I have been crocheting since the age of twelve. Still, at the age of 70 I am still learning new things and new stitches.
This is entrelac:
While it may not be a fancy lace stitch its uses are varied. After making two sections like this it is about to become a bag for portable yarn projects.
This stitch is basically a version of the afghan stitch worked in multiples of seven. It goes like this: 1. chain 7, pull up loop in second chain from hook. Keeping both stitches on hook continue pulling up loops in remaining stitches until you have seven. 2. Next, yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through next two loops and repeat across rest of loops. The picture below shows what your work should look like.
You now have one bar (dark purple) and loops (pink). Without chaining put your hook into the second loop and pull up…
Continue as you began pulling up the seven loops. Next row go back to row 2 and continue in pattern until you have 5 bars.
With the completion of your first diamond ch 7 and repeat the same pattern until you have 7 diamonds. When your seventh diamond is complete, pull thread through last loop and cut. You will repeat the pick up a new color and attach as follows:
Attach yarn at corner of the last diamond worked and ch 6. Pull up loops as in row one except the 7tb loop will be in the first stitch of the diamond already worked:
Continue to complete the 5 bars. When 5th bar is complete slip stitch through loops until you are where you need to be to start the next diamond.
I am not doing videos at the time but feel free to check out videos on YouTube and Rumble on entrelac crochet.
While the picture is not clear and lacks definition, the meaning is clear. There are gifts galore amidst a less than perfect tree. I too am less than perfect. There is a little village like Bethlehem town and a manger too where shepherds gathered round.
The last two years have been tough on all of us. While some are without jobs and some have lost loved ones, I feel particularly grateful.
My heart goes out to the families that have had a loss. Also to the families hit by the tornadoes while your loss may be great, you are still here.
While the evil in this country tries to tear us apart we will now and forever stand firm in our faith. As we get ready to celebrate with family and friends I hope you really enjoy each and every moment as time is so precious.
Despite the covid threats, don’t be afraid to be with loved ones. The time you spend with them is more important than the virus you may or may not spread. It is time to stop living in the “what if” and start living in the “right now”. The moments you lose cannot be replaced.
I wish you all joy and much happiness now and throughout the new year. Thank you all for following my blog this year and hope you continue into the next.
My attention span is very short. In order to expand my drawing skills I started doing this:
To start this process I started with the little box in the center, added a ruffle on the outside and x’d the center. I then created shapes like the two large butterflies and connected them to the box by way of curvy lines and circles. As the collage expanded I added things I liked or reference to like the car is the same color as my car. The doll next to it refers to my doll collection. The dog is in honor of my dog and so it goes.
I would liked to have colored this with water colors but that is the one medium I have not tried yet. The colored pencils are the easiest but I might draw the next one on canvas and paint it.
I have several of these drawing notebooks in various sizes whose paper is of high quality and will accommodate most mediums including paint. We like to go to auctions and while waiting for the auction to start, you will find me drawing in a smaller version of this notebook.
When you think about Christmas what do you think of? For most people it is gifts and lights and family celebrations.
So many people seem to have forgotten why we celebrate Christmas. I want to take you back now to that cold night. Mary, was riding on the back of a donkey. A simple beast of burden carried this most precious of cargo. He had not eaten or rested, but was proud to perform his duty this winter night.
When it came time for her to be delivered, the donkey was amazed at the sight. Instead of his usual beastly cry he spoke for the first time “Truly God is now on earth”. Even he was shocked. The cows and the lambs bowed down before the holy child whose head was now adorned by a halo of light.
It was a magical night. A night that would never be forgotten. This was not the last task for the donkey however. Some thirty years later one of his sons would be called to duty for another important task. This time it was to carry Jesus to his final destination. That Sunday when palm leaves fell at his feet, was he aware that was Jesus’s last ride? Did he speak a final farewell to our Lord. That answer we will never know.
While there were a lot of people that crossed Jesus’s path, it was the donkey that played a role in both his birth and his death.
A short one hour away we park our RV in a quaint no-frills campground at Oriental, NC. This is not a place for everyone. There are no fancy shops, not a lot of buzz, not even really a town. While there are a lot of things its not there are still pluses to this little community.
There are a few good restaurants like the “Our State” favorite The Silos. The one we liked the best was The Brantley which had a great buffett at an actual decent price. Both were within walking distance of our campsite.
I remember this community as a child as just a small community across a small bridge. There was little scenic about it and certainly no restaurants or little else. Oriental now has grown into still a small but attractive place on the map. What it lacks in frills it offers in warmth. The people were welcoming and sometimes entertaining. Here are a few pics from my journey to Oriental.
Thank you for taking this journey with me to Oriental, NC. I hope in some small way I have captured its beauty and warmth. On a quiet day when you have nothing else to do take a chance and find that one spot on the map that calls to you.
Have a great day and God bless each and every one of you.
When traveling it can sometimes be difficult to take your craft projects with you. This one is easy and can be crammed into a gallon size zip lock bag.
If you can single crochet you can complete these projects and more.
You will need fabric scraps, the longer the better. Scissors for making the starting cuts and a size H crochet hook.
Lay out the fabric pieces you want to use and make a cut no more than 1 inch wide. After making the clip, pull the section that has been clipped to tear lengthwise. After you have lengths of the fabric torn tie lengths end-to-end forming square knots until you have all tied.
Now with your crochet hook you are going to [for proj 1] chain 3 and slip stitch into first stitch. 2. Continue in the round adding stitches where needed to make your piece lie flat. 3. Depending on how many stitches you now have you will now begin to square your project by adding stitches as follows: if you have 20 stitches in your round then in every 5th stitch you will add 2 stitches giving you 3 stitches to form each corner. Continue in this manner for 5 rows. 6. Continue as on previous row except after the corner decrease one by pulling up loops in two stitches instead of one for the sc. This pulls the corner tight and starts to form the wall of your basket.
After you get your wall height to where you want it cut about 3 inches of your working fabric and weave into the basket to finish. Your basket should now look similar to mine…maybe better.
If you do not have the beginning crochet skills, you can find videos on YouTube or Rumble.
This is literally a “no cost” project unless you need a crochet hook and you can even find them at auctions, yard sales and flea markets.
In a time of uncertain supply it is important to make the most of what you have. With Christmas coming up I have been contemplating new projects. By a stroke of luck I found a rug canvas at a local auction along with a bag of scraps. Here is what I am working on.
As you can see this canvas had a design printed on it. You could easily design your own using a fabric marker. Here is what you will need:
You thread your needle with your fabric and work this project using a basic needlepoint stitch (You can find videos on YouTube).
While this is not a project you will finish overnight it does work up pretty quickly. After you finish your design, select enough fabric of a neutral color to work the rest of the canvas.
Every year I am drawn to the mountains of North Carolina. I think it is a way that God calls me closer to him. This trip we were not able to get lodging were we wanted to be so we settled for Mt. Airy.
The campground was large with the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Here is something else we did not expect to find in this campground…two vintage vehicles.
We decided to drive the short distance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and get a few shots from the overlook.
While I was disappointed that the leaves had not turned, the trip was still worth it. The pond below was just behind our campsite.
Steam rising off the pond in the early morning hours.
Hope you enjoyed.
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