Saturday, 21 September 2013

TAST 64-66: Top Knotted Buttonhole, Buttonhole Bar and Coral Stitch

I've seen so many examples of lovely embroidered paisley so I decided to have a go.

I did not like stitching the Top Knotted Buttonhole. At all! Because of the way the thread has to twist in order to make the knot I found it impossible to get into any sort of rhythm, which is a shame as it's an interesting-looking stitch.

Buttonhole Bar and Coral Stitch were much more enjoyable - lending themselves nicely to that all-important rhythm. Do you find that a nice rhythm when stitching makes the process much easier?

To see how to work these stitches (and a whole load more) take a look at Pin Tangle's TAST page. And also have a look at the comments for embroidery inspiration.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Crocheted Flower Bookmark

This post has been republished as the original mysteriously disappeared!

Hello everyone - blog stop tourists, current readers and new visitors too! Thank you for stopping  by.  I love a bit of needlework - mainly sewing, embroidery and crochet, though lately crochet has been dominating my craft time.  So today I'm sharing a crochet tutorial for pretty flower bookmarks.  But don't rush off if you don't crochet,scroll down for a really simple, but pretty envelope packaging idea, and I've got a few things to give away too!

E-readers are great, but for me nothing compares with holding a real live book in my hands.  I came across some crocheted flower bookmarks on Pinterest and thought it was such a lovely way to mark a page.  So then of course I had to come up with my own version.  I made a few as end of year gifts for my son's teachers so hopefully there are no mistakes in the pattern! It's quick to make up and a great way to use up yarn scraps. So anyway, here's how to make one of your own:


Note - I'm using UK crochet terms, but here is a quick UK-US translation:
UK                                     US
Slip Stich (sl st)                   Slip Stitch (sl st)
Double Crochet (dc)             Single Crochet (sc)
Treble Crochet (tr)               Double Crochet (dc)


  • DK Yarn in two colours. I used James C Brett Cotton On shades C05 (pink) and C012 (green).
  • A 4mm hook
  • A button, about 15mm
  • Tapestry needle


  1. With the first colour chain (ch) 42 (image 1). Slip stitch (sl st) into 3rd chain from hook to make a small ring (image 2). Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
  2. Cut 3 10cm lengths of yarn.
  3. Fold them in half and pull the loop about half way through the back loop of first ch of the ch42 (images 3 and 4).
  4. Take the ends and pass those through the loop, then pull to form a tassel (image 5). 
  5. Trim the ends to the same length.

With the second colour:

  1. Sl st into the ring you made in step 1 of the stem. *Dc into ring, ch4* five times. Sl st into first dc (image 1).
  2. *6tr into ch4 space. Sl st into next dc. Rep from * 4 times (image 2).
  3. Turn the flower over. Ch 2. 
  4. *Dc over the post separating the two petals (image 3). Ch 6* five times (image 4).
  5. Sl st into first dc. Turn.
  6. *10tr into ch6 space. Sl st into next dc. Rep from * 4 times (image 5).
  7. Fasten off.
Using the tail from the stem, sew a button to the centre of the flower.  Weave in all remaining ends (image 6).


If you make one of these bookmarks as a gift, or if you are looking for a nice way to package a small (flattish) gift, then these easy envelopes are ideal.  Use plain or patterned paper.  You can get some free printable papers from here.  This really is so easy it hardly deserves a write-up, but the result does look nice.

  • A sheet of paper. (I've used A4)
  • Sticky tape / Washi tape / Fabric tape

  1. If using an A4 sheet, fold it in half lining up the long edges.
  2. Cut along the fold to give you two strips (image 1).
  3. Take one strip and fold it from the bottom so that there is 1-inch/2.5cm left at the top (image 2).
  4. Cut a piece of tape the same length as one of the open folded sides, not including the 1-inch/2.5cm at the top. 
  5. Position the tape so that half of it is on the paper and half of it is overhanging (image 3).
  6. Fold the tape over to the other side of the envelope to seal the opening (image 4).
  7. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Use a small piece of tape to seal the envelope shut.
(Apologies if some of the photos are a little unclear. The Washi tape I ordered did not arrive in time for this post :( and all I had was clear sticky tape!)

    OK, and now to the giveaways! I have:

    • three crocheted flower bookmarks, 
    • one kit to make your own bookmarks (containing a 4mm crochet hook, enough yarn to make 3 bookmarks, buttons, a tapestry needle and printed instructions) and 
    • a roll of Washi tape  (pictured below) 
      (image: PrettyTape)
    up for grabs.  To enter just leave a comment saying which giveaway you want to enter (it's OK to enter all 3). For an extra chance to win, like the Berry Bakewell Facebook Page then come back here and leave a comment telling me you've done that.  The giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide and will close at midnight (UK time) 22nd August.

    I hope you've enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again :-)


    Missing Post!

    I've just noticed that the post "Crocheted Flower Bookmark" that I wrote for the Creative Crafting summer blog tour has mysteriously disappeared from this blog! Along with all the comments and viewing stats associated with it. It's as though it never existed.  I'm fairly certain that I didn't delete it and if not for the fact that there are links to it from elsewhere on the web I'd be doubting my sanity right now. It's really upsetting as a lot of work went into it and it was one of my most popular posts! Has this ever happened to anyone? Any advice about how (if) I can recover it would be gratefully received.

    And apologies for not announcing the winner of the giveaway yet, but that's a bit difficult for obvious reasons!

    TAST 62-63: Raised Cross Stitch Flower and Scroll Stitch

    Here's my attempt at the Raised Cross Stitch Flower and Scroll Stitch.  I liked both stitches - they had a nice rhythm to them.  I'm not sure I like the finished piece though. It's not quite what I imagined, but these are definitely two stitches I would like to use again.

    For more information and inspiration take a few minutes to visit Pin Tangle.