I had a look through some old craft magazines that Mum's got. My Grandpa bought them for her when she was quite a bit younger than I am now, she must have been about 14. He bought them every week as a treat and she says she used to pour through them looking for projects and inspiration. She's much more crafty than I am, she knitted and sewed her own clothes, as well as crochet and rug making and all sorts. I'm not sure if anyone has ever come across the wonderful magazines, they're a series called 'Golden Hands'.
Mum made a smock like the one on the cover - once I get my sewing machine working I'm going to have a go at one as well, I think it would look great with leggings. I just love looking through them, there are some wonderful projects! And the pictures are just gorgeous, they absolutely look how I imagine the 1970s would have!
How great is that lampshade?!
Well anyway, when I was flicking through I found a pattern for crochet place mats. It was a lazy Saturday afternoon so I decided to just have a go....
... and I was delighted! Definitely the most complex thing I've attempted and I learned some new techniques which was great. I think I'm going to try with some different colours next. I even blocked it, which I was very proud of myself for! It's a bit like all these glorious mandalas that everyone's doing I suppose. I've given it to Mum because she really likes this kind of crochet.
I also busied myself with another cowl like the one I made myself here. I wore it for my hen weekend and my bridesmaid who organised the whole thing loved it. I thought I'd make her one as a thank you, in the same colour. Again, a really quick crochet project...
So quite a productive Easter weekend really. There has also (FINALLY!) been some progress with wedding crochet, which I will write about next time.
What have you all been up to craft wise over Easter? Hope you're all enjoying the warmer weather :)