Periwinkle Flower Brooch Video Tutorial to support Crochet for Cancer

Cancer. A terrible disease that can leave those that face it powerless and searching for answers. I can not cure cancer, but I can support those that face the disease. I know that crochet is a form of therapy for many and with my videos I want to make a difference.

Another organization that wants to make a difference is the Lymphoma Association, an association that supports people suffering from lymphoma cancer such as Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Lymphoma Association has launched their Crochet for Cancer Campaign to raise awareness for lymphoma cancer and support those that suffer from the disease.

As part of the Crochet for Cancer Campaign there is a Periwinkle Flower Brooch, the symbol of the association, that you can make and wear to show your support. I would like to show you how to make this Periwinkle Flower Brooch. The brooch has been designed by Lymphoma Lass, someone that knows the hardships of lymphoma cancer first hand.

Resources

Materials

You don’t need much to make these flower brooches, about 10 meters of yarn will get you a long way. I used Catona yarn that I have a lot of, but you can use any yarn you like. You will also need a brooch pin or safety pin so that you can secure the brooch to your coat or bag.

Video tutorial

In the video tutorial I show you how to make the Periwinkle Flower Brooch. Please note that I use UK Terms in this video; this is because the Lymphoma Association is UK based. If you are more comfortable with US Terms, you can find a conversion chart here for the most common terms.


With love,

Esther

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Happy Birthday to me and my blog

Another year has come and gone; I am a year older and so is my blog. My blog is turning 2 today, I on the other hand am turning 38. And no, I am not worried that I am closer to 40 than to 30. Becoming older is part of becoming wiser and learning new things; and I love to learn new things!

Last year I celebrated my blog’s first birthday with a give-away. Sorry, no give-away this time, just me sharing a surprise gift I got myself from the lovely Beth at Koru Tumi. She has a Birthday Month box subscription which is a once-off subscription in which she sends you a surprise box in the month of your birthday.

koru tumi birthday box october 2016

In the October box there were a lot of small threats all gathered around a “Calendula” theme. In the box was a mini fudge slab from Winifred’s Homemade Fudge, a handmade and all natural Calendula balm from Herbal Harmony, a wax melt sent from Butterfly Scents, a cheerful yellow mini yarn skein from Devon Sun Yarns, a crochet hook created exclusively by Beth for this gift box, a Calendula flower stitch marker that I just adore handmade by Beth, no less than 3 meters of birthday chain, and a broach pin holder. All of this neatly packed in a flat box so that it would fit through my mail box and decorated with dried flower petals. Oh, and almost forgot, there was a pattern too to make 3 Calendula flowers.

 Birthday box koru tumi

I tucked in immediately! I set myself a cup of thee and I can tell you that fudge is heavenly. I spend a relaxing morning making 3 cute little flowers. The yarn is just perfect for this project because it has a very slight color variation which makes the flowers look very natural. After all, no two flower petals are ever exactly the same.

I glued one of the flowers to the broach pin which in turn I will connect to my jacket when I go to yarn and crochet fairs. The two other flowers I left with a yarn tail to connect to a future project, possibly a purse or a bag.

finished calendula flowers

I am taking a small holiday break with my family, so it will be a little quiet on my blog the next week or two. After a short rest I will be here again to start a new year with new energy and new ideas.

With love,

Esther

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Video tutorial Mandala Madness week 1

It has been a wait, but after announcing that I would be making video tutorials for the Mandala Madness CAL designed by Helen Shrimpton we are ready to start. From now till the summer holiday I will be releasing a video each week, and today we start with week 1.

mandala madness week 1

All videos for Mandala Madness will be available through my YouTube channel, but you can also follow them right here on my blog where all videos are grouped on this dedicated video page. In the video for week 1 I show you step-by-step how to make the center flower of the mandala.

I use two yarns for my mandala, both by Scheepjes. I used Scheepjes Sunkissed and Scheepjes Cotton 8, bot good quality sport weight cotton yarns and work both yarns with a 3mm (D-3) hook. There are yarn packs available for this CAL in Scheepjes Color CrafterScheepjes Stone Washed XL and Scheepjes Merino Soft. Here a list of the colors I used for week 1.

scheepjes sunkissed and cotton 8 yarn

Round   Yarn  Color number  Color name
round 1 Sunkissed 12 beach hut orange
round 2 Sunkissed  12 beach hut orange
round 3 Cotton 8  508 soft yellow
round 4 Sunkissed  13 cherry ice
round 5 Cotton 8  508 soft yellow
round 6 Cotton 8  720 fuchsia
round 7 Sunkissed  17 summer rain
round 8 Sunkissed  17 summer rain
round 9 Cotton 8  652 grey-blue
round 10 Cotton 8  652 grey-blue
round 11 Cotton 8  720 fuchsia
round  12 Cotton 8  720 fuchsia
round  13 Sunkissed  19 candy floss
round  14 Sunkissed  19 candy floss
round  15 Cotton 8  720 fuchsia

 

mandala madness week 1

mandala madness week 1 in scheepjes sunkissed

 

I hope to see you next week for part 2.

With love,

Esther

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Flight of Fancy wrap – all video tutorials completed

We have come to the end of the Scheepjes crochet along Flight of Fancy designed by Annelies Baes. In the past 11 weeks we have made an amazing and luxurious wrap using Linen Soft yarn. I had the Peacock kit, but many of you had the Hummingbird or Heron kits. Later on in the CAL more and more bids were added to the birdhouse as many of you made your own color combinations. I saw everything from a Banded Broadbill to an Ugly Duckling. The Ugly Duckling has definitely turned into a swan by the end of the CAL. I enjoyed seeing all the color variations and amazing results.

flight of fancy wrap peacock kit

Resources

Yarn packs

There were 3 kits available for this crochet along that included everything you need to make this wrap including a few extra’s.

All color kits are/were available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores or your Scheepjes stockist.

scheepjes cal 2015 flight of fancy

Video tutorials

I made instruction videos for the entire CAL in English (UK Terminology) and Dutch. All these videos will stay up indefinitely. Time to show you my wrap!

flight of fancy wrap peacock kit

Journey to making my wrap

This was a relaxing project because the motifs were repeating; once you get the hang of one motif you make the same one two weeks in a row. The joining was a lot of work, and I think the picots in the border almost drove me nuts, but looking back it is a lovely wrap now that it’s finished. If you would like to go back, you can read the announcement and posts for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9 & 10.

flight of fancy peacock kit


I really enjoyed making this wrap and I hope you did too. This wrap is now for sale in my Etsy shop, I simply have too many things in my house and I need to make room for new projects.

With love,

Esther

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