Sunday, 7 April 2013

Pom-poms headband, cross stitched rose brooch, and a mermaid scarf

Hello! Do you ever end up with weird sentences due to autocorrect? I do, and that's how this first project came to be! I made a note in my phone to make a pom-pom garland but then when I looked at my notes the next day I had *actually* written pom-pom headband. At first I was just going to change it back, but then I thought how cool a pom-pom headband could actually be!

So I made this one! Yay! ^_^

If you'd like to make your own, they are very easy to create! Here's what I did:

1. Make three big pom-poms and two smaller pom-poms. I used Moda Vera Shiver yarn, the same pink that I used for my chunky winter hat, and some black that I had in my stash.

2. Make a long braid using some of the black yarn. Black is perfect for me as it blends in with my hair and makes it look like the pom-poms are just balancing on my head ~_^ 

3. Using a short length of either black or pink (depending on which pom-pom you are attaching) and a needle, thread the wool through the centre of the pom-pom and then tie it onto the braid. You could also use glue, but I find that that can sometimes be itchy, and this way you can also make adjustments to how to pom-poms sit while you're wearing it ^_^

That's it! Pretty easy, huh? ^_^

My next project is from the April issue of Cross Stitcher and was meant to be a key fob. However, since my keys already have waaayyy too many things hanging off them, I decided to make it into a brooch instead.

I stitched up the rose just like the instructions said, but then instead of attaching the key ring, I added a short length of chain which is then attached to a cute little felt bow.

I think it looks even cuter like this! ^_^ You can't see this from the photos, but I have used two badge backs for this brooch; one on the bow and one on the back of the cross-stitch. I did that because I didn't think the bow would be strong enough to hold the weight of the wooden stitching panel. I also added a circle of felt onto the back of my stitching, which makes it look *much* neater and gives a better surface for attaching the badge back ^_^

And, lucky last, here is my finished scarf! Yay! It looks *so* much better since I have blocked it ^_^

Does it remind you of anything? I wanted to make something a little bit different from just a straight scarf and the combination of the emerald green yarn and the shell stitch inspired me to make this my Mermaid Tail scarf! ^_^

I didn't write down the pattern, but if you want to make your own it would be pretty easy - you just have to decrease a couple of rows after your foundation row and then stitch straight for the rest of the scarf ^_^

Here's a close-up of the stitch pattern; I used the Crochet Bible for the instructions and it's an easy stitch to do once you get into the rhythm of it.

These pictures show the colour a bit better - isn't the difference between colours inside and outside amazing?

What do you think? What have you been working on? 

- Lisa x


Tanya said...

Ha! I thought it was two different scarves at first! Lovely bright colour.

On what occasion would one wear a pom pom headband? I can't imagine attending a client meeting wearing one, but its super cute!

Flora and Paws said...

Great makes as always. That little cross stitch brooch is gorgeous.

Lisa said...

The photos certainly do make it look that way! ^_^

Tanya, I must admit, I've got no real answers for appropriate pom-pom headband wearing occasions but I will confess that I did wear it to the shops after it was done simply because I was so pleased with it. I am sure the shop-keepers around here think I am a little strange now! ~_^ Other than that, other options could perhaps be craft parties and/or when reporting for jury duty? ~_^

Lisa said...

Thanks Sara - I am super pleased with the brooch and can't wait to wear it out! Cross Stitcher really picked a wonderful colour palette for that project ^_^

Tanya said...

If I wasn't already disqualified for jury duty, this might really help! ;)