There's only a couple weeks until Remembrance, with Remembrance day on Wednesday 11th November and Remembrance Sunday on the 8th. As it may be harder to buy poppies this year with Coronavirus, you could make some instead to commemorate the lives lost. Today, I thought I would take you through a few different ways to make poppies.
To make a crocheted poppy, you need:
To start, create a slip knot. Below are some photos to show you how to do that. For a written explanation, click here.
Then, do a chain by wrapping the yarn around the hook once and pulling this loop through the original stitch. Do this three times.
After that, you need to attach the two ends of the chain together to create a circle. To do this, insert your hook into the beginning of the chain, wrap the yarn around the hook once and pull this loop through both stitches, leaving just one loop on the hook. This stitch is known as a slip stitch.
Doing this should create a ring with a small hole, a bit like a tiny doughnut. For the next stage, you will need to start by putting your hook through the centre of this ring. Next, wrap the yarn around the hook once and pull this through just the ring, not the other stitch. You should be left with two stitches. After that, wrap the yarn around the hook again and pull this through all the stitches. This whole process is called a double crochet.
Do ten more of these into your ring, then do a slip stitch to attach your last to your first. This should create a circle that looks a little like this.
Then, chain two. This should make the ball look like it is hanging with string, a bit like a Christmas bauble (it is never too early to think Christmas!).
For the next stitch, you will need to wrap the yarn around the hook before going into your first stitch, wrapping the yarn around the hook again, pulling through one stitch, wrapping again, pulling through two, wrapping once more and pulling through two stitches, leaving only one on your hook. Now, this may sound very complicated but in reality, it is a lot easier than it seems. Here are some photos to help break down the steps.
This process is called a treble crochet. Do two in each stitch for four stitches. Then, do two chains and a slip stitch in the bottom of the last stitch.
Well done - you have crocheted your first petal! This is what it should look like.
Now, repeat from the line of *s to here two more times to create two more petals. Once you have done that, cut off the yarn leaving about 10cm and thread this through your final stitch to tighten. It should look something like this
Finally, sew in the ends and add a black button to the middle.
For this you will need:
To start, get rid of the plastic label and cut off the top and base of the milk bottle, as you will not be needing any of these. The bottle should look something like this.
Then, cut a straight, vertical line in the tube to make it more like a rectangle.
On this circle, draw and cut out one circle and two leaves. If you wish, you could cut a few small triangles around the edge of the circle.
Then, paint your poppy and leaves. I chose to make my first poppy black to represent how people of colour were treated in the World Wars and my second poppy multicoloured to represent a range of groups. Finally, once it has dried, staple or glue your leaves to your poppy. If you wish, you could also give your poppy a centre using a circle of black paint or a painted bottle lid.
The Poppy Appeal
Whilst making poppies is a great way to remember, it is important to help the modern day Poppy Appeal as well if possible. The Poppy Appeal, led by the Royal British Legion, supports war veterans both financially and socially. With COVID-19, it is now more important than ever to look after people's mental health and wellbeing, as lockdown has made it that bit harder for people in this situation to reach out when they need to. So, if you can, please do donate to the Royal British Legion by clicking here. This link allows you to donate a monthly amount or make a one-off payment.
That's all from me - happy crafting!
I can't believe it's October already - it doesn't seem all that long ago since I was having to wear shorts and sandals, but now it's freezing! The weather may be a little less pleasant, but being able to snuggle up with warm projects is definitely a perk. Also, today (10th October) is National I Love Yarn Day, so I thought it would be the perfect day to share some the projects I have been working on recently.
Remember the 80s inspired jumper that I started in April? Well, I have finally finished it! I completely love it, and although it is made in double knit and is a little short, it still keeps me very warm. I'm a bit obsessed with the colours too. Here's a photo - what do you think?
Also, I've been doing a lot more crochet lately and have started working on a hat. At the moment, it isn't looking the best but the colours are so pretty - here is a photo.
It is made using a merino yarn that unfortunately, we do not stock. However, we do stock some other merino yarns. Personally, I don't find it too hard to work with but it is important to make sure that moths to not come anywhere near or it is much more difficult. I recommend buying some wool wash (which we do stock) when buying any pure wool and washing your garment with it once you have finished making it.
Yesterday, I started working with one of our new-in yarns, Stylecraft Softie Chunky. I'm making a waistcoat using one of the new patterns and I love it. Because of the way the wool is spun, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for first-time knitters; however, it is immensely soft. At the moment, I haven't got far enough into it to take photos, but I'll show you some as I go on and am super excited to see how it goes!
That's all from me today - the projects beckon me! Until next time, happy crafting,
My name is Sharon the Sheep, the owner of Avicraft Wool Shop in Bromley Kent..