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Basket

18 Jul

Some time ago I found a nice project on how to woven bowl basket here, and I thought it was a great idea to give it a try.

Alas, the project proved to be more challenging than expected and it took me quite a long time to complete it. At a certain point I even almost gave it up for good. But after “few” months, I decided that it couldn’t be left there standing in the way any more. So, I finished it despites it is far from being perfect!!

What I found more difficult was the start of the project: the twine, cut straight from the bobbin, was too curly and I struggled to keep it in place. I used plenty of clips but that was a pain in the neck. Before starting, I recommend to cut the lengths of twine and straighten them.

Here is the result. I also added a bit of hot glue to fix it.

potatoes, onion and basket

The woven basket from its best side….

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Kanzashi brooch

15 Apr

My friend Paola – yes! it’s always her! – spoke me about Kanzashi flowers last Friday and told me that they didn’t look too difficult to make. So, I surfed the net for a tutorial (there’s plenty of them) and gave it a try during the weekend. Basically they are made using this technique called Tsumami which, in my opinion, is closely related to Origami…

I used some remnants of a white/cream coloured acrylic fabric – which I don’t think is particularly nice – that I thought were perfect for a prototype.

Since it didn’t come out too bad I decided to finish it with a red wooden single holed button and a red half crystal bead on top of it. I fixed the button and the crystal with some hot glue (another first time for me) and stitched a safety pin on the back to make it into a brooch. 🙂

Doesn’t it look like the Japanese flag? 🙂

Kanzashi flower

Kanzashi flower

Kanzashi flower back

Kanzashi flower back

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