Magical Folk Art & Crafts Fair

bobbin lace making

Art and crafts have always been a great love of mine.

A few days ago, I was very lucky to visit a fair dedicated to the traditional folk art and crafts of my native country – Slovakia.

The whole experience was just magical. That is probably the best word I can use to describe the feelings I had when I was watching a selection of very old crafts being demonstrated by the most skillful craftsmen right there in front of my eyes. They are the crafts that helped my ancestors live better and nicer lives. And the best thing is that those traditions are still alive.

I am very thankful to the kind people who came to demonstrate their skills in front of curious people like me and I am also thankful to the people who want to keep the old traditions alive and organize this great festival. It was an amazing, sentimental and important touch with the wisdom of the past. Just have look…

 

bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making.

 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

blacksmithing

Blacksmithing.
 

blacksmithing
 

blacksmithing
 

cooperage

Cooperage.

 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

painting on glass

Painting on glass.
 

painting on glass
 

painting on glass
 

wood carving

Wood carving.

 

wood carving

Chiseling wood.
 

wood carving
 

wood carving
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

making wooden spoons and dishes
 

making musical instruments

Making musical instruments.
 

weaving on loom

Weaving on loom.
 

weaving on loom
 

weaving on loom
 

cast brass bells making

Cast brass bells making.
 

tinkering

Tinkering.
 

heart made from wire
 

gingerbread decorating

Gingerbread decorating.
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

making products from leather

Leathercraft.
 

making ceramics

Making ceramics.
 

ceramics
 

making ceramics
 

crooked needle embroidery

Crooked needle embroidery.
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

making wooden toys

Making wooden toys.
 

decorating Easter eggs

Easter eggs decorating.
 

decorating Easter eggs
 

decorating Easter eggs with wire
 

decorating Easter eggs with wax
 

making whips

Making whips.
 

making shepherd’s dishes

Making shepherd’s dishes.
 

making herding sticks

And making herding sticks.

 
I hope you enjoyed this tour of traditional folk arts and crafts.

And, by the way, which craft is your favorite?

Love,
Petra

 

Mom’s New Art

wooden statue

As I might have mentioned before, a visit to my parents’ garden is always a breathtaking experience for me. During my last stroll there I pointed the camera at some pieces of Mom’s new art. She’s been very much into wood carving and painting lately and I am very excited to show you some of her recent work…

 
 

wooden statue

 

wooden carved statue

 

wooden statue woman

 

wood carving

 

painting

Thank you for letting me share, Mom! You are amazing!!

Love,
Petra
 

Sweet Treat Jewelry

I have to admit that my soul started to sing with joy the moment I found this jewelry.

Isn’t it just adorable?

Like the sweetest and cutest thing ever?

Crocheted Granny Squares

crochet granny squares free pattern

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Let me introduce my new addiction to you.

It’s crocheted granny squares, everybody.
crochet granny squares free pattern

This is what I am talking about.

If you come somewhere these days and find about 20 squares like these lying around you will know I must have been there.
crochet granny squares free pattern

What I like about them?

They are colorful.

They are cheerful.

And they can be easily transformed into awesome things like coasters, rugs, or purses.

And in my world those things rule.

 

So far I’ve made a few coasters and plan to make a purse.

Actually, the purse is half-finished and I can’t wait to show it to you.

 

But until then, here’s a little picture tutorial showing how to make a very simple granny square.

You’ll need 4 different colors of yarn and a hook.
crochet granny squares free pattern

1. With first color, CH 4 and join to first ch with a SL ST to form a ring.

2. CH 3 (counts as first double crochet now and throughout), 2 DC in ring, CH 1,*3 DC, CH 1 in ring three times. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first ch 3.

Finish off.

 

3. With a second color (I am using blue here) join yarn with a SL ST (or any way you prefer) to any ch 1 space.
crochet granny squares free pattern

4. CH 3, 2 DC in ring below, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1 in same space. *3 DC, 1 TC in ring below, 3 DC, CH 1* in each chain 1 space around. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3.

Finish off.
crochet granny squares free pattern

5. With third color (I am using red here) join yarn with a SL ST to any tc stitch. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) in same stitch [this is starting the corner of your square]. *Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1. 3 DC, CH1, 3 DC in next tc. CH 1.*

Repeat  *…* two more times.

Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3.

Finish off.
crochet granny squares free pattern

6. With the first color join with a SL ST to any corner ch 1 space. In same space CH 3, 2 DC, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1.
crochet granny squares free pattern

*Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space 3 DC, CH 1 two times. In corner ch 1 space 3 DC, 1 TC, 3 DC, CH 1. Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc and crochet 3 DC, CH 1 in two next chain 1 spaces. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3.

Finish off.
crochet granny squares free pattern

7. With fourth yarn (I am using black here) join with a SL ST to corner tc stitch. In same stitch CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1.
crochet granny squares free pattern

*Skip next 3 dc set, 3 DC, CH 1 in ch 1 space; repeat two more times. 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1 in corner tc stitch. Repeat from * two more times.

Skip next 3 dc set, 3 DC, CH 1 in ch 1 space; repeat two more times. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3.

Finish off.

 

And that’s it.
crochet granny squares free pattern

Here I’ve made a square using a slightly different color scheme.

Though I haven’t strayed too far from the previous one.
crochet granny squares free pattern

I am sure that once you create your first granny square you won’t be able to stop. Just like me.

It is such a relaxing and satisfying activity.

 

Bye for now, dear friends.

Next up – Granny Square Purse.

 

Love,

Petra

(Update: To see more of my patterns, please visit my ONLINE SHOP!)