22nd November 2013
I’m always on the lookout for slightly different holiday decorations, and because we live in a tiny apartment, decorations that economise on space are a bonus. You may remember a little while ago May of Himo Art gave us the down low on creating our own modern macrame wall hanging, and I’m very happy to have her back showing us how to create a simple macrame holiday decoration. We were inspired by her the incredible creations in her store, but created a simple version for the tutorial that shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to complete. Enjoy!
You will need:
- Three colors of Yarns
- Five 46cm (18″) long ropes
- A wooden dowel
1. Start with a from Reverse Larks Head knot with rope on the dowel.
2. To do this know, fold the rope in half and bring the ends towards you, passing through the fold.
3. Repeat four more times.
4. Decide the length of the coloured wool and cut the yarn.
5. Using a Larks Head knot, attach the first piece of yarn onto the loop.
6. You want to add a total of eight pieces of yarn using this technique.
7. This is what it should look like once you have added the yarn.
8. With one piece of yarn, do a wrapped knot onto the two ends.
9. It should look like this.
10. Unravel the rope.
11. Flip the dowel and add another wrapped knot to the top of the lark’s head rope knot.
12. Push the rope to the top.
It should look like this.
14. Repeat with different colours for all the rope.
16. Trim to desired length.
Tutorial created by May of HimoArt for A Pair & A Spare
17th September 2013
Over the last couple of months I’ve become obsessed with packaging, something I rarely noticed in the past has become an almost addiction – I find myself loitering in the boutique supermarkets here in hong kong ooohing and ahhing over french soup cans… weird I know. When it comes to the perfect package, it’s all about how it represents the product itself, and so what better way to package up beautiful handmade pieces than with equally love-intensive packaging? My friend Megan (she of the amazing macrame necklace) recently shared with me her process for creating the gorgeous handmade swingtags she puts on her rope bags, and I couldn’t help but share. Read on to see how she does it!
I have to say that the imperfect design and feel of these swing tags is what, to me, makes them so perfect!
Images thanks to Knots & Knits
11th September 2013
Chain is one of my favourite materials to work with, perfect for this season’s love affair with grunge. The best thing about using chain in your projects is that it can be added in so many simple ways, be it a handmade necklace for that ghetto chic touch, or delicate chain sewed to a tee for something a little more subtle. I recently took some time to get a little crafty with some curb chain, read on to see how you can do the same!
- a pair of simple flats
- half a metre of curb chain
- super glue
- a needle and thread matching your flats
1. Start by measuring how much chain you will need for each flat. When you have worked that out, separate what you need by using pliers to open the chain at the appropriate link.
2. Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end. Lay the chain on top and sew the end to the strap by sewing through the leather and back around again.
3. Once one end is attached, cover the underside in glue.
4. Press it down onto the leather strap and then sew the other end of the chain down. Repeat for the other flat and leave overnight to dry.
Photos by Monika Kolon