Along with rabbits, chicks, flowers and eggs, in Spring we often think of hens strutting around in verdant pastures. It has been a while since hens pecked around our old farmhouse but my kitchen has plenty of reminders of times when they did:
|I'd love to put this board outside but sadly wouldn't have any to offer these days!|
|A shabby old chicken who looks like she has been there since the 30s! With French pottery bowls.|
With thoughts of Spring in mind I had the urge to create some cute Easter crochet motifs.
So my first fun make was some cute hens:
To make them I used Patons 4 ply 100% cotton-I really like this for motifs. It has a lovely feel and lustrous sheen to it, I used a 2.75 mm hook as I crochet fairly loosely; the gauge doesn't really matter but for an applique the crochet fabric needs to be fairly firm. Her legs were a bit tricky but once I got the hang of them I couldn't stop making them!
Her wing shape is embroidered on and her eye is a French knot.
Well having begun with hens I had to follow with chicks... I wasn't happy with the shade of yellow in my favourite Patons though, I just had to have something brighter, more of a chick coloured yellow! My search led me to Susan Crawford vintage cotton. There I found 'Canary' the perfect shade-as yellow as an egg yolk! Oh Susan though you now have me hooked on the quality of this gorgeous yarn and I want to make all your vintage designs in those mesmerising colours!
The chicks were easy to make but again, beaks and feet are a bit fiddly...a bit of practice to get them uniform but on the other hand each does seem to have its own character!
The author has designed a plethora of fun motifs in themed sections-something for every occasion; I really want to make them all!
So how shall I use my hens and chicks? I had the intention of using them for Easter cards but my daughters suggested they would look cute on a tea towel or teapot cosy! Any suggestions? I'd love to hear them!
So like my chicks, Spring is springing in Cornwall...some sweet primroses on my rockery.
Have a lovely week,