I could not resist!
Your Name I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away. I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away. I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay. – Jason Graham
When you think of Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is hearts. After all, it is all about matters of the heart. For the few weeks, I trolled the web to find the most innovative and simply wonderful hearts crafts, whether crochet, sewing, knitting, paper, cooking or whatever hand crafted ideas for hearts. Eventually I was dreaming hearts. You will be certain to find a heart among amongst these hearts that speaks to your heart.
So, here my top picks –
Click on the images for tutorials, recipes or original source
What would Valentine’s Day without the Valentine’s Day Card?
If you want to make a card that resembles this antique Valentine card, Martha Steward has a great tutorial on how to make it. The text, embellished with stamped and painted designs, is revealed in stages as the card is opened.
If you are at loss for words but feeling a lot of love this pocket of hearts is a cute idea.
Clever idea for a quick hear stamp – Neuer Stoff
You Colour my World
Tug My Heart Strings
A Token of my Love …
Make your own love tokens. Here some delightful embroidered hearts – they are quick and easy to make depending on how elaborate your decoration and skill. They are also great to fill with scented herbs or just a few drops of essential oil or your favourite perfume to remind him of you. Scents can linger on fabrics and paper for a long time.
Felt heart for gift wrapping By Lisa Jordan Lilfishstudios
Denim heart by LolliePatchouli
You can also make these felt hearts into little pouches for candy or small gifts using the tutorial from Purl Bee
I am Hooked on You
Crochet hearts can be used in so many ways – decorate your clothes or bags; make hair accessories, jewelry and broches; use it in scrapbooking and cards – hang it up …
Chrochet heart from Inpigiama
Unzip my Heart
How to Make Zipper Hearts
These gorgeous felt and zipper brooches are from IPUBLICATE.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. – Song of Songs
You can also make these Bath Melts in different scents by for example using rose petals and rose rose oil.
Make up the tea and put them into little bags like these from Bright Bride as a gift or just indulge in a romantic bath.
Or these teabags from Her Imajination
Wine cork heart from past romantic evenings?
Heart Delights – Love is Sweet
Full Recipe and Tutorial for the red Velvet Cheese Cake at Share our Harvest
Freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet, use cookie cutter to cut out hearts and serve with hot cocoa
Full Tutorial for Heart sugar cubes from Ruffles and Stuff
How to DIY mini Valentines mailbox! Sooo cute! by Hello Monday
Lastly Heart Inspirations
Garden Gate Heart Locket…design by Christi Anderson
Here’s how to do a heart braid
I really enjoy taking something that would normally end up in the trash and make it into a something beautiful, into something that is desirable. Upcycling is for me one of the best of human achievements -using our innate creativity to uplift and improve ourselves and our environment. Imagine applying it to all aspects of live.
This once was one of favourite silk shirt but eventually the collar and cuffs became worn through and frayed, and the fabric just started to tear. I so loved the shirt that shared many enjoyable moments with me that I was determined to recycle all of it. ( I have already been using some of the fabric to start mending my piano shawl – more about that “long-mend” in an upcoming post.)
I did not take a pic to show the state of the collar was in before I began, as my initial idea was to cut off the collar leaf and to just make choker from the collar stand with the lace and pearl beading, as in my sketch. My daughter really wanted a full collar so it was back to the drawing board. I decided to a reversible Baroque collar that could be worn folded up or down.
You may want to use this idea to make a Baroque choker as it is an easy way of fastening a choker necklace with the button at the back.
The pic below of the cuff will give you an idea what the collar looked like. (I have ideas for the cuffs too!)
What do you need to do this project?
For this project I decided not to buy anything but only use what I already had. I am sure if you are already sewing you will have the materials needed:
- An old shirt
- Sewing thread matching the shirt colour
- Embroidery thread
- Beading and Embroidery Needles
- Pearls and Beads
- Lace to trim the collar (optional) – I used a piece of left over lace from another project
Step One: Cut off the collar, or if you want to do it properly unpick the stitches to separate the collar from the shirt and resew. I just hate unpicking .
Step 3: Once I have mended the collar, I sewed vintage glass seed beads all around the edges of the collar that I salvaged from an old dress. (How to embroider with beads)
Step 4: For the embroidery I used only two stitches running stitch and lazy daisy stitch. I worked out the design freehand – first to hide the mending and then I filled in the gaps to make it pretty. Still really simple so that even a beginner can do it. Freehand embroidery is for me like Zentangle – you start at one place and the design develops. The best way to understand the process is to have a look at the basics of Zentangle.
Step 5: After I finished the basic embroidery with beading, I sewed on the lace on the front parts of the collar.
Step 7: To link the lace with the rest of the design I continued the embroidery and beading so that it formed a cohesive design as you can see in the pictures.
Finished! This will give you an idea how to transform what is basically a piece of scrap into a treasure.
I just love the Gutenberg book project. There are so many wonderful books. This particular one is a visual feast.
The Fairchild Family, by Mary Martha Sherwood has beautiful illustrations by Florence M. Rudland and is a delightful read.
I love free-standing collars. They are fun to make and so simple. Collars frame for your face, as we tend to focus on the face. You can change the look of a simple outfit completely by just adding a collar. You can even keep a few in your handbag if you need a quick change!
Just to get you started into the lingo of collars; here’s a collection of different types of collars
(For all the images – just click on them for the source)
The embellished collar is particularly big now with the Barogue look.
Every girl needs pearls! You may not want the little string of pearls but these pearl embellished collars you can make yourself will are just gorgeous.
Just add pearls and lace to a plain collar to get this feminine look.
The black and gold baroque look is just fabulous and that too can easily be done with a DIY collar and cuff added to your little black dress.
Either embroider a black collar and add pearls and sparklies or simply sew on decorative buttons!
Unusual Lace and beaded collar video tutorial
More great tutorial to make these collars. I especially love the ruffled ribbon collar.
Then there is the silver and metallic look – the following pictures gives great tutorials for the collars – just click on the images for for the tutorials..
Here’s another idea for a black and gold Baroque collar in the Puritan style. Just cut out a collar (x 2 plus facing) in the shape of the collar shown in the picture below to the size you want, and use thetutorial for the Peter Pan collar to make it up and embellish to your hearts delight. Tie with a ribbon or a decorative button with a button loop.
My favourite for DIY – Doilies
Or you can just crochet a collar here’s on pattern I like
Ah, then there is the Faux Fur collar, lets not forget.
Here’s a really unusual use of the faux collar
Sweet and Simple
If you haven’t found any collars to your liking here’s some more DIY collars from True Blue and Me.
- DIY Style Miu Miu Cat Collar by Audrey Kitching here. Love how she uses iron-on transfers (I use these all the time).
- DIY Scallop Edge Detachable Pearl Collar by Megan Nielsen here. I was going to suggest glue and then read one comment saying how happy they were she sewed this the “proper” way. This collar reminds me of an antique one I own.
- DIY Felt Scalloped Collar by The.Dot.Spot. here. I’ve included this because you can make any shape, any color with any number of perferations.
- DIY Inspiration from Marc Jacobs seen at acidule here. So easy to make.
- Zipper Collar Inspiration. Seen at acidule here. This is one of the few times I cannot find the source anywhere.
- DIY Embellished Collar by …Love Maegan here.
- DIY Reversible Angel Wings’ Collar by Rachel Faucett at Craftzine here. Detailed pattern and versatile.
- DIY Louis Vuitton Gold Collar by just angelina here, using a tutorial by a Pair & a Spare here.
- DIY Embellished Colars by Toronto Standard: Ride or DIY here. Examples with pennies, shells, seed beads etc…
Lastly here is a collar I made from an old shirt with a frayed collar, that would otherwise just have been thrown away. It can be worn up or down. I will give the tutorial in my post – How to make a worn collar into a Baroque collar necklace. I will also do a few more posts on different types of collars because a just love collars.!
As far back as I can remember I have been a Refashionista. My first projects were from tablecloths until I discovered second hand clothing shops with their endless supply of material to refashion. I rarely buy new clothes.
Refashioning is not just for DIY at home any more. Refashioning, recreating, repurposing and upcycling of clothing is hitting the limelight and is becoming a necessity in the polluted world. Refashioning is the new green.
Recycling old clothes is probably the ultimate eco fashion. It reduces waste and also the environmental impact associated with manufacture of new clothes. Tonnes of old clothes end up in landfill. In the US alone, almost 11 million tonnes of textiles ends up in landfill. An Article that makes for interesting reading The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes gives further insight into the problem. H&M made the headlines earlier this year when it was accused of slashing and dumping unsold clothes in rubbish bags outside one of its outlets in Manhattan. (Ref)
Recycling of clothes is nothing new and is perhaps as old as fashion itself. Recently however, the sales of vintage and second hand clothes have shown huge growth, and the rise of the reworking and refashioning of second hand and vintage clothing is especially increasing. The new designs keep a bit of the history of the clothing from which they were made but also give consumers something fresh and exciting. (Ref)
The desire to experiment with styles is also growing and eclectic styles rather than just a particular style is what the latest fashion trends incorporate. Women are looking for designs that contains unconventional aesthetics. Recycling, refashioning and upcycling is ideally suited to fulfil this trend. Many Fashion designers are coming up with very trendy designs for refashioned clothes, making refashioning one of the hottest trends for 2013.
The new trend does not only include refashioned clothes but also includes refashioned trash material.
Designer Karishma Shahani from India collection of upcycled fashion – “Yatra” is made from recycled plastic packaging mixed with natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen and muslin that were dip-dyed using plants from a local market. (Ref)
Designer Stefanie Nieuwenhuys created a collection of ‘biomimetic’ corsets, evening dresses, pants and accessories, working with a bio-waste firm to obtain discarded pieces of plywood which she laser-cuts into shape. (Ref)
Lia Griffith’s intricate paper couture, Paper Couture’s creations, are made of recycled paper. So often prom dresses and other special occasion have dresses made at great expense that is only worn once, so why not make it from paper?
If you are still not sold on what you can make from paper just have a look at the incredible dresses by Isabelle de Borchgrave.
For more details see Teen Ink
Though many designers now create ‘upcycled’ fashion from waste materials, Orsola de Castro is the first to do so on an industrial scale. When Speedo launched its LZR Racer swimsuit in February 2008, it was a sensation. But then in July 2009 Fina, swimming’s world governing body, banned the LZR on the basis that it gave its wearers an unfair advantage. The LZR would never be allowed again in a major swimming championship. The decision left Speedo with a significant problem: 18,000 obsolete swimsuits. They gave the swimsuits to Orsola de Castro, the founder of From Somewhere, an upmarket men’s and women’s fashion label specialising in off-cuts and ‘waste’. Rather than make sportswear out of the costumes, she crafted cocktail dresses. de Castro saw glamour in the LZR fabric. ‘It holds you, it sculpts you, it has a shine, it gives you confidence: it’s heaven.’ Bottoms have been turned into elegant sleeves, and legs transformed into a pleated skirt. (De Castro had to devise a new language for her pattern-cutters: ‘de-bottoming’; ‘straight-leg-to-gusset cut’; ‘vertical tit split’; ‘horizontal tit split’.) (Ref)
Image from Top Designers in Denver
It is not just clothes that are made from upcycling fashion waste , shoes and accessories recreations are also showing a great rise by designers.
Save the Planet – Refashion, recreate, repurpose and upcycle
Here’s some of my favourite Christmas images and dresses to wish everyone a joyous Festive Season!
(Just click on the images for source)
Image From V & A
Image from Fashion Gone Rogue
Image from Vogue 2013
Whatever your style – Merry Christmas!