Stiff Crochet Doily Plate

A while ago a lot of stores suddenly started selling crochet doily plates, baskets and trays. They were out of regular yarn but treated with glue to make them stiff enough to be functional. Very out of my budget though so I decided to give making my own a try!

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All you need is a cotton doily and some PVA glue. I decided to just crochet my own out of some stash cotton to use it up.

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And if required iron it.

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Next take some PVA glue and water it down so it has the consistency of milk.
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Dump the doily into it and make sure it soaks up the liquid evenly and completely. If you want something very stiff, you will need a higher ratio of glue._1220854

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Done!
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Depending on the glue you use the stiffness will vary so if you want something like a bowl then use extra glue so it holds shape well. Enjoy! 😀
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Target Beret and Charming Cushion Published with Knitpicks!

So excited to say that my first 2 patterns have been released in book form as part of KnitPick’s collections this month! You can get them in physical books, digital books and individually. We’ve been working on these together for almost 9 months now so it’s really awesome to see them out and released finally!!

Briar Rose Home Collection

Charming Cushion Pattern

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Little Luxuries Collection

Target Beret Pattern

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Fireside Beanie – Knitting Pattern!

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Some of my knitting patterns are finally available online! The first one is my Fireside Beanie which is part of a 4 hat set using KnitPicks Wonderfluff yarn.

The pattern is available on KnitPicks and Ravelry!

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Fireside is a simple beanie pattern featuring polka dots over a three-colour base. The hat is worked in the round, bottom up and can be worn with the ribbing section flipped up for a fitted look or with it down for a slouched style. With an easy to memorise stitch repeat, this fun, fashionable and very quick knit, is great for last minute gifts.

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The Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

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Back when I had long hair… (doesn’t that feel like an age ago while I wait for it to grow back out?!?!) we went to the Melbourne Garden and Flower show. Actually it’s probably on again soon so maybe we should go again!

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This year wasn’t as interesting as the first year. I think the entry fee is quite steep considering it didn’t really include anything and most of the stalls were actually shops. I really dislike events which charge you to shop.

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The competition entries of floral arrangements were really amazing to look at though!

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Extremely fun to get macro shots in here!

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I love my little clip on glass thing but I wonder when I will want to upgrade to a real macro lens.

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I think I want a lens that has macro but is less depth of field-y?

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How cute does Celina look with that short little bob hairstyle? She looks awesome with long hair too but this looks so chic!

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This is pretty much our friendship in a photo:

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The fun part of a flower show is that that they bring the bees too 😀

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There was a display of those squishy bead things you can grow plants in and obviously we spent about 10 minutes just poking our fingers into it because they feel so weird. I wonder if we actually bought some if our stupid plants would stay alive…

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This flower reminds me so much of the petticoat in my dress in the photo below 😀

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I wonder what other kinds of these festivals are around that we haven’t been to yet! Excited to find some more this year!!

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