February 17, 2010
Posted by myconey under general
| Tags: balls
, kid craft central
, pom pom
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it’s true – those decorative balls of puff have an N at the end – wiki says. they are great for party decor, gift embellishment or cat toys <i think, i have a dog – don’t listen to me>
here’s a simple a tutorial from kid craft central
compass (or 2 varied sizes circular items to trace)
1. from the cardboard, cut 2 doughnut shapes (using the compass or varied sized circles) ideal dimensions: 5cm outer diameter, 2cm inner – centered. place the doughnut shaped cardboard pieces on top of one another.
2. with manageable length wool/yarn, begin wrapping the cardboard fully around so that it is no longer visible. when tying pieces together, make sure the knot falls along the perimeter, not on top of the cardboard’s flat surface.
3. once you have done this with several layers, cut the string around the edge by putting your scissor blades between the two pieces of cardboard and cut.
4. wrap one piece of yarn between the two cardboard pieces – around all strings, directly in their folds; tie tightly.
5. remove cardboard & trip any strands that are too long.
January 21, 2010
Posted by myconey under crafty
, too personal
| Tags: blanket
, chicago willie
, lambs wool
, merino wool
, thrift store
, wool felt
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for a while now, i’ve wanted to scavenge local thrift stores and create an upcycled throw from unwanted wool sweaters. to be totally honest, i teeter along the line of skeeved out and eco-mindful. thankfully chicagowillie offers incredible step-by-step instructions, including washing with extra hot water! (adios germs, sorry mother earth – is this net zero?) but really, why does a wool knit elicit so much anxiety when i certainly don’t mind generic hotel sheets nor used t-shirts (is cotton less odor absorbent?) hmmm, one for the shrink. anyway follow these 4 blog posts + make one of your own!
1: Sweater Felting Tools and Supplies
2: Choosing Sweaters
3: Washing + Cutting
4: Design Development
thanks for the direction chicago willie