I've been doing some crochet bunting. I have been known to do the odd granny square now and again. Not very often, mind you, but I do love them. I also like to stop off, from time to time, at the fab Attic 24 blog, mainly to marvel at Lucy's creative talent, but also because I'm originally a Yorkshire lass and, as much as I love my hectic London life, it's a great way to get my fix of 'up North'.
I've been amazed at the response, of all you crocheters out there, to Lucy's request for classic granny-style crocheted bunting for the forthcoming Yarndale woolfest. The sheer generousity of all you hookers out there giving up your precious time and energy and your even more precious yarn stash to what is clearly going to look nothing less than SPECTACULAR.
Of course I had to have a go didn't I - how could anyone resist such a great little mini challenge. I just did the one - nothing special. Let's face it there is such an array of amazing colour combos on the Yarndale Flickr page. I simply couldn't compete.
This was just a quickie for me and nothing special but I must admit I'm pretty taken aback by how so many people have said "How nice", and "ooh that would be great for my.....", and "I'd love to be able to do that". Turns out this crochet bunting lark is a little bit exclusive - I forget that a lot of people are not able to crochet, and even those who can....it takes time. I'd have LOVED to have made a whole garland but this was a teeny-weeny project that I had to shoe-horn in-between everything else on my to-do list.
It was this predicament that gave me an idea.... Just a bit of fun, let's say. If you can't have proper crocheted bunting.... what's the next best thing? Can you guess?
Here's what I did.....
Looks like crochet bunting, I hear you say. Look closer...
Ok then, a bit closer?... Got it? .
Printed crochet bunting!
If you can't have the real stuff, this has got to be the next best thing. From not too far away you'd never know.
I've put together a printable PDF of granny-square-style crochet bunting in five different colouways. Just print out, cut round carefully, punch holes at each corner and string up.
Now, anyone and everyone can have crochet bunting, whether or not they have the time or the knowhow. Looks great strung up at any party, or think what a nice little bit of quirkiness it will add to a vintage stall display. Watch people's surprise when they realise it's not the real thing. Your very own little trompe l'oeil. Just make sure you print it on a good a quality paper and a high quality media setting, and you'll have 'em fooled. And here's an idea - how about using iron-on transfer paper, or even printable cloth.... for crochet-print fabric bunting.
Here's the best bit - It's free to all thredHED Facebook Page Fans. Maybe you'd like to take the time to crochet the real thing - here's Lucy of Attic24's tutorial if you do... but if not, you can get my printable version