How to make an egg tree

The design for this whimsical egg tree derives from eastern European folk art. The basket at the bottom is traditionally used for bread. The tree makes a spectacular centrepiece at Easter when More »

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 »

 

Annie Hutchinson: Textile Animal Dolls

Annie Hutchinson: Textile Animal Dolls

Textile artist Annie Hutchinson is born in Wales and she graduated from Cheltenham Art College in 1989. She experimented in different media as a part of her study of Fine Art Sculpture, but she sticks mostly with textiles because of its ‘limitless supplyof pattern, texture and colour’. She like the possibility of creating and developing the ideas while she is working on her art pieces, and that is something that thread and textiles allow her. Annie says, “Life in the 21st century can be a bit hectic: everyone is in such a rush, wanting things done yesterday… when I’m hand stitching or needle felting it allows me to jump off the merry go round.”

Magda Sayeg, The Yarn Bomber

Magda Sayeg, The Yarn Bomber

Considered to be the mother of yarn bombing, Magda Sayeg’s work has evolved to include the knitted/crocheted covered bus in Mexico City, as well as her first solo exhibit in Rome at La Museo des Esposizione in the summer of 2010 . What is ‘yarn bombing’ anyway? It has many other names such as guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting is a type of street art similar to graffiti, but instead of paints and spray cans uses yarn and textile materials. 

Christmas snowflake garland

Christmas snowflake garland

If you look for a project for this Christmas, making snowflake garland is easy and very beautiful and exciting. Once you made it and decorate your home, it will be a real star and your guests will love it. With minimal material needed and very basic skills you may create the magic.

Eggshell mosaic picture frame

Eggshell mosaic picture frame

This pretty mosaic frame looks so stunning that not many people will guess it’s made from ordinary hens’ eggs. You can use speckled eggs or even pale blue duck eggs if you can find them, but it’s quite easy to colour plain eggshell with watercolour paint. This project is the perfect way to transform that charity shop find. Paint the frame white before you start to give it a neutral finish. 

Emily Jo Gibbs textile art

Emily Jo Gibbs textile art

Emily Jo Gibbs is a British Artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her exquisite work. She has received significant critical acclaim and examples of her work are in several museum collections including the V&A, London and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston. Emily is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and in 1998 was formally elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A Little Colour Guide for Fashion Designers

A Little Colour Guide for Fashion Designers

The colours can be scientifically described, however, this description can’t fully communicate the sensation or emotional effect of a colour. So often we name the colour based on our familiar and shared knowledge of the world – after animals (elephant grey or canary yellow); flowers and vegetables (lilac, mushroom, tomato red), sweets and spices (saffron yellow, toffee); minerals and jewels (pearl, coral, jade) and so on. 

How to make cafe curtains for your home?

How to make cafe curtains for your home?

Have you ever been to a cafe or bistro that totally feels like home? One of the things that make some food places so uncommon and cozy are the interior decorations. Cafe curtains definitely pop and draws attention because of how they look different from average curtains in your interior design. Contrary to most window treatments, cafe curtains do not cover the entire window; they cover only half. This kind of curtain is excellent for creating privacy of space but still allowing lots of light to shine through.

How to Stencil the Wall in your Home?

How to Stencil the Wall in your Home?

Home decoration is very important today, and equally important seems to get your hands on it and do it yourself! It is a good fun and a big saving, even if you are not very skilled or experienced. Browse magazines or internet for an inspiration, pick the wall, think through the colour scheme and just go for it. Stencil the wall with any design you want!

Beautiful Braids Every Weaver Should Know

Beautiful Braids Every Weaver Should Know

Braids are a byway of weaving. One of the many journeys weavers can go on. In amongst tying knots and intertwining yarn, we use braids to embellish our unique woven textiles. Weaving braids is addictive, puzzle-like and absorbing. Whether it’s for a trim, edge finish or a closure, braiding techniques are an essential tool in a weaver’s skill box.

Willy Verginer’s wood sculptures

Willy Verginer’s wood sculptures

Willy Verginer  is Italian sculptor who works in wood and create sculptures that seem so familiar and yet so unearthly. His figurative sculptures are carved from solid pieces of lindenwood and often painted with acrylic or accompanied by additional materials.