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How to Crochet an Edging for your Bullet Journal My Latest #Crochet Writing

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As I have an interest in virtually all things crafty, I have recently become enamored of bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a relatively new concept that combines a planner, to-do list, and diary into one volume. I have only been bullet journaling for less than two weeks, but I can say it is a system that works well for me and allows me to incorporate my artsy craftsy side into my daily planning. A big bonus is that it really helps to keep me organized!

It occurred to me that crochet could (and should!) be incorporated into bullet journaling. This tutorial focuses upon crocheting an edging for your bullet journal. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using a piece of cardstock cut to 4.75 in (12 cm) x 8.25 (21 cm) because those are the dimensions of my bullet journal.

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Please feel free to modify the pattern as needed for your journal pages.

Materials:

Piece of cardstock cut to size (or journal/planner page)
Piece of foam or sweatshirt
Ruler
Pencil with eraser
Pushpin
Needle
Size D (3.25 mm) crochet hook
Embroidery floss or crochet thread (size 0)

For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a full-size bullet journal page in this tutorial.

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The piece made in this tutorial could be tucked into your journal as a bookmark, or adhered into the journal as you wish.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sts – stitches
dc – double crochet
popcorn – Popcorn stitch

Preparing the Paper:

1. Using the ruler as a guide, draw a line in pencil 1 cm (3/8 in.) from the edge(s) of the paper where you want the crochet to show.

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2. Using the ruler as a guide, mark a dot with a pencil every 1/2 cm (3/16 in.) on the line you drew.

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3. Place the paper on the foam or sweater. Using a pushpin, gently poke a hole on each dot mark.

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4. Erase the pencil lines.

5. Using the needle and embroidery floss, make a blanket stitch through the holes in the paper. Secure loose ends with tape on the wrong side of the paper. Here is a good blanket stitch tutorial.

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Crocheting:

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Row 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook. Sc into the first blanket stitch, and into each blanket stitch across: 40 sc
Fasten off and leave at least a 6 inch tail.



Row 2: Do not turn. Working right to left (or left to right if you are left handed), with right side facing, begin with a slip knot on your hook. (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc [counts as 1 shell]) into first sc, skip 3 sc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into next sc, skip 3 sc, repeat from * across until 3 sc remain.





Instead of skipping 3 sc, skip only 2, and (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into the last sc: 11 shells
Fasten off and leave at least a 6 inch tail.

Row 3: Do not turn. Working right to left (or left to right if left handed), with right side facing, begin with a skip knot on your hook, dc into first 3 sts, ch 1, *popcorn in space between 2 shell sts, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in next ch, dc in next dc, ch 1,





Repeat from * until last space between shells is reached. Popcorn into last space between shells, ch 1, dc into last 3 sts. Fasten off and leave at least a 6 inch tail.

Finishing: Braid ends together, knot, trim and leave ends hanging free, or loosely weave into bobbles and let mini tassel hang out.

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To use, tuck or adhere the page into your journal. If you feel confident, you can crochet directly onto the pages of your journal.

I hope you liked the tutorial and that you find a way to use it or something similar in your planner or journal. Feel free to modify the pattern to fit your book! If you have any questions, please let me know!



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#Juneteenth DIY Art Journal Page

Juneneeth, celebrated on June 19 each year in the United States, is a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Africans.  


While Africans who were held in bondage, abused, and forced to perform hard labor were legally free throughout the former slave states on June 19, 1865, their lives did not necessarily change because of the end of the Civil War.  Slave owners delayed compliance with Emancipation Proclamation, the executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln.  This article from PBS was the one that best explained the horrific experiences of the illegally enslaved Africans after June 19, 1865.


Although the history of African Americans in this country is complicated and painful to confront, it is through celebrations like Juneteenth that we can pause and reflect upon the strength, resilience, and creativity of my people.

Therefore, I have created a journal page (above), a tutorial (below, and a free download of the handwritten Emancipation Proclamation and some Juneteenth titles and embellishments to help my readers incorporate Juneteenth into their crafting lives.

Juneteenth Art Journaling Page

  • Write "Juneteenth" in pencil, then outline all around it in black pen.  Erase the pencil lines.  Color in the title.
  • Using green and red markers, add accents to your title.  
  • Using red brush marker, write the year "1865."
  • In pencil, draw a smaller oval and a larger oval (chain link) over the 1865.  Next draw an oblong oval.  Draw a chain link.  Draw an oblong oval on the other side.  Draw a chain link and then erase part of it.  Embellish the open chain.  Color the chain in silver Sharpie.  Erase the pencil lines.
  •  Draw scrolls coming out of the chain in pencil.  
  • Using a fine-tipped pen, write the following passage from the Emancipation Proclamation (full text): 
 ...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

  • Using a navy blue gel pen, outline the scrolls.  Erase any pencil lines.
  • In the corner of the page, write "FREEDOM" with a pencil, then outline all around it in black pen.  Erase the pencil lines.  Color the word in brown marker.  Using bronze and gold sharpies, embellish the word.  

Juneteenth Printable Free PDF Download




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Crochet Pattern: “I Love Crochet” Beaded Bracelet My Latest #Crochet Writing

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You can find alphabet beads in the kids’ section of your craft store. But why should kids have all the fun? I love using alphabet beads for various crafts, and since we’ve been exploring beads quite a bit here on Crochet Spot, I decided to design a bracelet that proudly proclaims to the world my love of crochet! I hope you like it as much as I do! This pattern is written to accommodate the “I LOVE CROCHET” message, but you could substitute other words.

Skill Level:
Finished Size: Finished bracelet fits 7.5″ (19 cm) wrist as written. Add or subtract from beginning chain in order to lengthen or shorten bracelet. Standard bracelet sizes are as follows:
Newborn – 6 months – 4” (10 cm) – 4 ½” (12 cm)
6 -12 months – 4 ½” (12 cm) – 5” (13 cm)
1 – 4 years – 5″ (13 cm) – 5 ½” (14 cm)
4 – 7 years – 5 ½” (14 cm) – 6″ (15 cm)
Petite Woman – 7″ (18 cm)
Average Woman – 7.5″ (19 cm)
Larger Than Average Woman – 8″ (20 cm)
Materials:
Embroidery Floss (2 skeins – approximately 20 yards)
Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm)
crochet yarn size 4
Gauge: 39 chains measure 8.25″ (19 cm) long
Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

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Crochet Pattern: Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug My Latest #Crochet Writing

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I could not stop with just one Mug Rug pattern, especially with the merry month of June upon us. Show your pride and/or love of diversity this summer with this versatile Colorful Rainbow Mug Rug! I made mine using (some of) a jumbo package of embroidery floss. Each color used just over one 10-yard skein of floss held double (two strands of floss held together while crocheting), meaning each stripe used the length of about 5.5 yards as held double, or about 11 yards total. These stripes could be changed to any colors to suit your mood. The cotton floss held double ended up being about the weight of a sock yarn.

Skill Level:
Finished Size: 4.25″ (11 cm) wide, 7″ (18 cm) tall
Materials:
Lace Weight Yarn (held double) (approximately 11 yards of each color)
Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

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Crochet Pattern: Tasseled Mug Rug My Latest #Crochet Writing

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What’s a mug rug? It’s bigger than a coaster, and smaller than a placemat. While sitting on your desk or side table, it can accommodate your cup and also a small snack. Mug rugs show their beauty even while being used. For these reasons, I knew I had to make a mug rug. The pattern is easy and addictive. Soon you’ll be making mug rugs in many different color combinations. Crochet a Mug Rug Free Pattern by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

Skill Level:
Finished Size: 5 3/8″ (14 cm) wide, 6 1/2″ (16.5 cm) tall without tassels
Materials:
Sport Weight Yarn (approximately 25 yards of main color)
Embroidery Floss or Lace Weight Yarn for tassels
Crochet Hook E (3.50 mm)
crochet yarn size 3

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