History of creative wirework

Wirework is an ancient art form, probably first practised by the Egyptians around 3000BC. Early examples have been discovered in the burial chambers of important people throughout the ancient world. In 2600BC, More »

Limed wood furniture

Several methods of decorating wood exploit its natural grain pattern. Limed wood imitates the old custom of painting wooden furniture with diluted limewash left over from painting the walls in farmhouses. Now, instead More »

Memory box

It is very nice thing to decorate the home with personal items. The objects that mean something to you and your family. Even better is you made it yourself. Creating a personalised More »

Andy Goldsworthy’s land art

Andy Goldsworthy, an internationally renowned land artist, was born in Cheshire in 1956. There are regular exhibitions of his work in Britain, France and the United States. Although he travels all over More »

Catnip mouse

Filled with catnip, this little mouse make a delightful gift that a cat literally cannot resist. This is a great project for using up offcuts and leftover pieces of material. Cotton fabrics More »

 

Handmade Christmas decorations

Handmade Christmas decorations

Christmas is our favourite holiday. Especially today when it becomes a time to show up a bit, put some shine and glitz all around your house and allow to yourself to be a bit silly and crazy. But, have you ever felt a bit bored with all the same decorations that can be bought in every shop around the Christmas time? Do you feel you need something else to make you feel proud of your decorations? Who needs silver, gold and red baubles any more, when we can made our unique?

Youth Power: How the Fashion Changed?

Youth Power: How the Fashion Changed?

In the 1960s, baby boomers reached their teens, and the era of mass production and mass consumption was in full swing. In 1961, the Soviet Union launched the first manned space flight, and in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The May Student Uprisings in Paris occurred in 1968, and the first landing on the moon was achieved in 1969. In the midst of such explosive drama, the young generation sought its own distinct mode of expression, and the powerful new American culture was an obvious choice.

Polar Bear Hat

Polar Bear Hat

This knitted friendly polar bear hat will keep you warm and cosy – and make you smile, too. Animal knit is so popular at Christmas time, but this hat is really special. It is very gentle and fluffy, and so cute, that everybody will want one. It is a perfect Christmas gift! This pattern is in one size to fit an average adult head.

Emily Sutton art

Emily Sutton art

Emily Sutton grew in a small village in North, Yorkshire and now lives in York. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, which also included six months at the Rhode island School of Design. Since then, she has exhibited both her prints and textiles and illustrated books for children and adults. With a lifelong love of drawing and painting, Emily uses a combination of these approaches in her current work.

What is vintage?

What is vintage?

Nowadays the word ‘vintage‘ is bandied about all overthe place, especially in relation to style and fashion, but we can think of it as just a smart way of saying second-hand. Of course, The Oxford English Dictionary gives a slightly more elevated definition, saying that vintage ‘denotes something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind’, so let’s use that as starting point. Furniture, soft furnishings, crockery, china, absolutely anything for the homecan be vintage if you are not the first person to have owned it, though it must be from the past and less than a hundred years old – as any older makes it antique.

African printed and dyed textiles

African printed and dyed textiles

Africa is a great and varied continent of wide horizons and clear blue skies, which has long held a fascination for those born outside its bounds. Over the centuries its wealth of minerals, animal products and manpower has drawn in colonists and traders, slavers and missionaries alike. Its huge population is of diverse origin: people of Arab and Berber descent in the north, Khoisan-speakers and European colonists in the extreme south, Nilotic-speaking peoples in the north-east, and south of the Sahara a rich mix of groups who speak one of the Bantu languages.

Create your own jewellery

Create your own jewellery

It is surprising how easy it is to create fabulous jewellery with just a few tools and components. From stringing beads to make a necklace, to actually making the beads yourself, we will try to introduce to you the world of jewellery making. You may find that you already have some of the tools and materials needed to make jewellery. So – be brave and start to create!

Wall tiles

Wall tiles

The history of tiles can be traced further back than the birth of Christ, to the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Early techniques of ceramic decoration were carried from the shores of this sea to Northern Africa and Western Europe, where an important centre was established in Holland. Stone, marble and glass, particularly in mosaic form, were features of Roman buildings, and many of their decorations are preserved on historical sites today.

Yarn painting by Robert Forman

Yarn painting by Robert Forman

Robert Forman lives in New Jersey, USA and he began making yarn paintings in 1969 while still in High School. His technique, inspired by Huichol yarn paintings, involves gluing yarn, cotton, linen, rayon, and silk to hard, flat surfaces. Robert’s yarns vary in material and thickness. His materials include cotton, linen, silk, and rayon. The diameter ranges from sewing thread to eighth inch cord.

Button napkin holder

Button napkin holder

Button napkin holders look lovely tied around  coloured linen and are a simple way to introduce your key wedding colours into your reception table scheme. Thread a few buttons onto a length of jewelry wire, using different sizes and colours. Turn each end over so they are not sharp. The lovely thing about buttons is the variety of looks you can create – for a folksy, muted palette, combine leather and bone – coloured buttons or, if you want sparkle, use diamanté encrusted pieces.