Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tapestry Cushions (Pillows) – Found and Featured

How I made the Tapestry Cushion Covers:

I used a yellow and white dishcloth as a backing for the lemon tapestry.  It matched the colours well and was easy to work with. I inserted a zip in the dishcloth backing and then stitched the 4 sides of the cover together.
With the pink canvas rose one, there was enough canvas to make the back of the cover too.  I had to do a bit of patchwork to make it fit – cutting some canvas from the sides, and adding it to the top and the bottom pieces. I then folded the canvas and inserted a zip in the join at the back, before stitching the side seams.
This is not the first time I’ve done this.  I have reclaimed many tapestries and handwork pieces as cushion covers and bags too.
Do you remember the tapestry bird in the cage? And the house cushions and bags?

The textured symmetrical weave of the tapestry

contrasts with the smooth sophistication

of the embroidered roses

So, when you next come across a beautiful, unused and perhaps sentimental piece of handcraft, consider using it to fill the blank canvas that cushions are i our decor schemes.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Book Craft - Candle Holder – DIY Project

Besides showing you how to make the holders, the video tutorial also shows an option of adding a pattern or colour instead of the usual book print.
This is done by making use of the second hand book's assets – a reasonably priced source of good quality paper, and a spine which holds the pages together.  Some of the pages are then covered with strips of thin tissue paper, which masks the print.
Instructions for both the plain book print and the tissue paper covered version are shown:

I placed my tea light on top of another tea light, to give it some height and make the flame more visible.  Placing the tea light lower down will create a filtered light through the folded pages.
If you prefer, a smaller gap can be cut in the book and a battery operated tea light can be inserted.  
book print candle
Safety – Paper is highly flammable.  So please never let this candle out of your sight while it is burning.  Keep away from pets, draughts and small children.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Twist Dyed Tablecloths with Annie Sloan

What a wonderful opportunity for free creative expression. A friend asked me to help her create a number of Twist Dyed tablecloths for a function. It was a great opportunity to put Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the test as a fabric dye. Neither of us had tried it before, but we were delighted with the results.

The Process:

We had white poly cotton fabric tablecloths.

We made sure the tablecloths were damp through before starting.

We laid each cloth on a flat surface, and using our fingers, we twisted them round and round. We used DIY Supreme’s helpful You-Tube Video for inspiration. Eventually were had a flat spiral wheel of fabric, which we tied loosely together to keep it in shape.

We then mixed Annie Sloan chalk paint with water – 1 part paint to 3 parts water. We used tomato sauce squeeze bottles to spout the paint onto the fabric rounds. We worked gently, easing the paint deep into the folds in ‘pizza slice’ segments.

We turned the rounds over and did the same on the other side, matching the coloured segments from underneath. We found it was best to let the cloths drain off, and so we left them in their rounds on a gentle slope on the grass for about half an hour.

Then we opened them out and hung them up to dry. We were so delighted with the spiral outcome!

Note: We did not wash them before the function. They would probably be a few shades lighter once washed.

The bright Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colours we used were:

Emperor”s Silk (Red)
Barcelona Orange
English Yellow
Antibes Green

Napoleonic Blue

 T-Shirts Too

I couldn’t resist using the leftover paints to dye a t-shirt for my husband and myself too!
We were attending the hippie function ourselves.  
 I used the same twist technique, but just used blue and green for him and orange, yellow, red and a touch of green for me.
So much fun!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Paper Tree – Decorated with Pressed Garden Leaves

Monday, October 10, 2016

Depression Glass Collection? Rose Gold Glass with Copper

Collecting – Rose Gold Glass with Copper
The title of this post has nothing to do with my current state of mind!  There's a whole story behind it...
Rose gold is the term I used to describe the colour of this collection of vintage glassware.  We collected bits and pieces over the past few months for a special family wedding.   Now that the memories of a wonderful day are safely packed away, I am enjoying the collection on display for a while in my home.

Monday, October 03, 2016

A Freshly Found Wood Work Story

The Wood Work Story

I am a collector of random goodies. The vibrant rhythm of similar items grouped together really energises me
I have been drawn to wooden items – in particular wood work that ‘works’ for us.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Print Paper Roses

 A Fresh batch of an old favourite☺ Read more about us making some up for your special function over here

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dip Dyed Serviettes – A Vibrant Dinner Decor Project

A fun and super quick way to give a dinner party a vibrant hand-crafted touch.  Instructions to quickly dip-dye serviettes or napkins in diluted food colouring, allow to dry and use! How to video below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Paper Apples – handcrafted from books

We are keen to explore new directions in our paper work for clients, and were delighted to make up some paper apple prototypes from recycled books.  The apple shape, is a bit like the heart shape – familiar, simple and pleasing with soft curves. We were very happy with the outcome.
Did you know that the apple is actually part of the rose [rosaceae] family?  We’ve made plenty of paper roses, so I guess paper apples are a natural progression!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes

The Strelitzia is a vibrant indigenous South African flower – also known as The Bird of Paradise Flower or the Crane Flower.  It’s name suits it’s bright and angular appearance!
It was lovely to make a set of buttonholes for a wedding with a strelitzia theme.  They were cut from Book print paper before being painted and assembled.