Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A pocket full of rainbows!

Recently my well loved cotton drawstring coin purse developed a hole - I'd been on the look out for a replacement for a while, and not being deft with a needle and thread, I decided to crochet one!
 It was a chance to indulge in two of my new passions!
The first: Tunisian crochet, I am well and truly hooked!
 It seems a bit out of kilter for someone who enjoys freedom from counting and form.
 However I love the way the stitches build up on the hook, then slip away, 
the rhythm and relaxation of on 
and off, 
as I'm a beginner I go slow and steady - calming and tranquil.

I was inspired and guided by the fabulous photos and instructions in Tracey's new book...
and spurred on by Valentina's love of Tunisian crochet.
I used my second passion.....
The stripes were sublime!

   I tried a woolly template (in another WYS wool)  with a drawstring, 

 but the top was a bit bulky and did not close fully.
Exploration on the internet located a flexible snap frame 
(excellent speed and service, thank you Julie!)
and with a bit of experimenting on the logistical front...

 and a dc border all around (I love inside-out seams) 
I am really happy with the result!

I have made notes of what to change to make things easier

and hope to make some more soon!

Its a joy to see the zingy rainbow, in my bag!

I just love the feel, colours and texture of the Aire Valley....and it really smells woolly!