Victoria’s Secrets Mini Mystery

The instructions for the mini mystery have now been uploaded, so if you have pre-purchased please check your email or Ravelry messages for the update link.

If you’d like to purchase Victoria’s Secrets, you may do so by clicking on the photo of Queen Victoria…you will be whisked away to the Ravelry pattern store!

(c) The Royal Hospitals; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Royal Hospitals; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Today is Queen Victoria’s birthday, and this little design is a small and humble homage to her.  She reigned long and sometimes gloriously–and even non-Commonwealth members of the western world know that extended period as the Victorian era, whether referring to literature, fashion, sociology, or many other facets of ‘civilization.’

I hope that you enjoy this little design–I certainly have!  Please get in touch if you need any help or find any errors.

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Victoria’s Secrets KAL CAL

Sign up now for “Victoria’s Secrets” mini mystery: you can knit it, crochet it, weave it, or sew it! From now until the 31 May/2015 it is just $1.00, instead of the regular price of $2.95–use the coupon code found on the pattern page.  One pattern will show you all these options to make a quick little accessory based on a Victorian sewing pattern!  You can use any yarn, with the right sized needles or hook–because you will cast on or make the beginning chain a certain length, instead of a specified number of stitches :) You can use weaving sticks to make them…or upcycle a felted wool sweater; try making a shabby chic/boho set, too!

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If you want to purchase a set of weaving sticks they are $4 each in sets, minimum of 4 sticks

(4 for $16, or 6 for $24, 8 for $32): hand made from local Comox Valley wood. Ships within 7-10 days.  For the Victoria’s Secret pattern I am using 8 weaving sticks.

These are handcrafted from Vancouver Island reclaimed wood sticks, each one is unique and special! No two are identical, and will have slight bends and some will have some inner bark left on.  Just send me a private message on Facebook and I’ll get back to you with a Paypal invoice that includes shipping to your postal code/zip code.  Weaving sticks are easy to use and a lot of fun for making scarves, too! Even young children can use them.

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They are fun for making “skinny scarves” using as few as 4 sticks; you can use several strands of yarn at once to make weaving really fast!  Great stashbusters! There are more photos here on my Facebook page.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Free Pattern today only

Geillis Cloth no starch2Geillis Cloth no starch An easy and fun way to make a d’oyley that you don’t have to re-starch! This would be pretty framed, too.  See this FaceBook post for how to get the pattern free only today May 10/2015 ~ Happy Mother’s Day!

no starch Geillis d'oyley

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Life of a Monarch Butterfly Playset

This cute little playset will help you teach your young children about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and how the shortage of one little plant—the Milkweed wildflower—can impact a whole species. I hope this project will help raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to plant Milkweed: plant a little or a lot, and the Monarch Butterflies will thank you by visiting your balcony or garden!

monarch collage

I loved the #knit4monarchs April Fool’s Day video from the David Suzuki Foundation bringing awareness to the #gotmilkweed campaign to help bring back the Monarch Butterflies by planting milkweed wildflowers. As I’m an older, single woman on Disability Benefits I find it impossible to donate funds to organizations that I really feel are doing vitally important research and conservation work…but I CAN knit & crochet and I CAN design patterns–so I designed this cute kids toy which will, I hope, do 2 things: help raise funds for the David Suzuki Foundation; & help kids learn a little about the Monarch Butterfly life cycle in a fun and interactive way!

Coming soon: more playsets to help support other organizations that are helping our planet and all its inhabitants, whether they fly, walk, or swim!

WCFA flutterby

NOTE: I am not associated or affiliated with the David Suzuki Foundation in any way.  The “Life of a Monarch Butterfly Playset” is unknown to their organization and is solely my idea.  The funds I donate from selling my pattern will be a personal donation made just as you may go to their website and donate to the Foundation.  If at any time I stop donating 50% of the profits from pattern sales of this design I will remove the statement of intent to do so from the pattern and sales listings.


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1871 Irish Crochet D’Oyley: Mavourneen CAL

Victorian Flowers: Mavourneen 1 pattern is in the Pattern store now.  It is the first motif for an Irish Crochet style D’Oyley–there are 15 more, and some of the motifs require that more than one be made the same.  I hope you will join the new Facebook West Coast Fibre Arts KAL & CAL Group and share photos and comments and make this d’oyley with me!

Mavourneen 1

The coupon code to get the new pattern free for the first week is in the Facebook Group and also in the Friday Flowers thread in the Ravelry Group.  

Next week the coupon code to get the pattern free will be offered in a different way–I am just sorting out the details so please look on here next week for the Coupon News!

#doily #d’oyley #Victorian #IrishCrochet

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New Way to get Free Patterns!

Beginning on Friday with the new Victorian Flower there will be new ways to get FREE patterns, including the Friday Flowers, new CALs & KALs, and new Outlander Inspired designs.  Watch on here or on Facebook for more information!

Have you signed up by pre-purchasing the last Winter Mystery?  One pattern includes all the instructions to Crochet, Knit, or Sew the item!  The Mystery of Winter Past is still free until the end of Friday with the coupon code…hunt on blog posts or the pattern pages to find it!

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Mystery of Winter Past!

Spring has arrived!  That means that Winter is Past, and so it is time for the last little 1 Clue Mini Mystery Project!

mystery of winter past 1

The full pattern will be released next Friday, but if you want to pre-purchase you can read the notes about Materials needed, and then the pattern will be automatically updated next Friday!

“What am I? I’m fun or functional! If you make me for children, they’ll have oodles of fun; if you make me for adults they’ll save a ton!”

This is a small, quickly made project that can be easily adjusted to make in many sizes, out of many fibres! I first saw the item in an 1891 Victorian family magazine and realized the versatility it offers.


FREE FOR 1 WEEK SIGN-UP FROM 20 -27 MARCH 2015 and then it will be just $1.95. USE COUPON CODE: freemystery
I hope you will take a moment to add the pattern to your Favourites, put in your queue, and link to my design on your project page, as a thanks for the free pattern, to help me out!

I WILL UPDATE THIS BLOG POST, OR the Ravelry West Coast Fibre Arts Group thread called “Mystery of Winter Past Discussion” with information about yarn amounts, needles & hooks, etc. The most yarn I have used for 1 item is 100g of Bernat Felting, with a 4.5mm hook, PLUS stuffing–I used unspun sheep fleece. Remember: you can use acrylic yarn, wool, alpaca, anything you like, and any weight you like! You can use any stuffing you like, too!

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