Yarn Wrapped Bottle Ornaments

002I have a habit of ‘holding onto things’, looking at things I’m throwing out and saying ‘I could probably use you for something’. I also have a habit of sitting on Pintrest for hours. The two go together marvellously.

I’ve seen lots of these sort of crafts involving bottles and yarn so I thought I’d give it a go!

It really is as easy as cleaning out your bottle, taking the labels off, picking a yarn and wrapping… with a few tips along the way.

To help make it super easy here are the ThreadCetera tips to bottle yarn craft:

  1. PVA- It’s the best choice. UHU dries very hard and shiny whereas PVA goes clear and if you do the wrong part it’s easy to wash off. Also, this craft can get very messy very fast, PVA is just much easier to get off your skin after.
  2. Start from the bottle neck- Starting up the top is logical because of the bumb in the middle. If you were to start bottom, the wool slides up when you hit the curve bumb without anything to hit against. Doing this top down eliminates this and the wool goes round much easier.
  3. Double Wrap- Depending on what colour of bottle you use this varies in importance. Clear glass allows the wool to dictate the colour overall but if, like me, you have used coloured glass make sure to double wrap otherwise the tiny baby gaps show an awful lot of colour of the bottle underneath. D=
  4. Turn the bottle as you go- If you keep the bottle stationary and just wrap, although the side you are looking at looks marvelous as straight, the other side will end up with a lot of gaps. Turning the bottle means you can keep an eye on the wool all the way round.

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I’m currently working on a few of these in various heights to sit together on the windowsill.

I find the whole process really calming, I would recommend spending some time on it.

See you soon!
~Threadcetera

Day 1- Squishy Cat Amigurumi

DSCF1881I was in the trust pound shop the other day and came across parcel string. I did not really have much use for it in the old days but that was when I couldn’t crochet…

Parcel string is great to crochet with in a 5.5 or 6mm crochet hook. It is really sturdy and creates a surprisingly soft yet very strong finish. Originally I had wanted to make cat toys from it, but I thought I aught to test it out.

Low and behold! Squishy cat!

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The pattern was very simple. Gained from the book found on amazon here, Puffy Pals by Sayjal, at £1.91.

The books patterns are really easy to follow and take less than 1 hour and a half to complete including features. There are so many variations on the basic pattern I’ve been having great fun with it! Parcel string is a really fun medium 3 balls £1!! Who can resist that!

DIY: Friendship Bracelets (with pattern)

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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):

Tips:

  • 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.