You will no doubt have seen, as I have, the many, beautiful and varied styles of crocheted bunting there are out and about in Blogland. I've seen many in the traditional triangular shape but the first one that really set my heart racing was this
pretty little heart version on Lucy's Attic 24 site. But after searching around for various patterns, I also found this
very wonderful granny square style bunting by Loretta from a shoebox full of photographs which I also adore.
I continued the search but I couldn't find exactly the thing I was looking for. I wanted cutsey pie hearts but also I wanted the granny look. So, in the end I decided the set about making my own version. It took a few trials and quite a few errors but in the end I got something I was very happy with. This dinky little shape here...
...isn't it? Don't you think? It's all that I hoped it would be, full of granny holes and charmingly hearty in shape, plus I needed the picots for a extra cutey cute touch.
At last I was in business and production could begin! I set to work and made myself a little stack to be strung together. Originally that was going to be that, pretty hearts on a string but while making them it came to me that they should have a little decoration. So I broke out the buttons, ribbon and beads and let the fun commence!
I whiled away a good few hours placing, arranging, re-arranging and eventually sewing into place my decorative oddments until I was happy with the results. And how happy with the results I was! Do you want to see? Sure you do, let's look...
And here it is in my creative and crafty little den. Not the best photo on a dull day, but you get the idea, it's working it's cheerful magic and I makes me smile like a simpleton every time I go upstairs and get a beautiful glimpse.
I'm also providing a tutorial (my first one - wow!) to show, step by step, how to make the hearts. You'll find that in the post below this one by scrolling down a little lower. Or, in case you're not reading chronologically and you came to this post through some other link or while browsing or whatever, then you can use this link to jump straight to it now.
I'm going to leave you with some slightly closer pictures so you can see the decorative what-nots, in case you'd like any ideas.
Super! So now, you've got practically no excuse not to make any!
Which reminds me. It's always a very wonderful feeling when one of you lovely people likes a little something I have done and when it comes to my patterns I absolutely love to see your creations. For one thing, I'm gosh-darn pleased someone else managed to follow it and for another, I get to see your pretty projects and interpretations. If you are on Ravelry, it's quite nice because I can check out your project pages there but I thought it might be nice to have a little place to share such photos, particularly if don't do Ravelry and of course, even if you do. So in that vain, I've made up a group on Flickr which you can join and show off your pics. It's 'by invitation' but don't let that put you off, I just made it that way so I knew only related photos would be added. Anyway, if you fancy it, here's the link and for future reference, there's also a link at the top of the right-hand side bar.
Download Graany Heart Bunting Pattern - Free pattern
I hope you enjoy the pattern and if I have made a tremendous foul-up anywhere, feel free to contact me!
PS: The download linky wasn't working earlier - sorry to anyone who had any problems, but all should be fixed now... (13th June 2011, 19:29)