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Ideas on blocking and finishing garments

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Ideas on blocking and finishing garments

I hope you have a cuppa in front of you because finishing and blocking your garments is a big subject area and if you know me, you know that I am thorough and passionate about this subject!  I should really change my middle name from Bella to Robust. To my mind there are four key areas to properly finishing off a garment (this actually applies to many other projects too, not just things to wear): Washing and blocking your project Joining seams - including weaving in ends Adding the trims/ buttons Recording your process - this may seem like it...

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How I log my designs, WIPs and FOs

Fay Dashper-Hughes

How I log my designs, WIPs and FOs

How many times have you finished off one pattern and know that you will definitely make it again? Did you immediately write down all of the little changes that you made, the number of rows you did? At some point have you gone back to that pattern only to find you can't remember what hook/needle size you used and so you go scrolling through your Instagram posts to see if you unwittingly saved the day by posting a photo of your WIP with the hook/needles in the frame? That was me, all of the above, until I decided that enough...

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Hove Purse Pattern

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Hove Purse Pattern

Before you dive into the depths of an intarsia project it might be worth trying out the technique on a small but useful project such as the Hove Purse. Having designed the Hove Beach Bag (available for £3.50 on Ravelry) as part of the wider KIHICI bag range I wanted to create a simple intarsia project so that people could test their skills before they go headlong down the intarsia crochet rabbit hole. The first crochet intarsia project that I tried was mind boggling.  I hadn't tried the technique before and there were too many bobbins of yarn at the...

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Starting dc crochet rather than turning chains

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Starting dc crochet rather than turning chains

A different technique for starting a new row I am constantly learning new techniques for crochet and was informed about this little nugget having talked about better ways to start new rounds in new colours as part of The Crochet Circle Podcast.  That technique is called 'standing crochet stitches'. If you are starting a new row in the same colour then the below technique may be for you.  It is called 'starting crochet stitches' and I think it is a neat way of starting a new row. Here you can see the differences between a starting crochet stitch dc and...

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Why you don't finish projects and what you can do about it

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Why you don't finish projects and what you can do about it

Why we don’t finish projects Ever wondered why you don’t finish projects and what you can do about it? The excitement of squidging yarn in a shop, the whiff of something shiny and new, the latest pattern that ‘has’ to make it to the top of your queue - there are many things that sway us towards new projects.  For some this isn’t a problem because they are monogamous crafters, finishing a project, assessing what they want to make next and only then buying the supplies for the next project/ challenge.  But let’s get something clear, this isn’t most people! ...

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