I’ve often seen bowls made from old vinyl records, but I find the bracelets from vinyl records nevertheless special.
Even so I won’t make none because I won’t be able to ‘batter’ the vinyl records like that ;-)
I found something new to collect: carpet samples!
What for? For instance for a rocking chair, a pet house or a fancy vase.
Simply take a look at
Ample Sample Ample Sample (scroll down to 2008 winners).
And the best of all: For all those things they offer instructions.
I’ve seen several paper maché objects, but jars looking like stumps are still something special to me.
Something especially cute ;-))
I’m not totally sure that I should make them myself ;-), but I liked them so much that I wanted to present them here.
Furthermore I didn’t know this paper maché preparation, I really like to give a try some day.
I presented already several tutorials with the subject ‘felting’ but I always discover more that I find brilliant and where I would never have had the idea myself.
One of them is the idea to felt buttons (German with good explaining photos).
I have lots of old buttons and as you can see on the photo not all look very nice.
I found an instruction on how to make fun lights from ‘silly’ food packages.
I really like them and wanted to try them immediately.
Therefore I took a look at my kitchen and found the joghurt cup. I thought that the light should shine through and I began with pricking some ‘test holes’.
Looks interesting, doesn’t it?
In fact I found the hole pattern around the lettering the most interesting.
What I also liked was that the lower holes made a nice light pattern.
(Click photo to enlarge)
Once I’ve seen a fashion photo where I’ve been really impressed by the garment.
Recently, when I drank my apple juice, I thought: ‘Yes, that’s the right material in the right colour for this!’
Therefore I figured out how to make it.
And that’s what you do:
First cut the (washed! ;-)) beverage carton in pieces and, if you like, you can arrange the pieces in a pattern that suits you best (best done on a stiff pad, then you can carry it away carefully, if necessary).
I didn’t arrange anything and on this photo I’m checking whether the piece fits at this place.
Subsequently prick holes into the cardboard. Try to get a regular spacing between the holes.
Please note that the holes may not be placed too closely to the edge!
I had to throw away some of my snippets because the thread ripped the hole.
That’s how my snippet looked like after the piercing from both sides.
The cardboard has a nice silver coloured internal coating which makes also the backside look good.
Afterwards I took my pierced snippet and surrounded it using a tapestry needle with button hole stitches with cotton thread.
The surrounding is finished.
I worked quite loosely to 1. get on easier with the crochet (see next step) and 2. keep my snippet in shape.
Afterwards I crocheted
single crochet stitches single crochet stitches around the surrounding thread with the same thread.
Mostly I crocheted 2 single crochet stitches, sometimes even 3.
At the corners I crocheted 1 to 2
chain stitches chain stitches between the single crochets.
That’s what I’ve done until now.
I can imagine making a sommer vest from it, a belt or the top flap of a cute purse.
But I haven’t decided yet ;-))
My inspiration at Marella Ferrera Alta Moda:
Fall/Winter 98/99 – L’Isola dei Ciclopi
Fall/Winter 03/04 – Isola di Terracotta
Fall/Winter 03/04 – Isola di Ceramica
Fall/Winter 03/04 – Isola di Ceramica – Detail
When there comes the time again where you can sit on your patio and dine with friends (ok, ok, it will still take some time, but a woman can dream ;-)), the candle lit photo stands can make a romantic atmosphere.
In the instruction they print their own photos on vellum and glue them on, I preferred my favourite gift wrap.
Besides you should also be able to use the topmost layer of the used paper napkins (possibly glued on vellum), then everything matches even better.
I found an instruction on how to turn an old picture frame into a tray (German).
They painted everything, but I thought: Why not ‘using up’ my crochet stars lying around and make something really kitschy for once? ;-)
I didn’t hammer together anything yet, but I may.
That is to say I’m not sure how much kitsch I really can bear ;-))
They use a new orange glass panel from the glazier and some paint on the frame. Additionally they hammered a wooden board to the backside to give it some hold.