Time and Tide…


Time and tide waits for no man…

Have you tried something new this month and linked  up with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches?


I have been trying out Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints. I came upon this after googling in search of gold fabric paint for a project which must remain secret for a little while. I found the gold very easy to work with and I was delighted with the results. The line below is 1/4″ wide and I’m sure it would have have taken me much longer to applique and would have been much more cumbersome.


In case you are tempted to try it out, here is a quick ‘how to’.

  1. Iron a piece of freezer paper onto the back of your fabric.
  2. Either paint freehand or draw an outline (I used a Frixon pen) and fill carefully with paint. You may need several layers. The gold, above, was one layer but the photo of the white, below, was also taken after one layer, which was disappointing.
  3. When the paint is dry, remove the freezer paper and iron the BACK of your fabric for 5 minutes.


5. Layer your piece with wadding and backing fabric to make a ‘quilt sandwich’.


6. Quilt as desired, as they say! I sewed around the outline of my shapes and then quilted straight lines in the background.


The ‘Time and Tide’ block, unfortunately, didn’t go so well as the gold and purple one. I found the colours seemed less opaque and painting over them resulted in a more textured effect than I wanted (perhaps something that a softer brush might help). Also, the presser foot kept sticking on the painted areas and I’m not sure if that was because the paint was thicker (more layers) or whether it was the fabric or thread. I wonder if a teflon foot might help as I imagine it’s quite similar to sewing vinyl, which I’ve never tried… I certainly think there are a lot of possibilities for integrating this into quilts, though, and the colours, which are water based, are mixable and can also be be mixed with a special paint to give a pearlised effect so there many exciting possibilities I have yet to attempt :)


I am linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2017

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Small Crochet Purse Tutorial


For this purse, I used 4ply weight cotton yarn and a 3mm hook. The frame I used was 3 1/2″ at the widest point and the finished purse is approx 4 1/2″ at highest point x 4 1/2″ at widest point. I used a durable, fairly heavy duty synthetic felt for the lining. My starting circle is a sunburst block. I have used UK crochet terminology with US terms in square brackets.

ch = chain

dc = double crochet [sc = single crochet]

htr = half treble [hdc = half double crochet]

tr = treble [dc = double crochet]

This tute could easily be adapted for a larger frame of similar shape or just to make a larger purse by working more rows back and fourth along the bottom edge after step 4 and before step 6. 

  1. First make a crochet circle. Your circle can be whatever design you choose. Do not fasten off.

small crochet purse tute 1

2. When the curved outside edge of your circle is roughly the same as the inner curve of your purse frame, push the circle into the frame and place a stitch markers at each end of the frame. Your yarn should be level with the first marker (the yellow marker in the photo below).

small crochet purse tute 2

3. Top edge: ch 2 (= 1dc [sc]) and continue working 1 dc [sc] into each stitch until you reach the second (pink) marker.

small crochet purse tute 3

4. Work 1htr [hdc] into the first stitch after the (pink) marker. Then work 1tr [dc] into each stitch until 1 stitch remains before the (yellow) marker. Work 1htr [hdc] into this stitch and slip stitch into your first dc [sc] to complete the round. Fasten off.

small crochet purse tute 4

5. Make a back piece to match the front.

small crochet purse tute 5

6. Select a suitable fabric for lining your purse. Place two pieces of fabric right sides together and draw around one one of your crochet pieces. Machine stitch just inside your drawn line around the bottom edge only.

small crochet purse tute 6

7. Cut out on your drawn line for the open edge (top). If your fabric doesn’t fray, cut out close to your stitching on the bottom edge. If your fabric will fray, cut out 1/4″ from your line and zigzag around the bottom edge. Do not turn right-side-out.

small crochet purse tute 7

8.  Sew  your front and back crochet pieces to the front and back of your fabric lining along the top (open) edges only.

small crochet purse tute 8

9. If you are using a glue-in frame, glue and leave to dry. If you are using a sew-in frame, secure your purse front to the purse frame with pins.

small crochet purse tute 9

10. Keeping your purse edge well pushed into the frame, sew in, removing pins as you go.

small crochet purse tute 10

11. Repeat step 10 (above) for the back of your purse.

small crochet purse tute 11

12. Re-join your yarn and slip stitch together the first stitches on the front and back of your purse (the htrs [hdcs] from the last row).

small crochet purse tute 12

13. Work 1dc [sc] into the next stitch on your purse front. Then slip stitch into the corresponding stitch on your purse back.

small crochet purse tute 13

14. Repeat step 13 (above) around the bottom of your purse, joining the crochet and enclosing the lining, until the last st (the htrs [hdcs] on the front and back from the row below). Slip stitch these two stitches together and fasten off.

small crochet purse tute 14

I’d love to know if you make one of these or if you notice any errors. Happy Crochet!

small crochet purse tute 15

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wool on Sundays – 97 (Heart February)

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you for all the suggestions last week about what to do with that very felted jumper.

I think, given that it is SO thick, I will try Benta’s suggestion of making some slippers but in the meantime it has become a photo backdrop for some little hearts I made this week.


There seem to be a lot of crochet heart patterns on pinterest but I never seem to get a nice even shape from them so, with a lot of trial and error, I have settled for doing the following (UK terminology):
Make a magic loop, dc 9 and join the round then work the following in these 9 dcs
1- chain 2
2 – 1 dc, 1tr, 1chain (point of heart)
3 – 1 tr, 1dc
4 – htr
5 – htr
6 – 5tr, 1htr
7 – slip stitch
8 – 1htr, 5tr
9 – 1htr
Join round and sew in ends.


I will try to draw a diagram and edit to add it to this post…


I hope you have a lovely week :)

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare