A Picnic in the Folly – Step 1

June 5, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, AUSTRALIANIA, CRAFT, Crochet |

 Some day soon I shall have a picnic (with cakes and champagne) in the folly, deep within the TVC gardens.  First, practise the decoration…

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4 Simple Steps to Edging a Blanket

May 19, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

"Where to begin?" (photo by Martineznotte)

Today I shall share my tips on how to edge a stripey crochet blanket in four simple steps:- 1) Be inspired by the marvellous blanket crocheted by Julie of Little Woollie. 2)  Whip up a blanket of your own. That’s the first few rows of my second stripey blanket to the left, and part of the first one on the right, under the bits and pieces of a wreath in progress. I have used 8-ply or DK yarn and a 4mm hook.  Notice the beautiful  red, pink and aqua flower next to the crochet hook?  That was a little extra sent to me by Julie when I ordered some wool from her (overall excellent service…

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The February Teacosy

February 24, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

I decided against the subtle Victorian look – I just cannot stick to pales.   So this second teacosy, is rather like the first – but even busier.   The instructions are here and here.  If I am to make one teacosy a month this year I need some new ideas,  or I will have twelve all pretty much the same.  Can anyone give me some inspiration? pp

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More Teacosy News!

January 23, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, Beading, CRAFT, Crochet |

Hello all! Yesterday I posted a pic of some of the elements of the next teapot cosy which I was planning – but I have changed my mind.  Instead of another brightly coloured one, I am going with these sorts of colours – a kind of faded-rose, Victorian look.  Stay tuned to see how it works out!  Any ideas?  

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Floral Teacosy. Instructions Second Half.

January 21, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

Hello Teacosy Lovers, this is the second half of the instructions for the floral teacosy FLOWERS & LEAVES. Here are links to some of the lovely flower patterns I use:- Attic24 of course.  There are many lovely things on this site.  The daffodil, the purple star flower (which is the base of the daffodil) and the small roses are Lucy’s patterns. LeisureArts for the large rose. Mollie Makes for these beauties. Flowergirl Cottage has an excellent pattern for a flower and other pretty things too. Some of the leaves came from this book –   I have pinned lots of  gorgeous flower, leaf…

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