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Live Life – Love Life Crochet Pattern Release

This pattern has been under way for quite some time. It could be argued that I have been procrastinating over it, although that wouldn’t be me to do that at all…

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I actually really enjoy working this pattern and have another sample ready for photography once the light and the weather is more co-operative. You can read more about the making of the pattern and the bag here!

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

DETAILS:
Size:
Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
Materials:
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50


The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

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Tapestry Crochet Workshop Yarn Classes

Tapestry Crocheters Hatched

Today nine superb tapestry crocheters were hatched at the library in Skive in Denmark, another great day and I think the pictures speak for themselves!

Tapestry Crochet Workshop at Skive Bibliotek by Irene Lundgaard 7Tapestry Crocheters fully fledged Skive Bibliotek by Irene LundgaardTapestry Crochet Workshop at Skive Bibliotek by Irene Lundgaard - TeachingTapestry Crochet Workshop at Skive Bibliotek, Denmark
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Irene Lundgaard & Hanne Seidenfaden 2012

The surroundings are bright, modern and steeped in sun and the staff and management at the library are second to none, helpful and ever encouraging for which I am very grateful. Special thanks are extended to Anette Dalsgaard, ever vigilant and always to hand,  helpful and making life so very easy for me as a tutor, she is looking after us all with delicious lunch, and a steady stream of goodies with tea and coffee all day! Tak Anette!

Thanks to everyone for a great day! And special thanks to Hanne for photography.

Now it’s on with the thinking cap to think up the next workshops, but feet up first!…

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Crochet Fun

The Rhythm Of Crochet

A while ago, (a year to be exact, I have just been reliably told, cough-cough! How time flies!) I was given a gorgeous and very inspiring gift. I was given a piece of crochet music. Donal wrote a pretty little tune for me all inspired by the rhythm of my crochet hook.

Honestly, it doesn’t get any bigger than that as gifts go in my world!

Not only did Donal write the music, he also made me a video with an animated crochet hook interspersed with pictures of some of my crochet.

Donal called the tune “Get Hooked” and that is exactly what he has done. I’m hooked on it and I think Donal has completely captured the rhythm of a crochet hook in the tune and let’s face it, he does hear a lot of it! Words like “obsessive compulsive” does regularly make their way across the room to me for some reason…

I love that little humpty-dumpty rhythm he has captured, it is so melodic and great crochet music to my ears. I adore this little video, I adore the tune and truth be told, I adore Donal, but that’s my own little private secret…

Enjoy the music!

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A Lively Handbag

I have not exactly been going to bed early the last week or so and that is for a very good reason, if I may say so myself. I allowed myself to indulge in a spot of my all time favourite crochet discipline, namely tapestry crochet.

I have harboured the idea for a colourful handbag for a while but never got around to doing the number crunching to make it possible to manifest. However, the Tinahely Arts Group are having huge Culture Night celebrations on Friday September 23rd and one of the events is a group exhibition at the Riverside Business Centre and I thought my Live Life * Love Life Tapestry Handbag would lend itself to an outing for that.

There is nothing like a deadline to focus the mind and this is the result of my labour.

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 1 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 2 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I rolled out a large ball of the wonderful Kauni Effektgarn. The colours are rich and clever – they inspire me every time I have a ball about the place. It’s actually not just the colours that inspire me, but also the coarseness of the wool and not least the wonderful scent of lanolin that emits as one works through the ball of yarn resulting in baby soft hands. The contrast colours are worked in Einband from Ístex, another one of my all time favourite yarns which is coarse too. Coarse yarns are great for stitch definition, a vital ingredient in anything I crochet.

I used simple, classical bamboo handles which I got at The Yarn Room, they are ‘au naturel’ which plays well with the yarn, while they, at the same time, are delicate enough to give the bag balance. They make the most wonderful clicking sound when one grabs the two handles together.

Oh yes, the aesthetics of a handbag…

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

DETAILS:
Size:
Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
Materials:
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50


The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

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Tapestry Crochet

Happy Handbag

Happy Handbag - Tapestry CrochetI have finally found a workaround for the handles of the handbag I started in June. I couldn’t finish it there and then as the vintage handles I had stashed were first hidden in ‘a safe place’ and when they finally showed up, they turned out to be unsuitable for the bag.

I then went through the long procrastination about how to solve the issue… I ended up using a couple of bamboo handles which I covered in crochet to get the right balance – they were too flimsy ‘au naturelle’. I made a square insert for the bottom, to give the bag a bit of hold, I used a piece of wood with holes for the handle ties in the upturn along the inside of the brim and I tied the handles on with the most delicious orange coloured leather straps.

I am a little bit in love with this bag… It’s bright and cheerful, I like bright and cheerful.

Note: The bag is worked in remnants of Lett-Lopi and Studio Donegal Aran weight yarns, it is worked on a 4.5 mm hook to give a good strong texture to the fabric.

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Crochet Design

The Texture Of My Colour Pallet

I often dream of experimenting with textures in crochet but I never get much further than using pretty stitch combinations – if I even get that far. I have seen wonderful cabled garments and Afghans or blankets crochet with deep textures and even crochet cables a la Aran sweaters and I find it very pretty. I also often dream of going mad with free-form scrumble crochet a la Prudence Mapstone. As a matter of fact, I should have been at one of her workshops last year here in Ireland but had to cancel as the date clashed with one of The Irish Reef workshops at the time and I ended up never really taking flight in that particular discipline either.

I have come to realize that my true love is colour and that texture is secondary to me in the sense that the yarn will provide that, if the right yarn is chosen for any given project, that is. I feel no need to make texture in any fabric other than what is possible to do in colour. Having said that, some of the most beautiful knitwear I have ever seen was cables worked in lace-weight yarn. So perhaps my true love is fine yarn with colours or textures rather than big chunky yarn…

Muliticoloured Tapestry Crochet Bag Pretty Colours © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I was mulling all this over while I was working on a much needed tea cosy replacement for our teapot. The one we have is in a very very sorry state and should probably have been changed years ago but I also appreciate the beauty of dilapidation; I reckon you are forced to come to that realization at a certain age ;), hence the more dead than alive tea cosy state of affairs in this household.

Like most ‘yarnies’, I am fairly well stocked when it comes to yarn stash and I decided that I would limit myself to using remnants in Aran weight yarn only for the new tea cosy, I also wanted to work it in some simple tapestry crochet to utilise the thickness of that fabric and I just made up what you see above as I went along. What fascinates me is the colour pallet I had in my remnants. I never wear brown, I hardly ever wear orange or green, and have never actually knit or crochet a garment in red. But still, the colours were there in my stash. And that’s the whole thing with colour, you can’t just use the ones that you love the most, you need to use the colours that you mightn’t use normally or even ones you dislike to really get the contrast which makes the texture of colour. It really is fascinating.

As for the tea cosy, I have actually decided to turn it into a handbag. The colours and textures are just right for a handbag and I think I have some wooden vintage handles somewhere that would just make it the perfect funky bag… And yes, I’m back to the drawing board with that tea cosy, fortunately the dilapidated one is still about the place…

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Tapestry Crochet

It’s Heart Work

IMG_9754smallI started crocheting Bags Of Romance in Tapestry Crochet a couple of weeks ago and they turned out to be real cute, if I may so myself. It would be more accurate to call them purses but that just doesn’t roll off the tongue very well. They turned out so cute that I went on another one of my obsessive compulsive crochet trips and made a heap and I thought this Valentine’s Day would be appropriate for sharing my latest labour of love here. I have included a little clever ring in the picture to give an idea of scale. I got the ring on Etsy from tinahdee she makes jewellery out of recycled silver. Tina was the one to coin the phrase Heart Work…

I made a few of the little pouches with the button, one drawstring bag for keeping treasures in and over the weekend I got stuck into a bigger purse, the one with the darker green colour included. I am having great fun improvising the sections of pattern designs as I go which means my canvas is completely blank at all times although I do complete a section at a time. My free spirit has a preference for this approach and that goes for everything I make, really.

IMG_9761smallBags Of Romance © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Yes, some people would find it hard work to work tapestry crochet on a size 2 mm hook, to me it’s pure heart work though.
The alert reader may also have noticed I have ‘a thing’ with hearts. I find the shape so harmonious and well rounded. Perhaps I will put these up for sale some day, although some of them will definitely be given away as presents to loved ones. I know of both a recent engagement and a wedding just around the corner too. A little pouch with semi-precious stones of romance is one idea that I am toying with for a romantic present…

Happy Hearty Valentine’s Day!

Note: In other news, I found out today that I was nominated for the Irish Blog Awards 2011. That’s exciting! And thank you very much for the nomination, whoever you are!

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Bags Of Romance

I was on the road a lot this week, I was even on the train to Cork and back again in the one day, but more about that later. For all my travels, I needed a handy little project that was portable and interesting at the same time and what better than some fine yarn and an equally fine hook, but not too fine either. I mean, the work-light on a train and out and about is not exactly predictable, so very fine lace was ruled out…

IMG_9559smallBags Of Romance © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I dipped into the stash and found some pretty DMC Petra Crochet Cotton (5), a size 2 mm hook and then I dug out the Hearty Tapestry Bag pattern for some tapestry crochet. I made some adaptation so this time it’s all soft tones here and I have a few little pretty Bags of Romance made up. They still need blocking and I have to find suitable buttons from the stash, once that’s done I’m all set for Valentine’s Day! Are you?

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Tapestry Crochet

At Home With Tapestry Crochet

Hearty Tapestry Bag by Irene LundgaardSince I found Tapestry Crochet and made it my own my Scandinavian crochet self has found her true spiritual home. My love of colour work, which was always confined to knitting, I felt, has truly found a home. My plan this autumn and winter is to dip into the stash of beautiful coloured pure wool yarns and see what I can lure out of it with my tapestry hook.
The Hearty Tapestry Bag has finally been written up as a pattern with chart et al. To celebrate, I feel an urge to make another one, but perhaps I should just focus on a couple of WIP’s that need finishing before I indulge my urge?…

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Defiant Summer Crochet

IMG_3490smallThe Irish summer heat seeped out around July first, we’re back to rain and low temperatures as per usual but who says we can’t use summer colours anyway? I am at the moment.

The Summer Candy Swirl Beanie was completed in fun summer colours. It’s just a little sample that will only fit a child’s head, the spiral on it was fun to make. I enjoy to crochet spirals.

Right now I’m preparing the Tapestry Crochet Class for next Saturday at The Yarn Room and I’m having great fun. I made the first couple of samples a while back, one is the Little Girl’s Pouch which is also very summery in colour indeed.

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Colourful Tapestry Crochet Samples In Cotton

I have a little cat crochet in a Egyptian style, it’s fun but it will need much more work. I’ll enjoy the creative journey that will be.

The woollen Tapestry Crochet sample is my all time favourite so far. I adore the coarse Cushendale DK yarn that has such wonderful stitch definition and durability. And then there is the colours that are simply to die for. The saturation is just right, the hues and tones are done to perfection and the fleck is just fantastic!

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Tapestry Diamond Bag © 2010 Irene Lundgaard

I will work on a couple more samples and see if I can think up some fun and inspiring designs to work with. You see, to me the best journey of all is the creative process and that is the summer journey I intend for this weekend. Tapestry Crochet, here I come!

Note:
Tapestry Crochet – €25
• Part 1: Saturday 24th July 2010 from 3 – 5pm
• Part 2: Friday 6th August 2010 from 3 – 5pm (if you just want to learn the technique, you do not need this class)
• Learn how to crochet Tapestry. You will need basic crochet skills to get the most out of the class.

Class booking can be done  at The Yarn Room online shop or by calling the shop on Tel: +353 (0)85 1303762