Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tambour Anyone

First a bit about Tambour embroidery:

It is worked with a special tool that is a bit like a crochet hook as it has a bend in the end to collect the yarn and pull it through the stitch. The tambour tool however, is sharper on the tip than the crochet hook as it is often pushed through fabric that is stretch in a hoop to make the stitch.

Tambour is the French term for 'drum' which is where this embroidery technique gets it's name. It was introduced to the French in in the 18th century by the Chinese. In China the technique is called Suzani 

There is an excellent YouTube tutorial for Tambour Embroidery by Mary Corbert- click the word tutorial to go there.

In crochet this technique is also referred to as Surface Crochet or Surface Slip Stitch 

Okay, now for the technique- 

Tambour chain is made on the top of the fabric with the working thread underneath.

Insert your hook into the desired stitch - catch the working yarn from underneath and pull up a loop; [note: you do not start with a loop on your hook- the first yarn drawn from the bottom is your starting point- Be sure to leave enough length in the waist yarn to weave through. (4"min)]- Insert the hook into the next stitch, catch the working yarn from underneath and draw through both the stitch and the loop on the hook, just like making a slip stitch. - Now your first stitch is made. Continue on in this manner. - I did find that at corners (and of course, I was working inside corners not outside as in usual edge techniques) - I found that it was unnecessary to make additional stitches in the corner stitch

This is what the stitch looks like from the top -
You can use this technique to make
any surface design

I added two row along the same path-
one of  the blue silk blend and
a second in the gold silk blend


As you can see in the previous post; it is large enough to wear as a wrap, but in the silk blends it is also lightweight enough to wear as a cowl or scarf.

I am going to really enjoy having this in my winter wardrobe.

Here again is the link to get my 'As You Like It" pattern from Coats and Clark as a free download.

I increased the size by 1/4th. Just keep the multiple of 3 + 2 rule when making your chain and you won't go wrong if you want to make a bigger version.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Almost finished AYLI Warp in Silk

  • I am loving working with these silk blend yarns. 
  • They work up smoothly and my hands are enjoying the tactile experience. 
  • It can't be said too often - I just love working with luxury yarns. A wonderful experience. 
  • The body of the warp is finished.
  •  So at the next next class meeting (Sept 12 at Strings Attached Yarns
  • I will demonstrate blocking a large project
  •  then we will work the 3 yes 3 border techniques.

Next Blog- Tambour Anyone....Look for it the week of the 15th.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Fabulous Yarn Can Make a Simple Pattern Luxurious

I am using two silk blend yarns and they are making a simple pattern wonderfully exciting.

This is one of my current projects. 
I am teaching an intermediate crochet class at 'Strings Attached Yarns' in Dayton. 

We are using one of my published designs "As You Like it Wrap". I designed it a couple years ago for Coats and Clark. Here is a link to the free pattern: 

"As You Like It" is exactly what I meant when I designed this wrap. The pattern repeat is very easy so you can play around with color or yarn texture changes to suit your fancy. It is the perfect pattern for practicing yarn changing. (It always happens at the end of a row to so have no fears) Now the published pattern was worked with a tied yarn type so there are no instructions for changing yarn but it is just this easy-----

---Yarn Change ---In the last stitch of the row before the color change insert the hook in the 3rd chain of the 'chain 3 to turn' of the previous row, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, (1/2 of the dc made) snip and drop the expired yarn, (leave a 4" yarn end) and yarn over with the new yarn and draw it through the last 2 loops on hook. -

 (Now I like to work over my expired yarns rather than sew them so I use my hook to draw them into the next stitch to anchor the ends the work over them across the row--if there are chain spaces to skip I draw the yarn ends through them so that they don't show) Continue working the rows in the new color or yarn scheme   

I hope you will try it in something soft and wonderful. Add some mohair, silk or cashmere, work the main body in wool blends or alpaca. I am sure you are going to love adding this wrap to your fall or winter wardrobe. As a fashion statement it is going to be wonderful. 

 I am going to enjoy wearing this wrap all fall and winter. Adding a brooch or shawl pin will be the perfect touch for accessorizing.

[Note it is easy to increase the length of this warp by maintaining a multiple of 3 + 2 in your beginning chain]

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blog Tour for 'Colorful Crochet Lace'

Mary Jane Hall's newest crochet pattern book 'Colorful Crochet Lace' is beautiful and so informative.
If you would love to learn to work crochet lace garments this is a wonderful place to start.

Follow the blog tour

 Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour Schedule
  1. Knit Crochet Craft – Vickie Howell (Mary Jane will be Vickie's guest blogger that day, kicking off the tour 8/4)
  2. Outstanding Crochet – Natalia Kononova (review and promotional giveaway 8/5) +photos of her project
  3. Bonnie Bay – Bonnie Barker (review, interview, and promotional giveaway 8/6) She's making a project
  4. Crochetville – Amy Shelton (she'll show the Au Naturel Top she made, review, promotional giveaway 8/7) Amy made the Au Natural Cropped Top and will share her pictures
  5. My Little City Girl – Alla Koval (she'll show the Juliette Scarf she made , interview, and review 8/10). Alla made a project which she will share.
  6. Yarn Thing Podcast – Marly Bird (author interview podcast 8/13)
  7. Hook & Needle Designs – Lisa Gentry (8/14)
  8. GoCrochet – Ellen Gormley (review and author interview) (8/17)
  9. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - Turquoiz Blue (8/18)
  10. Cute Crochet Chat – Jocelyn Sass (review and promotional giveaway 8/19)
  11. Hot Lava Crochet – Tammy Hildebrand (interview, review, and promotional giveaway 8/20)
  12. The Crochet Architect – Susan Lowman 8/21
  13. Crochet Renee – Renee Rogers 8/24

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For Throw Back Thursday - A free Pattern


Made in water resistant nylon this bag is great for summers wet enjoyments.
The double parquet stitch pattern is interesting, an easy one to make and gives strength to the body of the bag. The bottom is worked in slip and single crochet stitches. 

First published in the March 2011 issue of Crochet Magazine it is now available as a free download from ' A free membership to the site is required with you email address but there are thousands of patterns to enjoy.

I am sure you will love having this one available for summertime fun. 
For this one click this link:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Seaside Wrap Free Pattern

How Cool is This! My latest pattern From Crochet World Magazine is among the Featured Patterns

I really enjoyed making this wrap. I can be worn multiple ways. The large hook with fine thread makes for a lovely open mesh design.  The Colors of the 'Gem' DN Serenity Garden 
yarn just pops with excitement, it is like a party; a summer good time.  
However my pattern tester used 'Spring Water' and the garment is Fabulous in the Blues. So pick you favorite color and create a little excitement of your own. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

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