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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pineapple Owl Ornament or Bookmark: A Free Pattern for You

As a special Halloween treat for you, I have designed this cute little Pineapple Owl. It can be used in several different ways; as an ornament, a bookmark or even an applique. It can also be made into a garland or bunting, and it makes an adorable little doily when paired up with my Pineapple Pumpkin Lace

Pineapple Owl Ornament or Applique
by Elizabeth Ann White for BellaCrochet

Size: About 4 ½” long, not including Horns

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:
  30 yds. Main Color  
  15 yds. Foot and Beak Color  
   Small amount Eye Color  
   Small amount Eye Accent Color  
   50 yds. Green for Garland (optional)
Two ¼” black buttons or glass eyes  
Heavy Spray Starch
Fabric Glue
Size 7 (1.65mm) steel crochet hook

Special Stitches
For 2 dc cluster (2 dc cl): Yo, insert hook in st or ch sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook in same st or ch sp, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook
For Shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or sp indicated
To Dc Sts Together: (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) in number of sts indicated, yo, pull through all lps on hook

Owl
Rnd 1: Starting at head with Main Color, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made; right side of Rnd 1 is right side of work)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (24 dc made)
Rnd 3: To complete this round, work Steps A- E:
  A: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 5 times;
  B: for first Horn, ch 4, 2 dc cluster (see Special Stitches) in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in base of 2 dc cl;
  C: (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 3 times;
  D: for second Horn, ch 4, 2 dc cluster in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in base of 2 dc cl;
  E: (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 3 times,   join.
Row 4: Now working in Rows, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in first st for beginning shell, ch 3, skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 3 sts, ch 3, skip next 2 sts, shell (see Special Stitches) in next st; leaving remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp at center of first shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) 5 times, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.
Row 6: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) 5 times, skip last ch-3 sp, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.
Row 7: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 4 times, skip last ch-3 sp, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.
Row 8: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 3 times, skip last ch-3 sp, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.
Row 9: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 2 times, skip last ch-3 sp, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.
Row 10: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip last ch-3 sp, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.
Row 11: Ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp of first shell, shell in ch-2 sp of last shell, turn.  Fasten off.
Row 12: Join Foot and Beak Color with sl st in ch-2 sp of first shell, (ch 2, 2 dc cl, ch 2, 2 dc cl, ch 2, 2 dc cl) in same sp as joining, (2 dc cl, ch 2, 2 dc cl, ch 2, 2 dc cl, ch 2, sl st) in ch-2 sp of last shell. Fasten off.
Row 13: With right side of work facing, join Main Color with sl st in first ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp as joining, shell in each remaining ch-2 sp across. Fasten off.

Eye (make 2)
Rnd 1: With Eye color, ch 5, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in 5th ch from hook, join with sl st in 4th ch of ch-5. Fasten off. (First 4 chs count as first dc and ch-1 sp; 8 dc, 8 ch-1 sps made)
Rnd 2: Join Eye Accent Color with sc in first st, sc in each ch sp and in each st around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Beak
Row 1: With Foot and Beak Color, ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc last 2 sts together (see Special Stitches.) Fasten off.

Finishing
When gluing items, it is helpful to place a drop of glue on the tip of a toothpick; use the toothpick to  precisely apply glue to desired spot.
Refer to photo for shaping and placing each piece.
1: Place Owl, Eyes, and Beak on blocking surface. Spray with starch, shape and allow to dry.
2: Glue buttons or glass eyes to Eyes and allow to dry.
3: Place Beak on Owl; position Eyes on sides of Beak and glue all pieces in place.  Allow to dry.
4: For hanging loop  (optional) glue the ends of a folded 8” strand of thread  to the back of the head. 


Garland 
Make 3 (or number desired) Owls 
 With green, leaving a 16” piece of thread before starting, (ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook) 24 times,  sc in back lp of center st on one completed Owl’s head; *(ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook) 12 times, sc in back lp of center st on next completed Owl’s head; repeat from * once more, (ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook) 24 times; leaving a 16” end of thread, fasten off.
Use 16” lengths of thread at ends  to tie Garland to mantle, door frame or object desired. 


To use as a doily, make the  Pineapple Pumpkin Lace with size 10 yellow cotton, block it and allow it to dry.  Glue a completed Owl to it as shown, and allow to dry. 


Special thanks go to E. J. Miller, Jolene Ortiz, and Jewel Fernley  for testing this  pattern. I don't know what I would do without my awesome testers!
Copyright BellaCrochet 2014. All rights reserved. Please do not distribute or post this pattern on any website, group or page; please share the LINK to this page only. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

And the Winner of the Stash Buster Plus Contest is:

Rosina Smith

Rosina if you will contact me at:
bellacrochet.info@yahoo.com
within 7 days, and let me know where you would like for me to ship your prizes to, I will get them right out to you. And of course, I will email you copies of my new pattern set, More Vintage Floral Doilies.


Thanks to everyone who entered!

I have several more contests and surprises planned for the blog, so I hope you will stop by again soon!

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Doily of a Different Color: Marie's Cherokee Roses

Marie Read sent me this picture of a gorgeous doily she made from my Cherokee Roses doily pattern. 
I love her choice of colors! She used Aunt Lydia's Antique White for the center, Olive for the leaves & Passionata for the roses. 
It gives the doily a whole different look and feel from the original:
I used Aunt Lydia's Shades of Pink for the roses in mine, and Knit-Cro Sheen Shades of Green for the center and leaves. 
Marie said her doily was a lot of work to make, but I think she did an excellent job! 
Thank you for sharing your picture, Marie!
I have not yet heard back from the winner of my Stash Buster Plus contest, 

Alicia Morris
If I do not hear from her by Oct. 22, I will select a new winner, so be sure to check back. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And the Stash Buster Plus Winner is:

Alicia Morris


Alicia, if you will send me an email at:

bellacrochet.info@yahoo.com

within 7 days, and give me the address you would like your prize box mailed to, I will get it right out to you.


I will also email you your copy of "More Vintage Floral Doilies."

Thanks so much to everyone for entering, and please check back again soon for my next contest. I still have a huge box of thread to give away, so I will be having at least 2 more Stash Buster 
give-aways.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Stash Buster Plus Contest

I have been cleaning out my supply closet, and honestly trying to get rid of some things I no longer need. Of course, I must keep all of my old pattern books, and my box full of buttons and beads, and the tub of fabric that I really am going to make into a quilt some day.
But, I was forced to admit, that I do have a lot of thread that I will probably never find a use for. Some of it is discontinued colors, some of it I ordered for a project and then decided to  use  a different color.  Some of it I bought on sale. You know how that goes.
 Anyway, I ruthlessly sorted out a big box full of both new and partial balls of thread that I had no plans for.  But the question remained, 'what to do with it?'  I would really love for someone to get some good from it, so I decided to have what I am calling my 'Stash Buster Plus' Contest.
At first  I was not sure if I should include the partial balls in the give away. I was afraid y'all would think I was being tacky, giving away my left overs, the balls that I have already used a portion of in making some of my doilies.
 So, I went on Facebook, and asked the followers of the BellaCrochet page what they thought. Most of them thought it would be just fine, as long as everyone knew that some of the balls had been used
So, here is the deal. I will be giving away a box full of size 10 crochet thread. This is the 'Stash Buster' part of the contest:

The 4 balls on the bottom row are new, and have never been used. The others are not full balls, I have  used part of them in different projects. I do not know how many yards of thread remain on them. There are different brands, but they are all size 10 cotton.

Here they are, all boxed up and ready to go! 
Please notice that I have included a partial ball of America's Best Lt. Green #55, which is a great personal sacrifice for me. When I heard Elmore Pisgah was going out of business, I stocked up on it. I use it judicially in my designs now, and  I dread the day I  run out.  I just hope some other company is making a similar color green by then.  
But anyway, because it does bother me a little bit to think that I am actually having a contest to give away used thread, I went out and bought a few brand new goodies to go with it.
This is the "Plus" part of the give away!
Look at these cool little labels! I would not put them on a doily, but they would be great on clothes and afghans! There are 9 of them in the package.
And this cute book of bookmarks designed by Wanda Stephens. It was the only thread book I could find at Walmart, but hey, bookmarks are great for using up partially used balls of thread, right?
And of course, you need hooks, you can never have too many hooks! This set of Boye's includes sizes 0, 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10. 
In addition, I will also email the winner a PDF copy of my  new pattern set "More Vintage Floral Doilies."

Okay, just to make sure that we are clear, I am giving away a box of size 10 cotton thread, some balls used, some complete. I cannot say or guarantee how many yards of thread are left on the used balls.

Also, I want to let you know that I live with a smoker. He doesn't smoke in my office or around where the thread has been stored (I really don't remember the last time he even came back here.) But, I know some people are very sensitive to smoke. If you are, you probably should not enter this contest. 
The contest is open to U.S residents only. The box will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.
The contest will run from now until Oct. 15th. I will select the winner at random and post their name   here on the morning of Oct. 15th, so please be sure to check back to see if you won.  
If the winner does not contact me within 7 days of the end of the contest, I will select a new winner, and all prizes will be awarded to them. Failure to contact me within 7 days will result in forfeiture of all prizes. 
 Also, if you post anonymously, please be sure I have a way to identify you (at least give your first name or a nick name in your comment; I have no way of knowing who is posting.)

To enter, just leave a comment answering this question:

What do you do with all of your leftover thread?
This contest is now closed. Please stop by again soon!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

And the Winner is:


Crochethuahua

Pam,  if you will send me an email at:
bellacrochet.info@yahoo.com 
and let me know the address you would like the patterns sent to, I will get them right out to you. 


I loved reading about your doily experiences! 
I guess the doily I am proudest of is my Tea Party Doily.
It was the first doily I made that combined 3 dimensional elements, and it set the tone for the doilies I have designed since then.
My thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and for all of the nice comments about my designs. 
I plan to start blogging more regularly, so please stop by again soon! 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A Vintage Floral Doilies Contest

To celebrate the release of my new pattern set, More Vintage Floral Doilies, I am having a contest!

I will give the winner   PDF copies of "More Vintage Floral Doilies" and  the gift pattern that comes with it, "Belle in the Rose Garden." I will  also include a copy of my original patterns for "Vintage Floral Doilies." 



I will select the winner at random on Saturday morning.  I will post the name of the winner here, so be sure to check back  to see if you won. I will send out the patterns as soon as I hear from the winner.
Also, if you post anonymously, please be sure I have a way to identify you (at least give your first name or a nick name in your comment; I have no way of knowing who is posting.)

To enter, just leave a comment answering this question:
Have you ever made a doily you were especially proud of? If so, why, and what did it look like?

This contest is now closed. Please stop by again soon!