In the land of crafts, there are some classic materials that are usually part of everyone’s learning curve, such as ribbons. I myself, had some flirt sessions with the ethereal and soft quality of ribbons when I first started making and selling jewelry! See? (OMG how awful are those 3-out-of-4-homemade pictures! haha! Thank goodness I’ve improved on that over the years…)
Often times tho, they are put aside with time, as I did. It might be a real shame actually, especially for a texture lover like myself!
I recently stumbled upon Flower Seed Paper‘s shop, and got excited to see hand-dyed silk ribbons! I like how, by being handmade, they have way more of a richness of tints and hues and subtleties compared to their commercially tinted counterparts. Plus, it makes a one-of-a-kind for every piece of ribbon cut! And that’s always awesome in itself. :)
A simple enough utilitarian item, rope has been around every living souls for centuries. Making it current and with another purpose is quite more difficult, tho.
From Brisbane in Australia, Zillpa has done just that, delightfully. From bags to coasters and bowls, stitched in the color of your choice, rope can now take a new path and adorn your everyday life!
I’ve been exploring some weaving in the past week! But you’ll have to be patient before seeing something concrete (unless you follow me on Instagram, then you might have already seen some teasers go by). I’ve had my vintage table weaver (Heddle loom) for like 5 years, just didn’t actually try it much before now.
Weaving definitely requires much patience, and also some planning beforehand, which makes me think of it a lot like my cross-stitch process, altho is it seen as a skill belonging in the knitting family.
That said, I’ve also been looking around to see other people’s skills in the matter, hence how I found out Handarbete (meaning “handicraft” in Swedish, love the name!). Wow.
Satoko Pettersson‘s skills and madly consistent and beautiful, and her color combinations are flawless. Her simple yet impactful patterns are also just a joy to look at. Totally yearning for a scarf now! :)
Here we go: my soft spot for embroidery shows up again!
Izziyana Suhaimi does it all. She draws and paints aquarelle, and then she stitches on it all. What a beautiful combination of textuxes! I especially like the “collar” pieces in the Friends To Keep You Warm series! Just stunning!
} Via Design For Mankind
I don’t usually blog about supplies for craft unless they are handmade, BUT this colorful argyle felt sheet sold by FabricsRus is just too cool to pass up!
They also sell plain color felts, lovely color choices! I love felt’s texture.
That’s all folks, get crafty! :D
UPDATE! I’m extending my SALE to the 23rd!!! Enjoy :D
3 years and counting!!
My Anniversary SALE is here and everything in my Neawear Etsy shop is at 15% off — even the Wall Wear!! — from August 15th to 21st.
Prices are already marked down to make it easier, so hop on over and shop ’til you drop! :D
PS: If you feel like blogging about it on your own blog, please do! It would be much appreciated!!
You can get the flyer here.
Oh I forgot to mention!
My friends over at Tomate d’epingles are having a huge 50% off sale for most of their items of their Summer09 collection! Check the Half Off Section! :D
Zippered Laptop Sleeve, by byrdandbelle.
Sleeves for the laptop, that is! Way too hot for real ones. lol!
I’ve been considering getting an Acer Netbook (you know, those small laptop computers mostly for web browsing). I’ve been tied up to a computer box for always, and the thought of blogging or shopping on my balcony or in a wifi café or park just seems so liberating to me!
I haven’t decided for sure yet, but if I do, I soooo want a laptop sleeve!! Here are a few finds in that department! ;)
Fawn and Dotty Laptop Bag, by TrackandFielsDesigns.
Upcycled Coffee Bag Laptop Case, by labudde.
Crocheted Sleeve, by blackeyedsheep.
Laptop Sleeve, by sandrastju.
Laptop Envelope, by fernfiddlehead.