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Shibori Shirt

The last in a 3-part series of bleaching experiments.  This t-shirt was treated in the same way as the previous experiment, but had quite a different result.  It reminded me of the Japanese technique of Shibori dyeing.   I started with a dark brown t-shirt which had...

Tie-Bleaching

Taking the Colour Away.  Reverse dyeing! Welcome to part 2 of a 3-part series of experiments I did using bleach to rescue some items in my wardrobe. This partially smocked T-shirt was a favourite of mine, and I was disappointed when it was spoilt by some bleach...

How to Whip up Chopstick Origami Flowers

I think chopsticks make much better flower stems that eating utensils! This is purely my personal belief because I battle to use them in any way that is significantly satiating to my hunger! Here we used these wooden stems with traditional origami lilies to make a...

Book Logs

The phrases: 'Book Folding' and 'Folded Books' are right up there in the top 10 search keywords that bring people to the Freshly Found blog. We have done a fair bit of book work over the years at Freshly Found. With life being rather chilly here in the Southern...

Cotton Print Trees

Christmas Time with bonded paper and fabric squares folded into mini trees. The delicate bright green floral sari prints are all the decorating these simple trees need. They may be folded from a square of normal paper or light cardboard, but here they are made from a...

Modular Paper Tree for Christmas

This year some alternate Christmas decor is up and hanging in our living space. Recycled paper square were folded and suspended to form a modular hanging tree. I love the vibrant geometric textured feel. It is made from individual folded squares of recycled paper, and...

Crochet Cushion from Tapestry Scraps

 Crochet owes it's widespread appeal to the fact that it is easy to do, and lends itself to so many delightful interpretations. The simplicity and adaptability of the basic stitches tempt the novice to try her hand, and the expert to outdo herself The Complete Book of...

Quick Earring Revival Tut

I love the simple teardrop shape of these large earrings. They started out their costume life shiny gold... but soon became dull and coppery So I decided to cover them in a bright tangerine cotton thread.   And now they're good to go To cover each earring -  ss, ch 1,...

Pretty Pillow Covers from … Vintage Table Cloths DIY

Here some vintage tablecloths make pretty pillow covers, with no cutting and minimal sewing.  I have used these covers in my guest room as a decorative and useful way to store spare pillows. If you would like to make one yourself, you will need: 1 embroidered...

Cross-Stitch Therapy

A dishcloth to add to your collection. Finish this quick and easy cross-stitch pattern in an evening and satisfy your need to create something with your hands!    Use a black crochet thread and a budget checked dishcloth.   The crosses on this one were worked into...

Basic Barrel Roll – Book Fold Tutorial

In response to loads of interest, we will be posting some tutorials on the art of book folding or Bibliogami.  It has become a very popular craft and Freshly Found has been folding books for years.  We are in the middle of an enormous order right now, so thought it...

Quick Cake Stand Tut

Here's a quick project to put together, using spare vinyl records and some vintage vases.  This cake stand is made from stuff you probably already have at home. It can add a touch of whimsy to your table setting.  Use it to serve delicate cakes or biscuits. You will...

Serviette Garland

These gorgeous cotton serviettes were a recent exciting find.  They are hand embroidered, edged with cotton crochet and in pretty good condition! I made a garland from the serviettes - A pretty way to store them until needed - Folded, pinned and clipped onto thick...

Seed Curtain

My life philosophy is to use ordinary vintage and found objects as material for something a little extraordinary. And so I used the seeds from the Liquid Amber Tree in my garden to make an outdoor curtain for my patio. I love the softness of the round shapes and the...

Leaf Light Panels

I love it when a home reflects what's going on - Birthdays, Christmas, World Soccer Cups, etc.  And so its good to reflect that Autumn has been happening here in the Southern Hemisphere! These Autumny wax-paper leaf panels have brought a touch of the outside in and...

Shirt Cuff Bracelets

I have a lovely working association with Embocraft - a Training Trust close to my home in Botha's Hill.  Thuli is a delightful part of the team and maker of a number of Freshly Found products. Usually she follows my instructions well, but just recently I took her some...

Once a Tie – Now a Kanzashi Pin!

A Friend gave me some wonderful vintage goodies to be creative with.  Amongst the stash was her husband's wedding tie.  So I decided to give it back to her - just in a different form!I unpicked the stitching down the back of the tie and opened it out.  I pressed it...

How to Fold Those Books!

Finally I have put together a tut on How to Fold those Books! I usually use old novels, but this time I used a larger outdated buyers guide. The pages are lovely and crisp and firm enough to support the larger book. It looks good in a vase or just standing on it's...