Tricolour paper wreath tutorial
Jun28

Tricolour paper wreath tutorial

Need a quick decoration idea for an upcoming celebration? Then you might want to consider this paper wreath that you can print and fold yourself. You will need 12 sheets of paper, the PDF download from below a colour printer, a gluestick some Blu-Tack or double sided tape. Each folded knot is 3 5/8 inch in width and it makes a 13 inch paper wreath. I got the idea for the basic folded knot shape from a mathematics book of all things....

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Snapshot – Patchwork bunny
Mar24

Snapshot – Patchwork bunny

Patchwork anything is fascinating. I marvel at the patience of crafters who join together hundreds of pieces of fabric to make large quilts, placemats, table runners and stuffed toys.  I thought these people must have boundless amounts of patience to cut out little squares, only to sew them back together again. And I admit the patterns they create are so appealing.  But then I discovered that quilters are clever crafters....

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Make your own Moroccan fish scale stencil or stamp
Mar13

Make your own Moroccan fish scale stencil or stamp

I have been fascinated by these Moroccan fish scale tiles for the longest time. But since I have nothing that needs tiling, I haven’t been able to find a use for this design. Finally I had a lightbulb moment – I’d create my own stencil and use it as a design element in my DIY projects. I know these stencils are available commercially but I have no time to go searching for these things. I had made my own stencils...

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Snapshots – TwoCrackedJars flashback
Feb16

Snapshots – TwoCrackedJars flashback

This was taken about 2 years ago, when TwoCrackedJars was experimenting with electric lights. Love the shadows made by the honeycomb pattern on the jars.  We didn’t get very far with them as we were worried about the heat output from the light. It’s been on the backburner since then. Maybe I’ll get around to addressing it one...

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Snapshots – Metal embossing project anyone?
Jan14

Snapshots – Metal embossing project anyone?

I’ve had tapestry on my mind after seeing some repurposed tennis rackets.  I was playing around with the photo editor software to see if I could convert a photo to an outline. I wasn’t impressed with their outline but found the emboss effect quite fascinating. The photo was one I took while I was in Venice, two years ago. It was taken on the island of Burano which is famous for its colourful houses. Now just imagine...

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Snapshots – Shirt and tie upcycle project
Jan10

Snapshots – Shirt and tie upcycle project

After the success of my first shirt transformation project, I’m looking forward to my second. I’ve been thinking about it for weeks and finally got my ideas together. It’s going to need both a shirt and tie. I have chosen this pink shirt with a pink, purple and magenta silk tie.  The first step is to unpick the seam on the tie and the seams holding the sleeves and pocket to the shirt. Sigh!…This is the...

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