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Crocheting: Rosette Granny Square Cushion

 photo IMG_1031-160521-v2__zpsatlni0qz.jpgAnother cushion cover!

I have been seeing this beautiful rosette pattern quite a bit on Instagram, but I could not find any written instructions in English online.  After much searching, I found a video tutorial on a blog for this pattern.  Unfortunately, the instructions were in a foreign language – Turkish, I think.

I played the video forwards and backwards countless times to eyeball the stitches and after much hair-pulling, managed to figure it out.  It is quite an easy pattern to make and I have to find some time to write it down before I forget.

I thought it would be an overkill if I made a rosette on all the granny squares so I decided to alternate the rosette granny square with a plain solid granny square, and then made a lattice-style edging before stitching it to the fabric.

 photo IMG_1033-160521-v2__zpsgteoxeh3.jpgAnother milestone in my self-taught sewing lessons.  I made a zipper that is concealed.  It turned out quite well though the machine stitches could have been neater.

I love the print of this fabric which I bought from Sin Mui Heng at People’s Park Centre.  This is a lightweight and silky-smooth cotton fabric from Japan that costs $16 for a yard.  I could have bought something cheaper from Spotlight but I do not like the look and quality of their fabrics which are mostly from China.  I like going to Sin Mui Heng – most of their staff are elderly aunties who are helpful and polite.

 photo IMG_1034-160521-v2__zpsayh48voa.jpgIf someone were to tell me 30 years ago that I would resemble my mother 30 years later in that we both love buying fabrics (for making clothes in her case), I would say the person is crazy.

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Crocheting: Citrus Vintage Popcorn Stitch Cushion Cover

 photo IMG_0805-160504-v2__zpsazf7aomz.jpgThis is the third installment of my crocheting journey with the vintage popcorn stitch cushion cover.  I made one in a citrus colored cotton yarn this time.  The first two are in vanilla and taupe.

 photo IMG_0806-160504-v2__zpsdgw6ewhd.jpgThe cushion inserts in the previous two cushion covers were sewn into the cover and cannot be removed.  For this piece, I decided to sew a zipper to the fabric so that the cushion insert can be removed.  It was my first time sewing a zipper and as you can see from the photo, it was not sewn straight even with the use of pins!  I definitely need more practice with the sewing machine.

I like the bright and cheery prints on this fabric that I bought in Japan.

 photo IMG_0807-160504-v2__zpsdzc3pnpw.jpgThis time, I had a slightly easier time making a roll-hem on the fabric and sewing it to the crochet piece.  I can now see why some crafters use a plain fabric (as opposed to one with prints) so that you don’t have worry about the prints looking ‘crooked’ or ‘slanted’.

I am going to take a break from this popcorn stitch pattern for a while.  There is another 3-D rosette granny square pattern that I have been dying to try and have only recently found a video tutorial on it.

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