Halloween is nearly here, and we're promoting creativity and fun this year with our Halloween Spooktacular Kids' Costume Competition! Win your choice of Hamper, packed full of children's goodies that all the family will enjoy.
If you love getting creative, test your skills against other crafters and sewers by creating your best children's Halloween and entering. Creating unique Halloween costumes for yourself or your child is fun, and a perfect group activity for all the family. Both adults and kids can enter, so there's no excuse not to get all the family involved!
How to enter:
Entering is easy! Just follow these steps to enter your home made Halloween costume.
Like the Home Focus Facebook page, and comment underneath the competition post with a picture of your entry.
Five finalists will be selected for further judging, and the winner will be selected from this group.
What will you win?
The lucky winner of the Home Focus at Hickeys Halloween Spooktacular Competition will get to choose between two fantastic hampers. All you have to do is let us know which one you would like if you win (or even if you'd like a mix of both!).
Looking for inspiration:
Our Halloween costumes are the perfect inspiration to get you started on your own unique design, and are full of great ideas for using different fabrics such as netting, felt, faux fur, and more! Experiment with different fabrics, or take a look at our list of recommended fabrics and trimmings for Halloween costume making.
Remember, you can use any fabric or craft item from Hickeys or Home Focus stores, so feel free to get creative and think outside the box. We love to see unusual and inspiring use of fabrics and other materials!
Terms & Conditions:
All costumes made be made by the entrant and feature exclusively fabrics purchased from any Hickeys or Home Focus store. Costumes that do not meet this condition will be disqualified.
This competition is open to residents of Ireland & the UK.
The closing date for entries is 1st November 2016, and the 5 finalists will be announced by 4th November 2016. The winner will be announced on 7th November 2016.
No staff of Hickey & Company, or family of staff members, will be permitted to enter the competition.
There is no competition entry fee, but entrants will be required to cover the cost of their entry.
All costumes must be suitable for a child to wear.
All finalists and winners will be chosen by an independent expert judge. This decision is final.
The 'Top 5 Finalists' will be chosen based on their photo entry, and further judged based on this photo in order to determine the winner.
Entrants will be disqualified for entering any costume that is not their own work, or that contain unapproved fabrics.
Hickey & Company reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed to breach the conditions of the competition.
The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Irish data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
The Danish concept of 'Hygge' is taking the world of interior design by storm, and for good reason.
But what is Hygge? And should you care?
Hygge, pronounced 'hoo-gah', is the Danish idea of comfy and cosy living. This includes enjoying down-time with family and friends, as well as taking that hour to yourself to wrap up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea with a good book, guilt free. This idea has made its way into interior design, with warm throws and blankets with chunky wool knits and comforting candles dominating idea-sharing networks such as Pinterest & Instagram in the last few weeks and months.
Unlike some other interior trends, however, Hygge isn't hard to achieve. Plus, it promotes DIY crafts such as knitting and sewing, which are perfect for down-time and meditation.
Hygge is one of the easiest trends to achieve at home, so it's perfect for anyone to try. Here's how you can get started:
1. Start crafting!
Crafting is the perfect activity when you're looking for some alone time. What's better for promoting a peaceful outlook than sitting down and spending an hour quietly knitting or sewing? No distractions, no multi-tasking, just you and your craft. After all, in this busy, non-stop world, we all need some time to switch off and relax. So get knitting or crafting today!
2. Promote warmth & comfort at home.
Many interior design trends don't list comfort as a priority. This is not the case with Hygge. If it's not warm and comfortable, it's not Hygge. If you want to get in on this trend, you need to create a home that's a haven for the weary. Place warm throws on your couches and arm chairs. Ensure scented candles are adding an ambiance in the evening. Prepare decluttered spaces for hobbies, such as a quiet reading corner with a comfortable chair, nice blanket, and a convenient space for your cup of tea. Before you know it, your home will be the living embodiment of Hygge!
3. Decorate with calming colours.
When decorating your home for comfort, it's important to utilise colours that you find calming. Try choosing neutral, natural or pastel shades to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. Whether it's cushions, throws, or pictures around the room, promoting calmness and peacefulness when decorating should always be front of mind.
4. Use the right textures
What creates a comforting and warm effect better than wool, felt, and other cosy textures? Choose knitted throws, velvet cushions, and other textures you might like. Pick what suits you too - use materials that may have a nostalgic value to you, and create your own personalised refuge from the stresses of life within your home.
5. Keep it up outside the home
Hygge isn't just for weekends, it's for life! Promote calmness and balance on a day to day basis too. This means spending time with friends and family, taking a walk, enjoying a guilt-free slice of cake, or taking a long, uninterrupted bath. Generally, just take time to stop and smell the roses. Make sure you take some time to yourself on a daily basis, and indulge in the activities that make you happy!
There's good reason why residents of Denmark are noted as being the happiest in the world. It's a country where peacefulness and self-care are widely promoted, and the world is starting to take note as countries and communities across the world begin to mimic this ideology - from the world of fashion, to food.
Add Hyyge to your home with ease:
Get involved in one of the world's healthiest trends, and let us know your best Hygge tips and tricks, for creating a peaceful, balanced life!
Tie the elastic around the back of a chair to keep it taut while you work.
Cut all the netting into 3" strips.
Fold each net strip in half to form a loop, and slip the loop under the elastic.
Thread the ends of the strips through the loop over the elastic, pulling tight to secure. Attach all the strips of netting to the elastic in this manner, leaving 6 strips aside to use for the shoulder straps.
Tie the elastic around the chest to determine the size required, and tie in a bow at the back.
To make the shoulder straps, attach 3 strips to either side of the front of the dress by tacking on or tying them to the elastic.
Drape the strips over the shoulders and attach them to the back on the dress. Trim off any excess netting.
Finish the costume by decorating the top of the dress with flower corsages or other decorations.
Trace and cut out the pattern pieces so you have 2 brim pieces and 1 cone piece in felt, and 1 brim piece and 1 cone piece in the Halloween fabric.
For the cone shape, place the Halloween fabric over the felt and tac in place.
Fold over the fabric with the Halloween fabric inside and sew the cone pieces together down the side with a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out.
For the brim, place the Halloween fabric over one brim piece and tac in place. This will be the top brim.
Sew the top and bottom brim pieces together.
With the Halloween fabric facing out, sew around the entire outer edge using a 1/8" seam.
Place the cone piece inside the inner circle of the brim and pin the cone to the brim.
Sew around the entire opening of the hat.
Decorate the hat by wrapping the swansdown trim around the base of the cone where it meets the brim, and hand sew in to place.
Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that you'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved and make creating this Witch's dress a family activity!
Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare your children's costumes than to make them yourself!
It's easy to create a beautiful and unique Halloween costume with Hickey's Easy Sew Wooki Jedi Costume - complete with pants, bag & mask to complete the look. It's the perfect Halloween costume for any Star Wars fan, and is sure to turn heads this October.
Cut a slight oval shape on the fold to make a neck hole.
Fold the fabric right sides together and sew up the sides, leaving a space of approximately 6" to insert the arms.
For the arms, make 2 tubes by cutting 0.3m of fur, folding the fabric, and cutting on the fold to make two pieces.
Fold each piece length ways, right sides together, and sew up the long side to form the tubes.
Shape the top of each tube into a slight curve to attach to the shoulder.
With every piece inside out, attach the curved edge of each arm into the 6" spaces left in the top.
Pin in place, and sew.
Turn the top right side out, disregarding hems as the fur will hang down and disguise any raw edges.
For the Pants:
Each pant leg is a straight tube, like the arms.
Cut 0.4m of fur and cut in half on the hold to create two leg pieces.
Fold over the fabric length ways and right sides together to create a tube.
Shape the tube at the top to form the crotch by cutting out a reverse L shape.
Sew up the long side of each tube.
Sew the legs together at the crotch area.
Cut the elastic in half and attach the 2 straps at the back of the trousers, then criss-crossing the elastic to resemble braces, and attaching the other 2 ends to the front of the pants. This means you won't require any buttons or zips.
For the Bag:
Cut a long strip about 4" wide x 1.4m long of the leatherette.
Sew or glue the length of the plaited trim down the centre of the leatherette strip.
Stick on the square foam stickers along either side of the trim strip, spacing them 0.5" apart.
Fold over the remaining leatherette and cut out an oval shape using a plate. This forms the bag.
To attach the bag to the strap, sew bag hooks to each end of the strap.
Sew the bag rings to either edge of the bag and click the hook and rings together.
Decorate the bag with studs, leather straps, or a button.
For the Mask:
Paint glue all over the mask.
Use some of the left over fur to place over the mask.
Once dry, cut out the eye and mouth holes, and glue a small triangle of leatherette to the nose.
For the hood, cut out a piece of fur 0.25m wide x 0.4m long.
Fold it over, with the right sides together and sew up along the long side, curving at the top.
Cut off the excess around the curve to create a hood shape.
To attach the hood to the mask, attach the stick & stick velcro along the outside of the mask, and stick the front of the hood to the velcro to create the full head of fur, tucking in the excess.
Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that they'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved in making it too!
Measure the length of the cape from shoulder to waist.
Fold the fabric in half, and then in half again.
Starting in the bottom corner, measure the length of the cape. Mark out a 1/4 circle with chalk by placing the tip of the measuring tape in the corner of the fabric and pivot the end of the tape to make the circle, marking the desired length as you move across the fabric, making an arc shape.
For the neck hole, cut out a small 1/4 circle at the corner of the fabric, using the neck of a t-shirt as a size guide.
Open up your circle so it's folded in half, making a large 1/2 circle shape.
Draw a slanted line from one side of the neck hole to the bottom - this should be around 1/4 of the size of a full cape. Cut this piece off to create the front opening.
Draw some freehand spider-web shapes and inverted scallops along the bottom edge to give a web-like effect.
Pinch the fabric carefully in the middle of the shapes and nick with the scissors. Then carefully cut out each shape to create the lattice effect.
Wundaweb or sew the ribbon along the neck line to tie at the front.
Create something truly unique this Halloween for a night of trick or treating that you'll never forget. Plus, when it's so easy to create a memorable costume, you can get the kids involved!
We are delighted to offer a range of FREE In-store Events & Craft Demonstrations in a selection of Hickeys Fabrics and Home Focus at Hickeys stores for Autumn/Winter 2016. (Please note, you do not need to register, and all are welcome!) If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dublin - Hickeys Fabrics, 5 Henry Street, Dublin 1 - Saturday 13th August 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Dublin - Home Focus, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - Saturday 13th August 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Dublin - Home Focus, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - Saturday 17th September 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00 CANCELLED
Dublin - Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 15 - Saturday 24th September 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Dublin - Home Focus, Northside Retail Park, Dublin 5 - Saturday 24th September 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Dublin - Home Focus, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15 - Saturday 1st October 2016 - 14:30 - 16:00
Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre, Williamsgate Street - Saturday 13th August 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Galway - Hickeys Fabrics, Corbett Court Shopping Centre, Williamsgate Street - Saturday 24th September 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00
Summer holidays are finally here and that means only one thing...how do we keep the kids entertained! We've picked some easy kids craft projects from around the web to help keep your little one busy come rain or shine. Happy crafting!
Ships ahoy! These cute little boats are simple to make. Details are available from lifeatthezoo.com
Modern Stained Glass Vases (classic-play.com)
Phoatograph Deborah Harju
Using some clear glass, tissue paper and mod podge to create your own “stained glass” vase. Perfect for a summer posy! Instructions available on classic-play.com
Painted or Decoupage Bird Feeders (candice ashment art)
Continuing on the recycling theme, these bird feeders are made from milk cartons and painted or decoupaged in bright colours ready to hang in your garden. Build it and they will come! Visit candiceashmentart.blogspot.ie for instructions on how to make them.
Fold the napkin in half. Fold the left-hand short edge in about 1/3 of the way, then fold the right-hand short edge in to form a rectangle.
Cut out mini triangle from the cotton quarter pack using a pinking sheers to avoid fraying or the need to hem.
Take approx 30cm of ribbon and attach 2 to 3 contrasting "bunting" triangles to the centre of the ribbon using the iron on Wundaweb.
Wrap the mini string of bunting around the folded napkin and tie at the back.
To dress the chairs, simply cut approx 1.5cm of 3 to 4 different coloured wide width ribbons and tie with a slip knot to one corner of the chair. Face the ribbon to the back of the chair so your guests will see them when they walk into the room.
We are delighted to bring you details of Stylecraft's latest Crochet Along starting 5th April. Designed by the very talented Jane Crowfoot, the project features the Frida's Flowers blanket, a wonderful, colourful design inspired by the the Mexican artist Firda Kahlo. Published in 8 fortnightly instalments over 4 months all the patterns will be available to download free from our blog so don't forget to check in every fortnight. We will let you know on our Facebook page when the next free pattern is available. You can also share your progress with us on Facebook Home Focus Facebook.
The blanket is created in Stylecraft's Classique Cotton available online and in the following Hickeys Fabrics stores: Henry Street, Dublin 1 & Corbett Court, Galway. The yarn is available in 50g balls and costs €3.15 each. Download the Stylecraft's Get Started guide which is full of useful information and tips to help you prepare for the start of the project on April 5th.
This project is designed for those looking to improve their crochet skills rather than complete beginners.
Tueaday 19th April - Block 2 featuring the Dahlia Bud, a native flower of Frida's Mexico, is now available to download from the Stylecraft website. You can download the English terms version here: Dahlia Bud Fridas Flowers Blanket Block 2. US terms, Dutch and German language are available on stylecraft-yarns.com. We would love to see your progress so far. You can share your work on our Home Focus Facebook page or email us on email@example.com
Tuesday 3rd May - Block 3 Bird of Paradise takes its inspiration from the 1943 Frida Kahlo painting ‘Self Portrait with monkeys, bird of paradise flower’. This block is a little more complicated to make than the blocks you have already made. Full UK terms instructions are available to download here Bird of Paradise US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Tuesday 17th May - Block 4- Rosa. This weeks block is inspired by one of Frida's very first paintings, Still Life Roses, a gift for her older sister, Adriana. Full UK terms instructions are available to download here Rosaand US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Tuesday 31th May - Block 5- Heart Rose. This weeks block is inspired by Frida's painting, The Two Fridas, painted in 1939 after her divorce from Diego Rivera. This portrait shows the two sides of Frida's personality. The image on the left of the portrait depicts Frida's vulnerable side - here she is shown wearing traditional dress and with a broken heart. On the right we see Frida's independent side - here she shown wearing modern dress and and with a strong heart. Full UK terms instructions are available to download here Heart Roseand US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Tuesday 14th June - Block 6 - Ring of Roses. This was the first motif designed by Jane Crowfoot for the Frida's Flowers Blanket. Inspired by a famous photograph of Frida Kahlo wits roses in her hair set against a dark green floral background . Full UK terms instructions are available to download here Ring of Rosesand US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Tuesday 21st June - Block 7 - Frida's Bouquet. “I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” - Frida Kahlo.
Block 7 takes it inspiration from Frida’s painting ‘Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on My Mind)’. In this portrait Freda is dressed in white traditional Tehuana dress with an image of her husband, Diego Rivera, on her forehead. A bouquet of white flowers are arranged in her hair. The painting makes it apparent that her husband is at the centre of her thoughts and the source of profound sentiment and passion. Jane Crowfoot designed this motif to sit at the centre of the blanket and at the centre point of both ends of the blanket just as Diego was at the centre of Frida’s life. Full UK terms instructions are available to download here Frida's Bouquet and US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Tuesday 12th July - Block 8 - Frida's Edging. Designed to to highlight the zigzag edge created by the hexagon shapes at the top and bottom of the blanket. This completes the instructions for Jane Crowfoot's Frida's Flowers blanket. It has been a wonderful colourful journey where we learned about the art of Frida Kahlo while creating something beautiful. Full UK terms instructions are available to download here Frida's Edgingand US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Take a long length of ribbon approx 70cm (28") and apply a glue to one end.
Glue the ribbon on to the pointed end of of the knitting needle. then wrap the ribbon all the way up to the end of the needle.
Trim off excess ribbon and glue in place
Push the pointed end of the needle into the poly ball to form the tree trunk
Keep a 50cm of ribbon to tie around the jar, then cut the remaining ribbon into 7.5cm (3") lengths
Begin to fill the polystyrene ball with ribbon. Take a piece of ribbon, fold one end over the other to form a loop. Pin the ribbon loop onto the polystyrene ball, making sure the pins are underneath the loop and hidden. You may need two pins for wider ribbon.
Repeat until the whole surface of the ball is covered alternating the colour and direction of the ribbon.
Take your jar and vase and tie a ribbon around this into a bow.
Fill the container with play sand and stir through some glitter if using.
Place the tree trunk of the ribbon tree into the sand and secure.
Place the template onto the fabric and cut out flags, for 8 flags you will need 16 pieces in total.
Place 2 flag pieces on top of each other, pattern sides facing and pin together along the long edges.
Sew 1cm seam allowance along the 2 long sides to ma a V shape. Leave the top open.
Trim the excess fabric at the point to reduce bulk. Turn tight side out and press. Trim away any excess fabric from the top to neaten. Repeat with the remaining flags.
Attach the bias binding. Fold the bias binding down over the raw edge of the flag and sew 1/2cm from bias edge. Place each flag at 10cm intervals from each other and sew the flag only there is no need to sew the length of the bias. Double fold the ends of the bias and sew down to prevent fraying and leave a neat edge.
Finding the perfect lampshade to match your décor can sometimes be a difficult quest. Our easy step by step guide to making your own lampshade is the perfect solution! Using the fabric of your choice and Needcrafts lampshade kit we will show you how to make your own professional looking lampshade giving you total control of fabric, colours, texture and finish.
For best results fit your pole or curtain rail before measuring. To fit correctly measure the width of your window and add 20 to 40cm (12 to 16"), this will give you a 15 -20cm clearance either side of your window, so curtain can be drawn clear of the window allowing maximum light through. Position your pole or curtain rail 15cm above your window recess and centre ensuring you have 15-20cm (6-8").
To determine curtain width:
Measure the width of your curtain pole (exclude finials) or track. Do not measure the window. To give a nice fullness when the curtains are closed we recommend the following:
For pencil pleat curtains - 2 - 2.5 times the width of the pole or curtain rail.
For Eyelet Curtains - 1.5 to 2 times the width of the pole or curtain rail.
To determine the drop (length):
Measure from the top of the rail or bottom of the pole ring (where pole is to be exposed when curtains are hanging) to the required length. There are 3 typical positions:
15cm (6") below the window sill (assuming no obstructions such as a radiator).