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 »

 

Pretty Christmas Napkins

Pretty Christmas Napkins

These floral Christmas napkins will brighten up your table no end – and they don’t have to match. It is floral, funny and refreshing. You can also create place-name cards by sticking patterned masking tape to a folded piece of card and writing on each guest’s name.

Christmas Essentials

Christmas Essentials

Have a fabulous festive season with our selection of the best crackers, stockings and decorations. Use the affordable materials and dress your home for Christmas in a palette of vintage brights. Here we giving you a few suggestions how to make your Christmas a very special. With a personal finishing touches you will have a great fun creating your own Christmas essentials – crackers, stockings and small decorations.

Eva Behar’s Pottery

Eva Behar’s Pottery

In 1991 Eve Behar took her first ceramics class and, like a lot of people who work in clay, got hooked. She continued to take classes in college and then at adult education centers while starting a career in television production. Ceramics as a hobby proved not to be enough for Eve, so in 1995 she took a break from working and went to Florence for a year to study at the Studio Art Center International.

Homemade Christmas Decorations

Homemade Christmas Decorations

Think creatively and you will soon realise that your Christmas decorations do not have to be restricted to the tree alone. Seasonal embellishments, such as various garlands, cards, table decor and so on, are a simple and effective way of adding a bit of festive cheer all around your home. Drape over picture frames, dressers, doors and bookshelves. Enjoy making a small decoration details that will make your home cosy and unique for the holiday season.

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

In eager anticipation of the big day, children love opening these mini versions of Father Christmas’s sack. Find an old frame, stretch some twine across it and peg out the little sacks for all to see. make one large bag to keep the sacks in so that they can be safely stowed away for future festivities, while the frame can be used as a noticeboard for the rest of the year.

Karen Kamenetzky: From Science to Fibre Art

Karen Kamenetzky: From Science to Fibre Art

American fibre artist Karen Kamenetzky believes that all change happens on an infinitesimal level and results in the world we experience everyday. Kamenetzky creates a kind of invented biology, zooming in on that fundamental nature of things and bringing it into vision. She works loosely from sketches but each piece travels a route of evolution and change.

Alex Dukal’s Illustrations

Alex Dukal’s Illustrations

Alex Dukal is an illustrator born and raised between the wastelands, wind and sand from Patagonia Argentina. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts “Manuel Belgrano” of Buenos Aires. From very young, Alex started to publish comics and illustrations in the legendary “Fierro” magazine.

Decorating Textile Garments and Accesories

Decorating Textile Garments and Accesories

Clothes that you once loved but have since become tired of can be given a new lease of life at little expense with new and exciting decorative treatment. The same is true of newly bought items. Plain ties, scarves and tee-shirts can all be transformed from standard items into unique pieces with the addition of a little paint or dye.

Button and silhouette cards

Button and silhouette cards

There are some simple silhouettes that you can make from vintage materials to make great handmade cards. Strong shapes that are easily recognisable seem to work best. Use a blank plain card or carefully cut and fold your own. Buy envelopes or make them. Decide on a style of image you want on the card: hearts, butterflies, crosses, wedding bells or even straightforward squares of interestingly patterned wallpaper, maps of fabric look really effective, and numbers and initials make your card personal too.

Shifu Weaver Hiroko Karuno

Shifu Weaver Hiroko Karuno

During Japan’s Edo period (1603 – 1868), in what is now the country’s northern Miyagi Prefecture, hand-made paper was woven into a cloth so supple, lightweight and refined that one of the area’s most powerful clans paid tribute to the shogun by presenting him with garments made from this luxurious paper cloth known as shifu. Woven from a paper weft against a silk warp, the production of shifu was tightly controlled and its process a well-guarded secret.