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Pinterest Roundup: July 2015

Wow! July has been and gone and I’ve not made a great deal but I really love the things I have made like my Gingham blouse.  I have also seen so many great things over on Pinterest to fill me with inspiration for next month! here are some of my favourites:

Look at this cute crochet blanket, I really like the simplicity of it whilst still being bright and colourful!

Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Annie PDF Instant Download Cot Pram Sensory

I’m also loving the new Zeena dress pattern from ByHandLondon, aswell as this other new dress pattern (I think it might be Buttericks)

 

and what about this gorgeous cross stitch bee!

Cross stitch bee cushion

 

You can find these and more beautiful pins over on my Pinterest account and be sure to check out the new board I have just created filled with sewing tips!

H.

 

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Pinterest Roundup: June 2015

This month has just flown by – I’ve been really busy with work but still managed to find some time to spend on Pinterest! This month I’ve pinned some gorgeous things to my inspiration boards. You should go and check them all out but here is a quick round up of some of my favourites:

Firstly this delicious looking colour combination perfect for the summer!

added to colour combinations on HsHandcrafts Pinterest

A new colour combination to try

I’ve also discovered this Japanese embroidery style – Sashiko. I think its really beautiful and can make some plain fabric stand out with its gorgeous geometrical patterns.

Sashiko embroidery

Sashiko embroidery

I’ve also got a couple of crochet finds to share. Firstly this amazing blanket. I love how the stripes of neon add so much fun to the main grey colour!

neon stripe blanket

neon stripe blanket

and finally in honour of Mr. Dinosaur who I introduced to you last week here’s a fun project to crochet him some friends!!

Crochet dinosaurs

Crochet dinosaurs

button bracelet

Also, once again this easy bracelet DIY was my most repinned pin! Maybe I should give it a try!

H.

Pinterest Roundup May 2015

I love Pinterest! and I really enjoyed creating my last roundup of my favourite pins so I decided to do another.

Since last time I have vreated a few new boards as so many of the lovely things I found could not be contained in the boards I had created so far!

Firstly I made an embroidery inspiration board.

I think my favourite pin so far on this board has to be this little fella!

beetle embroidery

I also created a jewellery making inspiration board

I love the idea of combining crochet onto ready made jewellery just like this ring here

crochet ring

 

I also made my colour inspiration board which I blogged about here.

Just look at these gorgeous beach tones!

decking colour inspiration

 

The final two boards I created recently were to help me with my KCBW posts and are on craft photography and sustainable crafting

Other than these new boards, I have been busy pinning away onto my other inspiration boards. Here are some of my favourites

I also added analytics to my Pinterest account so I can see what all you lovely people are clicking on.

Turns out this was my most clicked and repinned pin of the month! Maybe I will have to make one to celebrate.

button bracelet

 

If you want to follow me on Pinterest you can find me here.

I would love to see what you guys are pinning or where you find your inspiration so let me know your usernames and top tips in the comments!

H.

KCBW6 Day 2: It’s All About You

Its Day 2 of knitting and crochet blog week! How did everyone find day one? I personally enjoyed reflecting on the different types of yarn and thinking about how each yarn has its own personality and can bring something new to a project.

For day 2 its all about me! We are tasked today to:

shift the focus and turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us. The important thing here is to remember that you don’t have to go into great personal detail and certainly do not have to reveal anything too personal. You can be as candid or as private as you like, but you can also give your readers a feel for those things that you like to do outside of your crafting.

So for this task I thought rather than ranting on about my life story I would give you a nice list of my favourite things!

First here are some of the things you might have guessed already: –

  • bright colours – particularly blue and yellow
  • geometric patterns – these really appeal to me (maybe because I secretly really love maths!)
  • clothes – since I started sewing I have managed to curb my shopping habit a little but I always love new clothes whether handmade or shop bought!
  • colourful things – especially pens and stationery

and here are some things you might not know: –

  • science and nature – I am a scientist by day and a crafter by night!
  • pyjama days – why shouold you have to get dressed if you’re not going to leave the house?!
  • tea – I have an entire drawer at work filled with different kinds!
  • music – I play piano, saxophone and clarinet and love playing jazz. I alos love listening to all sorts of music, particularly folk and chilled out indie.

Colour Combinations

I am sure everyone knows the feeling when you are inspired by a new pattern that you just have to try straight away but cant decide how to make it just right for you. Well sometimes its down to the texture of the fabric or yarn but more often than not I find myself pondering over the colour for so long! There are certain colours I return to time and time again but often I want to try something new but am unsure of how it will fit in with the colours already in my wardrobe.

I decided to create a new pinterest board to keep track of some of my favourite colour combinations so that when I cant decide what colour to do my next project I can just open it up and see what has inspired me before. Also, if I know what I want it to match I can look for colour inspiration with those combinations in!

Do you have a method of choosing what colours to create your next project in or do you always go for the same combinations? I would love to hear any tips!

Just for fun, here are some of my favourites! What are yours?

H.