Once I found the Lah-Di-Dah Bra purse at craftster.org – what a funky idea!
Since then I always wanted to make a bra purse, but I don’t use no purses, because I always need backpacks. Imagine the bra! ;-))
But I collected links (see below) on how to make a bra purse anyhow – perhaps I’ll make a bra purse eventually ;-)
At craftster.org: Lah-Di-Dah Bra purse
For more entries search for “bra purse” at craftster.org
wrights.com: Bra Purse
Craftbits: Bra Purse
Bra Purse with zipper
Image results of Google search for ‘bra purse’
Once I found instructions on how to make a nail file envelope, which I embraced, because me too, I never have such a file when I need it and I don’t like to search ‘free’ nail files in the depths of my bag.
I’m not much of a stamper (although I would like to be ;-)), so I made them with my own with markers and a little moist coloured tissue papers, I collaged them from magazines and I made them from doodled coffee-dyed newspaper (see second photo).
Because I own 5 cm wide clear packaging tape (a little less than 2 inches), I made the envelopes slender enough to cover them completely with the tape. This way they are sturdier and more robust in the depths of my bag ;-)
The nail file envelopes are a lot of fun to make and a very good giveaway at nearly everybody. Even men took them voluntarily! ;-)
Most fun for everybody is, when I present the whole range of my nail file envelopes and everybody can select their own.
Nail File Envelope
Flexagons a quite interesting things: a kind of card with four sides, and you can flip from one side to the other, back and forth.
But to better understand what Flexagons are, how they work and how you can make one for yourself take a look at the Flexagon page.
On the photos you see the four pages of my first (and up until now last) flexagon. (Click on thumbnails to see the photos.)
It doesn’t work so well, because it is to bulky:
I made them from cardboard to make them lasting longer, glued then cotton on to the cardboard, because I thought that fabric would bend better if you flip them over and over and then glued on the pieces of my hand-embroidered and tape-transfered collages on the appropriate places.
Next time I will see to it that they get slender.
But anyhow: I love my flexagon ;-))
And if you want to embroider your collages:
English Embroidery Stitch Diagrams – Deutsche Stickstichbeschreibungen
(see also Paper Crazy Quilt)
If you want to know more about image transfers
Easy Photo Transfers (different techniques)
Packing Tape Image Transfers
(see also Artist Book)
Here at unikatissima:
Paper Crazy Quilt
I like to work little pieces where not much yarn is required and I like to use a different colour and colour shade with each piece.
Unfortunately I can’t afford to always buy the shades I like: on the one hand it is too expensive and on the other hand I don’t have enough place for such a big stash.
Therefore I like to work with four to six sewing yarns in similar shades and – if I am in the mood – one or two metallic sewing yarns. They don’t take so much place and I can get much more subtle shades by combining them then I ever could buy.
I put the chosen yarn in a dessert bowl, so that they don’t roll away and begin crocheting.
I worked the Crochet Chamsas I presented yesterday with this ‘technique’.
Here at unikatissima:
To read foreign-language crochet instructions one needs translations of the relevant terms.
I found a site with translations in several languages:
Crochet Terms in Six Languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish).
Happy crocheting! :-))
Crochet Terms in Six Languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish)
Working with paper sometimes consists in tearing it. But mostly you want it to be torn in a particular way and not crooked ;-)
Creative Paper Crafts gives lots of tips, tricks and ideas, one of them being a how-to on tearing paper.
I tried this technique several times and it always worked out exactly the way I wanted.
Thats what I call a good instruction ;-))
Creative Paper Crafts: a website where I can surf for hours! ;-))
I heard somewhere about felting soap and I asked myself why one should do this!
Then I found the tutorial on how to felt soap, tried it and really enjoyed it ;-)
It is not alone the process of felting, but later the washing of my hands with my felted soap felt wonderful too! So I didn’t give it away but kept it just for myself ;-)
It is gone now and I really should felt another.
Aren’t those colours gorgeous?
After I’ve seen the tutorial on how to create such a background I tried it myself and it worked out great.
I never believed that I could paint such a beautiful background ;-)
Unfortunately I gave the canvasses away without taking a photo.
Easy Acrylic Backgrounds