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Monthly Archive for June, 2012

Craft Tour: Around the World with Playful Floor Pillows

Starting in Norway we have these lovely floor cushions. Such a great knitting project…I can imagine having three or four scattered about the living room, in various tones…bright, cheerful, playful colors. Or maybe done in red with white spots for little toadstool poufs, or in green with loop stich tufts and crocheted flowers sew on? It might be hard to stop making them after you get started! The pillows above are made following this great tutorial from the wonderful yarn and pattern company Pickles. If you don’t already know them- you’re going to love them!

In the US, we find another great knitting tutorial created by Ashley Weeks Cart at Blog A La Cart.

Or maybe this crocheted version if the one for you, from Holland, with a tutorial in both Dutch and English by Judith at LA Love.

Any of these could be made with some of the inexpensive, bulky yarns that are now available, or this could be a great stashbusting project, using up single balls or leftovers by holding several strands of yarn together. You could achieve a great effect by alternating these as you go along. Or try repurposing some cottons by tearing or cutting strips from an old sheet, shirts or dresses, then knitting or crocheting! Like a colorful rag rag for sitting on!

If knitting or crocheting one these yourself feels like too big an undertaking when you’d rather be getting your hands dirty in the Spring garden, La Casa De Coto in Spain, has a fabulous selection of finished poufs in their shop.

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Jun 25, 2012 07:15 AM | 1 Comment

Wind Waver


This Wind Waver project from Oak Meadow’s Kindergarten Curriculum is perfect to make at home or outside while at a picnic or camping.  With a little summer breeze it works great and is a great item for the porch or above your tent while camping.  


- Round cardboard container (like Quaker’s Oatmeal)

- Construction paper

- Paper glue

- Crepe paper or fabric streamers

- Scissors

- Paper punch

- String

- Crayons

- Wind


1. Cut the end out of an empty round container.

2. Using construction paper, glue and crayons, cover and decorate the container.

3. Using the paper punch, punch several holes around the bottom of the container.

4. Cut streamers about 3 feet long.

5. Thread one streamer through one hole until both ends are even, and tie a double knot that secures the streamer near the hole. Repeat with the other holes.

6. Punch four holes in the top of the box.

7. Cut four pieces of string about 2 feet long.

8. Lace one piece of string through each hole, knotting the end on the inside of the tube. Tie all four strings together on top. Tie to a longer piece of string.

9. Hang your Wind Waver outside where it can move freely
and watch the wind play with it!

This tutorial is courtesy of our friends at Oak Meadow Curriculum and School.  You can find more simple crafts in Oak Meadow’s First Book of Crafts or Book of Nature Crafts.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jun 22, 2012 08:51 PM | No Comments

Book Review: Reinvention


Reinvention:  Sweing with Rescued Materials by Maya Donenfeld, published by Wiley

If you love to sew, and want to reuse materials, this book is a must-have! 

Award-winning blogger Maya Donenfeld offers 28 projects that seamlessly merge stitching, sustainability, and resourcefulness with practical and simple design.  Each chapter is dedicated to a single material; linen, burlap, wool and more.  You will learn deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and a background on each material.  Sewing is not all that is covered in this book.  She’ll show you easy methods for transforming fabric with paint and ink.  Stenciling templates and thorough instructions are provided, as well as encouragement to invent your own designs.

My favorite projects are the hammock and the poufs, and here are three more from the book:

Click on photo for the tutorial of this inspiration board, published on Design*Sponge June 21, 2012.


Winner is Nancy W. with comment:  “looks great! the Maya Made blog is fab — I love her burlap baskets!”

For a chance to receive your own free copy of this book, mailed directly from the publisher, please leave a comment here by Sunday, June 24th midnight.  The giveaway is open to those with a U.S. address.  Thank you!

Posted by Living Crafts on Jun 21, 2012 09:53 AM | 425 Comments


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