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Celebrate Doilies Crowd-Fundraiser Launched Today. Please contribute!

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Exciting news! Today, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover the remaining expenses of the Celebrate Doilies! exhibit you’ve been reading about on this blog. Donation levels start at just $5.00, and there are rewards for each level. The more you donate, the better the rewards.

(This is a screenshot of the Kickstarter page, so the video isn’t available. A live link is below the picture.)

Celebrate Doilies! Kickstarter launch

Please donate for art, for poetry, and for our crochet heritage at the Celebrate Doilies! Kickstarter page.

And to give you a little extra incentive to donate, the first ten people to contribute $24 or more to Celebrate Doilies! will receive a unique package of crocheted flowers or leaves, crocheted by me!

A few of these items are designer originals from my crochet flower books. The tape measure is in the photos so you can get an idea of how big these flowers and leaves are. Inches on top, centimeters below.

This is the Paisley and Friends collection:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Here’s Fleur-di-Lys and Friends:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Big Orange Flower and Friends:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Maple Leaf Collection:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Purples Plus:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Pineapple, Pomegranate, and Friends:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Sweet and Simple:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Pink Plus:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Three Dimensional Flowers:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Sparkle Collection (see close-up at the end of this post):
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions
Orange Collection with Leafy Spray:
flowery incentive for Kickstarter contributions

Wait! Why are there eleven packages for only ten contributors? Two reasons: even the 10th person to donate $24 or over will have a choice; and I’m very curious to see which one is left.

Close up of sparkly flowers incentive packet

Free Crochet Pattern for Frilly Target Flower

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Frilly Target Flower free pattern

I designed the Frilly Target Flower and its variations for Crochet Bouquet. The flower didn’t make it into the book, but it’s too pretty to keep to myself. So here are the instructions.

Medium and large versions have picot frills, which you may choose either to crochet or to leave off completely. Consult your copy of Crochet Bouquet to see pictures of the needle-join; written instructions for the needle join are at the end of this post.

Frilly Target Flower

Finished Measurements
Large Frilly Target worked in medium weight (4) yarn using G or H hook for a firm gauge: 6 1/2″/16.5cm diameter

Frilly Target Flower free pattern

You Will Need
1 or more colors of yarn of similar weight; you can use yarn scraps or yarn from your stash

Hook: Appropriate size hook to achieve a firm gauge with selected yarn

Gauge
Work with a firm gauge to help the flower hold its shape. You may need to experiment a little.

Pattern Notes

  1. The instructions are written to change colors after each round of picots. Even if you do not want to change colors, cut the yarn and needle-join the picot round for the best looking flowers.
  2. For large Frilly Target, work all rounds of instructions.
  3. For medium Frilly Target, work Rnds 1 through 4, then Rnds 7 and 8.
  4. For a smooth center, omit picot Rnds 2 and 4.
  5. If you prefer not to change colors, you may join with a slip stitch at the end of a round, then ch 3 to take the place of the first dc.
  6. Picot-only variation: Work Rnds 1 through 6 only.
  7. Picot (picot) = ch 3, sc into 3rd ch from hook.

Frilly Target Flower free pattern

Ch 6; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 15 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beginning ch-3 (16 dc).

Rnd 2 (optional): Working in front loops only, *picot, skip next st, sl st in next st; repeat from * 7 more times; needle-join to first st (8 picots).

Rnd 3: Working in back loops only of Rnd 1, join next color with dc in first st, (2 dc in next 3 sts, dc in next st) 3 times, 2 dc in next 3 sts; join with sl st in first dc (28 sts).

Rnd 4 (optional): Working in front loops only, *picot, skip next st, sl st in next st; repeat from * around more times; needle-join to first st (14 picots).

Rnd 5: Working in back loops only of Rnd 3, join next color with dc in first st, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 5 times, 2 dc in next 2 sts, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 6 times, 2 dc in next 2 sts; join with sl st in first dc (44 sts).

Rnd 6 (optional): Working in front loops only, *picot, skip next st, sl st in next st; repeat from * around more times; needle-join to first st (22 picots).

Rnd 7: Working in back loops only of Rnd 5, join next color with sc in first st, ch 5, skip next 3 sts, *sc in next st, ch 5, skip next 3 sts; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc (11 ch-5 space).
Note: The single crochet stitches of Rnd 7 serve as anchor stitches for Rnd 8.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in next ch-5 space, ch 1, sl st around next sc (anchor st), *ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in next ch-5 space, ch 1, sl st around next sc (anchor st); repeat from * around. Fasten off.

Finishing
Weave in all yarn ends.

Frilly Target Flower free pattern

To needle-join:

When you are finished with the last stitch of a round, do not remove needle from the last loop. Cut the yarn, leaving a 4″ end. Pull the hook straight up from the last stitch, so the end of the last loop comes free of the stitch. Thread the yarn end into a tapestry needle.

When you look at the tops of the stitches of the round, they look like a series of “v”s growing out of each other. Find the “v” at the top of the first stitch of the round. With your needle and thread, you will follow the course of this “v” under the threads of the next “v” and back to the top and down into the last stitch.

Here goes:

Following the “v” at the top of the first stitch, Insert the needle from front to back under the top of the second stitch of the round. Pull gently to tighten.

Following the “v” thread of the first stitch, insert the needle into the top of the first stitch. Continuing with your needle, find the loops where your yarn end emerges from the last stitch. Insert the needle back into those loops. Pull gently to tighten. Weave in the thread end at the back of the work.