Sunday, June 26, 2011

Covered Stones - The Second Collection

Now that the United Colors Baby Blanket is finished, I've already got some ideas for the next big project in mind. I'm still trying a few things with colors and patterns, but as soon as the idea takes shape, I'll share my plans with you :)

Meanwhile I'd like to show you my second collection of covered stones (for pictures of the first collection look here and there).

Let's start with a small and cute one:


It's the smallest and most simple one I've made so far, I just crocheted a net with dcs and chs and added a fabric butterfly from a table decoration set :)


For the next one, I started with a Japanese Flower (as seen on Lucy's attic24) and, again, finished the stone with a simple net-pattern. And of course I had to add a button :)


Take a look at the next one, do you recognize the pattern?


It's the quite popular Starburst Hotpad pattern. I've seen a wonderful version of the Hotpad on Marions bunte Handarbeitswelt and followed her link to the original pattern. A flower is a flower is a flower - and why not use it on a stone?


I think most of you know Edie Eckman's fabulous book Beyond the Square, don't you? It's a great source of inspiration for motifs and I used it for the next stone:

This is motif #17 from the book. It's quite an elaborate pattern with many ends to weave in, but I think it was worth it. I've made the motif with white and then continued with a light green and made up a pattern as I went on.



The only thing that bothered me a little about that stone, was that there's no real contrast between the stone and the yarn. Most of the stones I've got are light grey or light brown, so for the next one I've decided to work with black yarn:



The motif in the middle is a very easy flower (visit The Yvestown Blog). 




For today's last stone I've changed the strategy: Usually I start with a motif in the middle and the rest is just a simple pattern to close the stone. For the next one, I've focused on the pattern itself, so there's no flower, button or other eyecatcher in the middle:


I've got the pattern from a german crochet magazine. Those magazines are usually full of doilies - I've never made a doily in my life, but it seemed the perfect pattern for what I had in mind :)


That's all for today. I've made two other stones, but the style is completely different from the ones I've showed you today, so they'll be part of another post soon. I hope you like today's pictures and maybe this post (with the links and ideas) is helpful to you, if you'd like to crochet around a stone and don't really know how or where to start :)

Have a nice sunday everyone!

29 comments:

  1. I just love looking at your crochet covered stones. You turn something so plain looking into something so beautiful. You do great work. :)

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  2. Thank you so much, Debi! I'm really glad to see you "back in action" :)

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  3. Liebe Barbara,

    Du machst mich ja echt schwach...Wahnsinn Deine umhäkelten Steine! Ich finde es so unglaublich wie absolut perfekt Du arbeitest...alle Achtung!

    Ich kann nicht sagen, welches Motiv oder welcher Stein mein Favorit ist - ich liebe sie wirklich alle. Man (also zumindest ich) sitzt mit offenem Mund und kann nur staunend diese tollen Fotos eins nach dem anderen betrachten.
    Danke für diesen tollen Post und ich freue mich schon riesig auf den nächsten Teil.

    Wegen meinem Kissenrücken...es ist ein einfaches Granny Square das so lange an einem Stück gehäkelt wird, bis es die Größe erreicht die man haben möchte. Bei Gelegenheit werde ich es aber nochmal für Dich fotografieren, okay?!

    Hab noch einen wunderschönen Sonntag und nochmals "WOW"...ich bin echt total begeistert!!!

    Ich schicke Dir viele liebe Grüße,

    Marion

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  4. Wow! I have not yet crocheted on stones yet, but after seeing YOURS, I'm definitely feeling inspired to try making at least one or two! Love the one with the starburst on it! ~tina

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  5. These are so beautiful. What will you be doing with the collection?

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  6. Wow you are amazing - I love these stones - I cannot wait to try these. Are you using pretty good sized stones! I cannot imagine trying to do this on a small stone - I am thinking at least 5 inches across or is this too big??

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  7. Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

    I don't know what I'll do with the stones yet - I like making them and taking pictures :) I'll give some of them away for some birthdays and other occasions in the next weeks. Maybe I'll go to a craft fair and sell them.

    Most of the stones are indeed about 5 inches long (12cm), the small one with the green butterfly is three inches long.

    I'm thinking about making another small one as a giveaway when I reach 50 followers - so spread the word please :)

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  8. How pretty! I just linked up a crocheted stone on c.r.a.f.t. and saw your post! yours are so much prettier than mine! i can't follow patterns on crochet, so i'm a random crocheter :)

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  9. D'you know, sometimes I am actually glad I'm german, even though I'm in disguise ;) this post goes straight to my bookmarks for future reference, how gorgeous!

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  10. Ooooh that's so beautiful Barbara !!!!

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  11. Your crocheted covered stones are lovely - you have no idea how long I've been searching for appropriate stones. It's been eons and there don't seem to be any around here, but I won't give up because I'm itching to try it.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  12. Doris, I had the same problem. My father had some good stones in his garden and they were okay for trying. The stones from this post are all from a gravel plant near k-town. I can pick them by myself and last time I paid 2 Euros for a big and heavy bag with about 20 nice and round stones. Maybe you can try that as well?

    Thanks for visiting and following me! :)

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  13. These are just fabulous! I must try too, some day :)

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  14. I've never seen crochet covered stones before!These are just gorgeous! I can imagine a collection of them on the centre of my outdoor table! Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  15. beautiful collection! might have to make one for myself sometime :)

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  16. Love your crochet! Lovely motifs!

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  17. So pretty! What a great way to use up small amounts of yarn too.

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  18. I just love these covered stones, they are so sweet!

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  19. i really can't decide which one I like best, they are all so cute and beautiful! :o)

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  20. Wow. I've crocheted rock cardigans before but this is taking the sport to whole new heights!

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  21. those are really, really cool. I'm going to pin a few of those onto pinterest... My favorite is the blue from your german doily book

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  22. Wow! I'm really overwhelmed by all your positive replies to this post, thank you all so much! Don't forget that you can win one of my stones in the giveaway that's going on right now on this blog! :)

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  23. All your stones look very pretty. Thanks for all the links you set in this post, I will try to cover my own stones for sure.
    KATRIN W.

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  24. I love your crocheted rock covers!they are sooo cool plus cute!
    abigail, age7

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  25. These are wonderful. I love how you are using the motif in the middle and creating from there. Very inspiring.

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  26. Your crochet stones are getting better all the time.
    KATRIN W.

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  27. Thank you all, ladies! And to the little lady Abigail: I'm glad you like my stones :)

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