23 June 2014

Snowflake Monday

I'm so behind.

I've had a pile of unwritten snowflakes sitting next to my computer at home now for at least a year. I've had them stacked from smallest to largest. This one was the top of the stack.

Top of the Stack Snowflake

Because it's so tiny, I had to see how tiny I could make it. I made one with sewing thread. Sewing thread that glows in the dark!

Sewing Thread Top of the Stack Snowflake

Glow-in-the-Dark Top of the Stack Snowflake

If a Snowflake-A-Long would help motivate you to get a pile of snowflakes done in time for Christmas, perhaps you might like to join me in my current ambition. I'm trying to make one of each of my single-color snowflakes for a special project, starting from the top, first to last. I will NOT be making the Ugly Flake for this project. Striped snowflakes will not work for what I have to do, so some of my favorites will be neglected for now. I'm hoping I can come up with another creative idea to incorporate a bunch of multi-color flakes after finishing the current special project. I'm not sure yet if I will be able to incorporate beads into the current project, so I have strung no beads so far. They can always be added later if I find they will enhance the project.

For my current project, my snowflakes don't need to be stiffened. Just blocked. YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!

Perhaps we snowflakers can upload and track our progress here, and perhaps we could even have a challenge with prizes...

Why We Must Block

Blocked

And did you know today is "Let it Go Day"? That's right! The song has its very own day!!! (In reality, the day beat the movie and the song onto the calendar.)

The cold never bothered me anyway...


You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from today's pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Top of the Stack Snowflake

Finished Size: 2.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Top of the Stack Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, * ch 6, sl st in 5th ch from hook, ch 1, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, ch2, 1 dc in top of hdc to form 6th ch 4 loop of ring. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same loop, 1 hdc in same loop, 1 sc in same loop, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, * 1 sc in next ch 4 loop, 1 hdc in same loop, 2 dc in same loop, ch 4, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 3, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), 2 dc in same ch 4 loop, 1 hdc in same loop, 1 sc in same loop; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 4 loop, 1 hdc in same loop, 2 dc in same loop, ch 4, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 3, sl st in sc (tri-picot made); sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

A link to the blocking template I use is located here. That website has some of the most helpful snowflake information I know of. I also have a link to it on my sidebar to the right. I try to keep all the important links there so everyone will be able to find the information they need.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

Top of the Stack Snowflake Rock

14 comments:

  1. I have tried using sewing thread once and it was just fine until I started getting tangled! How many strands did you use?

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    1. Just one strand, Charlotte. I think I would get tangled if I tried using more than one strand of anything that fine!

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  2. I would love to join you in your latest creation. Just let us know what we need to do and I bet there will be more that will join in! I love this little flake. And I need to find this sewing thread that glows in the dark. Do you remember where you found it?

    And Let it Go Day sounds like something we should have once a week not once a year. Thank for that little tidbit, I plan to share that info on FB.

    Have a great Monday!!

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    1. I will be so happy to have you along, Brenda!

      The thread I bought is no longer available. I bought it several years ago -- Swicofil, I think. But I did find a new stash I might have to try here.

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  3. The song has it's own day, as the world is obsessed with it indeed, while disney laughs all the way to the bank haha

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    1. Add me to the list of obsessed, Pat. I especially love Alex Boye's version. Superb!!! And I heard Pearl Jam, of all bands, performed the chorus over the weekend in concert!!! ?!?

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  4. I love your idea of a snowflake-a-long on flickr. I have joined and posted a photo on the snowflake-a-long flickr site today.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! That's a gorgeous flake! Inspired by Snowmass???

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  5. I think I saw that little pile of snowflakes. Was tempted to look at them but thought it would be more fun to wait for them to show up on the blog.... :)

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    1. Oh, I didn't even think about that as a temptation, Sue! You could have peeked. Chances are, they will be a little different when they make their final appearance anyway because I always tweak! Even with five-year-old patterns!

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  6. Love the teeny tiny snowflake Deborah- blessings, Cara Louise

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    1. Thank you, Cara! I do have to wear glasses now to make them that small, but they are so cute once finished!

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