April 17-23, 2022: Wall Hangings Bundle

I hope everyone has been enjoying my Designaversary Celebration (don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize giveaway on YouTube)! April has gone by so quickly already!

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Last week’s bundles were HUGE! One bundle had 94 patterns, the other bundle had 73. They were all squares (designed to be joined together as blankets), but if you saw my last post you’ll know there’s so much more you can do with a square!

This week I am featuring my wall hanging patterns!

These patterns were designed to decorate your wall (but I also love that you can really put any of my designs on your wall). They all come with written instructions and charts for BOTH the interlocking crochet method and the overlay mosaic crochet method (like ALL of my patterns).

My selection of wall hanging patterns. Fa La La crocheted by Altona Newcombe, Parisian set crocheted by An Anonymous Squirrel, Blooming Owl crocheted by me

What makes these patterns different? Mostly, the yarn suggestion.

Using a 1 – fine / fingering weight yarn keeps these projects smaller and lighter than my normal 4 – medium / worsted weight recommendation. You’ll use a smaller hook as well.

Of course, you can use fingering weight yarn on any project but these patterns specifically include instructions for attaching them to a wooden dowel for you to hang on the wall.

There are many ways to join your project to a dowel. Blooming Owl Wall Hanging was designed so you could tie the mosaic fringe on the top of the piece to the dowel and then hide it behind.

Fringe gets tied together and then hidden at the back of the wall hanging. The piece is sideways in the photo.

For my other patterns, or if you use the interlocking crochet technique where there is no fringe, I suggest a simple whip stitch.

I also really like the way it looks when you create tabs to go over the dowel. I added 3 sections of single crochet tabs to my single-width sample of Glacial Warmth (a blanket pattern, not a wall hanging pattern).

I also have these two Mountain squares on my wall (these are also not wall hanging patterns but, as you can see, anything can get hung on the wall!).

Mosaic sample at the top uses the lighter blue for the main color (MC) whereas the interlocking sample below uses the darker blue as the MC.

Details on the Bundle

I have 5 patterns designed as wall hangings and for this week only you can get them ALL in one bundle!

The bundle deal gets you 60% off! *Cue the jaw-drop!* But it’s only available on Ravelry and the offer ends 11:59pm CST April 23, 2022.

If you don’t want ALL of them, you can also buy them individually and you’ll get 30% off. The 30% off offer is valid on Etsy and Ravelry until 11:59pm CST April 23, 2022; no code needed, no eBooks included.

They are each available separately (the Ravelry and Etsy links are listed above), and the three Parisian designs are also available as a set (eBook on Ravelry or eBook on Etsy). The Parisian eBook represents a 23% savings versus buying each pattern individually; normally that’s a good deal, but this week (if you’re not going to grab the Wall Hangings Bundle at 60% off) you’re better off grabbing each pattern individually so you can get the 30% off!

Why even bother with such a small bundle?

Well, this Designaversary Celebration month is intended to take you on a journey of discovering more about me! And the first wall hanging I ever made also happened to be the one I got published in a magazine!

Photo courtesy of Practical Publishing

Unfortunately, my crocheted Eiffel Tower got lost in the mail back to me in Canada from Crochet Now! magazine in the UK.

But, besides that, I am proud of these designs and wall hangings seem to be one of the preferred ways crocheters can show off their talent so it’s time for you to show off your talent!

Next week it will be all about blankets!

Flash Sale on Top 10 Patterns

I sometimes lose sight of the big picture. It helps me to look back on the last 6 months and see how I’ve grown! So this post is for me. But it is also for you: I’m going to put my bestsellers on sale for 24 hours only!

I like to see how my art style has changed and developed since I started drawing patterns. I know you guys are buying crochet patterns, but I am really creating art. The crochet part is secondary.

Creating art has been scary at times. Showing something I have drawn opens up the risk that people will hate it. That hasn’t really happened, but I get scared every time I publish a new pattern. There is a quote that I read somewhere… but of course I can’t find the actual quote now and I don’t know who to credit with saying it. But my horrible memory summarizes it like this:

Artists don’t like their own art because it looks like they drew it. This is in fact the best quality of their work!

unknown, paraphrased

I definitely have felt this. My art looks like something I drew – which is technically a good thing – but it makes me highly critical of it.

And sometimes what I imagine in my head doesn’t get conveyed to the final piece. That can sometimes be good and other times not-so-good. Sometimes it surprises me when certain patterns sell better than others. Do you have a favorite? I think my Monstera Leaf blanket was my favorite make in the last few months.

Some of these patterns are older than others, obviously, but these were my top 10 sellers on Ravelry in the last 6 months:

  • MusicCAL – This one surprises me, because it was available free online! Thank you for making this my number 1 seller since March 2021!
  • Brotzell Tiger King – I am not so surprised at this one. It took me a long time to draw this one and I am pleased that you all found my effort worth it.
  • Summer Direction CAL – This one has a free version as well! I think you guys like working on the same project together.
  • A Year of Gnomes eBook – Every month a new gnome reminds everyone about this eBook, so I am not surprised to see it on this list!
  • Baby Ocean and Others eBook – This eBook has 6 patterns and it is a great value so having this on the top 10 list makes sense to me! Plus I think these designs are kind of awesome.
  • Blooming Owl Wall Hanging – This is my husband’s favorite, and it is a close 2nd for me.
  • Monstera Leaf – Like I said above, this was my favorite crochet project this year. I made it with my best friend in mind but I almost kept it instead!
  • Into the Ocean – This one is definitely on my top 5 all-time-favorites list!
  • 2020 Mother’s Day CAL eBook – Seeing this one on the list does surprise me – it is over a year old!
  • Chained Ponds – This one was my 200th pattern on Ravelry. And I believe it is on the top 10 list because of the challenge I gave you all to complete it within 6 weeks and receive a pillow square for free!

Were you surprised like me? Did your favorite pattern make it on the list?

Just for fun, I’m putting all 10 of these on sale for 24 HOURS ONLY! Use code “21TOPTEN” on Ravelry to get 20% off any of my top ten patterns! (Offer expires at 3:30 pm CST, November 13, 2021. Not valid on Etsy)

Thank you to my many testers: Altona Newcombe, CarolinevdB, Christine Schneider, CynCityCrochets, Dana Bouch, Eileen, and Erie Krol/Zus.