KreaDoe – Triangle Pincushions

maRRose - CCC - pincushionsRecently I told you about my exciting new part-time job as blogger for the biggest Dutch Craft Fair, KreaDoe. In my first blog post for them I shared my “Yarn Ends Bowl” (Dutch diy here) the second one that has just gone live on KreaDoe’s site is how to make your own triangle pincushion (English tutorial here – Dutch how-to here).

These pincushions are another favorite project of mine – a rather quick make, and a cute little gift. We all sew sometimes don’t we, and we all need a pincushion to keep those pins from going to dangerous places…..
Whenever I plan on gifting one myself, I do like to personalize them as much as I can, as you can see here ….
maRRose - CCC --- Koffie-Wol pincushion-02 maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat-Lisanne pincushion maRRose - CCC --- tulips pincushion maRRose - CCC - Rietveld pincushion-40The last one I personalized is this one ….. I’m sure that’s no surprise ….;):
maRRose - CCC - pincushion-55I also made a couple of new ones, and if you’d like to win one, please leave a comment below (also letting me know which one you’d prefer: the orange/mint, or the soft peach).
maRRose - CCC - pincushion-54 maRRose - CCC - pincushion-53 maRRose - CCC - orange mint pincushion-02And….. that’s not all you can win this time around: KreaDoe’s allowing me to give away TWO TICKETS for the craft fair: woohoo!
maRRose - CCC - pincushion-56Again, all you have to do is let me know in the comments whether you’d like to be eligible to win these – winners for both the pincushions, and the tickets will be drawn on Thursday October 22, 2015, and I’ll let you know here, on my Instagram and Facebook page! Tip: you could increase your chances to win, by entering over there as well!

Good luck!
Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crocheted Pincushions-collageI don’t think it will come as a surprise to you, when I tell you I love pincushions, especially crocheted ones. They’re quick and cute little projects, they make for a perfect gift-from-the-heart, and don’t we all find good use for them?
As for my triangle pincushions (tutorial here), I still very much enjoy making and gifting them!
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Searching Etsy, collecting pretty pincushions for this week’s Treasury Tuesday made it quite clear I’m not the only crochet-pincushion-lover …..

My two favorites have to be this gorgeous one by “Crejjtion”:
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crocheted Pincushions-01and this one – so beautifully made and elegant:
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crocheted Pincushions-02Love,
Marianne xx

“maRRose” in the picture

maRRose - CCC --- Koffie-Wol pincushion-02We all know YouTube is the place to go when we want a certain pattern or stitch explained. In fact I know for many crocheters YouTube was the place where they actually learned how to crochet!
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Last year the people of Wolplein launched a weekly yarn inspired talk show – “Koffie & Wol” (“Coffee & Wool”) – on YouTube and I was hooked right from the start.
The show is hosted by lovely and very talented Petra, Lotte and Saskia – the latter well known for the three (!) crochet books she wrote with Claire – and is very informative.
maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Inspiratie Centrum-02Every week Saskia tells us how to crochet a pattern she specifically designed for the show (the pattern of which then can be found on the Wolplein Blog), Petra teaches Saskia how to knit, and Lotte takes the show on the road, interviewing crocheters, visiting yarn fests etc.maRRose - CCC --- Wolplein Inspiratie Centrum-03

In fact, I first saw the “Tulip Blanket” on the “Koffie & Wol”-show – and you might remember how I could not wait to get started with this gorgeous pattern (more here and here).

And guess what?
I was asked to come to the “Koffie & Wol”-studio a couple of weeks ago to have an all-about-crochet-chat with Saskia!!
Gosh, an honor, really and so, SO much fun to do!
It was not until after the show that I got nervous about going to be so “visible”, but to be honest: I’m pretty pleased with how the interview turned out: big thanks to Saskia and the wonderful and professional Wolplein/Koffie & Wol-people.
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The interview is in Dutch and I doubt that google translate will help us out here, but you still might want to get a glimpse of my crochet and me on film ;), so here’s the link.

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: as a little gift I made a “Koffie & Wol”-pincushion ……
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Triangle cushion covers

maRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionWriting this blog post made me realize I have somewhat of a fascination with geometric crochet. I’ve noticed I like all crochet made with graphic shapes ….
For instance this gorgeous “Isometric Blanket” by Solveig, or the beautiful “Harlequin Blanket” by Woodwoodstool (here‘s another one, gorgeously made by Coco Rose Diaries). Or maybe this beauty, a free pattern from the talented Kath Webber/Inverleith. A different technique – tapestry crochet – gives brilliant results as well, like this and this one, all made by Julie/Little Woollie (free tutorial on her blog, here).
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My first geometric crochet project, was a cushion cover that I made for my brother quite some time ago. I loved playing with the different sizes and shapes, kind of freewheeling the pattern together.
I’m afraid this is not the best kind of photo, but at least you’ll get an idea of
what I did …..
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Cushion in purple, mustard and greys

After that I made the triangle cushion that now lives with my lovely and talented friend Sonia, and I love the story that’s related to this one.
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Cushion in pink, orange, yellow, ice blue and bright blueWe both admire each others work – please, please do yourself a favor and check out her fan-tas-tic artwork – but I’m no needle artist, nor is Son a crocheter, and so we decided to make a deal and simply swap!
Sonia made a stunning portrait of our family and my triangle cushion cover was shipped all the way to Australia, a very happy deal indeed!
maRRose - CCC: Dandelyne family portrait 2014

This particular triangle cushion cover also ignited my triangle pincushion design (tutorial + free pattern here), so it actually brought a lot of fun.
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A couple of weeks ago someone asked me how to crochet the half triangles that are needed to square things off and I decided to make a tutorial for these too.
And while doing so, I quickly wrote down how I made the entire cushion as well, so you can go ahead and crochet/construct your very own triangle cushion cover.
For a pdf-version of this tutorial, click here – or go to the tutorial section, here.

I had so much fun making triangles and half triangles again, that I started triangle cushion cover number 3 – now listed in my Etsy shop.

maRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionmaRRose - CCC: Triangle PincushionAs you can see I crocheted one big solid granny square as the back of this cushion (tutorial by “ACreativeBeing”, here).
It turned out really pretty – the cushion now being a nice “two-for-one”. Front and back are crocheted together with sc’s, using all 4 loops, adding a little 3-chain picot every 6 stitches. One of the sides was partly left open and can be closed with 4 buttons which makes washing the cover a breeze.
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I’m already working on number 4, trying to figure out an easier way to connect the triangles and half triangles that – I have to admit – can be a bit fiddly.
Will definitely let you know here if the new little trick will work!
maRRose - CCC: Triangle Pincushion

Love,
Marianne

Triangle Pincushion (Tutorial)

Isn’t it funny and interesting how one gets ideas to create something? When I was making the triangle cushion I did not do the math beforehand as to how many triangles in what color I would need. So I ended up with too many triangles, no big deal. After I had finished the cushion I looked at those long haired, oddly shaped objects, and all of a sudden lightning struck, aha!

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And don’t you love it when you can work out the idea/picture you have in your head into something real, and to such an extent that the final result totally matches the photo-in-the-head that it all started with.
Well, I’ll be the first to admit that there are quite a few projects sitting somewhere in my craft room unfinished, but this pincushion-idea really worked well.
It is a great stash buster project, a quick fix when you’re bored with that never-ending blanket, and they simply make me smile!
You’ll find the link to the tutorial here (or above) – have loads of fun making them and please do share any of your triangle creations!

Love,
Marianne

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