Multicolor Coordinating Bag Tassel

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Do you ever make tassels? Back when I was playing with book bag prototypes, just on a whim I made a tassel for one of them:

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel Closeup

It’s attached to the top of the side seam, so it’s not really a bag charm.

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel

 

I made it with yarns that match the fabric colors, with fuchsia on the outside and pale yellow and two different greens on the inside.

I still like how the other shades peek through the hot pink. I’m just not sure how practical it is. Thoughts?

Discoveries: FUJITAMIHO Lace Accessories

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Miho Fujita creates delicate jewelry and accessories out of crocheted lace under the label fujitamiho. If that sounds hopelessly old-fashioned, you’re in for a treat: the end result is about as far as you can get.

Fujitamiho Instagram Blues

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

The accessories are made to look like leaves, berries, clusters of mushrooms and other natural elements.

Fujitamiho Instagram Fern Earrings

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

Fujitamiho Instagram Young Bracken

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

The crochet is incredibly tiny and delicate, and the shapes are as marvellous as only a close attention to detail can produce. Some of the jewelry looks almost modern and minimalistic. The pale, natural colors certainly speak to my Nordic sensibilities. 🙂

Found via Colossal. If you read Japanese, you can browse her online shop.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

A Magnificent Minecraft Quilt

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Quilter by the nickname Knittette made this fabulous Minecraft blanket:

Knittette Quilting Board Minecraft Quilt

Knittette at Quilting Board.

Wow. Really impressive piecing, especially since not all the basic squares are the same size. The math to make the finished blocks match must’ve been intense. I also love how closely the blocks resemble Minecraft icons. Very well done indeed – thanks for sharing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

When Even the Waste Looks Good

Behind the Scenes, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

Recently I’ve worked on several small projects with colorful fabrics. One of the delights of working with bright colors is that even the littlest scraps look cheerful!

Colorful Clippings

It’s especially nice on grey days. This weekend’s forecast looks rainy; I’d better bring out my scraps bin again for more projects. 🙂

Discoveries: Embroidered Forest Animals on Hand Dyed Fabric

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Illustrator Chloe Giordano sells cards and prints of embroidered bunnies and other animals on Etsy. And they’re amazing! Below are just of my favorites: a winter mountain hare and a sleeping fawn:

Chloe Giordano Winter Mountain Hare Print

Winter Mountain Hare Print. Chloe Giordano.

Chloe Giordano Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card

Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card. Chloe Giordano.

Clearly a lot of work went into the embroideries. I also love the hand dyed fabrics she uses as the background – the colors are gorgeous. It looks like Giordano uses regular sewing thread to create her intricate designs. Not the most obvious choice, but it makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. The thread is sure to be durable for one thing.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Prolonging the Life of a Torn Bag

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials, My Spaces

I love my blue Marimekko unikko (poppy) bag to bits – literally, I’m sorry to say. Something had to be done.

Poppy Bag Damaged

Ta-dah! Reinforcing the torn edge with buttonhole stitch should give it a few more years.

Poppy Bag Fixed

I used regular cotton embroidery floss, since that was the best color match I had. I know it’s not the most durable of threads; I’ll have to see how well it does under the rigors of everyday life.

Online Finds: Knitted Bear Mug Rugs

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

I saw these knitted bear mug rugs and immediately thought of Worldcon 75 and their mascot Major Ursa:

Crafty Jen SewandSo Coaster Tutorial Baby-Bears

Crafty Jen via SewandSo / F&W Media International Ltd.

The coaster design is by Louise Walker and available in her book Faux Taxidermy Knits; tutorial for SewandSo by Jen. There’s a little stuffing in the bears’ head and paws, which makes them part plushie.

Pretty awesome and very cute!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Hyvää ystävänpäivää!

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, friends’ day as it’s known in Finland!

This year, I made my own heart-shaped cards:

Valentines Day Cards Minimalistic 2017

They look pretty nice even in their raw form:

Valentines Day Cards Cut 2017

I experimented with decorations, but ended with this minimal design: understated pen lines with some color coordination (but not too matcy-matcy). The only problem was the placement of text on the heart shape; it was almost impossible to do neatly. I’ll need to work on that.

I also made custom envelopes by recycling magazine pages:

Valentines Day Cards Envelopes 2017

Being able to make things from scratch really is one of the enduring delights in my life. 🙂

Cute Rainbow Heart Banner

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

What a cute crocheted heart banner!

Ooly Sam Thrive 360 Living jars-with-hearts

Sam from Thrive 360 Living; at International Arrivals / Ooly.

By Sam from Thrive 360 Living; tutorial at International Arrivals / Ooly. This photo is actually from a tutorial for the jars, not the heart banner. But don’t you think that the banner would make a nice treat for your color-loving Valentine’s Day sweetheart, if you happened to be so inclined…? Looks like there are plenty of free crochet heart patterns available all over the Internet, too.

Thanks for sharing, Sam!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.