I made two vintage cross-stitch needlework embroideries into pillows, and I love them. I really like cross-stitch works like these two, they’re so campy, kitschy and colorful. Can’t decide which one I like the most… I think I want to live in the one with the cabin. I want a little house by the lake like that!
Because of said kitsch, It was quite hard to choose the right fabrics to go with them, I didn’t want anything that would be over the top. I used the color swatches on the embroideries to see what colors I could go with.
Hunting down the right shades was quite a challenge! I finally decided on a moss green Manchester (corduroy) and some icy blue upholstery fabric.
I made a very simple patchwork design framing the embroidery.
I almost bought too little fabric, so I had to do some patchwork on the back too, haha. But it looks like it’s supposed to look like that, right?
The pillow cases have zipper closures.
Another way to go about using counted-thread needle works in pillows is to make a sort of patchwork pattern consisting of only embroideries. I found these at Swedish Kuddkonst.se.
Even though the site is in Swedish, be sure to browse around and check out their other works, especially the furniture. SO cool.
Swedish blogger Kreativa Björnskog also makes stuff using vintage embroidery. This ottoman is all sorts of amazing!
I made some mosaic lanterns. If you read my blog maybe you remember the beach glass lantern I made last year. Making that lantern was so much fun and the result so awesome that I just had to try it again. This time with glass seed beads instead of beach glass.
I used these tea light holders from Ikea as a base, white and yellow seed beads, clear glue that works with glass and white grout.
I poured out the seed beads on a tin foil “plate”.
I spread out the glue in a uneven pattern all around the candle light holders.
I rolled the holders in the seed beads.
I let the glue dry for a few days.
I mixed grout.
Applied it generously over the beads.
I let the grout set for a few minutes.
I then washed off the excess grout with a wet kitchen sponge. It was a bit tricky to get a good surface, so I had to grout the lanterns twice, but in the end they turned out just the way I wanted them to!
I knew before I started this project that I wanted these lanterns to sit on a wood board of some type. I ended up chopping off a piece from a old balcony table. The wood was quite weathered and very dry. I gave it life with some olive oil. Kinda surprised how well it worked and the wood got a new richer color.
I think the lanterns look great with those yellow beads mixed with the white.
Man, I wish I new how to knit. I see all these fantastic projects out there that I want to try out but I just can’t. I tried to learn how to read patterns a while back when a reader asked me to translate a Swedish knitting pattern, but It just didn’t work.
I can’t do maths either, and I strongly suspect these two problems are related to each other. I have no problem understanding the basic stitches though, so if I only found some type of Knitting for Dummies book, I’d be all set. Maybe I could even make this awesome sweater. Just look at how the yarn just gradually becomes a sweater in the tutorial images… It’s like some type of dark magic to me. HOW do you do that with circle needles?!
However, some basic stitches and the same magical circle needles used in the link above can get you pretty far. They’re super easy to work with when making a scarf or a beanie. Somehow it’s much harder to screw things up with circle needles.
I made this fisherman’s rib stitch beanie with some left over yarn on circle needles and it totally looks like I knew what I was doing when I made it!
The pom pom is made from some old ragg wool sock yarn that I found in my never ending yarn stash.
So, knit a tube on the circle needles that fits your head, cast off and pull together at the top. Add a pom pom and, tada! You just made a Pom Pom Beanie that looks professional! ;)
I want spring. NOW. So I made a very springy flower necklace.
This polymer clay necklace is quite easy to make and very little supplies are needed. You will need some polymer clay, I used fimo soft and mixed raspberry and white to get the shade I wanted for the flower and sunflower yellow for the pistil. You will also need a glass marble or a glass bead. The size of the marble depends on how big you want the flower to be (I made a big one because it was easier to take tutorial photos of). You will also need a chain, a lock, some jump rings, a thick needle and a match. Pliers are handy when assembling the necklace.
Mix colors and make 6 even little balls.
Shape the clay balls into little cones.
Roll out the cones using the marble.
You’ll get something that looks like this. These will be the flower petals.
Put together the petals and make a flower.
Take the tips of the petals and gently push in the ends to give the flower some more definition. As you can see in the photo I also flatten out the centre of the flower.
Make the yellow pistil.
Use the match to give the pistil some texture.
Punch holes in two of the petals with a needle.
Bake the flower according to the instructions on your clay’s package.
When my flower was done I decided to sandpaper the surface a little using a nail file. Sometimes when you do stuff in clay you get dust particles stuck in it and I find sanding after baking takes most of it away.