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A handy guide for buying ready made curtains. How to choose the correct size, heading and the right type for your window.
The 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!
Turn beachcombed finds into shoreline critters that'll help keep holiday memories alive. Visit Parents.com Spectacular Summer Craft Ideas for Kids for details
Create this bright musical wind chime using old tin cans. A fun way to introduce your kids to recycling. Visit Handsonaswegrow.com - Homemade Wind Chimes the Kids Can Make!
Ships ahoy! These cute little boats are simple to make. Details are available from lifeatthezoo.com
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
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.
Hit the beach in an easy-to-make surfboard tee. Your child can help choose the fabrics and cut out the shapes. Full instructions and Surf Board template from Parents.com
We also have lots of craft kits available in-store and online to help keep your little ones amused throughout the summer.
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 5th April - Block 1 is now available to download from the Stylecraft website. You can download the English terms version here: White Cosmos Fridas Flowers Blanket Block 1. US terms, Dutch and German language are available on stylecraft-yarns.com. Don't forget to share you work on our Facebook page.
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 Rosa and 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 Rose and 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 Roses and 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 Edging and US terms, Dutch and German language are also available on stylecraftyarns.com.
Follow our step by step guide or watch our easy to follow video on how to make a decorative Ribbon Tree
Image Prestigious Textiles fabric used Superstar Graphite
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.
Make your Christmas table extra special! We've had a look around the web for a little inspiration that will help make your festive table stand out this year.
Scandinavian Style (image: www.hibs100.co.uk). Create this look with springs of greenery, candles and simple ornaments in red and white. For more details visit: hibs100.co.uk deck-the-halls-scandi-style.
Back To Nature (image: deliciousmagazine.co.uk). Three quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas table styling ideas from Delicious Magazine. See more at Delicious.
Rosemary Wreath Place Cards (image thehappierhomemaker.com).
Add a personal touch with these rosemary wreath place cards from The Happier Homemaker. Rosemary Wreath Place Cards.
Edible Feast! (image: yellowblissroad.com).
Fill glass jars with cranberries, greenery and candles for a simple fresh centrepiece. See Yellow Bliss Road for more table decorating inspiration.
Pile It High! (image: redonline.co.uk).
Create a sense of drama in small dining areas, hang stars, baubles, lanterns and fairy lights from the ceiling for a dramatic effect that won't infringe on limited eating space. See New & Easy Ways to Decorate for Christmas from redonline.co.uk for more ideas.
Christmas Tree Napkins (image deliciousmagazine.co.uk)
Add some festive flair to your dining table with this Christmas tree shaped napkins. Follow the step by step video with Delicious Magazine here.
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!
Scandi Snowmen Red (00362313)
Scandi Diamonds Red (00362337)
Scandi Hearts Natural (00362375)
Xmas Snow Natural, (00362665)
Scandi Reindeer Red (00362306)
Scandi Stars Red (00362320)
Scandi Tree/Bauble Natural (00362351)
1. Download and print out both stocking templates (Stocking Template 1 Stocking Template 2) and join at the marks.
2. Trace onto the Stick & Tear and add a 1/4" seam allowance.
3. Using the Stick & Tear as a template, cust as follows: 1 x Back, 2 x Lining, 2 x Batting.
4. Cut up the 7 shapes on the printed paper template. Trace these shapes in reverse onto the wrong (reverse) side of your chosen fabrics addina a 1/4" seam allowance.
5. Sew in place on the stitch and tear in numerical order.
6. Tear away the stabiliser.
7. Cut and fold a 6" Ribbon for the hanging loop
8. Layer as follows with the right sides together: 1 x batting, 2 x Linings, 1 x Batting, Front, and Back.
9. Sew around the stocking shape, remembering to insert the hanging loop and leaving the neck open.
10. Turn back on the right side out and bind neck with the ribbon/bias binding
Halloween is nearly here, and we're promoting creativity and fun this year with our Halloween Spooktacular Kids' Costume Competition!
If you love getting creative, test your skills against other crafters and sewers by creating and entering your best children's Halloween costume. 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!
Entering is easy! Just follow these steps to enter your home made Halloween costume.
The lucky winner of the Home Focus at Hickeys Halloween Spooktacular Competition will get to choose between two fantastic prizes. Option One: A Brother LS14 Sewing Machine. Option Two: A full term of after school workshop at Project Fashion in one of their 15 destinations!
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 Halloween Fabrics to get inspired!
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!
No dress up box is complete without a tutu. Our no sew version is super simple and one of the easiest pieces you can make for your little Princess. Complete the look with our easy-make lace crown.
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