Over to Mandy:
I have four
children, the eldest of whom went to sixth form last month and the other three
are home-schooled by me. Before that I
had a career in teaching and went to
On the crafty front, my Gran taught me to
crochet when I was little. I never
really got on well with knitting but loved embroidery. In recent years I have tried my hand at beading
& jewellery, quilting, and dabbling with polymer clay.
I got into scrap booking several years ago
and make cards for special occasions.
Like many people, I have always loved crafting and ‘making things’ and
usually have several projects on the go at once. I love to go to
love to learn and am currently taking an online course with Julie Fei-Fan
Balzer which has been very liberating and inspiring.
This is my blog… http://6ichthusfish.typepad.com I was really pleased to be invited to do a post here on IACW.
Crochet Christmas Tree Baubles
By Mandy McKenna
The baubles are crocheted in the Japanese style of Amigurumi. With Amigurumi crochet, each ‘round’ in the crochet carries on from the round below, in a spiral pattern. It’s different to traditional crochet patterns because you don’t make the ‘3 chain’ to take the work up to the next level (which is how you usually make Granny squares for example).
You will need some coloured yarn. I use the brightly coloured Bamboo Cotton by ‘King Cole’ which is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. It’s similar to double knitting.
Into the second chain from the hook, do 6 single crochet stitches (6sc)
‘Single crochet decrease’ by crocheting two stitches together. Insert the hook into just the front loops of the first two sc stitches below…
Choose some embroidery thread and a needle that will fit through your beads. Insert the needle up through the base of the bauble and out where you want the sequins and beads to go.
I’m happy to help anyone who needs it… my e-mail is email@example.comBye for now.
Thanks Mandy, for such clear instructions and fabulous photos. If any readers make Mandy's baubles, we'd love a photo or blog link. And here is some more of her work, this time a monster,
and look at this fabby butterfly, instructions here!