I stll have some old cassettes I don’t listen to anymore. But because I’m always reluctant to throw anything away I’m thinking of making some purses from the cassettes by following the tutorial at craftster ;-)
If it’s cold outside I confess that I often wear tights and when they become eventually laddered I always find it a pity to throw them away.
And I won’t in the future because I found an instruction on how to make a necklace out of laddered stockings and tights ;-))
At the moment I’m still wearing them at my legs, but soon…
How to Make a Necklace out of Laddered Stockings and Tights.
(found via art for housewives)
Accidentally I found a way of making beautiful coloured background papers from tissue paper or paper napkins and markers.
That’s what you have to do:
First I cut the tissue paper in pieces of about 6×6 cm (roughly 2,5×2,5 inches).
I painted them (through all layers) with colour matching markers.
It doesn’t matter if there are little white areas.
I layed the coloured pieces out on plastic foil (e.g. an unused garbage bag) and moisted them with water.
The water makes the colours bleed wonderfully.
It is best to add the water dropwise, this way you can determine best how much water you add (if it gets too wet, the colours bleeds too much and doesn’t stay on the tissue paper).
In the end I let dry the coloured squares.
When using them for cardmaking, I mostly only use two or three layers, not all of them.
But you have to try this by yourself.
Here I show two hand embroidered postcard sized wallhangings (just like the Paper Crazy Quilt) I worked with self coloured tissue papers. Both tissue papers are layers of the same paper (you can see that they have the same pattern), but the different coloured background papers make them glow differently.
Once I used the same technique on fabric (an old (clean! ;-)) bedsheet) and it worked.
The next time I added too much water and suddenly everything was of the same dull colour. ;-)
I think that this colour can be heat set just as the acryl coloured or the crayon tinted fabric, but I haven’t tried it yet.
Here at unikatissima:
Paper Crazy Quilt
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
I made the mosaic with the Mosaic Maker of Big Huge Labs.
The images are:
shibori, dry and untied by monattka
Shibori Scarf by elanknits
Shibori – first attempt :) by raspberryfairy
Shibori felt (stage 1) by Feltbug
shibori felt detail by Carole K
Felt Shibori by woolly fabulous
Once I’ve seen somewhere (but I don’t remember, where ;-() how somebody made an embroidery hoop from magazine paper.
On the photo you see how it looks. I used quite stiff advertising paper and the hoop became very robust.
This way I can make fast and cheap embroidery hoops in different sizes :)
- Paper, e.g. advertising paper
It should be strong and may not stain(!) the fabric.
- Log or dowel
I used a 8mm knitting needle
- Drinking glass or the like with the required diameter
That’s what you do:
Select appropriate paper sheets.
Roll and fold the paper sheets to paper strips of equal width (see tutorial here).
Coil one paper strip firm around the glass and fix with tape.
Tape the hoop very well.
Slip the hoop over the glass again and coil the second strip of paper very firmly around the first hoop, tape very well, too.
These are both hoops, one can be slipped exactly over the other.
Put the fabric into the embroidery hoop and embroider.
I didn’t iron the fabric, but it’s firmly tightened into the hoop.
That’s the way everything looks from the backside.
Have fun with your embroidery :)
Here at unikatissima: Folded Paper Strips of Equal Width
I found a tutorial on how to print with a rolling pin.
The idea is really great.
I couldn’t try it yet, but when I will, I want to try it with those ready-bought fun foam shapes.
I found a tutorial on how to make a soft winter scarf from plush, and it looks rather easy.
That’s important! ;-))
Soft Winter Scarf
I imagine that some big self-made knitting needles could be used?!
I guess that I’ll have to purchase a lot of jumble sale fabric and old t-shirts, because I don’t have much fabric scraps ;-)
To-do-list again ;-))
Here at unikatissima:
Self-made Crochet Hooks And Knitting Needles