Summerfest Bracelet with Lucet

May 23, 2014 12:26:23 PM

Sailor's knot bracelet lucet turk's head bracelet

Here’s a fun little lucet project that I’ve just whipped up.  

You could use any kind of lucet cording (Basic, No Turn Method, or with a Single Gimp), but I made this project to showcase a cord I made for a new tutorial: How to make Lucet Cord with 2 Gimps. Take a look at the technique below:

 

 

The technique is simple, and I think an armful of these in different colors would be an absolutely beautiful accessory for summer.

 

Here are the steps:

 

Lucet project materials

What you will need:

 

Measure your hand

Calculate required lucet cord length

 Tuck your thumb to your palm and measure around your hand. Multiply this number by 6.1. So, for example, my measure is 8” around my hand, so my required lucet cord length is 8" x 6.1 = 48.8" or just 49” with rounding.  

 

Double Gimp Lucet Cord

Make a lucet cord to length

using any of the lucet cord methods mentioned above and make sure to have at least a 7” starting tail on the yarn you use for your lucet cord.

 

 

Make a “Turks Head Knot”

 Take a look at the video above and the super helpful step-by-step photo tutorial at http://www.animatedknots.com/turkshead/.  

 

Beer Bottle

Try a Beer Bottle

I found that a beer bottle was PERFECT to use as a form to create my bracelet - and if you are a woman with a medium-sized hand, you might want to try it!

 

Secure back of bracelet

Secure the Ends

On the back side of the bracelet, snip the end of the cord so that there is just a ½” overlap and use the 7” starting tail to sew the edges together as pictured.

 

Want to make your own bracelet just like this one? Get the kit!

 

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Upcoming Classes!

May 8, 2014 6:45:58 PM

Classes with Jennifer Hansen

Have you ever been to knit/crochet conference?  

If you have - then you know how fun it is to be around other people who love to knit and/or crochet as much as you do. If you are an avid knitter or crocheter and you have never been to a conference before, well then - the discovery of a profound new pleasure is waiting for you!  

What makes attending a conference so special?

For a lot of us, we are the only knitters or crocheters that we know in our day to day life.  Maybe we've made connections on Ravelry, or attend some kind of stitch-and-bitch group from time to time. But busy schedules and limited real-world contacts can sometimes leave you feeling a bit isolated. It's not that online connections can't be meaningful, it's just that there is real power in seeing a lot of people doing what you love, all hanging out 'in the flesh' in the same place, all excited to share what they are doing and what they are learning with each other.  That is how it feels to go to a conference.  I still remember the first time I went to a conference as an attendee, it was just so cool to see people all around the hotel knitting and crocheting, talking and laughing, and thouroughly enjoying sharing the experience.

I'll be teaching at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH, July 23 - 27 2014

and I hope you can make it there.  I am developing a new class for teaching the lucet and I am excited to be teaching it for the first time at the show.  

Here are the classes that I'll be teaching at the show:

Lovely Lucet Class

Lovely Lucet

July 23, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Want to learn an alternative to I-cord, twisted cord or crochet chain cord? Learn to use this medieval tool to create a whole new kind of corded embellishment for your projects. We will create a composite reference cord in class using several different methods, starting with the conventional turning method, then using a no-turn method, cords with multiple threads, beads, loops and more. Whether you need a cord to finish off your knit and crochet projects or just want to create your own shoelaces or macrame jewelry, this is a class for you. Sign up on show website.

Beginning Hairpin Lace

Beginning Hairpin Lace

July 24, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hairpin lace creates beautiful open fabrics that look complicated and impressive! The dirty little secret is that this technique is so simple, even a beginning crocheter can do it! I will teach you the basics of creating a hairpin lace strip and then provide a quick overview on how to join them. Take the add-on class to this workshop: Beginning Hairpin Lace: Join Workshop for a more comprehensive introduction to joins. Sign up on show website.


Hairpin Lace Join Workshop

Beginning Hairpin Lace: Join Workshop

July 24, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you know how to make a hairpin lace strip but just need help understanding how to join them? Join  me to learn the basic categories of hairpin lace joins, and create a pretty little bag using strips created as homework (or created in the optional “Beginning Hairpin Lace” morning workshop). Sign up on show website.

 Rebellious Hairpin Lace

 Rebellious Hairpin Lace

July 25, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Everything you learned is wrong!  Well, not really, but if you’ve learned hairpin lace before and worked a few projects with it, chances are you’ve learned the standard way of doing it.  In this class, we will turn those ideas AROUND. First we will explore alternate ways of creating a hairpin lace strip – going way beyond working a sole single crochet stitch in each loop.  Then we will explore very innovative ways of joining strips to create new and unexpected fabrics with the strips you’ve created as homework.  Your handouts will include a mini-reference for creating these new stitch types and a mini-project for you to tackle with the skills you will learn in this class. Sign up on show website.

Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace

Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace

July 25, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you already familiar with the basics of broomstick lace?  In this class, we explore non-traditional stitch patterning, borrowing from hairpin lace the art of working broomstick loops in fresh new ways to create stunning, airy fabrics that are very quick to work up.  We will work on a stitch sampler in the class to practice technique fundamentals, and also explore mixing broomstick lace with traditional crochet stitches to learn how to use broomstick as an embellishment technique. Sign up on show website.

Can't Make the Conference?

If you can't make the conference, I offer a couple of classes you can take any time and any where you'd like, via Craftsy.

The great thing about online classes is that you can take them when they fit into your schedule and you can watch and participate in them anywhere you have an internet connection.

Both of my classes are suitable for any beginning crocheter or knitter who has done a little bit of crochet. I will teach you the rest! (Need a beginner, beginner class? Take Vickie Howell's Crochet Lab)

Currently on Craftsy:

Broomstick Lace On Craftsy

Learn Broomstick Lace


Broomstick Lace is fast, beautiful and any beginning crocheter or knitter who has done a little bit of crochet can learn! 


Take the class for hours of instruction - you can set the schedule and the pace to suit your lifestyle.


My Broomstick Lace Class is especially suitable for knitters wanting to incorporate crochet into their work. Read my blog post to learn why.

 

Learn Tunisian Crochet

 
Tunisian Crochet is a hybrid of knitting and standard crochet and it provides opportunities for colorwork that aren't available in knit or crochet alone. 


You don't need to be an advanced crocheter to learn this technique - any beginning crocheter or knitter who has done a little bit of crochet can learn! My class Tunisian Crochet: Revolutions in Color and Style is available online and provides hours of instruction - you can set the schedule and the pace to suit your lifestyle. 

Tunisian Crochet Class
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Lucet Bracelet

Make this very simple bracelet with a lucet cord and a decorative button.

For this cord we used a lucet cord with a decorative gimp.  Don't know how to do it?  Take a look at the how-to-video below to learn how.  You can use a lucet cord with a gimp for this bracelet, or just use any kind of lucet cord that you'd like. (See our Lucet Cord Tutorials for other cord options.)

To make the bracelet with your finished lucet cord, just take a look at the phototutorial below.

What you need

Materials for bracelet

Here's what you will need:

A finished lucet cord of about 54".  Make it shorter or longer based on how many times you'd like to wrap it around your wrist.  Leave at least 4" beginning tails and 20" ending tails so that you can use the tails to complete the bracelet.  For the featured lucet cord we used the Wool Tree Mill Lucet, Lucci Rayon in color Periwinkle for the working yarn and DK Cotton Tape in Color Beet Red as the Gimp.


A decorative button.


A tapestry needle appropriate for your lucet cord yarn.

 

Make the Button Loop

Pinch the loop

Pinch the end of the lucet cord that has the longer 20" tails into a loop that will accomodate your button. Make it a little larger than your button as you will be making the loop opening a little smaller by wrapping the tails in a subsequent step.

 

Make the loop

Thread the 20" tails (Gimp and working yarn) through the tapestry needle and then through the lucet cord in order to secure the loop.

 

wrapped loop

Wrap the tails around the base of the loop as well as around the part of the lucet cord just before the loop.  Once you are satisfied with the wraps, poke the tapestry needle through the wraps and underneath them to secure them.  Once the tails are securely woven in, trim off the excess.

 

Sew on Button

Sew on button

Use the tail on the opposite end of the lucet cord to attach to the button.  Use tapestry needle to weave excess tail through the lucet cord in order to secure it then cut off excess tail.

 

That's it!

lucet bracelet

It's just that easy. Now wrap the cord around your wrist and enjoy your new bracelet.

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Happenings at Stitches West 2014

Feb 26, 2014 1:23:00 PM

Stitch Diva Studios at Stitches West 2014

 

We really enjoyed visiting with everyone at Stitches West.  For those of you who missed us, I'll post some highlights here on the blog and don't miss our sale.  

We've got limited quanties of some items that we offered at deep discount at the show - Great for those who weren't able to make it to Santa Clara, CA last weekend.

 

Stitch Swappers at Stitches West

 

Stitch Marker Swappers!  Here I am at the booth with a couple of very excited Stitch Marker Swappers.

All the swappers at the show wore some form of identification and traded stitch markers with each other as well as other vendors.

Fast Friends

 

Bromance!  Okay, I know 'bromance' is technically a term for two guys who become fast friends, but these 2 women became best friends in the booth!

They didn't know each other before they saw my Broomstick Lace demo together but afterwards they ended up helping each other choose yarn for my Craftsy Broomstick class which they decided to take together.

Who says that crochet doesn't change lives?

Larisa at Stitches West

 

 Larisa Snydal from Offhand Designs was at the booth helping knitters and crocheters choose their perfect bag or clutch.

Tool Pron - needles, wool trees, hooks, lucets

 

Tool Pr0n!  We had handmade hooks and needles, hairpin lace looms, Hamanaka hooks, Lucets and Wool Trees on hand for knitters and crocheters to try.

I also did a lot of demostrations and taught a number of folks how to use the lucet.

Buying Pearl

 

Pearl!  Our Pearl was discounted to $7 so was a big mover at the booth.  Although a number of colors sold out, we've got some good stock of the remaining colors if you are looking for a bag or more.

Rebel Cardi

 

Rebel Cardi!  We had quite a few crocheters stop by to model their Rebel Cardis (learn to make your own in my Craftsy class).

You can make any size cardi with a cone of Cotton Tape yarn, and we have some select colors on sale right now.

Amanda Pawley from Pawley Studios

Amanda Pawley of Pawley Studios had her own booth at the show with all of her gorgeous mugs and yarn bowls on display.

Watch our site for some new creations from her pottery wheel.

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Visit us at Stitches West!

Feb 4, 2014 11:25:53 AM

Stitches West Coupon

We're getting ready to be at Stitches West later this month and we hope to see you there!

Swing by our booth for hands-on help and demonstrations of:

Tunisian Crochet 
Hairpin Lace
Broomstick Lace
- and the Lucet!  

Not only will we be demonstrating the basics, but we'll have tools on hand for you to practice the techniques yourself.

 

In addition to learning experiences, you will find some great show-only deals in the booth on:

Offhand Designs bags (Larisa the owner/designer of Offhand Designs will be there to help you select your bag!)
Wool Trees & Lucets
Yarn
Books
- & more....  but you are just going to have to visit us to see... 

Download the coupon pdf for $3 off Market Admission and don't forget to stop by and say 'hi' to us in Booth #1032.

 

Wear a garment that you created based on one of our patterns, and we'll give you a free download pattern! ($7 value)








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