epic custom order

It’s been three months since I told you about a possible custom order of epic proportions. A client was interested in 80 handmade nameplates to use in their office building. I developed the following four custom designs, each crocheted over a 3-inch steel ring:

Custom Crochet Picture Frames by JaKiGu (Epic)

Custom Crochet Picture Frames by JaKiGu (Epic)

Ultimately, the client chose these three, and commissioned a grand total of 113 of them!

Custom Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu (Epic)

Custom Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu (Epic)

Custom Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu (Epic)

Needless to say, I’ve been busy for the past twelve weeks. It’s been a challenge, I must admit. There were times when the adjectives I used to describe these frames were unashamingly X-rated. There were times when I swore I’d never pick up a crochet hook again. Even though I didn’t take many pictures of the process, I am pretty sure I will never forget how much work went into them.

Custom Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu (Epic)

Custom Crochet Picture Frame by JaKiGu (Epic)

Well, now that the client has received the last shipment and I had a chance to take a breath and get used to the thought that I do not have to spend every free second I have crocheting, there are new, even bigger projects on my mind. Think spherical geometry, hexagons, dodecahedrons and other -gons and -hedrons that I can barely pronounce. I promise, what is coming is 10 times more epic than the custom order I just finished. Stay tuned!

crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

This pattern is now available for free.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

Pinwheel coaster with scalloped edges.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

It’s so easy to get carried away and make it in all the colour combinations imaginable.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

I usually don’t crochet in vibrant colours (with the exception for my circles necklace and yellow nursing necklace), so this project has been especially joyful.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

It’s an easy-to-follow pattern which requires the ability to work basic stitches, join in new colours, and work rounds in non-traditional ways.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

I am especially excited about the format of the PDF itself. I gave the layout of the pattern document a thorough makeover, and the document is now 3 pages long, with pictures, written pattern, and many bonus sections, such as finishing tips and explanations of how to work each of the stitches required to make the coaster. Judge for yourself – doesn’t it look fresh, and exciting?

 

custom made crochet picture frames

Life is full of exciting twists and turns – many of which have very little to do with our plans or intentions.

My store, for example, at the moment only offers PDF crochet patterns. Before I got pregnant with Bubba, I used to sell resin and wire bobbin lace jewelry, too. But I never really desired to sell finished crochet items there. For one, I get bored easily, and making the same thing over and over would certainly take away from the joy crocheting otherwise brings me. Plus, I am a slow crocheter. And now with Bubba, I am even slower! Crochet items on Etsy are so competitively priced that I would either have to be the most expensive seller, or make peace with the fact that when it’s all said and done (or, crocheted and shipped), I made about 50 cents an hour.

So it was kind of peculiar when I got contacted twice in the last week with two separate custom crochet requests. So peculiar, in fact, that I excitedly agreed. To both.

One order is already with it’s new owner down in sunny Florida. I shipped it so fast I forgot to even take a real photo – all I have are these two cell phone snapshots.

Crochet Picture Frames by JaKiGu

Picture Frames by JaKiGu

The second order is larger and I am still working on it. It consists of six frames – two in teal, and four in grey. I instantly fell in love with this colour combination, and can’t wait to see all of the frames together. Here’s a sneak peek – I have finished two of the frames.

Picture Frames by JaKiGu

Picture Frames by JaKiGu

Picture Frames by JaKiGu

Picture Frames by JaKiGu

Picture Frames by JaKiGu

The pattern for the starburst trio is available in my shop here. The teal and grey frames can be made with this pattern here. And while you’re at my shop, look around for other picture frame patterns. There are seven in total, and I hope to have a full dozen available by this summer.

crochet pattern: round ornate picture frame

Following the success of my original ornate picture frame pattern (available for free here), I’ve developed a new pattern with a more baroque look.

Ornate Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

Ornate Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

Ornate Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

A comprehensive instant download PDF pattern should be available soon in my shop. Check it out to see what other cool home decor projects you could be working on immediately.

crochet nursing necklace

I really like the concept of nursing necklaces.
Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

Nursing necklaces, breastfeeding necklaces, mommy necklaces – call them whatever you like, I think they are pretty cool. After all, especially with a baby in her arms, every mom want to feel pretty. But she needs something that will survive the incessant pulling and tugging. That’s why textile necklaces are such a great option. And if the right colours and materials get combined, even the baby will be able to appreciate their visual appeal while letting her tiny fingers explore the different textures.

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

This simple pattern can be executed in either monochromatic tones or in a range of colours from contrasting brights to coordinating pastels to soothing neutrals. Beads are an optional addition – their weight adds substance to the piece but they are not necessary.

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

With a knot closure, the length of the necklace can be customized. This way, the necklace can be worn with many different shirts regardless of how deep their necklines are. And the mom doesn’t need to worry about the closure snapping!

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

crochet karma necklace

I’ve been crocheting in circles for weeks now. Literally. Circles are fun!

All that’s needed to make this  necklace with crochet beaded karma circle is some perle cotton, an appropriate hook, and seed beads. It’s that simple. But what I personally love about it even more is that in the end, this pendant looks more like a piece of sophisticated jewelry than a simple crochet motif that it really is.