Day 26 of the #sewphotohop : “Close up”. This is another repost, but it fits the theme so well! Pattern matching from hell on the Anémone skirt by @deer_and_doe_patterns – spot the seams… #craftmystitchup #handmade #faitmain #hechoamano #sewing #costura #coser #dressmaking #jeportequejecouds #bristolcrafts #instagood #picoftheday #african #kenyan #wax #waxprint #slowfashion #ethicalfashion #sustainablefashion #workroom #madeinbristol #fabric #textiles #photooftheday #bestoftheday #supporthandmade #makersgonnamake #handmadeisbetter

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Day 23 of the #sewphotohop My biggest inspiration is Africa. Always has been, always will be 🇰🇪❤️. Images courtesy of @thepanafrican #craftmystitchup #getyourcrafton #ankara #kikoi #africanfabric #africanprint #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #bestoftheday #african #kenyan #etsy #bristolcrafts #etsyinbristol #modernafrican #etsyshop #etsyseller #supporthandmade #makersgonnamake #handmadeisbetter @houseofpinheiro @schnittchen_com

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Rube Goldberg Device – the great escape!

Watch this video then watch it again while grinning like an idiot because it’s so cute!

This Rube Goldberg machine was made for Japanese educational TV show PythagoraSwitch.

The little red ball rescues his friends who are trapped and then they all escape together from the baddies.

Vertical Garden Planters

I made an attempt at making a terrarium once but it all fell apart after a mysterious mould ruined all the plants.

Clearly more successful than I is Kim Fisher. She has an Etsy shop that sells these exquisite creations that make beautiful wall art.

The half-enclosed 22-inch hanging wall planters specifically designed for succulents and air plants.

See the rest on Etsy or the website:



Children’s drawings transformed into real toys

This melts my heart and it’s such a good cause.

IKEA has been running the Soft Toys For Education campaign for 12 years, but for the first time they will be creating toys based on children’s drawings. One dollar or one euro from each purchase will go to UNICEF and Save The Children.

Click here to find out more: IKEA

Thymeo, 4 years old, Belgium


Koen, 10 years old, Netherlands


Albert, 7 years old, Romania


Terrence, 6 years old, Malaysia



An origami a day keeps the doctor away!

Cristian Marianciuc came up with a modern twist on a traditional practice:

“I decided to start a different kind of diary at the beginning of this year. Every day, I fold an origami crane and using it as a blank canvas, I describe my day through colours, shadows and everything that surrounds me.

It has helped my creativity a great deal, and it has also become somewhat of a daily ritual.”

As something who dabbles in origami I absolutely love these – very inspirational.

Premonition crane

‘Cristian and the cranes’ crane

Obscure glimmer crane

Unfurl crane

Don’t wake me up crane

Braided crane

Wire me to your heart crane

Ghost wings crane

All photos courtesy of Cristian Marianciuc


An alternative to the wedding guest book – sign a quilt!

I love a wedding, any of my friends will tell you that.
One of my favourite ideas (seen at my friends Sam and Anna’s wedding) was a typewriter and paper instead of the wedding book… least it was my favourite until now!

Guests at the wedding of Amanda and Steve were invited to sign pieces of fabric that would
be stitched into a wedding quilt. I can’t explain how much I love this idea – major “yoink” potential!



Images courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes via Apartment Therapy.

How many buttons would it take to create a hanging sculpture?

Thanks to lovely Ray-Ray for bringing this to my attention.

Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel creates these astonishing 3D sculptures using buttons suspended on strings.

I can’t even begin to think how much time, trial and error and patience this would take. (not to mention buttons!)

See the rest here.

Augusto Esquivel balloons sculpture Augusto Esquivel cube sculpture Augusto Esquivel harp sculpture Augusto Esquivel piano sculpture

Images courtesy of Augusto Esquivel.

Knitta please – Julia Gillard rules!

Julia Gillard in The Australian Women's Weekly

I’ve just seen a piece in the Guardian from yesterday about Australian PM Julia Gillard.

For all those ridiculing her knitted kangaroo, how about we focus instead on the fact that this lady runs a whole country but still finds the time to knit!

Val McDermid put it perfectly:

“Never underestimate a knitter. How much creepier does it get than sitting by a guillotine, working the names of the dead heads into your plain and purl? The Australian media and politicians who have sneered and jeered at PM Julia Gillard for knitting a toy kangaroo for the royal baby have no idea what they’re messing with. Respect the knitters, I say. We are tough, we are ruthless and we know how to bide our time.”