I know these are a few seasons back but I love the colours of these creations by Bimba and Lola. They inspired me to use my colourful embroidery thread remnants and some fab new supplies from Thailand in an interesting way!
When I was in Chiang Mai celebrating my 30th birthday, I went on a DIY mission with my cousin. She’s the uber-talented cake maker behind Charles and Violet and a great hobby photographer for this blog. Paula and I both love making things, it’s in our blood and lucky for us Chiang Mai is Thailand’s handicrafts capital. Just a stone’s throw from where we were staying at Le Méridien in Chiang Mai we discovered a whole host of craft and fabric stores where the locals go to buy supplies to make everything from table centrepieces to beautiful Buddhist offerings.
The cord I used for this bangle was found while I was mesmerised by two monks in bright orange walking around the store. I was so intrigued by them and of course, not allowed to take a photo of them (hence no photo here). The lengths of this cord (shown below) is dyed into several different colours and every time I look at the rainbow of colour I am reminded of those monks.
For this project you will need: Coloured rhinestones, (mine are from Wander and Hunt), a cheap/old bangle, colourful embroidery thread, E6000 glue and some interesting thicker cord (like the stuff I got from Chiang Mai).
Begin by wrapping small sections of the bangle with embroidery thread, use the E6000 glue to bond it neatly to the bangle.
Now glue on the cord in addition:
Finally glue the rhinestones where you’d like them to sit:
So easy! I think the bangle looks great stacked with other DIY arm candy…but more on that other braclet to come soon!
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It was a dream of mine when I started this blog to be able to collaborate with cool brands like GAP to come up with cool projects for their events. Their “Made to Love” event in Dubai was exactly what I dreamed of. Noughties RnB played while grown men crafted their own bow ties, I would love to do events like this for the rest of my life.
I devised 3 different quick projects, a 5 minute no-sew bow tie, denim bangle and denim detachable collar. All of these were made from old GAP stock, so it was right inline with this blog also.
I have to be honest with you, I have loved corsages since Patricia Field stuck then all over SJP in “Sex and the City.” It seemed quite fitting to be hosting Digital Fashion Week in Singapore last weekend wearing a corsage flower I made when Patricia had been the guest of honour at last year’s event. Here are some of my favourite moments captured with the flower while working (including interviewing superstar designer Holly Fulton in it and opening the whole live streaming coverage).
Thanks also to Perth (my home town) designer Steph Audino for the orange dress I wore.
So here’s how you can make one of these babies for yourself!
Firstly, You will need: stiff, gauzy fabric (mesh and tulle work well), fabric scissors, pink thread, needles and brooch pin.
Cut circles out of the fabric by folding it in half and cutting semi circles. They don’t have to be perfect. I chose to have mine with a diameter of approximately 12cm.
Continue creating circles until you have 15-20 depending on the volume you desire in the flower.
Fold the circles in half and then quarters irregularly.
Draw the needle and thread through the pointed end to secure.
When all the circles have been drawn onto the thread, tie off.
Sew on your brooch pin.
Then you will have your finished pin which will look like a crazy big flower!