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  • Look who came back from Somerset with Philippa! This little fella was found at the One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet. We think we have identified the maker; jewellery designer Rachel Kerrison needle felts small animals and creatures when working at the gallery. Rachel has shaped the caterpillar so that he can sit on the edge of a shelf or another

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  • I painted this silk chiffon scarf to give as a present for Christmas (and I'm pleased to say that the recipient was really happy with it). The scarf is made from openly woven fine silk thread creating a sheer gauze fabric. I folded the 40 x 150cm scarf in half. I then pinned it to a wooden silk painting frame so that the surface was pulled taut. As

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  • How's this for a great Christmas decoration idea? Our giant snowflakes have been designed and made by our resident artist Philippa Cousins from foamboard. What is it? Foamboard is made from a sheet of CFC free polystyrene sandwiched between two sheets of smooth acid free paper to form a strong, lightweight and rigid board with a variety of uses. Th

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  • These silver earrings were made from Art Clay Silver clay. They are a simple project for anyone who has never used this precious metal clay. I used just 10g (5g for each earring) which I divided into two pieces. Digital scales are useful for weighing into equal sizes. To make the shape, I rolled each piece of clay into a ball and then pierced the b

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  • We thought that some of you may like to paint a silk tie and give it as a special present for Christmas. My sons and I painted a silk tie for their father many years ago and we got tremendous pleasure from making him wear it! That was a decade ago and he still has it tucked away at the back of his wardrobe. Silk tie with gutta outliner This latest

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  • This is an effective method of batch producing handmade cards. We suggest you keep your initial designs simple by choosing shapes such as the flower head we have used. You will need the following block printing equipment: Making the Block The design for this card was cut in 3 stages. Alison used Jacquard Textile colours for the printing and hand pa

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  • by Allison Holland I was very excited about the opportunity to play with Fiber Etch. Fiber Etch gel is designed to dissolve plant (cellulose) fibres such as cotton, viscose, linen and rayon. It is used for the "burn-out" process of devore and cutwork, while polyester, other synthetic fibres, wool and silk fibres remain intact. My fabric samples inc

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  • Fabric artists today spend as much time taking colour out as putting it in. This gives their fabrics a richness that is only obtained by putting this extra thought into the finished article. White fabric can be dyed with a wealth of dyes such as Acid, Fibre Reactive Procion MX and Deka L dyes, natural plants such as indigo and chemicals like Fast B

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  • Method You can use the Makin's extruder to create consistently sized and shaped polymer clay 'logs' for making canes to decorate beads etc (see how to use the extruder from our page Using an Extruder with Polymer Clay). For this cane, three colours of clay and two disc shapes were chosen. The red clay was used to create the + shape. The green and y

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  • Felt beads or balls can be used for making jewellery, as embellishments for clothes and accessories, or for making simple toys such as our fun Caterpillar. The trick to making a regularly shaped ball or bead is how you start it. I used a bowl of hot water with a good squirt of washing up liquid. Pull wisps of wool out from the top and loosely shape

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  • Feltmaking takes many forms. It can be used to create wall hangings, clothing, soft furnishings and toys. Feltmakers can make perfectly shaped and consistently sized hand-made felted hats from our robust plastic formers. The hats above were felted by Susan Litton and Monica Traub. Susan used a dark red wool top which had a hand-dyed silk hanky felt

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  • Why wrap soap in felt? I hear you ask. Well, felting this beautiful wool and silk blended fibre around the soap makes it lather a little more than it ordinarily would and provides a lovely texture against the skin. The fibres felt together more tightly as the soap is used and by the time the soap has been fully dissolved, you are left with a hollow

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  • I was trying to recreate Sue Heaser's perfectly worked spiral cane when I started to make these beads out of left over polymer clay. However, a lack of practice and patience resulted in a skew-whiff pink and white version which I decided to use regardless. The black and white 'spiral' cane was deliberately made to emulate the first. With the remain

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  • The dyed Merino Wool tops are easily felted and here we show how simple it is for a beginner to learn the technique of making felt balls. Crafting your own baubles adds a personal touch to the decorations on your Christmas tree. Step 1: Use a rolled up ball of cling film as the core for your ball so that the bauble is not too heavy on the Christm

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  • The malleable polymer clay can be shaped or moulded using a number of methods. A simple way to create consistent shapes is to use a cutter and rolling strips (or CD cases as in the example below). The polymer clay is first conditioned by holding and working it. The heat from your hands makes the clay soft enough to roll out and then shape. Step 1 P

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  • We thought you may like to see how the gutta outliner butterfly turned out. The clear outliner, which acts as a barrier, was applied by following the lines traced with the autofade pen. The moisture from the outliner makes the ink from the autofade pen start to disappear. It is important to make sure that all the outlines are joined up so that the

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  • The Jacquard Tie Dye Kit has been designed for children, and is especially fun while enjoying the Summer weather (this activity is guaranteed to pry them away from the Xbox!). Children over 8 (and adults too) will enjoy making their own tie-dyed t-shirt. The kit includes 3 colours of Procion MX dye in red, yellow and blue, and the setting agent, so

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  • This ethnic necklace was made by a complete novice from left over polymer clay. Although there was more black than white, both colours were rolled into logs of the same length. The logs were then placed side by side, folded in half and rolled together into one log. The log was divided evenly with a sharp craft knife by halving, halving again, and s

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  • The handmade books featured on this page have been made from Lokta paper. The handmade Lokta paper is made from the bark of the Daphne tree which regenerates after a few years, ensuring resources are never depleted. Skeleton leaves, paper yarn & Mulberry paper surround the photos The album pages above have been decorated with dyed skeleton leav

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  • The glistening Angelina fibres can be used in a number of ways. This 15 denier synthetic fibre has a low melting point. This means it can be fused together easily to make a flat sheet. Fusing the Fibres using boiling water These vessels were made by inserting the fibres between two plastic pots and adding boiling water to the top pot. The fibres th

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