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Calming Projects for a Harmonious Home
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Our homes are meant to be a refuge — a place of calm, serene contemplation where we can recharge after a long day. Feng Crochet, the latest book from author and crafter Nikki Van De Car, teaches readers how to create a nurturing environment with simple, beautiful projects to crochet. Grouped by the five elements of Feng Shui (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), the patterns in this book range from home decor (plant hangers, large baskets, lampshades, and scatter rugs) to small, precious items that add a touch of warmth and peace to any room (napkin rings, dreamcatchers, doilies, and curtain ties).
Mindful prompts and meditations begin each project, while helpful tips on incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into both crafts and life are peppered throughout the book. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photography and charming line art, Feng Crochet asks crafters of all skill levels to look inward as they create objects to bring peace and tranquility to their most treasured spaces.
Our homes are meant to be a refuge. We go out to work, to shop, to exercise—all important and (hopefully) pleasurable things. But sometimes, for one reason or another, it feels more like we go out to do battle. We get stuck in traffic, we wait in lines, we argue with colleagues, we struggle to meet deadlines… and when we come home at the end of the day, we are exhausted and depleted.
At times like that, it is essential that the place we come home to can provide us with peace, with calm, with nurturing and healing support. Feng Shui—which is simply the interaction between you and your environment—is meant to help you achieve success in your life, however you define it. Depending on how you create that environment, by how decorate your home, you can bring yourself into harmony with the natural flow of energy around you, bringing you more energy in turn.
The stress and anxiety of our daily lives are prompting many of us to seek the elements of the natural world, to find peace. We can bring nature indoors, make it a part of our home, turning our surroundings into something beautiful and nurturing. This beomes doubly powerful when you create that haven yourself. Just the act of making provides a reflective release, as you tap into your creativity and your ability to bring something into the world, where before there was nothing.
The patterns in this book are all inspired by the philosophies and practices of Feng Shui, and thus they are all simple, meditative, and beautiful. As you bring table runners, mandala coasters, and cotton plant hangers into your home, you will create that refuge you crave, so that you can find the peace and restorative happiness you need.
ABOUT FENG SHUI
At its heart, Feng Shui is a very simple practice. It is the act of bringing your surroundings into harmony with nature—both our own, internal nature and the natural world. "Feng Shui" translates to "wind-water," highlighting two of the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) that the art of Feng Shui holds in balance.
There are three core principles at work within Feng Shui: the elements, qi (which translates to "energy," or "life-force"), and the bagua, which is a map of your home, featuring principles like abundance, career, family, and so forth—all the things we negotiate in our homes, throughout our lives. When you dive into Feng Shui, it becomes quite complex—there's a reason there are certified practitioners offering guidance for those of us who aren't quite sure we understand all the principles. I make no pretenses about being one of those certified practitioners! This book offers only a small glimpse into the workings of Feng Shui, just to give you an idea of how to get started.
For all practical purposes, Feng Crochet focuses on just the five elements, giving you ideas, thoughts, and patterns for ways to incorporate those five elements into your home. But how you incorporate those elements depends on qi, and on the bagua, and each of those elements affects the others.
Everything has energy. That chair you love, even though it might be a little faded and ratty, because it's just so comfortable and comforting? That's positive energy, free-flowing qi. But that end table you inherited from your grandmother, that you ought to love but just makes you sad—its energy just isn't working for you. It's blocked, and the qi within your home is blocked by it. You want to balance these kinds of energies, as well as the energies of the elements and the bagua, so that the qi within your home flows gently, ebbing and flowing in a peaceful, natural rhythm.
Each of these sections represents an area in your home, and an area of your life to focus on in that space. Each section resonates with a particular element. The center of the bagua—and the center of your home—represents a healthy state, where all of your elements, and all of the different demands you place on yourself, are in balance.
Now, most of our houses are not octagonal, so this is a very rough guide. You can use the bagua in whatever way feels the most natural to you; if there is a room in a southeasterly part of your house that would make a good home office, terrific! If you can put your bedroom in the southwest corner, that's great, too. And if some of these parts of life feel less important to you than others—if fame is less important than health and creativity, for example—then feel free to minimize those parts. This is about your qi, about your home, and it should reflect you.
This homey cover highlights the plainest piece of furniture of all—the humble stool. Stools are practical and rustic, and sometimes it's good to put our attention on the simple things in life.
This pattern is written for a stool with an 11-inch/28-cm diameter seat, but it is easily adjustable.
13¼ inches (33.5 cm) diameter.
130 yards (119 meters) worsted weight cotton yarn (shown in Noro Tokonatsu, in color #22 Pistachio, 1 skein)
Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Safety pin or locking stitch marker
12 sts and 6 rnds = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern rnds 4–6.
Foundation ring: Ch 4, join in the rnd with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 8 sc around ring, join with a sl st in top of first sc. Place a safety pin to mark the beginning of the rnd—8 sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in base of beginning ch, 3 dc in each st around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch—24 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, hdc in base of beginning ch, *ch 1, skip 1, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch—24 sts and 12 ch-sp.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, 5 dc in ch-sp, 6 dc in each remaining ch-sp around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch—72 sts.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in each st around.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip 1, dc in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch—48 sts and 24 ch-sp.
Repeat rnds 4–6 until your piece is the diameter of your stool when slightly stretched. It doesn't matter which rnd you end on.
Repeat rnd 5 for 2 inches (5 cm). Fasten off.
Weave in all ends using a tapestry needle. Finish according to the instructions here.
This is the only pattern that literally brings wood into your home. Using a lot of the color green and making leaf-shaped or leaf-inspired items is all very well, but there isn't really a substitute for the living plant itself.
This plant hanger is strong, and the pattern is versatile enough so that you can make it to fit whatever pot, glass bowl or ball or vase you want—whatever sparks your sense of creativity!
12 inches (30.5 cm) circumference and 13½ inches (34.5 cm) long.
52 yards (47 meters) DK weight yarn (shown in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, in color #13077 Mint, 1 ball)
Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
13 sts and 13 rnds = 4 inches (10 cm) in single crochet.
This plant hanger is worked spirally in the round without joining at the end of each round. Use a locking stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round, and move the marker up as you work.
Foundation ring: Ch 3, join in the rnd with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc around ring—8 sts.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around—number of sts is doubled.
Rnd 3: Work sc in each st around.
Repeat rnds 2 and 3 until your work is the size of the bottom of your planter, making sure you have a multiple of 4 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1, hdc in each st around.
Continue working hdc around until you can slip your entire planter inside. Check the length by flipping the planter upside down and sliding the hanger over the planter, pressing down around the sides to stretch it. Your sides are long enough when the sides are ½ inch (1.3 cm) from the top edge of the planter when stretched.
Decrease rnd: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around.
Count your sts. Are they divisible by 4? If so, work 1 round of sc. If not, sc around, decreasing as necessary to bring your stitch count to a number divisible by 4.
Sc one-quarter of the way around, make a ch 24 inches (61 cm) long, *sc in next st, then in each st one-quarter of the way around, make a ch 24 inches (61 cm) long; repeat from * 2 times more, join with a sl st in top of first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends using a tapestry needle.
The interlocking gingko leaves of this runner bring a bright spark of green to your table. The Wood element represents life, energy, and growth, and gingko leaves in particular symbolize longevity. When your family gathers around the table for a special meal, like Thanksgiving or another celebration, this table runner can serve to remind everyone how the life of a family lasts through each generation.
Approximately 52 inches (132 cm) long by 11½ inches (29 cm) wide.
This table runner can be made larger or smaller by working more or fewer leaves than the pattern calls for. Please note that, like a family, this runner is built from its individual parts. It can require a little attention to bring those parts together—again, like any family—but it's worth it.
350 yards (320 meters) sport weight yarn (shown in Madelinetosh Tosh Sport, in color Forestry, 2 hanks)
Size E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook
Size M-13 (9 mm) crochet hook
Gauge is not critical to this pattern.
Make 84 gingko leaves.
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