This is it folks! The last day of Wall Flowers Week! I have had so much fun this past week! I cannot thank you enough for dropping by to see what I have been up to!
I have the last of the tutorials to share today AND a KILLER giveaway!! So stick with me till the bitter end!
MomChops - Crochet Rose & Crochet Butterfly
First off... we need to start with some video tutorials for those of you out there who don't know how to crochet! I double DogChops dare you to learn! If you cannot figure it out from the videos, hunt down a local yarn shop... they will teach you! ...and if that doesn't work, come on over to my house this Saturday for a craft room clean-up party/crochet lesson! Doesn't that sound like like funsies?!?!?!
Learning to Crochet...
I tracked down what I think are absolutely fabulous crochet tutorials! They are clear, nice and slow (perfect for beginners), beautifully shot and very very well explained! These videos cover all of the stitches you need to make these two projects!
Give them a watch and practice your hearts out! I know that those of you who are desperate to learn to crochet can do this!!! Lolly believes in you girls!!! Keep me posted on your progress!
Let's get started with the crochet rose first!
GET YOUR PATTERN: You can download the PDF pattern for the crochet rose HERE.
Chain 3, turn, 5 double crochet in first chain-2 space, single crochet in next chain-2 space, (6 double crochet in next chain-2 space, single crochet in next chain-2 space), 5 times. (With your beginning chain 3 and 5 double crochet “shell” you will have a total of 6 of these shells. Then (9 double crochet in the next chain-2 space, single crochet in next chain-2 space), 5 more times (you will have a total of 11 shells made). Then 12 double crochet in the next chain-2 space, single crochet in the next chain-2 space, across until complete. You should end with a single crochet in the last chain-2 space. Finish off leaving several inches for sewing and tying.
Get yourself a mega needle with a blunt end (it's not too sharp and really thick).
I also use one of those needle threading things cause there is no way this Lolly can work yarn through a needle eye.
Regular thread is tough enough. Yarn is nearly impossible.
That is unless you are MomChops...
She never uses a needle threader thingy.
She has mad crochet skillz!!
With right side facing, and beginning with first petal made, roll your petals, sewing as you go. Once together, gently tie the two ends together and clip OR use the ends to tie on pin or barrette backs to your rose.
Moving on... Crochet Butterfly!!!
GET YOUR PATTERN: You can download the PDF pattern for the crochet butterfly HERE.
ummmm.... I am not sure where we are in the process here...
Sew... download the pattern!
...and call 1-800-Mom-Chops for moral support...
I know. What help am I!?!?!?!?!?
MomChops did all this fancy stuff.
I am just over here doing what she tells me.
...and she's not here to hold my little baby hand (with the horrid cuticles) to walk me through this...
Now for the wall part of the post...
MomChops made ALL of the roses for this frame!
We simply used some Cosmo Cricket - Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper as the background.
We hot glued the roses directly to the paper.
We punched and inked several leaves using the ever faithful MS leaf punch
(those leaves were in half the projects this week!)
We then strung some #10 crochet thread through a bunch of buttons...
...and hot glued them to the outside of the frame...
Once they were on there good and dry, we tied little double knots with the thread and cut them nice and short.
I sent MomChops a link to Crafty Diane's website about two weeks ago asking her if she could help me figure out how to make some of these lovely creations.
Since MomChops was not able to drive at the time (that whole knee replacement thing keeps you from driving for 6 whole weeks)... she called RonChops (he's CEO of "Craft Emergency Shopping Shuttles, Inc.") and asked him to take her to the store so she could pick up the thread she needed for these experiments.
I love how she made one up sample, pinned it to the paper and then wrote the details about the needle, thread weight and what the flower was supposed to be.
On some of them she simply printed out the patterns and pinned the samples to them directly.
This is a fantastic way to keep samples together with your patterns for future use.
What she doesn't know is that I plan on breaking into her house this weekend to steal ALL of her samples to use in future craft projects. Just don't tell her I was the guilty party. She might think RonChops stole them all to use in his man crafts. That's believable right????
So last to lastly...
I wanted to share some of YOUR projects from this week with everyone!
Michelle from Life Made Creations made these beauties!
MomChops made this pretty one!
Tiff with Dogwood Lane Designs made these lovelies too!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations with me girls!
I loved seeing them all!!
So time for the big giveaway!
I was contacted by Diane from Wise Gal Designs about doing a giveaway of one of her jewelry pieces this week (you MUST go check out her shop... she does beautiful custom work)! Diane told me she would create a custom piece with LollyChops readers in mind! Of course I jumped at the chance...
I asked that she design it with 3 bits of inspiration:
3) ...and HUGS...
How to win!
If you want a chance to win this beauty, all you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know which of the Wall Flowers days this past week was your very most favorite! Were you digging Teal Tuesday or Yellow Wednesday... or perhaps you were really into the Orange explosion from Monday??? I'll leave this giveaway open until Sunday April 4, 2010 9pm CST!
That's all she wrote! Thanks again to each and every single one of you for stopping by this week to leave me some love! I had fun and I hope you did too!
P.S. I am going to work on responding to your comments this weekend!!!! I have read them all, I just haven't had time to write you guys back yet! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo's!
O.M.T. After this I am done... I promise. I just had to share this one last picture...
P.S.S.T. If you are interested in buying some crochet flowers... CraftyDiane (the source of the original inspiration for all of these crochet flowers today has an Etsy shop... you can go check it out HERE)!
Was that the longest post ever or what!?!?! Whew.