Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lace baskets have been appealing to me lately. I've tatted some and then had an exchange with someone who crochets. You can see the results of that here.

I finished up a tatting project today and part of it involved a small crocheted blossom. That inspired me to crochet more but as I looked for some patterns, I saw a basket in an Annie's Attic leaflet for one of their famous dolls. I decided to try it out.

I crocheted it in a smaller thread and with a smaller hook so it did turn out smaller than the one done in size 10 thread. I used a Venus thread, size 40 and a size 10 steel hook. In all the 40+ years that I crocheted, I never used beads until now.

Hmmm...there was a tooth fairy doll that was quite elegant that I made for my granddaughter and I know beads were involved somewhere but I don't remember where or how. Maybe it was only on the tooth fairy bag and perhaps I sewed them on after the crochet was done. With this basket however, I loaded the beads onto the thread before I started crocheting. It was really quite easy. I'm not sure I like the way the handle was treated. I think the beads would look better either in the center of handle or on both sides of the center.

I added the thimble for scale. You can see it's quite tiny. What will I do with it? I have no idea! I just like miniatures. I could make some in red or white and put a single Hershey Kiss in each one for gifts. The bottom might be too small in diameter even for that! At any rate, it was a fun exercise. I'll have to look for a bobbin lace basket pattern now.


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

That is a very pretty basket! Why not use it to hold your thimble?

I love your new page look!

Gina said...

Hi Diane! I don't even use a thimble. I took this one out of another thimble holder pouch I crocheted a few years ago - I think for the last LL Lace Day. I made several both crocheted and tatted, more than I have thimbles for. LOL!