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Crochet coaster basic DIY pattern!

Many of you have been asking me for a simple DIY pattern for the crochet coasters using the sari silk ribbon (any colour) so here goes! You will need: Crochet hook. I use a 10 mm keep the ribbon loose. Sari silk ribbon yarn. 1 ball.  Any colours, same result.  Instructions: To make the round you can start with a magic circle, or make a slip knot. I like to use a chain as I think it is easier for beginners. You can refer to Youtube videos for online help with this DIY pattern. I find it very very useful if you are just starting. If you google how to crochet a flat circle you will find a number of videos...

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Aggeliki - The textile artist and weaver behind Alfa Handmade.

Minimalist art can be described as a 'personal expression of a gifted individual'. That is what the Tate Modern says anyway and I couldn't agree more. This personal expression offers the world great aesthetic delights. Minimalism for me is huge, it always ignites something within me. I love it, my home is filled with it and I want to share the work of this talented textile artist Aggeliki here on the blog.  Aggeliki, an Athens based textile artist is one of those individuals. She produces beautiful minimalist pieces of textile art for the home along with textile jewellery through weaving. She works on freeform. She says the warped loom is an empty canvas for her where she is guided by the grains and the...

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Happy Mother's day!

CROCHET TABLE RUNNER - FREE PATTERN!   We were inundated with questions regarding our massive kitchen table runner we have written out the DIY crochet pattern for it! It is so simple to make using sari silk ribbon. It doesn't have to be in this colour (multicoloured sari silk ribbon) we have many colour combinations available in the shop!  INSTRUCTIONS: Table runner 180 x 40 cm. You will need 850g of sari silk ribbon. This is very long, if you want a simple shorter runner just reduce rows and amount of ribbon used.  Foundation: Ch 21 Row 1: Second chain from hook single crochet (sc) to the end (20st)  Ch 1 Turn Row 2: sc in each chain to end (20...

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VERY quick and easy scarf pattern using silk and merino wool!

Hi crafters! I have just put together a very simple scarf DIY crochet pattern using our handspun mulberry silk and merino wool yarn. It is insanely soft and undyed. This pattern in approx as some of the yarn is thick and thin in bits as it has been made by hand using a mud pot and hands. It is amazing stuff. My favourite yarn in the store!   Instructions: You will need: 300g of silk and merino handspun yarn crochet hook size 8mm ch 43 2nd chain from hook sc to the end (42) ch1 turn sc to the end (42) Continue for 48 inches in length or how long you want it. This pattern size (APPROX) is for a...

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Just found this image of a remarkable woman in India from our last trip.

This woman taught me to spin sari silk waste fibres using a handmade drop spindle. Hardest task I have ever tried to achieve! The yarn produced was insane. I have to say that spinning these waste fibres is an achievement and artistic endeavour in itself, never mind the ethical products you produce with this yarn! Artisans at work. The only way to describe these women. A talented and inspirational group of individuals!

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