Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fishing Line Flowers

Fishing Line Flowers
By Berta Gilholm

Any Sport or Worsted Weight Yarn, I suggest something soft and colorful.
I used leftover Red Heart Sport in Multicolor/Crayon, Red Heart Classic in lime green and Beadnik in Turquoise.
Crochet Hook US H/8 – 5mm
Fishing Line – Nylon Monofilament 12 to 15 pounds
Yarn Needle
Pin Backs or Hair Clips

Notes: These flowers are for brooches, hair, shoe or jeans decorations. The fishing line helps hold the flower up and makes them keep their shape over time.
To work with the fishing line roll, I place an elastic pony tail holder around the roll and move it as I work the line off. Work the whole thing with 1 strand of yarn held with 1 strand of fishing line together. It’s easier if you place the yarn and line in front of you on a table or hassock while working for better control. Every now and then straighten out the line, it tends to curl.

Instructions: (work in rounds)
With your choice of yarn and line held together, Ch 3, slst in last ch from hook to make a ring
Rnd 1: (working slightly loose in this round) Ch 1,  10 sc in ring, slst in first sc
Rnd 2: Ch 3, slst in same stitch, *ch 3, slst in next sc, Repeat from * 10 times, join with a slst to first ch 3 space
Rnd 3: *Ch 6, slst in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, slst in same ch 3 space, Repeat from * around in each ch 3 space, after last petal slst in first ch  of first petal
Rnd 4: Ch 4, sc in top stitch of the first sc in ring of rnd 1, (these stitches do not have to be perfect, use a yarn needle to lift the sc’s up while working in them)  *Ch 4, sc in top of next sc in rnd 1, Repeat 7 more times, Fasten off, weave in tail through center of flower to back.
To use, attach to Pin Backs and pin to tops, purse or jeans, Attach to Hair Clip or Bobbypins and clip to hair, shoes or purse.
Suggestion: Use a smaller hook and sport yarn, Make a band 1” to 1 ½” wide and the size of the circumference of the head, arm, wrist or leg, sew on the flower and wear as hair, arm or leg bands over shirts or jeans or bracelets. You can also hang flower on a necklace and wear as a pendant.
You can add beads to the fishing line for a challenge and work them in as you go.

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