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DIY Roundup: 8 DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

June 4, 2018

 

With Father’s Day around the corner, have you thought about what you’re going to gift dad? It almost seems more difficult to make something for the man who can possibly make (and fix!) everything himself, but here are some of our favourite ideas we think dad might like. 

Watch Stand via The Merry Thought

Personalised Tie Clip via Manmade DIY

Pourover Coffee Maker via Brit + Co

Felt Tablet Cover via Lia Griffith

Crochet Cable Beanie via Luqy and Mary

Leather Loop Keychain via Homey Oh My

Back Scratchers via Delia Creates 

Modern Wood Keyholder via A New Bloom

 

Get makin’! x

 

Tutorials

DIY Tutorial: Felt Daisy

May 30, 2018
Felt Daisy tutorial

 Felt Daisy tutorial

It’s time for the next felt flower tutorial! Previously, we did a tutorial for Felt Roses. This time, we are going to make a felt daisy. While we are working on a daisy here, I also realised that this tutorial could be pretty versatile by changing the colours and size of the petals to look like a different flower!

Felt Daisy tutorial

Materials:

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Felt Daisy – Instructions

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Using the template, cut out 2 pieces of white felt.

Felt Daisy tutorial
With the yellow felt you’ve cut out from the template, apply glue along the long edge.

Felt Daisy tutorial
Fold the yellow felt in half lengthwise.

Felt Daisy tutorial
Cut a fringe along the folded edge of the yellow felt. Each fringe measures approximately 5mm wide.

Felt Daisy tutorial
Apply glue along the non-folded edge of the yellow felt.

Felt Daisy tutorial
Roll the fringe together to create the center of your felt daisy!

Felt Daisy tutorial

Felt Daisy tutorial
Apply some glue in the middle of one of the white felt pieces to secure the rolled yellow center.

Felt Daisy tutorial
Repeat the previous step to attach the second piece of white felt to the back, positioning it such that the petals are alternating.

Felt Daisy tutorial
Your felt daisy is complete!

Don’t forget to get your free template here –




Which felt flower would you like us to feature a tutorial on next? Let us know below!

Crochet We Made It

We Made It! Crochet Diamonds Cardigan

May 28, 2018


It really seems like a year of crochet milestones for us here! While both Juu and I have been crocheting for quite a long time now, we’ve never attempted many large items till recently. (Check out Juu’s post on her Summer Crochet Cropped Top!) Prior to this, I have tried crocheting a tote bag and bucket bag, but never a wearable piece as the idea of it has always been pretty daunting! I was always worried about getting it to look perfectly symmetrical, or figuring out the right size to fit me. I decided to look out for a crochet cardigan pattern that’ll be fairly easy to work with.


After doing some research, I found this Summer Diamonds Kimono Cardigan by One Dog Woof. I love how she worked out the pattern such that you’ll be working in rectangles to form the side and back panels, then folding it in half to sew the seams and add sleeves! Another detail I love about it is the diamond pattern and how it matches up seamlessly as you work across the piece. While the pattern may seem complicated at the start, you’ll soon get the hang of where the ch 1 spaces are to create each diamond and it gets a whole lot easier from there.

Unfortunately, after I completed the main body panels, I realised that the cardigan was going to be too big on me once I add on the sleeves. I had to frog a good amount of yarn to get it to the right size for me. While that was pretty nerve-racking, I really wanted to get it right after working on this for so long! 

Pattern adjustments & tips:

  • I found it easier to count based on the number of diamonds I was doing for each panel to keep it symmetrical.
  • Instead of crocheting 2½ diamonds wide for the side panels as requested by the original pattern, I did approximately 1¼–1½ diamonds for the left and right side panels. 
  • My middle back panel is approximately 2 diamonds wide. 

Thankfully, after adjusting and completing the sleeves with ribbing, the completed piece fell right above my elbow just as I liked. 


The completed cardigan turned out to be really cozy! I love how it’s perfect for a slightly cooler day in Singapore or in the office, and the diamond pattern helps to ensure that it doesn’t trap as much heat. While I’m pretty happy with how it looks now, I’m thinking of adding a hood to it before adding my front ribbing. Would anyone be interested in a crochet tutorial on how to add a hood to a top/cardigan? 

Tutorials

DIY Tutorial: Layered Necklace

May 23, 2018

This week features a DIY tutorial which I’ve wanted to attempt for a long time! I’ve always been on the lookout for a simple multi layered necklace, but somehow never found one that I really liked. They either had weird/ too many charms, was a weird metal colour, had weird chain lengths, etc. I do really like how this project turned out because instead of using new jewelry findings and charms, I decided to ransack through my existing necklace and craft stash to see what materials I could repurpose and use. I didn’t buy any new materials for this project and managed to reuse parts of another accessory I would otherwise have thrown out.

 

Note: As mentioned, I decided to repurpose some of my old accessories for this tutorial, but here’s a list of what I used (from left to right, top to bottom) Long drop skull and feather necklace from Lovisa, light silver chain from an old Mark & Spencer necklace, 3mm silver craft chain, sparkly eye pendant from my old Pandora charm bracelet, small Operation Overhaul round discs (that we use for branding some of our products), jumprings, lobster clasp and craft pliers.

Materials*:-

Step by Step Tutorial:

I started by removing the embellishments from the Lovisa necklace and decided that I liked the longest chain to have a “drop extension” so I kept the spike charm. It was later attached back to the middle of the necklace with a jumpring. (If you’re using new silver chains, connect your charm to the middle of the 60cm chain)

 

For the second layer, i used a 40cm silver chain and simply slid my old Pandora evil eye charm onto the chain. This worked out great because the ring on the charm couldn’t be removed anyway. 

 

For the shortest layer, I cut out a 30cm length of chain from an old M&S necklace. I wanted to attach the small OOH silver disc to the chain itself but the links were too tiny so I just slid it on like a small disc pendant. 

 

Lay out your three layers, and plan where your jump rings and attachments should go. I decided to connect all three layers onto the same jump ring such that I only have to handle one clasp when putting on the necklace. I also decided to use a necklace extender on the end for flexibility of length and ease of wear. 

Here you can see one end of the necklace. All three chains connected at a point on a larger jumpring that also holds the lobster clasp.

 

The other end of the necklace also holds all three chains, as well as the necklace extender. 

 

 

You’re done! As mentioned, I do think I like this necklace more because I actually managed to reuse components from accessories I used to wear! You could definitely also mix it up and play with more layers and lengths. 

The lengths of the chains I used are also just a guide, it would depend entirely on preference and body proportions. I just think the layers look great when the shortest chain is resting in the centre of the collarbone, the middle chain falls nicely on the sternum right before a V-neck top ends and finally a long drop that falls just below the chest. 

Do you guys also have old accessories you could possibly refashion? 

 

 

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Crochet

5 Things You Need To Know About Choosing the Right Crochet Hook

May 21, 2018

Whether you are new to crochet or have been working up projects for years, picking a crochet hook can be confusing because of all the options out there. Over the years, we’ve tried out different brands and styles of crochet hooks and we’ve put together a post with information about crochet hooks that we’ve found useful in our crochet journey and hopefully they’ll be useful for you too! 

1. Anatomy of a crochet hook

Many of us have been crocheting for years, but do you know the different parts of a crochet hook? The anatomy and functions of each part of the hook is closely related to point 3 (how you hold your hook) and can affect your experience while crocheting. 

Take a look at the diagram below to find out about the make of your crochet hook!

Some crochet hooks might not have all the parts mentioned, and some hooks also feature a inline shaft vs a tapered shaft. Some crochet hooks might also have a sharper tip vs a blunt tip. These small differences do contribute to a different crochet experience while working on different projects, but it’s very much down to personal preference. 

 

2. Trust the metric size guide

The size of a crochet hook is ultimately determined by the diameter of the shaft. One of our biggest tip is to follow the size in metric (meaning the number with the mm unit) as different brands label their sizes differently. A “J” hook in one brand may not correspond to a “J” hook for another brand. It is also possible to use a hook gauge to help test the size. 

Many different crochet hooks follow different sizing systems, depending on the brand/ country of manufacture. It is essential to use the correct hook size for your projects to ensure that it turns out the right size. While we secretly wished that crochet hooks could adapt to a universal standard, the US use of the imperial unit might make that a bit tricky. You could think of it like shoe size conversions – with that, we’ve come up with a handy conversion chart that you can refer to regardless of which brand hook you’re using. 

Also, here are a list of crochet hook brands listed by the sizing system they follow:

MetricAddi, Athena’s Elements (also features US alphabet size), Clover (also features US alphabet size), KnitPro, Pryym

Japan – Amibari, Hamanaka, Tulip

USBoye, Susan Bates, Lion Brand

 

3. Know your hold

There are two main grips that people talk about when discussing the way you crochet – the pencil and the knife, although this comprehensive article by Interweave covers up to 6 common ways people hold their hooks. While there is no single correct way, how you hold your hook can determine which hook is best suited for your crocheting style. 

 

Pictured here is the pencil hold, where one literally holds the crochet hook as you would a pencil. The body of the hook is mostly exposed, with the point facing downwards towards oneself.

 

Pictured here is the knife hold, where the hand covers majority of the body of the hook and where the point faces upwards, away from the body. 

 

4. Deciding what material your hook should be

Crochet hooks are available in a variety of materials and below are some of the pros and cons of different materials. 

Acrylic – Usually fairly light and inexpensive, and the hooks go up to the larger sizes, enabling one to crochet bigger projects with bulky yarn. However, some plastic hooks/ yarn might face a bit of friction while crocheting and cause a squeaking noise depending on tension. 
  Aluminium – Generally lightweight and is one of the more popular materials found in crochet hooks. The smooth surface allows yarn to glide over easily. 
  Wood (usually bamboo) – Very lightweight and are available typically in the usual sizes (2mm to 8mm). You would typically not be able to find smaller/ lace hooks in bamboo due to the characteristics of the material.
  Steel – Usually available in the smaller sizes and used to make intricate lace and doilies. 

 

5. Using the right sized hook for your yarn

How do you decide which hook to use for a particular yarn? Refer to the guide on the yarn band! Most (if not all) yarns come with a band around the ball, providing information such as weight, composite, country of manufacture, tension guide and needle guide. This is the great way to find out which hook is most appropriate for that particular yarn. If you use a hook that is slightly bigger or smaller than the recommended size, your project may end up larger, or smaller. 

Pictured here is Abbey Road 100% Organic Cotton and the yarn band states to use a 5.5mm crochet hook/ knitting needle for working with this yarn. 

What we use

Ros says, “My favourite crochet hook would be the Tulip Etimo Rose series as it is very comfortable to hold. It’s more ergonomic compared to the skinny aluminium hooks. My hand doesn’t cramp as much using these hooks because I don’t need to grip it so tightly.”

Juu says, “I crochet using the butter knife hold and find that my thumb joints ache frequently due to the grip i exert on the hook. My previous go-to hooks were the double ended Tulip steel hooks because they were so convenient, but I have been prioritizing comfort and ergonomic design recently. I’ve been experimenting with the Addi Swing and heard great things about the Clover Amour crochet hooks.”

 

With all these in your consideration, which crochet hook would you pick? 

 

 

Shop

New Product: Sun Hats and Crochet Jellyfish Pins

May 16, 2018
Personalised Sun Hats

Personalised Sun Hats

We’ve got exciting news! After weeks of planning and prototyping, our latest collection is finally up on the online store! The Sun Hats are perfect for any day out in the sun. We have them available in 2 colour ways – Sand and Monochrome. Each hat is carefully handcrafted by us individually, positioning black sequins to create each letter. 

Inspired by the carefree vacation spirit, we have three designs readily available on the store – “carpe diem“, “good vibes” and “on vacation“. Prefer a different text on your hat? We offer customisation services to add a personalised text too!


Sequin Sun Hat in “on vacation”


Sequin Sun Hat in “carpe diem”


This Monochrome Sun Hat is great as a bridal shower gift or for that honeymoon trip to the beach. It’s a perfect addition to any outfit!


Sequin Sun Hat in “good vibes”

Crochet Jellyfish Pin

We’ve also got these Crochet Jellyfish Pins that are new instore! Choose from our 9 colourways, each jellyfish with its own unique personality and no two the same.

Crochet Jellyfish Pin

You may even customise a colour scheme of your own! I am especially fond of the pastel and metallic colours that remind me of the luminous nature of a jellyfish. 

Public Garden 19 - 20 May 2018

If you’re located in Singapore, we will be at the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show this weekend – 19 & 20 May, 1pm to 7pm. We will be doing an exclusive setup to bring you all the exciting new products and some of our all-time favourites. See you there!