Butterflies seem to have a mystical, magical quality about them, and Saleha Waseem has captured the feeling with this beautiful Butterfly strip, which is Strip 8 for our blanket. No garden would be complete without a few butterflies practically floating around. In fact, while photographing this strip, a butterfly did come around to visit and say hello. Check out this little video that caught the magical moment.
Saleha Waseem is from Pakistan and we have previously introduced her with the Geometric themed blanket as her contributions were the Amulet and Yildiz strips. Both are meaningful and beautiful. This is her first one for the Garden themed blanket, but not the last. More beauties are coming this way. In case you missed her bio with her other releases, it is included here as well. Saleha Waseem is a very creative and talented lady and it is always a privilege and a pleasure to be working with her.
My name is Saleha Waseem. I am 45 years old, a housewife and live in Multan, Pakistan. Multan is considered to be one of the oldest cities of the world, dating back to 5000 BC.
I have always loved to do almost every type of art and craft I could lay my hands on.
In the summer of 2014, I saw a cousin of mine making a beautiful crocheted Granny Square blanket, and fell in love with the craft. No looking back for me since then.
As crochet has been a household craft in our country for a long time, I was aware of making basic chain and double crochet stitches. My cousin taught me a simple granny square tissue box cover, and since then I have been obsessed with this magic wand, called a crochet hook. At first I searched the internet for patterns. Then in 2016, while searching on Facebook, I came across the word “CAL” and found this lovely group called “CAL- Crochet A Long. ” since then, I have made many Cals of renowned designers and enjoyed them thoroughly.
I am always attracted to big and intricate projects such as designer throws and blankets, but as our climate is so hot , we don’t need them very often. Therefore, I always try to convert these beauties into useable items, such as table runners and decorative pieces using thinner yarn.
I started designing in 2019 and in March 2020 had my first Cal held in Cal-Crochet along group, named and inspired after a Mughal princess “Jahanara “.
In 2021 you may have seen my collaborative Cal Virsa-The Heritage running in Cal – crochet along group. This was inspired by the rich handicrafts of my beloved country.
These mosaic strips are my first ever venture in to Mosaic Crochet. I did one to just test my skills of diving in to the unknown, and ended up with 5 beautiful designs. Still can’t believe I have done this. Hope you will enjoy making these.
You can find me here.
And here is my pattern support group.
I hope you will see, make and appreciate many more designs from me.
Happy crocheting. “
Each of these enchanting butterflies were made by our Makers. Check out the stunning butterfly blanket Suzanne made just using this pattern in 3 repeats, and working it 9 times. I must admit, this one really “spoke” to me. I was so very excited about it when we first received the file and my blanket below Suzanne’s, is butterfly filled as well. This blanket will be just for me, Here it was a work in progress but the final result really makes me smile. Then we have Elaine’s (bottom left) that will get one more pattern over the butterfly and then she completes it with a border. Another gorgeous blanket, too.
Pattern for Butterfly is found here:
Another special treat for you today is that you get the very first look at our Maker Mary’s magnificent blanket. Mary worked the first 7 strips into one blanket and is finishing up her second blanket with the other 7. Mary tells us these blankets will go to her twin great-granddaughters. How wonderful! They are surely filled with love in every stitch. Her border gives it that perfect finishing touch. She used the Zig Zag border from daisyknots that we are using throughout the CAL and all of the blankets. You will find border pattern link here: https://www.daisyknots.co.uk/free-patterns
If you are not a member of the Facebook Group CAL – Crochet A Long, you can request to join here and then join the event. You will be able to get to the Event if you are a member. Do share your photos.
Link to the Event if you are already a member of CAL – Crochet A Long.
So far for this Garden themed blanket the patterns are
Strip 1 – Flamboyance by Lana Ignjatovivc
Strip 2 – Picket Fences by Suzanne Lively Boren
Strip 3 – Falling Leaves by Carola Herbst
Strip 4 – Roselyn Motif by Carolann Tuffo
Strip 5 – Springtime in Aotearoa by Jenness Fulton
Strip 8 – Butterfly by Saleha Waseem
Click below for the Zig Zag Envelope Border by Moira Douglas of daisyknots