a delight to adorn yourself

and others with

♠ handcrafted and re-invented loveliness ♠

Vintage Embroidered Linen Brooch – DIY

This is the ideal handcraft to preserve the essence of sentimental embroidered family heirlooms.  The table cloth with a mould stain, or frayed serviettes make ideal material. If you're clearing out and nobody wants Granny's linen - why not make each member of the...

Bright Feather Jackets Take Flight

Creating a trio of Feather Jackets.  That was a creative challenge I could not refuse! I belong to Cityhill Church in Hillcrest, and every year we host a large Women's Conference called Flourish.  The theme for this year's conference on the 7th and 8th September is...

Tapestry Cushions (Pillows) – Found and Featured

I am always on the lookout for treasures.  When I find someone's beautiful handiwork, that has been forgotten or has never had a chance to shine, I am so delighted to give it a moment! Tapestry Cushion Covers These gorgeous tapestries had never been framed when I came...

Twist Dyed Tablecloths with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – DIY

What a wonderful opportunity for free creative expression.  A friend asked me to help her create a number of Twist Dyed tablecloths for a function.  Neither of us had tried it before.  We put in some research, and were delighted with the result.  It was a great...

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...

Sari Tarpaulin – Simple Event Decor Idea

My passion for collecting saris is no secret.  I have a huge collection, neatly coiled into shelves in my studio.  I have used saris to make bags, to create furoshiki wrapping, to make necklaces and brooches, tablecloths, cushion covers...

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...

Fabric Jewellery Pieces – 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 fabric jewellery - vintage brooches to the KZNSA art gallery Buzzart Christmas...

Textile Jewellery Pendants

A new range of textile jewelry pendants have 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...

Bleach Shibori Shirt – Tie and remove colour

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.  This is how I created a bleach shibori shirt: I...

Tie Dye Bleaching – Colour Changes

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. Tie Dye Bleaching! This partially smocked T-shirt was a favourite of mine, and I was disappointed when it was spoilt by...

Kanzashi Necklace – Flower Jewellery

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. Kanzashi Necklace - Available as a Boutique Limited Edition option from Freshly Found More colour options...

Azuma Bukuro Bags – Japanese Craft

Azuma Bukuro Bags - 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...

Button Bracelets with Cotton Thread

I made these button 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 – Heart Jewellery

Freshly Found Shaped Heart Earrings made from recycled book spines And recycled packaging materials... Happy Valentine's Day! Paper Jewellery for the Win!

Tapestry Yarn Crochet Cushion – Pattern

 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...

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