Sunday, 13 May 2012

Another batch of earrings

The first two pairs of earrings below are the result of my last visit to the bead shop. In this occasion it's all about the colour!

The colour of these beads caught my eye - pink and green are perfect colours for this spring and summer. The beads are made from glass and they look as if they were painted by hand.

The print on these purple china beads is amazing - the picture doesn't manage to capture all the detail and colour variations but they look like a picture of the universe. The colour ranges from pink to purple, with a touch of gold. I decided to combine them with golden pearls and I'm really pleased with the result.

And lastly, I made these earrings with some spare buttons my mum had on her stash. Despite being inexpensive plastic buttons, I used golden wire to make them look more like a jewel. I love how the bright red goes with the golden tone.

And a special mention to the lovely origami hamster my fiancé made :) isn't it an original stand to showcase the earrings?

Monday, 16 April 2012

Crocheting: An apple

I would encourage everybody wanting to learn crochet to try with amigurumi toys, it requires just basic skills and doesn't use too much yarn. To get started, you can probably find cheap acrylic yarns at your local bargain store for slightly over £1 the skein in all sorts of colours.

If you want to try with the apple, I used this free pattern. It's going to be a lovely decoration for my desk at work :)

Monday, 9 April 2012

Wire rings

Wire heart ring

I saw a lovely heart ring tutorial on I Spy DIY (great blog with great DIYs!) and I had to make one for myself! I really enjoyed working with wire - it's quick and easy and the possibilities are endless. All you need is wire, a side cutter and round nose pliers.

Of course once I started I couldn't stop, these are the ones I've made so far:

Wire rings

I came up with the idea of choosing a theme and making two or three rings for the same hand along that theme. For instance the rewind/play/fast forward you can see on the picture above. Since the shapes are simple and the wire is quite thin, the rings are comfortable to wear even three at the same time.

What other shapes would you make? :)

Monday, 2 April 2012

Refashion: Two t-shirts into one

I got myself a sewing machine some months ago with the intention of learning to sew by myself. I'm still a bit fearful about potentially waisting a new piece of fabric, so I'm taking baby steps before start sewing anything from scratch. I've been however making little alterations such as transforming flare jeans into straight ones, or converting a dress into a long skirt.

Before: Two short plain t-shirts
I decided to take out all the t-shirts I haven't worn in more than one year and try making something with them. I found a couple of tops of a similar shape and fabric, but too short for my height. I thought about putting them together into one proper-length t-shirt.

After: A bicolor proper-lenght t-shirt
And this is how it looks! a nice simple refashion for a very beginner :)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Upcycling: Washi tape decorated jars

I've been wanting to buy washi tape since I first lernt about it, and I finally got my first roll this weekend :) What a great way to upcycle storage jars! in just a few minutes you can turn a dull jar into a decorative object.
I purchased the washi tape in an amazing fine paper shop called Shepherds Falkiners in Southampton Row, London. I've never seen such a beautiful display of decorative papers before - I can't recommed enough to go and have a look if you have a chance.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Pattern: Peter Pan crochet collar

Peter Pan crochet collar

  • Yarn: White 100% cotton, DK weight.
  • Hook: 3 mm
  • 1 x button
  • Ribbon
  • Tapestry needle (to weave in ends)
  • Sewing needle and thread (to sew the button)


Difficulty level: Very easy

The pattern is written in UK terms. In US terms the double crochet (dc) would be a single crochet (sc) instead.

The collar is made of two parts, for each part do the following:

Chain 42 (multiples of 4 plus 2 extra).
Row 1: 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 5, skip next 3 ch, 1 dc in next ch*; rep ** until end, turn. (You should have 10 loops in the row)
Row 2: *ch 5, 1 dc in next 5-ch loop*; rep ** 8 times, turn. (9 loops)
Row 3: *ch 5, 1 dc in next 5-ch loop*; rep ** 7 times, turn. (8 loops)
Row 4: *ch 5, 1 dc in next 5-ch loop*; rep ** 6 times, turn. (7 loops)
Row 5: *ch 5, 1 dc in next 5-ch loop*; rep ** 4 times, ch 5, 1 sl st into the 3rd st of the 5-ch loop. (6 loops)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew the two pieces together by joining the beginning of row 1, and sew the button on top of the joint.
Attach the ribbon to the last loop of each piece, as shown in this picture:

This is my first pattern, I hope it's clear enough! Otherwise drop me a line in the comments :)

Monday, 27 February 2012

Button ring and earrings

Button ring and earrings
This is my first project with fabric covered buttons and surely won't be the last one! I can't think of a better way to use fabric remnants.

I used the following tools and materials:
  • Prym Universal Button Cover Tool 
  • 2 x 15mm metal cover buttons for the earrings
  • 1 x 19mm metal cover button for the ring
  • 1 ring base
  • 2 earring posts and backs
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • A fabric remnant
I didn't want to reinvent the wheel by doing a tutorial about how to cover buttons, there are dozens of them already. This one from Sew Hip was the one who inspired me to give it a try.

Earrings, rings, brooches, necklaces, bracelets, bobby pins, hair bands... endless possibilities to explore!