How to Make Silk in 6 Steps

by Curbly

 

Silk is one of the strongest, most luxurious, and most lustrous fabrics around. But do you know how craftspeople actually make silk?  

Designboom has given readers a fascinating look at the traditional silk making process. They’ve been working with craftspeople in a small village in northeast Thailand. And their images reveal the highly skilled and very labor intensive process that goes into creating beautiful silk fabric.

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$5 DIY: Simple Woven Paper Wall Art

by Holly Wade

$5 DIY: Simple Woven Paper Wall Art

Decorating the walls of your home makes a huge difference in its appearance and its feeling as a comfortable, personal space, but the cost of art and frames can add up very quickly. One of my favorite tricks for creating beautiful wall art is patterned cardstock, and this time, I mixed two patterned papers and several bright colored pieces of cardstock to create this simple woven paper wall art that can cost you less than $5. It's as simple as cutting strips of paper!

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Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

by Holly Wade

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

Having a cushy rug under your feet is the coziest thing I can imagine, and it's nice to be greeted with a fluffy bathroom rug as soon as you get out of the shower or as you stand at the sink to brush your teeth. It just adds to the relaxing feeling of a well-designed bathroom! In order to bring that coziness into your home, you can make your own bathroom rug in just one hour or less using a simple technique for weaving yarn through netting. 

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Transformation: Climbing Rope to Rug

by DIY Maven

Transformation: Climbing Rope to Rug

I'm not a climber, so I was not aware that climbing ropes are (a) really expensive and (b) have a shelf life. Used or unused, there seems to be a general consensus among climbers that they only last about 5 years. So, what does one do with a $200 climbing rope after it's beyond its efficacy? Turn it into a rug, of

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How to turn a t-shirt into yarn.

by DIY Maven

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The Eloominator shows us how to turn old t-shirts into yarn. (Yup, that stuff picture above used to be a t-shirt!) She uses the resulting yarn on a Weave-It Rug Loom or 'any loom on which you can weave 4 ends per inch'. I could see using it to crochet rugs, however. Maybe a shower mat...To yarnify a tee of your own, here's what you'll need:

  • a single-knit tee 
  • a rotary cutter
  • a cutting mat

And that's it--besides this tutorial, I mean. 

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How to Weave Felt Placemats

by DIY Maven

How to Weave Felt Placemats

Molly at The Purl Bee shares her technique on how to make woven felt placemats. The best part about this project....it requires NO SEWING! (Even sewers like those kinds of projects now and then!) To make a set of six placemats, you'll need the following:

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Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouse

by DIY Maven

Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouse

 

We have an epidemic in this country. It is the pox of residential neighborhoods everywhere. Damn you plastic lawn toys! *Shaking my fist skyward* Judith Needham probably agrees with me, because when her daughter wanted a playhouse, the master weaver set to work and made one out of willow branches.

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Loom Flower Holiday Bows

by DIY Maven

Loom Flower Holiday Bows

Cathy over on Craftstylish has used her flower loom to embellish holiday packages, and the outcome is absolutely darling. She also offers a tutorial on how to loom the little buggers. If you're interested in this technique, you can actually make your own loom, like I did. And although Cathy's bows are much prettier than, say, bows made of old casette tape tape, they're not as tree-hugger-y. :) 

Image courtesy of Cathy Callahan.

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How to Turn Old Magazines into Woven Art

by DIY Maven

How to Turn Old Magazines into Woven Art

June over at lovely Folding Trees shares her incredibly easy yet effective method of using old magazines to weave beautiful note cards and book marks. June also suggests using the technique to make wall art, book covers and pen pots too!

Supplies you’ll need:

paper (glossy magazine pages and copy paper)
pencil
ruler
Xaxto knife
cutting mat

What you’ll need to do:

Click on over to Folding Trees to see the entire tutorial. Via Craftzine.

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How to 'weave' a purse out of potato chip bags

by DIY Maven

How to 'weave' a purse out of potato chip bags

Although Mylinda made this purse out of potato chip bags, you can also use cookie. Besides about 20 bags, you'll need a rotary cutter, a home-made 'needle' made out of a credit card (instructions are included in the post to make it), DMC embroidery floss or crochet thread and a zipper. For the complete process, visit Mylinda's post here.

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How to turn old socks into groovy potholders.

by DIY Maven

How to turn old socks into groovy potholders.

Here’s a superb way to make use of leftover socks bereft of their mates: turn them into potholders! All you need is one of those old school potholder weaving looms and a bunch of lonely cotton socks cut into 1/4" thick loops. Jen at Re-nester bought her loom at a craft store, but she suggests you could make your own by nailing some brads spaced 1/4" apart into a scrap piece of wood that’s the size of an average potholder. For an explanation of...

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