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Crochet Doily Yarn Classes

Dilly-dally Doilies

Over the last few months I have been on a mission inspired by the Motorbike Doily I made last year for my brother Thue. I do not crochet doilies, I do not use doilies but I love the time-consuming work that the fine cotton thread offers and the fine delicate work one can churn out, so I set to work on some more for my other siblings.

First I made an Oil Rig & Supply Ship Doily – it was done in the same technique as the Motorbike Doily, in fine thread (80 on a 0.6 mm hook). I wanted to make this for my oil rig brother Jens and even managed to create a few waves for him on it around the supply ship. I loved making it, and I dug out my great granny’s sampler book for the edgings and was quite true to her handicraft from the 1890s as I copied her pretty edge ideas! There is a wonderful connected-ness to my way back crochet background when I look in that book.

This is the result of my hooked labour – how I enjoyed myself! Who said I don’t do doilies? With a twist…

Crochet Oil Rig and Supply Ship By Irene LundgaardCrochet Oil Rig & Supply Ship Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

The next person on my list was my sister Tina and I also wanted to make her something meaningful.  She lives in London and has a deep love for the obsolete Routemaster buses that used to bring the masses around in the streets of London. Fortunately, some of these old buses are still in operation, one such bus is the number 9 heritage bus that goes to Trafalgar, to me and to my sister, it doesn’t get any more London than that, so my choice of image was quickly decided. I had run out of the very fine thread so I upped the thread to a 40 on a 1.0 mm hook. Yet again, I tipped my crochet toes into my great granny’s sampler book for the edging but this time around I elaborated on her originals and some of the ideas I came up with might just work as nice edges on some simple crochet woollen winter shawls. Only time will tell and perhaps my stash, my hook and my imagination – we’ll see!

Anyway, this is the Routemaster bus doily I crochet. What fun I had!

Crochet London Routemaster Doily by Irene LundgaardCrochet Routemaster Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

Finally my brother Leif was on the receiving end of a doily. He and I both share the love of picking fossils on the shore. We all grew up on a rather unique island called Fur in Denmark which is riddled with the most fascinating fossils and geology of interesting Diatomite Cliffs (moclay). When he and I walk on the beach we see nothing of the view as we have our noses stuck into the gravel under foot and prize out the treasures fossilized sea urchins, octopuses, oysters, wood – whatever fossil we can find from at least 50 million years ago.

I made Leif a fossilized sea urchin with a lighthouse in the background to set the maritime scene. I elaborated even further on the edges from the Routemaster doily and there is no doubt in my mind that some of these will indeed turn into some edging on simple crochet shawls for the winter.

This is the Fossil & Lighthouse doily – I’m glad ancient fossils are never strictly symmetric! Giggle!

Lighthouse and Fossil Doily by Irene LundgaardCrochet Fossil & Lighthouse Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

I have a few more ideas like these up the sleeve, as a matter of fact, I have already stared two so there is no dilly-dally here, only doilies!

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Crochet Design

Runes In Filet Crochet

I have a few balls of DMC 80 cotton and thought I’d use it for a birthday present, so I set to work with pencil and notepad. I had a few ideas and landed on working in Filet Crochet, a technique I very rarely use as it does not really appeal to me, but my plan of making a wall hanging of sorts with some ancient rune writing made me fall back to Filet Crochet. I had thought of freeform – something like the motorbike from last summer, but that didn’t appeal either, so Filet Crochet it is!

Filet Crochet Runes by Irene LundgaardFilet Crochet Runes – in the making
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

This is where I have gotten so far. I am working on my size 0.75 mm hook and the cotton thread is DMC 80 in Ecru.

Soon the main crochet will be done, then I will add some frilly edges and once that is all done, a good blocking will make it possible to actually read the runes, although that obviously will require knowledge of the ancient script of runes. Runes are an old Norse alphabet used by the Vikings among many others. I have always been struck by the beauty of this old script. If you are curious, you can read about runes here.

Once the crochet is completed I will write about the actual writing on this piece which is also ancient and something that has followed me as a thing of beauty since my childhood.

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Crochet Design Doily freeform crochet

Birthday Crochet – The Ultimate Celebration

This weekend saw Pia & Thue’s 40th birthday and I celebrated with a spot of crochet – the ultimate from of celebration if you ask me. Pia & Thue are avid bikers, this summer saw them “do Sweden” on their bikes and next year they are planning a very long bike trip in America… What could I do but crochet them a motorbike doily to celebrate?

Crochet Birthday Motorbike for Pia and Thue September 2013Crochet Birthday Motorbike for Pia and Thue September 2013
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I played around with the rough image of the bike and bikers and then softened the image by using some edgings from my Great Granny’s sampler book which I have found inspiration in and written about many times before. I mounted the bike on a gorgeous tangerine coloured card with rice paper behind as I have a feeling it will end up on a wall at Thue & Pias

Pia & Thue have been graceful enough not to comment on the fact that the bike very much resembles the 3 gear Puch moped I rode in my teens…

Happy Biker Birthday folks!

Note: I used Ecru DMC 100 and a 0.75 mm crochet hook.

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Crochet Deirdre Minogue freeform crochet Small Crochet Projects

New Crochet Necklaces

I’m on a roll with these summer neck pieces. I like the simplicity of the grey linen and silver coloured beads – once we get the sun and a bit of a tan I think it’ll look great on some summer skin!

Grey Linen Necklace With Silver Beads by Irene Lundgaard at Deirdre Minogue Tinahely Co Wicklow IrelandCrochet Linen Necklace With Silver Coloured Beads
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I have a bag of delicious Mulberry Silk, I have been stroking the cones for a good while wondering what to use these goodies for. Yesterday I completed this curry coloured piece and started a bright red one immediately after which I hope to have done later in the week.

Curry Mulberry Silk Necklace by Irene Lundgaard in Deirdre Minogue Tinahely Co Wicklow IrelandCrochet Mulberry Silk Neck Lace In Green Curry
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

Mulberry Silk is quite addictive and the colours are just so rich and delicious! It is the most delicious yarn ever. Probably!
It’s delicious to touch, it drapes elegantly, the colours are gorgeous. Just fabulous!

Note: These necklaces are for sale in the Deirdre Minogue Sale Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow, Ireland. The shop is open Friday and Saturday from 11 to 5.

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Crochet Fascinator Hair Decoration

Hyperbolic Doilies For The Hair

I don’t know where this romantic streak of mine has come from of late! First there was pink crochet flowers, then crochet with pearl beads and now doilies for the hair! It must be that spring has sprung!

I have had my DMC 40 pure cotton Ecru coloured thread out along with my .6 mm crochet hook. I love delicate work like that! I always have. The finer the better.

Crochet Hyperbolic Doily Hair Decoration by Irene LundgaardCrochet Hyperbolic Doily Lace Hair Decoration
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

What rolled off the hook was a little hair decoration or fascinator of sorts, I think it’s so quaint and would go well with a lot of the Renaissance style hair up-dos I see around. Pretty, romantic and totally cutting edge science hyperboles with a twist. I like the quirkiness of that!

I need a wig to show it off properly. My own hair won’t work for this colour, fortunately a friends of mine have wigs about the house, so I’ll go visit soon for some proper pictures.

Note: I am going to make more of this style of hair decorations. They will be on sale in Deirdre Minogue’s Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow, where I will be working every Friday instead of Saturday for the next few weeks. Hope to see you there!

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Crochet Crochet Collar crochet necklace

Crochet Neck Pieces For The Shop

I love the fashion of statement jewellery, I have seen very many beautiful pieces but I rarely wear any myself as my neck does not like the weight, not even a fine little gold necklace with a small pendant does my neck like. However, I am a great woman for wearing scarves, my neck really like them but I find them a bit heavy for the spring and summer so over the last few weeks I have been playing with my hook to try and make a pared down version of a summer scarf.

Crochet Pink Wild Rose Neck Piece by Irene LundgaardCrochet Pink Wild Rose Neck Piece In Linen And Cotton
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

Crochet Pearl Neck Piece by Irene LundgaardCrochet Necklace In Cream Cotton With Pearl Beads
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

The neck pieces are all made in either linen, cotton or a combination of the two. They are light and soft and then the pearls snook into the equation…

These two pieces are for sale in the Deirdre Minogue Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

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Crochet flowers

A Bunch Of Crochet Flowers For A Friend

I thought I’d share a little bunch of crochet pink flowers I made for a friend who has been unwell. They are crochet in cottons from my stash. I had many colours of yarn but somehow the pinks spoke to me while diving for yarn. I will allow the pictures to speak for themselves while I contemplate what flowers to make for six green striped China cup and saucer sets that I have. Perhaps just something simple in cream. We’ll see what rolls off the hook.

Bouquette of Crochet Flowers By Irene Lundgaard 1Bouquette of Crochet Flowers By Irene Lundgaard 5Crochet Bouquet Of Flowers In Cotton
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

Crochet flowers are great to give as a present to somebody in hospital as many hospitals do not allow cut flowers on the wards.

Note: If you are interested in purchasing crochet flowers along the lines of these, drop me a mail on irene@yarnclasses.com

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Amigurumi Crochet Design Dolls

Horseplay With The Hook

While I was in Denmark earlier in the month a message with a fun order ticked into my mail box. I usually say I don’t “do” commissions, but then again, I do “do” commissions, but only when my creative freedom is not constrained. Fortunately, this was the case again this time. This was an order for two small figures of about 12 cm. One male and one female, he was to wear black trousers and a red coat, she was to wear a black dress. And I was to crochet a horse too…

I have crochet like something of a lunatic ever since as today was the deadline for completion of the project.

Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female with Horse by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I could have done many different styles of people and horse, but knowing the person who ordered them, I kept the whole thing fairly simple.

I had a really hard time making the horse. I have never been a horse girl, when I was a child, so a bit of research went into getting that neck made somewhat right!

Crochet amigurumi horse by Irene Lundgaard 2Detail of Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female Detail and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I have just handed over the lot and fortunately they were well received! That is always a gamble when doing commissions, even with pictures of the progress during creation, there are no guarantees that the customer is going to be happy with the finished work, so I’m delighted again this time!

And now, I’ll go back to crocheting wild pink roses, I have a little neck piece in mind for the shop for tomorrow.

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Crochet Design Dolls

No Idle Hands

I am busy teaching crochet these days and was delighted to have a great day in the Deirdre Minogue Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Saturday where my crochet sold well – I have a shop in Deirdre’s shop and love the concept of cooperation in that way!

My good sales on Saturday means some of the nicer pieces of mine are now sold and I am busy making something new – pink wild roses are on the agenda as a little reminder that summer is nigh!

Male and female with armsCrochet Male & Female
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

However, I had a request for a few little crochet figures which I have to complete by the end of the week. The yarn is fine and there are many stitches to do. These two little people need a coat and a dress and a horse too…  No idle hands indeed.

Note: Deirdre Minogue’s Sale Shop, Tinahely, Co Wicklow is open every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. I man the shop every Saturday (although through May I will be manning the shop on Fridays) and I hope you call in to say hello if you are in the area!

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Crochet Workshop

Edelweiss Arm Band

I have arrived in Denmark and I’m busy finalizing the last few items for the workshops on Friday and Saturday. I thought I’d share a quick photo of one of the items that we will be working on on Saturday. It’s an armband in some lovely cotton and when my mother saw the flowers she immediately called them Edelweiss, her name is Edel – perfection!

Crochet Edelweiss Arm Decoration by Irene Lundgaard

Edelweiss Arm Band in Cotton
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

My mother is playing a blinder helping me out, she has sewn away A LOT of ends on my models for the workshops! That is what I call true love! Tak Mor!