Category Archives: Crafts
Beautiful fine bone china cups and saucers used to be only thing to be seen drinking tea from, and as a result there are plentiful supplies of incomplete tea sets, single cups and lonely saucers still to be found. It is perfectly acceptable to mix and match saucers and cups of varying designs to make a harlequin set, but even then there are often a few odd pieces left over that can be used to make lovely candle holders. A little chip in the base of the cup can be overlooked for this purpose.
Curbi Studio is the every child’s dream… there their drawings become alive! Burcu Musselwhite is making kids’ dreams come true – literally. She takes commissions to preserve children’s latest masterpiece in a toy or painting, and has an online gallery of monsters, mermaids, mummies and daddies.
Everyone remembers those days as a child pasting newspaper cut outs onto paper and bundling lots of papers together with some fancy ribbon. And probably everyone remembers the moment when your hard work falling apart two months later. Now, how to make it lasts a bit longer? Let’s start to make a proper scrapbook!
Choosing a design is the first step in making a quilt. It is also one of the most important – the design of any quilt is what makes it outstanding. If you are about to begin your first quilt and are having difficulty choosing the design, decide first whether you would rather use a traditional design or an original one. For the traditional designs you may find examples and inspirations in numerous books about quiltmaking, quilt pattern catalogues or museums and exhibition halls.
Diaries and journals, address and visitor’s books, cuttings and recipes, files and boxes all look so much easier on the eye with the addition of pretty fabric covers. There are a couple a quite simple methods that you can use to turn diaries into lovely gifts and plain notebooks into a handbag essential.
All of you who do some sewing know that to have a needlecase is a great thing to keep sewing tools tidy and organized. So, this project is a good way to make an order in your craft box or drawer, as much as the nice way to use up your fabric and felt scraps (even the smallest!).
Beaded door hanger is an item that has almost childlike simplicity which looks very effective. It is a sort of charm bracelet for your door or anywhere else you would like to hang it. It is a great fun to do all preparations for this project – collecting lovely beads, buttons, old keys and different trinkets that you can use. Spend some time to collect interesting stuff and organize them by shapes and colours.
Braiding rugs became close to an art form, and going above the skills of someone who wants to make simple and inexpensive floor cover. Rugs are today made from pure wool, carefully designed to fit almost in any interior. They are hand braided and laced with special threads.
Garden twine has a lovely natural texture and is great to use in this simple and costless yet effective project. By dyeing batches of the twine with special textile dyes (Dylon, Rit Dye, iDye, Tulip® Permanent Fabric Dye…) you can create colour combinations to suit your home interior. This project is very easy to realize that you can also involved your children or it can be a great school art class project.