Turkish Flat Weave Part II

I’ve figured out this Turkish Flat Weave beaded bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Beaded Bracelets on JanMadeIt

How ’bout them apples?

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelets on JanMadeIt

It was an easy process, but with the small beads all the same, my first attempts were a bit twisted. (See my previous post and you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

Turkish Flat Weave Blue and Pink bracelet on JanMadeIt

So I picked out larger beads and I threaded them on the cord in an A B pattern. I wanted to use that checkered wooden button so I picked the yellow and blue with the pink cord. I bought the cord in multi pack and the description was on the wrapper and not on the spools, so I’m not sure of the weight. Based on the .o5 inch blue cord below, it might be a .01 cord?

Turkish Flat Weave Pink and Blue Bracelets on JanMadeIt

Using the A B pattern of beads, it was very easy to keep my place. Every other “row” connected a blue bead, then a yellow bead. Easy peasy.

Turkish Flat Weave Red and Gold Bracelet on JanMadeIt

Then I had this red and gold button I wanted to use so I found some red and gold beads and decided on a black waxed cotton cord. Again, easy to keep my place.

Turkish Flat Weave White Bracelet on JanMadeIt

The white bracelet was made with nylon cord that’s used for Roman shades and other decorator window treatments. The bracelet is all white, but I created the A B pattern with white beads and clear beads. I used a vintage cuff link button to close this one.

Turkish Flat Weave Yellow and Lime Bracelet on JanMadeIt

Then I wanted to use the green stripey beads but I didn’t have enough of them to go all the way around so I added three different green beads to make that row long enough.

Turkish Flat Weave Yellow Lime Bracelet on JanMadeIt

I used a toggle clasp for this one. I’m not a fan of toggles. I’ve had a few fall off my wrist, but this one is small enough I think it will stay on.

Turkish Flat Weave pt05 Nylon Cord 1 on JanMadeIt

Then I wanted to play with making a wider bracelet so I started with larger cord. This is .05 inch nylon cord. I bought this spool on clearance awhile back intending to crochet a little purse with it, but that has yet to happen.

Turkish Flat Weave Pt05 Nylon Cord 2 on JanMadeIt

I had a tube of 2mm multi-colored blue Czech beads and I sorted them into a pattern that I liked. I also changed the single crochet stitch to a half-double crochet.

Turkish Flat Weave Turquoise Bracelet on JanMadeIt

The pattern has two beads on one side and one bead on the other. And look how well that flower button matches.

Turkish Flat Weave Turquoise and Pink Bracelets on JanMadeIt

Then I got brave enough to try something without the A B pattern thing going on and I made the pink one.

Turkish Flat Weave Pink 2 on JanMadeIt

I wasn’t bold enough to use all the same beads, but I used pairs of random pinks and purples. I also downsized to a Size F crochet hook.

Turkish Flat Weave Pink Bracelet on JanMadeIt

And then I found a teeny tiny pink button to use as a clasp. I put a single pink bead on top.

Turkish Flat Weave BlackGlass 2 on JanMadeIt

Then while sorting my beads to put them away I found a strand of black and brown glass beads I had to use. I matched them with simple round glass beads and used the 1mm rattail cord.

Turkish Flat Weave BlackGlass 1 on JanMadeIt

I stuck with the smaller hook (F) and kept my stitches tight.  And look at that cool chevron pattern that emerged.  It had been there all along but with the smaller cord and looser stitches it wasn’t obvious in the other bracelets.

Now I’m ready to make over the first two bracelets I made all twisty. They’re in a very special place and as soon as I can remember where that is, I’ll get right on it.

I have some beads I really want to use but the bead hole is very small.  I can use a reamer to smooth out holes that are a bit tight, but some are out of the questions. Does anyone know if I could drill out a bigger hole? I think I have a set of teeny tiny drill bits. It probably depends on the type of material the bead is made of. Any advice?

I might use two strands of cord. String the beads on a skinny little cord and align it with the larger cord I want to use. Then I’ll crochet them together with the beads on the smaller cord that’s practically invisible while the bracelet is made out of the larger more visible cord.

If you’re interested in doing this here’s the video tutorial where I found it. Her bracelets are much smaller and tidier than mine, but I’m still learning.  My goal was to make a beaded bracelet and I achieved that. I’m not very good at following instructions.

 

Oh, I couldn’t find C-Lon cord.  Not at JoAnn’s or Michael’s, which are my two options. I used cord I have on hand and picked out some other options. I have some bamboo I want to use, but it’s pretty thick.  I’ll have to find beads with large holes for that one, or use the double strand technique I mentioned.

Anyhoo.

If you make some of these (it’s addictive!  Like crafters need another addiction!) I’d love to see what you come up with and how you did it. It’s fast and simple once you pick out your beads.  I can make one in about a half-hour and then I have to decide on what kind of clasp I want.

I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours!

Jan

 

 

 

 

 

To Do: A Pillow, But Not a Bracelet

I had a to do list today, and I didn’t get through it because I got distracted. Everything on my list was something I need to finish. I wasn’t going to start anything new.

But then I did.

Like this bracelet.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Hemp

It was not even on my radar until I got an email from Creative Bug with a video tutorial on how to make one.  It’s crocheted and it’s called a Turkish Flat Weave. It’s not hard, but using hemp was not the best choice for my first attempt. The stiffness of the cord was kind of cranky. And like I found out with a previous project, it’s hard to see what’s what in the black yarn, or cord.

So I picked out some supplies for another one.

Materials for Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet

I went with the cream-colored number 8 pearl cotton thread and the bright beads.

Turkish Flat Weave Bracelet Cotton

The parts I got right are really nice.  But it’s twisted where I didn’t flip it the right way. If you watch the video you’ll know what I mean.  Once I get the hang of it I’ll unstring this and make it over.

By the way, if you can crochet, this is a very quick project. I started the second one at 10:30 and 45 minutes later I was working on the closure.

This pillow was on my to do list. This is not the pillow I set out to make but it’s what the fabric wanted to be. Anybody else have projects like that?

I made the pillow with a couple of decorator samples.

The floral with the owl is linen and the animal print is polyester. I have another piece that I think is drapery silk that will go on the back.

Applique Pillow Basted

If you look close you’ll see my navy blue basting stitches. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll attach the applique. If I have thread that exactly matches the pink I may quilt it down first before I secure the edges.

It’s going to be a pillow cover for a 16 or 18 inch square pillow. Since I don’t have another sample in this same color family this is all there is. The back piece is smaller than the front, so I’m hoping to manipulate it enough to manage a concealed zipper on one of the edges.

I have nothing this yummy pink will go with so I’ll probably sell it. It’s going to be amazing if you can use this almost dusty pink.

I have other decorator samples and I’m sure some of them will want to become the pillow I planned to make first.

How’s your to do list coming? Hope your day is swell!

Jan

It Oughta Be a World Record Afghan

Granny squares can be the easiest, fastest, most tedious, annoying, scrap-busting things you can crochet. They work up fast, and they look great using leftover scraps from previous projects. But there are jillions of tails to be woven in, and then the squares have to be stitched together to make a larger piece. Whew!

I stitched a few large squares together to  make a scarf I call Just Peachy.

Granny Square

But my six or eight little granny squares are not the point of this story.

The 7,800 afghans that were crocheted for charity in Finland in 2011 is what I’m sharing today.

I came across one image of this event, no caption, photo credits, or anything about what was going on with this stairway FULL of afghans.

I googled “old building with afghans on the steps” and got a few hits.

The building is the Helsinki Cathedral. The goal was 1,000 afghans to cover the steps of the cathedral and then donate to charity. They got 7,800 afghans, and only 3,800 would fit on the steps.

Wow!

To those of us who have a thing for fiber and needle arts, there are glaring mistakes in many of these posts. The pictures obviously show crocheted granny square afghans on the steps of this beautiful building. But the headlines variously indicate the project is knitted, it’s a patchwork quilt, or it’s a blanket.

The articles are in Finnish, and the translations are kind of rough so I’m not sure of all the details. I’ll let you follow the links and read for yourselves.

 NOTE:  all these links open in a new tab, so I’ll save your place here if you want to go take a look. 

I looked for a world record about this event, and didn’t find anything. One article clearly says someone was there to certify it, but it would be months before that was determined. This event was nearly eight years ago and the largest crocheted afghan I found was made for Nelson Mandela Day last year and was only 67 afghans.

These Helsinki afghans aren’t actually stitched together. They are connected with cable ties probably just to keep them in place. So if this is a world record I’m not sure what category it would be. If anyone tracks down additional information about it, I’m all ears.

At Joann’s we sell fleece for individuals and groups to make into blankets to donate to all sorts of local agencies. When it’s on sale we can spend thirty minutes–frequently more– cutting fabric for a single customer. There are also knitters and crocheters that do the same, but the only time we notice huge purchases of yarn is at checkout and there’s not usually time for much of a conversation.

People also make scarves for cancer patients, pillowcases for sick children, mittens for Christmas, and even dog scarves for local rescue groups. A bright splash of color around the neck makes a rescue dog so much more appealing and adoptable.

What about you?  Are you involved in some sort of sewing or crafting for charity? What do you make and who do you give it to?

Jan

Springtime Crocheted Flowers

Awhile back I promised links to some of the crocheted flowers that made up my Springtime Garden Wreath. I can’t remember exactly which patterns I used to make this collection, but here are eight of the dozens of patterns I used to make this. There was the quick crocheted flower, a 5-petal flower, and a 7-petal flower, This is an excellent scrappy project for bits and pieces of leftover yarn.

SpringFlowers

Here’s the wreath as I was putting it together. The flowers are pinned on the foam base side-by-side. Here’s a double flower, and a floating flower I referenced even though I didn’t crochet any layered flowers. Some of them look like double flowers because I placed a small flower on top of a larger one. Here are some Teeny Tiny Flowers, I have used.

SpringFlowers 2

I used some of the long tails to stitch the flowers together with the same yarn.

SpringFlowers 5

Other times I used a contrasting yarn to make the attachment.

SpringFlowers 4

SpringFlowers 3

These “roses” were not made in the round, but rather in a strip that was wound up after I finished it.

SpringFlowers 1

Find one of the rose patterns here.  I think the variegated yarn makes it a lot more interesting than if I’d made them all out of solid colors.

SpringRoses 1

I needed some leaves to fill in the blanks, and they were easy to create after I followed a couple of patterns.

SpringLeaves

Here is one leaf I used, and here is another. It was fun to mix and match different greens in the leaves.

SpringRoses 2

And in case you’re wondering, it took several hours for me to weave in all the tails and get this tidy and ready to hang. I really need to do that as I go instead of waiting until I have to do them all at once.

Ugh!!! So tedious.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and I’d planned to have a patriotic wreath up by now, but, as usual, time slipped up on me.

It won’t be crocheted this time and if I have some of the heavy-weight fusible stabilizer handy I will get started tonight.

Thanks so much to all the crocheters out there who wrote the patterns I used to make this wreath.  I’m not a very good pattern-follower, but your instructions made it easy. After I figured out the techniques I was able to go off-script and make all these flowers without getting bored and abandoning the project.

Anybody else do that?

Have a great and safe holiday weekend.

Jan

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