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History of Crochet

The modern art of Crochet was developed during the 16th century,… it becomes known as “Crochet Lace” in France and “Chain Lace” in England, according to American Crochet expert Annie Potter.(Retrieved from http://www.crochet.org/?page=CrochetHistory)

New Age of Crochet

Crochet is not an old craft anymore. 

Crochet is now wearing over the catwalks and you can see crocheted clothing and accessories in fashion magazines, even celebrities are crocheting along.

There are so many things to do with crochet and it’s so versatile that you can produce a fabric or made a home decoration or home accessory that is unique, handmade by you.

You are never wrong with crochet! If something goes bad unravel the wool and start again.

Crochet Styles

Over the years were born differents styles.

Such as:

  • Tunisian Crochet
  • Lace Crochet
  • Broomstick Lace Crochet
  • Bruges Crochet Lace
  • Aran Crochet
  • Tapestry Crochet
  • Afghan Crochet

to name a few, and new styles such as:

  • Modern Freeform Crochet Style

I have found interesting information about these Crochet techniques.

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is worked with a special hook, back and forth without turning the work. This kind of crochet produces a dense fabric. 

Find out more in this video tutorial

Broomstick Lace

“Broomstick lace is a unique crochet stitch. The design is made by using a crochet hook to pull tall loops of thread up onto a dowel (historically, a broomstick, which is where the name comes from). These loops are made left to right across the row. They are then looped together into clusters using single crochet stitches worked right to left back across the row of loops.”  blog.redheart. (n.d) Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Broomstick Lace Crochet [How to crochet broomstick lace] Retrieved from http://www.redheart.com/Article/Ultimate-Beginner%27s-Guide-to-Broomstick-Lace-Crochet/p/Blog-BroomstickLaceCrochet

Find out more in this video tutorial

Bruges Crochet Lace

A beautiful way of making decorative ribbons in crochet.

If you want to get inspired, look into this website, you can learn how to crochet this interesting lace with step by step very detailed tutorial, I hope you enjoy it.

Freeform Crochet

How the name said, you are free to do any kind of design with this technique, after that, are joined to other pieces producing a unique colorful fabric.

Explore patterns and ideas here

Tapestry Crochet

Explore Tapestry Crochet patterns and ideas here.

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Afghan Crochet

Made from square patterns joined together.

Yarn Bombing

A new Crochet movement was born and it has spread worldwide.

Crochet crafters use to decorate public places with their crochet pieces, you could find crochet flowers hanging on a tree, over a window or you could see light poles covered in cozy colorful crochet, who knows! and this movement is taking over New Zealand too. 

 

See you in my next post.

Colleen Brent

 

 

 

Tapestry Crochet

The art of Crochet.

Tapestry Crochet

I want to share with you one of my favorite crafts, “Tapestry Crochet”.

I was very little when my aunt taught me the art of crochet, since then I’ve always found the spare time for doing something new or trying new patterns. This makes me very happy and is a wonderful way to unwind and relax.

 

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Tapestry crochet is a colorful technique, very detailed and usually utilizes lots of rich colors in their pattern designs, most of them ethnic or symbolic.

This versatile way of crochet is working out for women and men as well. 

 

The history of tapestry crochet takes us all around the world, we can find tapestry crochet artists in Guatemala, (Central America country), in Morocco, (North of  Africa), Tibet etc. to name a few, but in Colombia, (South America), I have found  a tribe called Wayuu that makes the most amazing and colorful bags that you could imagine.

You can find more about the Wayuu people in here.

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There is plenty of useful information online about this art, with lots of patterns and beautiful pictures so if you are interested in trying something new and challenging, why not try one of these tutorials that I have found and give them a go. 

Here you have some good sites to look into.

https://www.thespruce.com/tapestry-crochet-tutorial-979339

http://www.redheart.com/learn/articles/ultimate-beginners-guide-tapestry-crochet

http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/

 

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Do you like this unique and marvelous technique? If you do, share with me your ideas and knowledge and if you have done some tapestry crochet, send me your pictures and I will post them.

 

See you soon!

Colleen Brent. 

More Cakealicious’ Sweet Things

Hi, everybody I hope you all fill wonderful this lovely morning!

Cakealicious Cakes can make your special occasion easy for you.

Contact us and we will be happy to discuss with you the special party’s requirements.

Are you planning a child party for a 20 guest?, (this number is just an example),  we can organize for you the party presentation with your selected theme.

This package includes:

  • The selected theme cake, for a boy or a girl,
  • 20 cupcakes,
  • 20 mini lollipop cakes,
  • 20 plates,
  • and 100 paper serviettes matching the party theme too.

Here you can find all our differents packages and options.

You do not need to feel anxious about the special party, just decorate with balloons, and have fun with your little one.

Call me now and grab the offer!  You are more than welcome to share with us your ideas and comments and with your friends too.

 

See you in my shop.

Love Colleen xx

 

 

Cakealicious Cakes’ Sweet Things

Cakealicious Cakes’ Sweet Things

It is a beautiful morning here in Dunedin

Hello, everybody! This morning I came up with an awesome idea, let’s celebrate our new Cakealicious Cakes’ shop opening with all our friends.

For this reason, in June, I am offering to you 25% off in all our children cakes,  and baby shower special party cakes.

Hurry up, do not miss this opportunity and celebrate with us!

Here in Cakealicious Cakes, our special and very talented bakers are preparing different packages for you to choose.

For girls, you can choose between Princess, fairyland or superheroes themes.

For boys, you can choose between pirate, Lego, Star Wars, or superheroes themes.

If your child has a special dietary requirement, for example, lactose intolerance, just call us, we can make this special cake and it will be delicious too!

You can select from a variety of different flavors.

Cakealicious Cakes has in store:

  • Chocolate and Vanilla Cake.
  • Strawberry Flavour Cake.
  • Strawberry and Creme Cake.
  • Orange and Creme Flavour Cake.
  • Vanilla Flavour Cake.
  • Red Velvet and Vanilla Flavour Cake.
  • Vanilla and Caramel Flavour Cake.

And much more! 

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We can make this special occasion easy for you.

Click here for more details in my next post.

See you in my shop.

Love Colleen xx

 

Cakealicious Cakes’ Toppers

Cakealicious Cakes’ Toppers

Hi, everybody, it is a nice afternoon in town and the team at Cakealicious Cakes has news to share with you.

Today I knew one of the most talented sugarcraft artists that I have never met before.

Her name is Jenny Willoughby, [link to her Facebook page] and she is from the lovely town of Middleford in England. She won several international awards and is a proud and active member of the Royal Cake and Sugar Craft Academy of England [link to the website], one of the most highly recognized in England and in Europe as well. 

 Jenny arrives at New Zealand one month ago and her plans are to travel all around the country making presentations in differents towns and talking about the new trends in cake design and decorations, for the Cakealicious Cakes‘ team is an honor to have such a talented and creative representative of the sugar art and decoration industry.

Jenny with her unique and modern techniques will amaze you and all Cakealicious Cakes’ sweet lovers. 

In my extensive career of nearly 20 years of working in the bakery industry here in New Zealand and overseas too, I met a few of them. I can tell you! 

She is amazing in the art of making sugar cake toppers and clay dough toppers, especially for weddings cakes but she can personalize just for you any kind of design and always maintains special attention to detail.

I am very happy to introduce her products in my shop and offering this option to you. Contact me if you have an inquiry.

You can see some of her cake toppers here.

If you want to celebrate a fairy style tea party with your friends, try one of her little elves, they are playful and fun, and you will enjoy them too. 

 

I know, you will love them just like I do.

See you in my shop.

Love Colleen xx