Saturday, March 22

DIY: WOVEN STOOL

A while back I found this stool frame at a thrift store. I wanted to do something with it to replace the existing fibre rush weave that was in horrible shape. Originally, I was going to cover the stool with a piece of leather and call it good, but I never seemed to be inspired enough to get around to it. One day, while perusing the isles of target, I came across a beautifully woven bench that inspired me to do something similar with the frame that I had. So, I did it and here is how! 





Materials Needed:


Black Jute Twine
Leather Ribbon
Butcher's Twine
(one spool of each)


Stool Frame (To make it easier for you, I found footstool frame here and a saddle seat frame just like mine here.









1. Take the butcher's twine and wrap it around the front an the back of the seat frame (as shown above) and tie it as tight as you can get it. 



2. Continue to wrap the butchers twine around the frame making sure to keep the twine from overlapping itself.
It is also very important that you keep the string as tight as possible as you wrap it. My hands were a little cramped afterwards from pinching the string so tight during this process. 
Wrap until you count 115 rows



3. This is what your stool should look like now. Double check to make sure that you have 115 rows of string on the top section before tying the loose end. I tied mine to the left over string from the beginning knot that way it would be hidden inside the seat. 



4. Divide the rows into rows of five. Cut pieces of string to mark the rows (you can also use cardboard or yarn). 
Find the five rows that make up the center. This will be your starting point. 



5. Measure out pieces of the leather ribbon and the black jute. They should be long enough to tie if you were to attach them loosely. Give yourself room to work with. 



6. Here's where it might get tricky.
Remember, your starting point is the five rows in the center. 


ROW 1


  • Take a strand of leather, bring the two ends out from under the center five rows. 
  • Weave in and out ever tenth row. (As you can see, there are two rows of five left for the first row of leather to weave under. 
  • Weave in a row of Jute followed by another piece of leather. Leave all ends loose for now. 
ROW 2
  • Take another piece of leather (center point in mind) and add three stitches. In total, you will have eleven stitches as the center for the second row. This will begin to create the geometric effect. 
  • Weave in and out of every ten rows from your starting points on each side of the eleven center rows. 
  • Continue by weaving in a piece of the black jute and another piece of leather. 
Continue by adding three to each center point. 


6. To make the diamond in the middle, on the sixth row, start on top of the original center five rows. and work your out still adding three to continue the geometric effect out.

Add three to the center five, working your way out, to form the diamond.




7. When you are finished, there should be eleven on either side of the woven (leather & jute) center row (twelfth row from either front or back side). Now it is time to start securing all of the loose ends! 


Just because I thought it would be fun, I wanted to add a little bit of interest to the under side of the stool by incorporating two stripes

8. Take the string that you are securing under ten and then over ten and back under to tie.


9. Find the center point where your loose ends will meet, pull them tight an tie a knot. Tuck the loose ends into the inside of the stool. This will leave your stool looking clean and people will think it was made by a professional. 


This is just to show you the the clean finish of the under side. 


There you have it! You can now custom-make your very own stool! 
I had so much fun making this and hope you decide to conquer this project too! 

Once you start, you'll understand if you don't already. It is a very detailed project to describe fully. If any of these instructions are unclear, please let me know and I can try to find a better way to explain, even if I have to skype or facetime with you. ;]

Friday, September 27

DIY: GLITTER DOT WRAPPING PAPER

Back in June my best friend got married and I had the idea that I wanted to make the wrapping paper for their gift. I have been really into gold glitter recently so I thought I would have some fun with it. I grabbed a roll of brown paper, a bottle of glitter and a tube of glue and went to work.


Supplies:
Brown packing paper
Glitter
Glue (Elmer's works just fine)




Start by placing dots in rows about an inch to an inch and a half apart doing small sections at a time. 

While working in sections, first cover an area with glue dots then sprinkle glitter over the area. 
Repeat these steps until the paper is completely covered. 

I also gently patted the glue down in some spots to make sure it really stuck. 
Because the dots are dimensional you may have to shift the glitter around on the paper to insure that all the sides are covered as well. 
Once you have made sure that every little bit of glue is covered, shake the remaining glitter off of the paper. 

Looks like it's time to go buy somebody a present! ;]


Thursday, September 26

LITTLE THINGS

Life is full of little things. Little things that provide the feeling of comfort, and often bring the feeling of happiness and a smile to your face. It may be material or emotional, whether a memory or the way a room is arranged.  Nonetheless, they leave you feeling satisfied and maybe even a little more joyful. 
For me these "little things" mean a lot. They determine how I function and live my everyday life. If the house is full of clutter, my brain feels cluttered, so I like to decorate with more simplicity. I have said it before, but I feel like plants add a lot to the environment of a room, so I would rather decorate with plants than things. 

Anyways, these simple, "little things" make me smile. I walked around my house and took pictures of the little details that I love. The details that bring both my (and my roommates') imagination and creativity to life. We love our home. 






Monday, September 23

FELT HAT RESTYLE

A while back some friends and I got together for a clothing swap. Because it was free, I picked up this cute black felt hat with a not so cute black ribbon and bow. (Otherwise, I find it hard to justify spending money on hats.) I unfortunately don't have any before pictures of the hat, but if you can picture it, the two blacks didn't match. 

The great thing about this project is that you can do this to just about any hat you want. Even if it is plain to begin with, it adds a fresh look to any old [or new] hat. 


SUPPLIES:
Black Hat
Deerskin Lace (Hobby Lobby)
Fabric Glue (or hot glue - just be very careful)












Out of curiosity of how easy it would be, I ripped the ribbon off as soon as I got home. 

As suspected, it had been glued on and left glue marks, so I had to find a solution that would look cute and cover the trace of there ever being an ugly mismatched bow. 


I started by gluing the leather along the seam where the brim and the hat meet, keeping the leather as even as possible as I worked my way around, gluing three to 4 inch sections at a time. 

Once you make it around to the point you started, overlap the corner of the lace just a little bit so that the ribbon stays somewhat even around each pass. 

Continue to coop the ribbon around the hat until you have reached your desired look. I had to go quite a ways because the original ribbon was about three inches wide. 

When the band has reached your desired width, make sure you end on the back of the hat above where you started. Cut the thread at a slight downward angle to where it can "blend" and lay flat with the layer underneath. 







When you are finished, find some outfits to wear with your newly designed hat! For inspiration check out my last outfit post.


Friday, September 20

SLEEVES & A SKIRT





Fall is on it's way (practically here)! One of my favorite things about this season is that I can comfortably wear long sleeves, a skirt and a hat. 
I look forward to spending a lot of evenings in the back yard with the fire pit burning. 
What is your favorite thing about fall? 

Outfit:
Hat: Clothing Swap (Upcoming Restyle)
Shoes: Target
Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt: Clothing Swap
Belt: F21