Monthly Archives: March 2014

Homemakery How To: Earring Hoopla

Earring Hoopla

If you caught my tutorial on how to crochet around an embroidery hoop you will recall I promised to share what I did with my completed hoop. Well I turned it into what I’m calling an Earring Hoopla! Its an idea that has been on my mind as a way to display my some of my prettiest earrings for some time! In total this project probably took me two hours to complete so perfect if you have a quick gift to make!


Yarn – Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Candy Pink (12)
4mm Crochet Hook
Embroidery Hoop – 7 inch
Fabric –  Petal Taupe French Dots by Tanya Whelan
Crochet Lace Trim
Felt (optional)

Earring Hoopla ingredients


1. Crochet around your embroidery hoop following our tutorial here

Crochet around an Embroidery Hoop

2. Cut a piece of fabric to fit your hoop and arrange your scalloped crochet lace across the hoop taking consideration of how long your earrings are. On a 7 inch hoop my first scallop trim was 2 inch down and the second line of trim was 2 1/4 inch from the bottom of the scallop trim above. Pin your scallop trim in place.


3. Sew your crochet lace down using your sewing machine.


4. If you intend to cover the back of your frame trace around the inside of the inner hoop onto a piece of felt. Cut out your felt and keep to one side.

5. Put your fabric back into your hoop and tighten your hoop ensuring the crochet lace trim is straight. Cut the fabric off so you have about an inch remaining around the edge. Glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop.


If you cut out your felt piece, place it in the back of the hoop to cover the fabric. It may need gluing down, mine didn’t.


6. Add some ribbon to the top of your hoop for hanging and your earring hoopla is finished, just add earrings!!

hoop & earrings

Earring Hoopla

Happy Crafting!

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Crochet Colour Palette: A La Mode

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

Mustard, Coral & Jade have been popping up in fashion and interior collections for the last couple of years now and its easy to see why with their bright strong hues. Paired together they look gorgeous and alongside neutral white and grey the colours are sure to pop even more. We think A La Mode could make one fabulous chevron blanket!


Crochet Colour Palette - A La Mode - Stylecraft Classique Cotton

This weeks A La Mode Crochet Colour Palette uses on trend shades of mustard, coral and jade cotton yarn from Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK, a great value 100% cotton yarn.

Green Tropical Jade, Coral Shrimp, White White,  Yellow Sunflower, Grey Silver

You can find the whole A La Mode yarn pack with 10% off all this week here

Quick Mothers Day Card

Just in case you had missed it, its Mothers Day on Sunday. My Mum has been leaving helpful hints on the fabrics she has had her eye on, yes Mum Tilda Summer Fair is coming your way!!

So in packaging up her pressie today I needed a quick card to go with it and whipped up this little card.

Mothers Day Card with Brooch

I love these pretty cards they come in a pack of 20 and are pre-printed and ready for decorating. I used my go to “Through the Year” Stamp set which has a handy stamp for every occasion, in this case “For a Lovely Mum” and finished it off with some of our Pink Lovely Bakers Twine.

Mothers Day Brooch

So what about the flower? Well the flower is actually a brooch which I made using the fantastic Clover Kanzashi Flower Maker and some Sevenberry Sage Green Gingham. I backed the flower with a small circle of felt and a brooch pin and on the front I sewed on one of our retro flower buttons.

Job done a pretty card and a brooch in 5 minutes. I hope you like it Mum!

Will  you be making or buying your Mothers Day Cards this year?

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Homemakery How To: Crochet Around An Embroidery Hoop

How to crochet an embroidery hoop

I confess I have a little bit of a love affair with HoopLa! For those of you not sure what I’m on about Hoopla is quite simply using humble Embroidery Hoops to frame stitching, sewing or other crafty endeavours. What goes inside the hoop is just as important as prettifying the hoop  itself so today I’ve done a quick How To on Crocheting around an embroidery hoop. It looks amazing when its done and its quick project that only takes a couple of hours.


Yarn – I used Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Candy Pink (12)
4mm Crochet Hook
Embroidery Hoop – 7 inch


All Crochet Stitches are UK. If you are new to Crochet I have linked each stitch to a handy diagram over on Learn to Knit

1. Create a slip knot on your crochet hook and slip stitch onto the hoop.

Slip Stitch onto Hoop

2. Double Crochet (DC) into the hoop. To do this put your hook into the hoop, hook the yarn through (from the back to the front). You will now have two strands of yarn on your hook. Yarn over the hook and pull through both strands of yarn. Thats your first DC completed.

Double Crochet onto Hoop

3. DC all around the hoop until the yarn covers the hoop completely.

4. At the end of the hoop turn your hoop around, Chain (CH) 3 and then Treble Crochet (TR) into every other DC in the row below. Note: I did experiment TR into every DC but found that as I had so many DC it created a ripple effect which I didn’t like. Depending on the yarn you are using you might want to TR into each DC rather than every other.

Treble Crochet in every other DC

5. Once you have TR all around the hoop join the last TR to the first CH3 with a slip stitch.

6. To create the scallops skip 1 stitch then TR7, skip 1 stitch and DC. Repeat. Note: if on the previous row you TR into every DC you might want to skip 2 stitches, then TR7, skip 2 stitches and DC.

Slip stitch & scallop

7. When you get to your last couple of scallops its worth double checking the number of stitches left in case a little fudging on your scallops is required. I got lucky with this one and it worked out perfectly!

Crochet around an Embroidery Hoop

Scallop trim on embroidery hoop

And thats how you crochet around an embroidery hoop!

A note on yarn

I used Rico Essentials Cotton DK yarn which is a mercerised yarn. The mercerisation process binds the fibres, strengthening the yarn and gives it a gentle sheen which reminds me of the sheen you get on embroidery thread. Owing to the mercerisation process the yarn is very smooth and the fibres stay together making it perfect for crocheting around an embroidery hoop. Normal cotton or acrylic yarn will give a slightly different effect as there is more give in the fibres and you probably wont have to do quite so many DC on the first round!

I will be back soon to show you what I did with my finished hoop!

Happy Hooking!

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