Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How To: Fabric Wrapped Jewellery

A very easy way to make bracelets and necklaces while using up scraps from your fabric stash.

Simply create a tube of fabric, either hand or machine sewn.
It needs to be wide enough to fit your beads of choice within it, and long enough to tie around your neck or wrist.

Tie a knot close to one end of the fabric tube, leaving enough extra material to tie the ends together later.
Then alternate placing a bead within the tube, and threading one onto the the fabric.

When you're done, make another knot to secure the beads, again leaving enough excess fabric to tie the ends together.

Very simple.

How to: Postage Stamp cards

I have a confession.
At some point in my childhood I may have dabbled in stamp collecting.

That may be pretty geeky, but stamps really are exceptionally beautiful.

I still find myself to drawn, especially as a few charity shops have started selling sets of exotic stamps for a matter of pence.

But I don't want to just collect stamps anymore.
I want other people to realise how beautiful these everyday objects are too!

So I'm sending them to people. Through the post, of course.

Postage stamps make beautiful cards, and I love that stamps once used to post things are now the thing being posted!

These cards are so simple they really doesn't need a How To, but this is how I made mine.

I used those bank cards you get from art and crafts shops that come pre-folded and with envelopes etc. but you can make your own bases too.

The first thing to do is work out how you want to design your cards.
- Work out which stamps look good together
- Position your stamps on each card, using a ruler f necessary to ensure they are in line or centred.
- Think about which extra features you want to add. For example, on the exotic flower cards above I didn't add anything as the stamps are bright and busy enough themselves, but on the others I added silver stars.

Once you've decided on your design, mark out the positions of the stamps with fine pencil.

Carefully apply glue to the back of your stamps, and stick them in position.

Add any extra embellishments you wish. I've kept these very simple, but you could add pencil drawings, stickers, ribbon...anything you like.

Once the glue is dry rub out any visible pencil marks.