Category Archives: Crafts
The shaggy pile of this rag rug was made using the proddy technique, with wool and cotton recycled fabrics. Six small squares are made and then joined together in the final piece – a wonderfully tactile and functional rug that would be ideal for the bedside, doorway, or in a front of a fireplace.
Lace fabric and handmade doilies can easily be best described as granny style, but these flea market staples are the perfect stencil to update an old dresser, cabinet or table in minutes with a modern flair.
The Ros Tapestry Project is a massive community initiative in progress in the County of Wexford. Conceived in 1998 and being developed by over a 150 dedicated volunteers, fifteen striking embroidered panels – 6 x 4 foot each – it is a cultural and historical accolade to its creators.
Batik is a fun way to make a beautiful cushion cover. This project makes one cushion cover with an organic branch and leaf design. Start with plain white cotton and use wax and paints to build up the design in layers. You may wish to paint the back of the cushion to match the front before sewing the back and front together. Make the cover in an envelope style, or stitch on a zip or buttons.
Kate Anderson is American fibre artist and she makes amazingly creative and funny objects/teapots. Her work is not just amusement – technically, she make it to perfection. Kate graduated painting from Webster University (St. Louis, MO) and later she took knotting course with Jane Sauer, Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO).
Do you like to send and receive letters? Real, paper and handwritten letters and cards? I think it is still sometimes the best way to communicate with people, because it shows that you really care. If you are a creative person and like to put your own mark on the things, making the unique, artistic envelopes can be a great fun. And the statement, too.
If you are looking for a way to enjoy a little relaxation or perhaps to spend a couple of hours with your friends, think about making arts and crafts a part of your life. It is true that arts and crafts is a broad, non-specific thing. But that is the beauty of it. Basically, taking time to explore new arts and crafts means you get to be creative and have fun in any way you want to. One of the best ways to learn new arts and crafts is to sign up for a class.
Découpage is the craft of decorating an object with paper cutouts glued in place. If you take the time to apply many coats of varnish over the paper cutouts, they will appear to sink into the surface and will look as though they are part of the object and not merely stuck on.
Box-making is also known by the French term “cartonnage” and covers variety of techniques. In its simplest form, this craft consists of cutting a form from flat card using a template, cutting out the shape, scoring and folding, then assembling it into a box. Gift boxes are readily available from stationer and craft shops but it’s much more fun – and cheaper – to make your own.
This is an excellent project for everyone who like to search in the rivers or sea coast for the perfect, smoothed-over, beautiful rock. You can find a really fine rocks, big and gorgeously shaped, and they come in a variety of tones and colours that complement whatever you place by them.