This week I’m gearing up for University term going back! I can’t wait! Books, lectures, reading lists, classes about magical creatures… Ok maybe that last one isn’t true but I think this bracelet was too cute not to have a link in sentence.
This lovely Pattern by Tiny Owl Knits is an intricate piece of craft, incorporating knitting and jewelry craft and more importantly, caring. This project isn’t just a lovely pattern, this is a whole zen ‘life changing’ project created to guide you into doing nice things for others.
The concept is lovely, you earn your charms by doing nice things for others, the environment, animals and the ones you love. Only once completing a task can you knit your charm and add it to your bracelet.
It makes the charm bracelet mean more to you, making lovely memories and being really special.
ThreadCetera will be making one! The lovely Cia Jackson over at Red Head Knits will be my knitting companion on this journey through stitches I have never tried and we will be blogging our progress in pictures! I, for one, am the most excited crafter! See what Cia has to say about it here.
First and foremost, sorry for the photo on webcam… I left my normal photo taking device (my htc desire) at my manpals house! D=
After the success of last weeks bracelet making I’ve been dabbling in the more complex patterns available to me– all FREE via friendship-bracelets.net
I have completed Pattern #6775 (click for link)
This one is 2 cute cats face to face. It was a 16 string, 62 row, 2 day, 2 colour affair.
I used my trusty pound shop wool in white and black, sellotape to strap it all down and normal scissors for cutting. I added washi tape in a contrasting colour to keep the ends together in a more interesting manner than a big old knot.
I find with the larger weaves they don’t make very good bracelets but I’m planning on making a tote bag to stitch this onto.
Take it row by row, write down where you stop and start and that stops you repeating or missing rows out. It sounds like common sense but it is the MOST helpful tip I can give!
Make the middle strings twice as long as the inside ones. These strings will be doing much more knotting than the outside ones, I found this out halfway through when my middle 4 strings were 1/8 of the length of the rest left. A quick knotty patch job did the trick but the knots in the middle can be felt when running hands over. D=
This week I took a trip to the Art Store this week and invested in lots and lots of beads and thread.
I’ve been dabbling in the childhood craft of freindship bracelets after seeing some selling for over £5 in urban outfitters and downright refusing to pay the pricetag. At first I just braided for simple bracelets, pushing beads on every 10 repatitions or so. Before long I was trying more complex patterns and found a whole bunch of free patterns on http://friendship-bracelets.net/ which are really easy to follow. Knotting over and over is really calming.
I’m most proud of my cat bracelet. The bead is a ceramic shaped cat 50p from the art store. Thick cotton (35p a metre) is a nice alternative to leather, which when damp tends to smell a bit which with weather in Scotland is a real concern. :p. The pattern could not be easier (click for larger images):
repeat over and over. If you like, add a bead onto one thread instead of making the knot, continue the pattern as before.
Sellotape is your friend-want to avoid looking silly holding string between your teeth or toes? Yeah? Stick it to the table.
A little bit more- Although you might have measured enough to go round your wrist, remember that string will be knotted over and over and will shrink down. Add an inch or so to compensate.
UHU need some more in your life- Instead of making large knots, my bff UHU glue on the end of the strings, held for a few seconds and left to dry drys nice and clear while holding firm.
I loved my previous box craft so much (see post on my earring chocolate box) that when I acquired a handy shoe box with my new walking boots my mind put two and two together.
After dealing with the mass of earring that I own I decided it was a good idea to tackle the mass of necklaces, rings and bracelets that I own… and trust me this is the thinned out version! I used egg box carton lid and insides as separators so I can easily lift out compartments to have a good old root around. Each bracelet can have a separate egg cup and so on. Everything looks so organised its easy to select what I want to wear.
The box itself had a quick lick of paint, white emulsion mixed with a purple colourant, and was left to try overnight. I’m just lazy but the box should ideally have 2 coats to make it even and cover any labeling.
I used a mixture of buttons and beading for the top, spares of this and that spread around the top of the box before labeling it ‘treasures’. I love using the foamy bit from inside chocolate boxes to raise up labels. I think it looks p. nifty.
And so there, my gems are hidden in a treasure shoe box. =D