Charming jewellery projects – New craft books for April

Bead something beautiful or learn how to create an elegant bracelet using ideas and techniques featured in this craft book collection we’ve chosen for you. Simple to make and fun to wear handmade accessories for you and your loved ones. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverLeather & bead jewellery to make / Cat Horn.
“Learn how to create beautiful beaded leather jewellery using simple stringing and knotting techniques. In no time you will be making fashion jewellery you will love to wear and show off. Experienced beaders will find mix and match different techniques, as well as advice on how to create leather jewellery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuccessful Jewellery Maker: Problems, Solutions and Best Practice [paperback]
“A comprehensive manual for jewellers. Author Frieda Munro draws on her experience both making jewellery and teaching the craft, and describes every conceivable problem that a jeweller might face at all stages of making a piece, suggesting ways to resolve what’s gone wrong, or to use it creatively: turning a fault into a design feature.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSensational soutache jewelry making : braided jewelry techniques for 15 statement pieces / Csilla Papp.
“Soutache is a decorative braid, colourful, extraordinarily light, luxurious and stylish. In this book, Csilla Papp will show you how interesting and varied soutache embroidery can be. She firstly teaches basic techniques needed to have a good grasp of soutache embroidery. Then you’ll learn to create 15 projects including bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces incorporating stones, crystals and beads. Csilla encourages you to deviate from her patterns as your technique develops, using different colours and stones, allowing your imagination to run free.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMade in paracord! : 25 great jewelry, accessories, and home projects to knot / Caitlin Wynne.
“This collection of 25 designs, all created in brightly colored paracord, will inspire you to get knotting. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates-and more!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Make 50 Fabulous Flat Kumihimo Braids: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Flat Braids for Beautiful Cord Jewellery and Fashion Accessories, Complete with Kumihimo Loom [paperback]
“A beginner’s guide to making flat braids for fun and fabulous cord jewellery and accessories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJewellery / Laura Torres.
“Bracelets, brooches, beads… Learn to make all these and much more in Jewellery – A fantastic step-by-step guide to creating 12 of your own stylish accessories. Step by step instructions show you how to fashion a friendship bracelet, a pretty pin brooch and even a flower power hairband. Be the envy of all your friends as you whip up bracelets, necklaces and rings to create your own unique look!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArm candy : friendship bracelets to make and share / Laura Strutt.
“Simple to make and fun to wear, friendship bracelets are the perfect craft to make at home. They make lovely gifts–if you can bear to give them away!” (Back cover)

How to make a zine – by kids for kids

If you know or have any kids that would like to try out making a zine, then looky here…

How to make a zine - by kids for kids

Come along to the free children’s zine workshop and have a go at making your very own zine!

Thirteen-year-old Zora Patrick has been making zines for almost five years. In 2011 she won Wellington Zinefest’s ‘Best of the Fest’ trophy, and in 2012 was invited to the 2012 KOMACON (children’s comic competition) in Bucheon, Korea.

Zora and her zine-making younger sisters Oki (9) and Dune (8), whose work was also recently included in the exhibition Small Press at RAMP Gallery in Hamilton, will be talking about ideas for zines, zine-making techniques, and presenting some of their favourite creations.

This workshop aims to encourage children to participate in zine-making and introduce them to Wellington Zinefest, and will include a session of zine-making with materials provided by Wellington Zinefest and Wellington City Libraries.

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:30am – 12pm
Where: Central Library, 65 Victoria St, Wellington
Audience: Children
Cost: free!!

Winter craft

With nights very long and dark at the moment, I’ve been looking for new things I can easily make in the evenings.  I’d love to sit in front of the telly kniting  scarfs, hat  or soft toys.  But as I’m not a knitter, I’ve been looking for other small, simple things to do.

purseA little while ago I made quite a few purses and pencil cases with stitched felt animals and small scenes on them.  I got the idea from The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronozo.  They looked great and were a quick way of adding a bit of interest to a pencil case. I made different sizes for different uses, like keeping the playing cards in.

I recently borrowed Cuter Book Felt mascot: cute and easy to make! by the same author which has a similar theme to the Cute Book. The book has patterns and ideas for creating palm sized soft toys and mascots from felt.  So simple, and perfect for making in front of the telly!

I liked how the patterns in the book are printed at actual size.  There was no felt dogneed to enlarge on the photocopier, although this could be done for making larger sized animals.  I was able to trace the pattern, cut the felt  and then get started.

The construction uses glue to hold bits in place (like eyes and legs), but with a little adaption, it was easy to do away with glue altogether.  I chose to cross stitch on eyes or use a french knots instead of small pieces of felt.  I thought this gave a nicer finish to the toys, and I wanted to be able to give them to small children when finished.  I also modified a few of the patterns so I didn’t have to cut out “fingers” on some of the patterns (like the frogs hands).  That was just a little too fiddly.

felt softiesThe finished toys look really cute and are a great size – just right for little hands.  And to keep them all together, I’m able to fit quite a few into one of my matching pencil cases.

Titles by Aranzi Aronozo:
Cute book
Cute dolls:  Lets make cute stuff
Cute stuff
Felt mascot: cute and easy to make

And MORE procrastinating….

The ironing pile is getting bigger, and I am perfecting the art of procrastination!

Syndetics book cover30-minute earrings : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers / Marthe Le Van.
“”Sixty to make in thirty!” …This 60-piece collection showcases an array of inspired and stylish projects that don’t demand a large investment of time or money, but do give jewellers the pleasure of sharpening their skills and enjoying spectacular results. The imaginative and diverse designs feature everything from elegant gold, pearls, and sterling silver to nontraditional and repurposed materials. Every one is gorgeous! …” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe children’s year : seasonal crafts and clothes / Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marije Rowling. Keep the kids occupied over a wet weekend!

Syndetics book coverBig little felt universe : sew it, stuff it, squeeze it, fun! / Jeanette Lim.
“Enter the imaginative universe of felting, with this irresistible collection featuring a super-cute Asian-inspired aesthetic. Twelve “sets” include more than 60 projects, from fruits and a felt knife for “slicing” them to a show-stopping birthday cake with decorations and detachable candles. Hundreds of photos and full-size templates make the crafting easy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitted socks east & west : 30 designs inspired by Japanese stitch patterns / Judy Sumner ; photography by Yoko Inoue.
“… Whether short or long, fine or bulky, simple or complex, each of the 30 designs in “Knitted Socks” “East and West” is named after an intriguing aspect of Japanese culture. For example, the leg of the Origami crew socks appears to fold in and out; and the Ikebana knee socks highlight a textural floral design. Step-by-step text and easy-to-read charts are included for each design,….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beaded edge : inspired designs for crocheted edgings and trims / Midori Nishida & CRK Design ; [English translation, Sean Gaston … [et al.]].
“… Add a personal touch with beautiful beaded trims. … 18 designs that range from delicate and classic to modern and bold…Each trim is illustrated with clear stitch diagrams that demonstrate the patterns, and the detailed step-by-step instructions will teach you to combine basic crochet techniques with beadwork for gorgeous edges and embellishments. …If you have a passion for personalizing and embellishing, you will find a treasure trove of new techniques in The Beaded Edge.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTwelve by twelve : the International Art Quilt Challenge / Deborah Boschert … [et al.]. If you need some inspiration this is your book!