Spotlight on Kreinik: How to Cover a Crochet Hook with Thread!


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A while back I blogged about getting a box of goodies from Kreinik and since getting it, I’ve been SO BUSY that I haven’t had a chance to pull any of these yummies out of their wrappers and put them through their paces!

But I was determined to shut out the world and play with this box of goodies and make something I’ve had bouncing around in my head for a while now… Covered crochet hooks!

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What you need to make your own:

  • Polymer clay. One block in any color. Make sure you pick up more if you are planning on covering thousands of hooks!! Also, if you already own some clay and happen to have some scrap lying around, this is the project you want to use it on!
  • A crochet hook (any size)
  • Kreinik thread in your favorite color. DO NOT use acrylic yarn for this project as it will melt and possibly catch fire and burn down your neighborhood…
  • An oven (I use a toaster oven for all of my polymer clay projects but you can use your regular oven as well).
  • A tray, aluminum foil, heavy cardstock or really thick paper you can bend, and a small amount of fiberfil.
  • A bowl of icy water.
  • Optional: e6000 glue and a few wooden toothpicks.

How to make your hook! 

Begin by rolling some clay into a sausage shape:

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Press your thread down the center of the log:

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CAREFULLY place your hook over the top of the thread and press down evenly until your hook is in the center of the log:

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Pinch the clay together and roll until the hook is covered and the seam is smooth:

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Take your time wrapping the yarn around the hook making sure you keep it even and don’t overlap or leave gaps where the clay is poking out.

When you are done, use a small amount of clay to hold the ends in place by pushing into place where the thread both begins and ends. Make sure you have left some of the clay surrounding the hook visible on both the top and the bottom because clay will only stick to clay and not to thread!

Take your time and make this neat because you will see this part when the hook is done baking and you don’t want anything that will distract the eye from your gorgeous thread!

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Bake according to package instructions but BEFORE you bake, line your tray with aluminum foil and bend your cardstock into an M shape. Place a small amount of fiberfil in the center of the cardstock M and place your hook on top; then bake. Paper and fiberfil will not ignite in your oven unless introduced to a flame so take care that nothing is touching the heating elements in your oven!!

As soon as your hook is done baking, take it out and plunge it into a bowl of icy water. It will make your finished piece stronger.

After a few minutes, take out your hook and let it dry. If you’ve wrapped it correctly there shouldn’t be any gaps, loose thread, or anything moving on you at all and you’re ready to crochet! If you didn’t manage to wrap your hook correctly and you have some loose threads, you can still save all of your hard work!

Grab your e6000 and, starting at the top of your hook, dab on some glue. You have some wiggle room here but it’s best to work in small sections so that the glue doesn’t dry before you can arrange your thread.

Using a toothpick, stick down your thread, swirling as you go. Take care not to touch the glue so that it will dry clear and not get cloudy.

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Alternate spreading glue and winding yarn all the way down the length of the polymer clay (going right over the first layer of thread) until you reach the bottom. Place some glue around the bottom of your hook, snip the thread, and make sure that you have a good bond so that nothing unravels. Place upright to dry!

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I’d love to see your finished hooks and if you’d like to share, head on over to the HodgePodge Crochet page on facebook to drop me a pic! You can also tweet me @TheHodgeCrochet (or use the twitter box to the right) and instagram me @hodgepodgecrochet!

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A Wee Bit O’ Irish, Crochet and Craft Style!


Tanya Naser:

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On The Hook Boutique has put together an AWESOME roundup and it has me all inspired to go out and squeeze someone Irish! <3 <3

Originally posted on On The Hook Boutique:

  I am a lover of all things Irish, partly because it’s my heritage (part of it, I’m a true Heinz 57 kinda gal.) I love Irish music, dance, I LOVE the sound of Gaelic and stories of Faeries and the beautiful country it comes from.  A lot rough and rugged, but with warmth and love and always a Pint!

Here are a few fun crochet patterns and crafts I’ve rounded up just to have a little fun in preparation for St. Paddy’s Day! Saint Patrick’s Day means something different all over the world, but here in the states it is a chance for fun and frivolity and all things green.

This beautiful Four leaf clover barefoot sandal pattern from the lovely Kiley of Daughter of Dance is a wonderful addition to your footwear.  A little wearable Irish Pride!

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Four Leaf Clover Barefoot Sandals

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NatCroMo 2015!


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HodgePodge Crochet was featured today over on the ‪#‎NatCroMo‬ 2015 Designer Blog Tour!! The Crochetville blog post is CHOCK FULL of tasty tidbits about myself and HodgePodge!

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In order to celebrate I’m going to offer up some FREEBIES over on my facebook page!

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If you’d like a chance to win, all you have to do is read the Crochetville blog and then CLICK HERE to post one fact from the blog post about myself or HodgePodge!

Winners will be selected soon and a new facebook post will go up with the announcement so make sure you have HodgePodge set to show up in your feed by clicking on GET NOTIFICATIONS under the liked tab!

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Best of luck to those who enter and don’t forget to share the love! <3

Hoppy Bunny Applique!


ADORABLE Hoppy Bunny Appliques have sprung to life just in time for spring! 

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I love this cute little bunny and you can find your FREE copy over in my Craftsy or Ravelry shops! The pattern comes complete with instructions on how to create a left OR right facing rabbit.

Use yours to embellish hats, slippers, scarves, sweaters, wristers (you can stitch these little cuties onto anything!) or get creative and create some super cute springtime jewelry that is sure to be a hit as quick class gifts or birthday party favors!

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DIY Coasters!


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There are several nerdy obsessions I have. (You’ve probably all noticed the Doctor Who thing by now…) But I also LOVE anything Harry Potter and I have a passion for all things Walking Dead. So, after the last HodgePodge Crochet gift exchange–when my crossbow toting Walking Dead mug was gifted to me by the same dear friend who sent me all of that handspun Exploding TARDIS yarn--I knew I wanted to turn things up a notch by creating something nerdy to rest it on.

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What goes better with a Team Daryl Walking Dead mug than Harry Potter?!? It works in my head… Off to Pinterest I went in search of how to make this a reality! I found an amazing How To over on brightnest. Using a few cheap supplies and some DIY magic, she came up with three gorgeous ways to make coasters that reflect your personal style.

Still, I wanted something a little more…geektastic…so I decided to build on her idea and make my inner nerd happy!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ :: DIY CoastersI started with the cork. For my  project I used cork tiles. You can find these pretty much anywhere. They come in a pack of 4 and are perfect for cutting and are also flat (which is important if you’re making a coaster) but you can also use the rolled cork too if that’s what you have lying around. Just unroll it a day before you plan to use it and place it flat under something heavy (like a stack of books) so you can work with it a little easier.

You will also need a ruler, a pencil, a sharp scissor or X-Acto knife, an acrylic sealer like Mod Podge, a paintbrush, cardboard, hot glue sticks and a glue gun or e6000, a printer, and images of whatever it is you want to turn into a coaster! Optional extras are things like acrylic paint (to age your coasters), yarn (to decorate the edges), and rubber sealer (to protect the cork from drying out and to provide some grip so your coasters don’t go sliding around on you.)

The first thing I did was to cut coaster sized squares of both cardboard and cork. The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to do it with traditional square or circle shapes and you don’t have to stick with the standard coaster size. Make them smaller for impromptu tea parties or larger for oversized mugs. Make them oval or hexagonal or go with a rhombus if you’re feeling particularly geeky.

Since I wanted to put several Harry Potter chapter titles on my coasters, I went with a standard 4″ x 4″ square.

I sandwiched together my cardboard and cork and glued them together with my hot glue gun. Cardboard LOVES hot glue so this part of the project went super quick. Once I’d gotten all four of my coasters glued together, I printed out the chapter headings I wanted as coasters, cut my images to fit, and then took my time painting some Mod Podge on the cardboard, arranging the image on top, and painting on more Mod Podge to secure. GO SLOW so you don’t get any air bubbles and keep smoothing until your image is how you want it.

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I know people are going to ask me where I got my images from and the answer is from the book! I own all of the Harry Potter books as digital copies so it’s pretty simple to take the digital image and create a printable graphic to use in a project like this one. In order to create a printable of your favorite chapters–in Harry Potter or any book that you love–all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

If you’re on a PC, pull up the page you want to copy and hit the Prtsc button on your keyboard. (Nothing will happen so don’t panic.) Then open your favorite graphics program and paste the image into it. Crop until you are happy, save the image, open a word doc and insert the image. Adjust the image so it is the correct size and print!

If you’re on a Mac, pull up the page you want to copy and hit Command+Shift+4. This brings up a selection box so you can specify an area to take a screenshot of, then save it as a file to the desktop. Open your word alternative (like OpenOffice) and insert your image. Adjust the image so it is the correct size and print!

If you own a physical copy of the book you can always scan your pages into your computer and use that as well. Save your image and follow the steps above to adjust and print!

Once you finish sealing them with several coats of Mod Podge and they’re dry, you’re pretty much done. I wanted to age mine so I broke out the acrylic paints and got to work. I thinned some brown and yellow with water and used a paper towel to gently rub them in. Because the coasters were sealed, I got some lovely results!

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https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.comOnce they were dry, I covered them one more time with Mod Podge and then sprayed the cork backing with some aerosol rubber. This step is optional but I find that it helps protect the cork from drying out and also gives your coasters a little grip so they don’t move around too much on you.

After a few coats, you’re ready to use your new coasters!

You can opt to wrap them in a little fun fur (because who among us isn’t a little nerdy for yarn)…..

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and all that’s left is to pull up your favorite pattern on your computer, grab some yarn and a hook, top your coaster with your favorite mug and hot beverage, and enjoy!

 and all that's left is to top with your favorite mug and hot beverage!

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