A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment ๐Ÿ’œ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for taking a moment to peek in. 

Today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ is another Pinterest find – a cute needle felted miniature from Lisa Jordan.


On her Blog she says…

“Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.”

She is a very talented crafter as you can see for yourself when you visit her on Blogspot ๐Ÿ˜

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an artist’s world. ๐Ÿค—

I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress Wednesday’ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

 ~ Tina xoxo 

Macrame Plant Hanger ~ DIY for Beginners

If you remember the 70s, you probably remember the wildly popular ‘Macrame’ phase. Everybody was knotting rope, and the plant-hangers, wall-hangings, and owls (!!!) were everywhere.


If you miss the knotted beauties (yes, I do think they’re quite pretty…well, most of them – I did see some doozies ๐Ÿ˜  ) ….good news! It’s making a comeback.
While some crafters got a bit carried away ~ I’m still on the fence about this one ๐Ÿ˜Š What do you think? ~

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I think we’ll start with ‘simple’.

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This little plant-hanger is easy to make, and with the lengths of the rope/hemp you can adjust it to any size pot.
I want to show off one of my favorite coffee cups, so I made a small version. If you have a bigger pot, just make the rope/hemp strands longer.

Alright….let’s begin

You’ll need

~ 4 strands rope/hemp , 65″ long   ~ I like to use hemp. It’s easy to come by, comes in        pretty colors, and is not stretchy!
~ 8 wood beads (optional)
~ 1 metal ring

~ 1. Double all 4 strands, and thread the loop through the ring.

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~2. Take all 8 ends, thread them through the loop, and pull tight

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~3. Separate the strands into pairs, thread a wood bead on each pair (optional – if you don’t like beads just skip this step), and knot the strands – with an overhand knot – about 12″ from the ring. Push down the beads.

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~4. Lay everything flat on the table, and pair the strands, using one each from neighboring duos. Add more beads.

 

~5. Knot the new pairs about 4″ from the other knot.
Knot all 8 strands together, 4″ down, forming an overhand knot.

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Pick your favorite cup, add a plant, and hang your Macrame beauty in the window.

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Before I leave you to get crafty – 2 tips
-Since the cup doesn’t have a drainage hole, you wanna set a potted plant in there. Otherwise it might not make it. ๐Ÿ˜ข
-The easiest way to set your cup/pot into the hanger – trial and error experience  ๐Ÿ˜‹  – set your pot upside down, place the large knot on the pot, and arrange the strands around it. No tilts, no tangles, no shards! ๐Ÿ˜

I do wanna learn more about this ‘revived’ craft ~ as I do I will share my newfound knowledge with you!

I hope you have fun, and will share your piece with me.

I hope to see you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

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Maker’s Monday ~ Lariat Design Inspirationย 

A lariat is a great addition to any outfit. Since it’s just a long strand of beads -no clasp- you can wear it any way you like. It can be worn and wrapped like a scarf …and that’s how it got it’s name ~ from Spanish la reata – la ‘the’ and reata ‘tie again’

Here are a few ideas…


If you would like to make your own…here are the simple instructions (some basic knowledge is helpful)

You’ll need
~ 65″ beading wire
~ a selection of beads – glass, metal and/or acrylic
~ charms
~ crimp beads, crimp covers (optional), wire guards (optional)
~ Jumprings

After you decide on your beads, it’s time to design! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜

Lay out the beads, push them around until you’re happy with the look (no worries – nothing is permanent until you crimp that 2nd crimp bead   ๐Ÿ˜‰  )
Now start stringing until you reach about 60″.
Then string a crimp bead, thread the wire through the guard, and back through the crimp bead.
*You don’t necessarily need the guard – I just like to use them, because it prevents the wire from rubbing against the jumprings which keeps it from breaking


Repeat this step on the other side.

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AND …you’re done ~ well, almost. You now get to attach your charms.

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Okay – now you’re done! ๐Ÿ˜„
Below I’m giving you a few more ideas for color combinations. Or you can make a fun multi-colored one, or just use one type/color of bead. You see, the possibilities are (almost) endless!

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If you don’t like the typical Lariat look, simply attach a pretty clasp on one side, and a 10mm Jumpring on the other. The charm (or a nifty tassel) will spruce up this design.

Have fun designing, making, and-most of all- wearing your unique lariat. 

I hope you’ll show me your finished pretties! ๐Ÿ˜Š Questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•    

~ Tina  xoxo 

 

DIY Necklace Tutorialย 

Currently I’m busy planning projects for the September classes. I like this one so much, and I know that not all of you live close enough to attend the classes, that I decided to share it with you right here, ahead of time! ๐Ÿ˜


Here’s what you need…

-a pendant/focal ~ Moonface, ‘Dream a little dream’ Plaque

– 4 ~ 35″ strands of silk cord (lime green, turquoise aqua)

– 21″ large link chain

– 1 medium link

– 7″ small, round link chain

– 6 ~ 2″ pieces of silver wire (24 gauge)

– 1 ~ 12″ piece of silver wire

– 3 Moss Agate beads

– 3 Limegreen beads

– 1 iridescent Rainbow bead (12mm)

– 2 freeform oval links (pewter)

– 1 Toggle clasp

Click here if you love (and wanna create with) thisย Pendantย ๐ŸŒ›

1. First you take the 4 strands of silk cord, fold them in half, and attach them, with a Lark’s head knot, to one of the freeform rings. Then you start braiding.

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2. Keep going to your desired length – mine is 12″)

3. Take the ends, and thread them through the 2nd freeform ring. Fold the ends over, and wrap everything with the 12″ piece of wire.
Attach the large link chain to the ring.

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Now, using 3 small chain links, attach the other end to the pendant

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There…one half is done!

4. Now the other side…
Thread the beads onto the short pieces of wire, and form loops on both ends.

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5. Take 3 small chain links, and connect the beads. Then, with 3 more links, connect the strand of beads to the top of the pendant.

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6. Now connect the last bead to one part of the toggle – using the medium (chain)link, and the other part to the large-link chain.

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You’re done! ย ๐Ÿค— ย  Look at it! You did this! ๐Ÿ’• Congratulations!

I hope you had lots of fun with this project!
…and remember – should you have any questions, need clarification….I’m just a message away. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Of course I’m – as always – looking forward to seeing your finished Necklace!

~Tina xoxo

DIY Wallhanging ~ fast and easy (and beautiful!)

This was a very spontaneous project! After rearranging a few things in my living-room (I got tired of looking at the same pictures  ๐Ÿ˜Š ) I needed something pretty and unique for an empty spot on one of the walls. Now, I’ve done a few weavings, created an oversized ‘Tree-0f-life’, and a dreamcatcher. All wonderful, and I enjoy them every day – but also very time consuming. And I wanted something NOW!
Lightbulb moment!   ๐Ÿค—   Needle felting on a handy, right there surface! An old sweater I had felted for a project (that never happened โ˜บ๏ธ ) came to mind.
I gathered everything  – it’s not that much …let me show you 


A felted sweater (the pretty border  is a bonus, but not necessary), a rotary cutter (fabric scissors work too), needle felting tool and -mat, and wool fluff.

Later on (after this picture was taken) I realized you’ll need a sewing needle and thread for the hanging sleeve.
But that really is it.

Let’s get started….
Cut the sweater into an even rectangle, or a square. Since the felting tangles the fiber there is no need to hem the edges  ๐Ÿค—    How cool is that?
Now lay out the wool fluff and start punching with your felting tool. It’s also a great stress release!

I love all the bright colors – but I’m already planning on making another one in green and red – Poppies!
If you’re new to needle felting, here’s a tip: Remember – nothing is permanent! Isn’t that a relief. If you punch each ‘cloud’ only 2, 3 times, and decide later on that you don’t like the arrangement, you can pull off the piece and start over.
Once you love your creation, punch every ‘cloud’ a few more times, and you’re set!

Alrighty – felting is done!
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Pretty nifty, huh? And it really only took a little over an hour!

All you need now to hang your beauty is a sleeve on the back. I cut a 2″ strip from one of the sweater leftover pieces, and pinned it to the back.
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You can (hand) sew it in place now, creating a sleeve for a curtain rod. Since the piece is not very heavy, a simple running stitch (1/4″) will do.
I used a purse handle I had laying around (also from a project that never happened  ๐Ÿ˜‹   )

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Now she’s ready to adorn your wall …

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…unless you’d like to embellish ~
Pearls or colorful beads would look great

Or you can use it to show off Grandma’s pins…
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I decided to combine this project with my love of jewelry making, and added a row of Amethysts and Crystals at the bottom

If you like this idea, and need help – let me know! I’ll be happy to walk you through!

And now you’re really done  ๐Ÿ˜   Didn’t take that long, did it?
Enjoy your creation – I’d be thrilled to see the pics!

~Tina xoxo

DIY – Design your own necklace

Last week I taught one of my jewelry making classes. Everyone had a blast and loved the end-result! One of the reasons, besides the pride and joy of finishing a piece of wearable art, was the fact that the girls could design their own, pick their favorite charms and beads and incorporate these ideas.
So I decided to spread the joy even further ย ๐Ÿค— ย  with this post and the kits I created that I will offer on my website.

Here you go ….
Necklace ~’Free Your Creative Spirit’ย 

Materials:
1 Earring Loop
1 larger charm (to fit inside the loop)
various charms and beads (for dangles)
Head- and Eyepins
oval jumprings (number depends on the number of dangles you create; I made 5)
1 – 10mm jumpring
40″ cord (I use faux suede)
small link chain
3 – 14mm wood beads
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1 }ย  Look over your bead and charm selection, and decide on the design.
Thread the beads onto the pins; take a chain link and attach it to the charms.
Move it around until you are happy with the layout ย ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  ย ~ and remember – nothing is permanent…you can always change it later (Now my mantra, by the way ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š ย Many a times I’ve stood in my own way, getting stuck at this stage, afraid to get startedย ย ย ย  )
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2} Now, using your round-nose pliers, form wrapped loops – either connect it to the loop of another pin, or use a chain-link to connect the two.

3} If you’re happy with the individual length of the dangles skip this step…if not, read on
3.1) decide on your desired length and attach lengths of chain to your bead/charm

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4} Design your focal with the earring hoop and a charm
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…and attach the charm to the hoop.

5} Use one chain-link to connect the hoop to the 10mm Jumpring, fold the cord in half, thread the cord through the jumpring, and form a lark’s head knot.
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6}
Use the oval jumprings to attach the dangles to the loop

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7} Now it’s time to finish up your necklace – the closure doo-hickey ๐Ÿ˜
Get 1 wood bead and thread the ends of the cord through the hole – one from the right, one from the left
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Thread a wood bead on either end, form an overhand knot – and you’re done. The length is now adjustable
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…and you’re done!
Mine looks like this…
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I’d love to see pictures of your finished piece!
I hope you had fun…Keep on beading!


Love & Light โ˜ฎ
~Tina xoxo

Make a necklace ~ DIY

Are you looking for a fun project? How about this necklace?

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I recently made one, and loved everything about it! The style, the look, the fact that it virtually goes with everything. And it’s pretty easy to make (some experience is definitely a plus though!)
I’ll take you through the process …step by step
First I’ll tell you what all you need –
12 round beads (10mm)
12 bead cones
12 headpins
a pendant
14 jumprings
1 Toggle clasp
3 – 30″ faux suede cords (colorful ribbon also looks great-in that case I would recommend                                                   6 strands)
2 – 14″ lengths of wire

Tools
Round-nose pliers
Needle-nose pliers
Scissors
Measuring tape

Ready? Here we go….
1. Start by threading a beadcap and a bead onto a headpin. Make a double-wrap loop using the round-nose pliers, then attach a jumpring. Repeat for all 12 beads.

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2. Take a 14″ length of wire and fold it in half. Take all 3 (6) strands and place it in the loop. Adjust the strands so they extend appr. 1/2″ below the wire. Twist once. Use one end of the wire to wrap tightly around all strands. Like so….

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Now form a double-wrap loop with the other end, and either clip it off or use it to cover any spaces you might have in the coil.

3. Use all strands to make an overhand knot about 5″ from the coil.

4. Use 1 strand to string 2 beads (3 strands if you use the ribbon)
Form an overhand knot using all strands about 1″ from the previous knot.
Repeat twice.

5. Use 1 (3) strand(s) to string the pendant.
Repeat Step 4 in reverse.
Then repeat Step 2

6. Use the remaining 2 jumprings to attach the toggle clasp.

And you’re done! ๐Ÿค— Congratulations! ๐Ÿ’•I’d love to see some pictures!

Need more help? Please holler! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

Like to recreate this exact necklace, but don’t wanna run around, searching for the pieces? I do have kits available in my store in Weston, MO and on the website https://www.zibbet.com/kristabella
(Little perk  ๐Ÿ˜Š    with the first 2 orders I’ll include a pair of round-nose pliers    ๐Ÿ˜ฌ   )

I hope you have fun making this beautiful piece! Don’t forget to send me some pictures!

See you soon – then I’ll have a soup recipe for you (and what to do with the leftovers ๐Ÿ˜‰)

~Tina xoxo

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