Preview of Nuno Magazine Winter 2010
Art and craft projects with instructions and patterns made from recycled and salvaged materials.
We hope you like gray! We do. We liked it so much we built this issue around a hue some wouldn't call a color at all. The skies of winter may be gray, but there are a thousand shades, all of them beautiful. In this issue we drew with Sharpies, we painted, we cut and pasted, we stitched, we tied knots, we knitted, we felted and we folded; all with materials we salvaged, recycled or repurposed. This issue of Nuno benefits a goat bank in Uganda. Goat banks are elegantly simple. A family is loaned a goat. The family breeds the goat. The family returns the first born kid to the goat bank (after it is big enough, of course) which in turn provides another family with a start to their own little flock. You can read more about the project, which is administered by ADRA, here. For each issue of Nuno sold between now and January 31 st of 2011, we will donate $1 toward the goat bank project. Thanks so very much for reading! Elizabeth and Rachel Rachel Abernathy Braff: Knitting Projects and Inked Purses. Elizabeth Abernathy Graham: Projects and Design. Royce Graham: Photographs Inspiration and Ideas 12.....Inked 14.....Collages 18.....Silvered Shoes 20......Layered Scarves 24......Bundles 26......Notebooks 28......Painted Stones Projects 32.....Pom Poms 36.....Uxmal Pouch 38.....Armlets 39.....Leather Obi Belt 40.....Egg Carton Wall Art 42.....Tablecloth Skirt 43.....Tablecloth Top 44.....Plaid Birds 46.....Ripped Silk 50.....Square Hassock 52.....Matchbox Books 54.....Hoarfrost Cowl 56.....Little Mice 58.....Gray Whale 60.....Kokeshi Finger Puppets 62.....Hats and Mittens 64.....Blanket Coat 66.....Collar and Cuffs 68.....Newspaper Garlands Instructions and Patterns 72.....Notes on Inspiration and Ideas Section 74.....Pom Pom Instructions and Pom Pom Maker Templates 80....Uxmal Pouch Instructions and Pattern 84.....How to Salvage Yarn by Unraveling Sweaters 88.....Sweater Sleeve Armlet Instructions 89.....How to Felt Wool Knits 90.....Leather Obi Belt Pattern and Instructions 92.....Tips on Salvaging Leather and Vinyl 93.....Plaid Bird Mask Instructions and Patterns 96.....Tablecloth Skirt Instructions 97.....Tablecloth Tunic Instructions 98.....Square Hassock Instructions 99.....Half Knot Senet Instructions 100...Ripped Silk Instructions 102...Matchbox Book Instructions and Templates 104...How to Make a Simple Japanese Stitch Bound Book 106...Mice Soft Toy Instructions and Patterns 108...Kokeshi Finger Puppet Instructions 109...Whale Toy Instructions and Pattern 112...Hats and Mittens Patterns and Instructions 117...Blanket Coat Instructions 118...Egg Carton Wall Art Instructions 119...Collar and Cuff Instructions 120...Newspaper Garland Instructions 122...Hoarfrost Cowl Instructions and Pattern Sample Projects from this issue... Hassock Instructions For this project you will need a wool blanket that has been felted (or partially felted). A twin size will be large enough. Instructions on felting on page 89. #1: Cut six 24 inch (60cm) squares from blanket. #2: If you want to have the base color different from the original color of the blanket, dye all the squares. In this case, 6 cream colored squares were dyed with Rit dye (Pearl Gray). #3: Dip dye four of the squares for the side panels. To dip dye, roll up each square into a log and gradually lower (a few inches every five minutes) into a stove top dye bath. In this case, the squares were dyed with Rit dye (Dark Gray). #4: Dye one of the remaining two squares a solid color in the same dye bath you used to dip dye the side panels. At this point you should have four dip dyed squares (for the sides), one dark square (for the bottom) and one light square (for the top). #5: Machine sew squares together to form a cube. Begin by sewing together all four side panels in a row. Join the row of four side panels to form a bottomless box shape. Stitch the light panel to the "top" of the cube. Stitch the dark panel to the "bottom" of the cube. Leave a 12" (30cm) opening in the final seam to allow you to stuff the hassock. #6: Turn the whole thing so the seams are on the inside. Stuff your hassock with fibe fill, recycled stuffing, shredded plastic bags or wool. Slip stitch the opening closed. Egg Carton Wall Art You will need at least 10 pressed paper egg cartons, acrylic paints and poster gum. #1: Cut the egg cups from each carton using a sharp serrated knife. Trim any rough edges with scissors. #2: Use a small paint brush to put a dot of paint in the center of each cup. #3: When the paint is dry, use poster gum to attach the cups to the wall in a wave formation. Finger Puppet Instructions For each puppet you will need a small scrap of fabric, a large wooden bead for the head, one or two smaller beads for the "top knot" and a long heavy needle with thread (we used embroidery floss). #1: Use acrylics to paint a face and hair on the large wooden bead. #2: Cut two body pieces from fabric. Place right sides together and machine stitch. Leave the entire bottom open. Trim excess from the seam allowance and turn. There is no need to hem the bottom, just snip any obvious raveling. #3: Thread a long heavy needle with at least one foot (30cm) of heavy thread. Run the needle and thread up through the puppet's body and out the puppet's neck. Push the needle through the head, then the "top knot" bead (or beads). Draw the needle back down again through the head and neck. Knot the two ends of the thread together on the inside of the puppet body. You may have to partially turn the body inside out to work the knot tightly against the inside of the puppet body's neck. Puppet Body (Cut 2) Mittens For this project you need wool sweater felt. Instructions on how to felt wool knits is on page 89. You also need approximately 24" (60cm) of ribbed sweater waistband. #1: Cut two mitten pieces from the pattern, flip the pattern over and cut two more. If you wish to have a bicolor mitten, cut one from each color before flipping the pattern and then cut one more from each color. #2: Right sides together, machine stitch mitten top and bottom together. Clip close to seam allowance and turn. #3: Hand stitch a section of ribbed band around the wrist of each mitten. Trim excess ribbing and stitch down loose end. Note on sizing: This mitten pattern is sized for an adult female. If you want to make mittens for a child or a man, trace around their hand (fingers together and thumb slightly out as one's hand would be positioned inside a mitten). Use a copy machine or printer with a zoom feature to enlarge or reduce the pattern until it is an appropriate size to fit the hand tracing. Remember to leave room for a seam allowance.