Dyed Bead Necklace 

I love making jewellery and have more necklaces than I can ever wear, but that doesn’t stop me making more!

I bought a bunch of plain wood beads on eBay and wondered how they’d work if I tried dyeing them with ink?

I blended acrylic artist inks with the water and left them for several hours.

Once the beads had been removed from their little baths I dried them on some paper towel.

They came out really marbled and pretty, not at all what I was expecting!

I had this cute tassel in my jewellery making stash and thought it would make a nice focal for this necklace.

Using some dark brown leather cord I knotted the tassel in and began knotting the beads in groups of three.

I think this one might become quite a favourite!

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Bohemian Paisley Tea Tins

Months and months ago I picked up these three enamel tins in the op shop with vague ideas to upcycle them in some way. They’ve stayed tucked away in a cupboard until now.

I was out and about shopping when I discovered a new shop filled to the brim with gorgeous ethnic bohemian stuff. Clothes, jewellery, candles, furniture, books, trinkets, incense…. oh my it’s a treasure trove! Their website is Ishka Homewares and it’s beautiful. They had a 50% off sale so I picked up quite a few things, amongst them this heavenly hand blocked paper and I knew it would be perfect for the canisters!

So I armed myself with a can of gold spray paint and my brand new tub of Mod Podge (you should see this thing it’s enormous ) and cut three strips of paper for the bases and three teeny strips for the handles on the lids.

Once sprayed with a couple of coats of gold, I glued down the paper strips.

Then once they were dry I brushed a nice thick coat of Mod Podge over the top.

I love them!!!! 

I have a huge collection of tea tins (I drink a lot of tea!), and these are definitely among my favourites!

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Knitted Floor Rug

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, make a floor rug for the library. It was time consuming, but couldn’t have been simpler.

Starting with good old fashioned French knitting, using up various odds and ends of wool.

As I was mainly using 8 ply, I decided to use double wool to keep the cord thick and tight.

As the cord grew it began to get in my way, so I started coiling and sewing together the rug long before I’d finished the cord.

Using a basic blanket stitch around the cords and an extra stitch at the back to join coils together. 

Nefertiti was of great assistance during this process.

It took several weeks but eventually I decided it was large enough!

Neffy clearly approves!

Frodo thinks it’s a rug for dancing on!

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April Bed Post

It’s been a while since I did one of these…so here we are….cool blues and one of my favourite afghans.

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Hamsa Hand Amulet

I’ve been thinking about creating a Hamsa hand amulet to hang in my bedroom for ages.

Chances are you have seen these symbols on jewellery or clothing at some point, many different cultures and religions use them. For more details see the entry on Wikipedia .

Today I was sketching ideas on a piece of paper and the hand kept appearing. So I grabbed a  piece of thick paper and drew this:

Once I’d finished colouring it in, I decided to cut it out and glue it to some cardboard and finally make that amulet

On the reverse of the piece of card (cut from a cat food box!) I glued some pretty wrapping paper.

Then I thought I’d like to hang some wooden beads from the base.

On the larger ones I painted eyes – thought to repel the Evil Eye and usually found in the centre of the Hand of Fatima.

And then threaded them onto some blue wool and hung them from the bottom of the hand.

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French Knitted Macrame Style Plant Hanger

After my forays into loom knitting I had an epiphany about old school French knitting.

Could it be used like macrame to make plant hangers?

Time to find out!

With some cream wool I created four strands of French knitting approximately 600mm in length.

I ran into a small hiccup with this in that the first ball of wool was from my stash, but only made two and a half strands. When I went to the shop to buy more they didn’t have it and I had to buy a different, slightly thinner ply. 

Serves me right for barrelling headlong into a project without being organised. That’s typical of me!

Anyway, I decided to just keep going despite the slight differences, and thankfully it’s not obvious in the finished product.

First I tied the ends of all strands together with a knot.

Then I knotted two stands together and then the other two strands together.

Then I took one of each of the strands knotted together, and knotted those together, a bit further up.

Rinse and repeat!

Then I tied the top strings of the strands to a metal curtain ring.

Using the rest of those top strings I wrapped around the ring to cover it in wool.

The finishing touch was a fat woolly tassel tied to the base.

And it’s ready for hanging!

Very retro 1970s!

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Loom Knitting Tea Cosies

Recently I discovered knitting on a loom. This has to be the easiest way to knit ever!

Do you remember French knitting from school? I’m sure most kids did it in art classes, I remember making long snakes of French knitting using a toilet roll and some ice cream sticks. It was fun, but totally useless!

Well this is just like French knitting on a grand scale!!

I bought a set of rings in different sizes. This one is intended to be the right size for making woolly beanies…. so naturally it is perfect for making a tea cosy.

My first attempt was a little wobbly, some imperfections that show the hand made nature of it. And I enjoyed it enough to repeat the process on the smallest loom for my one person tea pot and my coffee pot!!!

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