Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bits & bobs for Lucy the caravan

canisters

I spotted these canisters at my fave vintage shop & they are just perfect for Lucy. They’re just the colours I’m planning to use in her.

floral for Lucy

I plan to use the 2 beds as lounges as Lucy will mainly be used for day trips. This means I’ll need lots of comfy cushions so I’ve started making some. I’d bought this fabric months ago thinking it would be nice for cushions.

crinoline lady for Lucycrinoline lady for Lucy close

I’d stitched this months ago & finally took time to turn it into a cushion. If you like the design it’s a freebie I found online:

http://www.wikihow.com/Embroider-the-Crinoline-Lady-Motif

I plan to stich it again, only next time I’ll colour it with crayons.

scottie for Lucyscottie for Lucy close

He’s so cute & very quick to stitch. Another online freebie:

http://www.thebabygardner.com/blog/2008/09/free-vintage-embroidery-pattern-courtesy-of-heather-hales/

I’m going to try & keep the put things in Lucy that suit the era she was made so I decided to crochet a dish cloth as I’m sure they didn’t have Chux then.

dishcloth

I found a lovely green ball of cotton on sale. I did a little googling & ended up making up my own design. Very simple really.

Using a 4mm crochet hook I made 40 chain. Skip the 1st 2 chain & do a *half double crochet (hdc) into the 3rd. Continue to work hdc in each chain across the row.
Turn, work 2 chain, then continue with the hdc’s.
This is the pattern.
Keep working until your cloth is square. I then worked a shell pattern around the edge.
Work 5 double crochet into one space, skip 2 spaces, do a single crochet, skip 2 spaces then work 5 dc’s. Continue around all 4 sides.

I hope this makes sense, although I’ve been crocheting on & off for decades my skills are very basic.

*Half Double Crochet

Yarn over hook.
Insert hook in the next stitch to be worked.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through stitch.
Yarn over hook.
Pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook (one half double crochet made).

6 comments:

Polly Dolly said...

I love the cannister's they are gorgeous and so are all your cushions. I cannot wait to see what Lucy looks likexx

Leah said...

Love, love, love those cannisters! Your cushions are absolutely amazing too hon. Have a fab week.

Sweet Pea said...

Wow, you've been busy.
Just Love Love the puppy dog! He is so crisp and fresh looking, and the blue polka dotted fabric...my favourite too.
I've been thinking of making my own dish cloths ...knitting them on the diagonal...'cause I bought cheap cotton aeons ago. Sigh.

Jan Quigley said...

Thanks all. Lucy is coming along slowly. We've spent all day stripping it. We bought a heat gun the other day & it works well, better than sanding & much better than the paint stripper we tried.
I have plans for more cushions but I finally started crocheting a granny rug for the van so that's my night project for the moment.
Ah Sweet Pea, that reminds me I bought some cheap cotton eons ago too, a nice blue/green variegated. I must dig that out. I haven't found any pure cotton in the shops.

suzitee said...

How I love your Lucy van! She is going to be gorgeous, all decked out with those gorgeous vintage goodies! I would so love a little caravan :)

Jan Quigley said...

Thanks Suzi, I'm really looking forward to putting all the bits & bobs in her. When she's finished I'll have to have a van warming party, lol. Meanwhile I'm having fun finding things & making things.