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 »

 

PIP Studio: ‘Happy products for Happy People’

PIP Studio: ‘Happy products for Happy People’

PIP was born in a small village by the sea as the youngest child of the family. She has three older brothers and a Love bird, or to be more specific, a small African parrot from the genus Agapornis. The Love bird is called Tjommy and it can say its name.

A fairy tale? No, no…. this is just how started a lovely design story of PIP Studio from The Netherlands.

Making a Cloth Doll in 9 Steps

Making a Cloth Doll in 9 Steps

Cloth dolls are often a children’s favorite toy and they are very easy to make from spare pieces of fabric or unwanted older fabric that would otherwise be turned into rags. In putting a cloth doll together, a unique personality forms every single time.

Ilvy Jacobs Paper Bags

Ilvy Jacobs Paper Bags

Riffing on the shapes and textures associated with paper cardboard, Dutch designer Ilvy Jacobs creates awesome, more durable bags out of those materials or ones that resemble them.

Venetian Carnival: A Place to Go Undercover

Venetian Carnival: A Place to Go Undercover

The word carnival (Italian: carnevale) possibly comes from the Latin carnem levare or carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat. A more probable etymology for the word carnevale may be derived from the Latin carne + vale, meaning “farewell to meat”. Developed around the Roman Catholic festival of Lent (Quaresima – derived from the Latin term Quadragesima, or “the forty days”), carnevale was associated with the pre-Lenten festivals practiced on and around Martedí Grasso (Shrove Tuesday) or Mardi Gras (trans. Fat Tuesday).

Hand-made Bedlinen Ideas

Hand-made Bedlinen Ideas

Like windows, floors and walls, the bed is another large, flat expanse and therefore an excellent area on which to display your hand-painted or printed textiles. Duvet covers, valances, sheets, pillow cases, bolsters and eider downs may all be decorated using any of the techniques you can apply to textile surface design – hand-painting, hand silkscreen-printing, batik, block-printing, stenciling etc.

Corsets and Crinoline: How to be Pretty in Victorian Time

Corsets and Crinoline: How to be Pretty in Victorian Time

Technological change in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century led to new designs in underwear which often made life easier for women–as well as more complicated. At the same time new attitudes towards health and comfort and participation in sporting activities meant that women were actually becoming much more aware of their bodies and the harm that could be done by restrictive underwear.

The Kaleidoscopes

The Kaleidoscopes

Sometimes small objects bring a big fun. The kaleidoscope is one of those. It was a huge entertainment for me as a child to lay on my bed, and watch colourful pictures for hours.

In 1816, the kaleidoscope was invented by Scottish scientist, Sir David Brewster, and patented by him in 1817 (GB 4136).

100 Angels – The National Museum of Decorative Painting

100 Angels – The National Museum of Decorative Painting

The National Museum of Decorative Painting was created in 1982 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and displaying the art of decorative painting. The Museum, located in Atlanta, Georgia, houses over 1500 examples of decorative painting of historical and contemporary significance and of artistic merit. Additionally, the Museum provides exhibitions and educational programs for the public to increase their appreciation and understanding of decorative painting, its heritage, methods, and techniques.

10 Beautiful Cutlery Designs

10 Beautiful Cutlery Designs

Spoons. Forks. Knives. The essential tools used to eat most of your meals. Wouldn’t it be nice to see something new for a change? Check out these strange and uniquely designed eating utensils that will change your dinner table or simply impress your guests.

Scrapbooking: The Introduction

Scrapbooking: The Introduction

Making a scrapbook is similar to creating a painting, the only difference being the innumerable options you have to fill up and decorate your scrapbook. If you are into arts and crafts, then scrapbooking would be something that you obviously have enjoyed right from the childhood. Scrapbooking projects are not only one of the most interesting and fun craft activities, but they are also ways to collect information or interesting facts and even cherish fond memories.