Stylish scented candles, upcycling jars and candleholders

Hi Everyone,

Here a bit of upcycling for your old jars and old tatty candle holders. This is a great gift idea.

You will need:

– Color spray of your favourite color

– A clean jar

– A wick,

– Scented oil

– Beeswax

– A candle holder,

– Strong glue, or glue gun

Jar Candle

First, paint the candle holder with your spray, and let it dry.

Jar CandleMeanwhile, prepare your beeswax. Measure the quantity you’ll need to melt by filling the jar at the height you want your candle. Pour the pellets into a pan and let it melt genty in a bain-marie.

Measuring wax Jar Candle: melting waxPut a dot of glue on the basis of your wick and fix it at the center of the jar. Then, fix the with on a wood stick as shown below.

Fixing the wick Fixing the wick

As soon as the wax has melted, pour the scented oil (I used around 8ml). Then, keeping the wick as straight as possible with your wood stick, gently pour the melted wax into the jar.

Adding scented oil Pouring the wax into the jarTake it outside to make it cool down faster. Your candle holder should be dry now…

Let it cool down gently outside

Glue generously the top of the candle order, and paste your candle jar. Tadaa….. (I pasted some plastic balls to the lid and sprayed the whole, to make a useful addition. You might want to cover your candle when you don’t use it)

I made a more elaborated one with black lace and creamy ribbon on which I sewed some vintage beads. I sprayed the candle holder in black.

Candle Jar Candle jar - details

Candle Jar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission: Red Cabbage dyeing

Hi Everyone,

On Thuesday, a lady came at our meeting of the Creative Fibre Guild, to explain us how to dye basically anything we want, with very little means and a disconcerting ease.

I had that dozen ugly balls of creamy wool which was sitting in my stash since such a long while… and decided to give a try and see how it would look like after soaking in a Red Cabbage bath.

Here is my first modest experience with dyeing.

I used:

– 2 teaspoons of Alum which is a chemical compound that you can buy from the chemist. The formula is AB(SO4)2·12H2O. Alum is a “mordant” which helps  the dyeing adhere to the fibre, and insure brighter colors.

– 1 Red Cabbage

– A big bown, an old pan (not in aluminium) and a long fork that you won’t use for cooking anymore. Indeed, if Alum is not lethal, it’s not a good idea to cook with your dye instruments.

– 100 gr of creamy wool

– a cup of vinegar. This will fix the dye into the fibre.

Here are my materials. I chose to make 4 loose balls with the wool, by doing this,  I thought it would create pressure points for the dyeing, and give interesting color nuances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook the cabbage in boling water as usual, and transfer approximately 2 liters of the juice of cooking into a bowl.

Add to it two teaspoon of Alum, stirr well, and while the water is still hot, pour the mixture on the wool waiting in the pan (and keep the extra liquid into a bowl, so that you can use it later for another experience)

Press the balls toroughly to allow the liquid to extirpate air bulles and help the liquid penetrate into the fibres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allow the wool soak into hot water for one hour. Don’t make it boil or your wool would start felting. Keep on pressing the balls with your fork from time to time.

Then, add the vinegar and leave it for the night. My wool soaked for around 17 hours.

Then, gently wash the wool in fresh water with a bit of your favourite hair shampoo. Let it try in the sun…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The result is amazing. I now have 100 gr of a beautiful Lilac. No spectacular effect caused by the fact the wool was dyed as a ball, but the colors have definitely interesting nuances. I plan to crochet a handbag with my original production. Or should I make a hat?

 

Mittens "Wheel of Fortune"

Gidday :-)  Good news for those who asked: the pattern of those mittens is ready.

This photo tutorial explains in details how to crochet those beautiful mittens.

Dozens of pictures and clear instructions make it easy for beginners, as long as you know already how to work the basic stitches such as sc, hdc, dc, tr…

You’ll need: Around 30 gr of 4 different colors in 8ply, hook 4mm.

Grab it here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Accessory/Wheel-of-Fortune-Mittens/5909

And… Enjoy !

Super Easy 3-in-1 Exchangeable Flowers Headband: here is the pattern !

Dear All,

Here is a super easy and superquick project that suits perfectly to the beginners.

It just requires small quantities of different colors, so it’s an elegant way to get rid of your leftovers :-)

You’ll need around 20gr of a 8 ply thread (crochet size 4.5mm) for the headband, then, 10 gr of wool in three (or four, or five…) constrating colors for the flowers. Feel free to use a thicker thread and crochet size – it will make bigger flowers. (On the picture here, the orange flower is made in 5.5mm). You’ll also need a bit of green or olive green, for the leaves, and don’t forget… 3 beautiful buttons (1 to hold the flower, two other ones to close your band).

Click here for the free PDF: Exchangeable flowers Headband

Cheers :-) and have fun !

Basic Granny Triangle (video tutorial)

Basic Granny Triangle

Dear All,

For all of those who are wondering about how to make a Granny Triangle, here is a complete tutorial to make it easy. Granny Triangles can be used to make hats, bags, earrings (when crocheted with a lace hook), they will embellish clothes, napkins, and everything you can think about.

Moreover, they are fun to make and the more colorful they are, the better it is !

How to make them? Have a look at this video tutorial which will clarify everything !
Cheers :-)