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First snow and other things

Today was the first serious snow in Prague and maybe the white of the nature and the Christmas spirit made me think about nice things and one of them was my blog. I haven’t written here for some time. But I have an excuse. We were moving to a new flat and all this packing and unpacking activity consumed all my energy and mood for doing something creative. All my crafting stuff was packed already and just yesterday evening I moved it to a new box I bought specially for this.

Now I want to share with you something I created few weeks ago and I used it already every time when I go shopping. It is a very pretty, happy, colourful shopping bag. It has a medium size and it is very practical when you need to do small shopping in a supermarket where usually I do not like to carry my daily city bags.

So, here it is…

…and others to come as I plan to give few as Christmas present.

Have a peaceful driving in a snowy country :).

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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Others

 

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Autumn light and playing felt

I discovered lately the fun to play with pure wool and transform it in a consistent material. I was using both wet felting and needle felting, alone or in combination with the other method. These are my first attempts and you can see the shy-childish shape of the pattern. However this makes me happy as looks that there is room for improvement and being on the right direction will drive me to very good and improved results. Yes! I am optimistic as I really liked doing these little things during one weekend.

Now what I need is time, mood and some inspiration to develop my ideas into nice pieces. To be continued.

1. An open semi-bag. At the end I arranged it in a shape of box to keep my cream tubes

 

 

2. A traditional bag made using the same pattern but having a flap. It is still work in progress, I have to add the handles.

 

 

3. A flower made using wet felting and the finishing colours are done by needle felting.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2010 in Others, Uncategorized

 

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Sunny day in Prague

Yeterday I did some new shape flowers for a friend. This morning sun was so nicely and friendly shinning that made me took few pictures of the flowers and share them with you.

They are made of felt with some black wooden beads the yellow one and golden glass beads the green one.

Yellow flower has 6cm diameter.

Green flower has 9cm diameter:

I love the shadows in these pictures :).

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in Fabric Flowers

 

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Green – Yellow felt beads necklace

Today I am not going to post any tutorial. I only wanted to share with you my first wet felted beads necklace.

Beads are wet felted, my first try I did yesterday evening and I am pretty satisfied with the result.

The string is silk ribbon.

Next time I will add also some wooden beads.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2010 in Others

 

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Week 5 Project – Fabric yo-yo

In my previous post I was using for the center of my multi-layer flower a yo-yo. This is a very simple fabric flower which can be used as an accessorize itself or attached to a flower assembly.

1. You need:

– fabric cut in 2 size circles;

– scissors, needles, thread, beads;

2. Take a circle fabric and bend the margin inside. Start to stitch around as shown in the picture:

3. When you are done should look like this inside:

and like this on the other side:

4. After the whole circle is stitched as in the above picture, you can start to gather the thread:

5. Push the middle inside and arrange the pleats. Voila, you got your yo-yo. It is up to you if you would like to add a bead in the center or leave it empty:

6. At the end I got these small pretty ones:

Now you can use them individually as I did for multi layer  flower or you can create a small brooch by sewing them together

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2010 in tutorial, Week 5, Weekly projects

 

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Week 4 Project – Multilayer flower

I am back! Well, after 3 weeks off I cannot say I am very happy to be back to a normal life for the next 10-11 months but what else one can do? I have to admit that I was lazy during this holiday, doing almost nothing for improving my techniques, haven’t studied any new pattern but I was thinking seriously to transform this hobby in something commercial and why not, at the end of the day to have other people wearing and enjoying the result of my work. A task to think about for the next weeks and to develop into something concrete.

And as I promissed I come here with the tutorial for multi-layer flower. It is a medium difficulty project which requires more time than for a standard flower. The final flower consists on 3 layers of flower created based on the similar technique and one yo-yo center ( I will post the yo-yo in a different tutorial).

1. You need:

– fabric: i used both a linen fabric and chiffon/silk and in both cases the flowers look great. It is more difficult to work with linen but the result is very nice.

– 3 different size of bowls or glasses for cutting the circles;

– scissors, needles, thread;

2. Cut 6 circles of each size you want to have. I used (12cm, 7cm, 4cm). Fold the circle in half and then again in half, I missed to take a picture of this but at the end the petals should look like a triangle.

For easy work you can now iron the petals to keep the triangle shape when you will start stitching.

3. Continue with all 6 petals of the same size:

And here you have a flower for the first layer:

4. Using the same procedure, create the other 2 flowers. After you created the smallest one, create a yo-yo flower which will be the center of your big flower. Sew this yo-yo in the center of the smallest flower:

5. Now you are almost done. You can sew or glue the 3 flowers one over the other and this is the final brooch:

Hope you enjoyed.

Have fun doing this yourself!

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2010 in tutorial, Week 4, Weekly projects

 

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Week 4 Project – Black linen multi-layer flower

I plan to poste the tutorial for this flower. It has a vintage note and it is very elegant.

I will be travelling and then on holiday by mid September. Hopefully when I will be back I will post more about my hobby-work.

Full tutorial here.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2010 in Fabric Flowers, tutorial

 

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