Friday, July 5, 2013

Crocheted coasters

These crocheted coasters are simple to make and will jazz up your coffee table. Make matching sets in a range of shades to suit your home decor or make them as a gift to dear friend. These colourful coasters are an ideal present for any occasion - birthday, Christmas, happy retirement... It is small, unique and house-warming gift. Pretty and practical, these coasters take less than an hour to make and even include a useful crochet holder to keep them tidy.

Material you need
- cotton yarn in four colours (eg Rowan Handknit Cotton)
- 3.75 mm (UK 9) crochet hook
- 50 cm length of ribbon (colour should match with one of yarn colours)
- daming needle
If you are new to crochet, this is the perfect project to take on if you want to have a go at working in the round.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
dcblo = double crochet  back loop only
htr = half treble
tr = treble
sl st = slip stich
st = stitch


Thursday, July 4, 2013

How To Make A Pencil Roll

This neat little pencil roll is just great for the start of a new school year, for keeping together favourite pencils or even brushes and little tubes of make-up. You can add initials, name tags or button decorations if you wish, too. You can use different materials, make a patchwork design or appliquè.

pencil roll

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Everyone loves a hot water bottle. The calendars and thermometers are not nearly accurate at announcing the arrival of cold weather as the calls for hot water bottles at bedtime. To make a beautiful and unique hot water bottle cover you can knit your own piece, but if you are seriously unaccomplished knitter, you can borrow somebody else's knitting to achieve the same effect.

There is always some old knitted scarf that is slightly out of fashion, or your child jumper that is over-grown. Or maybe you can search for the old knitted or crocheted blanket. The fleece is very cosy and any such garment is more than welcome.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Four Rules on How to Choose Right Vintage Furniture

Whether you are after original period furniture or second-hand bargains to create your vintage look, there is always something out there that's right for you. Just follow simple rules about planning, searching and selection, and you can find fantastic pieces of furniture for your home. And if they need a bit of TLC, check out some of the techniques for restoring and looking after furniture so it will last and last and give a wonderful vintage look to your home. Furniture is the staple of every room, and here are the four simple rules on what to buy you should stick to.

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