In our run up to Valentine’s day I have been thinking about what it means to be part of a family. A group of wonderful, flawed individuals, who would move mountains and part seas for me if that is what I needed.
‘Family’ is a term that means different things to different people. Families are as diverse as the people within them, which makes all of them unique and special. It is easy to look at other peoples family groups and think they have something which is missing in yours, or wonder how their family works as it seems so dis-functional to you. I think perhaps the security people find in their family doesn’t come from anything tangible or measurable at all, but it comes from the silent, behind the scenes stuff, that no one else can see and doesn’t need to be spoken. For me family is about the strength it gives me to be me. I feel like part of a jigsaw, and nothing makes me happier than the joy I feel when all the pieces are together.
I read this quote the other day and I immediately started to plan in my head how to craft this into a project to hang in my home.
“A family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and union it grows. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.”
In the mean time I thought I would share with you a very simple and sweet crochet project which uses an embroidery hoop, so you can create your own little ‘circle of strength and love’ this week.
What you will need:
An embroidery hoop – Mine was roughly 16cm.
Some yarn in whatever colours you like. I chose Stylecraft DK.
A size 3 (D-3) hook.
A plastic heart shaped bangle (you can get these in most £/$ shops. I bought mine in hobbycraft.
sl st – Slip Stitch
dc – Double Crochet (American single crochet)
st dc – Standing Double Crochet (American standing single crochet)
tr – Treble Crochet (American double crochet)
st tr – Standing Treble Crochet (American standing double crochet)
Attach yarn to bangle and dc 60 stitches.
The stitches should be tight enough to give a clean flat finish, but not so tight that it is hard to get the hook in.
Dc 60, sl st into first, cast off.
Add a new colour yarn in the centre stitch in the top dip in the heart (see picture below).
St tr. *Ch 3, skip 2 stitches and dc into next stitch* repeat** 19 times, ch3, slip stitch into the top of the first tr.
slip into the first 3ch loop, 4tr in the next 20 loops. sl st into the first tr. Cast off.
Change colour. st dc, dc in every stitch. Slip stitch in first stitch.
*ch 4 skip 3 stitches then slip stitch into the next stitch* repeat ** 20 times then sl st into the first slip stitch. Cast off
Next wrap wool around the inner circle of your embroidery hoop. This takes a while, there are other ways to do this but wrapping gave the nicest finish in my opinion. Tie the loose threads at the top of the ring so that when you put the top ring on it will be hidden.
To attach the ring and the crochet *sl st through the loop and ring then ch 4* repeat until attached all the way around, sl st in first sl st. Cast off.
Push the outer ring onto the inner ring from the front so the light pink chains are hidden behind the embroidery ring.
Cute aren’t they!
All that effort and then Twinkle came home from Rainbows today and completely over shadowed my project with this gorgeous dream catcher…
I always love to see what you are working on, so please do share with me pictures of any of your projects and WIP’s and if you have any questions just ask.
Next week will be my last post in the Valentines Day range, so am going to make it something special…no hints though…you will have to come along and see next week.