I’m loving the variety of design ideas that can be explored with this twisted pleat texture! Have a look at my cushion.
I decided to go rainbow bright for a added optical illusion. I want to try out smaller, tighter pleats with one subtle colour and also experiment with the pleats running diagonal on the cushion.
As of right now I have spaces available in my textured cushion class. Come along and try this technique out yourself!
Here is another must know shop location if you are not familiar already. The Singer shop…yey!
It does not have a tag on Google maps but the Al Badie Music shop does, which is next door on the same corner of the roundabout.
As well as selling and servicing a range of Singer sewing machine models they also sell a variety of sewing notions such as pins, needles, scissors, interfacing, buttons, zips and such.
Notably they have a good stock of knitting and crochet supplies. A full selection of needles in different sizes and a reasonable stock of wool choices.
They also have a good selection of DMC cotton for 3QR a skein. They also have embroidery aida in different sizes.
And if I haven’t sold them as a great go to then you have to visit for their felt. They reliably (up until now anyway) have a nice selection of felt that you can buy for around 20-25qr a meter depending on who you talk to.
Hope you get to visit them soon 🙂
Today – a crochet pattern, just for you. Enjoy!
I have Louise to credit for this idea. I developed this TMNT pattern from the Skull Scarf kits I put together for our halloween bazaar. Lou poked fun at one attempt saying it looked more like a ninja turtle than a skull. “Oooo!” I thought, “Good idea!!”.
The original skull pattern I was inspired by came from Yella. With a bit of tweaking and experimentation I think I have come up with something fun, easy and “totally gnarly, dude!”. I really encourage people to try adapting and customising crochet patterns as you learn so much from the experience. It is not as difficult as you might think! As you begin to understand the different crochet stitches and try different designs challenge yourself (and your confidence) with some improv crochet.
So, without further ado…the pattern! (First pattern I’ve even written so if there are any suggestions on how to make it better then let me know!!)
Step 1: Eyes (RED for Raphael, ORANGE for Michelangelo, BLUE for Leonardo and PURPLE for Donatello)
ch12 and slip st into first ch to make a foundation ring.
ch12 again and slip st into first ch of this round to make a second foundation ring (like a figure 8).
sc6 into first ring, ch5 and slip st back 4, sc1 into the ring, ch5 and slip back 4, sc7 into the ring.
sc14 into second ring and slip st to finish.
Step 2: Forehead (GREEN)
Finding the first stitch is hard to describe…I hope this makes sense.
sc in 6th st from the last slip st in ‘the centre’.
Work along the row – sc2, hdc2, dc2, hdc2, sc3 to make 12st in this row. Turn work.
*sc in 1st st from hook. sc1 into each st except the last one. Turn work.*
repeat to make 5 rows with the final row being 8st. Slip st to finish.
Step 3: Mouth (GREEN)
Row 1 – sc in 6th st from ‘the centre’. sc1 in each st to make 12st. Turn work.
Row 2 – sc in 1st st from hook. Work along the row – sc2, hdc2, dc2, hdc2, sc3. (12st total)
Row 3 – ch6. sc into 5th st in row2. sc3 more into the row. ch6. Slip st into last st of row 2. Turn work
Row 4 – sc10 into the ring that has been made by row 3. sc4 into 4st of row 3 shown in bold. sc10 into the next ring. Slip st into first st of row 2 to finish.
Step 4: Joining
To join the heads together to make a scarf simply create 5 rows (or more if you like) of 8st from the top of the head then either join using slip st to the chin of the next turtle head or whip stitch using needle and matching yarn. I used a light brown much like the turtles chest color.
Other ideas for joining:
Making coloured stripes based on their mask colours.
Grey circles like manhole covers
Please share your work if you give this pattern a go. I would love to see what people come up with!
ATTENTION: This free pattern is shared for personal use only. Please do not publish or sell for commercial purposes without permission. Respect and credit where it is due!
Sign up now for our Wednesday Stitch club!
9:00am to 12:00pm every week starting October 2nd
Come with friends, come make friends – either way join the club. Enjoy the comfort of the cozy room whilst you work on your handmade project whether it be crochet, knitting, embroidery, stitching the binding onto your quilt or even unpicking a recent disaster! It is all more fun to do in good company.
Requirements: Just bring your project. Tea and coffee are provided.
More social stitch, scrapbooking and painting groups will be organised for days and nights so watch out for more details!
Today I had to stop by Al Mushiri to pick up some supplies for our Bernina sewing machines. In our sewing room we have 6 Bernina sewing machines (1008 models) and Al Mushiri is our go-to for all our machines needs – feet, needles, accessories and maintenance. They have it all!
I was delighted to see that as well as supplying everything Bernina related they have expanded their sewing stock to include many quilters items such as rotary cutters, cutting mats, grids and rulers and lots of other bits and pieces.
Most exciting was the stock of quilters fabrics. Although the souq (as I have written about before) has a reasonable stock of fabric, for those who are ready and willing to hunt and dig, seeing a good selection of quilters fabrics at Al Mushiri was a real treat!
Make sure you head down for a look and shop. Jonathan behind the Bernina desk will be ready and willing to assist you. Or give him a call on 77131068 if you have any Bernina related questions.
To find Al Mushiri is very easy. It is marked on the map below – you want to turn right onto the service road/carpark directly after Ibn Al Atheer Street, which is the first street on your right as you come off the roundabout under the Al Jaidah flyover heading towards the civil defense roundabout. Look out for the big ‘Al Mushiri Co.’ sign.
The building occupies the whole front of the block. There is parking in front but it is limited. You may need to circle around and park in the side street if you come at a busy time…although it is hard to say when that is!
Contact Al Mushiri:
Phone – 44423030, 4443599
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot of hard work and planning has paid off in what has been a great first week here at Inspiration Station. It all started on Saturday 7th September with our open day craft market. It was so exciting to see such creative talent all under one roof. We had vendors selling their handmade items, from crochet toys, kids clothes, paintings, jewelry, bookmarks, photography, furniture and so much more. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved. It was lovely to meet all the vendors and see connections being made between such talented individuals. And thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. I hope you all enjoyed the market and all of your purchases!
The market was such a success that we will definitely be looking at hosting more events like this in the future. If you are someone who would like to sell at a market like this please email us your details and we will add you to our mailing list for this in the future.
Classes began on the Sunday and throughout this week some wonderful work has been produced. I hope all of our first students have had a good time!
Remember to keep an eye on our class schedule for upcoming classes. Also, if you have something you particularly want to learn or make then let us know. We are happy to look at scheduling a session with your request in mind.
So all in all we have been settling into the new space and things are looking really good.
Our paper room is still under construction. There is a huge (and very exciting) collection of stamps and punches and papers and stickers and gadgets and stencils and…and…so many lovely things to tidy into shelves ready for you to play with! So look out for the unveiling of this room soon!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Bring on week 2!!
With only two weeks to go until our grand opening (EEK! So excited!!) I wanted to introduce you to a few of the fabulous crafters who will be selling their wonderful things in our craft market.
Saturday, September 7th, 8:30am to 1:30pm
As well as shopping at the following crafty/arty stalls we will have food and drinks for sale, some inspirational demonstrations and the opportunity to sign up for our classes in the coming weeks. It is going to be heaps of fun and hopefully very inspirational!
See you soon!