Monday, 13 August 2012

Bath, Bows and Boots!


Well, after promising to update you on the craft show in Bath Guildhall last month I suddenly thought I had better get on with it before my next show! The day was rainy and miserable which meant it as perfect for getting people in out of the wet to come and see the show. It was a small gathering of crafts-people, jewelery, glassware, wooden toys, beautiful woven art were all on show and we had a wonderful day - thanks to anyone who stopped by to see us! 

HanJan Stall at the Bath Guildhall

The next event I have booked is the So Natural Baby Show on Sunday 9th September 2012 at Green Park Station, Bath, UK. As the name suggests, the stall will only include baby items - I can't wait - I have so many new winter stock ideas I am busy making from baby button boots to cosy snowflake hats, watch this space....

For more information visit So Natural Baby Show


One of the items that went down really well on my stall were my little bow hairclips (they measure 7cm by 4cm) - everyone snapped them up for little girls they knew or just for themselves to add to a hairband, scarf, bag etc. So I thought I would share this really simple pattern with you. I have written it in UK terms, for US terms just change a dc for a sc and you will be fine.

To make the hairclips you will need:

  • About 20g double knit wool in whatever colour/s you like
  • 2.5mm crochet hook
  • A small piece of felt in the colour of your choice to back the bow
  • A 5cm hairclip 
  • A tiny amount of craft glue 
The bow is made in 2 parts:

For the bigger part of the bow:

Foundation Chain: ch16
Foundation Row: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end (15)
Row 1: 1ch, 1dc in each dc across (15)

Repeat the last row 9 times. Fasten off and weave in ends. 

For the middle part of the bow:

Foundation Chain: ch4
Foundation Row: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end (3)
Row 1: 1ch, 1dc in each dc across (3)

Repeat the last row 8 times. Fasten off leaving a length of yarn to sew with. 

Wrap the middle part of the bow around the larger part and sew the opposing ends of the middle part together with the length of yarn you left to sew with. This will pull the larger part in at the middle and make the bow shape. You can tweak it until you are happy with the folds and shape of your bow before fastening it. 

Next you need to use your finished crochet bow as a template to cut a piece of felt for the backing. Once you have cut this felt then simply stitch the felt to the bow with the same colour yarn as the bow. I found this a bit tough with a tapestry needle so switched to a sharper one instead.  

The last step is to carefully glue on the spring clip to the back centre of the bow and you are done - so cute! There are so many colour combinations and sizes that you can make each one completely unique. I have made loads of really tiny ones for babies, larger ones as a joke bow-tie, sewn them onto phone socks and headbands, the choice is yours, have fun making them and see what you come up with! 


Well, this is just to say that I'm working on some very cute little baby boots at the moment - in fact I am off to make the model of the largest size now. They are soft and squiggy with a little cuff flap that fastens with any button you like - I'm going for gorgeous vintage ones! I'll let you know how I get on...

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