Decorating the walls of your home makes a huge difference in its appearance and its feeling as a comfortable, personal space, but the cost of art and frames can add up very quickly. One of my favorite tricks for creating beautiful wall art is patterned cardstock, and this time, I mixed two patterned papers and several bright colored pieces of cardstock to create this simple woven paper wall art that can cost you less than $5. Continue Reading
Having a cushy rug under your feet is the coziest thing I can imagine, and it’s nice to be greeted with a fluffy bathroom rug as soon as you get out of the shower or as you stand at the sink to brush your teeth. It just adds to the relaxing feeling of a well-designed bathroom! In order to bring that coziness into your home, you can make your own bathroom rug in just one hour or less using a simple technique for weaving yarn through netting. Continue Reading
While wreaths are definitely popular front door decor during the holidays, they certainly can be decorated with year-round. And they certainly don’t have be left to just the front door. This beautiful round woven wreath has me itching for the new year! It’s the perfect statement piece to keep out all of 2017!
Stunning, right?! The chunky wool looks amazing in this round fashion and this is definitely on my must-make list! Continue Reading
I have a slight obsession with textiles: pillows, tea towels, rugs (especially rugs)… you name it, I love it. So when I spotted this tutorial for making your own woven rug, I got pretty excited!
I’ve never tried weaving something this big before (in fact, my weaving “experience” extends only so far as those potholder kits for kids — and it’s been over 20 years since I used one of those), but it seems pretty do-able. Continue Reading
Whether you call them Easter baskets or spring baskets, these delightful DIY creations will add a fresh and festive feel to any space.
Pictured above is Diane’s creation. Any self-respecting paper crafter will have everything on hand to re-create one.
Running With Scissors has a sweet little bushel basket tutorial, also made out of paper.
Even easier is this option from Homemade Gifts Made Easy. Reminds me of a take away container.
I’m not a climber, so I was not aware that climbing ropes are (a) really expensive and (b) have a shelf life. Used or unused, there seems to be a general consensus among climbers that they only last about 5 years. So, what does one do with a $200 climbing rope after it’s beyond its efficacy? Turn it into a rug, of course. For 45 bucks, Etsy seller FaunCraft will turn 50m of climbing rope–much like the one picture above–into a 27″ (or so) diameter Celtic knot rug, like the one pictured below. Continue Reading
Jute, it’s not just for upholstery projects anymore. Instead of weaving it in seat situations, Erin decided to use it to weave baskets. The process couldn’t be easier, and the supplies are minimal:
- glue gun and sticks
- fabric stiffener
- something to serve as a form; Erin used a styrofoam cooler
- and finally, as re-nest suggests, some non-stick cooking spray.
The Eloominator shows us how to turn old t-shirts into yarn. (Yup, that stuff picture above used to be a t-shirt!) She uses the resulting yarn on a Weave-It Rug Loom or ‘any loom on which you can weave 4 ends per inch’. I could see using it to crochet rugs, however. Maybe a shower mat…To yarnify a tee of your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- a single-knit tee
- a rotary cutter
- a cutting mat
And that’s it–besides this tutorial, I mean.
Molly at The Purl Bee shares her technique on how to make woven felt placemats. The best part about this project….it requires NO SEWING! (Even sewers like those kinds of projects now and then!) To make a set of six placemats, you’ll need the following:
- 6 18″ x 18″ pices of ecru wool flannel
- 2 wool felt bundles, like the ones pictured below
- Ok-To-Wash-It fabric glue
- water soluble fabric marker
- the scrumptious how-to over at The Purl Bee
We have an epidemic in this country. It is the pox of residential neighborhoods everywhere. Damn you plastic lawn toys! *Shaking my fist skyward* Judith Needham probably agrees with me, because when her daughter wanted a playhouse, the master weaver set to work and made one out of willow branches.
If you’d like one for your kidlets or for yourself–hey, why not?–you can buy one. The eco-friendly, perfectly named Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouse will set you back about $2,540, plus shipping US. Continue Reading