Friday, June 1, 2012

TAST and SHISHA...again and CROCHET for Pink Saturday!

It is time for another tag for TAST.  This weeks stitch is Knotted Cretan Stitch.  This is a stitch I hadn't ever tried before.  After I got into it and had a few practice stitches behind me I rather enjoyed it.


Here is a close-up of my tree.  I thought I would surprise everyone and create a different shape from my normal.  So...SURPRISE!  I know, that was bad - groan.


While I had a little thicker thread, which by the way is Anchor Pearl Cotton size 5, I would attempt another Shisha.  I think this one turned out better.  A little more practice and I may even do a real project with real mirrors.  I'm not positive I did the stitching right, but I like it nonetheless.  In fact, I am really beginning to love these pearl cotton threads.






And then...

Here's my pink in honor of Pink Saturday.  Click HERE to see what other pink you can find!

I was going to check my emails this morning and the window was open for some crochet site.  My husband had been on the computer and must have accidentally clicked it and then left.  Anyway, it was fate...it must have been...right?  So, I looked through and noticed a tutorial for a pretty, lacy doily.  Long story, shortened version.  I had just bought a spool of crochet thread that happened to be the right size (10), had the right size crochet hook (3) and away I went.  I haven't crocheted for probably 40 years, and not much at that time either, and here is what I was able to do with the tutorial by following step-by-step.  It only takes chain, single crochet and double crochet.




I haven't stretched or starched it.  I still need to learn how to do that, but aside from that I don't think my first attempt is too bad - even if it isn't perfect.  Here is the link:

Crochet Geek - Free Instructions and Patterns: Crochet Doily Tranquility: Crochet Doily Tranquility If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist on this site also.

Enjoy!

Not a bad week huh?

13 comments:

Mosaic Magpie said...

Not only fate that the site was up but also that you had the thread and the hook!!! Meant to be, my friend, meant to be! Very nice job for a rusty crocheter...40 years....wonder what you will do in another 40??
Deb

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Pearl cotton has to be one of my very favourite threads to work with. I'm happy to see another perfect tree!

Annesphamily said...

Hi Connie! Love your sweet share! Hope you are well. It is good to see you here. I have been thinking about you lately and here you are! Ta Da! Have a beautiful weekend. HPS!

pinkkandy said...

I love to crochet
Stopping by to say...Happy Pink Saturday!
Stop by My Sweet Prairie Home...I love to have company! God Bless You !

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Your Knotted Creation stitch is very pretty. The thread is beautiful.The Shisha mirror stitching is wonderful. And I love your crochet doily. Lovely job. Hugs judy

Lorraine said...

Another lovely tag!

Judy S. said...

Can't believe how fast you whipped off that doily, Connie! Have you seen the Queen Mary scarf pattern; it's a nice one.... Great job on that shisha; they're not easy.

scarlett clay said...

That doily is so beautiful, you are so talented in needle arts! And the cretan stitch is really unique!

Createology said...

This is sew wonderful to see your different TAST pieces. I definitely have never seen this knotted creton. It is fabulous and your tree is amazing. Your crocheting looks like you do it all the time. Beautiful doily. Blissful Stitching...

My Vintage Studio said...

Thank you for visiting my blog this weekend! Your name will be entered in my give away. Good luck!
Hugs, Sharon

Anita said...

Lovely tree!Your shisha is perfect :)
Love the variegated thread....
You could use spray starch and block/stretch the doily,make sure you put pins in each picot while blocking.This method has worked out for me, am sure it will for you too.....

isseelan said...

Beautiful tree. Shisha work is perfect. I have also tried shisha two weeks bfore and I am working on a project with mirrors.

Shami.

Www.shamiatcraft.blogspot.com

Jillayne said...

I don't think your first attempt was bad - I think it's wonderful! I love your shisha mirrors too - the perle coton is perfect for them and I love the colour. Wonderful work Connie!