• Posts Tagged ‘craft’

    Make this lovely layered cushion

    by  • 29/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Layered cushion | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors When accessorising in rooms filled with pattern, simplicity can be key. Sewn from plain linens in soft ice-cream shades, this oversized cushion, as featured in the May issue of Country Homes & Interiors, is the perfect complement to both busy designs and pared-back prints. Fancy making your own? Click here for our easy-to-follow instructions.

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    Give a lamp a fresh spring update

    by  • 22/03/2015 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    lamp spring update | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Make your home sing with the colours and wildlife of the season with a cheery lighting upcycle, as featured in our April issue. This shade (Twitchers Delight, £60, Katie Mosa) inspires that spring feeling in us, but if you’ve got a favourite fabric in mind, why not have a go at recovering one yourself? Click here for our quick and easy guide. Fill a hollow lamp base with pretty speckled eggs and add a feathery trim, to finish.

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    Create a stylish hanging planter

    by  • 15/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    hanging planter | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors Upcycled from tin cans, these simple hanging planters have us hooked here at Country Days. A chic way to showcase spring blooms indoors, they’re great if you’re limited on outdoor space or looking to spruce up a bare wall.

    To make, fill  cans with water and freeze (this prevents them from bending out of shape). Use a nail and hammer to create holes in the bottom of the cans for drainage. Create two evenly spaced holes along the top edges and leave to thaw before threading through a length of twine to make a loop.

    For a rustic look, pick natural fabrics such as linen or hessian in coordinating, neutral shades. Measure and cut to fit around your cans, then fray the edges. Hold in place using double-sided tape and neatly wrap with string or twine. Now you’re ready to pot your favourite plants! What will you choose?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Love embroidered lampshades

    by  • 11/03/2015 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments

    Marna Lunt | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Expert embroidery artist, Marna Lunt, chats to us about her beautiful hand-sewn lampshades and exciting online workshops…

    What inspires you?
    I’m inspired by textures and colours, particularly how they work together. I was brought up on the North Yorkshire Moors and that landscape has become incredibly special to me. It defines me in many ways and is the main inspiration for all my work.

    Describe the making process.
    I am trained as a painter rather than in textiles, so I approach things in a painterly way. I sketch my ideas before laying the fabrics down and stitching haphazardly over the top. I aim for it to look ‘wonky’ as I want people to know I did it by hand rather than machine!

    How do your surroundings influence your work?
    They make such a big difference to me. As I am no longer in the middle of my glorious Moors, I need to bring beauty and inspiration into my workspace. I surround myself with things I find beautiful, from buttons and sequins to ribbon and bottles.

    Tell us about your workshops.
    I have just launched a fabulous new online sewing course called Illuminating Embroidery and I teach people from beginner up to professionals. It’s proving to be a huge success and is tapping into a wonderful community that is so supportive and welcoming.

    Describe your creative style in three words.
    Quirky, detailed and passionate.

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    Make our napkin bunny

    by  • 01/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    MNapkin bunny on Country Days

    We’re hopping ahead a little with a preview of this adorable bunny napkin, featuring in our new April issue, on sale next week. He looks a treat on a Sunday lunch table and will be a big hit with the kids at an Easter party. To make him, all you need is a napkin – click here for easy instructions.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Create a tabletop terrarium

    by  • 22/02/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

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    Bring the outdoors in during the winter months with your very own indoor garden. Simple to make and easy to maintain, tiny open-air terrariums are a beautiful addition to desks, dining tables, or any well-lit spot.

    To make, spread a thin layer of gravel across the bottom of a glass vase, bowl or jar and over with activated charcoal, available from your local garden centre. Top with a generous layer of soil and pop in your favourite houseplants  – we find small, slow-growing succulents work best. Get creative with finishing touches; why not try a blanket of moss or some decorative pebbles?

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    Craft a treat-filled favour bag

    by  • 15/02/2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ready_5141064There’s nothing like a handmade token to show friends and loved ones how much you care. Make them feel extra special this Valentine’s Day by handing out treats in these cute, personalised goodie bags. They also add a cheery touch to country tables all year round – perfect as little party tokens or wedding favours.

    Easy to make, simply stamp the initial of your Valentine onto plain tags – we like Stomp Stamps’ miniature alphabet stamp set, £7.99. Fill polka-dot paper bags (Peach Blossom have a good selection) with sweets and fold over at the top. Glue the underside of your tag and secure in place, sealing the bag shut. Clip on a rustic wooden peg, to finish.

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    Frame country fabrics

    by  • 08/02/2015 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Framed fabrics | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Looking for an affordable way of bringing character and colour to bare walls? Create an eye-catching feature out of lovely fabrics offcuts and a simple wooden embroidery hoop. Quick, simple and stitch-free, it’s a clever way of integrating seasonal fabrics into your country scheme without committing to expensive upholstery.

    Cut  a square of fabric, roughly 10cm wider than your embroidery hoop (we got ours from Hobbycraft, but they’re easy to find in most haberdashery stores). Position your fabric in the frame so the tightening screw is at the top and central. Tighten well. Flip the hoop over and trim away excess fabric leaving a circular border roughly 5cm wide. Glue around the inside of the frame and fold over the border into little pleats for a neat finish.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Make a personalised chalkboard mug

    by  • 01/02/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Chalkboard mug | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Ensure smiles all round at your next teatime get-together with this fun little craft idea. Cover the top third of a white porcelain mug (try Habitat or Ikea for a selection of styles) with duct tape. Using a soft bristled brush, coat the bottom with porcelain chalkboard paint –we like Pebeo’s Porcelain 150 paint, £4.10, Fred Aldous. Remove the tape and leave to dry for 24 hours. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 150ºC to make it dishwasher and microwave safe. Leave to cool before chalking your personalised messages. Serve with a homemade biscuit for best results!

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    Be inspired by talented designers

    by  • 30/01/2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Heal's Modern Craft Market | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Make plans to visit Heal’s Modern Craft Market (2-15 February) – a two-week event showcasing 28 talented craftspeople, all individually chosen for their unique and affordable handmade wares. Having passed on our recommendations, we’re delighted to see that some familiar faces from our My Country Business pages have been selected to showcase their work and host live workshops. Head to the Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store and say hello!

    Gabrielle Vary
    Gabrielle won our My Country Business Awards Craft Category in 2014. She specialises in knitwear design, spinning traditional handmade design techniques with fresh new ideas. Her collection spans a whole range of beautiful items made from 100% British lambswool, ranging from blankets and cushions to scarves and socks. She’ll be teaching a range of knitting skills and techniques on Thursday 5 February, 12-2pm. Tickets cost £7. Book here.

    Justine Wall
    We first met Justine at our My Country Business event in 2011. She is the talented designer behind Hector & Haddock, celebrating all there is to love about paper and traditional printing methods. Her lino-cut, letterpress and screen print designs are inspired by sentimental ephemera, from certificates and tickets to treasured love letters. Learn how to design and make your very own lino-cut on Tuesday 10 February, 12.30-2pm. Tickets cost £17. Book here.

    Zara Day
    Zara of Rosemaryrose was shortlisted in our My Country Business Awards in 2014. She creates bespoke hand embroidered furnishing fabrics, creating unique designs for chairs, footstools, headboards and more. Her workshop gives you the chance to try out your embroidery skills on Wednesday 11 February, 12.30-2pm. Come away with a traditional love token filled with fragrant Cotswold lavender – just in time for Valentine’s Day! Tickets cost £12. Book here.

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