Thursday, 13 October 2016

Free crochet flower, stem and leaf pattern.

It is so long since I wrote a pattern out properly, I appear to formed a new shorthand in my pattern writing book, that only I can understand so if you fancy having a go at this one do let me know if you find any errors.  I would love to see your creations.

I used Debbie Bliss, Eco baby, fair trade organic cotton, two colours required, one for the flower and one for the leaf.  I used a 2.75 hook for the flower and a 2.25 hook for the stem and leaves.  You can play with your own yarn with different hooks to see which ones suit you best.

I am using UK crochet terms throughout this pattern.

Make a starting loop and make a foundation chain of 48

Row one - Make one treble crochet in the fourth chain from the hook, chain 2, *miss one foundation chain and make a treble crochet in the next foundation chain* repeat from * to * to the last foundation chain.
You will notice that your work is starting to look like a helix if held vertically or rounded as in the picture when lying flat, this is good!

Row two - turn work and make a slip stitch into the first chain 2 gap, chain 1, do 3 treble crochet, chain 1 and slip stitch all into that first chain 2 gap. *Make a slip stitch into the next chain 2 gap, chain 1, do 3 treble crochet, chain 1 and slip stitch all into the next gap* continue from * to * until you fill the last chain 2 gap.

Your work should definitely now look like a helix.  Fasten off, leaving a good 12 inches of yarn to use in sewing the flower together.


Using the smaller hook make 5 double crochet into a magic circle.  Draw the circle closed.
The stem is worked in a continuous spiral, to ensure that you get a nice even stitch you might find it easier to count the total number of stitches in your spiral or you may prefer to count rows of 5, whichever works best for you.

Being careful to push the work towards you, start counting stitches or rows working in double crochet.  You will need to complete 75 double crochet or 15 rows of 5.
Row sixteen -  do two double crochet in each stitch around. (10)
Row seventeen - work one double crochet in the next stitch, two double crochet in the next stitch, repeat this around (15) Finish off leaving approx 5 inches of yarn to sew it to the flower.
Leaves (make 2)

Make a slip knot and work 10 foundation chain stitches.
There is one row to be worked which will go down the set of foundation chains and around the bottom and up the opposite side of those same foundation chains.
Row one - Make one double crochet in the second chain from the hook. Make another double crochet in the next foundation chain. Work one treble crochet in each of the next 7 stitches, work one double crochet in the next and turn your work
work one double crochet in the foundation chain closest to the hook. Work one treble crochet in each of the next 6 foundation chains, work one double crochet in each of the next foundation chains.
Fasten off your work, leaving approximately 10 inches of yarn to sew down the centre of the leaf and to sew it to the stem.

Putting it all together!

Lets start with the flower.  Working from the end you finished with, thread your needle with the long piece of finishing yarn.  Fold the first two petals right sides together and put a stitch or two through the foundation chain to secure them in a fold.

Continue to wrap the foundation chain around this fold putting stitches through the foundation chains of last fold.
Keep doing this making sure you turn the flower around to the right side to make sure you are happy with the shape of your flower.  Eventually it should look like this..
When the you come to the piece of yarn you started your foundation chain from you need to fasten off the yarn and take both pieces of yarn through to the centre of the back of the flower and snip them off.  This will be covered by the stem.
Don't forget to turn your flower over and check you are happy before you snip the ends off!
Next take the stem, if you still have yarn running up out of the centre of the stem, then snip this off where it opens out.  Thread your needle with the remaining long thread.
Hold the stem to the centre back of the flower and start stitching the two together.

Once you have gone all the way around you can fasten off your thread and snip off the excess.

Take each leaf in turn to finish them before attaching them to the stem.

Thread the short beginning thread and fasten it off to the rear of the leaf and fasten and snip it off.

Thread the longer thread and first thread through the first double crochet you made and, this will give a nice point to your leaf.

Next you need to back stitch down the leaf with the right side facing you to give the centre of the leaf a bit of definition

Next place the first leaf along the stem
Fasten it with a few stitches between the leaf and the side of the stem
Repeat on the other side with your other leaf and you should have done!

Here are two versions, one worked with the debbie bliss eco baby cotton and one worked with at 1.25 hook for the flower and a 0.5mm hook for the stem and leaf using embroidery cotton.

If you want to make your flower into a brooch then simply sew a fastener onto the rear of the stem
I hope you enjoy making these flowers as much as I have.  I have used the same flower and leaf pattern to make tea cosies

As well as making mini ones for my beautiful little pure british wool mice, a fitting tribulte to british wool week I think ...

Don't forget to post pictures of what you do with your flowers in the comments to this post.

Happy Crafting xx

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Dorset Buttons!

Hellooooo - is anybody there? How can it be that I haven't written a post since April!!!!  Well today that is going to change and I promise to try a little harder and keeping you regularly updated with the crafty goings on that are keeping me so busy.  I am still doing crafts every two weeks at the Beacon Cafe which is run by volunteers  at the church I go to.  Today we made dorset buttons, have you ever heard of them?  I have to confess I hadn't until a lovely lady who is always finding bits and pieces at home that she thinks I might be able to use gave me a bag full of curtain rings.  She couldn't quite remember what these button things were called, maybe somerset buttons?  I hadn't the faintest idea what she meant but decided to do a good google search and there I discovered they were Dorset buttons (as counties go she really wasn't that far off).  Well I was in for a real treat, such prettyness
in the images came up
I should have prepared my craft for today yesterday but had a rather disrupted day which turned into a very distracted evening and so as I went to bed last night, Dorset Buttons popped back into my head as a craft that I had everything for, yarn, needles, curtain rings and scissors - phew!  This morning I got up and got started as soon as my arthritic hands would allow me.  It took me an hour to do the turquoise button at the top of this post, so I knew that it would be possible for some folks to get one done or almost finished in the two hours that our coffee morning runs.

So off I went and what a brilliant response I had!  One of the ladies loved doing it because her favourite stitch was blanket stitch and that it what is used to do the outside of the ring, another just enjoyed the prettyness and repetition of the pattern.  There was also a desire to show grand-children how to do it which is what finally prompted me to get this post written.

If you would like to have a go, there is a great photo tutorial that I found here. I enjoyed doing it so much I started another one

I have been thinking about future craft fairs and wanting to do a few make your own kits of some of the stuff that I make.  Having done these and braids I am now thinking they would be very good places to start.  So watch this space and see if I finally get around to making some kits up!

Happy Crafting x.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Micro crochet.

This last week was really exciting starting two complete newbies off on the crochet journey.  The first was able to complete this competently after just an hour and a half as you can see she was able to get off and running again with minimal prompting....

The second person sped through her hour and a half and was able to go onto circles as well

I love teaching in the order that a client wants to learn.  For some, repeating a process over and over again is not good, however if you are able to let them experiment with new techniques they can much more easily see where their skills are going to be able to take them.

If you are interested in learning then please do go to the page on this site that gives you more information on how to contact me, or you can always leave a comment of course!

In my own playtime this week I have been back working on my  micro crochet projects, this is crochet using a 0.5mm hook and organic cotton sewing thread, here is the result

As you can see none of these are more than 2 cm tall!

As you can see I have been adapting a pattern that I brought before Christmas from the amazing double treble trinkets  .   This is the pattern for her Christmas mice that I purchased on Ravelry.  Instead of making the Christmas hats I made them all a little different, here are some close ups.

This little mouse is wearing glasses and reading a book.

This one has a sun hat on and is carrying a shopping basket.

This teeny weeny one is off to fly a kite!

They are all mounted on little 10mm buttons which means they stand up beautifully.  I wonder what you would have a mouse of your own doing?

Happy Crafting,   Jane xx


Monday, 4 April 2016

Crochet Lessons

I have now added a new page to this site which will take you to more details about the private and group crochet lessons and other crafts I am able to offer.

It has been lovely to be slowly building up the number of lessons I have given and have recieved lovely feedback from a lady who had her first ever lesson last week, here is the message she sent me on facebook

Thank you so much for the crochet lesson today! I'm soooo chuffed I've finally got if the starting blocks after many, many previous failed attemps. Thank you for being so patient with me, can't wait for the next lesson in May! x
This is what she was able to achieve in just 1 1/2 hours 
 as you can see she was confidently able to start again, showing that the learning was getting in!

If you are interested in learning then please do get in touch, details can be found by clicking onto the page tabbed crochet lessons.  

Happy Crafting x.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Make your own Easter Tree.

It's lovely when there has been lots of grey wet winter days to start looking forwards to Spring.  Easter is another celebration that I look forward to, so I thought I would put Spring and Easter together for a craft for the people that enjoy crafting at The Beacon cafe where I volunteer.  This is such a easy and cheap craft I thought others might like to do it to - I'm doing it again on Friday with some women I meet with weekly.

What you need:

Twigs, I used willow but you could use any.
Air drying clay, this is heavy enough to keep the twigs stable.
A small container for the twigs, I used a little metal bucket from The Range
Assorted printed paper
decorative eggs, I used polystyrene from The Range.
Pritt stick glue
glue dots.
tissue paper


1. Put some glue dots around your container

2. Wrap with some lace ribbon
3. Put some pritt glue on the ribbon and wrap that around
4.  Put a piece of clay in the bottom of the container and put your sticks into it
5.  Make sure it balances okay
6.  Fold a sheet of paper about 1 inch as shown below and cut out a leaf shape from the fold, making sure that you don't cut the fold. Cut as many leaves as you want to.

7. Open the leaves out and glue one side

8. Wrap around your branches
9. Thread your eggs if they aren't already hangable

10. Wrap some crunched up tissue paper around the twigs on top of the clay

11.  Finish your tree of by decorating it with eggs

It's been nice doing something apart from crochet, as much as I love that of course.  I haven't been totally hook free, I have made myself a tea cosy, which I am totally in love with
Happy Crafting

Jane x.