Thursday, 23 February 2017

Just a quick note..

THE FLOWER BED

hoping the spammers have gone away
open to play hooky again
ALL COMMENTS ARE MODERATED SO SPAM WILL NOT GET THROUGH 
Please stop wasting my time

Thanks to all genuine members for the support.
sorry for inconvenience
have fun x
JOINING THIS GROUP BLOG
If you want to read the blog you are free to follow all the publishers in this large group 
But if you want to contribute a flower post then leave me you email and I will add you but you will be expected to do a post a month to avoid the delete button
And I repeat 
ALL COMMENTS ARE MODERATED DUE TO SPAMMERS
Sue 
moderator of this group blog.

If you want to join The Flower Bed I will need your e mail address the same one you log into Google with please and then I can add you 
Thanks x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Free Crochet Flower Patterns

Flowers and Bows, Free Crochet Pattern Friday Round Up
If you are looking for some inspiration, please feel free to visit the link above to view 50 links to free crochet flower and bow patterns. I received permission from the individual Designers to share their photos in the image above.

You may also be interested in the following links:

June Crochet Flower Patterns - Meli Bondre
July Crochet Flower Patterns - Meli Bondre
August Crochet Flower Patterns - Meli Bondre
September Crochet Flower Patterns - Meli Bondre

There are 157 flower patterns available in Meli Bondre's collection. I like to visit and be inspired by her collection - they are modelled after real flowers - and are very well done.

I am happy to say our winter has finally ended! and the Daffodils have arrived and are flourishing in my garden this year!

My favourite flower is the daffodil. Which is yours?

Have fun with your yarn,
Rhondda
Oombawka Design


Friday, 28 March 2014

10 Free Crochet Flower Patterns

The snow is finally beginning to disappear around our home! I am very excited by the possibility of spring. This winter has seemed endless.

Tiny green shoots are starting to break through the soil in the front garden, closest to the house and I know very soon we will have daffodils - my favourite flowers.

My friend Kinga, (My Hobby is Crochet) - has created a beautiful collection of flower embellishments and has agreed to allow me to share them here with you.



Here are the links to these lovely flowers:


  1. Dahlia Flower
  2. Flower Necklace Hawaiian Dream
  3. 5 Petal Cluster Flower
  4. Double layered 8 Petal Thread Flower
  5. Blackberry Flower
  6. Small Roses
  7. Rudbekia/ Cone Flower
  8. Simple Dainty Flowers
  9. Daisy/Flower Coasters
  10. Dahlia in a square- Granny square
I have personally crocheted her lovely Dahlia Flower design multiple times! It is one of my most favourite flower patterns. I embellished this hat (see below) with the flower. The hat design is also a free pattern from Kinga. If you click the photo it will take you to the pattern.

Crochet Dahlia Flower

Looking forward to seeing some lovely blooms outside in the garden soon :) 

Happy Crocheting!
Rhondda

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

No Flowery stuff lately, but some old stuff just for fun.


Hi All

I just wanted to drop by and drop you all a line.
How are you all doing??
I haven't been doing anything flowery lately so I haven't been posting here.
However, my own blog was four years old the other day and I've done a look back over the past four years post over there.

And seeing the old photos of all the blankets I've made (11 all together would you believe) and the three Japanese flower ones, I thought I'd share them again here too, if you don't mind.


This Rainbow one I made for my Granddaughter Libby.
It was the third one I made.


This one I made for myself and it hangs over the bottom of our bed.
In the photo it wasn't quite finished, I still had one row to join and I also put an edging on this one.
But it's the only photo I could find that gives an idea of the whole blanket.


And this was the first one I made which lives on our sofa bed.

Hopefully I will be making some new flowery stuff in the near future to share with you all.

Happy hooking all and thanks for all your lovely posts and inspiration!!!!

Chris Xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Not really a flower ....

But I want to show you this shawl ...because I like to crochet shawls a lot and not Always with a flower in/on it :-)
Sue I hope you don't mind ?


Greetings
Marjo
Marjo's Cosy Corner

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Crochet Embellishments by Jean Leinhauser - A Review and A Giveaway

Happy February :)

I recently received a copy of the eBook Crochet Embellishments by Jean Leinhauser from Leisure Arts, Inc.

I crocheted some lovely flower embellishments from the eBook to decorate my basic crochet beanies - here's a quick look:






I would like to invite you to my blog, Oombawka Design to read my review and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this eBook for yourself :)

It is a 96-page eBook packed with crochet embellishments you can use for your own projects - including many lovely flowers and leaves.

I hope to see you there :)

Enter the Giveaway.

Rhondda
Oombawka Design

Monday, 27 January 2014

Rose Brooch with Leaves

Happy New Year ! I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely beginning to 2014.

I'd like to share with you a flower design I created in October - it can be used as an embellishment, or with lighter yarn, as a brooch. Both work equally well and it is an easy pattern to follow.

Here are some pictures of the finished design:


Just a basic rose - Crochet Rose Pattern

If you are looking for some really inspiring crochet flower patterns I would invite you to visit the Meli Bondre blog - most of her designs are free - and they are stunning.  Here is the link to her 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet.

You will be happy you visited :)

Keep well,

Rhondda
Oombawka Design Crochet

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

I love daffodils!



I love daffodils!I love orange,yellow,green.... happy flowers!
I made this flower square with love (it`s my pattern )
Hugs x

Monday, 6 January 2014

Monday, 30 December 2013

Mom's African Flower Blanket



This is my 3rd African Flower blanket and made for my mom. It seemed to take me forever. Looking back I can not even remember when I started it this year but I know it was late spring, or maybe early summer? I just know I am relieved that it is completed and I am taking it to her today.

Hoping all of you who celebrated Christmas had a merry one and wishing all of you a very Happy New Year.

(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Monday, 2 December 2013

A dream come true!!

 
I dreamed about it for ages...
I spent hours looking at it on Lucy's blog...
 
And finally, I went wool-shopping for THE yarn...
(Andes, Debbie Blissssssssss)
took my time and chose my colours with gourmandise...
AND...
 
HERE IT IS!!!
 
My Japenese Flower Stole!
 

 
warm, soft... luxurious...


 
And with the left overs, I even had enough to make a little beanie
to go with it!
 

 
What do you say??
Do you like it???
Do you have dreams that you made true???
 
bisoudisouxxxxxxxxxx
 
ps: if anyone is interested by the chart of the flower
it comes from this book!
 
 

Free Crochet Pattern - Ruffled Rose Pin - Red Heart Yarn

I recently crocheted this lovely pin.



It was designed by Andee Graves and is published on the Red Heart Yarn website here:

Ruffled Rose Pin Crochet Pattern

It was the first time I used the new Boutique Sassy Fabric from Red Heart and I must admit I was a little nervous to give it a go but it worked up in less than an hour and I am very pleased with the finished result.

The most difficult part was figuring out how to hold the excess fabric while keeping my tension consistent. Once my fingers figured that out - the flower was very easy to create.

Have you ever tried using Sassy Fabric?


Rhondda
Oombawka Design

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Free Vintage Crochet Flower Patterns

Today I want to share with you a website that I love to visit.

The website is called: Antique Pattern Library

You are free to download and share the patterns on this website - for free!  Here is their Creative Commons license:


Here are a few of the lovely patterns available:

Photo Credit: Antique Pattern Libary


Photo Credit: Antique Pattern Libary

Photo Credit: Antique Pattern Library


When I search for "flower" there are 61 results.  Not all of these are crochet; some are tatting, embroidery, paper mache, filet crochet, etc...but it is fast way to see if something you are interested in is available.

To search this catalog, you can use the CTRL button on your keyboard at the same time as the "F" key - this will open a small search box in the top-right hand corner of your computer screen.

You can then type the search term you are interested in (for example: "crochet") and then you can click the "up" or "down" arrow to view each mention of the word on the page.

It is a good place to start - but I recommend browsing manually too when you have time because only the 'words' typed on the page are included in the search - not the words in the documents themselves.

Have fun!

Rhondda
Oombawka Design

Monday, 14 October 2013

Mini Gift Box Flower

I made this flower and had it forever in "I have no idea what to do with it" box. Then recently I had a very small gift I had to give to someone, and this person loves flowers, so...finally I had an idea!


A Mini Flower Gift Box.




I would love to hear what you would do with this flower!

Joanita Theron
Creative Graphics Workshop


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Rose - Crochet Flower Embellishment

I'd like to introduce myself :) 

My name is Rhondda and you can find me at my blog, Oombawka Design - or my Facebook Page.

You can read more about me and my love of yarn, my Littles and Designing if you are interested :) 

I hope to inspire you with some lovely flower designs over the next little while :) Here is my first FREE Flower Embellishment Design - Rose.

This is a very simple pattern - worked flat and then rolled into the rose shape.

Any questions please let me know, I would be very happy to help!

Free Crochet Flower Embellishment - Oombawka Design
Photo Credit: Oombawka Design

Rose

Materials Used: Lion Brand Recycled Cotton Yarn & 4.00 mm Crochet Hook (but you will be able to make this with most yarn & hook combinations)

R1: Chain 121 stitches [121]
R2: 1 hdc in the 2nd st from the hook and in each of the first 5 sts; 1 dc in each remaining st across, chain 2, turn [120]
R3: 1 dc in the 2nd st from the hook and in each dc across (*do not dc in the first 6 hdc of the previous row), chain 1, turn [114]

R4: [1 ss in the 1st stitch, (2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc) in the next stitch, 1 ss in the next stitch] repeat across, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

I used my rose to embellish one of the lovely headbands I crocheted using the Flower Girl Cottage Headband Pattern (also Free) and she has provided a beautiful flower embellishment of her own - here is the link to access the 5-Petal Daisy Free Crochet Pattern.

Crochet Rose Embellishment - Oombawka Design - Free Pattern
Photo Credit: Oombawka Design
Feel free to contact me with any questions :) 

Happy Crocheting!




Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Hello girls!
Hasn't the weather become much cooler lately???
Still yet, not cold enough to wear coats and jackets...
 
SOOOOOOOOOO...
 
A shoulder warmer is just perfect!
and what nicer way to make it pretty and feminine
than to add a flower and a fun snail button???
 
Pictures!!!
 


 
Have a nice fall everyone!!!
 
 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

African Flower Burn Out

Hello Sweeties! It has been quite some time since I have posted to this lovely blog, forgive me please. My husband passed away on my birthday in January. Needless to say, I have been trying to deal with all this and then some. I won't bog you down with details, you can always read about my ups and downs at my blog here.

In my case I have found that what works for me when dealing with grief is to stay busy, so busy that you don't have time to sit around and cry or feel sorry for yourself. Every day grief puts on a new face. Some days are better than others. Love isn't like a light bulb, you don't stop loving someone just because they are gone, especially when you have known them over 45 years, and married almost 43 years.

My drug of choice to stay busy is crochet and one of my very favorite motifs is the African Flower. I have made a total of 507 motifs so far. I just finished making the 169 flowers for the 3rd blanket, one for my mother.  Let me post for you the previous projects using this flower.



The first blanket was a labor of love, made during the time my husband was receiving his chemo 2 summers ago. All 169 flowers were hand sewn together. It took 2 days just to join them in a large hex pattern. This is my memory blanket and not for sale. Some of you may remember my posting this pic before.



 The second one I did the join-as-you-go method. It was fantastic!!! I loved attaching the flowers by this method. If you compare the first photo with this one you will notice that each motif has its own border color, where as mine in the first photo all motifs are bordered with the sage green color. This blanket was sold, it was hard to part with, I seriously wanted to keep it too, lol.


Now that brings me to the 3rd blanket, for my mother. She saw the first one and wanted to buy it, I said it was not for sale. It is not easy telling your mother NO. So, to compensate for that I decided to surprise her and make her one. I did all the flowers, another 169 motifs and I am soooooo done with this flower making for awhile. I have yet to join them all and could kick myself in the behind for having a lame moment thinking to sew them all together by hand. I must have had a touch of insanity when that crossed my mind. So I have laid it aside for a brief time and hope to get to it in the next 2-3 weeks. The fun part will be the layout, it isn't always easy to do that because as many of you know you have to make sure the colors are not all clumped in one area, so spreading them out can be a challenge at times. Thank you for letting me share these with you.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. God Bless You All.
Susanne :)

 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Maybelle Flowers

Hello Ladies,
It seems to have turned quite chilly, very quickly and although I am loath to turn my heating on in September, especially as it seemed to go off quite late this year, I finally gave in last night.
But chillyness also means crocheting warm blankies, new scarfs and pretty gloves. My list is endless, not sure how I'm going to fit it all in. Maybe I should make more use of my sleepless nights, hahaha

I have just found this wonderful flower motif on a blog by Annette called "My Rose Valley"
To me they looked more difficult to make than they actually are. 



The flower itself is just 4 rounds and I've been making them with a mixture of DK yarns that I have and a 3.5mm hook. The cream square is just made up of another 3 rounds. 
They are the perfect motif for when you want to sit of an evening and maybe watch a bit of T.V.  They are not something you really have to concentrate on and sometimes simple is nice on those brain foggy days.



I originally tried Join As You Go, but it didn't look right. So I emailed Annette and asked what her preferred method of joining was. I wasn't really looking forward to hand sewing them altogether, but she said on hers she used the DC method. That was something new to me, I hadn't tried it before so  I gave it ago and was really pleased with how it looked.

I've been thinking about making various gifts for Christmas and when I saw the flower motif I thought it would make an ideal lap blanket for my mum. Although her birthday is quite close to Christmas, so maybe she could  have it for that.


Not sure what a good size is for a lap blanket, so might have to do a bit of research on that one.
Or if any of you lovely ladies have suggestions on sizes they would be gratefully appreciated.
I'll keep you posted on my progression.

Take care  and have a good week.
Sally :) xxx

Friday, 2 August 2013

A cosy shawl...

Nice to crochet a cosy shawl with this temperature here in Belgium ..37°

Thursday, 1 August 2013

A little wrapped up...with flowers

Larger flower in the centre back to fill the space, mostly made in Stylecraft Special Dk x2strands worked as one
just sits around the shoulders...on chilly nights in the garden
Happy Hooking everyone X

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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Sundays Flower

When I first joined The Flower Bed group, I knew that I would have to post something now and again.
Although I've known how to crochet for a long time, I've only ever done granny squares and I vaguely remember attempting to make a blanket of fillet crochet.
So I feel like a complete novice, especially when I see the most beautiful work that is posted by all you ladies. I certainly suffer from crochet envy when I admire the posts.
Wondering what I could post seemed a bit of a problem, I don't have the confidence to design anything myself and I felt that most flowers had been done at some point.

Then a supplement with some patterns in came with my monthly crochet magazine "Simply Crochet."
There is a shawl on the front made up of some flower motifs and although I wasn't keen on the colours, I had just the yarn to give a flower a go.

A few months go I joined a mini skein club, run by "The Natural Dye Studio" and this was my first months posting from them.

The pattern was easy and I was pleased with how it turned out.
This was how it looked before I blocked it, which was something I had never done before. The yarn is 4ply and I used a 3.00mm hook. Some of the stitches seemed slightly baggy and I wonder whether a smaller hook should of been used.
This is how it looked after blocking.
It seems that wraps and shawl seem to be a big accessory this year.having already made one and am halfway through a second for my niece, I think with the right colours I might like one myself.

Any advice or suggestions on the baggy stitches would be greatly received to this newbie crocheter.
Sally :)