Technique:

by | no responses | July 21, 2014

Sewing darts into a woven fabric is a great way to add shaping and fit to a garment.  They can flatter and shape and are easy to sew well if you know how.
how to sew darts

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by | 3 responses | July 12, 2014

The last time my parents visited we went on a tour of a very beautiful old mansion. At the end of the day I was left with a commemorative sticker and the embarrassing realization that even though I spend nearly all of my time working on DIY projects I didn’t actually have anything dedicated to collecting up the pretty bits of ephemera. Now I do – these notebooks with stitched covers are made from cardstock (from those variety packs I always need every color of.) They’re fun to stitch and sturdy enough that you could stick all kinds of drawings, leaves, feathers, and other things inside of them!

Notebooks With Stitched Covers

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by | no responses | July 5, 2014

Banners for celebrations have been around for a long time.  Done slightly differently (but with the same concept) word garlands can be lovely room decor.  Any favorite phrase can be used to make a word garland. And, with the huge selection of art and scrapbooking paper available there are so many creative directions you can go.
word garland

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by | 2 responses | June 21, 2014

This seashell beaded headband is one of those magical accessories that is so full of drama and sparkle that you can’t help but be the center of attention. I fell in love with the mother of pearl spikes that form the centerpiece for this headband and built the rest around it. The project takes a bit of work, but it’s so reassuring to know that there’s a headband fit for a mermaid waiting in your closet to turn even the dullest day into something extraordinary.

Seashell Beaded Headband

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by | no responses | June 14, 2014

It is easy to find many types of bird feathers available for crafting projects. The colors of bird feathers and the way they reflect light can’t be found in man-made materials. Feathers are a lovely addition to hair and a feather headband is an easy way to work the feathers into your look.

feather headband

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by | no responses | June 7, 2014

You can never own too many small handbags. A clutch handbag that is big enough to carry your cell phone, keys, and wallet is always going to be a useful object to own. This wool and leather clutch is very durable and will last forever. There are pockets inside the bag to organize the things you need to carry making it an extra awesome addition to your handbag collection.
wool and leather clutch

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Technique:

by | 4 responses | May 31, 2014

One of the really amazing features of wool is that you can shrink it into a fabric that is wind, water, and abrasion resistant. “Felt,” as it is commonly referred to, is a great material for bags, outerwear, or, when made with finer weight yarns, many apparel items. The process is known variably as boiling, fulling, or felting wool, and works well with some other animal fibers, too.

 

This tutorial explains how to turn knit wool into felt without a washing machine, and how to swatch your yarn to be sure your project is the right size when you’re finished.

Boiling Fulling Felting Wool

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