I finally got an Excellent for my filet. So pleased! And my shaped piece got a Very Good. This was because the corners were rounded as I’d only put 2 dc in each one. I should have put in 3. I had been a little unsure about this and had gone for consistency, so it’s good to know.
Not wishing to tempt fate, but if these pass they will be my final samples. I know they’re not perfect but reasonably pleased with both so hopefully all will be well.
I’d completely forgotten about this piece. I think I may have misunderstood the brief, which says ‘Include Tunisian textured stitches within a square of Tunisian crochet.’ I have done this very literally but maybe it means ‘a square of textured Tunisian’. I don’t mind if I have to do it again as I love the effect of Tunisian and am happy doing it on a small hook but I can’t find a way to do it comfortably on a long hook.
Broomstick and edgings. I liked doing all of these but I’m a bit concerned as to whether I should have done more rows of trc between my broomstick rows. I just have the shaped piece and my filet edging to do (for which I am waiting for Pauline Turner’s Crochet Lace from the library.)
I passed my hairpin! I got ‘Excellent’ for everything, except the pale blue one which was a bit floppy; and one of the joins, which was a bit too tight. I think it’s unlikely I’ll be doing this technique again, but you never know.
My second project, my cardigan, was given a ‘Very good’! The other samples all passed, ranging from pass to excellent. My foundation chain is still often loose so I really do need to use a smaller hook.
I’m working on my hairpin lace so will try to do those samples while waiting for the thread to arrive for my next project.
This was marked ‘good’. It has slowly dawned on me that there is no requirement for a piece of filet to have the same number of blocks in each direction. So, the easy way to make it square is to add extra rows. Also, there was no requirement for a border for this piece, which would have made it more even. One source I read said that although filet diagrams are square the piece will usually be elongated horizontally. All very enlightening.
Pauline advised that none of my adaptations to make the work square are acceptable because part 1 of the diploma is about mastering basic techniques, whereas the next parts will focus on experimenting and exploring. All very reasonable.
My resubmitted buttons were both ‘excellent’.
I am sending samples numbered 13, 16, 17, 19 and 20. These are various textures and patterns and I think they are all OK. The one I am most concerned about is the one with texture created from different height of stitches. I’m not sure it’s textured enough. The other thing I should be careful of is the straightness (or otherwise) of my edges.
I am also sending my next project, which is a cardigan made from a pattern. The information sheet is here.
Annette has emailed about my last filet piece, which has passed so I will get started on my next project, a filet blouse, after lots of tension squares.
The great news is my project got an ‘Excellent’! Along with some very encouraging comments and advice. So pleased!!!
My filet passed and I was sent some further tips so I will send my second filet sample before Christmas and embark on my filet blouse after Christmas.
Everything else passed but I need to make sure my foundation chain is consistent with the rest of the work and keep in mind changing hook size to ensure this is the case. I have to resubmit couple of buttons, which I’m not surprise about. I will give some thought to this and try to make some really good ones – not my forte as I’m not good at fiddly things.
The braids were all marked ‘Excellent’, which was great as I enjoyed doing them and they may contribute to my interest in jewellery and beading.