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GRANNY SQUARES & PLAIN SQUARES

I thought you might like to see how the squares are made for these cushions.


The colourful squares below are the traditional Granny Square, although I've changed the border of  one (2nd from right at top in the photo). The plain squares are just one stitch: Double Crochet (UK) or Single Crochet (US) worked in rows rather that a round.

TOP RIGHT: I crocheted two rows of Double Crochet (UK) or Single Crochet (USA), one blue and the other white. As you can see, it gives a very firm edge as well as a bit of a different look but without changing the size or shape.
Here's a really easy-to-follow YouTube video by Navy Louise (UK instructions)




And here's a great YouTube video from Fibre Flux (US instructions)



Text and stepped photographs for Granny Squares

Here's my blog post for my huge Granny Square cushions, if you'd like to see them.

PLAIN SQUARES

Simple and straightforward Double Crochet (UK) or Single Crochet (US).

Here is the UK version on YouTube by Crochet Hooks You:



and the US version by TLC Inspirations:




Text and stepped photographs:
UK and US instructions are on this blog post by The Stitch Sharer


Crochet terms are different in the UK and USA, so I've given links for the squares in both UK and US terminology, so you can follow the tutorial that best suits you. Here's a good post by About Home, which explains the difference and gives you both sets of terminology.



SHABBY CHIC PAINTED WOODEN CRAFT or CD STORAGE SPINNER - MAKEOVER

This was a really boring and slightly ugly wooden CD/storage spinner ... till I got my hands on it!

Here's how I did it...

Step 1 - removed the shelves
Step 2 - unscrewed the turntable mechanism
Step 3 - gave it a really good wash and a light sanding, to provide a key for the paint

I used Rust-o-leum Chalk Paint, two coats overall, including under the shelves
Done! Two coats of chalk paint, then stamping with a foam stamp and Artist Quality acrylic paints by PaperArtsy in several colours: Ice Blue, Guacamole, Lime and Chalk White
The inside of the shelves - I painted them top and underneath, and stamped on top, as well as the sides and back of the inside.
The top

This takes CDs, Prima sprays, Dylusions sprays etc - and it spins around! Great space saver.
Plenty of room for PaperArtsy paint bottles - also fits Martha Stewart paints etc.

I think it's a whole lot prettier than the original brown varnished wood. And the more beat up it gets, over time, the more Shabby Chic it's going to look!