Friday, 14 February 2014

Tapestry Crochet and CAL

Hello everybody, hope it's not too wet and windy where you are.

Thanks for all your comments on my last few posts, and hope you are all having a day full of love.

It's lucky that these pretty carnations hubby bought me weeks ago are still going strong, 'cos I don't suppose I'll be getting any fresh ones today.........or maybe he was being extremely efficient and calculating forward thinking when he bought them, knowing how well they last, thinking they would see me through today?!!

Maybe he'll surprise me when he comes home?
Fat chance says my daughter!

Anyway, there's been plenty of crochet love going on here today whilst I give in to a cold. With a sore throat and headache I have spent a large amount of time on the sofa today, with daughter, dog and crochet hook for company, trying to suss out a new pattern.

I have been having a go at tapestry crochet, using a chart, and using a pattern from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks.

Probably not the best time to do it with a muzzy head after a sleepless night, and the first attempt was way off!  Sadly the pattern lacked explanation of how to tackle the colour changeover so it lined up neatly, and so my first go was a learning curve until I worked out what I was doing wrong.

See how the bottom pair (in the photo below) doesn't line up along the middle where the colours join!

I discovered I was missing crocheting into a crucial dc when I changed colour, as bringing the new wool in kind of covered up this dc, so as a result I was getting a crooked join and losing a stitch. But it took me a while to work out what I was doing wrong.

I got Bella to take some photos of the correct method at this crucial point so I didnt forget in the future (if I don't finish the project quickly and have to pick it up at a later date) as well as annotating the pattern in the book, and if the project turns out ok I will do a tutorial too. 

A sickly me struggling to work it out with the dog snuggled up for company.

And then, after much crocheting, voila!!!


These are the colours chosen for the next square......I will then join lots of these squares together to make a cushion cover.

I selected a palette of blues, greens and turquoises from my stash for this project.

Joining up with the CAL with Chrissie Crafts and Ladybird Diaries today, as I have something new to share other than crochet trimmed pillowcases!

So what with the weather foul again today, this about sums up our day.........I like how Logan appears to be copying the position of his favourite turquoise toy........he fetched all these toys out of his toy basket and  then decided it was all too much effort.

Wishing you all  a Happy Valentine's Day evening, and a good weekend!

Edited to add Mr G came up trumps with a card, wine and more carnations! (He believes in value for money being an Accountant, and carnations last the longest and seem to be the cheapest!!! )


  1. Hope you feel better soon - but with the weather as it is, you aren't missing much! Have a great weekend. x

  2. Anything crocheted looks good to me, its beyond me, I can only do basic stuff.

  3. Happy Valentine's Day to you as well Gillian! Looks like Logan needed a nap (taking care of his Mum?). Love the colours you chose!
    Heard about the 100 m/ph+ gale, keep warm!!

  4. I think I may have mentioned I can't crochet at all : ( This looks great. I cleaned out my knitting closet yesterday. My grand girls had fun with little balls

  5. Bizarre! I did a double-take looking at these squares of yours. I had been reading my Jan Eaton Compendium of Crochet Stitches today and some of the same pics and ideas must have been used in both books! :)
    Hope you feel better soon,
    B x

  6. Well done Mr G and to think you doubted him! ;)
    I love the crochet Gill, that's a great little pattern!
    Hope you feel better soon, as if the weather isn't bad enough without having a cold as well!!!
    V xxx

  7. Well done on perfecting the tapestry crochet especially while poorly. Hope you feel better soon.
    Take care
    Sally x

  8. Happy Valentines Day to you! I am glad that Hubby came up trumps for you. Hope that you are feeling better soon. xx

  9. Great color choices, I think I need to check out that book. I love the smell of carnations, and lucky you getting two bunches. I never get tired of looking at crochet trimmed anything, especially pillowcases. Hope you feel better soon.

  10. I thought the tapestry crochet was amazing and the colour palette was beautiful.

  11. It must be the time of year and weather outside, because our house seems to be identical to yours, nursing colds, feeling rather blah...but still trying to be creative! Your crochet is simply splendid! I've never tried tapestry crochet, I love the look of yours, so I'm going to have to seek out a good tutorial! The colours you've chosen are gorgeous all together, that's going to be a beautiful cushion! Take care of yourself, I recommend adopting the pose of your pretty pooch and let everyone wait on you all weekend! Chrissie x

  12. This is most certainly a new one for me, it looks interesting. Well done you for persevering with it all especially seeing that you're feeling rotten we all know how tough this can be. I'm really feeling for you as this cold doesn't want to go away and I hope yours find the back door much quicker. Sending you much love and wishes to get better soon xxxx

  13. Just catching up with some blog reading this morning, and sorry you here you're not feeling great. I'm battling a cold at the moment too, so I can completely sympathise! I love that pic of Logan curled up next to you - he's so cute. Very clever tapestry crochet - your cushion is going to be just lovely. Have a happy weekend, stay warm and hope you feel lots better soon.

  14. Love the pic of you and Logan!
    We had fried egg sandwiches and doughnuts last romantic!
    You did a great job with your crochet, makes me want to pick up my hook.
    Stay safe, we are wind beaten but ok x

  15. I like this tapestry crochet. Look forward to your tutorial!
    I hope you feel better soon!

  16. I hope you feel better soon. I really like this crochet technique, it reminds me of Lego! :)

  17. Love the colours - very spring-like! The dog is very cute!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  18. Very nice, I like these and love the bluey-greeney colours as well. Looking forward to the tutorial, but meanwhile, get better soon. Logan is such a cutie!
    Jane xx

  19. Hello Gill, sorry to hear you are under the weather. You did very well to tackle a new project when you weren't feeling the best. It looks really lovely, I like the plainness of it and your colours are very cheerful.Logan is such a cute little dog. Well done Mr. G for coming up trumps, I am afraid mine kept to form! Nevermind, I shall buy some lovely flowers for myself next time I go to the wholesalers.
    It has been a little stressful sorting out schools, but I do think it has actually turned out better than planned. Is Bella settling in well now? I am sure it has been a challenging time for all of you.
    I am pleased with how things are going at the shop. Thank you for your lovely message. Have a great weekend, with love, Linda xx

  20. I'm sending tons of get well wishes your way . . .
    Love the pretty yarn, your color choices are so relaxing and spa like,
    just beautiful.
    Get well.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  21. Looks wonderful.... never tried this before.....
    Feel better soon, maureen


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