EmmaRose Crafts Blog

Hi,

We wanted to create a blog that would become a handy reference tool and for this reason you will find most of our posts relate to craft techniques and skills, with a few added extras here and there. We hope you find it useful and that you will visit often.

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  1. Moths

    One of the worst enemies to gain access to your yarn stash is moths, or to be precise, the larvae. Whilst they will munch in synthetic fabrics they have expensive tastes and will always target natural fibres such as wool, cashmere, silk and alpaca.

    What do they look like?

     

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    The adult moth is small and a light brownish-grey in colour. The larvae are white, and similar in appearance to a grain of rice.

     

    Can they be kept away?

    There are a number of commercially available products ranging from sachets to wooden cubes that can be placed in wardrobes and drawers as appropriate.

    You can also make the environment generally less moth friendly. For instance they like quiet, dark and dusty places so vacuum regularly and place dirty laundry, which attracts them, into a basket until it can be washed. Don’t ignore upholstery and furnishings either — rugs and cushions can harbour eggs, so give them a good brush/vacuum and, when possible, hang them on the washing line in the sun.

     For your yarn stash, and precious finished pieces – make sure you sort through it every month or so and if possible keep it in plastic containers or sealed cardboard boxes.

    Above all - be vigilant. A clean environment, with light and regular disturbance is what moths and their larvae hate most.

     

     

  2. Celtic Knot Cushion Cover

    Dating back to pre-Christian times there are many representations of Celtic knots, their main feature being that they have no beginning or end, symbolic of nature in its constant act of death, rebirth and renewal.

    In keeping with this connection to nature it seemed neutral, earthy shades would make a good colour choice, ranging from brown and beige, through to terracotta reds and even creams and white. 100% wool also felt like the right fibre choice.

    CONCEPT BOARD

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    The smooth twists and turns required to create a knot can be created with the use of cable stitches but for this collection I wanted something a little different. This is where the idea of using I-cords made sense as they are easy to make and capable of endless manipulation.

    As you can see from the concept board the knot design used on this cushion is based on actual knot designs, and shows the beautiful effect that can be created by knotwork.