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About Krakovianka

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  • Birthday 08/28/1966

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    Reading, crocheting, tatting, homeschooling
  • Favorite projects
    Table mats, doilies
  • Crocheting since...
    Since 1975
  1. Haven't been around for awhile--just stopping by to browse. That's gorgeous!
  2. Really, really nice! Love the designs.
  3. I haven't been around for ages, and came in to peek at everyone's doilies--very pretty!
  4. I've used some Valdani thread, and have some more that I will use when I figure out the right pattern for it. It's much finer and softer than regular crochet thread, so the doily will be limper and benefit from a bit of starch. Also size 12 is much finer than size 10--the size 8 is closer to 10. But the colors...oh, the colors....
  5. Lovely!--of course you can use 30 like Grandma...
  6. Very pretty--and lovely for spring.
  7. Wonderful work!--charts and doilies were made for each other. The danger is that once you grow accustomed to charts, you will look at a doily pattern spread across 3 pages in dense text...and move on, looking for a chart. I'm thankful that some of the old classics have been charted!
  8. Your grandmother did awesome work!
  9. Great on the first one...are you addicted yet?
  10. I am always trying to work out the best way to get subtle changes of color with these things. In some of my other works, I have felt that I was try to use too many colors, so these were experiments with fewer colors of thread, which in turn allows more rounds of each color combination. I thought that would draw the changes out more subtly. What do you think? The red one has only two colors--one lighter, one darker. I'm using three strands of sewing thread, so with the colors labeled A and B, and changing just one thread at a time, I get this progression: AAA AAB ABB BBB Only 4 different combos! I was able to make many rounds of each one, so the shading turned out very subtle, I thought. The pattern was a complete fail. It turned out to be worked as a spiral instead of closed rounds, and that confused me and made the color changes harders. I try to choose very simple patterns for painted doilies, so the colors are the main feature, and they don't fight with a strong design. The second doily uses three muted colors, and I think I put them like this: AAB ABB ABC BBC BCC Just 5 combos, and in this case, none of them are solids. Every combo is mixed, again, in an attempt to create the subtlest possible changes. That one still looks stripey to me. Should I just learn to love stripes in my painted doilies? I think more open, airy patterns are more stripe-resistant than solid blocks of stitches, so I'll be keeping that in mind for the future. I need to try that two-color effect again, but I'm running out of thread. Aw, I guess I'll have to go shopping.
  11. Jolena, you can do something similar with size 10 thread. I usually only use a single strand of sewing thread with the crochet thread (I call this a "frosted" doily), but you buy closely-shaded threads and change them to create a shaded effect. Here's a picture of one I did last year. When I use two strands of sewing thread, I prefer the thinner thread--size 20--but it is closer to size 10 than plain size 20 thread. Maybe like a 15. I change one color thread at a time in an attempt at more subtle color-play, and that's why I call it a "mock painted doily," since with a painted doily you use 3 strands of sewing thread and no base crochet thread at all. I played around with this a lot last summer, but I don't think I ever shared any of my experiments.
  12. I used a Boye size 9. (That's 1.4mm.) Adding two strands of sewing thread to the size 20 makes it a little thicker than 20...
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