Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stop shouting, love. Stop making a fuss, it's too late.

I bought a secondhand 4-shaft loom, assembled it and then let it sit in the lounge been taking up room and collecting dust for a month. Finally I decided that I had better do something with it so I whipped out  the copy of the book "The Four-shaft Loom" by Anne Field  and followed the instructions in there for a first project, the result of which you can see below.

Of course there were a few mishaps along the way, mainly due to me not reading all the words before starting but  I got there in the end and learnt quite a bit which is after all the point of practise. My navy wool was slightly thinner than the cream and I beat too hard for most of this project so the twill weaves didn't come out properly.  Then I continued with the same warp and tried out a couple of other yarns for the weft.  About a quarter of the way into using the grey I finally realised that I was beating too hard and after that the twill weave patterns looked a lot better.  The cream and red yarns shrunk more than the grey when I washed  the finished piece which is why it narrows.

I haven't forgotten about my rigid heddle loom though, here's a laptop case and bag I made using a piece I wove on that.  The bluey purple colour is actually a dark purple and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  Now I have to decide what to do next, better start something before I forget everything I've managed to learn so far.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

New to Me Dollshouse

I've bought a second-hand dollshouse from TradeMe.  It's a Classical Dollshouse and Basement from Dollshouse Emporium. Some of the interior was completed but not to my taste so I have spent the last couple of days stripping wallpaper and carpet ready to start the makeover.

I thought the dollshouse seemed quite large until I started putting my Mackintosh furniture in it.  The furniture is from a range the Dollshouse Emporium used to sell, there was a house as well but it wasn't ever in my price range.  It is a lovely house though, so if anyone wanted to give me one I wouldn't say no.
Next step, undercoating the interior and exterior, getting rid of that dark blue, and deciding whether I want to try wiring the house.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sparkly Bracelet

I have had the book Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting for several years but haven't got any further than looking and dreaming.  Then burda easy Spring/Summer 2015 mentioned the 21st Century Fashion Kit from and I thought that looks interesting, checked out the website and ended up looking at LilyPad sewable electronics.  I found the sparkly bracelet tutorial on the sew electric website which looked nice and easy and found a New Zealand supplier for the components. And here is the result.
The Front

The back - very boring
 Here it is in action:

  • Conductive thread
  • 4 x LilyPad LED Yellow
  • LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder - Switched
  • LilyTiny
  • Coin Cell battery CR2032
I ordered them from  It is easy to use these components, the hardest part was deciding on a design and fitting all the connections in. I still have some components left to use in another bracelet and then I'm coming to try something more complicated.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chinese Thread Book

 My first try at making a Chinese Thread Book using the tutorial from Paper Kawaii.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paper Tape

Having fun making paper tape.  Basically you just stick double-sided tape on the back of any paper you want to use and then cut into strips, however you can find more detailed instructions here: diy-printed-paper-tape