Artist Chris Naylor recreated London’s skyline from nothing but a couple thousand sugar cubes!
Make your own stylish hand-printed outdoor cushions in no time flat with this quick and easy DIY porch pillow tutorial from Elsie at A Beautiful Mess!
Ready to get your paint and stitch on? Head over to A Beautiful Mess to see the full how-to.
In love? Head over to Think Crafts to see the full tutorial.
[Via Dollar Store Crafts]
Make a set of cute fish-shaped tablecloth weights with this tutorial from Kalinka Handmade!
Fair warning: The tutorial is in Russian, but the photos are pretty easy to follow. If you’d like to see the whole thing in English, you can always run it through Google Translate.
Give any room a crafty, stylish makeover with this fun modern plastic canvas wall art tutorial from Diane at CraftyPod!
I love all of the bright, bold colors, and I’m definitely digging the quilt block vibe.
Ready to make your own? Head over to CraftyPod to see how it’s done!
By Jessica Wilson
It being spring and all, I find myself window shopping more and more. Living with most of my belongings in boxes and on a super tight (aka zero dollar) budget, I have found that creativity is a must for adding some fling to my spring wardrobe. Thank goodness for my magic fabric bin that unveiled an armload of store bought and thrifted doilies. So, grab some scissors, a doily or two, and a glass of powdered drink mix if you like, and hop along for this nifty T-shirt revamp.
Transform plain donuts into squee-worthy treats with this awesome and adorable cat donut tutorial from Heidi at My Paper Crane!
Want to see more? Check out My Paper Crane for the full how-to.
Make your own beautiful, wearable spray rose jewelry with this flower necklace tutorial from The Green Dandelion!
Head on over to The Green Dandelion to see the full how-to.
Looking for ways to make your window coverings more fashionable? Maybe you should consider taking a page out of artist Adam Parker’s book with this clever piece, which mashes up popular culture and interior design.
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Artist Lauren Ryan managed to make this unbelievably realistic sculptures of animals from nothing but pipe cleaners!
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Here are some cool things we saw in the CRAFT Flickr Pool this week:
Bobbin Lace Walkthrough, Part Three, by gotthebutton
Patchwork Pal, by Jennibellie
Candy Cane Handspun Fine merino Yarn, by TextileArtsandCrafts
Vinyl Lightning, by SOMETHiNG MONUMENTAL
Little Goose, by carriestrine
Yesterday at Maker Faire Bay Area in the Textile Talk Lounge, artist Ramekon O’Arwisters gave a compelling talk on his social and artistic project, called Crochet Jam. Ramekon goes out into the community and teaches people how to crochet, and then lets them loose to work on a collaborative tapestry. He only instructs how to do the crocheting — not how the piece should look. “Play is the foundation of creativity,” he says. As a result of this freeform approach, it is a beautiful and interesting object, with rows perpendicular to each other, long skinny bits rambling off the edges, and fabrics of every shade, pattern, and texture.
Growing up in North Carolina, Ramekon used to help his mom and grandma make quilts. A few years ago, a friend taught him how to crochet, and it reminded him of those happy times. He decided to start a project that would enable groups of people to collectively work on a piece of art, with a focus on relaxation and human connection. Far from a gallery piece that is static and distanced from the viewer, Crochet Jam tapestries have been displayed in galleries, but once the show is over, Ramekon takes them down and brings them back to more Crochet Jams, to grow and evolve. Participants have the opportunity to become a part of the art that inspired them.
“The social practice of uniting communities — that’s the art. This [the tapestry] is just a symbol of that.”