Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bohemian Mandala Bags

I had these bags crocheted last year when I launched my Bohemian dreams collection, but somehow they didn't make it in time for the photo shoot, and I had completely forgotten about them until recently, so we had a blitz photo shoot in my most favourite street in Ohrid this past weekend.
I keep referring to them as mandala bags, although that circle ends up as a square. The color combinations are soft and attractive and although the burgundy red bag might appear slightly strong, I believe the sherbet fringes give it the right balance.
The bags can be found in my shop: burgundy & sherbet  and brown.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Insta Love & Inspiration: Folt Bolt

Today's inspiration Monday post is homage to an amazing artist, Kriszta Kemeny, who has been promoting fellow artists around the world, unselfishly and devotedly for many years, beautifying the world with the enchanting and attractive ambiance radiating from her colorful corner known as Folt Bolt.

 Kriszta Kemeny

Kriszta is a Hungarian in Australia, with a very colorful artistic background. She had run her business for 18 years, designing and producing patchwork home accessories, accessories for children's room, unique felt bead necklaces and distinctive women's and kid's clothes. Closing her business in 2012, she decides to showcase the amazing artwork of designers she admired.

Folt Bolt has grown to represent a rich, spectacular vault filled with art, colors, creativity and talent, featuring inspiring artists and designers, offering an everlasting visual stimulation every day. 

Folt Bolt Shop

Friday, August 17, 2018

Crochet Bunting Galore

The latest from our creative corner are these buntings I made for the kids' shop. I played with colors and patterns and though they are finished I somehow feel I could add something more to make them really stand out. Upgrade planned for next week.
As for this week, it went away in a swoosh! I really hate August halving itself so fast. Did it go fast for you too?
We have the weekend all planned out and I will definitely share a glimpse of it in my stories. What are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Type of Crochet: Irish Crochet

I have tried and used many types of crochet. For the purpose of journaling these tries and uses I am going to start a series of posts on the types of crochet. As being immensely attracted to the Irish crochet as a way of lace making I am starting the series with it.
Irish crochet lace was developed in Ireland in the mid-1800s during the potato famine as a way to support families. Crocheting was a simpler way to make lace and the techniques were easy to learn.

Irish Crochet Lace is made with a very fine steel crochet hook and fine crochet cotton or linen thread. It begins with an outline of the pattern on a piece of cloth. Each motif is  crocheted separately, using cotton cord for volume and shaping. The finished motifs are then basted onto a cloth in the shape of the pattern. The motifs are then joined with a mesh of chains and sometimes picots. When all the motifs have been joined together to form one piece of lace, the basting stitch is removed from the back cloth, revealing the completed lace.

Lately I have been focusing more on Irish crochet lace, working on some flowers and leaves designs. Designing them is fun and a great way for me to wind off.
Irish flowers and leaves being the facets of this type of crochet, it goes without question that I have already shared a free pattern for a lovely flower.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Insta love: Eleven Handmade

Instagram is rich with phenomenal designers and Linda Skuja is one of them.
Today I am sharing her account. She loves playing with unusual patterns and creating mind-blowing creations.
Personally, I am in love with this zig-zag pattern she created - looks amazing on both sweaters and cardis/kimonos.

Friday, August 10, 2018

DIY: Pull Off a Handmade Bohemian Look

If you carry a boho sparkle in yourself, it is easy to style your bohemian looks. Pulling off the bohemian look has never been easier: you basically need a fringed top, long wavy / breezy skirt, a kimono, a scarf and a hot bag and you are all done.
Here are some ideas how to make your own bohemian clothes without breaking the budget.
Geneva offer a lovely tutorial how to make this dress. Isn't it amazing? I am in love!
This is a super tutorial. Turn a scarf into a top. Adventurous!!
Jess suprises with yet another phenomenal top!
If you missed this, a couple of weeks ago I had shared a fringed granny top.
Next, we have kimonos in line. The crochet one is quite practical because it can  be worn throughout the year. The sewn kimono - quite a big hit several summers in a row.

Lastly, I have included my repurposed bag into the selection. If you have an old pair of jeans, turn them into a boho beach bag.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mix & Match: Sherbet Necklace

I played mix & match with my stash again and this is the result. I didn't use as many elements as I did for my Kahlo necklace, and this is a proof that a beautiful necklace can be made with just a couple of things.

For the Sherbet necklace I chose a mandala, a tiered flower and this wooden necklace.

As I planned to make it a bib necklace, I folded the mandala at the top an sewed it. Next, placing the necklace around it, I sew it on.

To make the ties of the necklace thicker and give them structure, I picoted half way through and single crocheted it to the end where I placed to beads to beautify the closure.

The little flower was placed at the center and I added tubular beads to make the centerpiece more interesting.

To spice things up, I outlined a portion with black floss and threw in some French knots. They do make a striking difference to the piece!

It is for sale and you can find on TLT or Folt Bolt.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Insta love: Bohemian Brides by ImmaClé Novias


ImmaClé is a love story.
Their love story nurtures on vintage fashion, love of silks, plumeti tulle, lace and pastel colors. Their heart beats in all the immaculate little details, every single wave of the ruffles, soft rustle of the silk and luscious feel of lace.

Their photoshoots reveal thousands of stories and each leaves a strong imprint on the viewer, making sure they are not forgotten. Desired and cherished.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Crochet Round Hemp Bag

Hi guys! Happy Friday! We are still on holiday. Week two rolling in so the days blend into each other. I've been working on several projects at a time and I recently finished this bag.
This is a sample bag I made using hemp. Working on it was challenging. When I first started it I thought and felt I was going to bring my fingers to blood. Never before have I used hemp to crochet with, so it was difficult at first but after the first round side was made I got used to it and everything went smooth afterwards.
I wanted to add wooden handles but I didn't buy them prior our holiday so I crocheted them too and I also added tassels to decorate it. I had it envisioned something different but had to work with what I had on hands.
I am on my second bag as I write this. It goes much faster and needless to say I am addicted :)
Next I want to use some jersey yarn for this exact bag pattern. I think it would be awesome!


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

DIY: Mini Succulent Clay Bowls

In our garden we have pots and pots of sempervivum succulents literally pouring down from said pots and I got an idea to make them little houses out of clay.

For this project I used ordinary clay and tempera colors, although I believe they would be much more attractive with acrylic ones. I also used transparent varnish to give them shine.

Here's how it goes:
Take a piece of clay and sculpt a mini bowl which would be 5  or 6 cm in diameter. Put the clay ball into your palm and pushing with your thumb knuckle - make it a nest, i.e. a bowl.

Work with fingers to make it deeper.

Leave to dry. Although the weather is scorching hot in my corner of the world, I left them to dry for a day. Color them. Doddle or draft a pattern. Apply varnish.

Add soil and stick the succulents in.

They make such a lovely splash of joy.