Create 30 – No.2 – Mini Woven Wall Hangings

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It is Create 30 time again! Hooray! One of my passions and hobbies at the moment is weaving so I immediately knew that weaving and woven wall hangings of some sort would feature in my Create 30 blog challenge. 

If you are new to this little crafty, adventure filled corner of the blogosphere then you can catch up in my post –  Create 30 – Let’s Do This! 

I have been weaving for a while now, mainly until recently on my wooden peg loom – remember my Peg Loom Weaving Tutorial – Part One and Part Two? I also have one of my peg loom woven wall hangings left in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop from my Create 28 blog challenge (the pink version was snapped up not long after I launched it!) You can find my nautical inspired, geometric version in the shop here. 

A while back I started weaving on a small framed wooden lap loom and I fell in love with it.

I practised and practised until I felt like I had nailed it – I am obviously continuously learning every time I try something new, but I felt like I had got the basics down I knew how to warp thread my little wooden loop without a tutorial, I was able to practice different weave techniques without looking at any instructions…that kind of thing. The more I played around weaving patterns and designs, the more I fell in love with the process – It is so therapeutic!

If I am having an off day, I can pick up my loom, make a cup of tea, and as long as I have some yarn – I’m all set.

Naturally, the more I practise the better I get and I was eager to share with you a few of my designs and input them into my Create 30 blog challenge and into the Eliston Button Etsy Shop so that I can continue to weave new ideas (and fund my gorgeously textured and beautifully coloured yarn addiction – Yikes!) Also, I wanted to make them a lot smaller than my peg loom woven wall hangings so that they took less time to create and therefore in turn, keeping the price down a lot more – that’s not to say it doesn’t take hours (and I mean HOURS!) to create!

These little beauties are lovingly hand crafted and time has been taken to learn new techniques and to choose the perfect yarn colours and textures for the job – That’s why happiness is handmade!

So without further ado…Here is my Create 30 – No. 2 – Mini Woven Wall Hangings…

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First up is my pretty purple mini woven wall hanging that is sure to brighten up your home.

It is perfect for small spaces or even larger ones to add a tactile dose of gorgeous texture to your wall with a punch of bright, happy colour.

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Tutorial Tuesday – Autumn Leaf Art Mobile

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Remember last week in my Workspace Wednesday – Autumn Leaf Art when I promised I would show you what I created with my pretty, arty leaves? Well, here it is! I have even made it into a little tutorial for you to follow along just in case you get stuck (aren’t I good to you!?)

If you are a regular reader on this blog, you will know how much I gush and gush about how much I love Autumn.

I love the warm golden sun on my face in crisp afternoons. I love the richest russet oranges, the breathtaking browns, the sun-dripped yellows. I love cosying and snuggling up under a blanket with a mug of tea when it is dark outside, with candles flickering with warmth. I love introducing hot comfort-food meals after a summer of cool salads and ice lollies…

And just like in the Spring, I love the start of a new season, one with noticeable changes that bring beauty to our surroundings…I love it all so Autumn crafts are definitely up there with Christmas crafts for me! 

You can catch up with all of my tutorials here and here is last year’s Autumn Glitter Leaf Garland Tutorial 🙂

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If you didn’t catch last week’s Workspace Wednesday – Autumn Leaf Art, I hand decorated a pile of assorted Autumn leaves that I had collected up. I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, but any gel pen would work for this. Pop over to the post to have a look at my creative process if you like! 

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Create 28 – No. 14 & 15 – French Knitted Flower Hair Grips

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It has been a couple of posts since my last Create 28 post! Don’t panic, I am still keeping my head above the water (Just!) but it was nice to share my Springtime Adventure and chat to you all about what’s going on Around Here!

If you have no idea what I am talking about (Where have you been!?) or are a newbie Buttoneer (Hello! You are going to fit right in!) I am talking about my Create 28 Blog challenge.

Today I have for you numbers 14 & 15 – French Knitted Flower Hair Grips. I have wanted to dig out my beloved Knitting Nancy for ages now and it suddenly dawned on me that I could play around for a few of my crafty adventures for this blog challenge. Some projects you win, some you lose – this was definitely a win for me. I thoroughly enjoyed using the knitting Nancy again and it felt like I was using a teeny tiny loom!

This time though I was able to transport it around with me but also sit with a cup of tea and knit away – Bliss!

It became to be a lovely light relief from my computer work or admin and a great way to relax. French knitting really is quite therapeutic but also keeps your mind active – you can’t mess up on a peg! 

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I wanted to add a splash of happy sunshine to your hair with his French knitted flower hair grip! This colour adds so much cheer to the rainy grey days we have been having lately, I can only imagine the shot of vibrancy and colour it could add to a sunny day! 

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Gorgeous warm yellow coloured wool/yarn (quite possibly spun from the sunshine itself!) has been knitted into a long continuous piece of woven loveliness, using the French knitting technique. 

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Workspace Wednesday – Studio Update – Part 3

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Wowee!! A Workspace Wednesday post you say!? No way!? Haha! It has been a while and I wanted to just pop in to share a little mini tour of the new Eliston Button Headquarters and would you believe it – it’s a Wednesday and it’s my Workspace! Hurrah! Also, what do you think of the new banner!? Snazzy huh!? It was definitely time for a change especially as the workspace in the old banner isn’t even my workspace anymore! 

So, if you are a newbie Buttoneer or even just a bit forgetful (that’s you Saree!) there is a bit of catching up to do. In a nutshell, my fiancé and I bought our first bought house together after renting for almost 10 years (Blimey!) the day after my birthday (and the day after the completion of my 27 before 27 blog challenge and the opening of the Eliston Button Esty Shop!) last June (nice and stressful!) Over the last 9 months we had house problems and various other issues (not with each other!) so my studio became a slow process of trial and error, seeing what worked, unpacking and repacking just to have to unpack again, until today. Over this time I have also shared little snippets of the Eliston Button Headquarters in Part One and Part Two of my mini studio updates in my Workspace Wednesday posts, but this is the most up-to-date. Things have been moved and changed and shuffled around so much that I hardly recognise the older photos of this space and it feels a life time ago that my studio was in a bedroom at our old rented house (I really need to finish the studio and update that page!) 

So, I am so excited to share with you some little doses of my creative space to keep you going until I am all done and can reveal the whole thing (for the love of chocolate, let that be soon!) which is more than likely going to be when I have (hopefully) completed my Create 28 blog challenge and have some more free time my life back!

For now, grab a cup of tea and explore the Eliston Button Headquarters and think of it as an aperitif to the main dose of my crafty sanctuary!

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Create 28 – No. 7&8 – Woven Wall Hangings

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Hello there Buttoneers! I so excited to share with you numbers 7 & 8 in my Create 28 craft blog challenge…Woven Wall Hangings! If you are a newbie Buttoneer you can catch up on my Create 28 challenge in its category here. As most of you know by now, I am a little obsessed with weaving, especially weaving on my wooden peg loom. You can find examples here and here and not forgetting my Peg Loom Weaving Tutorial Part One and Part Two. So, naturally, I wanted

I wanted the woven wall hangings to be one of the first items in my list of crafty goodness, but time was not on my side!

If any of you have woven on a peg loom before will know how time consuming the whole process is – especially the threading up of those long warp threads through the wooden pegs with tiny holes! Yikes!

Now I finally, after a lot of practise I feel like I am thoroughly proud of my weaving and therefore am super excited to be able to share them with you. I have certainly put a lot of thought (and a whole heap of trial and error) into how to hang and finish them off, which meant a lot of playing around with pine wood dowels and wooden beads of different colours and sizes. Phew! 

So, without further ado, here is number 7 in my Create 28 blog challenge…a pretty pink and dusky grey wool/yarn peg loom woven wall hanging… View Post