My love for lace shawls

Many of you may not know this because I don’t really talk about it, but I LOVE lace shawls and wraps. I don’t make them nearly as much I as I would like to, but now I have the perfect excuse. I treated myself to luxury yarn when I was at Unravel a few weeks ago and I am going to make a lovely lace shawl with it.

I bought many goodies at the fair, more on the other goodies later, for now I show you this rightly named Scrumptious 4ply yarn by Fyberspates. It is a 4-ply/sport superwash merino/silk blend yarn and I have it in the colors Charcoal, Gold, and Oyster. This is the kind of yarn that you just want to pet, it’s SO soft and pretty. I’ll be honest, it did put me back a bit, this yarn does not come cheap. But on the other hand, I only visit yarn fairs once or twice a year and there is no fun going to a fair if you can’t buy yarn! Unless of course you go with other people and help¬†them to buy yarn ūüėÄ

So what am I going to make with it? I have bought myself a fabulous pattern by a lady I really admire for her lace shawls, Bernadette Ambergen. She makes the most delicate designs with great eye for detail; her designs are exquisite. She has both crochet and knit designs, showing her limitless skills. I can’t even knit socks, so a knitted lace shawl is out of my league at the moment, but I still had a hard time choosing which of the crochet designs I would choose. I love Mila, Misitu, Wisteria, and Ilvy too. What a problem, I love ALL of them!

I finally chose Sammy¬†because the design consists of 3 parts that I can use with the 3 colors of yarn I have. Once color for the solid section, one for the first lace edge and one for the second lace edge. Now comes the next hard decision, which to use where….

Sammy lace shawl by Berniolie (Bernadette Ambergen)

I will work in the background on this shawl and will show you when I have it finished. But first, Nuts about Squares!

With love,

Esther

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Hygge crochet along week 3

Did you enjoy the first embroidery we made in week 2 of Scheepjes Hygge CAL designed by the Kirsten from Haak Maar Raak? I hope you did because for the next weeks there will be a lot more of it!

Hygge CAL part 3

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Video tutorials

The pattern for week 3 is very similar to what we did in week 2, that is a crochet fabric base decorated with surface crochet and embroidery. This means that I will not have a new video for you in the following weeks. Just follow the techniques I showed you in the video for week 2 if you feel unsure or to double check when in doubt, but use the written patterns for the new embroidery charts.

Hygge week 3

Last week I also shared my tips for making embroidery work, particularly cross stitch embroidery. Keep these tips in mind as you continue the next weeks when you grow your Hygge shawl.


Yarn and kits for Hygge CAL

If you are only just joining in, there are 5 colorway kits to choose from. You can choose between the Rainbow, Jewel, Pastel, Danish Mermaid and Girls Night In colorways. The kits contain 10 balls of Stone Washed yarn, 11 balls of Catona yarn and extra goodies to get you in the Hygge mindset. Goodies include a button, a charm, a stitch marker, a yarn needle and 2 wooden ice crystals. The kits are available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, or your Scheepjes stockist.


Over the next weeks I will be a bit in the background, I will pop into the Facebook groups from time to time, but you will not hear from me with a new Hygge video till later. I will give an update on my Hygge shawl when we are further into the project, but for now, enjoy doing your embroidery and remember to be hugge!

With love,

Esther

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Hygge Video Tutorials – week 2

How did it go last week with the first part of Scheepjes Hygge CAL designed by the Kirsten from Haak Maar Raak? I hope everything went well with you bobbles and color changes. This week is week 2 of Hygge and we are going to start the embroidery which makes this CAL so unique.

hygge cal part 2

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Video tutorials

I have divided the videos for week 2 into three parts; the crochet background, the diamond separator and the cross stitch embroidery. In the description of the videos you can find the time stamps to each part so that you can jump ahead if you want to. The videos are available in English and Dutch, with left and right handed versions in both languages. Please note that in the English video I use UK crochet terms.

 


embroidery on crochet

Cross stitch embroidery

I have been doing embroidery since I was about 8 years old. It is something that I have always loved to do because of the delicate details you can create with it. In the videos I give you many tips along the way to make your embroidery as beautiful as possible.

My most important tips:

  • Always have the cross made the same way. The cross stitch has two diagonal “legs”. Make sure that you always have the same diagonal on top. It doesn’t matter which one it is, as long as you are consistent.
  • Keep your stitches on top of the fabric, so don’t pull too hard on your yarn so that your cross stitches fall into your fabric. This will make your fabric uneven and your stitches hard to see.
  • I prefer to complete one stitch before continuing onto the next because this helps to keep your tension steady.
  • Start on one side of the pattern and work all colors collectively to the other side. If you work first all stitches of color A, then color B, etc you will most likely make¬†counting mistakes somewhere along the line and your stitches will be offset by one or two positions.¬†To prevent this complete the pattern in one area before continuing to the next.
  • Keep your yarn short and pay attention to working in your yarn tails properly.
  • When you work neatly you will be able to recognize the pattern you are working on the back of your work.

Maybe the most important thing, take your time with the embroidery to get your stitches perfect.


Yarn and kits for Hygge CAL

If you are only just joining in, there are 4 colorway kits to choose from. You can choose between the Rainbow, Jewel, Pastel and Danish Mermaid colorways. The kits contain 10 balls of Stone Washed yarn, 11 balls of Catona yarn and extra goodies to get you in the Hygge mindset. Goodies include a button, a charm, a stitch marker, a yarn needle and 2 wooden ice crystals. The kits are available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, or your Scheepjes stockist.


I hope you enjoy this new challenge combining crochet and embroidery. Am really looking forward to seeing your work in the Facebook groups.

With love,

Esther

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Hygge CAL Video Tutorials – Week 1

Yes, the day has finally come! We can start working on the Scheepjes Hygge CAL designed by the lovely Kirsten from Haak Maar Raak.

Hygge CAL Part 1

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Video tutorials

In week 1 of Hygge we are making multicolored bobbles on the stone washed background. I show you how to work the bobbles and, maybe a new thing for some of you, I also show you how to work with two colors at the same time. The videos are available in English and Dutch, with left and right handed versions in both languages. Please note that in the English video I use UK crochet terms.


I love the bobbles and the bright colors of the Rainbow kit. I used one of my squirrel stitch markers to make sure nothing happens to the working loop. Isn’t he just the cutest thing!

Hygge CAL part 1


Yarn and kits for Hygge CAL

If you are only just joining in, there are 4 colorway kits to choose from. You can choose between the Rainbow, Jewel, Pastel and Danish Mermaid colorways. The kits contain 10 balls of Stone Washed yarn, 11 balls of Catona yarn and extra goodies to get you in the Hygge mindset. Goodies include a button, a charm, a stitch marker, a yarn needle and 2 wooden ice crystals. The kits are available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, or your Scheepjes stockist.

Hygge CAL part 1

Next week we start with the embroidery which I just love about this project. Hope to see you then.

With love,

Esther

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