Un-be-weavable!

Everyday objects repurposed, Furniture and decor I've purchased, Handmade decor for my mini house

Check out some of my recent weaving projects!

The black and white weaving makes a great little table runner, rug, or throw for the foot of a bed.

Here’s another look at the lemon-themed bedroom, but with the blue curtain covering the tiny bamboo shade:

This little curtain didn’t take long to make. I used a loom that came free with Mollie Makes magazine. Here’s a look at the process:

Wondering how I made the bamboo shades?

They’re made from inexpensive coasters, cut to size…

I tried out this old necklace with the blinds…

And felt it was the perfect cord. I snipped off a portion of the necklace and glued it into place with Elmer’s glue.

Looks good!

Wondering about the pretty artwork in this orange room?

These were gift tags designed by Katharine Watson, sold by Crate & Barrel.

Using some black paint (and a piece of junk mail as my workspace), I outlined three of the trimmed-down tags. After they dried I used double-side tape to affix them to the wall.

The tiny pillows in the lemon-themed room are from Shepherd Miniatures. The little books are copies of my own books, cut from my author business cards.

If you find when you’re weaving with a potholder loom that the yarn wants to slip off, wrap it all the way around the loom. You can then weave using one layer or both, depending on your project’s needs. Problem solved!

 

 

 

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Decorate This (Mini) Room

A new house flipping project, Everyday objects repurposed, Furniture and decor I've purchased, Handmade decor for my mini house, Shopping for minis

Since my dollhouse is done, I’ve been having some fun decorating a room box. This is the perfect project for a beginner, someone on a budget, or anyone with a short attention span! Any cardboard shipping box is all you need for your structure. Dress it up with scrapbook paper, mini furniture and accessories. Below are a couple of recent projects, including a bohemian bedroom, inspired by a clearance iron-on butterfly I bought a couple days ago, and a Christmasy room filled with clearance minis.








The easiest way to make small-scale weavings

Handmade decor for my mini house

Almost every kid owned this potholder loom at some time. They’re still available for just a few bucks at many craft and toy stores. I picked one up the other day and since then I’ve created a small rug for my mid century marvel, and now I’m working on another:

Simple weaving projects using a plastic potholder loom. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Simple weaving projects using a plastic potholder loom. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The top one was created with a regular 90 degree by 90 degree pattern. For the one in progress, I’ve incorporated 90 degrees x 90 degrees x 45 degrees, just to see how it looks. This one will also end up being a rug, most likely. I plan to create another weaving using a lightweight thread next, so I can have a table runner for my mini kitchen.

Here is another picture of the completed rug, when it was in progress:

Dollhouse rug, in progress. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Dollhouse rug, in progress. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The advantage to using a 90 degree by 90 degree process is that you can easily squish the lines of thread together to make the appearance as tight as you’d like. With the one I’m working on now, the threads running at a 45 degree angle prevent me from having that option. I’m going to have to keep filling in the gaps with more thread, instead of being able to just smoosh them together.

This loom is great because it’s cheap, light, and small. You could use it (in your human-scale life) to make small wallhangings for your home, coasters, little weavings to set a potted plant on, etc.

Mini woven wallhanging

Handmade decor for my mini house

This simple project required just a mossy twig and some scraps of yarn. I used the arms of a chair as a loom. The entire project only took about a half hour and cost approximately nothing. I think it will end up in the master bedroom of my mid century marvel, since that room is probably going to be green.

Simple woven wallhanging. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Simple woven wallhanging. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.