Loom Flowers

Today’s mini craft is a blast from every primary school in Australia… well I assume so… we did it in my primary school anyway haha!

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This Knitlon stuff was like a staple of market stalls in the 90’s, usually as crochet coat hangers._1260186 _1260591

But you know, it’s actually occasionally useful for other things 😀_1260592 _1260593 _1260594 _1260596 _1260597 _1260601

Easy hair flower in 5 minutes!

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Fun With Weaving

I went through a pretty serious weaving obsession for a little while last year. I set up myself a makeshift loom using an old frame from a cheap canvas and wrapped the yarn around it.

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James made me a rigid heddle using coffee stirrers and chopsticks and then I bought a shuttle from the Melbourne Spinners and Weaver’s guild.

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It really looks super dodgey but it’s super functional.

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These scarves were gifts for my parents. The frame was just long enough to make a decent size scarf._1310891

And it was easy to figure out how to do basic colour work by alternating colour strands!

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What I would love to do next (though I say this knowing full well that I haven’t looked at the loom since I did all of these scarves…) is made a massive blanket sized shawl/scarf. Like double the size of the loom, it would be so warm and awesome!_1310902 _1310908 _1310909

These scarves were awesome as stash busters too, all of that super soft acrylic that I just didn’t know what to do with ended up as big cushy scarves 😀
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Stiff Crochet Doily Plate

A while ago a lot of stores suddenly started selling crochet doily plates, baskets and trays. They were out of regular yarn but treated with glue to make them stiff enough to be functional. Very out of my budget though so I decided to give making my own a try!

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All you need is a cotton doily and some PVA glue. I decided to just crochet my own out of some stash cotton to use it up.

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And if required iron it.

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Next take some PVA glue and water it down so it has the consistency of milk.
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Dump the doily into it and make sure it soaks up the liquid evenly and completely. If you want something very stiff, you will need a higher ratio of glue._1220854

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Lay out to dry on a plate or something else the shape you want to the finished item to take._1220856 _1220858

Leave it overnight to dry completely and then peel it off._1230283
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Done!
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Depending on the glue you use the stiffness will vary so if you want something like a bowl then use extra glue so it holds shape well. Enjoy! 😀
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Target Beret and Charming Cushion Published with Knitpicks!

So excited to say that my first 2 patterns have been released in book form as part of KnitPick’s collections this month! You can get them in physical books, digital books and individually. We’ve been working on these together for almost 9 months now so it’s really awesome to see them out and released finally!!

Briar Rose Home Collection

Charming Cushion Pattern

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Little Luxuries Collection

Target Beret Pattern

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