Use What You Have: A New Way to Use Your Stencils

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This is certainly a great idea! It doesn’t matter how simple or complicated the stencil you want to use is, using parts as shapes, or patterns gives you a whole new use for your stencil stash.

Don’t get stuck on using acrylic paint only; experiment with your stencils with watercolours, pencils, inks and whatever other mediums you would like to try.

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How Hand Crafted Books Are Traditionally Made – Down the Rabbit Hole

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It is always intriguing to find out how the most exquisite items are crafted. Using your hair to lift gold leaf is something I would never think of… not that I tend to use gold leaf… 🙂   This is an old video from the 1980s era which I found really interesting. Enjoy the video and please share your thoughts on it in the comments.

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Doodling With Watercolour Paints: Easy, Relaxing and Fun

This week’s video is from one of my favourite Youtube channels. Maremi SmallArt is a gentle, down to earth, encouraging artist and crafter who is always a pleasure to listen to and learn from.

Marta is not one of the Youtube crafters who is pushing products and expecting you to have the newest and best supplies. She often focusses on using what you have and is very honest about her own journey and skills. You will love her.

I am always interested in what you are making, regardless of what type of art or craft it is. Please share with me on Twitter @catephoenixproj, and don’t forget to recommend additional resources in the comments. It may take me a few days, but read every comment and message. You matter!

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Fire!

Header ImageHi everyone,
you know that part when the wires on your computer charger are exposed and you just wrap them up with some tape and keep on going? Yeah…

Perhaps not the greatest idea. A few weeks ago, the wires broke, burned through the tape and nearly set fire to my bed. No one and nothing was hurt, but I have been without a charger and thus, access to my computer for a few weeks while we shipped in one that doesn’t cost the sun, the moon and the stars. So that means, blog posts for July haven’t been planned or put up yet, however, I will get to it as soon as I catch up with the backlog of email and to-dos.

Lessons learned: always have a back up charger and never ignore damaged cables!

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Latch Hook Rug Making ~ #craftastherapy ~ #diy

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Rug making is another yarn hobby which is repetitive and soothing. If produces lovely results and is hard to mess up!

Latch hooking can be an expensive hobby and may look daunting – however, you may find abandoned kits on thrift shops and you can also buy the hook, canvas and your own wool and make your own design of any size. Pinterest, Craftsy and Etsy  (which I use for ideas only, please don’t copy or misuse anyone else’s intellectual property;) and Youtube videos will have heaps of ideas on what you can adapt for your use.

I have used acrylic yarn which I cut to size from the ball, which reduces cost. You can make canvasses in throw pillow size, small mat size, or as a decorative placemat for a table centrepiece or chest of drawers. My sister made a cat themed mat for my mother which lasted for decades and was still in good condition when she died. The more it was walked on, the flatter it got and the more the knots tightened and held firm. Make sure the yarn you choose is sturdy and you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

If you find following a chart too confusing, you can draw a pattern onto the canvas with markers so you can see what colour goes where, (which will work brilliantly with strong geometric patterns,) or buy a canvas that has the design printed on it.

Let your creativity run wild and don’t forget, I am always interested in what you are making, regardless of what type of art or craft it is. Please share with me on Twitter catephoenixproj, and don’t forget to recommend additional resources in the comments. It may take me a few days, but read every comment and message. You matter!

 

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How to Make a Dreamcatcher ~ #craftastherapy

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I love Dreamcatchers. I have made my own version with pretty wool and instead of adding feathers, I added a tassel which hung down at the centre and  glued beautiful flowers and leaves around the base.

The technique is simple and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Next month is bead month! Beads are one of my favourite crafty supplies, so it will be fun and will include more ideas than jewellery which can be done at an affordable price. Enjoy your yarn adventures.

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Introduction to Tapestry (aka Needlepoint) ~ #craftastherapy

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I have been doing tapestry since I was a child. It is a soothing, meditative craft which is simple, affordable and enjoyable. You can make pillows, framed art; if you feel advanced modes are a welcome challenge, you can also make bags, slippers, chair seats and anything you can think of where you would use an upholstery fabric.


I am still working lazily on my lighthouse. I find it a great yarn craft for summer, when I don’t want the weight of crochet projects making me feel hotter.

This whole channel is devoted to tapestry / needlepoint; here is a starter video. Enjoy yourself!

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