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Crochet Pattern: Flower Buttons

Crochet Tutorial and Pattern: Learn how to make you own flower buttons.I admit, sometimes I get crafter's block and just feel uninspired. That's why I love it when my friends ask, "Hey, Ellen, have you ever made...?"

This time the inspiration came from my friend Maryse. (She's pretty crafty, too and you can find her on Facebook at UnChifon Fon Fon.) She asked if I had ever made crochet flower buttons. The answer was no, but clearly I had to give it a try!

Materials



Directions


The entire piece is worked in the round with the right side facing.

With orchid pink

Rnd 1: form a magic loop, 8 sc in magic loop and pull loop closed, sl st in front loop of 1st sc,
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Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in front loop of first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 4 dc in front loop of same sc, [ch 1, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc of 5dc group, draw dropped loop through, ch 3, 5 dc in front loop of next sc] 7 times, ch 1, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc of 5dc group, draw dropped loop through, ch 3, sl st in 1st dc of rnd. Fasten off.

With frosty green

Rnd 3: Attach green in back loop of any sc from Rnd 1, ch 4 (counts as first tr), 3 tr in  back loop of same sc, [4 tr in back loop of next sc from Rnd 1] 7 times, sl st in first tr of rnd.

Rnd 4: [Ch 3, skip 1 tr, sl st in nest tr] 16 times. Fasten off.
Cut a 12-18 inch piece of either yarn. Weave it up and down through all of the ch 3 loops.
Place the button cover onto the wrong side of the crochet flower.
Pull the yarn snuggly so the green part og the flower wraps around the button cover. Tie the yarn in a knot and trim the tail.

Make sure the flower is centered on the front of the button.
Position the button back.
This next part takes some muscle use the pusher to push the back into the cover.
You'll know it is in place when you here it pop.
Finally, the hard part, decide what you are going to use your pretty, crocheted flower buttons for!

Crochet Tutorial and Pattern: Learn how to make you own flower buttons.

Happy Crocheting!




Tutorial: Beaded Ladder Bracelet

How to make a simple beaded ladder bracelet.Back in November, hubby and I enjoyed an afternoon browsing the shops in Tubac, an artist community just a bit south of Tucson. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it. Lots of neat shops and plenty of tasty restaurants.

We left empty handed that day, but I did get some inspiration for a project. Almost every shop that carried jewelry had a display of beaded ladder bracelets in a variety of eye catching colors. With a few basic supplies and a little bit of time, you'll be surprised how easy it is to create your own beaded bracelets.

Materials




Directions


Begin by measuring your wrist. Mine is about 6 inches around.
Fold your cord in half and tightly tie an overhand knot to create a loop that is large enough for your button to pass through.
Secure the loop under your clipboard clip.
Fold your thread in half and tie it in a knot close to the cord knot. wrap the thread around the cord a few times and tie another knot to secure the thread.
Use a small binder clip to secure the cord at the bottom of your clipboard.

Once you get the hang of this beading technique, you may not need the bottom of the cord secured, but as you are getting started it helps your work remain untangled.
Insert the ends of the thread through the needle.

Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide one bead onto the thread.
Lift the right cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the bead from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord.
Pull the thread tightly to secure the first bead.
Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide two beads onto the thread.
Lift the right cord and pull your thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the two beads from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord and pull the cord tightly to secure the beads.
I bet you're starting to see the pattern here.

Lift the left cord and pull the thread under it.
Slide on three beads.
Lift the right cord and pull your thread under it.
Slide the needle back through the three beads from right to left making sure your needle comes out above the left cord and pull the cord tightly to secure the beads.
Continue adding "rungs" of three beads onto your ladder bracelet until the beaded length measures the same as the length abound your wrist.
Finally, add a rung of two beads and then a rung of one bead to complete the beaded section.
Tie the thread and knot it around both cords. wrap it around the cords a few times then knot it again.

To conceal your thread ends, string them back and forth through a few rungs of your beaded ladder, wrapping around the cords on either side. Carefully trim off the remaining thread.
Tightly tie an overhand knot in the cords as closely to your wrapped thread as possible.
Slide a button onto the cords.
Tightly tie an overhand knot close to the button to secure it into place.

Trim the cord close to the knot.

If you want to ensure that the final knot never unties (Trust me, you do!) add a few drops of G-S Hypo cement around the knot and let the glue dry completely.
Your bracelet is ready to wear!

How to make a simple beaded ladder bracelet.

If you really want to get fancy, you can use your favorite findings to secure the ends instead of a loop and button. I really like magnetic clasps for bracelets because sometimes it's tricky to grab those little lobster claws.

How to make a wrapped, beaded ladder bracelet.

Another option when securing the thread before and after beading, instead of wrapping the thread around both cords at once, you can do a fishtail braid. Just wrap the thread in figure eights around one cord and then the other.


Get really fancy and make a wrap bracelet.  For a double wrap, you'll need 36-40 inches of cord and about 20 feet of thread.


Happy Beading!




Craft Fail: Button Bowl

Everyone's seen this craft DIY showing how to make a button bowl. But is it really possible?If you're into crafting, I'm sure you've seen this project on Pinterest, "The Button Bowl."

Not to brag, but I consider myself to be an expert crafter, so when I saw this one I was pretty confident that I could pull it off.

And look at that bowl. Not bad, eh?

Well, my friends, let me tell you that even the most experienced crafters have a failed project from time to time. This is mine.

I started my project with high hopes. It actually seemed like it would be pretty easy compared to the shredded paper bowl I made last year.


The process is simple enough.

Blow up a balloon. Cover it with a bit of Mod Podge. Stick on some buttons.
Stick on more buttons. Add more Mod Podge. Let it dry...

Add a few more coats of Mod Podge. Let it dry...
Pop the balloon. Boom!
Just trim off the excess Mod Podge and voila! Looks great.

It was getting late, so I decided I would take pictures of my finished bowl the next day and then I could write up the tutorial.

When I walked into my studio the next morning, my heart sank. Instead of a perfectly formed button bowl, I found a flat clump of buttons on the table. The bowl had collapsed in on itself. I was so disappointed I couldn't even take a picture.

But, I'm not one to give up. Since I couldn't blow up another balloon to the exact same size, I rummaged through the kitchen until I found a similarly sized serving bowl. I turned the bowl upside down, placed a few strips of parchment paper over it and draped my soft, button-y mess over the bowl.



Clearly I had just been a little to excited about removing the button bowl from the balloon. If I let it sit for a few more days, the bowl will surely harden.

Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months.

After four long months of "drying" I discovered that my bowl was still so soft that it could be folded into a taco
or even rolled into a burrito.
Here's the time-lapse (about a minute) of what happened when I set the bowl down.

I can make a shredded paper bowl, so why not try a button bowl?
  
Yes, I made a button bowl, sort of, but I am still declaring this a craft fail since my bowl does not stay "bowl shaped" for more than a few seconds.

Everyone's seen this craft DIY showing how to make a button bowl. But is it really possible?

Have you had success making a button bowl? I'd love your advice on this project.