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About Dunsire

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  • Birthday 09/07/1938

A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Joyce Dunsire Jones
  • Short bio
    I'm in my twilight years but the light hasn't gone off yet
  • Location
    North of Adelaide, South Australia
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    Aran crochet which I devised in the 60's. My designs were featured in a 4 page spread in the Woman, magazine
  • Crocheting since...
    I started in the late 50's early 60's, I invented a form of crochet which had never been done before
  1. Hi Kay, with my cushions I inserted a stiff piece of card inside it so that when I attached the bullions I didn't go right through, which is what I did with the first ones I tried, which meant I had to unpick my sewing, lesson learned the hard way. The material of these cushions is such that a blunt tapestry type needle works perfectly for sewing them on. Thanks all for your lovely comments. and I'm only able to do these bullions because of the gadget I made 40+ years ago, once the pdf is complete it includes how to make one to suit the size crochet hook used. Hugs Joyce
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    Gold Bullion

    Just completed this old cushion make-over, I was going to call it shades of gold but then I thought heck, it's bullion stitch so why not Gold Bullion. I'll get the hang of this one day just have to stick with the link for now, if anyone has flickr and they can explain how I transfer the picture to this forum I would be very grateful. Hugs Joyce
  3. Originally my bullions didn't come out even and I envy those who do the large ones with ease but since re-using my little toy I've got back into it. I'm putting up another post of another cushion I've just completed, I even took it with me for my overnight stay in hospital that's how keen I am. I'm calling the cushion Gold Bullion for obvious reasons and hopefully I can master actually downloading the picture instead of just the link. Thanks for the interest you have all shown. Soon I should complete the pdf on it and then a friend is going to give it a try. Hugs Joyce
  4. Bullion crochet cushion by Dunsire, Hi I've been away for a while due to circumstances beyond my control. While parts of me were incapacitated my mind wasn't so I got to work on my crochet and whilst looking through some of my ancient crochet hooks and I mean ancient, over 40 years old, I came across a little tool that I had made and after a bit of thought remembered I had made it to help me make bullion crochet a great deal easier. I couldn't recall all the ways I used it, so started playing about with it and here is one use for the bullions. I came up with. If you wish you can visit my Flickr site to see others. I have since started on a pdf 'how to' so that is taking up more time. Just one more overnight stay in hospital and I can put all of my problems behind me and get on with my love of crochet. This picture show one of a really old set of cushions spruced up. Hugs Joyce. Hope this link works. Look I'm sorry but I still can't find out how to download my pictures So until I figure it out take a peek at my flickr site.
  5. I wanted a change from slippers so I switched to hats, I've always wanted to make a felted hat but was a bit daunted as to the ratio between the size of the crochet hat before felting and the final felted hat. Ok a swatch is the answer. My aunty was a milliner and I remember as a child seeing her stretch milliners felt over molds and steaming them so I knew I was going to have to get a mold. Where from the nearest place for cheap polystyrene ones is across the Pacific Ocean and by the time they arrive I might have lost interest? Make your own Joyce, you were brought up during WWII so you had to be innovative so get your finger out. Where to start, why, with all that polystyrene you've hoarded that came as packing. Now I want a fedora, so stack some polystyrene up cut it roughly to shape then glue it together, once dry, go to the loved one's sanctuary and use his band saw. Brilliant it cuts like butter without the shedding you get with a knife. The base seemed easy after that, just a bit of shaping to take the bending down of the peak then all stuck together and coated thickly with white PVC glue (makes for a smooth finish that doesn't shed it's little balls (am I allowed to say that, he..he..)). But what of the rounded crown of the one you made from an existing pattern Joyce? Why a tupperware mixing bowl with it's rim cut off and sanded does the trick, plus a hose pipe pinched from hubby's shed worked fine for the curve of the brim. So here they are, I found the first one I crocheted off an existing pattern was too big for me, even after two sessions of felting but the other one, which I made up myself using measurements from the before and after felting swatch I made, was much more my size. The Fedora modelled by my grand-daughter is my favourite and all of them were made from left over wool from other projects. That one was easy using measurements of 9 inches across the crown and the normal way of working in flat circles, I allowed 5 inches for the height before belling out for the brim. From then on it was just a matter of felting it twice and putting it on my mold to dry, with the aid of some bendy rubber covered wire for the brim pinning the brim down for the front. Here are two of my hats, I've made another Fedora to go with my winter coat and am yet to put it up on my Flickr site. If you go to my flickr site you will see my home made hat mold as well. Hugs Joyce Having heaps of trouble getting my pic up I will try later, can anyone explain why my html code and img code is always set to off? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunsire/5389313896/
  6. Sorry I've been so long in thanking you for your comments, what with Christmas, birthdays and working on my slipper pattern, the time has just flown. Anyway thanks for the responses and your lovely comment on my Flickr site that was nice of you Crochetluvknot. Hugs Joyce
  7. The expression on that beautiful child's face melted my heart, is he thinking "what we kids do for our mums" or "this is mine now, so don't even think of taking it back." I'll go with the latter as I know from my kids and grand-children that once they like a hat it stays there be it a tea-cosy, or a girl guides beret (the same one belonging to my daughter was claimed by her daughter some twenty years on). My daughter's favourite teacosy 'hat' was used by her second child and my grand-sons. So this one you have made is definitely a pass on to my kids hat. It has all the ingredients, unique, nice fit, stylish and cute all rolled into one. And thank you for sharing, great one, hugs Joyce
  8. These can be used for knitting as well. I've used these for a number of years when commercial type stitch markers weren't available. They came about out of necessity when I was making up patterns for machine knitting and now I am finding them equally useful with my return to crochet. They come in many colours so I chose my bread according to my needs, John still doesn't know, he..he.. I don't know if these are available in the USA or UK but hopefully they are. "] If you go to my flickr site I've done the stages that I go through to make them. Hugs Joyce
  9. You cannot copyright an idea just the written word. Stitches whether you knit or crochet are universal and what ever you might think you have invented someone else in the world has either been there first or thought of it at the same time. Now whether you call a sc a single crochet in the USA or double in Australia and the UK, it makes no difference the method of producing it is identical so cannot in themselves be copyrighted as they belong to mankind. a chain is a chain and whether worked from the back front or upside down those stitches are for everyone. But the moment you write down how you put an item together using those stitches is another thing. Once you have published it for sale or whether you give it to the world for free it doesn't alter the fact that you were the original owner of that design but on the other hand if you have published it then it is reasonable to think that those who love that design are going to make it, garment, gloves, throw etc., and for those who want to make themselves a few bob by selling their work then good luck to them although you hope that they have the heart to say where it originated from. It is only when they try to sell your pattern then that is another thing, they are then robbing you of all your hard work and they would have to alter quite a bit of it to call it their own and not just substituting words, they would have to alter the words that describe the method and by doing so render their copy of your design as totally different, defeating the whole object of their theft. The best thing that a designer can hope for is that people who bought the original or have seen your designs on forums such as this one, will speak up and say to the person responsible for using your design as their own, "we know where that originated and therefore we will go to the organ grinder not the monkey for the how to." Having written books and patterns on machine knitting I know how frustrating it is to have your work photo copied and see garments made from your original patterns being paraded and win major events with no acknowledgement as to the designer. It brings with it heartbreak and bitterness but honestly you would spend half your life in court chasing after these people who blatantly steal from others, and it isn't worth it, all it does is make the lawyers richer. Hugs Joyce
  10. Such a fun way to express your gift for colour and adaptability to express your crochet and artistic talents in a stunning piece that will surely, in years to come, become a family heirloom. Hugs Joyce
  11. Thank you for your clear concise instructions and for sharing your lovely pattern, much appreciated, hugs Joyce
  12. Thanks for your kind comments and yes it is entirely crocheted, it is a method I devised nearly fifty years ago. I have already put up a thread for it http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=114418 and if you go to it you will see how you can get the three FREE Pdf's that I did on it. If the link above doesn't work let me know or email me for the links. I make these patterns up as I go along so unless I jot them down they have already gone from the old grey matter, I'll check first if the notes I put down are readable now, before I say no, even so you would have to learn my methods first before then. Hugs Joyce
  13. I've made this for a baby boy due In January 2011 our (Australia) summer, so I've made it to fit a 6 month + baby ready for the winter months as quite honestly here in South Australia most babies just wear nappies in the summerI'm having trouble downloading from my Flickr site they have changed things from the simple to the ludicrous so I may have to import the pics in a different way.http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunsire/5050370018/in/photostream/
  14. It will take a bit of work to get all the instructions up so please bear with me, I've finished the vest and am about to post it in the crochet section. Hugs Joyce
  15. Thank you all for your warm welcome, for those of you who are interested although I'm a bit rusty with my crochet after not having done it for so long I am again writing down my Aran crochet technique, devised over 40 years ago and once I have finished doing that I'm thinking of buying a cam corder, so I can put it on YouTube. I have a lot of tutorials on other crafts on my Flickr site but with YouTube it can be shared with far more people. Hugs Joyce Here's a shot of the practice piece for the sleeveless cardigan I'm working on, as I mentioned I'm still a bit rusty, http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4585604782_260bfb4e30.jpg
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