Sunday, October 6, 2013

Spider Web Barrette

It's me again.

By request, I made a spider web barrette for a friend of mine. Her only stipulation was that it have a purple spider on it, so that it would match some earrings she got for halloween.

And here it is:

Approximately 5.5in in diameter, finished. It has an alligator clip on the back. 

Here's how you do it.

What you need:

  • Size E hook
  • Sport weight yarn
  • Enough straight pins to pin each spoke of the web
  • A soft spot to pin to, a little bigger than the finished size of  your web.
  • Glue mix (1 part glue to 1 part water. probably need only a teaspoon of mix)
  • Barrette or bobby pin
  • Spider (I used the top of a halloween spider ring)
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Glitter glue or gel
  • Blow dryer

**picot - ch 2, sl st to first ch

Ch 4, sl st to first st to make a loop.

R1) Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2). *dc in next st, ch 2. Repeat from * around. Sl st to 3rd st. 
R2) Ch 6 (counts as dc & ch 3). *dc in next dc, ch 3. Repeat from * around. Sl st to 3rd st.
R3) Ch 8 (counts as dc & ch 5). *dc in next dc. ch 5. Repeat from * around. Sl st to 3rd st.
R4) Ch 10 (counts as dc & ch 7). *dc in next dc. ch 7. Repeat from * around. sl st to 3rd st.
R5) Ch 12 (counts as dc & ch 9). *picot. dc in next dc, ch 9. Repeat from * around. Sl st to bottom of first picot. Finish off and weave in. Trim off excess yarn.

When you weave in, try not to do it too tight, because you're going to want to stretch it out in the next step.

Get your straight pins out, and prep your pinning surface. With the wrong side facing you, hold the middle of your web with your thumb, and, angling the pin toward the center of the web, pin the top picot to your surface. Stretch the bottom spoke to the length you want it, and pin the bottom spoke of your web at the picot, again angling the pin toward the center of the web. Continue around, pinning one side, then the opposite side to make the web even. Like so:

my epic drawing skillz on the pc...

Mix your glue mix on a small plate or in a bowl. With your fingers or a paint brush, dab a drop of glue along each spoke and connecting piece of the stretched and pinned web. Cover the entire web, and blow dry with your blow dryer or heat gun. Unpin your web when dry.

If you're using an alligator clip like I did, you're going to want to wrap it in yarn or ribbon matching your web color. Just get the whole thing as covered as you can. Hot glue the web to your barrette, attach your spider, and let cool. I added some hot glue to one circle of webbing nearest the spider, and also to the outer circle, while using a purple glitter gel on the opposite rounds and on each spoke. Blow dry after you do this to set the glitter. The hot glue will make the web a little more stiff and durable.

And there you have it! Let me know if you make this. Pictures are always welcome.

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