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Feeling free

OK – so it’s a blatant plug, but this is my first magazine for Lincraft and I’m pretty excited by it.  You don’t know what it took to get here… and it is just so pretty!

Yep – that’s me, being all editory and everything.

Fashion, fun and hats.   I loved making the hats.

An easy to sew clutch bag.

Tips and tricks on working with feathers, so you can make your own hat for the races and have it looking professioanl.

Great vest for layering.

Hoop la!

Love this project – so easy and so practical – great for gift-wrapping too.

Artwork to try yourself, and easy enough to get the kids involved.

An easy tee-pee.  Why should boys have all the fun…

Knitted cupcakes!  Too sweet! And the hobby horses turned out beautifully.  Such a fun project.

And some links to some wonderful online resources.

It’s out now – projects are on the website:  www.lincraft.com.au.  Most exciting, and most exciting to have it printed so I can get on to the next thing.

Christmas is coming!


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For our recent ad in Notebook magazine, Lincraft used my hand-painted cushion project.  Detailed instructions available here.   With a little more explanation below.

Wash and dry your fabric before starting.

To hand paint dye on fabric you need to use it in a concentrated form.  We are rebelling from the packet instructions.  Yeehar!  Make up the concentrated dye – but then don’t dilute it – use it in the concentrated form, so the dye can really sink into the fibres and stay where it should go.

You will get some bleeding – which is to be encouraged and that adds an excellent softness to your design, but you can restrict the bleeding somewhat by painting on to the fabric dry (not wetting it as the packet suggests).   The bird (above) was painted on to dry fabric)

This dot effect was made by painting on to wet fabric – for as much bleed as possible.

I painted lots of circles, then filled in the gaps between the circles to give it a white dot effect.  The irregularities give added visual texture.

Once you have painted the cushions – let them dry and then wash them by hand and in the washing machine to take out any excess dye.  When they are finished you might like to embellish your design with some embroidery thread – picking out the sillouette or adding detail, and if you are inclined – add some more detail in the form of appliqued shapes.

Of course you can use any cushion insert, but there is nothing quite like sinking into a down pillow.  Down pillows can be fluffed up to look good again any time (unlike fibrefill) and are – I think – an investment well worth making.

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Roughed Up

I have to confess I am addicted to distressed paint and much prefer a distressed and faded wall on a derelict house to anything fresh and fancy. I love the patina that age gives to wood, collect painted driftwood and zoom when when I can see paint peeling on a surface.  There is something special about knowing that an item has lived and breathed before.  That hands have touched it, chosen it, saved it, enjoyed it.

It’s true that letters have been around as a decorating item for years.  I don’t know about you – but I always keep an eye out for my kids initials and never seem to find what I’m looking for, so it was quite exciting to see a new range of paper mache letters kicking around the Lincraft office.  They are not wood, but that’s Ok to me because with a little care you can fake it and they are so lightweight you can stick them up with blu tac and move them around when you feel like it without damaging the wall.

You will need:

  • Paper-mache letters
  • Acrylic paint in a number of different colours
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper.

Paint the letters in a few different colours – layering one colour over the other and allowing enough time for them to dry properly.  Don’t worry if the paint is uneven or if bumps are present – they will add to the final look once sanded.  Finish with a coat of white.

Once thoroughly dry, take some very fine sandpaper and working carefully (because the paint is thin and we are working on paper) reveal the paint under the top layer, paying careful attention to the corners and edges where wear would naturally occur.

When you are happy with your letters, spray with a Matt Finishing sealer to protect them and affix to your wall.

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