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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Fluffy weaving on a recycled clothing tag

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Use a recycled clothing price tag as a weaving loom

In today’s post for my ongoing recycled clothing tag project we’re creating a small weaving loom from a tag. This one is fairly easy to do and very forgiving. Because the tag is two sided, the wool runs all around the tag so you don’t go backwards and forwards and the edges don’t need special attention to make sure they don’t pull inwards.

Start by punching two rows of holes – top and bottom. This is for the warp threads. I used some fiber that isn’t fluffy so it is smooth and easy to work with – the fluff comes later.

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Once the holes punched, thread a large eye needle with thread. Tie a knot big enough to stop the fiber pulling through the hole and start stitching the warp threads. Go in a hole, across and down the tag and in the bottom hole. Continue on the other side so each side has warp threads.

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Now get out some yummy fiber. I used fluffy white fiber and just wove over and under all across one side and then around onto the second side. Continue to do this for 3-4 rows.

Then, for a change of pace, get another fiber. I used a white metallic style fiber which is thin but sparkly. Because it will sort of disappear into the weaving you will do an even number of rows in this fiber. I chose to do two rows.

Don’t break off the thick fluffy fiber, just continue with the thin sparkly one and do two rows. Leave the fiber end loose and now go ahead and do 3-4 rows of the thick fiber. Alternate 2 rows of thin fiber with 3-4 rows of thick fiber until the weaving is all done. Periodically push the fibers up towards the top of the tag so the weaving is pretty tight.

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Once a thread is nearly done, stitch it back through the existing weaving to hide the end and stitch the new thread through it too so you can start weaving with it. You don’t need to be very careful about this since it won’t be under any pressure – just make sure the ends don’t show.

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To finish off, thread a loop of fiber through the hole in the tag and you’re done. This would make a cute tag for a winter or Christmas gift – you may even stitch a metal snowflake onto it to make it even more seasonal.

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Recycle clothing tags with photos on acetate

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Showcase your photos on acetate with this recycled clothing tag project

This installment of the recycled clothing tag project is an idea for creating a small bunch of tags to decorate a gift or hang in your office.

You will need images printed on acetate – I use a laser printer and simple black and white images printed at a very small size on overhead transparency acetate. Other things you need are – washi tape, recycled clothing tags, small plastic bags, hole punch, string. The tags need to fit in the plastic bags.

I used some buildings for the images and fractal trees – I did a post on how to make fractal trees for craft projects here that you can use.

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Cover the tags with washi tape to decorate. Cut the acetate images to match the size of the tags. Place the tags and acetate photos in the plastic bags and seal.

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Now cut one or two extra images and make a frame around the edges of them using washi tape. Hang the tags in a bundle from a single loop of string.

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Fox Studies in Pen and Ink

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Practice your foxes with fox studies

If you’ve been following my blog you will  know I recently posted a story on how to draw a fox in 6 steps.

Once I’ve finished with a step by step like that and I have basically nailed an approach that I will use to draw a fox the next thing I do is to draw some studies of that animal. I work out what it will look like if it is sitting or standing, facing towards me, away from me, or curled up sleeping. Then I sketch it over and over to work out how I am going to draw these placements in my style of fox.

How do you work it out? Well google or pinterest are your friend here. Go search for foxes – either photos or drawings or anything that helps you get a grip on what foxes look like when they are doing things. I use these images as a reference point.

I use my fox design – so the drawings all look like “my” foxes but they are based on all sorts of fox images that I found to use as reference for how foxes bodies shape when they are doing things. The trick is to develop and keep you own style and then extend it until you know your creature a whole lot better. It’s all about practice!

Here is another of my fox studies. All rendered in permanent black pen and Tombow markers.

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Turn recycled clothing price tags into thread spools

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Organize your fibers and threads using clothing price tags

In this installment of the recycled clothing tag project I’ll show you how to turn old clothing tags into handy thread spools.

For this project you’ll need some old clothing price tags, a hole punch, scissors and some washi tape or something else to use to decorate the tags.

Start by punching four holes – two on each side of the tag – these make nice curved edges for the spool.
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Next, trim the tag between the holes to make a dip in which the fiber will sit when you wrap it around the tag.

Now go ahead and decorate the tag – you only need to decorate the areas that won’t be covered by the fibers. I used strips of washi tape but you could use stickers, fabric or scrapbook paper.

Finally, wrap the spool with your fiber. This is a great way to recycle clothing price tags and a colorful and practical way to organize your fibers.

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Friday, July 5th, 2013

Step by step how to draw a Lion

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How to draw a lion in six simple steps

Today we’re drawing a lion in six very easy steps. I like to start with the face and but this time, if you want a really fluffy mane and no line – draw the outer oval in step one in pencil so you can erase it later on. Everything else can be inked directly.

I thin my lion is a pretty happy lion so I’ve made him a performer in a zoo and given him something to stand on. You can put your lion anywhere – just sketch in a background for him.

I colored the lion with Tombow markers – sometimes using the color at full strength and other times dipping the pen in water to make a more water color effect.

Once you’ve got a feel for making your lion why not try some other poses for him – maybe lying down or running?

 

 

 

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

Step by step how to draw a fox

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Learn to draw a fox, in six simple steps

I love to draw and I love to experiment with drawing different things. Today it is foxes. They’re so cute and reducing the process of drawing them to six simple steps was a challenge I really enjoyed. Once you get a grip on the basic fox try making tall and thin foxes – mums and dads and then shorter plumper ones for their kids (technically baby foxes are kits).

This step by step can be rendered in pencil or in ink – there are no lines to erase so you’re ready to go.

Then try different body poses. In an upcoming blog post I’ll have some fox studies for you to show you some simple poses for this basic fox.

You can paint the fox with water colors paints or do as I did and use Tombow markers. They mix with water for water color style painting or use them as colored markers at full saturation.

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