10.06.2017

Afremov Pillow Crochet Pattern -- Painting with Yarn

Things have been a bit crazy on the Felted Button front lately--ever since returning from Scheepjes Blogger Days. Where did September go? Oh, yeah...getting my littlest a bit more settled at school, a tragic family funeral, spending time helping my aging parents, and figuring out some tough personal stuff. But that's real life, right? Not everything has been bad, though. After waiting for the entire month of September, I've excitedly received some of the most amazing yarn from Scheepjes you could possibly imagine!! Watch here for bits and pics of the yarn and some sneak peeks of what I'm going to make with it. 

Today I'm popping in to share with you my newest crochet pattern! It's been a long time coming, but I'm super excited about it.

Meet my Afremov Pillow!


Afremov Pillow Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

After polling on my Facebook page for suggestions for a name, I immediately happened upon the name Afremov (suggested by Cam--thanks!) after the famous impressionistic artist Leonid Afremov. I love his story, and his color-filled work. You can see some of his beautiful paintings here. His use of color and the glorious feel of them makes me happy, and I feel honored to have his name attached to this new pillow design.

9.28.2017

Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles Giveaway

While spending time with the fabulous Nerissa of Miss Neriss at Scheepjes Blogger Days this past month, I noticed she was wearing the coolest bracelet ever!


Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button

When she told me she got her all-leather Wrist Ruler from ILoveHandlesI immediately ordered one upon my return. See, I KNEW that for this bracelet obsessed crocheter named Sue, it was a necessity. It's true, I love bracelets and am usually wearing 3 or 4 at a time.

And...since my philosophy is "have yarn, will travel" I go pretty much everywhere with my hook, yarn and supplies. I even carry a measuring tape in my purse every day. Guess what? Now I don't have to!!! I can just whip off the bracelet...

Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button

...and take a measurement. I figure I'll not only be super stylish, but I can measure gauge or check the size of a motif in a jiffy. Pretty terrific, huh?

I chose the medium brown one because I know that it will darken a bit after wearing, but they also come in black, dark brown and natural. I like mine so much I'm thinking I need to order the other colors.


Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button
Photo used courtesy of ILoveHandles; shown: Black Wrist Ruler

Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button
Photo used courtesy of ILoveHandles; show: Natural Wrist Ruler


I really like the ease with which you can put it on and take it off with one hand. The slit slides snuggly and securely over the stud closure, but comes off when you want it to with a gentle tug. You can easily figure out which size to order by measuring around your wrist twice. I measured a bit loosely, but think it fits perfectly with me just able to get a finger in between the ruler and my wrist.

My Wrist Ruler arrived in a pretty little storage tin. (Don't even ask about my "compulsive containerism" going wild here with ideas about how to use this little tin for bits and bobs.) 


Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button

Even though they are made in small runs and individually numbered, I was happy with how quickly it arrived, too.


You can choose your own color and select your custom sized Wrist Ruler from ILoveHandles here. And while you are there, take a look at the other  goods they sell that all seem to solve many pesky problems in innovative ways.


Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button

Right now, the folks at ILoveHandles has been kind enough to offer one free Wrist Ruler (including shipping) to two of my lucky followers. If you would like to enter to get your wrist into one of these nifty bracelets, head over to my Facebook page here and read the post about the simple requirements to enter the giveaway. (Giveaway closes and winners selected on October 2, 2017.)

| On the Board | -- Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.


Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns

9.26.2017

Phone Pouch Free Crochet Pattern

Since my return from Scheepjes Blogger Days things have been swirling in my head. Just being with my "peeps" has bloomed so many ideas that I couldn't get them all done in a year. But, of course, I'll give it a good try. ;)


Left to right: Maria (Fifty Shades of 4 Ply), Jellina (jellina-creations), Carmen (Craftyqueens), Esther (Happy in Red), Tammy (Canadutch), Esther (It's all in a Nutshell). Me, Dedri (Look at what I Made), Christa (TheCurioCraftsRoom), Nerissa (MissNeriss), Tatsiana (LillaBjorns Crochet), Kirsten (HaakMaarRaak)
I'm currently waiting for some Scheepjes Whirl* to arrive. (Oh. My. Goodness. I am having a love affair with that yarn.) So, while trying to be patient, I have to keep my hook moving. (Tell me you do this, too. I am not good at being still.) I thought I would pop in today and share the stitch pattern I've been playing around with. I also got my hands on a really nifty purse frame that screamed to be used. Here's what I came up with...


Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

8.25.2017

Lightfall Blanket New Crochet Pattern

If you live in the US, you might have had the good fortune to see the eclipse that occurred earlier this week. Did you notice the way the light falls through the trees and creates little moon-shaped shadows rather than the typical dappled light? Here's what the shadows looked like on my sidewalk--you can actually see the eclipse with each separate shadow. Neat, huh?


Shadows through the trees during the eclipse (August 21, 2017) Photo by Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns

Well, I was out that day marvelling at the eclipse while weaving ends on my latest design and decided that the name Lightfall Blanket was perfect. Let me show you...


Lightfall Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I made this blanket with three cakes of Scheepjes Whirl*. Admittedly I didn't have a plan when I bought them. But I knew that I wanted to make something with all 3 together.

8.18.2017

Modern Tapestry Book Review

When I got my hands on the new Modern Tapestry Crochet book by Alessandra Hayden of Just Be Happy Crochet I did a little jig right there in front of my mailbox! I discovered that she was working on this book last year when we met at the CGOA conference in Charlottesville--and I knew it would be a unique book.


Modern Tapestry Crochet by Alessandra Hayden--Book Review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

And once I browsed its pages, I knew I had to make something from it.

8.08.2017

Make a Felted Button Bracelet

I love felt, buttons, crocheting and color! (Maybe that's why Felted Button exists?) So I thought today I would pop in to share a little tutorial on how to put my loves to good use in a quick and easy crochet project.


Felted Button Bracelet -- tutorial including quick and simple crochet, felting, buttons and color!

Several years ago I made a bunch of these and sold them in my Etsy shop when it first opened. Here are just a few. (Get ready for a photo-flood.)

7.29.2017

Janus Blanket Crochet Pattern

When my newest blanket design came into being--with plenty of playing on my hook--I was in a pickle of a jam. Why? Because I couldn't figure out which side was the "right side". When I realized that they both were equally as beautiful, it was easy to choose the name Janus. Let me explain...


Janus Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

7.28.2017

Petrichor Hood -- Free Crochet Pattern

I'm super excited to share the free crochet pattern for my Petrichor Hood today! I shared my thoughts about the Scheepjes Stonewashed* yarn I have used to make it here and revealed the hood to you here, but today is the day for you to get your hooks flying! It works up in just a few hours and has a lovely result.


Petrichor Hood Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Petrichor Hood Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

7.21.2017

Petrichor Hood Reveal

Last week I teased you with some obscure pictures here of a crochet design that was in the works using Scheepjes Stonewashed. I'm back to reveal to you what just rolled off my hook and will be ready for your hook next week.


Petrichor Hood -- free crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button


I'm calling it Petrichor Hood. Petrichor is defined as: a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground. My model is my daughter Lizzie, and she absolutely loves rain. She actually was hoping for rain on her wedding day--which she got! So in honor of my sweet girl--Petrichor Hood it is.

7.14.2017

Crochet Pattern: Around the Corner Blanket

If you've followed Felted Button around for long, you probably know that I'm a tad color-obsessed and that translates into my crochet patterns being full of color. You might also know that I love to design blankets. Today's new crochet pattern fits both tickets--a new colorful blanket!


Around the Corner Blanket -- crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Let me introduce you to my Around the Corner Blanket. 

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