• Hexies

    I know, hexies are sรณ 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚ But ever since the hype started I have been wanting to give them a try anyway. So when I spotted these these hexie templates at the Handwerkbeurs last month I just had to buy them. I thought they were a bit pricey but since paper crafts really aren’t my sort of thing I got them anyway. So the other day I got my box of fabric scraps out and made 7 hexies, just by picking out random scraps. They don’t match at all but that wasn’t the point: I just wanted to experiment with the technique. I assembled them like described in all…

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    Christmas gnome

    After a couple of stressfull weeks I decadently made some time today for doing a bit of crafting. With some of my favourite music on and a table filled with beautiful crafty materials I got to work. There are few things that work this well for me, for clearing my head and recharging my batteries ๐Ÿ™‚ I made this chistmas gnome. Way too early by dutch standards, because it is actually not done to decorate for christmas until after the Sinterklaas holiday… But I wanted to have it ready as an example for one of my workshops. It’s made from thick felt, some sheep’s locks, one large wooden bead and…

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    PDF pattern of my little owl back online!

    A few years ago already now I made the pattern for this little owl. For some reason it became sort of forgotten, until recently when I used it during aย  wonderful babyshower and I started liking it all over again. I made so many of them over recent years, even once with a bunch of girls at a birthday party, and they continue to be so much fun to make. You can even book me for a workshop to make these owl (and other creatures) with me. So now I updated the files, restarted my Etsy shop and offered them there as instant download pdf. That means that if you…

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    Felt baby mobile made for crafty babyshower

    Last summer I taught my first workshop at a babyshower. It was a lot of fun to do, and the ladies liked the results as well, so I would love to do more! It was a surprise for the mother-to-be, so together with the grandmother-to-be I came up with this idea. Together we decided on a woodland / fairy tale themed mobile made of felt figures. The gnome and the owl were existing patterns of mine, and especially for this workshop I designed the patterns for the bear and both toadstools. The results from the babyshower, and as it it got to be displayed in the nursery: The fun thing…

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    Embroidery with Take A Stitch Tuesday

    I noticed Take A Stitch Tuesday has restarted this January! For anyone who is at all interested in embroidery I highly recommend this. For a complete beginner who is interested in learning the stitches (like I was in 2012) this is the perfect opportunity: every week there is a new stitch to learn, and because you get to see other people’sย  stitches, commenting on them and receiving comments yourself it’s a lot of fun. For a more advanced stitcher there is lots of eye-candy to get inspired by and also this time around there is a special advanced “beyond TAST” challenge. I’m moving my old TAST-stitches to my new blog…

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    Hoops!

    Hello little blog. I’m sorry for neglecting you. I know I have been spending way too much time on Instagram lately. And also I’ve been crafting like a maniac, because in a few weeks I’m doing a craft fair! Well, it’s a tiny market really. I think. It’s new so I have no idea how big it will be. Anyway, just wanted to show a little something (the first of a lot more I hope) I made recently. I was seeing all the lovely embroidered hoops everywhere and after some doubts I finally started making my own. They are so much fun to make! They would look lovely in any…

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    A fiber artsy finish

    I finished this little fellow! (WIP photos here) It started as a little experiment but I like the result so much I decided to frame it and hopefully someday it will get to be on display in my craft room. Imaginary craft room, that is. I started with a little scrap of wool felt. I randomly placed some scrap wool roving and lightly needle felted it to the surface. It started to look like a landscape to me so I embroidered the birds and the fence. Then it started to become a garden so I embroidered the edges of the path and needle felted the natural wool to resemble gravel.…

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    DIY: make a vintage button necklace

    click here for more DIY tutorials A couple of days ago I posted this on Instagram: Playing ๐Ÿ™‚ #homeinthestudio #thecreativeprocess #buttons #buttoncrafts #creativelifehappylife #fromdawandawithlove @dawanda_en Een foto die is geplaatst door Audrey B. / Studio Paars (@audrey_studiopaars) op 21 Mei 2015 om 7:55 PDT Here is what I made that day: ย    Button necklaces! They are really easy to make, and so much fun! You could easily make these with kids too. Just choose some pretty buttons and string them. I used waxed cotton cord in matching colors, but you could use yarn, linen, hemp or silk if you’re feeling super fancy. The hardest part is choosing the buttons!…

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    Instagram & Embroidery: the Couched Filling Stitch

    Hello there ๐Ÿ™‚ I am happy to *finally* be able to invite you to my Instagram feed! My phone hated the IG app but eventually I convinced it to make it work. So that’s where I have been these past few days. I am still discovering some of the features but I like that it is simple and fast, so I expect to be posting lots of WIP-shots there. So if you would like to, come have a look! Leave your name in the comments if you would like me to do the same. I am @audrey_studiopaars over there. Anyway. I did a little embroidery inspired by this post on…