Easter Awesome (even if I do say so myself)

Easter Basket Square TiltFeeling rather springy, I had launched into a project I wanted to do for some time… a panoramic crochet egg.   However, I ran into a stumbling block when the plastic egg I was going to use  was discontinued by the manufacturer.  So….  not to be deterred from my spring enthusiasm, I came up with something else.  I made a short list of all the elements associated with this vernal season.  I wanted to encorporate all these elements:  baskets, eggs, bunnies, duckies, and, of course, baby chicks… plus I wanted a flower & some green grass.  Who doesn’t love the smell of the first mown grass of spring?  Then,  I also wanted to revive a dead old vintage motif that had potential but its original version was pretty sad… and was thread crochet.  After all spring is about rebirth, right?

So here you have it…  an Easter Basket 8″ afghan square.  You create the blocks that have the basket sitting in the grass then add your Easter appliques as you want them so each square is unique.  I think it will make a darling afghan for the spring.  And don’t forget that Mother’s Day isn’t far off either…

While this set is for sale on Ravelry & Etsy…  I will be posting a FREE PATTERN for everyone that is a set of patterns for all these appliques (without the square).  Also be watching because I have another bunny themed pattern coming really soon.  For some reason I’ve gone nuts with the bunnies this year and they seem to be multiplying like rabbits!  (That’s a hint for my new pattern… hehehehe)

Links for this pattern:

ChelseaCraft Designs on Ravelry


ChelseaCraft Crochet store on Etsy


bunny and eggs lop bunny appliques


And now… Something REALLY different…

Can you imagine a bedspread with these?

Can you imagine a bedspread with these?


Nope, this isn't applique sewn on.  This is OVERLAY!

Nope, this isn’t applique sewn on. This is OVERLAY!


The Hummingbirds in Flight is a brand new 12″ square made in crochet overlay technique that creates a 3D effect.  This pattern is in testing and will be made available for sale on my Ravelry and Etsy stores.  I’m hoping this will be just the first of a series of these overlay squares.





Well, as I knew when I got the inspiration for this square, it’s a real hair puller.  Not only have I totally tweaked the whole thing so the pattern has to be virtually re-written, but I’ve got to take a full set of photos as well for the tutorial bits so that intermediate skilled crocheters can tackle this lovely thing.  I’ve become rather perfectionist on this project because I literally got the idea for it in a dream.  So to make it closer to my dream I have now altered it to this:

hummingbird garden party 2  I just don’t like the red throats but finding it hard to come up with an authentic looking ruby throat so people know it’s hummingbirds.  I also didn’t like the weight and heft of this green yarn.  But I finalized my pattern and that’s what’s important.  I’m leaving some details optional so people can personalize the square more.   Anyway, it should be finished within the week if all goes as planned.   I think this is going to be my best design yet.  I just can’t wait to make it into an afghan.