Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With All My Heart Photo Prop design for The Battle of the Stitches

Good Morning friends!  I have some VERY exciting news!!!  Round 4 of the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge has come to  close and the winners have been chosen. 

It was very exciting to be a challenger this round.  I admit that it was hard not knowing every detail going on behind the scenes AND  it was hard not to tell anyone what I designed too!  One of the many great things about the Battle of the Stitches is that all the voting is based on the designs themselves.  I knew before going into the challenge that I would not make any girls dresses because I didn't want it to be a giveaway that it was my design. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Can you pick which design is mine? Battle of the Stitches Round 4 Sneak Peeks

Well, I can finally breathe!  I'm so excited that I've completed my crochet design for Round 4 of the Battle of the Stitches.  I can't wait to see what everyone thinks and share with you what I've created!

Typically, I'm behind the scenes of the Battle since I created it.  I'm the one who chooses the themes and stitches and sets up who is judging, all the prizes, giveaways and sharing.  It's  a LOT of work but extremely well worth it!  This round, I really wanted to be on the other side of the fence and be a challenger.  I asked Jennifer from Little Luvies Shop and Lisa from Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts to help me out so I could compete fairly.  They have done an wonderful job and this has been quite the experience for me! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

HDC Chainless Foundation

One of the things that I despised the most when first learning to crochet was working stitches into a chain.  It's one of my least favorite things to do along with stitching things like buttons on.

When I first decided to try a chain-less foundation or a foundation chain (whichever you prefer), I watched a video and it confused me.  I left it alone for a while and decided to try it again.  Wowzers!!!!  It's one of my new found loves!
Most of my new designs will begin with chain-less foundations and I will be updating my older patterns to this also.  I Love the way it keeps the stitching more even and it gives a good stretch to the base of your project whereas a regular chain can sometimes be to tight. 
Some people learn better with videos and others with photos. 
If you're a video fan,  here's a link to how to work this foundation: