Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

Archive for August, 2016

Monday Mood Board: Dahlias


The Dahlias are still looking gorgeous; I love the gradation of hues, and the structural pattern formed by the petals.



Friendship Bracelets/Knotted Weaving

I haven’t made a friendship bracelet since I was at school, but decided to experiment with the method as I have plenty of embroidery thread in lovely colours.

As you can see, I experimented with a few different colour combinations and patterns. The free-form pattern below I made up as I went along, experimenting with changing direction.

I wanted to use the finished piece as something other than a bracelet, so decided to make a short length to use as a zipper pull on a jumper.

As I had cut longer strands of thread than I required for the pull, I left a gap and then knotted a second section below the first to use in another project.


I trimmed the ends and cut the top section free from the bottom section.


The top section became the zipper pull, with the loop used to thread it through the metal ring on the zipper.

This was a good way to use up some of the odds and ends of thread that I had in my stash: now I have to decide on projects for the other pieces that I made…:-)


If you fancy having a go for yourself (and didn’t learn how to make these as a child) then there are plenty of helpful guides and how-to videos to be found online.

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