Tunisian Cushion – ‘t Voorpand

The best thing about working on projects behind the scenes – if you ask me – is the moment when I can share them here with you.
And when I’m able to not only present the secret project itself, but a rather wonderful giveaway as well, it only adds to the joy.

Lovely Caroline from “t Voorpand” in Marknesse contacted me a while ago, to ask whether I’d be willing to cooperate with her re one of Bregina Tuinstra‘s designs.
The pattern concerned is a tunisian cushion cover, crocheted in the round and made with the beautiful “Fonty”-yarn I had gotten to know via Bert Noorderijk/BN Agenturen, when working on the “Let’s Get Chunky”-magazine earlier this year.

After I had chosen my own set of 5 Fonty-colors needed for this cushion Caroline sent these, the pattern, the double sided tunisian crochet hook (and a sweet little gift) to me, so I could get started right away.

I’m a bit embarrassed to confess I did not follow my own advice as given in my book … (“Diving head-first into a project before reading and understanding the pattern, never turned out well for me. I’ve learned to take the time to read through everything first …”), yeah, right …
You see, when I unpacked the crochet hook, I thought “how on earth am I going to fit all these stitches on such a short hook”, and emailed Caroline immediately *insert blushing emoji here*.
As it turned out all too soon, of course I was given the correct equipment, AND instructions how to work with this short hook, as I found out minutes later – big oops.

At that point I still considered this as a bit of a complicated technique, but – again, haha – was very quickly proven wrong. I read Bregina’s instructions, watched this YouTube-tutorial and literally zoomed through the pattern.
The cushion is 40 cm x 40 cm, and for mine I used “Fonty Ambiance” in colors: 240, 306, 323, 324 and 340. It really was a very enjoyable and fun project that I finished so fast, I don’t even have progress shots to show you!
Plus, I truly love how it turned out, and I’m not the only one: the minute Quinn laid her eyes on it, it was decided that my “Fonty Tunisian Cushion” would move to her apartment, and I love that too!

I told you this post was about a wonderful giveaway as well: ‘t Voorpand is allowing me to give away the yarn pack (5 balls of the glorious Fonty Ambiance) + the pattern + the special crochet hook to make this beautiful cushion cover … TO TWO PEOPLE!!
The winners even get to pick their own set of colors! How awesome is that?
Also, we will ship internationally, so there’s a chance for everyone!

To enter, please leave a comment under this post, telling us why you think your friend, sister, mother or any other special person in your life should win this fab giveaway.
If your entry wins, both you AND this person will win!

As said: the giveaway is open worldwide, and will end Thursday November 30, 2017 – 22:00 (GMT + 1 hr); please, make sure I can contact you via email; if I do not hear from the initial winner within 48 hrs after my notification, a new winner will be drawn.
Good luck to all!

Love,
Marianne xx

edit: thank you all for participating! This giveaway is now closed – the two winners have been notified

Follow-up Friday – The “Tunisian Rose” Cushion

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-18Yesterday my CraftKitchen project for the month of June came online. It’s a real fun recycle project with an old pair of jeans, and I’ll happily share a full Follow-up Friday post with you on it (plus the tutorial in English) next Friday.
In case you can’t wait – and don’t mind using Google Translate, since all CK-tutorials are in Dutch – you’re more than welcome of course to have a go at it already via this link on the CraftKitchen site.maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-04

I don’t know about you, but the busier my schedule, the more I seem to be right on top of things.
Believe it or not: I’ve already finished my CraftKitchen project for the month of August. No recycling this time: this one is all about……Tunisian Crochet!
My only tunisian crochet so far, was this cushion cover, made a couple of years ago.

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-02maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-03Seeing more and more beautiful Tunisian Crochet pop up – for instance from the queen of Tunisian Crochet, the very talented Michelle/Poppy&Bliss – I felt like giving it another try.maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Project-15

To be honest with you: things did not go as smoothly as I had wanted/anticipated, grrr. For some reason I had the hardest time getting my stitch count right, and a lot (a lot!!) of frogging took place. Family members began to ask me why I was pulling things out ……AGAIN!!

Anyway, I’m not the kind of person to give up easily: I did get things straightened out eventually, and – sorry for the tease, can’t show yet – the August project’s looking rather lovely …..

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-12The tunisian crochet-shenanigans did leave me with an extra piece of tunisian crochet, the size of a cushion cover….. It has some little mistakes, and was about to go on the reject-pile, but all of a sudden I thought: how about covering these little mishaps up with some cross stitch??
A rose pattern (what else 😉 was found quickly (link here), and I set to work.

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-10It turned out to be the perfect weekend project to finish the cross stitch part (an old love …), and to crochet a fun border. Envelope style cushion cover was sewn in a jiffy (no matching zipper in the house, too impatient to wait), after which I hand stitched the crochet part on to that, and: ta-dah! One new and cute cushion cover that will perfectly fit in “Tuin11”-‘s decor – very happy me!

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Have a great weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx