Make summer bunting with the kids

craft activities Aug 12, 2020

Everyone can join in this fun project, which incorporates knitting, threading beads and buttons and sticking stuff down!

The Knitting…
Requires only basic skills – great for beginners or those whose knitting skills are feeling a bit rusty! You’ll need some aran weight yarn and some 6mm needles. Use up odd ends of wool you have around the house, or treat yourself to a couple of new balls in colours you love.

To knit the squares:
Cast on 10 stitches, knit 15 rows and cast off.

To knit the triangles:
Cast on 15 stitches
Rows 1 – 2: knit
Rows 3 & 4: slip one (pass the first stitch onto the other needle without knitting it), knit two together, knit to the end of the row.
Rows 5 & 6: slip one, knit to the end of the row
Repeat rows 3-6 until you have 3 stitches left
Knit 2 rows
Knit 3 together
Cut the wool leaving a 10cm tail and thread it through the last remaining stitch, pulling it up tight.
Thread loose ends into the back of the bunting so they can’t be...

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Re-purpose the pre-loved

craft activities Apr 02, 2020

A few weeks ago my daughters and I took a short walk to our local second hand shops to see if we could find some interesting treasures. We set ourselves a budget of £2 each. We picked out jewellery and trinkets that caught our eye and then brought it all home to get creative! Beaded necklaces, an embroidered bag, little ornaments, a small cushion…. these objects once loved and now discarded by other folk were soon to be loved by us again!

Together with other jewellery making things like pliers, wire and earring accessories, we set to work to take apart all our treasured purchases and make them into something new.

After much experimenting with what would go best with what, laying things side by side and chatting about the pros and cons of this that and the other, some decisions were made and the sewing, threading and wire bending began!

The little cushion was decorated with beads and charms, the embroidered bag was given a pretty new handle, umpteen sets of...

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