🌚Make for Mom: Flower Power Crochet Trivet 🌸🌺

Hooray, Hooray! It’s the first of May! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful “International Worker’s Holiday” yesterday. I certainly did. I spent most of the day outside, as I spend most non-rainy days. It was such a weather lovely day. My son loves being outdside as do I. I feel like he’d live out there if he could. Can’t say I blame him, especially in this most awesome month of May!

May is my favorite month aside from October. It’s so beautiful, picturesque and the bugs aren’t yet out in full force! It has my Birthday(!) which often falls on Mother’s Day. Nothing like a full day dedicated to us Mum’s (I love the Brit way of saying Mom).

I love the flowers and how green the grass is. Plus, it doesn’t yet get scorching hot and uncomfortably humid here in Kentucky. And truly, honestly, I am a flower connoisseur. I know folks rag on them sometimes because they die, but we die too, so let’s enjoy their beauty as we enjoy our own beauty. Not to mention, dried flowers give me life. I love em almost as much as live flowers. How about a flower collage?!

Flowers around my place

I could post more and more flowers photos but I’ll spare you that for the time being as this is a craft blog not an ‘amatuer photographer’ blog. Plus, I have a super quick tutorial for ya. You can even make them for your mom before Mother’s Day if you order the yarn tomorrow. Or Tuesday.

Terra Cotta Flower Powera Crochet Trivet
Sand Flower Power Crochet Trivet

Both of the above pot holders work up really quickly. I’d say under 15 minutes. You will be working in a round and the yarn is able to handle heat. The etsy shop I go the yarn from is called All Yarn Drive. They ship quickly and the amount you need runs $10 and you will have leftover yarn.

Crochet Needle Size P (I used the large boye plastic blue one

Tools:

Large Scissors

I use regular crochet terminology and abbreviations as from previous posts.

Pattern for Terra Cotta Crochet Trivet

Working in a round

Ch8 sl st to join

Ch2 SC around 10 times. Sl st to join to beginning.

Ch 3, sk 1, sl st in nxt chain, ch3, sk1, sl st in next, repeat all way around, sl to to join to first ch3

Ch 3 and sc 2 more times in same st, then 3 SC’s per CH3 from prev row all the way around, then sl st to join at bottom of first ch3. Sl st to join to beg CH3 and pull up a loop to hang and cut. Cut long tail and wrap it around one time and pull through the back of wrap to secure loose tail.

Up close.

Next one is more floral imo. It is only like another round though. Be sure not to pull to tight whilst crocheting or it will curl up. I recommend blocking both for a night or just rest a heavy skillet or pot on them.

Pattern for Sand Flower Power Pot Holder

Working in a round.

Ch5, sl st to join,you have made a circle

R1: ch 2, sc 8x’s around, sl st to join to beg.

R3: ch3, sk ch, sl st in next ch, repeat all around. Sl st to join to beg ch3.

R4: ch3, SC x’s 2 on each CH3 from prev row, BLO (back loop only) into sl st in between ‘petals’ (meaning chain 3’s). Sl st to join beg ch3

R5: ch3, sk ch, sl st to 3rd stitch, all the way around. Then sl st to beg CH3 and pull up loop for hanging. Cut long tail and wrap it around one time and pull through the back of wrap to secure. Tie in loose end.

In the kitchen.
The one on the right is leftover yarn.

I hope you find this useful. Heck, these can be made anytime of course, not just for Mother’s Day. *Do not use these to pull anything out of an oven, you may burn yourself badly. *

Stay tuned for the basket I made with the same yarn.

Remember to give me a follow on Pinterest or IG, or better yet, share your makes. And as always, you are welcome to sell anything you learn here. Just be sure to credit eitm.

Happy Making

eitm🌙

🌚Make: Raffia Moon Summer Tote

😍Raffia Moon Summer Tote

Yinz (or y’all for my Southern readers), I’ve done it again. Yep, I did it! Made somethin’ else with ra-raffia! This is my 4th project with the same spool of raffia (gasp!). And I am over the moon (pun intended) with it! I can not wait to carry it out and see the stares of “where did she get that and where can I get one!” Okay, realistically, I’m usually so far in my head, what other people are potentially thinking about me doesnt pass my radar. But, the bag! Yasss hunty! It was inspired by the Pinterest photo below.

Love at first sight

The one above can be purchased through Trendencias online, I checked. It is like 45.00 + shipping. As a maker, I always want to make something I see or an approximation instead. It’s a compulsion, I suppose, yet I always want to make sure to give credit where credit is due. Thanks Trendencias!

I’m usually not so referential. I’m usually just creating what comes to mind, but sometimes, I create outta pure envy.

Now, to the tutorial. You will need some

TOOLS

Crochet hook. F or smaller

Hot glue gun with glue sticks

Larger eye sewing needle

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Sharpie or chalk

Hammer (or heavy blunt object)

Sewing Machine (optional)

MATERIALS

Burlap coffee bean bag or 36×14 inches of Burlap $5 (on Etsy)

(2 )12 inchcircular floral rings $5.60 approx

Embroidery floss (any color to go with your palette) $1

Leather for strap – 8 feet ($8)

Measure and cut

How to:

1. Measure around your floral rings 2 times and then tick off a 1 inch seam allowance. And measure out 2 more circles using the floral ring as a template BUT add 4 inches at the bottom of each circle, kinda squaring it at the bottom.

2. Cut out the 4 circles from step 1 measuring the ring circumference + allowances above.

3. Take the imperfect circles and place the ends that are squared one atop of other 2 inches in. The ends overlap.

4. Sew by hand or machine, the bottom overlapped ends to one another straight across.

5. Now, sandwich atop of the imperfect circles, the two perfect circles on either side. Pin around the perimeter. Then, machine sew or hand sew half way around. Or you can hot glue the circles to the imperfect circles half way up.

5. Insert the rings inside of the sandwiched circles.

6. Machine or hand sew (or hot glue) the circles all the way up.

Pinned, machine sewn and ring added

7. Cut off any excess and even out the corona of the Full Moon (perimeter of the circle) 😊

8. With crochet hook, add raffia that is cut 8 inches (or longer up to you) almost all the way around. See pictorial. The burlap is kinda like latch hook material, it’s easy to push through squares to add the raffia fringe with a lark’s head knot.

Adding Raffia with Crochet Hook

9. Measure out where you’d like your straps. I should’ve made mine a little closer to the edge, effectively wider distance between. Each strap is 4 foot.

10. Cut out to 10 inch by 4 inches strip panels for either side above the sewn together bottom square area. (I machine sewed the perimeter of the panels so they wouldn’t unravel). This will be the sides of the bag. Hot glue them on 1 circle, either side starting at edge of bottom square.

11. Hot glue other circle and affix it to previous panels, lining it up to the panels and other circle. Wait for it to cool.

12. This is the hardest part 😩. Burrow 8 holes into each leather strap. Holes should be 2 inches from bottom on either side and 1/2 inch apart. I had to use a screwdriver and a hammer to tap the hole through. Or you can use your thicker needle and something heavy to tap it through. See photos.

13. Hand sew with embroidery floss the leather straps to the burlap.

14. Cut raffia pieces even and voila! Totes is ready to impress.

I’d love to see what you make. Share via ellainthemoon on Instagram or Pinterest. And comments or questions welcome. I’ll be posting photos of this tote in the wild with me. Kinda like that lil gnome in Amelie (a favorite movie).

🌚Happy Making!

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🌚Boho Crochet Scrap Rug (P2)

Boho Crochet Scrap Rug

Sooooo…tomorrow turned into over a week later. I hadnt anticipated the wave of pure fatigue that swept over my mind-body after my 2nd dose of the Moderna Vaccine. The fatigue over took 2.5 days of my life, logging in 3 hours nap and marathon sleeping nights. So, I apologize for the delay. Guess I need to start underpromising or start batching posts (goals!).

But, it’s done! Finally, it’s done. I feel like it was an albatross. It was so difficult working the pattern out from just looking at some old photos of it as I no longer have the actual rug. Plus, the little rope puffs, that make it so boho, proved to obscure what kind of crochet stitch I had used.

There are only 7 rounds to add onto part 1, but let me reiterate some tips:

Do crochet loosely. You will crochet loosely. That is your mantra. 😊

Do make sure each scrap piece is overhand knotted together tightly.

Do make sure to help push the knots through the stitches

And Do enjoy the process. Crocheting is fun. It’s calming. It is rewarding

Part 2 of The Pattern. Using same hook from part 1

(beg = beginning)

Round 6: ch 4, skip 1, sl st in 3rd st, ch4, skip 1, sl st in nxt st all the way around. (17 ch4’s)sl st in top of first beg ch4

The way it should look after round 6

R7: ch3, 3 DC’s on each ch4 from previous round all the way around, sl st join to beg ch3

After Round 7

R8: ch 2, sc in every chain all the way around, sl st join to beg ch2

R9: ch 3, DC in same ch3 space and DC in nxt 9 stitches, 2DCs in every 10th ch, repeat this all the way around, sl st join to beg ch3

R10: ch3, dc + ch1 all the way around, sl st to join to beg ch3

R11: ch4, DC in every chain all the way around, sl st to join to beg ch4

After Round 11

R12: (this differs from the original rug, I cant tell what stitch I used at the end, but this one makes it look so much sweeter. 😊) ch3, skip a st, then sl st in next st, ch3, skip a st, then slip st in next stitch, repeat this process all of the way around, then, ch3 and sl st to join to beg.

Finishing touches, look on both sides of your rug creation and see which side is fuzzier. Then, pull through other bits of the unraveled pieces through to the same size for a more fuzzy look.

I threw mine in the wash and bleached it after I was done because many of the scraps dont have the same dye lot so I was trying to have it look more uniform. On the original one, I had washed and dried it at least three times so it was pleasantly white washed. This one, not so much just yet. Plus, I’ve added in a little gray and a little hunter green. I washed it on hot and dried it on normal just a little bit then I hung (hanged 🤷🏾‍♀️) it to finish drying so that it didn’t shrink too much.

If you’d like to dye this rug, it will take on dye really well because cotton is a natural fiber. So have at it!

Lastly, I’ll be posting monthly updates of the growing and growing of this rug. So stay tuned. And if you need a skein of this scrap rope ‘yarn’, let me know. I can make some up and post for sale in my Etsy shop.

Happy Making 🌚🌙

eitm

Macrame, Oh My!

Tiny air plant macrame hanger

It’s April and things are in bloom! It makes me sooo happy. It’s time for planting and repotting, which got me to thinking about the many and varied plant hangers I’ve made over the past 6 years. A retrospective of sorts. I figured, hey, my readers may want to see some of ‘em. I mean this is a macrame (and crochet and whatever fits my whimsy) blog. Macrame posts are my most popular ones. Plus, I’m gonna do a written and video tutorial pattern of three of the more unique hangers starting this upcoming week. The other ones are patterns you’ve seen elsewhere most likely.

Have a favorite? Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll feature the pattern.

Customer photo. So majestic! One of my favorites made to date.
These are drying post turmeric dyeing.
I love mini pumpkins
Outdoor hanger. Synthetic rope.
The plant is fake. My plants dont like to be in staged photos.
Customer photo from a sweet review on my Etsy. Custom dyed, too.
My former porch with some sold and kept pieces. (PS I made two of the pillows in the background. One is latch hooked and one is knit with fringe added via crochet hook).
Customer photo.
I miss these hangers and these vintage pots.
Super Boho! Sold 2 of these a couple years ago.
Love this outdoor plant hanger. Don’t remember how I made it.
Dreamy customer photo. How cute is this plant space.
My Dad wanted one. He kills houseplants tho.
Made with t shirt yarn
Outdoor Jute Hanger. One of my first
Small plant hanger with pom poms

Boho Crochet Rug How To Video Clips 🌚

So, below is a clip on adding the additional scraps to the existing work AND how to push thru with your index finger to get knots thru stitches. The whole rug is 12 rounds. I have updated part 1 to reflect that they are rounds not rows, since we are obviously working in a round.

And, rope is cotton rope 1/4 inch diameter not 1/4 of an inch. Updated as well. It is available for .10c/foot at knotandrope.com (the best place for bulk unbleached cotton yarn).

Boho Crochet Rag Rug (P1)🌚

Boho Scrap Rug from Macrame Cut Offs

Finally, it is here! Yes, I know a couple of you are quite excited as you were patiently awaiting this pattern. If I had written the pattern down when I created the original, then I could’ve posted it immediately, but no, always working backwards here <face palm>. Gotta definitely get my act together and write these patterns down as they come out. And, I am always creating so there’s a flood of them in the recesses of my mind.

I wanted to have the pattern to you two weeks ago, but of course, this year has already thrown me a curve ball with my tiny human getting COVID from therapy (I tested negative despite being in his face ALLOFTHETIME, thank you Dolly Parton Vaccine!). My best laid plans always go awry and I’m starting to think maybe I need to work on being more prepared! Gotta start batching posts. Goals! 🙌🏾

Added a lil grey scrap 😉

So, for this boho macrame cut offs rug/scrap rug/macrame scrap rug, here is the materials list:

Crochet Hook H/15 or 10mm (for those in the metrics lands)

1/4 inch cotton rope cut offs (from your previous works)

Scissors (not pictured below, ya know what they are)

Round Markers (optional)

Now, please read the following very carefully (as opposed to risky :0) This project is easy, however, the actual crocheting part is more arduous than one normally would have when using yarn (particularly wool or any fiber with stretch). The cotton rope has zero give, it is just very inflexible, which makes the crochet pull through harder than usual. However, “you can do hard things” so it just takes more patience and dexterous fortitude than you would use with plain ‘ol yarn. Also, the actual crocheting takes about 2-3 hours, it’s the knotting together of the ends so that they make a continuous length that adds more time at the front end. I find it somewhat soothing, yet maybe you will not find it so. Don’t let any of the above discourage you though!

Overhand knotting scraps together

This project uses some basic crochet stitches and terminology:

R = Round CH = Chain St = Stitch Sl St = Slip Stitch DC = Double Crochet SC = Single Crochet

Step 1: Take all of your scraps and link them together with an overhand knot. Just the basic tying knot. See pictorial below. You have to leave a little bit of a tail on each to give the fringe vibe of the rug.

Step 2: Gather your materials

Step 3: Begin the Pattern. It is worked in a round

The Pattern

***One thing that you will have to work around is the knots in the links. It can make crocheting a little challenging if the knot is in the pull thru. Sometimes, you have to use your index finger to push the knot thru the stitch. See the next post for video clip how to on pushing through.

Also, repeat after me “I will crochet loosely, I will crochet loosely!” This isn’t a sock pattern and crocheting tightly will only make your life and this rug very hard to create.

R1: Ch 6 and then join with sl st to make a ring.

R2: Ch3, 8 SC’s in middle of ring, sl st to join.

R3: Ch4, DC in same stitch as CH4, and 2 DC’s in each St to ch3 space, sl st to join. (18)

R5: Ch2, SC all the way around, sl st to join. (36)

Get started, and please come back tomorrow for part 2, parenting is hard….

🌚Raffia Wall Hanging

Today’s DIY

Finally finished a project and I love it! 🥰 I have been working on it for months, but truly, it’s like a two hour project total. However, given I have a serious diagnosis of severe “shiny object syndrome”, I always have at least 5 wip’s (works in progress) in progress. This week though, I decided they ALL have to be completed by Sunday, so time’s almost up.

Raffia and Clay

At the beginning of the year, I decided my colors were gonna be terra cotta and green. So, my whole new crafterroom is being decorated with those colors in the mix. The green can’t just be any green, yet anything dark academia inspired or olive. With those colors in mind, the new creation is fitting right into the crafterroom decor. 👇🏾

Unfinished Raffia Moon

So, if you wanna learn how to make this Raffia Moon, steps and materials are below.

Materials: I got most items at Michael’s except the Raffia and cardboard.

Materials

Hoop (Wire or deconstructed Ashland Wreath Ring)

Raffia (Mine is from Wool and the Gang)

Craftsmart Modeling Clay (you can also use Sculpey Clay) the Modeling Clay can not be heated. Sculpey can.

E6000

Cardboard circular cut out (from a shipping box)

Scissors

Measuring tape for 1 inch measurement

Gather your supplies and first trace your cardboard piece using your hoop as the template. Then, you will need to measure out 1 inch and trace another inner circle from previous.

Trace onto cardboard then cut out 1 inch circle
After Raffia is added

Next, cut raffia pieces off the spool in measurements of 10 inches each. Double up and hang all raffia pieces with a lark’s head knot all the way around. It takes quite a few pieces. I didnt count but it’s morr than 50 pieces.

Get your clay out and make many, many mini 1/2 inch balls. So many that they can fit all the way around the inner circle. They do not have to be perfectly round 1/2 inch balls.

Grab your cardboard circle and place it under the raffia laden hoop. The circle will go underneath and the hoop will lay in the middle all the way around. Once it is lined up, place a sliver of glue all the way around. Then, put the raffia hoop atop the glue of the cardboard.

Cardboard peeking out

Grab a heavy book to lay on top to let the glue set overnight. 🌚

After cardboard is set to the raffia hoop, add a thin layer of glue in quadrants as you work your way around the cardboard part. Obviously, the balls are inside the hoop.

Then, place the little clay balls side by side, touching the one beside it. You kinda have to squish them gently together.

Once you’ve kinda wedged the last ball in, gently and carefully smooth out any fingernail or rough spots in the clay balls with your fingertips. My hands were very green after rolling the balls. You will have to dishwashing soap your hands well to get the clay off.

Next step is optional, get a hair dryer and heat the balls up for about 10 minutes. Basically, going around and arouns. Or, you can let them bake in the sun (provided it’s hot out) for 15m. I did not do this last step, I placed mine near the heat of our fireplace. If you want your mini balls to be hard, heat them in your oven on 175 degrees for 12 minutes before placing them glued to the cardboard. (Let them cool down first).

If you do heat them in the oven on wax paper, you will have to add more than a thin bit of glue when setting the mini balls though.

Reminds me of a Lion King 🦁

Voila! You have a beautiful and textured raffia moon slash lion mane on your wall. I was surprised how much I love this piece. It sparks a lot of joy when I see it in my crafterroom. I hope it makes you happy as well. 😊

Ps. I do have a post coming this week on how to make the cast offs rug featured in my most popular post. The pattern is just taking longer than expected, but is mostly done.

Happy Making

eitm

Simple Macrame Bunting Pattern 🌙

Hello again!  Welcome to my first macrame pattern tutorial! I am sharing this simple, yet chic macrame banner bunting pattern as my first “make” post.  It is a beautiful back drop or decor for a wedding show, baby shower, nursery or any room you feel needs a tranquil, elegant vibe!

 

It is the most popular item in my Etsy shop by sales and favorites. I have made sooo many of them in different sizes and colors! They are quite versatile and go with many different design motifs, be it minimalist or bohemian.

Triangles are popular in all types of design from architectural to visual. Must be something deep in our beings harkening to the Pyramids of Egypt. Anyhooter, this design uses one type of knot and just a tiny bit of math!  So, 3-2-1, let’s get started! 🚀

First off, you will need to gather your materials and a place to make it!

Materials:

• Any Cotton Rope or Bulky Yarn. I use 3/16 inch Cotton Rope for this tutorial. (Cotton rope purveyor I use is knot and rope supply, but Etsy has some great suppliers and Modern Macrame is also a great place for cotton rope).

• Scissors

So, to make a 4 foot long bunting with 5 pennants (the triangles) you will need to cut 50 pieces of yarn or rope (i will call it cord in directions) in progressively longer tendrils. There are 10 pieces per pennant, so 10 times 5 = 50. Each square knot, as I calculated with 3/16 cotton rope takes up 2.5 inches. So, I made each piece longer than the previous, 1-2 inches longer. Ideally, I should’ve made them 2.5 inches longer, but alls well that ends well. My main goal was to not waste rope. And the closer you get to the middle, the longer cords have to be!

So, a few terms to go over:

Bight: The loop of a knot. Where it bends in half.

Working cord: The cord or cords doing all of the work of going under and over.

Lark’s Head Knot: Most Common Mounting Knot. Short video below.

How to Lark’s Head Knot

Square Knot: A very common knot. Very important.

How to Square Knot

Let’s Make It!

Pattern:

label your cords in each 4 cluster 1-4, from Left to Right. 1 and 4 will be your working cords for every square knot. 2 and 3 will be the middle cords all being worked around.

Separate all cords into 5 separate bundles of 10.

row 1: take first 10 cords and mount them with a larks head knot onto your 4 ft rope, mounting 1-5, smallest to largest, and then from largest to smallest. (see photo 1 below). Then, make 5 separate square knots with each cluster of 4. you can work from L to R or R to L. It doesn’t matter.

row 2: next row, from leftmost, make 4 separate square knots with each cluster of 4, however, unlike the previous cluster, you will take 2 cords from the left and 2 cords from a different knot on the right. Repeat this until you have 4 square knots. (see photos below for visual understanding)

row 3: repeat the method of row 2 taking 2 from left and 2 from right, tying 3 square knots

row 4: repeat method 2, tying 2 square knots

row 5: finally, tie one square knot in the middle making the point of the triangle.

Now, if you are making yours exactly like mine, use a measuring tape and measure 6 inches down. Once you have done so, cut all cords across 6 inches. ( I don’t mind if mine unravel a little, if you do mind, just dip them in beeswax or tape the ends).

So, repeat the above 4 more times per pennant, leaving 4 inches in between each pennant and you have yourself a beautiful macrame wall bunting! Swoon. 😍

Next tutorial in 4 days is all about uses for Tomato Cages! You won’t want to miss it!

eit🌙