Beautiful Filet Crochet Patterns

Project Gutenberg-Ladies Work-Book Filet Crochet

Another discovery at Project Gutenberg: The Ladies’ Work-Book – Containing Instructions In Knitting, Crochet, Point-Lace, &c. Unfortunately I don’t know when it was published.
You can find there very interesting patterns, e.g. beautiful filet crochet patterns as on the picture.
One day…

Project Gutenberg
The Ladies’ Work-Book – Knitting, Crochet, Point-Lace, &c.


unikatissima Knotsbag

I found another program again to make beautiful things with: Knotsbag.
I’m not so far yet because I haven’t learned so much yet. I have to continue practising until I also can make so beautiful knots :)


Knotsbag, a Knotwork Design Software (so stunning! ;-))

Here at unikatissima: Entries with the subject ‘digital’

Fried Marbles

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Once I found a tutorial on how to make fried/baked marbles: don’t they look great?
I couldn’t make them yet, but I have put them on my to-do-list.

For the wire work she did in the tutorial you can find inspiration and tutorials at WigJig University Jewelry Making Designs as I did for the Tealight Wire Spiral some days ago.

At Best way to make fried marbles+a suncatcher… kind of.

WigJig University Jewelry Making Designs

Here at unikatissima: Tealight Wire Spiral

Vintage Knitting Patterns

Project Gutenberg-Exercises in Knitting Titlepage.jpg

There’s more to be found at Project Gutenberg: This time a book with knitting patterns from 1846 (when I read the roman cyphers MDCCCXLVI accurately ;-)): Exercises in Knitting.
Unfortunately there are no pictures at all, if you want to know, whether you like the pattern, you have to be able to ‘read’ it from the description or you have to try it.
Not good for unpatient people like me.

Project Gutenberg
Exercises in Knitting

Tealight Wire Spiral

unikatissima Tealight Wire Spiral

I browse sometimes at WigJig University – Jewelry Making Designs and found once the Wire and Beads Christmas Tree.
It wasn’t Christmas time then, so I used the wire Christmas tree as inspiration and made me a tealight wire spiral.
It doesn’t look as beautiful as I thought with the tealight lit, because the light shines upwards and the spiral lies in darkness, but I still like it.
I suspended it on a thread and sometimes I let it turn slowly (and carefully!) with the flame burning, that looks lovely.

WigJig University – Jewelry Making Designs: a fantastic compilation of wire jewelry projects!
Wire and Beads Christmas Tree

Coil a Basket

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I find another interesting technique basket coiling, where a long thread from (nearly ;-)) any material is to be wound around a curled up thread (also from nearly any material).
It is similar to the clothesline crochet that I presented before, but the thread is to be wound, not crocheted.
On the photo you see my first attempt: I wound plastic raffia around package string.
Actually it should have become a basket, but then I lost my patience ;-)

I followed two tutorials that I find very good, not least because they are heavily illustrated: Pine Needle Baskets (there is also a second part (for the new links see the links below) (and How to coil a basket. In a second entry: More coiling fun… she presents pendants made with the same technique – and which are muuuch more faster;-))

Pine Needle Baskets – part I
Pine Needle Baskets – part II
The original site doesn’t exist any more and is now available through webarchive (I’m not sure whether some of the illustrations have disappeared?!):
Pine Needle Baskets – part I
Pine Needle Baskets – part II
or here:
Pine Needle Baskets – part I
Pine Needle Baskets – part II

How to coil a basket
More coiling fun…

Here at unikatissima:
Clothesline crochet

Ladies’ Knitted Gloves

Project Gutenberg-Handbook Wool Knitting-Ladies Gloves

At Project Gutenberg I found more books about needlecraft, e.g. the Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet from 1918.
They have e.g. nice knitted Ladie’s gloves (see picture).
It’s still warm, we thus have enough time to knit some cute Ladie’s gloves for us/a good friend ;-)
Most patterns are naturally out of fashion, but some knee caps for people who must warm their knees or the Tam-o’-Shanter, a kind of bonnet, can be up to date.

Project Gutenberg
Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet

Polymer Clay Ikat Cane

unikatissima Polymer Clay Ikat Cane

Another wonderful technique when working with polymer clay is the simulation of Ikat, a weaving technique. The tutorial on how to make Ikat canes describes superb, how it works.
On the photo you see a bracelet which beads I made with the Ikat technique.
Even though it is long ago I still like it ;-))

At Polymer Clay Central: Polymer Clay Ikat Canes