{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Jill from @neverjillian

craft as therapy

Image Credit – @neverjillian

Another fabulous week has passed over at @craftastherapy where the fabulous Jill from @neverjillian took the reins as moderator. It is hard to believe that she was initally apprehensive about jumping on board as a moderator – her posts so clever, inspiring and creative. Here’s some of Jill’s posts and featured pictures from last week. Thank you for doing such a great job this week Jill. xx

crochet cactus

{Top Left} – @jo_quittenton
{Top Right} – @momma_tiff4
{Bottom Left} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Right} – @joyfulfour

inspirational art quote

Image Credit – @neverjillian

pretend play food

{Top Left} – @caterpiyarn
{Top Right} – @marbergna
{Bottom Left} – @deartomyartcreations
{Bottom Right} – @sunshinebychannon

creativity is contagious

Image Credit – @neverjillian

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @knot_katy
{Bottom Left} – @pearliebirdy
{Bottom Right} – @sulphurcrested

crochet motifs

{Top Left} – @yarn_house
{Top Right} – @solstrikke
{Bottom Left} – @flo_and_dot
{Bottom Right} – @joakhui80

{Creatives’ Spaces} Robyn from @crochetgirl99

crochet blankets

Meet Robyn from @crochetgirl99 Image by Robyn

Todays creative space belongs to self confessed crochet addict and my good friend Robyn Hicks. Robyn lives in an old cottage called “Firbank” that is situated in a secluded country setting just 20minutes from town. It is here that she pursues her interest in crochet. The house is full of collected vintage objects and upcycled/recycled op shop finds, plus an abundance of beautiful handmade crochet pieces. Robyn is known for her #crochetinthegreatoutdoors pictures on Instagram but not many would have seen inside her beautifully styled home. Today we’re going to take a little look at her living/dining area. I hope you enjoy this little tour and if your interested in discovering and admiring more of Robyn’s makes, you can follow her on IG here.

crochet in the great outdoors

Image Credit @crochetgirl99

repurposed cabinet

Upcycled and repurposed dresser – painted a fresh, crisp white and transformed into a hat rack and display unit.

country style interiors

Robyn’s style is country, vintage and eclectic. Her old cottage, Firgrove, is the perfect backdrop for her collected pieces.

Vintage interiors

A sweet little tapestry, found at an op shop hangs alongside the transformed dresser.

cottage style interiors

Robyn’s country dining room

repurposed cupboard

One of Robyn’s beautiful crochet cushions – handmade with love. It sits prettily on top of this vintage boudoir chair, which belonged to Robyn’s aunt.

crochet shawl

Crochet items are used as display when not in use. This gypsy shawl takes pride of place next to the transformed dresser.

country interiors

An upcycled printer’s tray is used to store Robyn’s little treasures. An old bedhead has been transformed into a bench seat that holds a beautiful stack of Robyn’s crochet blankets.

creative spaces

The transformed dresser also works beautifully as yarn storage – practical and beautiful.

granny square blanket

Image Credit – @crochetgirl99

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Makenzie from @bqueencollection

beautiful crochet hooks

Image Credit – @bqueencollection

Makenzie from @bqueencollection moderated @craftastherapy last week. Makenzie and her husband make the most glorious crochet hooks you will ever see, each one is a work of handmade art. You can find out all about Makenzie and her husband Brian on their website Bqueen Collection. I particularly liked Makenzie’s posts last week because they were all colour coded, which i LOVE! Here are just some of her posts for the week –

yellow yarn

Image Credit – @bqueencollection

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @jellywares
{Top Right} – @woolyana
{Bottom Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Bottom Right} – @vannesa_yulan

 

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @poppyandbliss
{Top Right} – @ecembayarozturk
{Bottom Left} – @pompomchicbyeli
{Bottom Right} – @justanothercraftystuff

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @my.paper.pomegranate
{Top Right} – @misskatiuska
{Bottom Left} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Right} – @keepnsunny

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @indigoandamber
{Top Right} – @strawbsdesign
{Bottom Left} – @4sjov
{Bottom Right} – @kikalite

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Marianne from @marretjeroos

yarn craft projects

Crafty Makes from @marretjeroos

Marianne from @marretjeroos moderated the #craftastherapy hashtag last week. A talented and unique crocheter and crafter, i found Marianne through a mutual IG friend and have admired her work ever since. I was thrilled when she agreed to be a moderator from @craftastherapy.  She did a beautiful job hosting last  – here are some of her posts. And if you’d like to know more about #craftastherapy please visit my About Craft as Therapy page. :)

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @gooseberryfool
{Bottom Left} – @_hellostella_
{Bottom Right} – @teaandfleur

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @caronwasserfall
{Top Right} – @moerks
{Bottom Left} – @strikkvild
{Bottom Right} – @zamhandmade

craft as therapy

Image Credit @marretjeroos

handmade craft projects

{Top Left} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Top Right} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Bottom Left} – @yardagedesign
{Bottom Right} – @zamhandmade

craft projects

{Top Left} – @susanmbeets
{Top Right} – @mycreamlife
{Bottom Left} – @byvintagedaisies
{Bottom Right} – @crochetgirl99

About @craftastherapy

craft as therapy

@craftastherapy on Instagram

What is Craft as Therapy? After going through a rather stressful period of my life, i turned to craft as a way to distract myself from the anxiety i was feeling. I had always loved craft and often bounced from one hobby to another, but it wasnt until my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and my own chronic health condition flared out of control, that i began to craft as a form of therapy.

paper flower

One of my first #craftastherapy projects. You can see the tutorial here.

A self diagnosed ‘instagram addict‘ i began to tag some of my projects with #craftastherapy. I was pretty stunned by the response i recieved and shortly afterwards many, many fellow crafters started using the tag. It became apparent to me how important craft is as a form of therapy, not just for me, but for many other crafters. Many have shared their stories about why they craft for therapy. Some are suffering mental illness, infertility issues, chronic illness, physical illness…….and some craft simply craft because it’s cheaper than therapy and keeps them smiling.

craft as therapy

Clever Crafters –
Top Left – @madewithloops
Top Right – @angie_whimsyfamtwine
Bottom Left – @patchmania
Bottom Right – @perchesinthesoul

Due to the larger number of Instagrammers using the tag, i created a handle called @craftastherapy and invited a group of moderators to jump on board and take turns choosing features from the #craftastherapy tag and posting inspirational messages. The hastag continues to grow, as does the number of followers, and a beautiful community has blossomed.

crafts, crochet, basket weaving

Top Left – @samjaynestreet
Top Right – @botondeflor
Bottom Left – @sairsparrow
Bottom Right – @mysurburbanfarm

Does craft make you happy? Relieve stress? Distract you from illness? To join our friendly community all you need to do is tag your images with #craftastherapy. I hope to see you on Instagram! :) You can follow me on Instagram here.

{Creative Makers} Indri from Inkibabinki

inkibabinki cushions

Image Credit @inkibabinki

I’m excited to announce a great new segment to the blog called “Creative Makers”. I come across an almost endless amount of inspirational and clever makers on Instagram and i thought it was about time i shared them with you. First up i have the super sewer Indri from Inkibabinki. Indri lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children, 4 and 1. After the birth of her first child she decided she would work from home. With a background in Interior Architecture, it just made sense for her to combine her love of sewing with childrens’ interiors. According to Indri, Inkibabinki is all about being fun, fresh and comfortable, while focusing on minimalistic design.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @_myminime_

Indri began her business slowly in 2013. She was intitially focusing on childrens’ fashion but she eventually moved back to her roots as an interior architect and began to explore the world of kids’ interiors. Her monochrome cushions are bang on trend and bring an element of fun into kids spaces. Geometric grids and lines keep her designs minimal, which leaves plenty of room for imaginative play for the kids.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @inkibabinki

Inkibabinki’s etsy store is bursting with fun and fantasic cushions, clothing and even the custest little temporary tattoos for kids – all in contemporary black and white. And there’s no reason these fabulous monochrome cushions can’t be incorporated into grown up interiors too.

inkibabinki jumpsuit

Image Credit @bhranti1

Pictured above is a jumpsuit from Inkibabinki childrens’ clothing range. Indri also creates pants, t-shirts and onsies.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @jensonandbeau

The contemporary black and white grids, slot in easily into already establised monochrome interiors. Inkibabinki has many happy customers sharing images of their children’s spaces on Instagram. Pop over to Inkibabinki’s IG account to check out more beautiful childrens’ spaces.

ice cream cushion

Image Credit @kidsgiftsandtoys

And seriously, what kid wouldn’t want an ice cream cushion!? Please check out Indri’s gorgeous etsy store here and support small business.

childrens homewares

Image Credit @pamdosal

You can find Inkibabinki –

Inkibabinki on Instagram

Inkibabinki Etsy Store

Inkibabinki Facebook

{Crochet} Flower Power Coaster Pattern

 

crochet coaster patterns

This 7 Round crochet coaster pattern is quick and fun to make. Crochet coasters make great gifts and are the perfect project for using up leftover bits of yarn. I’m calling this coaster pattern Flower Power as it reminds of the floral prints that were popular in the 70s. These coasters look great in bright happy colours and make a pretty addition to any boring table. These coasters have been made from Patons Cotton Blend 8ply yarn.

Stitch Knowledge Required (UK) (US shorthand instructions included at the end) 

  • Magic Ring
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • htr = half treble
  • tr = treble
  • dtr = double treble

Flower Power Crochet Coaster

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round One

Round 1 – To begin make a magic ring, chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) then work 8htr into the ring. Sl st to the top of the first htr to join round. (8htr)

 

crochet coaster

Round Two

Round 2 – Chain 2 (counts as 1htr), then 1 htr into in the same stitch. Work 2 htr into each htr from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (16htr)

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Three

Round 3 – chain 2 (counts as 1htr), then work 2htr in the next stitch. Continue to work 1htr, then 2 htr into each stitch from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (24htr)

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Four

Round 4 – Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) then 1dc. Ch 3, miss a stitch and then dc into the next. Continue to ch3, then dc into every second stitch all the way around. Sl st into the first dc to join round. (12 x ch-3 spaces, 12dc).

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Five

Round 5 – Sl st into first ch-3 space. Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 3tr into the same ch-3 space. Work 4tr into each ch-3 space all the way around. Sl st into the top of the first ch3. (48tr)(12x4tr)

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Six

Round 6 – Ch 5, sl st in between the first two groups of 4tr from the previous round. Continue to ch5, and then sl st in between the tr groups all the way around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)

 

crochet coaster patterns

Round Seven

Round 7 – *Sl st into the next ch-5 space and work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1htr, 1dc* Repeat for * to * all the way around. After the last dc, cut the yarn and thread it into a needle. Fasten off. All done!!

easy crochet coaster

 

Shorthand Instructions (UK)

  • Round 1 – magic loop then work 8htr
  • Round 2 – 2htr in each tr (16htr)
  • Round 3 – 1htr, 2htr around (24htr)
  • Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, dc in next – repeat around (12dc,12xch-3)
  • Round 5 – 4tr in each ch-3 space (12x 4tr)(48tr)
  • Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4tr groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
  • Round 7 – 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr,1dc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off.

Shorthand Instructions (US)
Round 1 – magic loop then work 8hdc
Round 2 – 2hdc in each hdc (16hdc)
Round 3 – 1hdc, 2hdc around (24hdc)
Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, sc in next – repeat around (12sc,12xch-3)
Round 5 – 4dc in each ch-3 space (12x 4dc)(48dc)
Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4dc groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
Round 7 – 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc,1sc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off.

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Natalie from @littlecosythings

Crochet sheep

Image Credit – @littlecosythings

The lovely Natalie from @littlecosythings hosted the @craftastherapy feed last week and she did an amazing job! I love that Natalie dove in head first and fearlessly shared her craft as therapy story with all of our followers. Natalie, who suffers from chronic pain and is battling infertility, uses craft as a way to help her cope. You can read more about Natalie’s story over on her blog www.littlecosythings.com You can also BUY her beautiful creations for very reasonable prices. I found Natalie’s week hosting, particularly inspiring because despite her issues and struggles, she always makes time to share a kind word or support someone else who is struggling. Here are some of her posts for the week –

crochet stars

{Top Left} – @kikdekuk
{Top Right} – @gultence79
{Bottom Left} – @neverjillian
{Bottom Right} – @oifoikoi

colourful craft projects

{Top Left} – @carter_and_brown
{Top Right} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Bottom Left} – @yardagedesign
{Bottom Right} – @kellykellykellygreen

handmade craft projects

{Top Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Top Right} – @bqueencollection
{Bottom Left} – @lynne_ee
{Bottom Right} – @vampyr1764

handmade dolls

{Top Left} – @maritparit
{Top Right} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Bottom Left} – vanessakind
{Bottom Middle} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Right} – @offdhookcreations

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @poppyandbliss
{Top Right} – @suzannemartin
{Bottom Left} – @colouredbuttons
{Bottom Right} – @esthersunday1

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Top Right} – @ponytales_
{Bottom Left} – @asterisquebysassi
{Bottom Right} – @flossiecottage

crochet care bears

Image Credit – @littlecosythings

{Crochet} My Favourite Mandy’s Mandalas

crochet mandala design

Crochet Mandala by @mobiusgirl

When i designed my free crochet mandala pattern, Mandy’s Mandala, i never expected so many clever crocheters to use my pattern and share their gorgeous images with me on Instagram. I would like to share some of my favourites from the #mandysmandala hashtag. It’s been so much fun to see my pattern made in so many colourways. If you decide to make one, i’d love to see you colour combination, so don’t forget to tag #mandysmandala.

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @kellykellykellygreen

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @neverjillian

 free crochet mandala design

Crochet Mandala by @runebrurun

 free crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @marretjeroos

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @dhiaree

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @knitpurlhook

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Heike from @madewithloops

Craft as Therapy Week 6

Image Credit – @madewithloops

There are over 7000 posts under the #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram! I’m so happy i cannot put it adequately into words. Incredible! :) My moderators continue to amaze me with their creativity and the fabulous Heike from @madewithloops was no exception when she moderated last week. Here are her posts for the week and don’t forget, everyone is welcome to join in. All you need to do is tag your crafty images with #craftastherapy for a chance to be featured on @craftastherapy.

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @nuran2010bora
{Top Right} – @flo_and_dot
{Bottom Left} – @munisesi
{Bottom Right} – @rikaulricha

inspirational quote

Image Credit – @madewithloops

mandalas for wink

{Top Left} – @kellykellykellygreen
{Top Right} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Left} – @suzanne2017
{Bottom Right} – @marretjeroos

inspirational quote craft

Image Credit – @madewithloops

crochet pattern flower

Image and Pattern Credit – @madewithloops

craft ideas

{ Top Left} – @gultence79
{Middle Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @kikdekuk
{Bottom Left} – @cozamundo
{Bottom Right} – @angelacoyota