First Tutorial / by Melody

Hello lovely bloggers!

This is my first full photo tutorial! Told ya I'd get one up, didn't I? This tutorial is all about the Mod Podge technique I use. We'll use this technique on my new motif pattern, which you can follow here without abbreviations. Here we go!

You will need:
1 skein of Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Size 10
US 1.4 mm steel crochet hook
Paintbrush
Wax paper-covered cardboard
Pins

Motif:

Chain 7, join with slip stitch to first chain to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 4, (double crochet, chain 1) 11 times in ring. Join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of beginning chain 4:

Round 2: Slip stitch into next chain-1 space, chain 1, single crochet in same space, *(chain 4, single crochet in next chain-1 space), repeat from * around, ending with chain 4, slip stitch in first single crochet:

Round 3: Slip stitch into next chain 4 space, chain 3, (5 double crochet in same space), single crochet in next space, *6 double crochet in next space, single crochet in next space, repeat from * around, join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3. (Round 3 and part of Round 4 pictured below)

Round 4: Chain 4, (double crochet in next double crochet, chain 1) 4 times, *double crochet in next double crochet, half double crochet in single crochet, (double crochet in next double crochet, chain 1) 5 times, repeat from * around, ending with half double crochet in last single crochet, join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning chain 4.

Round 5: Chain 6 (counts as double crochet, chain 3), double crochet in next chain-1 space, (chain 3, double crochet in next space) 3 times, *single crochet in half double crochet, double crochet in next chain-1 space, (chain 3, double crochet in next space) 4 times, repeat from * around, ending with sinlge crochet in last half double crochet, join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning chain 6. Fasten off.

Weave in all of your ends. Now the cool part comes into play!

Grab your jar of Mod Podge, your pincushion, and your square of wax paper-covered cardboard.

Pin out your motif to size. I stretched each of the chain spaces around the edge to add definition. Yours should look something like this:

Now that your motif is pinned out, take a bit of water and dampen your paintbrush. This thins out the Mod Podge so you're not painting your motif with pure glue. Don't use too much water, however, or else your motif will be floppy and not stiff. Proceed to coat your motif on one side with Mod Podge.

When your motif is dry, flip it over and repeat the same painting procedure. Let that coat dry, and you are finished! You can now use this motif for a necklace pendant, or even make two motifs and put together a pair of earrings!

I hope this tutorial is helpful! Happy crocheting.