11th February 2014
I’ve been a big fan of Ouchflower for some time now, ever since I discovered Pippa’s tasseled pieces on pinterest and tracked down her website. I was immediately taken with the bright colours and intricate knots, her dipped rope tassels and spiralled macrame had me immediately dreaming of beach shacks and long laid back days.
For me, designs like these are so much more than simply craft, they’re pieces of artwork. Every DIYers dream – to have craft that belongs in a gallery! A little while ago Pippa offered to show me how she creates her beautiful macrame dreamers, and you know I jumped at the chance to see her at work.
- 40mm ring
- 175 mm ring
1. Using a 40mm ring, I larks head knot the twine onto the ring and then create the spiral knot work using a half knot twist.
2. I spiral out all the way until I am ready to add the next 175mm ring.
3. More twine is then larks headed all the way around the on the the 175 mm ring (making look like a very attractive sea creature), at this point there is a lot of twine to wrangle!
4. The final ring 420mm is attached and now some serious macramé knots can happen.
See, I told you she was a bonafide artist. After seeing these beautiful designs I feel like I need to go to knotting school! Put that on my craft bucket list.
Make sure you check back in with Pippa’s store for her new products.
27th January 2014
As some of you may have noticed, in the last few years my interests have evolved from fashion DIYs to a mix of interiors and fashion. It could be a product of getting older (although I’m not up to ‘nesting’ just yet), although it’s more likely due to my boyfriend and I working more closely together than we have in the past (we pretty much sit back to back in the office). As an interior designer (mainly restaurants recently), he’s always coming across super cool DIY ideas for the spaces he designs. Sadly for me, usually the short timeframes for his projects don’t give me a chance to get crafty (in Hong Kong restuarants are designed and built in like, a week), but on one of his recent projects, Fish & Meat, I got the chance to get DIYing! The restaurant was designed with a slight Scandinavian feel, rustic but clean and minimal, and Ben got me onboard to create some rope wrapped mason jar lights to go above each of the tables.
In all honesty, this was one of the most daunting projects I’ve embarked on, for a multitude of reasons. 1. These had to stand the test of time and daily use 2. everyone who went to the restaurant would see them, and finally 3. because I had to make 20+ in a super short time. And so with a whole lot of elbow grease (and a few moments where I thought they wouldn’t work at all) I managed to put them together. Success! Read on to see how to make your own.
- mason jars
- plug in light fixtures with a 25w bulb
- super glue that dried clear
- a skewer
1. Start by cleaning the jar and then adding some glue around the top.
2. Use the skewer to spread the glue about two thirds of the way down.
3. Start wrapping the mason jar with rope.
4. Make sure to wrap the rope tightly and press down.
5. Once you get to the edge of the glue, snip the end.
6. Add some extra glue to the end and press down.
7. Take the top of the mason jar lid off (that’s what’s so great about mason jars!). Hopefully the light fixture will fit properly inside the lid, if it doesn’t you may have to glue it in to keep it secure. We used 25w bulbs for this project so they don’t heat up too much, I left one on all day and it didn’t heat the jar up at all. I would perhaps also suggest drilling holes into the lid if you want to use a brighter bulb so the heat can escape, but it’s probably easier to use a low wattage bulb.
8. Put the light into the mason jar. Done!
I then made another 19. Yay! (as in, it took 5 hours).
How good do they look (ok, ok, it’s probably got more to do with the amazing decor). If you haven’t had a chance to check out Fish & Meat, you definitely should – everything about it is amazing.
16th December 2013
I have to admit that at the beginning of December something clicked and since then I’ve been unashamedly donning as much sparkle as possible. This magpie style penchant for all the pretty pretties seems to be an inclination that strikes like clockwork, as soon as the holiday period comes around. If you can’t cover yourself in glue and roll in glitter before you go out at this time of year, when can you? Recently Swarovski and I got together to work on a holiday accessory using their new Swarovski Elements beads, and it was the perfect timing – their new beads are about as sparkly as one can get without being dangerous, and so I set about creating something to wear on Christmas Day. The result was this necklace, shiny and bright in more ways than one, and just as perfect for wearing with a simple sweater as with a top-to-toe sequin dress.
- a few assorted Swarovski Elements beads
- thick black rope
- think gold and black rope
- gold and black paillettes
- a needle and thread
- two end caps the size of the black rope
- a lobster clasp and some jump rings
- super glue
1. Start by preparing the base rope by adding the end caps. To do this, put a dollop of glue into the bottom of the caps.
2. Press onto the rope and leave to dry overnight.
3. Cut a small section of gold rope and then start to sew your black paillettes on.
4. Sew them across the front of the rope.
5. Add a few gold paillettes to create a statement section.
6. Add the beads into the centre of the gold paillettes.
7. Secure the gold rope to the black base rope by wrapping the ends with thread and tying in a knot.
8. Then stitch the two ropes together at along the back.