters, a small doily, jar topper or doily as shown!
My friend Betty, crochet designer and owner of BJ'S Country Cottage, has wonderful designs you'll just have to check out in her Etsy shop! You'll also find many of her designs on Crochet Memories - to check those out, look under "Shop by Designer" and then under her name; "Betty Stevens." She designed this cute Summer Fun Wreath pattern and sent me the adorable story behind it. She writes:
"I gave this to my neighbor when her 3 year old granddaughter was visiting. She kept asking. "'Meme, can I wear the flip flops in your window?'"
Well I have to agree, they certainly do look like you could pull them right off the wreath and wear them! :-)
Marge writes: "Here is my version of the Shaded Lace Doily. I just used some odds and ends from my stash. I hope to make this again after I get some different threads. Thanks so much for this pattern."
Jewel writes: "Just wanted to share with you a picture of the mock scalloped beach tote and a couple of the bookmarks that I have made. I have enjoyed making each of them. I am really happy with the way the tote turned out."
Lorraine writes: "I just received the patterns that I ordered from you. I want to thank you for having them available to people like me who love to crochet. You are a very talented lady to be able to design such beautiful doilies!! Thank you for sharing your patterns and also for getting them to me so soon. Again, thank you for everything."
I'm not even sure if they still have high school home economics courses these days, but when I was in high school from 68 - 71, they did. That's back in the 1900's. LOL Anyway, some of the recipes given in class I found to be tasty. And would you believe I still have many of those recipes? I thought it'd be fun to share some of the tastier ones. So here goes! Breakfast - blast from the past...
Well "between" you and me, sometimes people are tripped over the idea of not working into the top of a stitch, but there's more to this little word than "where" to work your stitches - find out what else!