Thank’s for joining me today. I’m still wandering down one of my rabbit trails, but I promise to get back on point…if I can remember what it is, soon. I guess because of the popularity of Downton Abbey, the fashion world is doing a wonderful job in bringing back fashion techniques and looks that have fallen by the wayside. The good news is that although the show Downton Abbey only portrays svelte, statuesque women, most, during the time, were full figured. The styles, fabrics, embroidery…all were opulent, robust and detailed, because the women could wear them, and not get swallowed up in the fashion. For this reason alone, it’s fun to see all this come back. And, one of those techniques is the single chain crochet stitch. Embroidery has this stitch also, but the stitch lies flat on the dress. There are numerous situations where you will want to create a fuller bodied look to your fabric, and appliques are perfect for this.
Once you have created your simple single crochet chain, the sky’s the limit to what you can make. Both crocheting and knitting allow you to create with a number of materials. In fact, anything you can reduce to a linear strand and is flexible enough to go through a loop, can be knitted or crocheted. The look of the chain can be varied by the type and thickness of the fiber used, and the size of the crochet hook
In today’s example I turned the stitch into jewelry just to give you an idea of the flexible use of the chain you create. The design for the necklace is actually semi sort of copied from one I saw on a shear organza curtain home décor fabric. The circles are sewn onto the fabric. Of course, you do not have to make circles. The chain can be turned into squares, or continuous loops around the dress. This was especially popular two years ago when everything seemed to have the loops, but it is still popular and another way to contour your look. For instance, imagine this outfit with a large half circle. You may not be able to find fabric like this, but you can create the look on any fabric, in fact any purchased skirt and shirt. The wonder under applique web adhesive can be used on a variety of fabrics.
That one loop can take you many places. The necklace has an added twist, a bead, which you can also use with yarn or other materials to create additional depth, especially around the neck.
Steps in crocheting the necklace.
1) Create the chain
The steps involved in crocheting the necklace are similar to that in crocheting the yarn chain. I have used beading wire and there is very little difference in the techniques except that the wire is not as resilient and you will not want to make too many errors. In fact, it’s not easy to rip out and reuse, although I certainly have done it.
2) Adding the bead
Before crocheting you will want to add as many beads as you require on the thread. I always put just a little more than anticipated to allow for creative license. Select an interval you wish to follow i.e. every two stitches, every eight and space your beads accordingly. When you are ready to add a bead, slip one bead up to the hook. Pull the thread just above the bead through the loop with the hook and move onto the next. I always consistently pull the hook over the bead so that the thread appears over the bead. But there is no right or wrong way, just be consistent.
Continue on until you have the length you want.
Next week I will show you how to sew the chain together. Until then, thank you again for joining me and have a Blessed week.
Photos of the sewn clothing are on my Pinterest site. Please click the above link and it will take you there.
I should note, the photos are of clothing that have been worn and washed. I once found myself unemployed and a $64.00 dry cleaning bill that had to some how be paid before I could get my suits out for an interview. I swore then that if the item could not survive the wash, gentle cycle or normal, I was not going to buy it or make it.
Plus, we surround our skin with enough chemicals, we don't need to voluntarily add more.
I have many interests, but have to admit sewing is not one of them. I sew only because I like to wear clothes that fit. Thus, my goal when I approach any sewing project is to get it done well enough that it is wearable.
Most of the time I reach that goal. I hope this blog will help open up new fashion vistas for you to explore.