What fantabulous weather we are having this week!
Spring sunshine & warmth, along with the return of a burst of fresh colours in the garden always makes me feel inspired and, having been locked away sorting beads and various other have to do tasks for the last couple of months, I feel it's time to re-awaken the creative bloggyiness within and get making some new projects!
At the moment I love these gorgeous little 'Soldiers Buttons' flowers (as we call them in our family) which are abundant in our garden - proper name ' Kerria japonica pleniflora'...
I wanted to try and replicate their pretty golden fluffiness and somehow work them into a project. Making something similar was pretty simple - I got out my trusty flower loom, picked the smallest size circle and attached some orangey-yellow wool.. here's the step by steps..
|Starting by attaching the thread to the side of the loom, you then begin to work the thread back and forth...|
|Keep winding until you have gone all the way around...|
|Because the flowers are fluffy, wrap the thread all the way around each peg further two times..|
|Then use a piece of thread to sew back and forth between the loops across the middle in a star shape to secure the petals...|
|Tie at the back and trim the wool ends...|
|Carefully remove the flower from the loom...|
|Fluff it up a little...|
|...and you now should have one cute 'Soldiers Button' flower!|
|Can you spot the fake flower?|
After that I decided to knit a little 'hippy hat' egg cosy on which to put my little button flower..
|Some green DK wool and a pair of retro size 4 knitting needles...|
|Cast on 20 stitches...|
|Work up 4 rows of rib (1 knit, 1 purl alternately along each row)..|
|Then begin stocking stitch rows (alternate knit row, then purl row) but knit 2 together at each beginning and end of row so the width of the piece decreases...|
|Right down to the last few stitches...|
|Until the last stitch! Then cast off...|
|Leave a long wool end for stitching later.|
|Make a second side...|
|Place the two pieces with right-sides together then sew the first side seam up with one end of wool and the second side seam with the other end of wool..|
|Crochet the ends of the wool into chains..|
|Separate the end fibres of the wool with a bodkin..|
|A basic 'Hippy Hat'... so far so good...|
|Now just sew on the flower!|
It really doesn't take too long to whip one of these for a cute Eastery gift - they'd look great in all sorts of other colours too.
Happy Making :-)