Friday, April 11, 2014
Spring Celebration and Hope House
Spring is in full bloom here now. My headaches are a testament. But I love going outside without a coat and just feeling warm anyway! Lately I seem to have a fascination with primitive designs. It's such a change from the really detailed type of cross-stitching I used to prefer. When I saw this cute little freebie from the Primitive Hare, "Spring Celebration", I couldn't wait to stitch it up. I used a piece of 32 count natural Gander linen that I bought from The Thread Basket. I had heard so many good things about this linen that I was curious to try it out. It's not available much in the U.S., but the Thread Basket does specialize in French patterns and has a limited supply on the site. It's a nice weighty linen, and I enjoyed working with it. It was just the right size to turn into a luggage tag for Spring Break getaways. I gave it to a Jazzercise instructor who taught an especially fun class on the day I finished it up.
While searching for something completely different, I found this cute pattern for a funky crocheted house on Pinterest. Just for fun I tried to see if I could actually re-create it. My finishes from a lot of crochet patterns just don't turn out anything like the models. This one worked out pretty well though. I added a safety pin on the back.. poor man's brooch. One of my friends has been training for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. She's trying to get in shape without over-doing and it's been a little tricky. I will give it to my friend as a gift of encouragement. The pattern is called "Hope House" and you can download the free pdf here. I should have taken the photo in context so you could see the size. It's about 3" (7.62 cm) high. I crocheted it using #10 crochet cotton with a size 7 hook from colors that I had already.