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Crochet Tablecloth Waistcoat DIY

A quick fun project with a really rewarding outcome - DIY instructions to convert a circular charity-shop-find tablecloth into a trendy draped-front waistcoat. Rectangular crochet tablecloths are great for reusing as throws or bed covers, but circular ones are a...

Safety Pin Earrings

Safety pins possess good qualities as material for jewellery, being shiny, delicate and easy to come by.  In my endeavours to live a more artisan lifestyle, I gathered some beads and bits and pieces to make myself a few pairs of earrings. ...

Upcycled Cardigans

Today's story - Upcycle sweater - Tutorial  Here's how it happened in real life to 2 warm and fluffy pullovers.  They have been converted into cardigans - projects perfect for our chilly Southern Hemisphere weather right now. The first is  family heirloom Angora...

Button Thread Bracelets – DIY

Finally!  The tutorials are up for these button bracelets.  They are a fun, quick project and a good way to use up a leftover buttons and crochet cottons.  I've  shown a few variations of colour and techniques.  Mostly, I've used crochet cotton like J&P Coats...

Batch Satisfaction

There's something immensely satisfying for a handcrafter - to see a huge batch of their handwork all together.   This is the feeling I had yesterday just before taking another load of vintage brooches to the KZNSA art gallery Buzzart Christmas Fair.   It's been fun...

Textile Pendants

A new range of textile jewelry has been in the making -  Rescued pieces of  vintage embroidery have been mounted as pendants and framed and hung with a delicate cord of twisted cotton  I love the fact that beautiful handwork on stained or forgotten linen pieces can be...

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...

Taking The Colour Away

I have often used dye to transform or freshen up clothing in my wardrobe.  Lately I've been experimenting with bleach - and taking the colour away. This brown stripey T-shirt had a pleasant surprise in store for me. It was a little too dark for me, so I decided to...

Re-styled Cardigan

I thought I'd show you a project I did a while ago.  A friend gave me a beautiful cotton cable jersey that she was no longer wearing.  I wore it as a v-neck pullover for a while, but decided I would rather have a cardigan. I had some crochet cotton in a similar beige...

Cords – Rainbow Tinted Coils

I have a copy of Elizabeth Glasier Foster's book - Embroidery and Design in the New Stitchery, published in 1926.  Included in this volume is a chapter on making the most interesting cords. Her colourful encouragement lights up the black and white pages with...

Kanzashi Flower Necklace

Japanese styled fabric flower necklace created from local vintage sari fabric.  Threaded with a hand-twisted cotton cord and finished off with touches of crochet. Available as a Boutique Limited Edition option from Freshly Found More colour options coming...

Azuma Bukuro Bags

Azuma Bukuro - Quite a mouthful! A  clever and simple traditional Japanese style bag. Also called a wrap bag or triangle bag. [I believe Azuma means East and Bukuro means bag or wrapping] It's made from a rectangle of fabric that's cleverly folded and stitched. I made...

Button and Thread Bracelets

I made these bracelets for myself.   I did not want the buttons to be the star of the show, rather the pattern formed by the thread as it dipped in and out of the button holes. I hope to try out some more and document the process.  Update - Tutorial here ☺...

Paper Earrings

Freshly Found Heart Shaped Earrings made from recycled book spines And recycled packaging materials... Happy Valentine's...

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,...

Needle Art Jewellery

Embroidered Jewellery originating from Vintage Table Linen! Vintage embroidery work, cut out and hand-stitched onto a felt...

Upcoming Spring and Upcycled Saris…

We've just finished an enormous batch of upcycled sari head scarves. My love affair with gorgeous sari patterns and colours does not wane. And my garden is showing hints of the 1st day of Spring - coming soon! [Available online here, at the i♥market or just email us...

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