Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bohemian Bottlebrush Bracelets Pattern

When we visited Barcelona this past spring, I saw a bottlebrush for the first time and was quite taken by it to be honest! Nature never ceases to amaze me with its magnificence.
These bracelets were inspired by the bottlebrush and I've got the tutorial / pattern for you ready.
For the bracelets I used sport yarn and 1.9 mm hook. And a bead for closure.
Row 1: {Leave a long tail} Chain 5 and sl in the 1st ch. You'll make a picot. Repeat this until you achieve the circumference of your wrist.
When you achieve the desired length, take a button or a bead (whatever you plan to use for closure) chain a certain amount of chains. Try to see if the bead fits. If not - chain some more. If it does, sl st at the beginning of that chain to make the loop or closure.

Row 2: repeat pattern for row 1. When you make the picot, sl st it in the space of the picot below, then ch 5 again and make another picot and repeat as before.

You end this row with a sl st. Leave a long tail again, as you did at the beginning which you will use to secure the bead with.
Adding the spikes
The spikes make all the difference. They shouldn't be too long (the bracelet would look grotesque) nor too short (the spikes will tie off). I made them 2 cm / 0.8" long.
Cut contrasting yarn (a bit longish) and double it. Insert the hook between the first and second picot and yarn over, pulling the yarn up.
Make a loop and pull the ends through it. Pull to tighten it.

Next, trim it (to 2 cm / 0.8"). Repeat this for all in- between picot spaces on both sides.  And your bracelet is done. Neat and easy, don't you agree?

Hope you liked this! I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY Idea - Decorate Your Spartan Sandals



The Bohemian Summer continues with an easy DIY idea.
Pom-pom and tassel embellished sandals were immensely fashionable this summer, so Eva bought these lovely Spartan sandals with the idea to add them a bit of color.

We decided to use only pom-poms and tassels although various types of pendants and charms can be added as well.

To make the pom-poms I used this method but instead of the whole hand I used only my index finger  and here's a tutorial for the Tassels.

This is our color selection and placement of the pom-poms.

We didn't glue the pom-poms on. Eva plans on wearing the sandals for years to come, so we reasoned if they come out of style and she doesn't feel like wearing them like this, she would be able to  take everything off.  So instead of gluing, we sewed them together as shown on the picture below.

How to sew them together: Thread a sewing needle with a doubled thread, start from the first/ red pom-pom and sew upwards to the last one, then change directions and sew downwards. When you come to the first pair, that is the orange in the picture, sew through the pink too, then back at the orange one. Repeat this for the second pair (the yellow and the green one) and finish where you started. After I finished sewing the pom-poms I secured the whole piece onto the sandals by tying it in several places underneath.
The tassels are an easy job- you just need adequate jump rings.
We hope you like how we made them!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Summer Garden in My Shop


Happy Sunday!
Just wanted to tell you I just listed these little treasures I crocheted as part of my Mori Collection. That one went as fast as a twister and these are the only one remaining - I just discovered I hadn't listed them anywhere for a year. Oh and there are some leftover brooches, but they'll come a bit later. Can you believe they were hibernating - or maybe it was me ? :)
Below are my Bohemian bracelets/ cuffs - the patterns for these are among my bestsellers, so if you are interested and you don't crochet, now you can buy them already made.
If you are interested in the patterns for these they are here and here.


Thank you for stopping by and do visit tomorrow for an interesting DIY idea.

Friday, August 19, 2016

DIY Lace and Tulle Rosettes Tutorial


Happy Friday all!

Well, I have a super easy weekend project for you if you were planning on being crafty. What I want to show you is two featherly easy techniques to make lace and tulle rosettes.

Let's start with the Lace Technique

1. You need a strip of elastic lace. The width and length determine the size. For my rosette I used 7.1" / 18 cm long and 1.2" / 3 cm wide lace strip.

2. Fold it in half.

3. Fold the end to mark the center. *(Instead of folding you can tie a knot here).

4. Start turning the strip around that center you folded.

5. Hold the center so that it doesn't bulge up while turning.

6. When done, pin it in several places.

7/8  Tuck the end underneath and shape it with fingers to get the right look.

Tulle Technique

1 / 2. Cut  a strip of elastic tulle. The for my rosette I used 3.9" / 10 cm long and 1.2" / 3 cm wide lace strip. Note that the longer the tulle strip, the bigger the rosette. Put it on your index finger and start winding it around. Do not go up and down the finger - do the winding in one spot.

3. Next, carefully slip it off your finger.

4 / 5. Hold it tight and pin it.

After you pinned the rosettes, thread a sewing needle and sew through all the layers minding not to disturb the shape of it.
As you can see from the pictures, I used these cute rosettes to make rings. As a matter of fact, these can be used for all kind of accessories or refreshening old clothes, etc.
I hope you enjoyed my techniques!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bohemian Summer: Boho Kids' Clothes

What kind of Bohemian Series would this be if we don't include kids in it? The bohemian trend not only touched but deeply embraced kids clothes this summer. And if I may say, I think they are better  than adult clothes. I mean I would love to have all of these myself :)
Ok not the jumpsuits and the rompers, but you get what I mean:)

When it comes to selection of fabrics and prints - they are the same - bold, vivacious colors, flowery prints, lace / crochet insets and pieces, tassels and pompoms.
What I came to notice that out of all the rompers / jumpsuits are the most popular of kids clothes, followed by shorts and shirts and lastly dresses.
I leave you now to enjoy the selection I've made. All respective links can be found on my board Kids' Clothes.




Monday, August 15, 2016

Dazzling Nature Inspired Jewelry - Agija Rezcova Interview


Hello to another beautiful start of the week.
Today I want you to meet an extraordinary Latvian designer, whose creations are gorgeous and awe-inspiring pieces of jewelry. Her name is Agija Rezcova.

1. Please introduce yourself for my readers. Who is Agija Rezcova?
I'm a very lucky woman, because after searching for along time, I'm in the right place and in peace with myself. I’m happy and grateful for my family and work.

I am a mother. I have 2 sons - the older son will soon be 12, the younger is 10. I met my husband at  17 (I am now 33), but we’ve been married for 9 years.

Sometimes I show the child in myself and then I am  more of a friend to my children – rather than their mom, which has it’s drawbacks. My husband is my land. He is my everything although we are very different in character.

My birthday is in May and my Horoscope sign is Gemini. And I very often feel myself as a Gemini, as if there are two people in me. But not in a bad connotation - it just bothers only me, it's like a mask. Other people don’t feel that when they are around me. I am an introvert. That means that I am always quiet, I love to be alone and work alone.

 I'm a little bit superstitious. I also believe in reincarnation.

I like the autumn, the rain, nostalgia, romance... I'm a dreamer. I can dream with my eyes open. I like to take pictures - my jewelry and nature are my favorite themes.

2.  In your introduction on etsy, you mention that you are a self-taught jewelry designer. What challenges did you encounter learning to make jewelry?
Yes, I'm a self-taught jewelry designer. I don't have any art school education or something like that. I haven’t finished any courses about embroidery or jewelry making.
I don't remember any serious challenges. I got to learn the basics as any other beginner, I guess. The most important thing that a beginner needs, I think, is patience to continue what he started as well as imagination  and the technique will follow.

3.  You also mention that what happened to be your hobby turned into a full time job? How did the transition go and what/ where was your first appearance as a jewelry designer?

My decision was simple for me - I wanted to work at home, I wanted a job I can do alone and that would be creative. But a job that would also be a sufficient source of income for me and my family.

I did not start with my insect jewelry. No. I tried decoupage, I sewed  umbrellas with laces, small, decorative boxes, hair accessories with fabric flowers etc. and sold it all on fairs, but not as jewelry designer, of course.

And then, one beautiful day the magic happened.

4.   What was the first thing you made and what piece of jewelry / accessory you are most proud of?
My first jewelry were simple earrings.  My best friend started making them and I wanted to try too... And it all fascinated me!
I  am most proud I think, with my Scarab beetle, or any other beetle - I love them all :)

5.  In creating your enchanting, ethereal brooches you use natural stones, glass, lace, ribbons, etc. How long does it take to make a brooch from sketch to finish?

 It depends on various factors, first - from inspiration, second - from the complexity.

But on average – it takes about 3 days, including photography, picture selection and processing, item placing in a shop, advertising on social networks.

6.  Can you describe an ordinary day working on your jewelry accessories?

Well, it’s not very detailed. When working on an idea I select the materials and then there are many hours spent embroidering. Doesn’t sound very interesting, but it is!

7.  What part of the process is the most enjoyable? Is there a particular place where you like to work?

 I love to work in my new home studio - there is a very good atmosphere, good light and calmness.

I can't say what part of the process is the most enjoyable... Each part has its own attractiveness, but I very much enjoy the feeling when an idea sprouts and it starts to grow!

8.   Your inspiration often comes from the past – 17th & 18th century clothes in particular. Can we expect an extension of your line in that direction?

Oh, I hope so! A while ago I found a very interesting book on the internet - "Godey's Lady's Book" that served as a source of inspiration and I already have some projects in mind. But for now – when it comes to history - I love to listen to historical movies and serials when I am working :)

9.  What do you do in your free time?

Everyday worries and responsibilities, resting with my family, taking pictures. I like to read adventure books, especially when it's raining outside... but I don't have a lot of free time; I'm very busy working what I love the most.


 10.  Your plans for the future?

I don't have specific plans for the future, but I have some hopes. Time will show.

Thank you Agija for taking the time to chat with us! I wish you tons of success in the future!
If you like to see more of Agija's amazing creations, follow her on the social media given below.

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