Thursday, 26 February 2015

Designs in Flowers

It's probably why I worked at a garden centre for the last three years, my love of plants and flowers. I also love delicate, crochet lace flowers. I've seen some absolutely incredible floral designs all over Pinterest, Etsy, and the rest of the internet. Most are made with either Japanese or Irish crochet techniques (although I believe most of the hyper-realistic ones are Japanese)

But I noticed a distinctive lack in designs for my favourite flower, Fuschias.

I actually have three favourite flowers: Bleeding Hearts, Phalaenopsis Orchids, and Fuchsias.

Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) have been my favourite since I was a little girl. My grandma used to have
Dicentra spectabilis

a huge half-whiskey barrel planter filled with the most gorgeous Bleeding Hearts, and I have had them in my own gardens ever since I moved out of my parents home. They are an easy, beautiful perennial to grow, but unfortunately I just don't know how well they would translate into crochet. I've seen some designs that I like, others that kind of look like a crochet kidney. The fact that patterns already exist for the flower actually makes me less interested in designing my own.
Phalaenopsis Orchids
Orchids, well, there's plenty of patterns out there for those and eventually I'll probably figure out my own way to make them too. But because they are so plentiful online, it's not really piquing my interest.
Fuchsia 'Dark Eyes'
Fuchsias, on the other hand, make spectacular earrings and pendants. And they've always kind of looked like the flower equivalent of dancing fairies to me. So pretty. I've grown Fuschias in every garden I've ever had. They, like Bleeding Hearts, just seem precious and delicate and interesting to me. Also, they grow very well in the shade and I've got a big tree in my backyard that's just throwing shade everywhere. And, surprisingly, I found very little representation for them as a crochet pattern online.

So I made up my own pattern, combining a few other patterns and modifying it to have the look I wanted. At the time, I only had a small selection of colours that would really work for Fuschia's, so rather than go for my favourite colour of Fuchsia, Blue Eyes, I went for something more like Windchimes - pink outter petals with a white centre. And here's the end result!

These pictures REALLY do not do these delicate little flowers enough justice. I snapped them quickly with my phone, just so I could throw a pic on my Instagram. The picture on the left is not a completed fuchsia earring, obviously. The pic on the right is me, wearing the first pair, finished and beaded up with some glass seed beads and howlite chips. I've been wearing them around for a few days now, and they've definitely been getting attention! I'm so excited for these, I even bought some new thread in purple, so I can make the Blue Eyes variant! Definitely going to be a few pairs up in the shop in the next couple of days, after I take some better pics!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

New Items in the Shop!

It's really nice having a stash of yarn left over from other projects. It allows me to create in a free-crochet kind of way, without worrying that I'm using up precious supplies for the shop. Sometimes, when I'm designing, I come up with interesting and gorgeous things that I can actually sell. And because I'm using limited supplies, they wont ever be exactly duplicated. Unique, and one of a kind!

That's how I wound up designing these three new toques!

 Consomme V Toque on Etsy Jelly Beanie on Etsy

It started with wanting to use some new stitches. The first was the V Stitch, which creates a really nice loose net look when crocheted with a larger hook. When I went to make a brim for the hat, however, nothing I made really worked for me. I've always really liked the look of the Bullion Stitch, but had never used it. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use it. Bullion Stitch adds some weight near the front of the hat, and I thought it makes a cute brim. I personally love the hat that came together with this stitch, I call it the Consomme V, and had a hard time deciding whether or not to list it on the shop. Ultimately, it fits a little large on my very small head, and I decided someone else will probably love it as much as I do.

I dove back into my stash of yarn to create the next hat, I wanted to see what would happen if I tried using the Bean Stitch with a hook twice as large as the average hook used with worsted weight yarn. I love the way the purple and off-white looked together, and I wasn't certain that I had enough purple to complete a whole hat on it's own. So I decided a chunky stripe look would be cool. Again, I wanted to experiment a bit more with that Bullion Stitch, so I worked the white and purple yarn together to create a cool stripy, chunky, candy-like brim. I wanted to keep this hat, that I'm calling Jelly Beanie, too! But decided it's too cool to keep to myself!

Last, and certainly not least, I've been dying to work the Star Stitch in the round, and thought the cream colour I've been holding onto would showcase the stitch beautifully. I was right! It's a bit heavier, more of a winter toque than the Consomme V, but the result is quite gorgeous. Because the Star Stitch made for a chunkier toque, I wanted to do a different kind of brim. I worked the brim by stopping working in the round, and instead working back and forth like a flat project, slip stitching it to the toque. It worked really well, making a brim that can be worn in two ways, rolled up for a slightly tighter fit, or unrolled for a super slouchy beanie look. I call this one the Super Star Power.

I also made a version of the Less Than 3 U toque in the same yarn as the Consomme V, because I just love the colours in it so much!

Check out all four new toques in the shop! Loveless Arachne Designs on Etsy

Saturday, 14 February 2015

It's a Sale!

Happy Valentines Day!

My sister sent me this, isn't she sweet?! She gets me.

Anyway, in honour of the big love day, Loveless Arachne decided to spread some love all weekend long!

Use the code LoveLoveless for 25% off everything in the shop! This weekend only! Expires Monday.

With love,

Loveless Arachne <3

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Toques! Just in time for Spring!

Okay, so we're a little outside of toque season, but really who let's the season dictate what we wear?

New to the shop,

Less Than 3 U Slouchie Toque

As modeled by the stunningly beautiful Hedy LaTete, the Less Than 3 U Slouchie Toque is one size fits most hand crocheted toque with a cute spiral-y heart applique. This version is made of a hand-spun feel yarn of unknown (because I lost the label. Oops) fiber. It's super soft, and might stretch a bit over time. Recomend hand wash cold, and lay flat to dry.

Available on Etsy.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Life Gets in the Way

Well, well, well. What can I say? It's been well over a year since I last touched this blog, a lot has been going on! 2013 was not a successful year for me personally, and 2014 wasn't much better. But I'm determined that 2015 will be my year, and despite everything going on in my crazy personal life I've finally - FINALLY - launched Loveless Arachne on Etsy!

Currently the site is filled with jellyfish! But I've got some toques (beanies for you non-Canadian speakers) awaiting photography, and some new designs in my head for dangling earrings, and a few other surprises! The site has only been live for two days, and I'm overwhelmed by the amount of views, likes, and exposure I've already gotten. No orders yet, but at this point I'm so grateful for the exposure. Thank you, everyone. All of your likes and shares really do make me feel pretty awesome.

On a personal note... the weather is gorgeous here, despite the spring like rain today, or maybe because of it. The snow is all but melted and I'm dreaming of an early spring. You may already know this, but my day-job is at a garden centre. So I spend a lot of time surrounded by plants, and ideas for gardening. It's very likely that I will wind up dumping a lot of my small space gardening ideas here as spring grows nearer, just to share the inspiration that growing things can bring. Later today I'm planning on starting some seeds for my containers... perhaps I'll make a DIY tutorial on seed starting in a small space.

Oh, and if you're interested, you can always check out my Instagram account for pictures and updates on new designs, me, my life and of course, my cats. We got a kitten last year - her name is Teirney -so don't be overwhelmed by her epic cuteness all over my IG.