Geeky Tuesday #4 Avatar Blanket

Now I haven’t watched a lot of Avatar. However my manpal is a fan, he watched quite a bit of the season with Korra in it with me. He likes to think about what sort of bender he is, he settled on earth- big, strong, calm, forceful. He decided I was fire- passionate, quick to emotion, angry.

Thanks? =S

I love this crochet blanket pattern on Rav by designer Kimby77. It’s geeky yet beautiful and could work in any home. And it’s free!

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Glasgow by Gaslight Pics

ThreadCetera had it’s own stall (my first!) at the Glasgow by Gaslight fair on Saturday just past. Here are a few photos from the event!

The best seller of the day was our superhero themed gloves, pictures. I am currently doing custom orders for these and have orders for all sorts thus far. Custom orders are only £9 including all postage. Drop me an email at threadcetera@gmail.com  or use the contact form below if you would like a design consultation or a quote! 

We had a blast at the fair and can’t wait for next years. Hope to see you at a craft fair soon!

Iron Man Pin-Cushion Pattern

DSCF2331After the great dress-making dummy purchase of May, I decided I needed to really up my game with the rest of my dress making tool. I’ve started with my pincushion.

I loved the Avengers film. I’m more a DC girl than a Marvel but I do love a good lot of hunky men and kick ass ladies saving the world. So I’ve decided to make a range of pincushions themed around it.

I’ve started with Iron Man. =D

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It was really easy to make. 2 basic parts, a bit of embroidery and Robert is your father’s brother… (Bob’s your uncle. It took me a while to figure out. D= #slow)

The pattern for this easy chappy is available as a Ravelry Download on PDF for only 50p!!

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Geeky Tuesday #3 SackBoy

Little Big Planet is one of the happiest games I’ve played and sackboy is up there as being the cutest.

I love seeing Sackboy all dressed up as Iron Man or a wizard or ghost. It’s adorable.

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Amigurumi designer Emjay Bailey has got to be one of the most talented of people. Her website Nerdgurumi (click for link) hosts a plethora of cute, strange, geeky, awesome designs that are constantly being pinned onto Pintrest by yours truly =3

I’ve tried a few of her things before and they always turn out awesome.

This pattern is available for free as a Ravelry download.

Happy hooking!

Geeky Tuesday #2 Strongbad

Hello again another Tuesday!

This weeks geek out is close to my heart. Strongbad is one of my favorite cartoon characters, I had spent countless hours watching episodes and then worryingly trying to talk like him.

The designer Aleta Fera has done really well to get the sizing right for all the different parts and I love the face.

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This is a fan pattern made free and can be found here.

I will definitely be giving this one a go!

Geeky Tuesday #1- The Claptrap

I love Crochet. I love it to bits. Since finding it it has come in useful, been calming, and been an endless source of fun.

Ravelry is a fantastic website for patterns, finished products and sharing the wooly love. I’m a big fan. I’ve been digging through the yarn to find some of my favorite patterns on here.

I present my Geeky Tuesday collection; the best of ravelry geekiness blogged Tuesdays.

This week I’m in love with Claptrap from Borderlands, I played this recently and it’s really funny, high octane fun. I love the animation style.

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This little guy is so cute, loving the pipe cleaners and the button eye. Hats off to the designer.

This free pattern is available by camaharet as a Rav download. You should check it out!

Yarn Wrapped Bottle Ornaments

002I have a habit of ‘holding onto things’, looking at things I’m throwing out and saying ‘I could probably use you for something’. I also have a habit of sitting on Pintrest for hours. The two go together marvellously.

I’ve seen lots of these sort of crafts involving bottles and yarn so I thought I’d give it a go!

It really is as easy as cleaning out your bottle, taking the labels off, picking a yarn and wrapping… with a few tips along the way.

To help make it super easy here are the ThreadCetera tips to bottle yarn craft:

  1. PVA- It’s the best choice. UHU dries very hard and shiny whereas PVA goes clear and if you do the wrong part it’s easy to wash off. Also, this craft can get very messy very fast, PVA is just much easier to get off your skin after.
  2. Start from the bottle neck- Starting up the top is logical because of the bumb in the middle. If you were to start bottom, the wool slides up when you hit the curve bumb without anything to hit against. Doing this top down eliminates this and the wool goes round much easier.
  3. Double Wrap- Depending on what colour of bottle you use this varies in importance. Clear glass allows the wool to dictate the colour overall but if, like me, you have used coloured glass make sure to double wrap otherwise the tiny baby gaps show an awful lot of colour of the bottle underneath. D=
  4. Turn the bottle as you go- If you keep the bottle stationary and just wrap, although the side you are looking at looks marvelous as straight, the other side will end up with a lot of gaps. Turning the bottle means you can keep an eye on the wool all the way round.

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I’m currently working on a few of these in various heights to sit together on the windowsill.

I find the whole process really calming, I would recommend spending some time on it.

See you soon!
~Threadcetera

New Etsy Stock!

necklaces EMMA CRAFT 111necklaces EMMA CRAFT 096We have been busy! New etsy stock is up in our ThreadCetera store ready to order and ship!

We have been working on necklaces this week, using salvaged charms and crochet to create something cute, kitch and fun. Retailing at £4 (without P+P) they are a snap! Check them out!


For links click the pictures above

Crochet Lelya Cowl

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So I bought myself a dress makers dummy off the internet. It’s made itself quite the feature in my room. I find it useful for taking pictures of the things I make because selfies are awful. =3

I’ve been using a book called Crochet One-Skein-Wonders by Judith Durnant, I bought the kindle edition for it is much easier to carry around and cheaper too.

The book is marvellous! It has so many quick and easy to follow projects, Judith has put a glossary of all stitches at the back and links you back to them when anything new crops up. The patterns themselves are lovely, not basic dull patterns but much more intricate patterns that take into account those times when you see that lovely patterned ball of wool that for some reason you only buy one of. D=

I completed the Lelya cowl pattern that was completed in rounds. I used Sidar Montana merino wool in the red/blue/green. My boyfriend had bought me a previous shade of the same wool that had crocheted up really nicely before so I was dying to try something new with it.

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The Lelya cowl worked a combination of single crochet, half double and slip stitches. It was the easiest =3

See you soon!

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Captain America Sheild Applique- Free Taster Pattern

DSCF2419So I’ve been working on a super awesome super hero (see what I did?) project recently. It’s going to to look real funky when finished and will be going up for sale real soon.

Part of it needed a mini applique using baby stars.

I never realized how much of a nightmare it was to find a star pattern that didn’t leave you with a star the size of your nose! After much much fiddling and playing I have finally finished mine. I’ve worked the pattern in 2 parts, shield and star and sewn the 2 together. I’m a massive fan of using up your spare yarn ends so I’m not specific with wool types or shades, using up ends of vaguely the right colour is cheaper and much more satisfying.

Here is the ThreadCetera Free taster pattern for the Captain America shield applique, complete with baby star 😉

Needed:
-White wool
-Blue Wool (I’ve used a navy blue because I had lots of spare scraps)
-2.5 mm crochet hook
-Knitters needle
-Scissors

Abbriviations to note:
[x]= this at the end of the line denotes how many stitches you should have if you counted round the circle. If you have trouble keeping count, putting a stitch marker in your first stitch helps a lot.
sc- Single Crochet

Shield- Blue wool
Slip knot wool onto hook, Chain 2

Round 1- 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook, do not join, we are working continuous rounds [6 stitches in round]
Round 2- 2 sc in each sc around) [12]
Round 3-  (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around [18]
Round 4- (sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc) around [24]
Round 5- (sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc) acound Fasten off. [30]

Star- White wool
Slip knot wool onto hook, Foundation chain 5, slip stitch into the first chain to make a ring.

For this part, we will not be working in rounds or rows, we aim to make 5 points. Each point of the star is worked into the centre ring made and finished. This is what makes it a tiny baby star!

-Chain 3, Triple Crochet into the ring, chain 3, slip stitch into the ring.

Do this 5 times, on the last time fasten off.

Joining-
Make sure all ends have been sewn into your work using your knitters needle. I find it useful to sew round edges to make them sturdier.Use a length of white wool and your knitters needle to apply the white star into the middle of the blue circle made. I find it particularly useful to sew the end of each point individually as well in order to give them extra ‘pointedness’.
Trim any leftovers with your scissors.

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This pattern is also available as a free Ravelry download, (click for link) for those who like me like to add things to the kindle for a later date.

Look ouy for our full pattern soon!

Happy Crocheting! See you Sunday.

~ThreadCetera Xx

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