Makers Inspiration #1

June 3, 2013

Field in Poland

I found this image of a field in Poland while flipping through the June National Geographic. The colours and textures are so gorgeous, I think it would make a beautiful woven wall hanging. The punch of red fading into green, the tree’s incorporated as textured baubles, the lines in the field – I can see it all coming together beautifully on a loom.

Yuni Kim Lang necklace

I love what artist Yuni Kim Lang has done with seemingly mundane black rope, turning it into beautiful wearable art. You could recreate this look at home by braiding or knitting yarn and cord. It actually reminds me of a favourite childhood craft, corking, which perhaps i’ll try again, this time using a unexpected yarn subsitute to give it a more mature feel.

Club monaco sweater

As a student you get really, really good a window shopping. Frequently the results of my shopping trips aren’t bags with new goodies, but a phone full of pictures and a mind left wondering, “how can I do that myself?” I saw this sweater in Club Monaco and loved the idea of combining a knit with some brightly printed fabric. Not only would such an open knit be quick (well, relatively) to crochet or knit, the fact that the front is a fabric panel would further cut down on knit time. I’ve yet to try sewing a knit to fabric, but in the future i’ll be giving it a go as I love the combination.

I saw this almost brown paper bag style tote in Zara last week. Using magnets to stay closed when rolled down, I think it’s not only a fun style, but super easy to make a home. After experimenting with leather myself, the simple lines of the bag could make it an ideal first tote project. I could also see sewing something like this in an oil cloth or home dec weight fabric to use as a pretty lunch tote for work.

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