Contemporary basketry

Making a basket is probably the oldest weaving method that goes back thousands of years. Young branches and strong grasses were used to make small handy baskets for hunting, fishing, carrying, and More »

Fabrics for Fashion: Part 1

Without fabric there would be no fashion. Whether woven, knitted, printed, embroidered or bejewelled, textiles are crucial to the eloquence of apparel and fundamental to the fashion design process. We are presenting More »

Rosalind Wyatt: Text and Textile

The versatility of textiles and the wide spectrum of usage of fabrics and threads are enormous. Rosalind Wyatt, London based visual artist and calligrapher is well aware of it and use it More »

Paulina Bartnik’s embroidered brooches

Paulina Bartnik is a Polish textile artist based in Lublin. Her work amazes equally art lovers, textile crafters and bird enthusiasts. She creates beautifully detailed bird brooches using techniques of needle felting and More »

 

Fabric Bleach Technique

Fabric Bleach Technique

The bleach technique is used on designs with a dye background, and is an alternative to painting the background around the motifs (called blotching). The bleach removes areas of colour from a dye ground, making it possible to apply a new colour to these areas, or to leave them white. This technique is particularly effective when light or bright colours will be used on darker grounds.

Textile covered baggage

Textile covered baggage

Old baggage comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Many bags and cases still have shipping labels from their last journeys and some interesting clues as to whom they belonged. They were built to withstand robust handling as they were portered between boat, railway luggage car, cart or carriage, stacked high and packed full.

Layered Cake Stands

Layered Cake Stands

Layered cake stand is  so effective and really very simple to make: the time-consuming part is collecting all the plates and glasses together. Old-fashioned tea and dinner services are full of plates and dishes we don’t use now. There are special dishes for bread and butter and muffins, stands to go under terrines and teapots, and countless different plates for each course of the meal.

Sian Zeng Magical Textiles and Wallpaper

Sian Zeng Magical Textiles and Wallpaper

Sian Zeng is an award winning London based design company specializing in wallpapers, interior accessories and gift items. Established in 2010, Sian Zeng products are known for their narrative based designs which are often magical with an eccentric charm. It’s a weird world of fairy tales and vintage details that you have to notice.

Crafting Project for You and Your Children

Crafting Project for You and Your Children

There is no better time than the time spent with your family and kids. Especially when your children are small and in need to discover and learn new things, it is the best way to occupy them with some creative projects. So you can look for ways to keep craft time with your children simple and fun. Here are some suggestions that may help you to create an interesting crafting project for your children and you.

How to Make Papier Mache

How to Make Papier Mache

Papier mâché has a very long history. Its origins comes from China; the inventors of paper itself. They used papier mâché to make helmets of all things, which they toughened by many layers of lacquer. Examples have been found dating back to the Han Dynasty (BC 202 – AD 220).

Furniture slipcovers

Furniture slipcovers

New couch covers can work wonders at giving tired looking furniture a much-needed new look, for not much effort or expense. If the upholstery on your couch is looking worn or outdated, then fitting a sofa slipcover over the top can instantly give it a fresh lease of life. Furniture slipcovers are designed to be really easy to stretch into place for a snug-fitting appearance, and most can be machine-washed, which means there’s no need to stress about pets or children getting dirty marks on your favorite sofa!

Making Teacup Candles

Making Teacup Candles

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 Makes Your Toys Alive!

Curbi Studio Makes Your Toys Alive!

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.

Scrapbooking: An Easy Start

Scrapbooking: An Easy Start

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!