New Pattern Release: Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Motif in ENGLISH & DUTCH

crochet pattern peacock feather design art nouveau style by TheCurioCraftsRoom
How a new peacock feather design took shape
I've just listed a new peacock-inspired pattern in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. It's called the Art Nouveau Peacock Feather because for this design I was influenced by the colours and beautiful lines of the Art Nouveau style movement. Normally, when I design crocheted peacock feathers, I tend to look very closely at the real feathers. It's just amazing how each time I discover new shades and shapes in them because not one feather is exactly the same. This time I decided to have a close look at how artists in the late 19th and early 20th century used peacocks in their work.

In the late Victorian era and in early Edwardian times, the peacock was a very popular design inspiration in Western culture. Back then, peacocks symbolized wealth, beauty and decadence and could be found as ornamental motifs in home decoration, jewelry and clothing. The sumptuousness and iridescence of the feathers had a great aesthetic appeal for Art Nouveau artists, who in general took their inspiration from nature.
In my search for Art Nouveau peacock designs, I was surprised to see that the peacock feather was a very popular motif for all kinds of ceramic tiles: from bathroom tiles to ornamental plaques. It was these tiles that I had in mind when I started playing around with colours and shapes for a more stylized feather. 

crochet pattern peacock feather design art nouveau style by TheCurioCraftsRoom
The Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Motif
Of course, my design doesn't look exactly like the designs I studied. That's not what 'being inspired by' means; you don't copy, you develop your own ideas by looking at colours, shapes, possibilities.... The possibilities of practical application. I think you could use the feather I designed for multiple purposes. I can imagine you might want to make them to create garlands or bookmarks or to decorate box lids, cushion covers, notebook covers or laptop / tablet sleeves, or use as coasters. And they make lovely birthday, teacher, holiday or housewarming gifts.

Pattern includes:
1. Clear written instructions and an elaborate photo tutorial with no less than 40 photos to guide you through the pattern for the "Art Nouveau" Peacock Feather motif
2. US and UK crochet terms
3. Details on Scheepjes Catona yarn and the colors I used
4. Available in English and Dutch

Once again, I used Scheepjes Catona yarn because it has such a large variety of shades. The pattern includes all the yarn and colour information you need and also where you can purchase it. At the bottom of this post, you'll also find links to retailers around the world that stock Catona.

The Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Pattern is now available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops in both ENGLISH and DUTCH 

Here are the links:

crochet pattern peacock feather design art nouveau style by TheCurioCraftsRoom

Where to shop for Scheepjes Catona
Scheepjes Catona is available from WoolWarehouse, Deramores, Knotty House and Loveknitting. If you purchase yarn through one of the affiliate links below, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! 

Scheepjes Catona
UK: WoolWarehouse (international shipping)

Lovely Tropical Designs for Summer in YARN Book-a-Zine Issue 3

As I'm writing this blog post, I'm sitting at a small table in front of open sliding doors that lead to a small balcony. The view is glorious: sloping grassland surrounded by trees and yellow broom. The temperature is tropical but inside my cottage it's pleasantly cool because the stone walls are really thick. It's a converted barn at least a hundred years old. I'm in France and I'm so enjoying the peace and quiet. And the summer temperatures......which brings me to the the reason I'm writing this post: the latest issue of Scheepjes' YARN book-a-zine: Tropical.

This beautiful crochet, knitting and sewing book-a-zine has a large selection of designs that are perfect for summer. Not only to wear or make for your home, but also to actually work on when temperatures are high. The yarns selected have such a nice feel. Don't we just all love to sit outside and crochet or knit?

The book-a-zine has been divided into four chapters: Plant House, Exotic Fruits, Birds of Paradise and Cocktail Hour. Each features designs to wear or decorate your home with and all in bright, tropical and inspiring colours. There's also a large variety in yarn, for example Linen Soft that gets softer and softer over time; there's my all-time favourite yarn Catona; and there's the fine (in both senses) Maxi Bonbon or Sugar Rush. All yarns perfectly suited for summer.

Feathery Motif

I'm very proud to have been able to contribute something too. I designed a square in bright shades of Linen Soft for the Birds of Paradise chapter. I wanted to make a feathery motif you could use to create a decorative throw or cushion cover. It would be so great to see your makes, so please share if you're working on something that includes my square.
Here are the yarn details:
Scheepjes Linen Soft (47% cotton, 27% linen, 26% acrylic, 50 g/135m) and you need the following shades: 602, 611, 605, 606 and 627.

Linen Soft is available from the following retailers. Click the name and it will take you to the Linen Soft yarn on their website:*
UK WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
USA US Deramores
Australia AU Deramores

Blogger's Favourites
Each YARN issue also features two pages that showcase a Scheepjes Blogger's Favourites and this time I was asked to show you my tips, inspiration and some of my designs. It's a very colourful spread, which also has a picture of my latest peacock feather design: The Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Motif. The pattern will be released this Thursday (18 May), so please check back here in two days' time to see more pictures and to take advantage of an early-bird discount!

peacock feather crochet pattern by the curio crafts room
A Selection of Designs
By now you're probably wondering about some of the other designs in YARN 3. Let me just show you a small selection to give you an idea of the large variety of items.

Isn't this the most magical picture? It's a gorgeous geometric blanket designed by Cypress Textiles.

This stylish knitted bag was designed by Crafts from the Cwtch.

And here's a lovely shawl by Bernadette Berniolie.

Where to get your copy of YARN
I hope you feel inspired to have a closer look at YARN 3 The Tropical Issue, so here's where you can get your copy. The first two issues are also still available. YARN is also published in Dutch and in The Netherlands available from local and online Scheepjes stockists.

YARN 3 Tropical
UK WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
CANADA Knotty House

YARN 2 Midnight Garden
WoolWarehouse (international shipping)
UK Deramores

YARN 1 The Sea
WoolWarehouse (international shipping)

*The affiliate links in this post support giveaways, free patterns, discounts and the running of this blog. By purchasing yarn through these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! 

Meet one of my favourite designers: Berniolie

If you're familiar with my crochet designs then you know that I make either peacock feather items or other small motifs. I hardly ever make anything larger but at the moment I really feel like crocheting something more substantial and something that is just one joining, not a million ends to weave in..... just rows and rows of beautiful stitch patterns to concentrate on. And I would really love a shawl. I'm ashamed to admit that I have never actually owned a handmade shawl. So it's time to rectify that.

I didn't have to go on a hunt for the perfect shawl pattern. I immediately knew where I could find lots of beautiful patterns that would suit my taste very well and that is in my fellow Scheepjes blogger Bernadette's Ravelry and Etsy shops! And since I love her work so much, I'm sure you will too, so let me introduce her (work) to you.

Bernadette (or Berniolie) is an extremely versatile designer. She is both a knitter and a crocheter and used to work as a costume designer for a circus. She comes up with the most interesting, original and surprising design ideas for elegant shawls, shrugs, wristies or "yarny" jewelry. She has almost a 100 different patterns for sale so I suggest you go and browse through them for a healthy dose of inspiration and for some oohing and aahing.

I had already decided I wanted to make a rectangular shawl, so that made browsing for the right design a bit easier. Here are some of my favourites. Which one shall I make?

This delicate shawl is called Wisteria and consists of many different stitch patterns. It's large and just perfect to wrap around you on a breezy summer evening.

This one's called Basilia and what I really like about this shawl is the fringe - I'm always attracted to all kinds of trim, fringe and strings - and I love the texture. I could wear this shawl well into autumn I think.

Then there's Jadira, which is also pictured at the top of this post. The colour is perfect and so is the combination of the vintage-style lacework at both ends and the straight-lined middle part.

So......which of the three will be on my hook soon? Which one would you make?

PS: If you scroll down to the bottom of this page (bottom right), you'll see the gorgeous Emerald Shawl Bernadette designed for Scheepjes YARN The After Party. 

National Crochet Month with Special Discount in my Ravelry Shop

Perhaps you've already read the lastes post on my Facebook page about March being National Crochet Month over at Crochetville. Then you know that they've organized a wonderful Blog Tour featuring designers and lovely giveaways every day. There's so much inspiration there and it's your chance to meet designers you may not have come across yet. Today I'm featured with an interview and of course peacock feather pictures. 
What you do not know is that I've set up a special coupon code for my Ravelry shop to celebrate National Crochet Month that will give you a 20% discount on any pattern. You can buy as many as you'd like and return to my shop as often as you want, you can use the coupon code until 31 March.

Here are all the links and details:

For my Ravelry shop, click here.
Coupon Code: NATCROMO17
Valid through 31 March 2017 end of day (US & Canada Eastern Time).

To visit Crochetville's Blog Tour, click here.

2016: The Year in Designs

the curio crafts room crochet patterns on Etsy and Ravelry

My 2016 Peacock Feather designs. Clockwise: Mayil Peacock Feather, Pavo Peacock Feather, India Peacock Feather and Nemali Peacock Feather.*

For the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about and planning my crochet design goals for 2017. I've come to the conclusion that I really long to train my design "muscle" more and strengthen it in all kinds of directions. Of course I'd still love to design peacock-inspired items but I want to broaden my horizon and learn new techniques and design motifs that are a bit more versatile than peacock feathers. I'll tell you more about it in a short while. For now I thought it would be nice to look back and take stock of what I worked on in 2016.

For 2016 my goals were to publish a new paid pattern every month, do a few commissions and post some free patterns here on the blog. I didn't really plan this very well and kind of went with the flow, which resulted in a lot of procrastination and a feeling of not having done enough. So just now I made a few collages of all the designs I finished and that really helped in being a little less disappointed with my creative output. I may not have achieved the one-paid-pattern-a-month goal but I really like seeing all the items together and I am pleased with what I've created. There are actually a few more things I designed but I can't show them yet because two are commissions to be published in the first half of 2017 and for seven (!) others I still have to decide on a few small design options and finish writing and photographing the patterns. (I can't believe there are actually a total of nine more designs in addition to the 14 in the collages.....I had to keep changing the number for the ones I haven't finished yet because I had forgotten about quite a few).

the curio crafts room crochet patterns on Etsy and Ravelry

Here's a collage of all the coasters I designed this year. The top left one is the Peacock Feather Petals Coaster; next to it are the Peacock-Style Pineapple Coasters (which is a free pattern); then bottom left are the Firework Coasters, a commission for the gorgeously-styled YARN book-a-zine; and bottom right is the Flower Patch Coaster, which is very textured with some of the petals standing up.*

the curio crafts room crochet patterns on Etsy and Ravelry

This last batch of four is quite a miscelleneous group. The first design I published in 2016 was the Peacock Eye Necklace, a free pattern here on my blog; next to it is the Pop-Up Stool Cover and Peacock Feather, which I have to say is possibly my favourite design of the year; bottom left is another commission, this time for Little Box of Crochet; and the fourth one is the Little Feathers Garland.*

the curio crafts room crochet patterns on Etsy and Ravelry

Then to round off, the two cushion covers I made. The one on the left I made over the summer and is also a free pattern; the one on the right was a commission for Crochet Now Magazine. It's called the Loopy Charm Cushion and can be found in Issue 6 (September). I will be releasing the pattern for it in my shops soon.

It was good to look back on all the work I did and I think it's really a shame that I cannot publish any pictures of my commission work for 2017 and the designs I've nearly finished. That would have given a complete overview of my (unplanned) design direction of the last 12 months.

Have you taken stock of your makes yet? It would be so nice to see your overviews, so if you like, please leave a link in the comments.
Happy New Year to all of you! May it be healthy, creative and peaceful.

* The links all go to my Ravelry shop but I sell the same patterns in my Etsy shop too.
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