Shoulder Pad Purse

dianefitzgerald Shoulder Pad Purse

I find bags, purses and totes somehow interesting, especially when made from unusual materials (although I think that I will always stick to my knapsack ;-)).
That is the reason why I like the shoulder pad purse (scroll down to “Shoulder Pad Mini-Purses,”) so much!
Unfortunately I have only found boring white shoulder pads.
Well, they’d never make a knapsack ;-))

Shoulder Pad Purse (scroll down to “Shoulder Pad Mini-Purses,”)
Note: When I downloaded the PDF file, it had about 2.5 MB.

Shibori Felt Scarf

bishugelabs flickr Shibori Felt

I found an interesting technique: tying scarves in Shibori technique and then felting them.
On the picture you see some photos you can get when searching flickr for the tags ‘shibori felt’.
Really great, aren’t they?

I found several instructions:
Shibori felt scarf

via the craftzine ‘shibori felting’ entry:
Entries with the tag ‘Shibori’ at
Shibori felting tutorial at whipup
More about Shibori felting at CraftyPeople

Google search result for ‘shibori felting’
Google image search result for ‘shibori felting’

Flickr search result for ‘shibori felt’

Wikipedia entry for ‘Shibori’

I made the mosaic with the Mosaic Maker of Big Huge Labs.
The images are:
First row:
shibori, dry and untied by monattka
Shibori Scarf by elanknits
Shibori – first attempt :) by raspberryfairy

Second row:
Shibori felt (stage 1) by Feltbug
shibori felt detail by Carole K
Felt Shibori by woolly fabulous

Paperless Origami

unikatissima Paperless Origami

If you’re folding origami figures they often come undone, are collapsing or sagging.
That’s especially vexing if they were meant to be a holiday decoration.
But now I found a very good solution to avoid sagging origami figures: fold the origami figures from fusible interfacing.
I must say that I find the photos of the tutorial persuasive.
Something more to try one day ;-))
(P.S.: On the photo you can see my iron for a start, I still have to purchase fusible interfacing ;-))

Paperless Origami

String Decorated Ornaments

crealic String Decorated Ornament

A nice method to create beautiful Christmas tree ornaments (and much more) shows this tutorial on how to make string decorated ornaments (French).

It’s very easy:

  1. You choose the element to be decorated ((foam) sphere, box, paper bag etc.).
  2. Paint the pattern on with PVA glue (if necessary after sketching them with a pen).
  3. Put the string on the glue and fix with pins. The glue dries transparently.
  4. After the glue has dried, take away the pins and paint your ornament (or box or what ever you decorated). You can paint the string in another colour than the element. Additionally you can paint some little decorative patterns to lighten the background.

Best if you check the photos of the instruction, they explain every thing very well.

String Decorated Ornaments (Décors divers en ficelle) (French)

Recycle books

unikatissima Recycling Books

Soon it may be that you get lots of books. You want perhaps to get rid of some old books – or even some new ;-))
Via How to Make and Do-How to recycle Books I found a tutorial for a really great book lamp.
There you can find other good ideas, too.
Find more ideas at How can I Recycle This?, e.g. to make an Altered Book from.
Then I found a tutorial on how to make a book lampstand (which I don’t find as beautiful as the book lamp, but it ‘uses’ more books ;-)).
I also liked the Bookhooks and Romans a clef great as an inspiration for crafters ;-)
I guess that you can make jewelry stands in the same way?!
I also found the book book ends, the book safe and another book safe, the “Audiobook” (an iPod case), the book book shelf and and and … ;-)

Recycle books
… into a book lamp (at
    (via How to Make and Do-How to recycle Books and How can I Recycle This?)
… into a book lampstand
… into a coat hook
… into a key hanger (via Siebensachen)
… into an artist book (here at unikatissima)
… into book book ends (at
… into a safe (and another safe) (at
… into an iPod case (“Audiobook” ;-)) (at
… into a book book shelf (at
…and much more ;-)