Category: diy


How to finish embroidery in a hoop

So you have spent hours and hours on your precious embroidery piece. You have seen hundreds of pictures on Instagram or Pinterest of pretty hoop wall art. Now you want to hang your embroidery on the wall and - wait a minute!

How am I supposed to tack the fabric in the back so nothing peeks out behind the hoop????! No matter how often I try to tuck it in, at some point it plopps out!!!
Slow down and breathe. I have got you covered. There are a couple of different techniques out there and things are different for different hoops, too. Here are two methods for round or oval hoops I have used before which are simple to do.To be honest, I just made up that name. If you know the real name of this method, please tell :D This method works great if you don't want to do......

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stitch lexicon round 18

I'll keep things short today and go directly to what it's all about this Saturday! The new stitch tutorials are out and online for you to make incredible things using them.

New in the stitch lexicon:

  stitch lexicon round 18  

Be part of the stitch sampler project

Parallel to the lexicon's new stitch additions I host a Sampler Along called The Triangle Sampler Project (yeah I know, I'm so bad with names ^^). Every other week, there is a set of 3 triangles to practice the new stitches added to the lexicon. It's the perfect opportunity to try out the more unusal stitches and incorporate into an actual project. The Sampler Along is hosted on Patreon, a platform to subscribe to an artist monthly, similiar......

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DIY: embroidered mini pouches

A while ago I got my hands on a sheet of beautifully woven cotton fabric. I wanted to do something embroidered with it, because the woven structure was simple yet interesting enough to take a closer look. I ended up cutting it into pieces of roughly 15x10cm/6x4inch then embroidered some simple motifs on it. sticksack1 To turn it into a pouch sew together the sides and bottom but leave 2,5cm/1inch open at the top of the side seams. Fold these towards the middle and stitch it in place. Then fold the top of the pouch twice and sew it at the bottom line of the fold. This makes a tunnel for the drwastring you then add. sticksack2 sticksack3 I use mine for various herbs from the garden and the meadows. I......

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Tutorial: How to make a Pompom

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Cut 2 circles of cardboard. For this hat we need a size of 8cm/ 3.15inch in diameter. The hole in the middle must be centered and measures 2,5cm/1inch.

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Cut long pieces of yarn and fold it in the middle twice. Then begin to wind it around the cardboard donut. Repeat until you the middle hole is too thin to pull the yarn through. Use a crochet hook to get the yarn through the hole when it's to thin to pull it with your hands.

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With sharp scissors cut the threads along the two cardboard circles.

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Wind a sturdy thread around the pompom between the cardboard circles. Pull it really tight and knot together.......

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DIY: feather hair clip

My chicken are molting right now and the upside to their nakedish new look is I have a lot of feathers to make stuff from. federnschwarz When my little daughter got the chance to work with pigeons in the circus her school organized, I knew I wanted to make a tiny accessory for her to wear at the show. So this feather hairclip was proudly worn when she made her tricks with the pigeons in the arena.

How to make a feather hairclip

Materials: 2 feathers 1 hairclip circle of felt about 1x1cm / 0.4x0.4inch in diameter several sequins and beads scissors, glue, needle & thread feather hairclip diy 1. Choose the right size of your feathers and flatten them with the scissors or pliers where you want to glue them to the hairclip. I chose a rimmed hairclip so I had to......

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DIY: stamping with acryl colors

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  • paper goods to stamp on (envelopes, notebooks, craft paper)
  • acryl paint
  • paint brush + something to mix your colors on (I use a small cutting board for this)
  • stamp carving rubber or a big rubber eraser
  • carving tools and a cutter
  • a glass of water
  • a pencil
stempeln2 stempeln3 draw your motif on the rubber base and cut out the shape roughly with your cutter stempeln4 Carve out all lines carefully and cut out all parts, that should not be seen in the end (outside parts of the motif). stempeln6 Depending on your rubber you'll notice a more or less amount of rubber crumbles. Gently wipe them away with a soft piece of......

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Tutorial: Felt flowers pattern

feltflowertutorial1 These two felt flowers are easy to make and don't need a lot of preparation or material. They were very popular at the workshop because they are so fast and easy to make. For one flower you need: - 11cm / 4.5inch x 3.5cm / 1.4inch of felt - scissors - sewing needle and thread (or you cheat and glue it all together, but you have not heard it from me ;)) When you cut the felt in step 2 make sure to cut in more than half way (about 2 thirds) or the stem will be too large. For the large brooch make the felt strip longer and wider. To glue the flowers on hair pins I used power adhesive ( I don't know if that's the right word, it's very strong glue). You can find the lollipop colored hairclips here and the
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