Sakura Cherry Blossom Doily – 桜ドイリー

Found this lovely free Cherry Blossom doily or coaster pattern through Crochet a Little‘s fb page, March 11, 2014 posting. Chi-sa-ko, is the original designer of this great little free charted crochet pattern.

IMG_0308Perfect timing for Ohanami, cherry blossom viewing season here in Japan and around the northern hemisphere. Chi-sa-ko states in the pattern she used approx 4g of Aprico thread in the Salmon Pink colorway. A Hamanaka crochet hook size 3 will provide a finished size of approx 11cm across.

Warning: As easy as it looks to crochet, there is one stitch (or stitch combination) that I have never seen before and my search throughout the internet did not bring anything to light. Nor did my Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler. A bit difficult to search when one doesn’t know the name of the stitch. It’s a Decrease3DoubleCrochets(dc3tog US) with a DoubleCrochet(dc US) on top so it looks like a vertical stitch combination. I’ve included a short instruction video for those who have not seen that stitch combination before either:

I grabbed the first Sakura appropriate lace thread in my stash which happened to be a Daruma brand #20 thread and a size 2 hook to make mine right away. Once I figured out how to do the unique stitch combination I finished 2 in super quick time and

IMG_0309attached one to a felt backing to create a coaster.  Now that I know I can complete it so easily, I’m curious to see how it will look in the recommended Aprico thread, which Chi-sa-ko states means “Sunny Day” in Italian. Off to my favorite yarn store to find it!

You can check out an entire year’s worth of floral-themed doilies that were designed by Chi-sa-ko. It looks like each month there will be a new one released.

After the very successful show at Hagiso Gallery, I’ve placed the remaining available designs in my Etsy Store, StudioDeanna.  Through Wednesday, Nov 27th, I’m offering 20% off all items in my shop.

Use Coupon Code: BlogReader to  receive the discount.

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Hand-crocheted Fluffy Winter Snowflake Hanging Scroll with hand-embroidered hanko.

After the Gallery Show...

Sakura Hanging Scroll – Hand-crocheted cherry blossoms using my own pattern with hand-embroidery completing the Springtime scene.

The final touch is the hand-embroidered hanko.

My First Gallery Showing in Tokyo!

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Starting Oct 16, I and 7 other artists here in the Tokyo area will be showing at the Hagiso gallery in the Yanaka neighborhood next to Nippori Train Station.

My Four Seasons Hanging Scroll Project is finally coming to fruition. Lots of fun little sakura, colorful summer flowers, multiple colors of momiji and white snowflakes are the core of my project exploring the updating of my personal internal clock since moving here to Japan.

Markers of time such as Thanksgiving, Tax Day and Halloween are not observed here in Japan so I needed to find a new clock. Japan celebrates the fleeting, ephemeral beauty of nature. Every month there is a new flower in peak bloom or the momiji are turning colors.

Check back to see when my Crochet with the Artist session will be at the Hagiso Gallery: www.tokyospidering.wordpress.com

Hagiso Gallery Access/Map: http://hagiso.jp/access/

Spring Cherry Blossom Hanging Scroll

Spring cotton hanging scroll: Design inspiration to completion.

From a photo I took last spring of Cherry Trees in a park across the street…

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to a sketch using #2 and colored pencils…

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to the final crochet and embroidery design created on cotton:

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Each sakura is individually hand crocheted and then embroidered detail is added to the cotton. Along with Summer, Fall and a unique Winter scroll I am looking forward to a gallery showing in Tokyo this fall. Love how the hand embroidered accents really make this design pop!