First of all, happy New Year! What better way to start off the New Year with a cosy blanket? (Unless you live in the southern hemisphere off course…)
In september we went to the fabric sale of Strass, a brand of cute kids clothing. (strasskids.com) They sell off their surplus fabrics at the end of each collection. Sample sales like these are a great way to score some interesting fabrics, at very decent prizes.
I bought some off white teddy fabric and a great black and white chequered knit fabrics. The squares are tiny, so from far off it looks like a grey knit, but I love the detail if you look closer. Turning these soft and warm fabrics into a cosy couch blanket made sense, they are such warm fabrics, but I needed something to set off the neutral colours, so I added some neon orange piping chord from Veritas… Continue reading →
Yes, you read that right. Knitted Christmas balls. I obviously have too much time… Or not, as it took me about a year to make 10 pieces!
I saw the knitted christmas tree ornaments in a book from Arne & Carlos: 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and was immediately sold on the idea, even though I realised it was going to be a lot of work. The instructions in the book are really clear. Still, if you’ve never knitted with more than 2 needles or more than one colour before, I can definitely say it’s a challenge.
Luckily, a well timed Christmas present last year, ‘Ons Breiboek‘ came in handy. ‘Ons breiboek’ is a full-on manual for knitting, covering all the basics and a lot of more advanced techniques as well. (For the belgians reading this, this book is from the same organisation that publishes ‘Ons kookboek’, granny would be proud.)
So armed with 2 books, 5 needles and some cotton wool I set off on my task, and I have to say, once you master the technique involved, the balls practically knit themselves. Hehe, you didn’t believe that did you? But it does get easier, the general pattern for the ball stays the same every time, just the design changes (you could make the same design over and over again, but where’s the fun in that 😉 )
The end result was well worth the effort in my opinion. Now I just wish people would stop focussing on how fat and short me tree is and focus on the ornaments instead!
The combination of an industrial look with the use of pure materials (iron and wood) really does it for me. Needless to say this project is high up on my to do list. I’ve already bought the pipes, just need to buy the wood and assemble the lot. Two negative points: I’m a bit worried about the ends of the pipes damaging my wooden floors and at about €50 for the pipes, and looking at at least another €50 for a piece of wood sturdy enough, this isn’t the cheapest DIY project out there.
On the other hand: this will last forever as the materials used are very solid and it’s a timeless look. I can probably find a way of protecting the pipe ends too… Suggestions anyone?
A friend of ours recently gave birth to her second son. Because she already had all the baby stuff from her first son, I just asked her what DIY gift I could make. Turned out a mobile for Maxi Cosi would be useful and I got inspired by this white cloud mobile posted by the “Do Small Things with love” blog. Continue reading →
From our experience, babies are more interested in mobiles that contain a combination of bold shapes and colours. Therefore we choose an easy star shape and decided to work with contrasting colours on each shape that are also used in the blanket. This way the quilt and mobile match well together and the baby is stimulated by the mobile (which benefits the parents as well). Continue reading →
We made this colour block quilt for our good friend Laure’s little girl Anna. We decided to keep the patterns super simple (euhm, not less work intensive though) and work with bright colours. Our main inspiration was this ixxi ‘loco’ wall mural:
If you don’t know ixxi, check them out here: http://www.ixxidesign.com/ great budget friendly solutions to make a statement on a blank wall. I especially love the rijksmuseum plates design, but you have the choice of a wide variety of designs, or you can upload your own.
The inspiration sorted, the only thing left to do was make the actual quilt. Here’s a quick run through of materials and step by step of the process.
First of all, for those of you that don’t know, perler or hama beads are little plastic fusible beads (strijkparels). Typically fused using an iron, in this case it’s done in an oven. I bought mine on Amazon, but you can find them in any good toy store, and even Ikea. Continue reading →