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Braids Braids Braiding is a easy, medieval and quite practical way to make laces, straps, ties, and many other narrow wares. There are far more possibilities than just the simple 3-strand braid that everyone knows. Although there are many ways to make cords and narrow strips of fabric, this discussion is limited to a few of the most common braids made from a set of elements and using no equipment. Basic Flat Braid The elements are divided into two equal or nearly equal groups, and the outside element from one group is carried over the rest of that group and added to the inside of the other group. Type: 3-strand This is the "basic" braid, virtually ubiquitous in time and place. Construction: over 1 Examples: Medieval London- worsted wool, each element composed of 5 strands (Crowfoot et al. 1992) Medieval York- interesting example made from hair moss (Walton 1989) Medieval York- as part of a more complex diamond mesh structure (Walton 1989) Type: 5-strand Construction: over 2 Type: 8-strand Type: 4-strand
The Square Stitch Sometimes referred to as the "Box Stitch", the Square Stitch is the cornerstone of all boondoggling stitches. To start this stitch, you'll need two strands of boondoggle the same length. First, FIND THE CENTERS of these two strands... Create a STARTER SQUARE STITCH before continuing... Return to Basic Stitches Starting Stitches - Boondoggle Projects - Finishing Stitches How do you do the Square/Box Boondoggle stitch? How do you do the Square/Box Boondoggle stitch?
No-Sew Fleece Octopus Tutorial - While She Naps I picked up this craft booklet, circa 1966, a few months ago at a church rummage sale and got inspired to update one of its projects. The yarn octopus has long been a classic toy to make for children, and I've transformed it into an even easier, and perhaps more cuddly, no-sew fleece octopus! According to my 8-year-old, her fleece octopus is "the cutest thing ever." You'll need: -16" x 16" piece of fleece -styrofoam ball 3" in diameter -3/4" wide ribbon - felt scraps in white, gray, and black -embroidery floss -8" x 8" piece of quilting cotton for the bandana -string (not pictured) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Put the octopus on your head and smile! No-Sew Fleece Octopus Tutorial - While She Naps
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Lately, my bucket has been brimming over with ideas. I love Pinterest not just to discover cute and clever art lessons, but for ideas to create them. I’m in the business of creating my own content so I look to my surroundings (and Pinterest!) for my daily fix. Here’s what’s inspiring me lately… A simple image often spurs the brain into action. I’m always on the lookout for a simple approach to teach perspective and this atmospheric grove of birch trees is perfect. Last summer, I took my parents to visit Lotusland in Santa Barbara. Of course, inspiration is never far away. What has inspired you lately? Share October Inspirations October Inspirations
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index A sword was found in Langeid, Bygland (Setesdal, S. Norway) in 2011. It is a unique sword from the late Viking Age, embellished with gold, inscriptions and other ornamentation. It is now being displayed for the first time in an exhibition entitled “Take it Personally” at the Historical Museum in Oslo. A special grave Archaeologists from the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo discovered a Viking burial ground in Langeid in Setesdal in southern Norway. “Even before we began the excavation of this grave, I realised it was something quite special. The post holes reveal that there was a roof over the grave, which is a sign that it had a prominent position within the burial ground. “But when we went on digging outside the coffin, our eyes really popped. Dating of charcoal from one of the post holes shows that the grave is from around the year 1030, at the very end of the Viking Age. “The sword is 94 cm long; although the iron blade has rusted, the handle is well preserved. The battle-axe index
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Joel Henriques is an artist and toy designer who lives with his wife and three-year-old twins in Portland, Oregon. He is author of the blog Made by Joel and is currently writing a modern toy/craft book that will be published in Autumn 2011 by Trumpeter Books. Joel’s paintings can be seen on his personal site. Fabric Nesting Dolls I love nesting dolls and always thought it would be fun take the element of hidden surprise and use it in a toy more suitable for the 0-3 age group. Below are some simple directions if you want to try them out. You’ll Need: Fabric (I used a natural denim for the front and fleece for the back.) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Thanks, Joel! Sewing Projects | More How-Tuesday Posts | Handmade Kids on the Blog Handmade Kids How-To: Fabric Nesting Dolls Handmade Kids How-To: Fabric Nesting Dolls
As a child I remember building forts, tents and tee pees with sheets, blankets and pillows layered over chairs, sofas and beds. Something magical happens when a child's imagination is fired. This indoor/outdoor play tent is the perfect hideaway for any child, and it's an easy, fun project that shouldn't intimidate any adult. Let me repeat... This tent was introduced on my blog last week as part of the "Waverize It" fabric challenge. Materials for Tent Frame: 2 - 1" x 2" x 8' lengths of select pine, cut each in half to form four 4' lengths for tent poles 3 - 3/4" x 48" hardwood dowels 3/4 inch spade drill bit Note: I bought "select pine" (which is the highest grade on the market) for the tent poles at Home Depot. Instructions for Tent Frame: 1. 2. 3. 4. Optional: If you have rambunctious kids and are afraid that it will collapse inward when bumped by your little ones, you can add an additional horizontal pole on the base at the back of the tent. 5. Instructions for Fabric Tent: 1. 2. 3. 4. Child's Play Tent Tutorial... Child's Play Tent Tutorial...
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Amalgamated is a new series of vessels by studio markunpoika constructed from assembled pencils. Taking advantage of the pencil’s unique hexagon shape, the pencils are first tightly glued together at each facet to form a solid block. The final pieces are then carved on a machine lathe to reveal the insides of each pencil. Via studio markunpoika: “Amalgamated” is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil as an object seems to go unnoticed if utilised only for their primary purpose. The vessels are part of a collaboration between Gallery FUMI and Faber-Castell and were recently on view as part of Design Miami/Basel 2014. Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika
From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques. One of the most impressive videos is an example of Japanese parquetry demonstrated by Noboru Honma, where geometric mosaics of wood are cut into razor-thin veneers for application on boxes or other decorative objects. According to Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo, when viewed with headphones and at full-screen, this video may be an example of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), a perceptual phenomenon that’s described on Wikipedia as “a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli.” So, what’s the verdict, does this Japanese parquetry make your spine tingle!? Or maybe this calligraphy video? The Fine Art of Japanese Parquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics The Fine Art of Japanese Parquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics
DIY PVC Flute - Native American Flute
This page provides a tool for designing Native American flutes. The basic strategy is to provide inputs such as the key of the flute, the bore diameter, wall thickness, finger hole size, and many other parmeters you will be using, and this tool suggests design parameters such as the length of the sound chamber and the location of the finger holes. Note that this tool attempts to predict the best bore length, finger hole locations, and other output parameters using a set of rather complex equations. While these equations provide can provide a “reasonable” first approximation for these parameters, they should be considered a starting point. It is typically possible to construct a well-tuned flute by using the results of this tool and then careful tuning of the flute (see the Basic-Six, Basic-Five, and Bob Grealish tuning methods). In short: You may find this tool a useful starting point. Preserving Your Results On Windows 7, you can use the Snipping Tool. Temperaments Status Revision History DIY PVC Flute - NAFlutomat DIY PVC Flute - NAFlutomat
« Advance your next-door Woody Allen by supporting the American Film Institute-Fashiontribes From The Heart Blog | Main | Shed your holiday funk with a hearty, healty chopped salad-Fashiontribes Food Blog » Sink Your Teeth Into Raw Jamaican "Jerky" Made with Avocado Instead of Meat or Tofu - a Raw Food Recipe from FASHIONTRIBES RAW FOOD BLOG (Photo from JEREMY SAFRON'S JAMAICAN SPICE CUBES from This recipe is in the style of Jamaican jerk baked tofu using avocado instead of tofu, using firm yet ripe avocado and a special cutting style. Ingredients: 3 Avocados 1 cup tahini 1 tablespoon ginger juice 1/4 cup tamarind 1 habenjero pepper 1 teaspoon Allspice powder 1 soaked date 3 sprigs of cilantro Bottom 3 inches of a scallion 1 tablespoon tangerine juice 2 tablespoons olive oil Pinch of Salt *add water only if needed* Preparation: Put the avocados aside while preparing the sauce. - Lesley Scott TrackBack Comments Post a comment Fashiontribes: Sink Your Teeth Into Raw Jamaican "Jerky" Made with Avocado Instead of Meat or Tofu - a Raw Food Recipe from FASHIONTRIBES RAW FOOD BLOG
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Apple pie is absolutely my favorite fall dessert. I crave apple pie all day, every day during this time of year. And the smell of warm apple pie…mmmm, there is nothing better. 4 oz Canning JarsRolling Pin 3/4 Cup Flour1/2 tsp SugarPinch Salt4 Tb Cold Butter (cubed)2 Tb Ice Water 3 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and cubed)1 tsp Spiced Apple Cider (or lemon juice)2 Tbsp Flour1/4 Cup Brown SugarPinch Nutmeg, Apple Pie Spice, Cinnamon PIE CRUST: Mix together flour, sugar, and salt. PIE FILLING: Peel and cube apples. Step #1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Step #2: Cut out a large circle for the bottom crust and position it into your canning jar. Step #3: Place the canning jar (just with the bottom crust) into the oven and bake for 5 – 7 minutes. Step #4: For the top crust, use the lid of your jar to cut the top to size. Step #5: Once you’re ready to bake, place tinfoil atop jars to protect crust and bake on a baking sheet in the center of your oven. DIY: Canning Jar Pie | Alana Jones-Mann
baked goods | Alana Jones-Mann While in California, I had the honor of getting to collaborate with the incredibly talented Kelsey Harper aka Flower Girl Los Angeles. I’ve been a fan of Kelsey’s work for a while – her arrangements are always so chic and beautiful, but still have that very cool down-to-earth California vibe. So, needless to say, I was over the moon to get to work with her on a little just-for-fun project. For the collaboration, we kept to what we both do best – I brought the cupcakes and Kelsey brought the flowers. What resulted was a batch of beautiful flower-topped cupcakes. I wanted to take the agate slice cupcake from my Gemstone Cupcake DIY one step further, so I decided to make a batch of agate sugar cookies. Materials Needed: Sugar cookie doughRoyal icing (in a piping bag) [for recipe, see HERE]Food coloring (either water or gel-based)PaintbrushPiece of scratch paperOptional: Metallic silver edible color, sanding sugar Directions: Wait a minute…24 hours?! Photos: Pretty Party Decor Ideas:

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It’s been awhile since we made these pretty storage jars and we realized we never shared them on our own site, duh! We did share a brief rundown when we shared some pretty bathroom storage tips last year but figured it was time to share a quick step by step how to fancy up your mason jars. We love these recycled food jars turned pretty storage jars with glass knob tops, great way to upcycle something that would have gone in the trash! This is a super easy project and we love the color combo! They coordinate with my personal decor style and especially that of my daughter’s room. I couldn’t be more pleased with how easy these knob jars turned out and guarantee you’ll love them just as much! Paint jar lids assortment of paint colors, 2-3 light coats will cover them. Tip: Paint the sides first, then hold the lid with you thumb and index finger to keep your hands clean! When dry, seal with a foam brush.Drill into middle of jar lid with a metal drill bit. Screw knob into place. upcycled mason jar with pretty glass knob tops » Lolly Jane
Here are some great ideas for Teacup Bird feeder .They are easy to make and are great for getting those birds to your backyard so that you can enjoy them. So don’t throw away your old cutlery and kitchen items. Use your old cup and saucer, or old sauce pan as bird feeder and amaze everyone with your sense of creativity. You and your kids will love these unique DIY about recycling ! Click here for instructions from ‘Intimate Weddings’ Click here for instructions from ‘Mommy Moment’ Click here for instructions from ” Gardenweb “ Click here for instructions from ‘Erin’s Creative Energy’ DIY beautiful-teacup-tyre-planter — Check here Wonderful DIY Beautiful Teacup Bird feeder
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