I recently came across a post in one of the Facebook crochet groups for a most beautiful Crochet-Along (CAL) project inspired by embroidery works by May Morris, daughter of William Morris . I could not resist – so I signed up, bought the yarn pack and have just started.
As we have just started, only the first part of the pattern has been released, and I can say that it is written very clearly. The designer has also provided a youtube video, in which she has shared some really good tips. I will surely be applying some of the tips to all my projects henceforth – so very worth taking a look.
Here is my first set of tiles. (Note that these are not blocked yet as we will be blocking them at the end of the project. Also, the threads you see in the corners are actually being used as stitch markers.)
I find the most efficient approach to making multiple tiles in the same pattern is to first do one completely, so you familiarise yourself with the pattern, and then work on the remaining colour by colour. So, in this set, I did one tile completely, and for the remaining 7 tiles, – I first crocheted 7 flowers, then did the green background for all 7, then proceeded to do the parchment part. There is no rule of how you should do this, it’s just a matter of preference.
This pattern is available in 2 colour recipes (a third is expected in September 2020, when this CAL will be run again). Nonetheless, you could also come up with your own colour combination. I have also seen a monochrome version of the tile which someone tried out – and it is quite pretty – but I love colours – so it’s not for me 🙂 .
If you want to give it a try, this pattern is available free on the designers site : https://www.janiecrow.com/fruit-garden-cal.html.
Photo credit : Janie Crow website (janiecrow.com)