Hello! Before I begin, I would just like to say a big ((THanK YoU)) for the great response to my Year End Reviews. It was a totally indulgent pleasure-fest putting those posts together, and I'm glad you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them.
I received a great many enquiries about the little Heart Hanger I showed in my crochet review, so I thought it would be good to share some info on that sweet make.
The heart pattern is not mine, it was written by an amazing Dutch hooky lady who goes by the name of BeaG. A good friend discovered this pattern a few years ago (she made some red hearts with white embroidery to hang on her Christmas tree), and I stashed the info away in my Creative Mind to be brought out at some Future Date. Roll on a year or two and there I was, looking for something suitable to create as a Birthday gift for my wonderful friend and neighbour who lives at number eighteen.
The pattern is written up on Flickr, you can find it HERE. Please note :: the pattern is written in US terms, so where it tells you to SC throughout, that means Double Crochet for us Brits. You start at the bottom point and work your way up for twenty rows. After that you work first one round part, and then the other on the opposite side. It's not hard, so long as you know how to increase and decrease in double crochet.
So I made two identical hearts from a bamboo/cotton yarn on a 3.5mm hook. I gave the hearts a light press with the steam iron as they ended up very curly when first made. The rose and leaves are from my own pattern which you can find HERE.
Ta-dah! A very simple idea, but very sweet. It turned out good!
A few things to say about the making up...........
1. You will need to stitch on the rose and leaves before you join the two hearts together.
2. the hanger is a simple crochet chain, which I also attached to the back of the front heart before joining the two hearts together. I've made other Heart Hangers where I've used a short length of narrow spotty ribbon instead, which looks very pretty.
3. To join the hearts together :: begin at the top/centre (the bit where the hanging loop is) and work around the shape in double crochet, inserting hook through the stitches of both hearts. Work with the front facing you and keep your tension quite loose so that the shape doesn't pucker. You might need to add in a few extra stitches as you work around the bottom point.
4. Don't forget to add the stuffing before you get to the end of the joining! I used a polyester toy stuffing which I scented with rose essential oil, but it would also work really well stuffed with dried lavender.
I added a very sweet little message to my heart which reads "There is no set path just follow your heart". Isn't that lovely? I bought it from a local shop along with a few others, but just had a quick search online (they are produced by gift-ware company "East of India") and found a supplier for you....see here and here.
I think the Heart Hanger would look just as lovely without the message though. Maybe even with a double rose, or perhaps a little posy of teeny tiny flowers and leaves?
I also want to show you this...I've used the May rose with my triple-leaf pattern (find it in this post) to add a decorative touch to some gift wrapping. Cute idea eh?
Well I think that's about all I can think of to tell you about the Heart Hanger, I hope it's been helpful if you fancy giving it a go.
I think being able to gift someone a little bit of heartfelt creativity is a very special thing indeed. Yay for Hooky Handmade!