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Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier

Poking around on Ravelry this week, I stumbled upon this delightfully chic and oh-so-wearable project: Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier. With cold weather on the horizon, I took the opportunity to whip up a cozy headband with some beautiful, hand-painted yarn that I’ve had stashed for quite some time.turband

Quick, easy, and definitely gratifying, this was a perfect mid-week project.turband detail turband profile

Much to my dismay, Cascade has discontinued their Pastaza Paints yarn… but i love it! It’s a shame because the 50% wool / 50% llama blend was a pleasure to knit and purl. It’s a double shame because I can’t get enough of this “Snowden Hill” colorway. Fairly certain that these colors would match every single winter outfit I could come up with.turband ball o yarn turband twist 2

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A Charmed Life

Two weeks ago, I started tinkering around with beads and some embroidery floss. I wasn’t thrilled with the result, so I put the project away for a bit. We have been very busy lately and taking a break seemed to be the natural and wise thing to do.

I revisited the unfinished necklace this weekend with renewed creative spirit, and much to my surprise, it didn’t need much work at all. In fact, all I did was swap out a small charm for a giant tassel. Et voila!

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Tassel & Charm DetailThe necklace consists of three tassels of various sizes and textures, purple and grey seed beads, a light gold spike charm, and an embellished gold charm. All of the pieces are pulled together by the blue-grey thread for an eclectic but muted look. I can’t wait to layer this with other long gold chains!

Oh! It turns out, this necklace is incredibly soft. Who would have thought?

Flowers! Sort of.

It’s officially Autumn! I celebrated by wrapping up in a grey infinity scarf (a gift from Berlin) and indulging in delicious coffee and some much-need R&R. How have you spent your first days of Fall?

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Of course, yesterday wasn’t the beginning of my favorite season without a little crafting. Looking to spruce up our tiny kitchen table, I fashioned a small autumnal bouquet of dusty purple and ecru mums, a green gerber daisy, and a few orange ranunculuses (ranunculi?). The mason jar and grosgrain ribbon give it all a homespun feel.

Unapologetically fake and a tad gloomy, I think this arrangement will be perfect for October – which is rapidly approaching by the way!close bowjar lightson with candles mercury glass


May I take a moment to express my feelings for mercury glass? We bought 12 of these assorted votive holders for our wedding last year, and I cannot get enough of them! The crackled effect of the glass is beautiful enough for special occasions and spooky enough for All Hallow’s Eve.

It’s not too soon to start decorating… right?

Beaded Peter Pan Collar Tutorial

2013-08-18 10.13.28 HDRTurning a boring ol’ t-shirt into an embellished masterpiece is as easy as draw, outline, and fill! Let’s get to it.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Crew-neck or scoop neck t-shirt
Thread to match t-shirt
Thread to contrast t-shirt
Needle
Beads (I used three tubes of 6/0 e-beads in Onxy)
Fabric chalk

Before starting, I recommend giving the shirt one last machine wash. You’ll probably want to handwash your top once the collar is complete.

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Outline1. DRAW THE COLLAR
Draw an outline of your collar directly onto the t-shirt using your fabric chalk. I free-handed mine, but tracing a pattern is always an option.

Don’t be afraid to try out different sizes and shapes until you find something you like. A damp cloth will erase the outline if you want to make adjustments or completely start over. I drew a smaller collar in the beginning, but ultimately decided on something more substantial.

Once I was happy with my sketched-on collar, I used the contrasting thread to sew on an outline. I figured that as I beaded, the chalk would rub off (which totally happened). While this step might seem redundant, it will save you from re-drawing your outline over and over as you begin to sew on the beads.

2. BEAD THE OUTLINE
Your collar is outlined and your beads are assembled, so it’s time to start sewing. Pick a point to begin beading and just go for it! I doubled my thread for extra hold and sewed on one bead at a time.

Make sure your knots are nice and secure, and every so often, gently tug on the fabric to make sure that the beading will stretch. I had this nightmarish vision of pulling the t-shirt over my head, hearing a pop, then watching helplessly as beads tumbled to and bounced all over the floor. Kinda like this.

Once I had beaded around the entire collar in the front, I sewed a single row around the back of the neck. It’s totally optional, but I’m a fan of even the smallest details.

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3. FILL IN THE COLLAR
The final, but most time-consuming step is simply filling in the collar. Just as you did for the outline, sew on one bead at a time and stretch the fabric every once in a while. I took the opportunity to add a bead or two to the outline itself, creating a smoother and more polished edge.

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Like I said, it’s a very simple project and totally worth the time spent. If you use this tutorial, please send pics to folklorecraft (at) gmail (dot) com! I would be honored if you shared your creativity with me!on table

Beaded Peter Pan Collar

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Moving twice in 11 months will certainly prompt you re-evaluate your wardrobe. Why pack, move, and unpack something you haven’t worn in ages? Why fill your closet with clothing that’s out-of-shape, the wrong size, or just plain uninteresting? My friend Sarah, the Fröhliche Haus Frau, recently blogged about her experience downsizing for her move across the Atlantic. It’s tough and sometimes heartbreaking work, but completely necessary if you wish to maintain a polished wardrobe and your sanity. Trust me.

Plain Black Tee

Even though I’ve made a concerted effort to maintain a slimmed down closet, a few items always seem to fly under the radar. I recently discovered this black t-shirt stuffed in the back of a very neatly folded drawer. How?! Why?! Alas, I had no answers. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I wore it. Not good.

Rather than toss it into the donate pile, I decided to give the shirt one last chance. The high neckline made the tee the perfect candidate for a peter pan collar – so hot right now.* I toyed with the idea of sewing a collar, but DJ encouraged me to try something new. I went out on a limb, and by that I mean to the craft store, and took on the task of beading one instead.

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The project was surprisingly simple, albeit time consuming. I worked on the collar over the course of a few nights, but I think the results are definitely worth the time invested. Plus, what’s easier than throwing on a t-shirt with a built-in necklace?

I took some pictures along the way, too, and I’m considering putting together a tutorial. Anyone interested?

*this phrase only exists in my lexicon as a Zoolander reference

A Star-Studded Post

Every August, the Perseid meteor shower puts on a dazzling display. In fact, the celestial event will hit its peak this week, so it’s not too late to wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and catch a glimpse of shooting stars as they race across the Summer sky.

Like so many of us, I’ve always had a deep fascination with space. Nebulas, galaxies, constellations – the universe is a stunningly beautiful and truly curious place. While taking stock of my craft supplies this week, I realized that stars have not only worked their way in to my collection of beads and ribbons, but they have begun to influence my overall design aesthetic.

Behold!

Stars Display

I found these delightful Cära pavé star earrings at Target and I wear them constantly. Since I much prefer studs over dangling earrings or hoops, I’m thrilled when I discover a quirky post earring.

The sheer ribbon with the gold stars was an impulse buy. I’ll admit that I have no idea what I’m going to make out of it, so in the meantime I’ll just enjoy the ribbon’s delicate beauty. If you have a suggestion for a craft idea send it my way!

The beaded bracelets are a product of recent late-night downtime. DJ has just returned from his six-week Berlin adventure (see Sarahrulu’s blog post for more details ), and we’ve been enjoying quiet evenings at home. In about an hour, I created two bracelets adorned with handmade tassels, gold stars, and shimmery seed beads. The thread tassels remind me of comets! Worn alone or as a celestial pair, they’ll be perfect to toss on with a pile of bangles.

StarsCollageMaybe there will be some time for star gazing tonight… after Breaking Bad, of course.