Donnerstag, 21. September 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Wheels of Time

Finally my 6th and last cushion cover panel is finished. This time I used the Wheels of Time Square from part 2 of the CAL. I had to add some rounds to the original pattern to make them the correct size. I love how the color combinations turned out in this one.

Now it's time to make pairs from the panels and join them into three floor cushion covers. I will use the stripe patterns from the Rainbows after the Rain CAL.

Donnerstag, 14. September 2017

Paint Party Friday: Transformation of an Owl

Last week I had fun with zentangling and while I was looking for patterns online I found some very cool zentangle animal drawings. So I took my owl drawing from August and......

...zentangled it. If that is a word. *LOL* Not 100% happy with it, but it was fun and a good start.

Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Mittwoch, 13. September 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Some Days are Diamonds

Sometimes playing around with colors and color placement is real fun. In this case I used the Some Days are Diamonds Square from the Rainbows after the Rain CAL. The color placement changes the pattern so much.

Color change in every round

Solid colors

And all the beauties joined for the 5th cushion panel.

Montag, 11. September 2017

Papierlaternen/Paper Lanterns

Für meinen Geburtstag bastle ich gerade an einigen Prototypen von Papierlaternen. Mein Geburtstag fällt dieses Jahr zufälligerweise mit dem indischen Lichterfest Diwali zusammen und man findet im Internet haufenweise Anleitungen für Papierlaternen in Vorbereitung für Diwali.

My birthday preparations include the making of some paper lantern prototypes. My birthday 2017 is at the same time then Diwali, the Indian festival of lights and you can find a lot of paper lantern templates online related to the preparations for Diwali.

Ich beleuchte die Laternen aufgrund der Brandgefahr mit LED-Teelichtern.

I illuminate the lanterns with LED lights to avoid the danger of fire.

In den schönen Herbstfarben passen sie super zu den Deckchen, die ich vor kurzem für den Anlass gehäkelt habe.

With the beautiful fall Colors, the lanterns match the doilies, I recently crocheted for table decorations.

Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Paint Party Friday: Feathers and shading practice

Since I started drawing again some weeks ago, I need to practice some skills I've lost during my abscence. One of it is shading. I failed on these sea shells. *LOL* So I better get some more practice.

When I fail, I always try to get back onto comfortable terrain and do something simple, like graphic or abstract designs. I saw some beautiful zentangle feathers online and gave my own version a go. Feathers are small pieces of art, made by Mother Nature and decorating them makes them even more beautiful.

I tried my hand on leather feathers lately, too. After my first not so nice attempt I watched a lot of videos, got some new tools and had a look at the work of other leatherworkers and here is the second attempt. Still not perfect, but a big step forward.

Later I started another shading practice and it turned out way better on this maple leaf, but still room for improvement.

Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

Tischdekoration/Table Decorations

Mein Geburtstag kommt schon bald und da habe ich mir gedacht, ich fange schon mal mit der Tischdeko an. Sechs Simply Squared Deckchen und dazu einige Herbstblätter aus Papier. Es fehlen nur noch passende Kerzen und Servietten, dann ist alles bereit für eine schöne Herbstparty.

My birthday is just around the Corner and I had an ealry start on table decorations this time. I already finished six Simply Squared Doilies and cut out a lot of paper fall leaves. Now I just have to get matching napkins and candles.

Dienstag, 5. September 2017

Rainbows after the Rain: Part 9

Hello and welcome to part 9 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL, brought to you by  Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design! I can't believe this is already the final part and that another CAL journey is over. For part 9 of the Rainbows over the Namib Desert Blanket you will add the border to your blanket.

Previous Posts

Since I made my original Rainbows over the Namib Desert Baby Blanket for a boy, I chose to go with a very simple border, consisting of only two rounds. You can add more sc rounds, if you like to add different colors to your border or you can also add a round of dc to make the blanket bigger. You can also add a completely different border. It all depends on your personal taste. The border I chose is one of my favorites and I used it in many blankets, for example the 2014 Scheepjes CAL designed by Marinke Slump aka Wink.

Round 1: Crochet a row of sc all around the blanket. Don't forget to make one stitch in each corner and one stitch in the joins of the stripes and squares along the sides. Into the four corners of the blanket you should make 3 sc. Sl st into the first sc to close the round

Round 2: *Ch3, 3dc in the same stitch as join, skip 2 stitches, sc in the next stitch.** Repeat from * to ** all around the blanket. This border goes smoothly around the edges with no further adjustments.

If you have any questions concerning the patterns or the CAL, join us in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long Facebook Group. We try to help! We would also love to see your photos of blankets and ponchos. :)

So I hope you enjoyed the Rainbows after the Rain CAL as much as we did and will be in for the next CAL.