Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Iron Craft #3: Hearts and Flowers

The challenge this week:

"Love it or hate it, it is that time of year, Valentine’s Day. Our challenge is for you to make something featuring hearts or flowers. It does not need to be Valentine’s Day themed, but needs to feature at least one heart or one flower." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Hmmm... I'm not really in the Valentine's spirit, but I guess that's the point of this challenge.  To get me in the spirit or at the very least get me thinking of something different.

I put my sewing machine away for awhile.  I need a break and it's the slow season for the Tawny Bee shop, so I thought it would be a good time.  This meant that my craft had to be something other than sewing.


Here we go:

 I decided to try to work a heart into a friendship bracelet.  I am pretty good at doing chevrons, stripes and the wavy macrame style, but hearts are a whole other story.  I ended up forcing them into the pattern. 

You can see my practice bracelet at the very left.  The hearts would looking more like arrows or the regular chevrons that I'm used to.  By the time I got to the bottom of the bracelet, I was doing on OK job at making them look more like hearts.

Now I like the way they are turning out.  I'll make a bunch up and get some nicer photos and post them up in the shop along with the other 2 varieties I have.


And of course I will post up a tutorial on how to make this pattern on the next Macrame Monday. :D

For kicks I was working on a small weaving loom on Sunday afternoon and came up with a pretty nice looking flower pattern.  So I thought I'd throw that one in as a bonus Iron Craft since it features flowers.

 To check out all the lovely hearts and flowers from the other Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.


Just Crafty Enough said...

So what do you do with the stuff on the loom? Does it get bound off & used in a bigger project? Just wondering.

Tawny said...

Hmmm yeah... I haven't quite figured that out myself. I actually haven't devised a plan to get it off the loom in one piece hehehe. I got the loom in a bag of perler beads that I bought from the thrift store for the kids. Just thought I'd try it out. I'm thinking I might be able to bound it off and make a few more for a larger project. :)

Jinxy said...

I can't get enough of the bright colors you used for these, they look great.
It takes me back when I used to walk around the house with one in progress, safty-pined to my jeans.