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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We have some exciting Free Craft Demonstrations happening in your local Hickeys Fabrics and Home Focus at Hickeys store for Spring 2016. Details of our demonstrations are listed below or you can download full list for your local store here: Dublin- Cork - Galway -Limerick
Bridal Week - Hickeys Fabrics, Henry Street Dublin 1
Upstyling Millinery & Shoes for the Bride -Saturday 2nd April - 10:30 - 12:00
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).
Waiting for Christmas to arrive can be tough. The anticipation of Santa's visit, family gatherings and the promise of presents can make the wait seem like an eternity! Follow our step by step guide on how to make this patchwork Advent Calendar and get the countdown under way in style!
0.1 Metres red felt (00090667) and Bondaweb for the numbers.
2 x Cafe Rods 22" Wide.
2.25 Metres of ribbon/bias for sides and 1.5 metres for the hanger.
Cut 22" wide x 41" long in the red fabric for the front piece.
Cut 22" wide x 36" long in both the red fabric for the back and the batting as an insert .
Cut 4.5" strips from contrasting fabrics for the calendar pockets. Sew a 1/2" hem along the strips and ten cut into 4" pockets.
Print numbers from a computer and trace on to the Bondaweb. Iron the Bondaweb onto the felt and cut out the numbers. Iron the felt numbers onto the pockets and decorate as you wish. Alternatively you can use the Advent Calendar pre-cut felt numbers (C012907).
Layer the back, the batting the front and pin, tack or sprat them together.
Sew the pockets in place using the spacing on the pattern.
Sew the ribbon or bias strips down the right and left sides.
Sew 2" folds at the top and the bottom to the back using a 1/2" allowance.
Slide the Cafe rods through the pockets and attach teh ribbon to the completed piece.
Turn your little hero into a Superhero with these quick and simple no sew capes and masks. Batman, Ninja Turtles, Minions & Little Princess...the possibilities are endless with this quick and simple tutorial.