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11  My Yarn Wreath (with mini tute) in Winter Holidays by katara on: December 07, 2013 07:53:26 AM
My Yarn Wreath,

I whipped up this wreath completely from stash.

I didn't have a base so I made one from cardboard. I used an old cardboard box for this. Basically I started with the biggest circle (I traced around a plate for the outside circle and used a small bowl for the inside ring). I used a craft knife to cut the circles out. This was the most difficult part. I then cut out 2 smaller rings, to glue on top of the 1st ring so that my wreath base would be more 3 dimensional. I used woodglue for this.

Next I cut batting into long strips and wrapped it around the cardboard base.

My wreath base ready for decoration!

I wrapped the wreath with some fluffy white wool. I find that fluffy or eyelash type of yarn gives the best overall finish.

And then I embellished it with some beads. Basically I put a small bead on the pin, followed by a sequin and then a slightly larger bead and stuck the pin into the base. This method I used for all the beads.

I tied some thin metallic ribbons around the wreath, and curled the edges with a scissors.

The red ribbon is made from felt, and the silver 'baubles' are polystyrene balls covered in tinfoil. The dangling heart is a polystyrene heart covered in tinfoil too.

Everything on the wreath is 'pinned' on. That way I can easily remove all the embellishments and use the base again for a Valentine or Easter wreath.

C&C welcome! I'm also happy to answer any questions  Cheesy

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12  Re: 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? in Winter Holidays by katara on: December 07, 2013 07:26:49 AM
Thank you for the awesome budget-friendly suggestions rockmygypsysoul  Grin

I managed to make a wreath completely from stash and I'm pretty chuffed with how it came out  Cheesy

I'll try to take a better pic tomorrow in better light

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13  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by katara on: August 02, 2013 12:32:52 AM
I finally got round to finishing a project I started last year - A granny square bag...

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14  Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 in Craftalongs by katara on: August 01, 2013 11:28:08 PM
Gozer - You did a FAB job on that Tim Burton bag!!

I recently finished some granny squares that I started working on last year. I want to crochet them together and turn it into some kind of a purse. I have some buckles and a suede belt that I'm thinking of using for handles. Will have to see.

I finally got round to finishing my granny square bag that I posted about on 20 March 2013......

I also lined the inside...

So glad I finally finished a project!

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15  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by katara on: May 03, 2013 12:29:28 AM
P_E_S_T - That Fairy Tale Cake looks amazing! It's my birthday on Sunday - can I commission one?!  Wink

SilverMoon - Raa Raa is simply adorable!

bushbaby - I am in love with the Gartmore Crystal necklace. It's stunning!!

I crocheted myself 3 pairs of Barefoot Sandals as I'm going on vacation next week. They were quick and super easy to make  Grin

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16  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by katara on: April 12, 2013 03:25:57 AM
I made tassel charm bracelets:

You can see the full post here:
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17  Tassel Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by katara on: April 12, 2013 03:22:35 AM

This bracelet was quick and easy to make Wink. I started off by 'fixing' the tassels to the bracelet with jump rings.

I then came up with the thought that it would be great to mix and match tassels instead of making several different bracelets. So I attached lobster clasps to the tassles, so you can make one basic bracelet and then 'customise' the bracelet to suit your mood or outfit.

What do you guys think??
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18  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by katara on: April 06, 2013 12:35:10 AM
I love the thistle prayer flag and the carved wooden spoons!

I made some bangles and wrote a tutorial on how to make them for the Craft Challenge#85.


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19  Beautiful Bangles *TUTORIAL* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by katara on: April 05, 2013 12:51:09 AM
Beautiful Bangles *TUTORIAL*

What you'll need:

- Plastic cold drink bottle - cylindrical shape
- Sharp scissors to cut through the plastic
- Double sided scrapbooking tape
- A needle and thread
- Thin batting (wadding)
- Fabric - preferably something that doesn't fray too much
- Scissors for cutting the fabric and batting
- Some sequence and beads for decoration

Here's what you do:

1. Remove the sticker/wrapper from the plastic bottle and give the bottle a wash.

2. Decide how broad you want your bangle to be. The batting is going to add some thickness so remember to take this into account.

3. Next you are going to cut your bangle.

It's easier cutting the bottle from the inside - like this:

As opposed to cutting it from the outside:

4. You now have a strip of plastic which is going to form the base of your bangle. Measure it around your wrist making sure that it can fit over your hand. Make it slightly looser as the wadding layer is going to slightly restrict the size and leave a slight overlap. Using a little piece of double sided tape - stick the edges together into a bangle shape.

5. Next cut your wadding. You need to cut it double the width of the plastic strip and long enough to fit around the bangle completely. Run a strip of double sided tape  right down the centre.

6. Remove the backing paper and stick the wadding around the bangle.

It should now look like this:

7. Next you need to wind some cotton thread around the bangle to secure the wadding in place.

8. Add another layer of wadding and repeat step 7.

9. We are going to add one more layer of wadding to smooth everything out. This time we are going to sew it together instead of winding cotton thread around it.

It should now look like this:

10. Now we are going to add some colour!  Wink

Cut a strip of fabric big enough to cover your bangle - remembering to include a slight overlap. Wrap the fabric around your bangle, and stitch the short edges together (seam) using invisible ladder stitch.

11. Now for the most difficult part. You need to secure the fabric to the bangle using overhand stitch. Try and stitch as neatly as you can.

12. You're almost done! Embellish your bangle by sewing some beads and sequence to it.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by katara on: March 28, 2013 12:55:06 PM
omg - I love the scalemail pouch!!

I made an altered matchbox - It's a mini Potions Cupboard.

Closed up:

The inside:
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