Weekend Roundup: Get Your Macramé On

The blog has been quiet since I went on vacation last week, but I’ve been Pinterest-ing up a storm and I have a new obsession: fiber arts, up to and including macramé. I’ve dabbled in it previously–a former roommate taught me some basic knots for making jewelry–but I find myself wanting now to make big wall hangings or plant hangers. Here are the tutorials I’ve found along the way.

First, you can learn some basic knots from Red Heart or from Stonebrash Creative. These knots make up the foundation of your macramé products.

One project I know I want to make ASAP is this macramé herb garden from Sow & Dipity:

Or I might make these colorful quick plant hangers from Brit & Co out of t-shirt material (I so want all of the colors):

Crafty Patti on YouTube has a good tutorial for a wall-hanging that taught me some knots I didn’t already know!

I’m also looking real hard at these dip-dyed, lacy wall hangings from Green Wedding Shoes:

If you want to work smaller, upgrade your watchband with this tutorial from SMP Craft (changing a watch band is really, really easy and a great way to perk up a watch–I used to do watch repairs and battery changes as a job):

Or make this bracelet along with Macrame School:

Or go simpler with these really pretty macramé bracelets from Honestly WTF:

And Scissors and Steam made a dope reusable produce bag:

I love this macramé trivet from We Are Scout. It’s super minimalist and just classy AF. Probably too classy for me.

You can 100% incorporate macramé into your wardrobe, too. Check this racerback tank from Trash To Couture:

Which you can wear while you lounge in your macramé hammock:

Go forth and knot, friends.

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Weekend Roundup: 8 Tutorials for Coloring Techniques

Welcome to Weekend Roundup, where I gather up all of my craftaholic tendencies and give you the best of what I find. This week, coloring techniques! Because sj and I have been coloring up a storm and it’s fun as hell, but also I like to be good at things so I’ve been trying to get better at colored pencils.

(What, you say? It’s Monday, you say? I’m a little late, yes, but better late than never!)

First: A tutorial about blending that I found really helpful. It covers five different methods of blending that anybody can do.

Check out this tutorial from DeviantArt user wysoka if you want some tips on how to color and shade fabrics.

Also, this rad tutorial on coloring in gemstones. Those gemstones look so great and I want to color all the gems now.

But if you’re more into pearls, this tutorial’s got you covered:

Craftsy has a list of colored pencil techniques that you can try, including a sweet wax resist technique called “indenting.”

How to use pastels to fill in a background on a coloring page:

Tuts+ teaches us the two-layer technique for blending realistic and out-of-the-box colors.

An extremely detailed skin tutorial from Carol Moore: Part 1 and Part 2.

What are your favorite coloring techniques? Drop me a comment and let me know.

Weekend Roundup: Tutorials and Tips To Help You Start Embroidering Today

Welcome to Weekend Roundup, where I go down a rabbit hole of craft addition and resurface with a bunch of tutorials and tips articles on a theme. This week is one of my fave new hobbies, embroidery. I’m not that great at it yet, but I’m enjoying the heck out of it; even better, it’s really inexpensive to add to your craft arsenal! How many crafts can you say that about?

First, you need supplies. Check out this list of 5 Things You Need To Know About Hand Embroidery Needles from Needle ‘n’ Thread. Craftsy has a great post about different kinds of embroidery thread and tips on choosing a fabric (if you’re a beginner, stretchy fabric might not be the best route).

A hoop is handy, too–here’s a video on using one!

I love YouTube videos. In fact, here’s another one, this time about basic embroidery stitches:

If that went by too fast, never fear. Sublime Stitching has hand embroidery tutorials to get you started. (You can also find lots on YouTube by searching the stitch you want to learn. The stitch lexicon at Pumora will help you figure out the names of different stitches!)

Learn how to anchor your threads, too. There’s a backstitch method demonstrated by Natalie Richards on YouTube, or learn to weave your threads and go knot-free with this tutorial from Penguin & Fish.

Purl Soho has 2-color stitching techniques if you want to get a little more advanced (but not too intense).

Ready to start a real-deal pattern? The Spruce tells you five ways you can transfer that pattern onto your fabric. Sarah Homfray has a more detailed prick and pounce tutorial on YouTube:

Glam up your embroidery: Stitch School teaches us how to add beads to embroidery. The Spruce talks about ways to add sequins and other types of beads. And Sarah Homfray has a video series on goldwork that teaches about adding metallic elements that like pearl purl, which is a coil of wire that looks like gold beads.

If you think you’d be into thread painting, here’s a tutorial from Trish Burr on long and short stitch shading to get you started:

Once you finish up that hoop, you can head over to Sew Mama Sew and see how to finish it up for hanging.

Weekend Roundup: 6 Awesome Shibori Tutorials

I wanted to try to start doing roundup posts (though I can’t promise one every weekend) because I fall down a LOT of craft-tutorial rabbit holes. I’m not the kinda girl who wants to look at one tutorial and do what’s in the tutorial; I want to look at as many tutorials as I can find until I really have a grasp on what I’m doing. I will watch so many YouTube videos.

This week, my research topic has been Shibori fabric dyeing techniques. Shibori-dyed fabrics are similar to tie-dyed fabrics, but with a lot more different variations of techniques. The overall concept is “resist” dyeing, or blocking off parts of the fabric so that they don’t get dye on them and other parts do, making a pattern with the dye. Psychedelic tie-dye isn’t everyone’s style choice, but Shibori patterns can be more subtle and fit many different styles.

Without further ado, here are some awesome tutorials I found that will help you learn all about Shibori, too!

image from Honestly WTF

DIY Shibori from Honestly WTF. This is a really good start-to-finish tutorial that goes over how to work with the dye (a little bit less straightforward than Rit but nothing to panic about) and some cool techniques to use. Fun fact I learned from this tutorial: Indigo-dyed cloth looks GREEN until it oxidizes!

image from Seamwork Magazine

Shibori Dyeing from Seamwork Magazine. This tutorial explores a lot of traditional Shibori techniques, including the Japanese names for the techniques. This article has fun facts about dyes and some techniques not covered in the first tutorial.

Indigo Shibori Dyeing Techniques from Closet Case Patterns. More examples of patterns you can make.

Shibori With Stitch Resist (Video Above). Another way of making patterns with thread. The pattern for the orange design isn’t shown in the video, but there’s a PDF with instructions under the video.

image from In Color Order

Shibori Indigo Dyeing Tutorial from In Color Order. LOTS of different techniques documented and some additional Shibori resources at the end.

Feeling inspired? Want to see more? I made a Shibori board on Pinterest that you can follow here.

Featured image background from Honestly WTF, Seamwork Magazine, and In Color Order.