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Free Vintage Crochet Pattern: Victorian Boot Ornament

Updated on September 28, 2013
Vintage Style Victorian Crochet Lace Up Boot- Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Vintage Style Victorian Crochet Lace Up Boot- Level of Difficulty: Intermediate | Source
Victorian Style Vintage Crochet Boot. With heel, the finished boot is 2" x 3".
Victorian Style Vintage Crochet Boot. With heel, the finished boot is 2" x 3". | Source

The History of Crochet

The term "crochet" comes from the French word "croche" which translates to hook. This European trend started in the early 1800's when even Queen Victoria of England herself crocheted. The invention of crocheted Irish Lace in 1845 kept many families in Ireland from starvation as their product was highly desired and imported to England during the Great Famine. Today, crochet has a deep traditional role in many families. In my family, treasured patterns are passed from one generation to another. This vintage crochet Victorian style boot pattern is a family heirloom.

Any brand of crochet cotton will work
Any brand of crochet cotton will work
Commercial stiffening agents are easiest to use
Commercial stiffening agents are easiest to use
Size 7 crochet hook
Size 7 crochet hook

Supplies to Make a Vintage Victorian Boot Ornament

  • 24 Yards of of size 5 pearl cotton thread by your favorite brand in white or ivory
  • One Size 7 steel crochet hook
  • 1 Bottle of commercial Fabric Stiffening Agent (heavy starch may be substituted)
  • One regular drinking straw
  • Small piece of saran wrap
  • 3/8" beads
  • 1/8" ribbon for decoration in your favorite color
  • Pinning board and pins
  • Craft glue
  • Any other decorations of your choice from vintage style roses, gold ribbon, bows.

Complete crochet boot. Add decorative buttons to the front of boot.
Complete crochet boot. Add decorative buttons to the front of boot. | Source
Left view of finished boot.
Left view of finished boot. | Source
Vintage embellishments for crochet boot. Purple and blue are also beautiful.
Vintage embellishments for crochet boot. Purple and blue are also beautiful. | Source

Crochet Pattern for Vintage Victorian Boot Ornament

GAUGE: RNDS 1-3= 5/8"

HEEL: Ch 9, sl st to form a ring

RND 1: Ch 2. (first hdc). Work 8 hdc in ring. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join.

RND 2, 3: Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join. Finish off in last RND.

BOOT:

Ch 20

RND 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hk. Work 1 st in each ch across as follows- 7 sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2hdc, 1 sc. Work 3 sc in last ch. Sk last ch and working in back lp of each ch work 1 st in each ch as follows- 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2 hdc, 8 sc. Sl st in first sc to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (first hdc). Work 1 hdc in each of next 19 sts. 3 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in each of next 18 sts. 2 hdc in last st. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join. Equals 43 hdc.

RND 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st. Work 1 sc in front lp of each hdc around. Sl st in first sc to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 (first hdc). 1 hdc in each of next 14 sc. (Dec working 1 hdc in next 2 sc at the same time). 7 times. 1 hdc in each of the next 14 sc. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join= 36 hdc.

RND 5: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc. 3 hdc in each next 3 hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc. (Dec working 1 hdc in next 2 hdc at the same time) 4 times. 1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. 3 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join.

ROW 6: Sl st in each of next 9 hdc. Ch 4 (first dc, ch 1), turn. Sk next st, 1 dc in next st. *Ch 1, sk next st, 1dc in next st. Rep from * 8 times. Equals 10 dc.

ROW 7, 8: Ch 5 (first dc, ch 2) turn. 1 dc in next dc. *Ch 2, 1dc in next dc. Rep from * across.

ROW 9, 10, 11: Ch 6 (first dc, ch 3), turn. 1 dc in next dc. *Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc. Rep from *across.

EDGING:

ROW 12: Working alongside edge of the top of the boot, ch 4, turn. *Sc in top of next dc, ch 4. Rep from * 5 times. Sl st in same st as beg dc of RND 6 to equal 6 ch 4 lps. Break off leaving a 4 yard length of cotton unworked.

ROW 13: Join in opposite side and rep ROW 12. Finish off.

ROW 14: Pick up end from ROW 12. Ch 1, turn. *Work 4 sc in first ch 4 lp. (Sl st in next ch 4 lp, ch 1, 3 sc in same lp) 5 times. *(4 sc in ch 3 sp) 9 times. Rep from * to *. Finish off.

FINISHING:

Take the heel piece and pull it over the straw to stretch it out. Take all pieces of boot and soak it in the stiffening solution till each piece is saturated. Remove from solution. Stuff the toe portion of the boot with saran wrap to get it to stay in boot form. Shape the remainder of the boot and place saran wrap in this part to create a form. Pin the boot heel to the pinning board. Pin the remainder of the boot to the heel. Allow the entire boot to dry completely.

When dry, glue the heel to the boot.

Decorate your boot and enjoy. This makes an excellent Christmas tree ornament or every day decoration!

Crochet Abbreviations for Beginners

All crochet patterns share a universal system of abbreviation for crochet patterns. For this pattern, the abbreviations are:

beg- beginning

ch- refers to chain

ch-sp- chain space

dec = decrease

dc- double crochet

hdc- half double crochet

hk- hook

rep- repeat

rnd- round

sc- single crochet

sk- skip

sl- st- slip stitch

sts- stitches

Experiment with different embellishments.
Experiment with different embellishments. | Source

The Slip Stitch- Crochet

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Rhonda! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

      Tammy what a great tutorial!! Love, love love it!! voted up and useful!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by vespawoolf!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a cute little boot! I didn't know the history of crochet, and that even Queen Victoria did it. Very interesting---thank you.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment Debby. I love anything vintage. I appreciate your visit and your kind words. :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Tammy - Very, very cool. The top image fascinates me because on first, second and third glance it appears as if diamonds or crystals compose the bootie. Only after reading and scrolling down with the images of wallpaper and without a glittering reflection could I see the stitches and the space in between them.

      As a young child, teen and college student I used to do a lot of crochet making scarves to keep me warm. I also enjoyed the video tutorial. This was great! Blessings, Debby

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting fpherj48!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting RusticLiving! The finished boot is 2 x 3" with the heel. It would be a great tree ornament or package decoration. Thanks so much for reading and sharing.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much vocalcoach. I appreciate your kind comment and you're always enlightening sense of humor. :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OMG...this is just toooo cute and you are toooo talented. I'm one of the 7% who wants to know how she got on this page!!....Great craft hub!...UP+++

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I love this boot too... Thanks Tammy.. now Im gonna have to teach mom how to crochet!!! eeeesh! But come to think about it.. it will keep her out of trouble. I love the vintage look. I either missed it or It isn't there, but what is the finished size? Only asking because I thought it would be so cute to make them a little smaller and use them as ornaments and create a Victorian tree! :) Thumbs up Tammy.......and shared! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      OMG! Love this darling boot so much. I'd give a years pay to be able to make this. Like Realhousewife, I don't know how to finish the square I started. :) Please consider moving next door so I can once and for all learn how to crochet before I die! Up and across and sharing.

      (I just pinned this)

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      teresamg 5 years ago from Portugal

      This is sooo cute! And beautiful! You are really talented ^^

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Share away Mama Kim! :) Thanks!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      ooh I see it I see it ^_^ Thank you Tammy, it warms my heart ^_^ I'm sharing this again! I hope you wont mind me doing the same for you in one of my upcoming crochet hubs ^_^

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for whooing unknown spy. I appreciate that.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      WWWOOOOWWW!! Tammy, this is very beautiful!! gee, what a unique talent and creativity you have..oh so pretty!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Alocsin. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a beautiful craft -- not being into crocheting, I don't understand the instructions but I can certainly admire the final result. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am glad Ruchira. It is good to inspire people to make this craft. I appreciate your comment and the sharing!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting Melovy. Crochet is making a big comeback, especially in other countries. I hope you will give it a try!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the kind comment Kellyward. I appreciate the pin!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Tammy, I learnt to crochet in school. I had totally forgotton about it until now.

      Will give it a try...giving me a rush to drive to Michaels and get the stuff.

      Thanks Tammy!!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I did a little crocheting as a child, but mainly knitting. Like Martie however, I've done very little since I started writing. I've recently begun doing some drawing again and it would be nice to do more crafts too. This is a beautiful hub, I love the colours in the photographs.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is amazing---- Tammy, I am in awe. I couldn't ever do something like this. Shared on Pinterest and voted up and across. Beautiful! Kelley

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and stopping by Martie. I hope you will give it a try. It is such a relaxing hobby! :)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I LOVE knitting and crocheting - but since I've become a writer in 1991, I seldom if ever get the time to do it. I spend all my free time writing and reading. But this booty looks so cute, I feel like stealing time.... Thank you, Tammy!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Barbara Kay. I will look for yours and link it as well!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi AudreyHowitt. I used to do needlework but I haven't done it since my teens. I would love to do embroidery. I appreciate the share!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks starstream!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much cclitgirl. Crochet is a little harder than knitting and it uses much more yarn and thread. If you want something warm you can't beat crochet. Thanks so much for your perky comment.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much tj. This could be a great Christmas ornament or wedding favor. I appreciate the read and the share! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much dwachira. You are right. I don't speak math.. or technology, but this is one language I can speak. Great point. Thanks for visiting!

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Tammy, This is beautiful. I'm going to share the link with my list of free vintage crochet patterns hub. I hope that is alright with you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Are you a needlework fan??? We should talk! So am I!! Loved this by the way! And sharing with all my other needlework fans!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind comment Lord. I appreciate your visit. :)

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I do not crochet but love this cute pattern. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I taught myself to knit and I want to learn how to crochet. I will say that this looks BEAUTIFUL!! I admit, it also looks intimidating not knowing how to crochet, but for the avid crocheter, this would be divine! Voted up/tweeted/pinned. Awesomesauce!

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      Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Thanks Tammy for the hub. I have been crocheting for years and when I first saw the hub before reading I thought it was a boot to wear. I was amazed. lol. One year, I made many many snowflakes to place on my Christmas tree. I voted you up and will share :-)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very creative and beautiful but opps!.. those Crochet patterns looks like some programming codes no wonder some things are better handled by women. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Catching up with Tammy!! This is the best one so far. I was thinking of your daughter derssing nice and wearing actual cute boots with that crochet. Thoroughly surprised!! Saw mi sister doing crochet, and That was the closest I've gotten to make this crafting happen. Colorful pictures and a nice lay out! Thanks my friend; pinning and sharing

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much lyricwriter. It is always a pleasure to see you. You always write the most lovely comments!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Cardisa. I appreciate you stopping by for a visit. This isn't too hard. I know you could do it! :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Tammy, excellent work on yet another article. Commend you on a job well done and your hard work. I always enjoy your crafts and arts, fantastic ideas and great directions. The boots are really beautiful. Would be great for many things, such as Christmas or for a new child, ect. Voting this up and all the way across but funny. Take care.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      You are so talented Tammy, I could never do something like this. All I know about crochet is looping the thread to form a chain...lol Th boot looks great!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That is impressive Docmo. I am surprised by all you fellows crocheting, but I am sure there are many who learned. I taught my brother macrame when he was younger. Crafts are just so inviting and relaxing for everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Thelma. My mom made me lots of doll dresses and stuffed crocheted animals. I learned early on but I didn't take it very seriously until later on. I hope you will give this a try!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Totally awesome, easy to follow and a glossary of abbbreviations too. Like Billybuc I was also taught to make simple patterns by my Grandma I was fascinated by the speed and the magical transformation of a pattern appearing right before my eyes. She loved showing me how! This is a fantastic craft hub.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      WOW! Awesome! I used to crochet doll dresses in the 80´s for my past time while looking at the telly. I have not done it for many years. This lace up boot is fantastic. I might try it sometime. You are so creative and I learn a lot from you. Thank you and shared.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Finally!!!! I am so glad. After all these craft hubs, who would have guessed- crochet! . I must say, you are a great sport for reading my craft hubs. I am sure Bev would love one of these. You should impress her with your skills. :) Thanks for the chuckle and I eagerly await photos of the finished product. LOL!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, I'm laughing and I have to tell you why; when I was ten my mom taught me how to crochet, and I used to make pot holders for relatives for Christmas presents! So you have finally done a craft hub that I understand. Hooray!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sueswan,

      This vintage ornament is great for a gift, Christmas tree ornament, you name it. It would be a wonderful gift too. These quick projects are great. It isn't time consuming like making a blanket. I appreciate your visit and comment! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment Faith Reaper. I appreciate your kind words on this project! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Susan. I have an angel pattern and I will try to get that out soon. :) I appreciate your visit!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Tammy,

      This beautiful Victorian crocheted boot would be the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

      I am craft challenged. I remember years ago I was called for jury duty. One of the ladies that I met tried to show me how to crochet.

      Voted up and beautiful

      Take care :)

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Tammy - I love anything Victorian, and this boot is no exception. I have never seen anything like it. I used to crochet in Junior High, but have not since - many, many years ago - Ha. This was a delightful hub to read and love the pics. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh wow this is so beautiful! I have not picked up my crochet hook in many years. I would love to see a pattern for angels especially with Christmas coming up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading RealHouseWife. Perhaps we can create a FB group for "hookers." This is an intermediate pattern but it is a bit easier to use thread than it is yarn. I hope you will give it a try!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Tammy - I did try some crochet squares before but I never could figure out how to make the final loop or something:) lol All mine unraveled - I might have to give it a try again considering you have that video I could follow for a start. Thanks! Very cool! It will be a while before I can follow that though:)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mama Kim! This is my first crochet hub. If it does well I will do more in this style. I will have to check out yours too. These are great for ornaments, décor, and can be decorated for shabby chic décor. I appreciate you supporting these craft hubs. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I appreciate that very much. Thanks Hub Tub!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      You are most welcome, and thanks for sharing your little secret (smile). Definitely a great way to be productive and multitask. Thanks for your sweet comment as well. By the way, I especially love this one, as pink is my favorite color. It is now sitting on my Pinterest board.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      This is beautiful!! I bet it would make a fantastic gift for a baby girl keepsake ^_^ Is this your first crochet hub?? If not I'm going to have to read more. I have a few crochet hubs on my list for this month too ^_^ Voted a bunch and shared/pinned!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for checking it out. I make crafts, do hubs on them and sell them.. all day. I found this to be a very good and practicle practice that makes multitasking possible. LOL. You always write the nicest comments!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      This is so cool, Tammy! How in the world do you find the time to craft all of these beautiful DIY hubs? Your step-by-step instructions are awesome, even including the abbreviations for newbies, like myself! I have a friend who is very much into crocheting. I will be sharing this with her. She will love this idea as much as I do. Voted up + more!