10 February 2011
I clipped an article from Martha Stewart Living over 10 years ago. It purported to be an introduction to crochet, and showed you how to make exquisite snowflakes. The last few weeks here in our new location, it's been cold, without any snow (I know most of the country is covered, but we haven't been so lucky!) I thought this would be a perfect activity when we're hanging out as a family, and I needed something to do with my hands.
It took me several tries to get the hang of these. I wish there had been step by step photos. Here's the LINK again for those who might want to try them. For example, I didn't realize you crochet around the foundation ring, not into the chain. Took me three readings to figure that one out. Once I had three decent snowflakes, I wanted to make them stiff, but didn't want to purchase fabric stiffener. I prepared my box by covering it with clear contact paper. Then I made my own "stiffener".
I mixed tacky glue and water using a one to one ratio in a shallow bowl, making sure that it was thoroughly mixed. One at a time, I soaked the snowflakes and then carefully stretched them out on the cardboard, using pins to hold them in place.
Word of caution...I had one pin on each snowflake rust a bit and make a stain. I'm not sure how to prevent that from happening. Here's how they look on my mantle:
The snowflakes added just the right touch. I like how they compliment the banner and snowballs. You can also get a glimpse of my paint job from the other weekend. I added antique white stripes to the wall left of the fireplace, and painted around the fireplace antique white. I cannot justify repainting everything right now, but I had to brighten the place up a bit.
Here's the before, in case you forgot:
And just for fun, a close-up of the snowflakes:
The results are so satisfying, I made three more to hang from the chandelier during the Super Bowl.
Now I feel like I could tackle crochet on a bigger scale. Best part, I can keep these up all of February, and thus have a little continuity between January and February decor. Have any of you tried crochet before?
Sharing with Kojo Designs, and Creation Corner, and Tatertots and Jello.