February 1, 2022 – Show and Tell

Do you have a closet full of unfinished projects? Have you gone to the craft store “just to look around” and found yourself leaving with an armload of goodies? Got a project you’re muddling through? Did you just pick up a new hobby — and now you’re dying to show it off?

Why don’t you join us at Chat & Craft?

We meet from 6 to 8 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, currently in Community Room West (the large room at the end of the Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery).

On February 1st we are doing Show and Tell; bring in your big, intricate, or time-consuming project you want to show off, and maybe tell us a bit about it.

Feel free to also bring a project to work on during the meeting – that’s half the fun!

October 4, 2021 – CnC Outside Meeting

We are going to try something different. We have not met in person since the April 2020. We have had many months of online virtual meetings but it is not the same. We have some members that have never joined us on our virtual adventures. Thanks to those that have joined us.

We will meet outside near the “red” benches on the east side  of the main entrance area, left side if you are facing the main entrance doors. You can bring your own chair or set on the benches. The library closes at 6pm on Tuesdays but you can start arriving at 5:30 to the outside area.

If it is suppose to rain, we will cancel the meeting. Check back here that night, if you are unsure if we will still be having our outside Chat n Craft meeting.

It is BYOP – Bring Your Own Project – to work on.

Chat n Craft FB group

Since we are not meeting in person we have found a way to meet virtually. If you are on Facebook, you can join our group CnC JPL. You will have to search for the group or you can ask someone who is already a member. After you are accepted you will be able to join our 2x a month FB CnC JPL room where we work on our projects, talk and laugh with each other. The rest of the month you can post pics of what you have completed or working on.

We meet in the FB CnC JPL room at 6pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

Don’t forget to check back here, on our website, for patterns to work on and to see what else we have going on.

This picture on this post is a wreath we made in the fall of 2017.

Chat n Craft – Crochet Hotpad

We’ve had several requests for this pattern. My Mom gave me the pattern that she made from an antique hot pad that was found in a church basement. She took it apart to see how it was made. It’s double thick.

(If you would like to make a different size, measure diagonal across the size square you would like to make and make a chain that long before starting the rest of these instructions.)

Use a G hook and cotton yarn (nothing that would melt from heat)

Chain 36 (or more if you want a larger potholder)

SC (single crochet) in 2nd chain and all the way around chain with 3 SC at bottom of chain.

Working in back loop, SC 15 rounds. (If you chained more than 36, you will need to do more rows, test by taking the oval and shaping it so you can see if it meets in the center, see * below.)

After crocheting all rows

Stop on side and slip yarn through.

Leave 12 inch tail. Turn to right side and fold into square.

See the diagnal opening?

 

 

 

(* sides should meet in the center if you have done enough rows)

 

 

 

 

Whipstitch edge together with tail.

The completed hotpad/trivet

CnC Zoom Meeting

We are going to try Zooming again on Monday, July 20, 2020, 6:30pm. For those that remember, for years we met on the 3rd Monday of every month. We are going to try that again, only Zooming. Check back here or our blog for the new Zoom login info.

Chat n Craft Zoomed

We had our first Zoom meeting, last Friday, July 3, 2020. We had fun seeing each other for the first time in a few months and talked about future Zoom meetings and continuing the Zooming after we eventually will be able to have the inside the Library monthly meeting again.

We are leaning towards a monthly Zoom session around the middle of the month. Same time each month. Think about what time would be good for you. Then go to our blog and comment on the times that would be best. Afternoon or Evening? Weekday or a Saturday? I have not made a poll yet but am hoping to get several comments first.

Blog – https://chatncraft.wordpress.com/

 

CnC blog to comment on

The Library is open to the public but our meeting rooms are not open yet. I have had several CnC members ask when will be able to meet again. We are trying to figure out a way. I am wanting your ideas on what you would like. You are very creative, we can come up with something. I have put up the Blossom Stitch Washcloth we were going to do in April. Realized we need a place for you to comment with ideas without having to come into the library.

Remembering we used to use a blog that allowed commenting, I dusted it off and made a post you can comment on there.

Blog – https://chatncraft.wordpress.com/

Think about – Do you Zoom? Day/week/time you would be available? Post patterns and youtubes to learn a new stitch or ???

Let us know what you come up with. I will make a poll later from what you comment on and we can narrow it down. Look forward to seeing what you come up with. Go to the blog and post your comments.

 

Chat n Craft – Crochet Blossom Stitch Washcloth

This was a class we were going to have before we had to close the library. I am working on a way we can have some virtual meetings and classes. We would love to see Show n Tell items you have been working on during this time.

Blossom Stitch Washcloths Blossom Stitch Washcloths

Rich Textures Crochet – 8:57 minutes YouTube   https://youtu.be/ZmVU_c3MFzI Teaches you how to do the stitch in a small swatch

A free crochet pattern from 5 Little Monsters –

https://www.5littlemonsters.com/2015/05/blossom-stitch-crochet-washcloths.html

She made these washcloths for a Mother’s Day gift. They are a little bit lacier and more open than she normally uses for dishcloths or washcloths but it is solid enough to still work well and she wanted to use a pretty feminine stitch. The stitch she used is called the blossom stitch and it is made using a combination of single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches.

She always uses 100% cotton yarn any time she is making washcloths or dishcloths. For this particular project she used Peaches and Cream yarn but any worsted weight cotton yarn will work just fine. The colors she used were Aquamarine, Ocean Coral, Fresh Lilac, and Mint. I used about half of a 2.5 oz ball for each washcloth so you can probably get 2 out of each ball if you make them the same size she did.

These washcloths are quick to make and paired with some pretty smelling soap or lotion make a nice gift. Crocheted washcloths are nice to have on hand when you need a quick little gift for someone. Maybe a mom, grandma, sister or friend.

Close up view of the Blossom Stitch

Finished size approximately 8 1/2 inches square

Supplies:

Instructions:

Begin by ch 30 (if you want to make your washcloth bigger or smaller add or subtract a multiple of 4)

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook, (skip 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next stitch, skip 1, sc in next stitch) repeat to the end of the row, turn

Row 2: ch 4, skip dc, sc in first ch space, ch 1, skip dc, dc in next sc, (ch 1, sc in next ch space, ch 1, dc in next sc) repeat to the end of the row ending with a dc in the first sc of previous row, turn

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, ([dc, ch 1, dc] in next sc, sc in next dc) repeat to the end of the row ending with a sc in the 3rd chain of the starting ch 4 of the previous row, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length ending with row 2. I repeated both rows 7 more times and then row 2 one more time.

To finish sc evenly all around the outside edge working 3 sc in each corner, finish off and weave in ends.

Show n Tell – March 3, 2020

It was a BYOP night. Some you have seen in progress before.

Variety of projects

April 7, 2020 – Chat n Craft meeting has been canceled

Chat n Craft meets the first Tuesday of each month that the library is open. Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the library is canceling all meetings for the time being.

Please keep checking our website for when the library will be open or closed and when our programming and meetings will be resumed.

Our next meeting will be a crochet class. We will be making a dishcloth with the blossom stitch. If you want to take the class, please bring a light colored cotton yarn, such as Sugar and Cream or Peaches and Cream, and an H crochet hook. If you know how to do a chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches you will be able to learn this blossom stitch. If you do not know sc & dc, please come at 5:30 so you can learn those before the blossom stitch class starts at 6pm.

If you do not want to take the class you are always welcome to bring your own project (BYOP) to work on.

Come join us for fun, laughter and don’t forget to bring your Show n Tell so we can all see.