A JANOME SEWING MACHINE WORTH £349
THE CREATIVE GUIDE TO UPCYCLING
THE CREATIVE GUIDE TO UPCYCLING YOUR HOME
INNOVATIVE HANDS-ON PROJECTS
Give a room the wow factor with one key upcycled piece
Wooden door desk on p18
Fake it! How to paint anything to look like wood
Technique focus ♥ Shibori tie dye ♥ Upholstery ♥ Bookbinding
Creative spaces Turn your shed into a chic upcycling retreat
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HOME REFURBS Playing card lamp
3 WAYS WITH... Stationery
FURNITURE REVAMP Wheelbarrow chair
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It’s easy to become restless with your home décor when everything has stayed the same for years. But unless you have limitless budget, giving a room a whole new look is hard to achieve. So my advice is to focus on upcycling one statement piece for each room – you’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make. In a plain living room, upcycle a cupboard in a vibrant colour and display in a prominent position. You can then add small accessories in the same colour pop and the eyes of your visitors will be drawn to the new addition and away from the sofa you’ve had since you moved in. The hallway is the ﬁrst area of your home that anyone sees, yet it is often the least interesting. Make your entrance more inviting with our upholstered bench on page 99. Not only will you inject colour and pattern into an empty space, but it’s a handy place to sit when putting your shoes on too! Whatever your taste, you should ﬁnd something over the next 113 pages to help inject your home with fresh style. Also this issue we introduce a new series called ‘Annie Sloan’s Painters in Residence’ where we meet makers that have been handpicked by Annie for their creative use of her Chalk Paint – ﬁnd out more on page 29. If you’re in need of a new sewing machine check out the fantastic Janome competition on page 65, and – one of my favourite projects – join us to bring back the art of letter writing by upcycling your own paper, envelopes and wax seal from page 53. Enjoy!
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What’s in the issue.. E FURNI T URP R E VA M Learn how to give your battered old favourites a fresh new look
P44 Sewing cupboard
P14 1920s cabinet
P18 Retro door desk
P26 Stencilled chairs
P62 Wheelbarrow chair
P90 Let’s wrap seat
P96 Graphic end table
P16 Paint anything like wood
P22 Shibori pillowcase
P50 Stone candle holder
P68 Painted headboard
P72 Vintage playing card lampshade
P82 Floral lampshade
HOME REFURB Refresh your home décor with original upcycled pieces
P66 Cutlery tray display shelf
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MID WEEK MA KE
P108 Fish plate
P112 DIY blanket ladder
P48 Vintage seed pack wall art
P60 Industrial light magic
Quick makes to create in an evening
P84 Book of the sea
PAINTERS IN RESIDENCE
P30 Beau Ford
P42 Monogram tablet case
P104 Wine and pie board
P32 Confetti wardrobe
P34 School desk transformation
P99 Upholstering a bench
P54 Handmade paper
P56 Upcycled envelopes
P58 Homemade wax seal
P94 Kate Smith – The Makery
COMPETITION Win a fantastic Janome sewing machine worth £349!
UPCYCLING HEROES: GEMMA LOFTHOUSE Using eco-friendly inks to create gorgeous fabrics
MY VINTAGE HOME: THE RECYCLED SHED Making the most of upcycling a small workspace
CREATIVE HUB P7 The latest upcycling news
ANNIE SLOAN’S DIARY P13 Getting creative with pallets P40
Q&A MAKING MEMORIES
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THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS ♥ NICOLETTE TABRAM trained as a textile designer at Central School of Art and worked in fashion for many years, including as a senior designer for Monsoon. After leaving her job, she began to upcycle furniture using her own stencils, and now sells them at www.etsy.com/shop/ NicoletteTabram. Discover how she transforms plain chairs with stencils on page 26.
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♥ AMANDA RUSSELL AND JULIET BAWDEN Design duo Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, have set up R&B, www.randbconsultants. co.uk, creating design solutions from start to finish with exciting projects for the home and fashion. This issue they join us on page 44 to upcycle a wardrobe into a crafting closet that will turn all your friends green with envy.
♥ BEAU FORD was born in the UK but now lives in Western Australia, where she runs Drip Designs (dripdesignsfurniture.blogspot.co.uk). She has a passion for painting furniture and has recently become one of Annie Sloan’s Painters in Residence – find out more about her experience with Annie and try two of her projects from page 29.
♥ Blue jean bags p10
♥ Vintage robots p9
♥ Contemporary craft fair p8
♥ Recycled cashmere p10
Creative Hub NEWS ♥ EVENTS ♥ PRODUCTS This is the essential place to come for endless inspiration from the world of upcycling – just turn the page to begin...
♥ Customised fabrics p11
♥ Eco-design fair p11 JUNE
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Image © Lieke Romeijn (liekeromeijn.nl).
MIFFY’S ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
It’s not too early to daydream about getting a winter coat. Netherlands based Wintervacht (www.wintervacht.nl) fashion beautiful handmade clothing from high quality secondhand materials. The coats are crafted from pre-loved Dutch woollen blankets, forming elegant one-off pieces. Wintervacht means ‘winter coat’ in Dutch, but they also have tops and shorts made from vintage cotton curtains in bright patterns.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of iconic children’s storybook character Miffy, acclaimed artist Jane Foster is creating a limited edition of 60 handmade products. The range includes cushion covers, shopper bags and purses, all crafted out of vintage materials from the 1960s and ‘70s, meaning each is unique. It’s impossible not to love the charm of Miffy the little white rabbit, who 60 years later stars in 32 internationally adored books. Jane Foster’s striking and distinctive designs are available from 21st June at janefoster.co.uk.
EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
The Contemporary Craft Fair, launched in 2004, is back again in Devon for this year’s exciting event showcasing some of the greatest designer/maker talent. Between 5-7th June you’ll have the opportunity to discover an array of artists’ creations, including sleek furniture from Curvalinea, paper sculptures by Suzanne Breakwell and hand printed fashion accessories from Ekta Kaul. Brimming with hands-on craft activities, inspiring talks, workshops, food and live music, the festival has won a number of awards including Event of the Year at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards. Discover more about the event and exhibitors at craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.
NATURE TO PAPER
Choosing the perfect wrapping paper can be a challenge, but we’ve found wildlife inspired designs you’ll love. Designer Kate Broughton’s wrapping paper is wonderfully illustrated, and made from 100% recycled brown paper. “It’s very important to me to try and make as little impact on the environment as possible, particularly because nature is such a big source of inspiration for my work,” Kate explains. Designs include garden birds, bumble bees and woodland animals, all available printed on recycled cards and notebooks. See more at katebroughton.co.uk. 8
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How charming is this illuminated recycled metal robot design from Parisian graphic designer Bruno Lefevre-Brauer? He’s developed an entire collection of these sculptures, made from vintage objects with an industrial past. Bruno, known artistically as +Brauer, sees a hidden beauty in the discarded industrial metal, and hopes to revive the primitive aspect of the materials when creating each robot. At night, they illuminate their surroundings with their enchanting light fittings. One of +Brauer’s designs makes a bold interior design statement in your home. Visit his website (in French) here www.brauer.fr.
BLOGS WE L♥VE ♥ FROLIC! frolic-blog.com When we came across this lifestyle blog run by prop stylist and floral designer Chelsea Fuss, we fell in love with its nature inspired charm. Chelsea posts stunning photography of interiors she admires during her travels. Our favourite aspect of the blog though is her love of flowers, with tutorials on making a perfect spring bouquet and tours of her apartment and kitchen, which are sprinkled with beautiful floral decor – it’s sure to get your inspiration going.
♥ ECLECTIC HOME eclectichome.co.uk
Turtle Doves, one of our Upycling Heroes (Feb 15 issue) have a new range of recycled silk items. The collection includes ponchos, scarves and hugs, all made from gorgeously patterned recycled saris. We especially like the look of their ‘hugs’ which are reversible, continuous scarves that can be worn in a number of ways, and are perfect in silk for the warmer summer months. The saris used to make Turtle Dove’s silk collection are washed and the pieces used are chosen with great care, creating unique and elegant items. You can explore more about the range at turtle-doves.co.uk.
Freelance writer Carly started her interior design blog Eclectic Home last year, and we’re so glad she did. It is packed with pattern and style ideas for your home, with roundups of homeware trends like bright hallway decorations, mustard yellow prints and using metallics to spruce up your decor. Eclectic Home is a fantastic resource of photography and ideas for injecting colour and identity into an interior. Carly also has a Pinterest page, brimming with eclectic designs (pinterest. com/eclectic andboho).
♥ HANNAH IN THE HOUSE hannahinthehouse.com Hannah In The House merges design, craft and interiors in a perfect combination, and is run by an interior designer named, you guessed it, Hannah. Her blog features lots of practical DIY tutorials for projects like rag-rugs, toiletries bags and how to restore an old wooden table top, as well as reviews of the latest interior design crazes. The blog has a sleek and Scandinavian minimalist vibe to it. We especially love the ‘house tours’ posts, where you can drool over fantastic interior design.
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OUTSIDE THE BOX
PINBALL TABLE REINCARNATIONS
Furniture, art or pinball machine? Hungarian furniture business ALTAR (altars. co) combine all three, to assemble truly captivating inventions. These once broken and unloved pinball machines have been given a new lease of life, in the form of unique table artefacts. Sourced, designed and then given between 200-350 hours of work before completion, each table is one of a kind and crafted at the highest standard. Company owner András Lacfi explains, “No material or time was spared during production of these masterpieces.”
Wood Encore (etsy.com/uk/shop/ WoodEncore), run by Eliana Sullivan, is a crafty business with a passion for upcycling at its core – transforming once battered old vintage boxes into beautiful and functional ones with plenty of uses. Initially, the company began when Eliana sought to create herself a box to store her carving tools, and immediately fell in love with the act of repurposing the old box into a shiny, charming creation. The boxes are cleaned, painted and polished, becoming boxes you’d be proud to have on show in your home. We especially love this pale blue floral box, lined with cotton fabric, perfect for storing all your craft and sewing gear, while still looking pretty.
BLUE JEAN BABY
Old blue jeans may not seem like the most useful start for a new homeware upcycling idea, but the small team at Green Spirit Creations saw it as another eco-friendly possibility for the home. Their laundry basket designs are a stylish way to repurpose unwanted jeans, with strong wooden legs and a delicate design. Behind the company is the passion for creating handmade, sustainable and environmentally friendly products – eliminating waste and unwanted materials. All the profit made from sales goes into developing the company to be able to produce even more work. You can take a look at their other items at etsy.com/uk/shop/GreenSpiritCreations.
Designer Nitasia Timms set up REVERIE Textiles (reverie-textiles.com) in 2013, with the aim of helping the Earth by creating luxurious and whimsical homeware items made from recycled cashmere. The company’s soft quilted blankets are wonderfully colourful and dreamy, hence the REVERIE name. They offer an abundance of colours and patterns to choose from, with baby blankets, hats, cushions and scarves as well as blankets. All the products are made with repurposed fine cashmere jumpers. 10
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This summer on 5th July The Garden Museum’s pretty Victorian church interior (Lambeth Palace Road, London) will become host to the Summer Tumblr Eco-Design Fair, hosting an array of work from 30 designers and makers. The fair supports the work of artists working sustainably across a number of platforms, including homeware, textiles, fashion and stationery.This year’s designer/makers include beautiful handmade bookbinding from Bea Custodio, and Essence + Alchemy’s botanical vegan candles made with sustainably sourced wax. Find out more about the day of sustainable crafty goodness at gardenmuseum.org.uk.
BOOK CLUB UPSTYLE YOUR FURNITURE
By STEPHANIE JONES PUBLISHED BY APPLE PRESS, £14.99 Decorative painter Stephanie Jones offers a range of easy to follow guides in all elements of furniture upcycling, with guides on everything for beginning a new project. There are tips on prepping your items and advice on an array of painting and finishing techniques. Her ‘The Basics’ section is ideal for the DIY beginner, clarifying the essential materials and tools needed. You’ll be inspired by lots of different ideas including stenciling, embroidery, fabric dyeing and patterns.
By KATE SMITH PUBLISHED BY MITCHELL BEAZLEY, £14.99
FINE TUNED FABRICS
Online marketplace Zazzle (zazzle.co.uk) has a new craft supplies section, including customisable fabrics. Zazzle already offer a vast assortment of customisable products, from stationery and notecards to T-shirts, coffee mugs and cushions. Now you can customise fabric and have it sent to your door. Zazzle enables you to select from seven fabric types, including cotton, linen and twill, in a huge range of patterns and colours, which you can design with eco-friendly inks to be printed on demand.
Lifestyle brand Nkuku are not only dedicated to producing stylish pieces of home furnishing, but to promoting an ethical and eco-friendly way of life with their fairtrade products. Their range includes sustainably produced dining ware, reclaimed furniture and accessories made from natural materials. Nkuku supports the artisans who create their products, ensuring they are paid fairly for their work. All their glass is recycled, saving up to 50% energy and protecting the environment. We especially admire these recycled glass tea light holders, which would look marvellous on a windowsill or living room coffee table, projecting a soft golden glow into any room. Discover more at nkuku.com.
Kate Smith, owner of The Makery (see page 94), will awaken your inner sewing goddess with this book. It’s suitable for beginners and experts alike, and has clear time guidelines for each project. The photography is beautiful, along with handy tip boxes and tool guides. You can get a wonderful sense of each project before choosing which to start. We especially love the adorable cotton table placemats. Whether you want to try a project for the home, as a gift, or a fashion item, there’s something here for everyone to make.
SEW OVER IT VINTAGE By LISA COMFORT PUBLISHED BY EBURY PRESS, £15
Inject vintage style into your everyday life with Lisa Comfort’s book. It offers wonderfully retro ideas for your home, your wardrobe and some just for fun. It has helpful sections like a glossary of stitches and guides on pattern cutting tools and how to measure yourself to make clothing that perfectly fits you. You can learn how to make a 1920s style kimono dressing gown, create vintage fabric lampshades, or a set of lace lanterns to decorate candle holders.
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CHESHIRE GIFTSHOP ON THE CORNER 40 Main Street, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA67AU Rustic Country Style Home Decor by Moo Design. www.giftshoponthecorner.co.uk 01928 890207
HARTLEPOOL / COUNTY DURHAM ECO CHIC-IT Unit 5, Usworth Enterprise Park, Usworth Road, Hartlepool We stock a unique array of elegant vintage painted furniture and accessories. Annie Sloan Chalk ™ paint stockist, Workshops. Upholstery service. Commissions taken. www.ecochic-it.co.uk www.facebook.com/EcoChicit 07411 680311
NORTH YORKSHIRE EBONY INTERIORS & GIFTS 10 Market Place, Pickering, N Yorkshire Boutique situated in the market place of Pickering specialising in painted furniture, shabby chic interiors and accessories. AS fabric to order www.ebonyinteriorsandgifts.com www.facebook.com/ebonyinteriorsandgifts 01751 476212 SOUTH DEVON TILLY’S 32 Molesworth Road, Millbridge, Plymouth, PL1 5NA Creative chaos reigns in our quirky shop/workshop - come see! www.tillymoo.co.uk 01752 559522
LONDON THE FOREST BAILIFF 36 Durham Road, Wimbledon, SW20 0TW London stockist of Annie Sloan products, accredited Essentials 1 & 2 painted furniture workshops. Beginners and intermediate sewing classes. Six little rooms full of inspiration with a helpful, friendly and professional service. www.forestbailiff.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8947 5115 SOMERSET THE MARMALADE HOUSE 15, The Clifton Arcade, Clifton Village, Bristol & Bath French Chic painted furniture, stylish accessories and gifts www.themarmaladehouse.co.uk www.facebook.com/TheMarmaladeHouse 0117 973 4555
SURROUNDINGS 26 St Mary Street, Thornbury Rustic country with a hint of French and Coastal. Picture framing, furniture restoration and homewares www.surroundingsonline.co.uk www.facebook.com/pages/Surroundings-Online/158100753073 01454 411000 SHELDON PAINT TECHNIQUES 3 New Broadway, Hampton Road, Hampton Hill, Middlesex TW12 1JG Chalk Paint™ stockist. Appointed and trained by Annie Sloan. Expert advice on your project, help and inspiration. Paint techniques workshops. Picture Framing www.facebook.com/pages/Sheldon-Hamptons-PaintTechniques/228563857301699 http://sheldonpainttechniques.blogspot.co.uk/ email@example.com 0208 9430786 EAST ANGLIA ESSEX INTERIOR SUPERIOR 616 London Rd, Westcliff on Sea, Essex Cm14 5rd Painted furniture, Workshops, Fabrics, & Gifts & Home Accessories www.facebook.com/pages/Interior-Superior/253259434732332 Twitter: @is616LondonRd Instagram: IS616LONDONRD 01702 808489 POETIC DESIGN 36 Station Road, Upminster, Essex RM14 2TR Interiors showroom stocking various styles from country rustic to industrial quirky, including furniture, lighting and home accessories and proud Annie Sloan stockists. www.poeticdesign.co.uk www.facebook.com/PoeticDesignInteriors firstname.lastname@example.org 01708 222213 SUFFOLK LITTLE GEMS INTERIORS The Barn, The Street, Assington, Sudbury Modern country and French; painted furniture, home accessories and gifts. www.littlegemsinteriors.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-GemsInteriors/200120920086996 01787 210951
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19 19, Alexandra Road, Clevedon, Nr Bristol Contemporary interiors with artisan feel. Painted and repurposed furniture, homewares, ceramics & art. www.19alexandraroad.co.uk www.facebook.com/19alexandraroad 01275 340563
YELLOW DOG WORKSHOPS Studio 8, Barleywood Walled Garden, Wrington, Bristol Chalk Paint techniques classes and Fused Glass Workshops for all ages. www.yellowdogworkshops.co.uk www.facebook.com/YellowDogGlass 07970 265 433
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ANNIE SLOAN’S DIARY Photo Photo © Harriet © Harriet Thomas Thomas
hat to do with an old pallet? We have lots of pallets here at Annie Sloan HQ from all our paint deliveries. I hated seeing all that perfectly good wood go to waste, so I was thrilled to be able to turn them into something to transform our garden. Josh, whose aim is to make eco houses and is now on a furniture making course, was keen to have a go at turning our pallets into planters. Below is a photo of one of the pallet planters with an olive tree in it, currently one of my favourite trees. Having always thought of it as a Mediterranean plant, I am amazed to find that they are so hardy. I have some in my garden at home in Oxford and they are now in their second season, after a long cold blustery winter, looking very healthy and once again bearing tiny little olives. I love the grey-green leaves and the tidy shape of these standard uprights. I have been told that the olive tree is a symbol of peace and that pleases me too. For my new planters, the aim was to have some sort of ‘bin’ to hold the earth and the
Getting creative with pallets
This month our columnist, Chalk Paint™ inventor Annie Sloan, gets to work transforming the warehouse garden. The result is a set of gorgeous planters made from unwanted pallets to house her favourite olive trees... tree. I didn’t want it to be too heavy so it could be moved if necessary. I didn’t want it to be too solid, so the finished design is slatted and lined with thick black plastic. To hide the shiny lining, I cut up some hessian and tucked it in between the wood and the plastic. Once the construction was done, all I had to do was to paint it! One of the planters was made out of a pallet that had originally had some rich pinky deep red on it. When it was cut and rearranged and made into the planter, I noticed the pattern of painted and unpainted wood was really interesting and I found it inspiring. I decided to do this to the rest of the planters, mimicking the random paintwork. I thought it was better than painting them just a solid colour. I loved the wood and its uneven old quality. I decided on a theme of cool colours with just a few in brighter warm colours. Olive trees have cool grey green leaves so I needed colours that would work with them. I decided on three cool colours from my Chalk Paint™ palette: Duck Egg Blue, Aubusson with a little Old White, and Old Violet. I kept the original warm coloured one which is a colour similar to my Emperor’s Silk mixed with some Primer Red, and to partner this chose Scandinavian Pink. The final one is painted in Original. They are all in a line along the wall with one warm colour placed on either side of the entrance door, so the colours are balanced. Pallet wood is very absorbent so I used big brushes, dipped in water, and added a little water to the paint as well to make it easier to apply. As the planters will stay outdoors, there’s no need to wax the paint as I would usually do with my paint on indoor furniture. Instead, I used
a hair dryer to set the paintwork. This sort of bakes the paint and makes it very hard, while still allowing water in the atmosphere and rainwater to go through the wood and paint because it is not sealed with wax or varnish. Finally, it was time to choose the colour for the wall! I had originally thought of a soft neutral such as my colour French Linen or my strong neutral, Graphite. I’d even thought of using my paint colour Olive, a deep green. All would have looked good, but my son Felix thought Primer Red would be much better. I admit, I wasn’t sure as the wall was already a brick colour, albeit modern and rather bland. But Felix was so sure and excited about the colour that I decided to go with his choice. All I needed was a big brush and one coat of Primer Red Chalk Paint™ to update the brickwork. I’m so pleased with the result. It’s all looking pretty as a picture! www.anniesloan.com
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Stylish 1920s cabinet
F U R NI T U R R E VA M P E
Original 1920s cabinets have beautiful features which add a really striking element to a room. After years of existence, often the ﬁnish has faded a little though, so bring yours back to life with a lick of paint and a little sparkle. Project by Annie Sloan, Photography © Loupe Images/Christopher Drake.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite Paper
Water-based gold size glue Book of aluminium leaf Tin of dark wax
5cm paintbrush for applying paint
2 small soft bristle artists’ brushes Small dry brush for applying leaf
2.5cm paintbrush for applying wax Cloth for removing excess wax
♥ STEP ONE Apply a coat of Graphite to the cupboard with a brush, but leave the edges that are next to the glass. ♥ STEP TWO Cover the glass on the cabinet with paper, fixing it in place with tape, and paint the frame around the glass. Take care not to get too much Graphite on the paper and the glass. Change the paper when it gets too wet. Leave to dry
TOP TIP A little silver goes a long way so don’t get too enthusiastic with it. I had contemplated doing the ball feet of this cabinet but in the end decided that less is more.
♥ STEP THREE When the paint is dry, paint a thin layer of the gold size glue to the top edges of the cabinet. Take your time and avoid getting any glue on the top of the cabinet. Don’t worry about the gold size drying out, it remains sticky for hours. ♥ STEP FOUR Leave the gold size to become transparent; this should take between five and ten minutes depending on the surface you are painting on. ♥ STEP FIVE Apply the aluminium leaf by letting the leaf fall onto the gold sized surface. Use a small, dry brush to guide it and to flatten it onto the wood. Dab rather than wipe the brush to stop the leaf from breaking up. When the leaf is sufficiently stuck down, tear off the excess. It will not show where there is a join in the wood. ♥ STEP SIX Using a brush, apply a layer of dark wax all over the top of the cabinet. This makes the previously dark grey paint turn a beautiful black. The aluminium turns from silver white to a lovely, slightly tarnished silver after the dark wax has been added. ♥ STEP SEVEN While the wax is still wet wipe off the excess, working it into the paint. Take extra care along the edges so you don’t damage the metal-leafed areas.
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Paint anything like wood
HOME R E F
Discover how to re-imagine any object made from polystyrene, plastic, plaster or just about anything else into an aged wooden-looking piece that will be right at home next to your genuine wooden antiques. Project and photography by Karianne Wood from Thistlewood Farms (www.thistlewoodfarms.com)
Paint (at least four different colours of brown) Scratched and dented piece
Water based protective ﬁnish
PRIME PIECE ♥ STEP ONE You want to start with a clean slate and cover up any scratches and dents and odd colour combinations found on your object. Start fresh with a layer of primer. ♥ STEP TWO Let dry. ADD FIRST LAYER OF PAINT ♥ STEP THREE For this project I chose four different colours of brown. I chose a dark brown, honey brown, medium brown and light brown. Start the painting by applying the darkest brown to any place that would have natural shadows. If this was real wood the indentations would look darkest.
ADD THIRD LAYER ♥ STEP SEVEN This is where it starts getting exciting. You can actually see it transforming to wood right before your eyes. Brush your layer of medium brown lightly over the entire piece. You want to let the other two colours show through and not cover up completely what you’ve already painted. Remember…. less is more with this layer. ♥ STEP EIGHT Let dry.
TOP TIP As with any technique that’s new to you, always experiment first on some scrap material before applying to the piece you’re going to put on view.
ADD HIGHLIGHTS ♥ STEP NINE Now you want to come in with your lightest brown and lightly brush over the entire piece to create highlights. You may also want to add some other colours of brown here and there, as needed, to make sure all the colours are blended. ♥ STEP TEN Let dry. SEAL THE PIECE ♥ STEP ELEVEN After all your lowlights and highlights are painted, let it dry and then seal with a water based protective finish.
♥ STEP FOUR Let dry. I know this seems simple, but the whole drying step is super important. You don’t want all your paint colours running together and looking like mud instead of layering to look like wood. ADD SECOND LAYER ♥ STEP FIVE For this layer, I lightly brushed the honey brown. Adding a honey colour is so important because it warms up your piece and really creates the illusion of wood. Lightly brush over the entire piece, but not down into the indentations. ♥ STEP SIX Let dry.
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Retro Door Desk
After years defending against weather, intruders and relentless knocking, give a door a deserved lie down as a desk... By Will Holman. Photography ÂŠ Kip Dawkins Photography
F U R NI T RE VA MUPRE
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Here Old road signs are cut and inlaid to flush out the panels, but you can use concrete, grout, wood or glass. RETRO DOOR DESK HOW TO... MATERIALS
Four 72cm 2x4s Two 60cm 2x4s Wood glue
7.5cm drywall screws
Old solid-wood panel door, preferably with panels of equal size One 2x4, about 183cm long (for a standard 203cm door) 4cm drywall screws
Plate aluminium or your choice of other ﬁller material (size and quantity as needed) Construction adhesive
Six 5mm x 10cm lag bolts with washers
One 190cm length of 2x2 or other available material
EQUIPMENT Clamps Pencil
Tape measure Square
Circular saw Hammer Chisel
Drill/driver and 2.5cm, 2cm and 5mm bits
TOP TIP Remove the six lag bolts, pop out the crossbar and the desk breaks down. All the pieces are then much easier to transport when you’re moving.
♥ STEP ONE Clamp the four 72cm 2x4s together, on edge, making sure the ends are precisely aligned – these become the legs. Using the square, mark a line over all four pieces, 9cm from the ends. Set the circular saw blade to a depth of 5cm and a bevel of 5 degrees, and run a series of closely spaced parallel cuts over all four boards, from your mark out toward the end of the boards. Knock out the waste with hammer and chisel. Each leg should now have a 5x9cm L-shaped notch in one end, canted at a 5-degree angle. ♥ STEP TWO Mitre both ends of each leg, in parallel, at 5 degrees. ♥ STEP THREE Measure 4cm over from the edge opposite the notch at the bottom (non-notched) end of each leg. Use a long straightedge to draw a line connecting that mark with the bottom outside corner of the notch. Cut the taper on each leg. ♥ STEP FOUR Complete the leg assemblies by securing the 60cm crosspieces in the leg notches with some wood glue and 7.5cm drywall screws driven through the outside edges of the legs. Lay out the screws in a neat pattern, staggering and pre-drilling the screw holes to prevent the wood splitting. Counterbore a 2.5cm-diameter x 2cm-deep hole in the centre of each crosspiece. Then drill a 5mm hole all the way through at the centre of the counterbore. ♥ STEP FIVE Find the centre of the door, end to end, then make a centreline across the door’s width on what will be the desktop underside. For a standard door, this is about 101cm in from each end. Mark a centreline on the 183cm 2x4, and align this with the centreline on the door. Scribe the panel locations in the door onto the 2x4. Notch the 2x4 so that it will lie flush to the underside of the door, with the notches fitting over the rails (horizontal door frame parts). Use the same method as when notching the legs, creating a series of parallel cuts with a circular saw, then knocking out the waste with a chisel.
♥ STEP SIX Glue and screw the 183cm support to the underside of the door, using 4cm screws. Screw through the top face of the door – through the panels – so that the screw heads will be hidden later by the aluminium plates. ♥ STEP SEVEN Fill in the recessed panels on the top side of the door with aluminium, plywood, hardboard, glass, concrete or plastic pieces that flush out the surface, making a smooth, continuous top. I used aluminium road signs, turned upside down and adhered with construction adhesive. ♥ STEP EIGHT Centre the leg frames on each end and use a lag bolt at each end to attach the 183cm desktop support to the 60cm crosspieces. Use two more lag bolts per leg frame to go up into the desk underside – the counterbore pilot holes ensure the bolt heads recess into the crosspieces. ♥ STEP NINE Install a support bar, or stretcher, low on the back legs to provide more lateral stiffness. This piece runs parallel to the length of the desktop. It could be a 2x2, a piece of pipe or scrap wood. For this version, I used a salvaged chain-link fence top bar secured by friction-fit in a hole in each back leg and pinned with a drywall screw.
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GWYNEDD MEDI Dolgellau, mid Wales Nia was an actress for 25 years, then worked on the makeover programme ‘Real Rooms’ for BBC Pebble Mill. She has been working her magic on furniture for many years and her shop is a design led paradise for interiors and gifts.. www.medi-gifts.com firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/pages/MEDI/109570549110404 Twitter @siopmedi 01341421755
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The old ways can be the best for upcycling and this dye technique from 8th century Japan produces fantastic results today. Project and photography by Eleanna Kotsikou from Zdrop (www.etsy.com/shop/zdrop)
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The shibori technique can be applied to any fabric size, perfect for creating bed linen sets with the same pattern. Shibori pillowcase how to... Materials
water. Continue to stir the mixture gently but thoroughly. Always stir in one direction with a circular motion.
0g of pre-reduced indigo, 250g 2 of reducing agent (thiox or hydrosulfate) and 250g of soda ash, which you can find in an indigo dye kit
♥ STEP four Once you feel the dye is properly mixed, slow down. Now, reverse the direction of your stirring, while dragging the stick towards the outer edge of the bucket. Slowly remove the stick from the dye.
A set of white cotton bed linen
19 litre plastic bucket with a lid
Stick for stirring (make sure it’s long enough to reach the bottom of your bucket) Small container for the foam/‘flower’
♥ STEP five Once your indigo vat is set, cover the bucket with a lid and let the dye settle for 15 minutes to 1 hour. During this time you can fold and bind your fabric. Twist the PillowCase ♥ STEP ONE First, soak the pillowcase in cold water and squeeze it.
Sheet of plastic to cover the floor
♥ STEP fivE Keep twisting the pillowcase in a clockwise direction.
Shallow pan to hold your fabric Large rubber bands
♥ STEP six When almost all the cloth is gathered in the centre, the four corners will probably remain out of the whirl. Use your other hand to gently help the remaining part of the pillowcase join the whirl. Use both hands to gather the fabric and help it form a perfect circle.
Twine or thread
Prepare the Indigo Vat ♥ STEP ONE Work outdoors, if possible. Put down a sheet of plastic to cover the surface you’re working on. Make sure you wear protective gloves and an apron as well. If you use the whole kit, you should have sufficient dye to colour up to 15 natural-fibre T-shirts or 15 metres of fabric. If you are working on a smaller project, you can use a smaller bucket with half the water and half of the dye ingredients listed above. ♥ STEP two Add 15 litres of warm tap water to a 19 litre container, which is not used for food. You can use a smaller container with measurements to calculate the water quantity. Empty the entire container of pre-reduced indigo dye into the bucket. With your stick, stir gently towards one direction until the indigo dye is dissolved in the water. ♥ STEP three While stirring, carefully empty the soda ash and the reduction agent into the 24
♥ STEP four Start twisting your hand clockwise. The fabric will start following the movement of your hand since you’re holding it tight in the centre. Your pillowcase will start forming a whirl in the centre.
♥ STEP two Lay the pillowcase flat on your working surface. ♥ STEP three Now pinch a bit of fabric from the centre of the pillowcase.
Bind the PillowCase ♥ STEP ONE Now take a large rubber band and open it up using both hands. Place it around your pillowcase, being careful not to ruin the shape of the whirl.
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♥ STEP TWO Keep on adding rubber bands around the pillowcase on different diagonals of your circle, so that the fabric is firmly held in place from all sides.
♥ STEP THREE The whirl begins to form in the centre of the sheet. Keep on twisting, always in the same direction. ♥ STEP FOUR Now, as the cloth is big, you will see that the wet fabric touching the floor might be a bit resistant to the movement. It’s helpful at this stage to use both your hands to twist the sheet. Keep on twisting until you gather the sheet in a circle with a clearly formed whirl.
♥ STEP TWO Put your gloves on and submerge each piece of bed linen into the vat, then gently remove your bound fabric from the dye bath. You will notice that it is green in the beginning and, as it oxidizes, it gradually turns blue. Let it oxidize for about 20 minutes. I left mine just a few seconds in the indigo dye bath, so that is why the end result is more of a baby blue. If you wish to achieve a darker hue, you can repeat the dyeing process.
♥ STEP FIVE As the volume of the sheet is bigger, the rubber bands will not be big enough to bind it, unless you have gigantic ones available. Instead, you can bind the sheet with thread, cord or twine. First, cut off a long piece of twine. ♥ STEP THREE Now that you’ve got the hang of it, repeat the same process to twist and bind the second pillowcase. TWIST AND BIND THE SHEET ♥ STEP ONE The same method can be applied to the sheet as well. It is a bit harder as the cloth is bigger, but it is feasible. First soak your sheet in water and squeeze out the excess water. Then place the sheet on your working surface. If your desk is not huge, you might need to use the floor – just make sure it is clean before you place the sheet down.
♥ STEP SIX Use the twine to bind the fabric, using the same process as for the pillowcase, binding the thread tightly and on all diagonals. The aim is to make sure that the bound sheet ends up in a firm and wellformed whirl. ♥ STEP THREE Once you are happy with the colour, rinse the pillowcases and the sheet, remove the rubber bands and the twine, and enjoy the pattern created. Wash them with mild detergent in warm water and then let them dry in the shade and iron them.
♥ STEP TWO Now reach the centre of your sheet and with your strong hand pinch the fabric and start twisting it.
♥ STEP SEVEN All three pieces of your bed linen are now set for dyeing. Of course, you can follow the same procedure if you want to dye a duvet or more pillowcases and so on. PAINT IT BLUE! ♥ STEP ONE Once the vat has settled, remove the lid and scoop the foam/‘flower’ from the top of the vat. JUNE
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F U R NI T RE VA MUPRE
Take old wooden chairs salvaged from a school or church, add a variety of stencil designs and create instant masterpieces. Project and photography by Nicolette Tabram from Decorate Decorate (nicolettetabram.com)
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Leaving the chair legs unpainted makes this a quick upcycling project. For maximum impact, use a selection of stencils and unify the chairs with the use of only two colours of paint.
stencilled chairs how to... Materials
ld wooden chairs – the ones used O here are old church chairs, but old school chairs work just as well
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White and Paris Grey
♥ STEP two Apply a couple of coats of the Old White paint to the seat and backrest only and allow to dry.
Spray adhesive or low tack tape olyvine Decorators Varnish in P Dead Flat Finish
Selection of stencils – the ones used here are from nicolettetabram.co.uk
Brushes – for painting, stencilling and varnishing
Top tip It’s important not to overload your brush with paint when stencilling, because it easily bleeds underneath the stencil. Keep removing excess paint before applying it to avoid having to clean and redo any areas.
♥ STEP ONE Wash the chairs with a damp cloth to remove any dust or greasy marks.
♥ STEP three Lightly spray the back of the stencil with the adhesive and place on the seat of the chair, tapping it down lightly. Dip the tip of the stencil brush in the Paris Grey paint and remove any excess on either the lid or a paper towel. ♥ STEP four Apply the paint through the holes in the stencil in a soft circular motion. Carefully lift the stencil and repeat the process on the backrest. ♥ STEP five Once the paint is dry, apply a couple of coats of the Polyvine varnish to the painted areas with a paintbrush. The varnish is a milky colour on application, but dries to a clear matt finish.
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Painters in residence This issue sees the start of our new series where we meet some of Annie Sloanâ€™s Painters in Residence. These talented artists have been handpicked by Annie for the creative ways they use her Chalk Paint, and over the coming months weâ€™ll meet some of the stars and get to try their inventive projects. Turn the page to begin... JUNE
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IN CONVERSATION WITH...
You don’t need degrees or years of training to be an upcycling star and Beau Ford shows how all of us can achieve amazing results.
here are no end of ways and opportunities to upcycle and you can do it from anywhere in the world, which is why popular upcyclers like Beau Ford have emerged. From rural Western Australia and via her blog, she’s shown us how to take furniture that was destined for the scrapheap and transform it into pieces that can inspire others – and all this without having any formal art training. This year Beau is one of the first chosen for Annie Sloan’s ‘Painters in Residence’ initiative and her furniture projects certainly show off Annie’s Chalk Paints to great effect. We spoke to Beau to find out more about her work...
♥ When and why did you first start upcycling? I have been recycling furniture for about two years, starting with my own pieces, which needed some love, being in and around three small children. ♥ Where do you get the inspiration for creating new designs? I get my colour inspirations from everywhere: fabrics, kids TV shows, magazines etc. Then somehow a piece will pop up which needs a little love and I am usually able to transfer the ideas/patterns onto the furniture. ♥ Have you always been a fan of painting? I took GCSE art if that counts! I think it’s colour/interiors that are my thing
really, since starting to create a family home, and Annie’s paint just came into my life at the perfect time. ♥ What appeals to you most about upcycling old furniture? I honestly think you’re nuts if you walk into a large furniture store and spend all your hard earned cash on a large square piece of furniture, when it’s so easy to find something pre-loved, with masses more character and stories to tell! Refinished pieces in my home always create so much conversation and I find they spark a creative flare in others. ♥ What are your favourite colour combinations to use on furniture? I think my go-to combinations are raw wood tops with chippy legs – any colour combo works for me with this mix! I love the fusion of chippy pieces to soften the edges of a new home and alternatively, clean neatly painted pieces in a more rustic environment. ♥ How would you describe your design style? I like to use the term ‘quirky’ for my
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‘Painters in Residence’ pieces. They were so much fun to create for the three months, but it totally depends on my mood as to how I paint on a certain day. Most of my customers here in Western Australia are still primarily wanting to buy the French/chippy style pieces in muted colours. I like the idea of heading in a more boho direction in the future. ♥ Where do you source your furniture? I live pretty rurally in WA and have a lack of really interesting, well-priced antique pieces. But part of the job of someone who refinishes furniture is to be able to see a way to update or rejuvenate any style of furniture. I am a regular at the local auction houses, Gumtree, farm sales, etc and people have recently started offering me furniture that they are ready to part with. ♥ What are your top tips for anyone starting to decorate furniture? Our styles are all completely individual, so have a plan or a picture of the general look you are aiming for and just give it a go. The beauty of the paint is that you can start over so many times until you get the perfect look. Many times I have found what I was looking for only after I have started to attack it with the paintbrush – just relax and enjoy! ♥ What’s your favourite painting technique? I love the thick, matt, velvety texture that Chalk Paint™ can create after two or three layers. Sometimes I then sand that paint back or use dark wax to change it – I always find myself stopping and staring! ♥ Does Australia now have any influence on your designs? I think the UK actually has more influence on my designs. I think that’s how I have been so lucky to get recognised there, I have brought images and memories of pieces from my homeland, which is in turn refreshing for Aussies. The warm winds throughout the year on our windy hill also help with my workload – the paint is dry in 5 minutes!
me so utterly motivated to refinish furniture. ♥ What plans do you have for the future? I will keep painting furniture at a steady pace around the family. I have recently started playing with some framed pieces using Annie’s Chalk Paint on fabric. Find two of Beau’s vibrant furniture projects, the confetti wardrobe on page 32 and the transformed school desk on page 34. See more of Beau’s work at drip-designsfurniture. blogspot.com.au
♥ Do you have a favourite piece of furniture you’ve created? I think my geometric drawers, which first got me noticed, are a firm favourite, although the peach and teal combo of my wardrobe is way up there too. I still get lots of compliments on that one. ♥ How have you found your experience as one of Annie Sloan’s ‘Painters in Residence’? I had the best three months as a Painter in Residence. Annie and her team were incredibly generous with their product, time and advice. They have elevated my work to a place I could never have reached on my own and in turn I have found a product that keeps JUNE
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Confetti wardrobe For one of her ‘Painters in Residence’ projects, Beau Ford took a characterless old wooden wardrobe and transformed it into a fun, colourful statement piece, using Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. Here’s how she did it… Project and photography by Beau Ford from Drip Designs Furniture (drip-designsfurniture.blogspot.com.au)
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Barcelona Orange, Pure and Provence colours Old wardrobe
Annie Sloan clear wax
Paintbrushes Clean cloths
♥ STEP ONE Create a peachy-orange colour by mixing Chalk Paint in Barcelona Orange with Pure – use a spoon to work out the perfect ratio for your colour mix and recreate this on a larger scale. Paint the outside of the wardrobe with this peachy-orange colour. ♥ STEP TWO Take Barcelona Orange’s complementary Chalk Paint colour, Provence,
and paint the inside of the wardrobe. Use an Annie Sloan oval brush to create texture, or an Annie Sloan Flat Brush to create a smooth, modern surface. ♥ STEP THREE Once the paint has dried, add your white spots to the outside of the wardrobe. With the leftover Pure, start at the bottom and let the spots radiate out towards the top. You could try creating your own stamps from potatoes, cardboard or wine corks. Add a few random stamps inside the wardrobe to continue the theme. ♥ STEP FOUR Once the spots have dried, apply a couple of coats of soft clear wax. You can use a wax brush to make this really easy, or use a lint-free soft cloth. ♥ STEP FIVE If you choose, you can buff the wax with a clean, dry cloth to create a sheen.
TOP TIP Annie Sloan suggests, “To make a Chalk Paint paler, add Old White or Pure. Old White makes the colour vintage and Pure makes it more modern. Two dollops of Old White to one dollop of Provence makes a soft pale, slightly aged turquoise, like faded French shutters. Pure makes the colour fresher, more vintage 1950s.”
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School desk transformation What better way to bring a tatty old school desk back to life than with Chalk Paint? Bring back fond memories and make new ones with this fun project... Project and photography by Beau Ford from Drip Designs Furniture (drip-designsfurniture.blogspot.com.au)
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I love chevron, but it has been around for too long to simply copy, so using it as inspiration I found a more casual design.
SCHOOL DESK TRANSFORMATION HOW TO... MATERIALS
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in colours English Yellow, Paris Grey, Barcelona Orange, Scandinavian Pink, Provence, Greek Blue and Aubusson Blue Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax
Paintbrushes Clean cloths
TOP TIP You can change the message on the desk lid any time, just by applying a coat of Paris Grey and penning a new thought. You can even apply a coat of blackboard paint and write on it with real chalk.
♥ STEP ONE Paint the base of the desk using English Yellow, one of the colours from the Chalk Paint palette. Add an accent of Paris Grey to the feet of the table legs once the English Yellow has dried. ♥ STEP TWO Lift the lid of the desk and use Paris Grey to paint the inside. ♥ STEP THREE Once the inside is dry, close the lid and use a ruler to create a chevron pattern with a pencil on the top of the desk. Use some of the brighter colours from the Chalk Paint palette to create a statement piece. I used Barcelona Orange, Scandinavian Pink, English Yellow, Provence, Greek Blue and Aubusson Blue. ♥ STEP FOUR Let the paint dry and then lift the desk lid and write your message lightly in pencil. Use Provence (or any other colour) to paint over your hand-written text. Don’t worry, this doesn’t need to be perfect. ♥ STEP FIVE Apply a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax to the surface – this seals and protects the paint. To give the sense of age and depth use a little Annie Sloan Soft Dark Wax with your Clear Wax on the inside of the table top.
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Gemma Lofthouse Design Sally FitzGerald meets a talented screen print designer whose passion for upcycling helps inspire her work, which creates fabrics perfect for repurposing upholstery.
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♥ Here Gemma’s work area with plenty of inspiration to hand ♥ Left Wall hangings and cushions printed with eco-friendly inks
♥ Top right Gemma in her workshop ♥ Middle Gemma’s work includes upcycled furniture, frames, decorations and more ♥ Bottom The floral prints are available as finished home accessories
here is a new breed of upcycler working their way slowly to the forefront of our creative world. A crafter that brings their existing talents with them and at the same time a fresh new outlook for transforming furniture and homewares. When we first came across Gemma Lofthouse, we knew that she was one of these unique talents. At heart, Gemma Lofthouse is a screen printer. After studying Fashion and Textiles at Plymouth College of Art & Design, she went on to do a degree in Contemporary Textile Practice at the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff. It was there she experienced her first foray into a print studio, seeing just how easy it was to express and design in a completely different way. She was hooked. After several productive internships, she decided to take a risk and a huge leap of faith to set up her own textile design business, Gemma Lofthouse Design. Gemma now designs her own fabric in many different ways, but her passion is still for screen printing, as she reveals. “Whilst I happily design for digital printing, my passion is screen printing, which allows me the freedom for my prints to evolve. I have a love of colours and tones and I often start by dyeing a ground (base for a painting). I then choose elements which inspire me visually. Whilst printing, I layer these elements to develop depth and texture. “I print in the same way an artist paints. I rarely use repeats unless I need to. I love how
you can achieve something so perfect and imperfect all at the same time. Each panel of fabric is bespoke, no two are ever the same. Be it colour, layout, even the amount of elements used in each panel, I try to create something unique in all of them. “I start with a design in my mind, but this often changes and evolves as it is incorporated onto/within the fabric. Taking into consideration the ground, pattern and texture, and the placing of elements I print freestyle, adding multiple layers of pattern and colour, creating and designing as I go. “I was first introduced to eco-friendly inks in Australia, and now use these in all my work. It’s great to print without having to be concerned about inhaling lots of toxic fumes, or having to worry about the impact of the ozone-depleting chemicals, lead or heavy metals found in other inks. The water I use in my studio comes from a well. I don’t need to worry about chemicals going into the water drainage.” COMBINING PASSIONS Gemma loves to travel, and her experience of different cultures, colours, patterns and architecture are what drives inspiration for her new designs. It’s the fusion of contemporary and classical in her designs that allows her to use her printed fabrics for her other passion: upcycling! Gemma explains, “I remember when I was little, my sister and I would hide (hoping no one we knew would see us) when my mum stopped the car because she had
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seen something in a skip or on the pavement with the rubbish! She could always spot some little treasure that she would find a use for to transform. Now I find myself doing the same thing. I love that every piece has its own story. I believe that in the right setting almost any item can be reinvented and become timeless. “When designing I am inspired by a variety of elements. These include colour, pattern and texture from old architectural buildings/drawings, flora and much more. I love both traditional and contemporary design. My fabric designs work with stark minimalism, injecting a pop of colour and texture. The natural elements or ‘imperfections’ in my print designs complement the texture and ageing in vintage pieces of furniture. I use mainly natural, ‘earthy’ fabrics, such as linens, silks, hessians, cottons and vintage grounds where possible, which work really well with older pieces of furniture.” Although Gemma is yet to learn the art of upholstery herself, she has had special pieces of furniture upholstered with her fabric, and often uses the fabric to upcycle cushions and lampshades too. “Sometimes a simple element in a piece of fabric can be enough to make a design not work in somebody’s home, so I like to vary and make each piece unique. When using my fabric panels to make items such as cushions and lampshades, the section of the print and design I will use is selected carefully.” When not busy printing her fabric, Gemma spends her time scouring car boot sales, eBay, her local auction house in Tavistock (and even the tip!), for items to breathe new life into. She reveals how her transformations generally happen. “It’s the shape, design or purpose of a piece and also the detail that usually attracts me to an item. I look at a piece and get a picture in my head of what I could do to upcycle and reinvent it. I am attracted by colour and texture, so I look at items that would work well with my fabric designs. I would love to work on some really detailed, textured French or Italian pieces when my budget finally allows it! “I use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint for the majority of my pieces. I love the transformation of an item and the colours, textures and patina that I am able to achieve with them. I am continually learning and experimenting with new techniques. The possibilities are endless and exciting, and the outcome is satisfying!” Gemma now sells her bespoke cushions, lampshades, eco-friendly covered notebooks and restored furniture through her Etsy site, and is currently setting up her first studio in a little barn just outside Tavistock in Devon. She’s also working on a new collection of printed textiles and upcycled pieces for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton
Court Palace in September, so if you’re going, definitely check out her stall. We love Gemma’s bright, bold prints and the way they bring a really fresh, unique element to antique furniture. If she keeps going as she is, we predict a very bright future for this passionate upcycler! To check out Gemma’s work, visit her website at www.gemmalofthouse.com, or her Etsy site at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GemmaLofthouseDesign
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COLOUR AND TEXTURE
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Monogram tablet case
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Buttons accumulate from all sorts of sources and you can put your growing collection to decorative use to make a monogram on a carrying case for a tablet. Mother of pearl and other shiny buttons build up to sparkling effect... Project and photography by Ashlee Park from My So Called Crafty Life (www.mysocalledcraftylife.com)
Tablet case Buttons
Glue (I used Fabritac) Marking pen
♥ STEP ONE First you need to gather your supplies. Grab your case, your buttons and your glue, then decide which letter you’re going to create in buttons. ♥ STEP TWO I used a pen to draw in my letter. Start by making your letter with one line of buttons. Play around with your buttons until you have a layout you like.
TOP TIP Don’t build up too many layers of buttons on the case or it might make the tablet more cumbersome to carry around.
♥ STEP THREE Glue each button down, one by one, with fabric glue. ♥ STEP FOUR You can leave the case with one layer of buttons or you can build the buttons up to give the piece more dimensions. Once the buttons have all been glued down, set the case aside to dry. Once the glue is nice and dry you are ready to use your case or wrap it up and gift it to someone special.
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An ordinary cupboard will do, but a smartly upcycled cupboard, ďŹ lled with your craft stash, is a thing of beauty. Project and photography by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden from R&B Design (www.randbconsultants.co.uk)
F U R NI T RE VA MUPRE
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Patterned paint rollers are a quick way to decorate furniture or walls with an intricate, repeating design. Sewing cupboard how to... Materials
Cupboard ready for repurposing
colours of emulsion paint (sourced 3 from www.crownpaint.co.uk)
Board on which to practice Quick-dry stain block
Quick-dry matt varnish
Patterned paint roller (sourced from the-painted-house.co.uk) Paintbrushes Paint kettle
Old spoon for mixing (Haberdashery in photographs sourced from sew.korbond.co.uk. Liberty print Tana lawn on noticeboard sourced from www.sewbox.co.uk)
♥ STEP ONE Wipe the cabinet down and wash off any greasy marks with a strong solution of washing up liquid, rinse with a cloth dipped in clean water, mop carefully so the surface doesn’t get too wet.
on a hidden area of the tallboy. When you are happy with your technique, decorate the painted surface.
♥ STEP two Paint the interior and exterior of the tallboy with quick-dry stain block. These products dry very quickly, so work fast in one direction and don’t expect an ultra flat finish. ♥ STEP three When the cupboard is dry, paint the interior and exterior with a couple of coats of your chosen colours using a crosshatching technique. Emulsion dries quickly and this technique breaks the surface up, creating a feathered edge and making it easier to paint over.
♥ STEP five For a really hard wearing finish, paint with a coat of matt varnish.
Top tip You can use the same paints and patterned roller to create other matching items, or repeat the design inside the cupboard to provide additional interest.
♥ STEP four In a paint kettle, thin the colour you have chosen for your patterned roller to the thickness of pouring cream. Pour the paint into a flat tray – an old roasting pan is ideal. Put the sponge roller into the frame, then roll through the pan of paint to load – roll on paper to make sure it’s evenly coated. Insert the patterned roller into the frame above the foam roller and practice application
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Vintage seed pack wall art
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When you come across some gloriously colourful graphics from vintage French seed packets, they really have to be put on display and all you need is some bits of scrap wood to show them off – c’est magniﬁque! Project and photography by Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow (www.apieceofrainbow.com)
Vintage seed packets or printables from www.apieceofrainbow.com Old scraps of wood or pallet Mod Podge
Brown jute rope
Hot glue gun
♥ STEP ONE To start, if you’re printing your own seed packets, print them out, making them slightly smaller than your scrap pieces of wood. ♥ STEP TWO Stain the wood to a darker old wood colour. Some of the wood used here is from reclaimed fence boards and has chipped paint on it, which makes it so charming to use.
TOP TIP Seed packets are ideal for a gardener, but you can use the same technique to create postcard inspired hangings for a keen traveller.
♥ STEP THREE Brush some Mod Podge onto the back of the prints and press them onto the wood. ♥ STEP FOUR After they have dried, brush some more Mod Podge onto the surface of the paper to form a protective film against dirt and stains. ♥ STEP FIVE To hang the wall art, first cut some brown jute rope. Take a hot glue gun and use it to attach the rope onto the back of the wood. You can create individual pictures or several strung together, as shown opposite.
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stone candle holder Nothing may seem less glamorous than a bit of broken paving slab, but even that can be salvaged beautifully... By Aimee Harman
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Inspiration for designs can come from anywhere – a view, a colour, an image, or a feeling. All you have to do is translate it into a unique piece of mosaic art.
Stone Candle Holder how to... Materials
Broken piece of paving stone
PVA glue Tea light
Mirror ball or mirror pieces
Ceramic tiles Grout
Cocktail stick Paintbrush
♥ STEP ONE Place the tea light in the centre of the broken paving stone and draw around it with a pencil. This will be the focal point of the design. ♥ STEP two Mirrors are a lovely medium to use for light reflection on this small scale. Use an old mirror ball and pick off the little pre-cut mirrors – that way there is no risk of shards flying around when cutting. Alternatively, you can use wheeled tile nippers to cut precise mirror squares, but you must wear safety goggles. Cut the ceramic tiles to shape before placing any down. ♥ STEP three To make the design, draw some curvy lines or swirls around the tea light circle with your pencil. Then, using the paintbrush, apply a generous amount of glue over the surface of the stone.
♥ STEP four Following the lines and swirls, place the tiles neatly in flowing shapes and fairly close together, but leave some space between the tiles and mirror pieces for the grout. The aim is to get the stone to resemble an ancient design on part of a broken mosaic floor. A border in one colour, or two contrasting colours (see the main photo on page 50) using the ceramic tiles, will help to achieve this effect.
This project is taken from Mini Mosaics by Aimee Harman, published by Search Press. RRP £4.99
If you don’t want to break the design with a circular gap for the holder, you can make a continuous design and place the tea light on top of the finished mosaic.
♥ STEP five Leave it to dry, and then grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be careful when grouting mirror, as the fine sand in the grout can scratch the mirror’s surface – the finer the grade of the grout you use, the better.
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Snail mail Rediscover the art and craft of handmade correspondence with three projects that recapture the romance of the handwritten letter, from making your own paper all the way through to closing it with a wax seal... By Michelle Mackintosh
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Handmade paper MATERIALS
2 x picture frames – choose frames the size you want your paper to be and make sure that the frames are the same size and can sit together
Fly screen mesh – you can buy this at any hardware store Tacks or staples, and waterproof duct tape
Scrap paper – you can literally use any kind of paper, depending on what ﬁnished effect you want to create. (Papers you can use include: newspaper, cards, catalogues, paper bags, egg cartons, tissue paper, magazines, non-waxy cardboard, old book pages.) Optional extras – stamps, seeds, ﬂower petals, confetti, gold or silver sparkles, anything else pretty!
A blender – if you plan on making a lot of paper, buy a used blender. Making paper won’t break your good blender, but it can get messy… paper plus water equals gluey goo! Microﬁbre cloths or tea towels, sponges and newspaper
A tray – this can be an old cat litter tray. You can even use the sink or a plastic in-tray, as long as your frame can ﬁt and be submerged in it MAKING YOUR FRAME ♥ STEP ONE Remove the glass and backing from one frame and cut a piece of mesh a little larger than the entire frame. This ensures you have enough mesh to stretch and fasten over the opening. ♥ STEP TWO Stretch the mesh over the frame and fasten it with tacks or staples. Ensure it is stretched tight across the opening. Cover the edges of the mesh with duct tape, taking care not to let the tape overlap the opening. ♥ STEP THREE Remove the glass and backing from the remaining frame. Place the flat back of the frame flush against the mesh side of the other frame, as if making a mesh sandwich. Tape the frames together securely, but don’t go overboard, because you will need to be able to remove the tape.
MAKING YOUR PAPER ♥ STEP FOUR Tear up the scrap paper and place in the blender with enough water to cover completely. You can add extras at this point. For a flecked look, try kitchen spices, herbs, grass or flower petals. Don’t add extras that you want to remain whole, like pressed flowers or leaf skeletons – add these later. ♥ STEP FIVE Blend the paper and water mixture. You can blend for a short time for chunkier paper, or for a longer time for a finer paper grain. Feel free to experiment! ♥ STEP SIX Fill the tray with enough water to submerge the frame fully. Pour the blended paper pulp into the tray and mix to disperse it evenly in the water. ♥ STEP SEVEN Make sure that the meshless side of the frame is on top. Lower the frame into the water with a side-to-side motion, as if you are panning for gold, until the mesh is covered with pulp. Gently shake the frame from side to side in the water to even the surface out. The meshless side of the frame will keep the pulp in place. ♥ STEP EIGHT Lift the frame from the water, making sure that the pulp side is facing up. Let the excess water drain through the frame before undoing the tape and removing the meshless side of the frame.
♥ STEP NINE Place the frame, pulp side up, on microfibre towels or tea towels (anything absorbent will do) to drain for half an hour. At this point, you can add any reserved ‘whole’ extras. Try gently pushing on pressed flowers or leaf skeletons – whatever takes your fancy. ♥ STEP TEN Place the frame, pulp side down, on some newspaper. Dab a sponge on the back of the mesh to soak up excess water. Dry on the newspaper for an hour or so. ♥ STEP ELEVEN Carefully lift the frame and slowly peel off the pulp, which should now resemble a wet sheet of paper. Be very gentle, as it can tear at this stage. Once the sheet of paper is free, leave it to dry on newspaper overnight. Voilà! You have created your very own handmade paper, which will make your letters to others just that little bit more special.
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You can decorate your paper with stamps, pressed flowers, confetti or gold sparkles, or make paper laced with seeds, so the recipient of your letter can plant it in the garden.
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Upcycled envelopes MATERIALS
Graph paper Old books
Shopping bags Lunch bags
Band/event ﬂyers Boarding passes
Vintage kids’ books ♥ STEP ONE Using one of the templates on this page, carefully cut out your envelope from your chosen material. Templates can easily be resized with a photocopier’s enlarge/ reduce function. ♥ STEP TWO Use a glue stick to stick together the envelope at the seams. Or, for a prettier twist, use washi tape on the outside to keep everything in place. ♥ STEP THREE If you don’t want to risk your envelope getting damaged in the mail, or if you want your special envelope to be a surprise, place your upcycled envelope inside a plain white envelope. PRETTYING UP A STANDARD ENVELOPE AND OTHER IDEAS ♥ STEP ONE If you don’t have the time to construct an envelope from scratch, try adding extras onto a regular envelope. Glue a lovely piece of paper onto the envelope’s flap and trim the excess so that it sits flush. All of a sudden, your plain envelope looks just that little bit prettier. ♥ STEP TWO You can also use paper bags as envelopes – you can find some lovely ones in craft stores and online, designed for parties and the like. Cut out an appropriately sized envelope flap from an eye-catching piece of paper and glue it to the bag, or you can simply seal your letter inside the bag with washi tape.
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Make upcycled envelopes for any occasion – children’s party invitations made out of old picture books or love letters made out of an old poetry tome – just use your ingenuity.
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Homemade wax seal MATERIALS
Metal button with a raised design – buttons with a metal loop on the back, rather than buttonholes, are called shank buttons. Shank buttons with a design that doesn’t come to too much of a point in the centre are best
Wine or champagne cork – with a ﬂat base the same size as the button Sealing wax – this can be bought at speciality paper stores or online Paper and envelopes – scrap for practising on, and the good stuff
A hot glue gun or superglue
♥ STEP ONE Glue the back of the button to the flat base of the cork. If you find the shank of the button is getting in the way, use a pair of jewellery pliers to carefully flatten or remove it. If using superglue, allow it to dry fully according to the manufacturer’s instructions. ♥ STEP TWO A cold seal is most effective, as the wax is less likely to stick to the seal and make a mess. Put the seal in the freezer or on a gel icepack to chill before sealing a letter. ♥ STEP THREE Practise beforehand! It’s not as easy to get a perfect seal as movies make it seem. Remove your chilled seal from the freezer. Light the sealing wax and, as it begins to melt, position it so it drips onto your paper.
♥ STEP FOUR Once the melted wax is roughly the same size as your seal, snuff out the sealing wax and set aside. Resist the temptation to stamp immediately! Wait for 15-20 seconds, then, making sure your seal is perpendicular to the paper, gently press it into the melted wax. Hold for a moment, then lift up the seal. It should come away easily if it was chilled for long enough.
The projects on pages 53-59 are taken from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh, photography by Chris Middleton and published by Hardie Grant. RRP £14.99
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Adding a wax seal to an envelope has meaning for both the sender and the recipient. Taking the time to seal your correspondence this way is sure to send a powerful message.
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Industrial light magic
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Combine a broken old fan front or hanging basket with a glass bowl that has seen better days and create a striking lamp design to decorate with your own choice of patterned paper to bring light out of the dark. Project and photography by Almie Louis from Grand Recycler (grandrecycler.com)
Round open bowl
♥ STEP FOUR The drilling will create white dust. Wash the bowl and the holder to ensure a clean surface.
Glass candle holder
♥ STEP FIVE Place the bowl and the basket aside. Start to cover the glass holder with the tissue paper.
Bottom part of a wire hanging basket or front metal part of a fan Printed tissue paper Wallpaper glue
Light ﬁtting with lampshade reducer rings and holders, ﬁtted bulb and cables
Electric drill with a 4-6mm drill bit
Tools to put the light ﬁtting together Hacksaw
Permanent marker Assistant or helper Craft knife
Extra small bowl as a prop ♥ STEP ONE The most difficult part of this project is to collect all the different parts. If you cannot get your hands on the metal front part of an old fan, do as I did and cut the bottom part of a hanging basket away from the top part. Decide how deep you want to cut the basket and trim it to size with a hacksaw. (The basket has a hole in the middle for the wire feeding.) ♥ STEP TWO Using a permanent marker, draw a small dot in the middle of the glass bowl and the glass candle holder to act as a guide for drilling. ♥ STEP THREE Ask your assistant to hold the bowl firmly. Carefully and slowly drill a hole where you marked the bowl. This usually takes about 10 minutes, so be patient and don’t try to rush. Repeat the process with the glass candle holder.
♥ STEP SIX Drape the tissue paper evenly around the glass holder and cut away any unwanted tissue paper.
TOP SAFETY TIPS Always wear safety goggles when drilling through glass and make sure your assistant does the same. If you’re in any doubt when re-wiring, call an electrician.
♥ STEP SEVEN Cut the paper at the curved area to fold around easily. Paint wallpaper glue onto the outside of the glass holder with your fingers. Paste the cut paper onto the glass, decorating the side facing out. Use your fingers to press the paper onto the glass, from the centre towards the outer edge, to remove air bubbles and excess glue. ♥ STEP EIGHT Place the glass on a small bowl to elevate it from the surface and prevent it from sticking to anything, then leave overnight to dry. ♥ STEP NINE Use the craft knife to cut away any unwanted tissue paper around the edges. ♥ STEP TEN Place the glass holder upside down with the wire basket and bowl on top of each other. ♥ STEP ELEVEN Feed a length of the electric cable (with a light fitting at one end) through the drilled holes in the bowl, basket and holder. Use a lampshade reducer ring and holder to keep the newly-made lampshade and fitting stable. ♥ STEP TWELVE Wire an electric plug to the end of the cable emerging from the lampshade, or connect it to an existing lamp socket. Fit a bulb into the light fitting.
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Wheelbarrow Chair When a wheelbarrowâ€™s working days are over you can give it a new lease of life in the living room as a lounge chair... By Will Holman
F U R NI T RE VA MUPRE
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Make a simple set of cushions with scrap fabric, camping sleeping pads and mattress pad foam. Sew small magnets into the back side of the cushions to secure them to the seat.
WHEELBARROW CHAIR HOW TO... MATERIALS
wheelbarrow it will become very tippy, so bear that in mind before altering the dimensions.
♥ STEP THREE Dimensions of wheelbarrows vary, so space the holes in the legs as far apart as practical for maximum stability and centre them on the width of the leg. Drill two 3cm-diameter holes halfway into each leg. These are counterbores for recessing the bolt heads. Complete each hole with a 1.5cm bit, drilling all the way through the wood.
Old steel wheelbarrow 4 metres of 2x4 material
Wood ﬁnish of your choice Denatured alcohol
8 x 1x6cm hexhead bolts 8 x 1cm nuts
16 x 1cm cut washers
Crescent wrench Wire brush
Sandpaper, 80-grit (for metal) and ﬁner grits (for wood) Pencil
Tape measure Square
Mitre saw (optional) Circular saw
Drill/driver and 3cm bit Clamps
Angle grinder, rotary tool or hacksaw
♥ STEP ONE Remove the wheelbarrow bucket from the handles. Discard the handles, hardware and wheel. Clean the bucket with a wire brush and 80-grit sandpaper. Brush off the dust, wipe clean with a rag dampened with denatured alcohol, and spray-paint in the colour of your choice, if desired. ♥ STEP TWO Cut two 2x4 back legs at 82cm, mitring the bottom ends at 35 degrees and the top ends at 40 degrees. Cut the two front legs at 107cm, mitring the bottom ends at 35 degrees and the top ends at 45 degrees. These leg lengths make for a fairly low seat, but if the centre of gravity gets too high on the 64
♥ STEP FOUR Sand and finish each leg with the finish of your choice. ♥ STEP FIVE Clamp the front (longer) legs to the wheelbarrow bucket, tight to the underside of the lip. The top of the leg should come about three-quarters of the way up the body of the bucket. Adjust the legs until they are aligned with each other. Drill through the holes in the legs and through the bucket. Install the legs with bolts, using washers on both sides. The nuts go on the inside of the bucket – you’ll trim off the bolts later. ♥ STEP SIX Clamp the back legs onto the wheelbarrow, so the mitres match at the tops of the legs. Drill through the bucket and bolt into place as before. ♥ STEP SEVEN Trim off any excess bolt length inside the bucket and line the interior with pillows or cushions to hide the fasteners.
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Cutlery tray display shelf
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Gained an extra wooden cutlery tray in a house move or found one unloved in a secondhand shop? Grab that tray and some vintage wallpaper and upcycle them into a fabulous shelf unit to display curios and treasures... Project and photography by Ashley Cramp from Lazy Daisy Jones (lazydaisyjones.blogspot.co.uk)
An old wooden cutlery tray Mod Podge
Vintage wallpaper Paint
EQUIPMENT Scissors Pencil
Rotary cutter Ruler
Tacks and a hammer, or staple gun
♥ STEP ONE First remove the back of the tray, if possible. You can then use the frame to draw around onto the back of the tray to mark out your compartments. Cut the wallpaper to fit the size of each compartment – you’ll probably want a few different paper designs for interest. ♥ STEP TWO Paint the front of the tray with the compartments in a colour of your choice. Leave to dry, then paint a second coat, and maybe third, if desired.
TOP TIP If you can’t remove the tray back, then cut your wallpaper sections exactly to each compartment size. Attach them with Mod Podge, after painting the whole tray front and letting it dry fully.
♥ STEP THREE While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, stick the wallpaper sections to the back of the frame with Mod Podge, using the pencil lines for guidance. ♥ STEP FOUR When everything is dry, reattach the back of the tray to the front using tacks and a hammer, or a staple gun. Add a picture hook to the back or place on a shelf and fill.
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Try a new way to give a fresh look to upholstered furniture â€“ no dismantling or dye, just get out your paintbrushes... Project and photography by Sara Davies from Sincerely Sara D (www.sincerelysarad.com)
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Fabric is far more absorbent than wood, so you’ll need to apply more coats of paint to cover the upholstery properly. PAINTED HEADBOARD HOW TO... MATERIALS
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Pure White colour Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax Old headboard
Paintbrushes Clean cloths
♥ STEP ONE The first step is to water down the paint for the fabric. I did a 1:1 ratio – 1 part paint to 1 part water. I did clean the upholstery before I painted it by washing it down with Mr Clean. I’m not sure how much that did, but at least I tried. ♥ STEP TWO After you have your watered down paint ready, start painting. I’ve done an upholstered fabric chair, but this velvet was new to me. It really soaks up the paint. I painted layer after layer after layer.
♥ STEP FOUR Once I had completed the painting portion, I let it dry. Drying takes a while, because you soak the upholstery in the process. I had to wait a full 24 hours before I began the next step. ♥ STEP FIVE Lightly sand the paint before applying your wax.
♥ STEP SIX After I sanded, there was chalk paint dust everywhere. I used a hand vacuum to sweep it up before waxing. ♥ STEP THREE Finally, I got tired on the last layer and used Chalk Paint without it watered down. My goal was to not have the green colour shine through. I ended up doing 4-5 coats of paint. I used most of my can of paint to complete this project.
♥ STEP SEVEN I added two layers of clear soft wax and then I took my lint free cloth (an old T-shirt) and rubbed in (buffed) the wax.
TOP TIP The frame is painted in Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey Chalk Paint, but you can experiment with different combinations to match your own room decor.
♥ STEP EIGHT I let the wax set for a couple of days and then I set the headboard up in my guest room.
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VINTAGE PLAYING CARD LAMPSHADE HOW TO... MATERIALS
Vintage playing cards Old lampshade
Large jump rings
3mm hole punch
Ruler and pencil Jewellery pliers
♥ STEP ONE Measure the circumference of your lampshade, measure your cards and decide how many rows and columns you need. Mine fitted three rows of 10 cards. Lay your cards out in a design that you like, then stack them by row. ♥ STEP TWO Find the middle of the side lengths and top and bottom. Make a mark 3-5mm in from the middle of each side. ♥ STEP THREE Punch a hole in each of your marks on your card. ♥ STEP FOUR Use the first card as a template to mark all your other cards, then punch out the holes on all the rest of your marked cards. ♥ STEP FIVE Now you are ready to start joining your cards. Open up a jump ring and load one of your cards on it at the side hole. Add another card at the other side hole and close your jump ring. You want to make sure your
cards end up facing the same way when laid flat. Add another card to the side of the first two, continuing in the same way until you have your first horizontal row. ♥ STEP SIX Make your other rows and then carefully join them together, matching up the bottom holes from the top row to the top holes on the bottom row. Join all the rows together. ♥ STEP SEVEN Next, strip your lampshade of the fabric and plastic so all you have left is the rings. You can use both rings if the shade was a cylinder, or you can use just the top ring if the shade was tapered. Very carefully join your cards at the top to the top ring of your shade with the jump rings. Once you get it on at the top, join the cards together at the sides where the ends meet. To finish, add the shade to your lamp and enjoy.
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♥ Here Susi Bramall’s artist workshop. ♥ Opposite Novel drawn surround behind a stove. ♥ Below left Salvaged timber used to make fitted storage.
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The recycled shed It’s a delightful luxury to escape to a private space to work in and enjoy, even more so when it’s inspired by and ﬁlled with recycled beauty. By Sally Coulthard
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ll of us know the ethical reasons for using recycled materials, but it just so happens that salvage can also create some of the most inspiring and original spaces. Recycled furniture and decor seem to suit outdoor buildings – perhaps it’s because sheds, at their core, are no-nonsense places, created from basic materials and often decorated with whatever comes to hand. Whatever the reason, welcome to the Recycled Shed – a place that celebrates being inventive and resourceful and, rather refreshingly, doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s no central theme when it comes to salvage chic; it’s more about philosophy and practicality than any particular set of colours or accessories. That said, some of the most beautiful and eye-catching examples of the Recycled Shed share certain similarities. Stylish recyclers take great pleasure in turning one object into another. Repurposing or upcycling can create some really dynamic and attractive pieces of furniture and accessories, many of which would look at home in a cosy shed. Desks created from salvaged planks, coffee tables fashioned from wine crates on castors, ceiling pendants
made using old metal jelly moulds – there’s fun to be had turning form and function on its head. Skip-rats see potential in everything, from an old oil drum to a redundant window frame, and with a bit of practical magic transform it into chic decor. To create the look, team these improvised pieces with battered, wellworn chairs and sofas to add comfort and cosiness. There’s poignancy in well-loved furniture and accessories – a saggy old armchair represents hours of fabulous idleness, a vintage quilt has warmed numerous knees. There’s a proviso here, however, if a sofa looked cheap and garish when it was new, it’s only going to look worse with age. Well-worn pieces that work tend to be those that were well designed and well made in the first instance. Like a good wine or a fine antique, only certain things improve with time. Or, to stave off too much scruff, you can mix up recycled furniture with new, shiny pieces to create a nice balance. The rough-hewn, well-chewed look of salvaged furniture and accessories contrasts brilliantly with industrial pieces such as galvanized metal stools or sharply designed office chairs. In fact, contrast can be the key to creating the Recycled Shed interior. When you put two objects or materials next to each other that are usually seen as opposites, you create exciting results. A rescued Victorian armchair reupholstered in wacky 1970s fabric, for example, or a school lectern used as a stand for a book or iPad – you’re creating a dialogue between objects, not just placing them around your shed. Salvage style is also about seeing beauty in objects and materials that don’t usually find their way into the domestic arena. Shop, church or industrial fittings, for example, such as enamel lights, school lockers, workshop tables, pews and neon lights look sensational pulled out of context and placed in an outdoor building. Architectural antiques and commercial salvage are often much larger in scale than objects created
for the home. Have fun playing with scale and choosing pieces that dominate your shed or create a real talking point – a vastly oversized mirror, for example, or a huge advertising billboard. Recycled treasures are often simply but beautifully designed and made from high-quality materials – they improve with age rather than diminish The Recycled Shed also celebrates the beauty and potential of all different kinds of materials and surfaces. Whether it’s chipboard flooring or a zinc tabletop, there’s never any attempt to cover up or disguise what an object is made from. Few things in the salvaged shed are repainted or stained – it’s all about appreciating a material’s natural, raw appearance, however prosaic. To prevent your Recycled Shed looking more rubbish-dump than ravishing, however, you’ll need to inject a bit of glamour. This can come in the form of small, simple but gorgeous accessories that bring in an element of luxury to counterbalance all that reclamation. Think hand-woven linen tablecloths, soft woollen throws, crisp new glassware or bright enamelware. For lighting, add an edge with industrial pendant lights or wire light cages. Bulkhead lighting and free-standing tripod spotlights also fit the bill perfectly. (Fluorescent strip lighting, although it’s a factory favourite, casts a really unattractive glow, so avoid if possible.) You can temper all these engineering elements with simple fairy lights, small chandeliers, barn stars and paper lanterns. For recycled lighting, everyone’s seen jam jars, tin cans and teacups as candleholders, but a newer, neat trick is to cut off the bottom of an old wine or beer bottle to create a glass shade for a candle, or use a tumbler for a tea light. You’ll need a glass bottle cutter (available online and at craft stores) and to sand down the cut
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♥ Here Harry Villiers’ shed with dramatic, salvaged oval window. ♥ Left and bottom left Small storage options in Susi Bramall’s studio.
recycled SHED – celebrates BEING inventive resourceful
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surface. Look out for bottle-cutting kits such as Kinkajou or Creator’s. A slightly quirkier take on the tin can idea is to use sardine or mackerel tins – the ones that are oblong in shape, as these can take two or three tea lights in a row; some brands, such as La Belle Iloise and Hyacinthe Parmentier, have really cheerful, bright packaging. Or hang small, squat tin cans on their sides, using wire, and pop tea lights inside each. You can then suspend these in multiples from the ceiling or hang them flat against a wall for a flickering focal point.
My book, Shed Decor, is packed with examples of what can be achieved in small spaces with upcycled materials and here are a couple of case studies to highlight the joys of the Recycled Shed... THE ILLUSTRATOR’S STUDIO For illustrator Susi Bramall, life was a bit of a squash and a squeeze. After moving her family of six to a two-bedroom cottage, it soon became clear that she was going to need a shed if she wanted to work from home. Ever resourceful, Susi decided to build her own.
The cottage garden already had some derelict pig buildings. These were quickly demolished and the sound timbers, windows and corrugated roofing tin were scavenged from the ruins and incorporated into a new oak frame. A chequerboard floor and clean wash of white paint then set the scene onto which Susi could layer her favourite finds, artwork and natural decor. A roaring wood-burning stove sits at the heart of this delightfully salvaged space (see central image on pages 76-77). Old pine tables provide useful work surfaces for sewing, drawing and sculpting, while a reclaimed meat cupboard sits next to the fire and houses Susi’s paints. A rustic pigeonhole unit, still with its original numbers, now stores scraps of fabric and sewing materials – a particular favourite of Susi’s, this functional find was destined for the fire in a carpenter’s
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♥ Here Eyecatching finds help create a quirky space.
♥ Right Upcycled studio of artist Esther Coombs. ♥ Below right Susi Bramall’s vintage sewing area.
shop until she rescued it from the flames, just in the nick of time. Small storage is essential for this crafty space (pictured on page 78). Wicker beakers, enamel buckets, glass jars, vintage tins, old wire baskets, tin cans, wooden crates and confectioners’ jars – Susi has thought of so many chic ways to keep her workspace tidy. It seems for this creative spirit, worn, battered and pre-loved pieces are not only the tools of her trade but the very things that inspire her work. Modern just wouldn’t cut it. THE UPCYCLED INTERIOR Harry Villiers knows more than most about the potential of recycling. His latest venture, Vintage Archive, sells a vast range of antique and upcycled furniture, vintage posters and graphics, repurposed homewares and art created from recycled objects. He’s obsessed
with quirky ornaments and objects that have a story to tell. It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that his shed should be as eccentric and visually exciting as his collection. Helped by his sons and a local builder, he constructed his garden retreat from scratch. The building itself is uncomplicated and contemporary – the shed sits on a steel frame (to prevent the need for digging foundations) while the body is constructed from softwood and covered with cedar cladding. A salvaged oval window was donated by a kind friend and, inside, the floor is finished with oak parquet tiles reclaimed from a school. Like many of Harry’s projects, the shed interior is a total one-off (see main image on page 79). A furniture designer with a background in making props for film and advertising was always going to produce something extraordinary. It’s like a cabinet of
curiosities meets a theatre props department. Floor-to-ceiling shelves and glass-fronted cupboards are stuffed with curios and oneoff artefacts, while the walls are filled with vintage advertisements, maps and antique prints. It’s a heady mix of styles but, thanks to Harry’s expert eye for form and colour, comes together to create a masculine, intelligent space full of humour and visual wit.
This extract and photography are taken from Shed Decor by Sally Coulthard, published by Jacqui Small. RRP £25
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Floral lampshade Give a plain old lampshade a completely new look with the help of a Sizzix® Big Shot™ Plus machine, fabric in your favourite colours, and a little imagination... By Sizzix (www.sizzix.co.uk)
Mod Podge or fabric glue
Crystal stickers and pearls
Sizzix® Big Shot™ Plus Machine (660020)
Sizzix® Bigz Die – Bountiful Botany #2 by Craft Asylum® (660486) Sizzix® Bigz Die – Layering Daisy by Craft Asylum® (660487) Paintbrush
♥ STEP ONE Iron the fabric, then cut out a selection of fabric flowers using the botanical Bigz dies and the Big Shot™ Plus machine. The amount you need will depend on the size of your lampshade, so cut and check as you go along. ♥ STEP TWO Test out an arrangement of fabric flowers on the lampshade. When you’re happy with the arrangement, glue in place. If using a plastic lampshade you can paint the wrong side of the fabric with Mod Podge and adhered to the lampshade. If you are using a fabric lampshade, you can use fabric glue. ♥ STEP THREE Continue to glue your fabric flowers around the lampshade, overlapping at some points. Smooth any creases in the fabric with your fingers before the glue dries. ♥ STEP FOUR Leave your lampshade to dry and then attach to the lamp base. Finish by adding crystal stickers and pearls to the centre of the flowers. For more information on Sizzix ®, visit www.sizzix.co.uk
TOP TIP You could try this effect with different fabrics and dies – it’s so simple that you can be super creative with the design!
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M ID W E E K
Book of the sea
In our technological age we still love books for their tactile nature. Youâ€™ll be transported to the ocean by this stunning beach-themed piece. By Erica Ekrem
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Once you’ve created your book of the sea it’s up to your imagination as to what to put in it – diary notes, sketches, poems, dream memories, autographs, messages from loved ones.. it’s your choice.
BOOK OF THE SEA HOW TO... MATERIALS
Clam shell, 10.2x7cm or smaller 36 sheets of text-weight paper, measuring 10.2x14cm
Basic bookmaking toolkit – bone folder, glue, glue brush, wax paper, awls, needle, beeswax, pencil, craft knife, metal ruler, rubber bands, binder clamps, hole punch, scissors, cutting mat 140`cm of bookbinding thread Towel
Water tub or sink Safety glasses Dust mask
Electric drill with 2.55mm diamond cylinder drill bit
♥ STEP ONE Choose a type of shell that is strong enough to be handled without cracking or breaking. If you can crack or break the shell by bending it with your hands, it is not adequate for this project. Used and cleaned clam, scallop and cockle shells are excellent choices for this project. DRILL THE COVER ♥ STEP TWO Mark holes for drilling on either side of the shell hinge – they should be approximately 5.7cm apart on a larger shell and 3.8cm apart on a smaller shell. The hole on the shorter edge of the umbo (the prominent, highest part of the shell) should be set within 1.3cm of the umbo and the hole on the long edge should be placed on the outer edge of the hinge. Mark both holes 5mm from the edge. To make identical marks on the other shell half, fit the shells together and mark matching holes. HINGE HEIGHT
This project is taken from Bound by Erica Ekrem, published by Lark, available from www.thegmcgroup.com RRP £14.99
CHOOSE THE COVER
To tie off a binding, enter the needle into the nearest signature and pull taut. Guide the thread between the nearest sewing station and make a true kettle stitch. Repeat the stitch again and then trim the thread to 6mm.
LENGTH ♥ STEP THREE Fill the water tub or sink with enough room-temperature water to fully submerge the height of the shell. ♥ STEP FOUR Put on your safety glasses and dust mask. Using an electric drill fitted with a diamond cylinder tip, fully submerge one half shell beneath the water and, with the drill set on high speed, carefully drill through each hole, working from the outside in. Make sure the shell and drill tip remain submerged so the shell dust does not become airborne –
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you don’t want to inhale it. Drill the remaining half shell. Dry both half shells with a towel. MAKE THE SIGNATURES ♥ STEP FIVE Divide the paper into nine stacks of four sheets each. Fold each stack into a signature that measures 10.2x7cm. ♥ STEP SIX To make a template for shaping the signatures, place one signature on your work surface and align the holes of one half shell to the folded edge of the signature. Using an awl, trace the contour of the shell with enough pressure to leave a mark as a cutting guide.
The interior folded sheet of this punched signature will serve as a punch guide for the remaining signatures. ♥ STEP TEN Nest the punch guide within each signature and carefully punch the holes (see below). When you’re finished, return the punch guide to the interior of the signature from which it came.
ASSEMBLE THE BOOK ♥ STEP ELEVEN Line up all nine signatures into a text block, making certain they all face
the same direction. Beginning with the top signature and the leftmost sewing station, sew the text block together using the Coptic stitch binding method and use true kettle stitches to link the top and bottom sewing stations of each signature together (see page 88). Be sure to leave at least 30.5cm of loose thread at the first and final sewing stations for attaching the covers.
♥ STEP TWELVE Attach the covers and finish by tying off the threads in the inside of the nearest signature.
♥ STEP SEVEN Using scissors, cut along the guide you created on the signature, this will be your tracing guide for the remaining signatures. Align the fold of this guide signature to the fold of the remaining signatures (one at a time) and gently trace the contour with an awl. ♥ STEP EIGHT Using scissors, cut each signature along the guideline as smoothly and accurately as possible. PUNCH THE HOLES ♥ STEP NINE To mark the sewing stations, align the inner fold of one signature to one half shell and, with a pencil, lightly mark the placement of the two holes on the inner fold of the signature. For the centre hole, find the middle point between the other marks. Pierce each of the three marks with an awl. JUNE
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STITCH TECHNIQUES HOW TO...
TRUE KETTLE STITCH
f all the stitches, this is the one that, when done correctly, brings the most structure to your bindings. The true kettle stitch (see diagram below) is used to link the heads and tails of the signatures. Guide the needle under the stitch that links the previous signatures, starting at the inside of the spine and pulling the needle toward the outside left or right of the spine. Continue to pull the thread until there is a small loop remaining. Guide the needle through the loop and tighten the stitch, pulling toward the most recent signature so the needle will easily point into the next signature.
inside, using care not to pull the loop out of the previous signature. Continue to the next station. (In this example, the next station is the centre one, sewing station 3.) If you have a cover to fasten, pull the thread to the outside of the centre station and around the outside of the centre cover hole (B). ♥ STEP FOUR Loop around the cover hole twice. Tighten the threads and reenter into the centre station of the signature (C). ♥ STEP FIVE Continue to the next station and make a loop on the outside of the signature like you did in step 3. At the leftmost station, direct link into the next signature and pull the thread semi-taut (D). ♥ STEP SIX Guide the needle out of the next sewing station and through the adjacent loop of the previous signature (E).
COPTIC STITCH his simple linking stitch creates a minimal pattern on an exposed spine. A single Coptic stitch may also be called a link or chain stitch. There are several methods used to begin this stitching pattern. Since this project employs fewer than five stations, I’ve chosen a method of forming loops in the first signature that will be tightened later. ♥ STEP ONE Begin by entering the rightmost sewing station (1 on image A) of your first signature from the outside of the spine. Draw the thread to the inside of the signature, leaving a 15.2-30.5cm tail on the outside. ♥ STEP TWO Draw the thread to sewing station 2 (image A) and exit (A). ♥ STEP THREE Reenter sewing station 2 and pull the thread until a small loop forms on the outside spine of the signature. Guide the needle into the next station (3) from the
♥ STEP SEVEN Carefully pull the thread of the previous signature tight until the loop disappears. Pull the second signature thread taut until the linking stitch is tight (F). ♥ STEP EIGHT Guide the thread back into the station it came out of and through the centre station in the second signature. Pull the needle to the outside of the book. Wrap once around the link between the first signature and the cover, and return the needle to the centre station of the second signature (H). ♥ STEP NINE Continue to the next sewing station from inside the second signature, and link through the previous signature’s loop (I). ♥ STEP TEN Again tighten the loop by pulling the thread of the first signature toward the bottom until the loop disappears. Tighten the thread of the second signature and reenter through the hole (J).
link at each station (J). Link the bottom and top stations of the signatures together using a true kettle stitch. ♥ STEP THIRTEEN In the final signature, link the centre station to the previous signature first, then guide the needle through the recently made Coptic stitch and pull the thread taut (K). ♥ STEP FOURTEEN Place the remaining cover on the text block (L). ♥ STEP FIFTEEN Guide the needle around the cover spine and into the centre cover hole (M). Pull it through to wrap the thread around the cover spine. Loop the thread around the cover spine again (N) and pull taut. ♥ STEP SIXTEEN Guide the needle back into the middle station of the signature. ♥ STEP SEVENTEEN Continue the binding with a regular Coptic stitch in the next station, as before. Complete by linking the top of the signatures with a true kettle stitch.
♥ STEP ELEVEN At station 1, link to the previous signature using a square knot. ♥ STEP TWELVE Continue adding signatures by linking the newest stations to the previous one with a Coptic stitch around the adjacent
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F U R NI T RE VA MUPRE
letâ€™s wrap seat
A broken wooden stool may not be safe to sit on any more, but it makes a great container for rolls of wrapping paper. Project and photography ÂŠ Sarah Norton Ramberg from Sadie Seasongoods (www.sadieseasongoods.com)
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Wrapping paper is tricky stuff to store because of its length, so this innovative solution is just the ticket. LET’S WRAP SEAT HOW TO... MATERIALS
Old wooden stool Spray paint Casters Screws Fabric
♥ STEP ONE While optional, I always recommend painting second-hand wooden furniture. Not only does it ‘seal’ out its previous life, but it allows you to truly transform it into your own piece. I happen to love bright turquoise, so I spray-painted my thrifted kitchen stool in that colour.
♥ STEP THREE Next I flipped the stool upsidedown. It’s definitely ready to become an organizer for large rolls of wrapping paper. ♥ STEP FOUR For additional storage, I took two old pillow cases and turned them into simple bags that could be hung from the rungs. One pillowcase can be turned into two long, narrow bags very easily. I attached two strips of double-sided Velcro to the back of each bag in order to loop them around the rungs. Easy on, easy off!
♥ STEP TWO To give mobility to my gift wrap organizer, I then screwed on four rolling casters (purchased from a hardware/home improvement store) to the top of the seat. ♥ STEP FIVE You’re all done. Fill up your stool with rolls of gift wrap, cellophane, etc. Fill your pillowcase bags with tape, ribbon, bows, tissue paper and gift tags. Everything all in one place – and you can roll it from room to room with ease.
TOP TIP If you’re fixing casters to the stool, attach them as near the edge as possible to make the stool as stable as possible.
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Establishing your own shop is daunting enough, but then appearing on Dragons’ Den is even more nerve-wracking and Kate Smith has done both with The Makery...
rafting for a hen party may not be the first idea to occur to you, but it’s inspired originality like this that marks out The Makery and its founder Kate Smith as smart, creative contributors to the upcycling world. We quizzed her on all things crafty... ♥ When and why did you first decide to set up The Makery? We set up The Makery in Bath in 2009 after falling in love with the city. We had always wanted to work for ourselves, so we spent about a year planning, researching and thinking about what would fulfil us. We’re both very creative and I’ve always
made things, spending my younger days at school and university selling my wares to make pocket money. We noticed the rise in popularity of sewing and felt the time and place were both right for us to launch The Makery in Bath. ♥ How did you source so many lovely vintage items for the new shop? They found us! When we opened our first workshop in Walcot Street the building was very dilapidated and we had to call on our friends and family to help us. We were given some rustic old chairs and tables and when local people heard what we were doing they would make very generous donations from their family sewing stash. It was
amazing – they would bring in old vintage sewing boxes and Singer sewing machines that they no longer had use for, but we loved! ♥ What do you enjoy most about upcycling? Upcycling is so satisfying as it breathes life into items that might be destined for the bin. Over the last 50 years there’s been a real culture of buy cheap and throw away, which is not good for the environment. With upcycling we can refresh an item to bring it up to date and give it a new lease of life and save it from landfill. In my latest book (Makery: Sewing, RRP £14.99) there’s lots of upcycling, my favourite is my grandmother’s vintage hand embroidery put together with my old Brownie belt to make a bag. ♥ What are your favourite materials to work with? It has to be fabric. There are so many beautiful materials and designs that the opportunity to create something wonderful is endless. If I’m having a bad day, I just find some gorgeous material and set to my sewing machine to make something and soon I am feeling recharged!
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♥ Your first book contained quite a lot of upcycling makes, can we expect the same from your new book? Yes, I love upcycling and I’m always looking for the potential in an item that might be thrown away. From the Quality Street tin footstool to the tea towel tray in the new book, there’s a lot of inspiration for the home and for gifts. ♥ What’s your favourite thing to make from scraps of fabric? I love making outfits for my girls. We have lots of gorgeous fabric in the shop and when a new design comes in my brain starts whirring with ideas for what I can make. It helps that at the moment they are both small, so not much fabric is needed, but they love getting involved too and we make clothes for their dolls and bears. ♥ Do you upcycle much for your own home? Yes I do and most of the projects that are featured in the book are in our house. I think of the ideas when I’m at home and then make them up. If they turn out OK they might be contenders for the book. I’ve just upcycled an old gold mirror I picked up at a car boot for £10, it’s now sprayed gloriously grey to match our decor. ♥ How do you come up with new ideas for the workshops you run? It’s quite a collaborative and evolving process. We have a great team at The Makery and when we teach workshops and talk to customers in the shop new ideas come up all the time. It’s very trend led, so if Anthropologie is selling macramé plant pot holders for example, we get enquires for macramé classes! The Great British Sewing Bee was great for people being inspired to make and we had lots of enquiries for dressmaking. We’re really keen to make craft accessible to busy people, so we have started running 45 minute lunchtime classes in our Makery in John Lewis, Oxford Street. This gives people the chance to make the most of their lunch break and learn a new skill. ♥ What’s your favourite technique for upcycling furniture? Fabric is my favourite material to work with, so that’s usually involved, but most of the time it’s more about the project and what needs to be done to make it lovely. I always enjoy working on upcycling projects for the girls, because I know they’ll get so much pleasure out of them. I just made a stove for the playhouse out of an old bedside cabinet. ♥ What do you hope people will achieve from your upholstery workshop? Our upholstery workshops are always very popular and we have seen some marvellous
results. Upholstery students bring along a piece of furniture, such as a stool or a chair and then our wonderful tutor shows them traditional techniques for renovating it. One of the greatest pleasures at The Makery is seeing people learn new skills and the sense of achievement that comes with that. Creating something with your own hands is enriching and adds a wonderful dimension to your life, giving you a confidence you might not know you had. It also allows you to be more creative with your home and wardrobe, which is great. ♥ Did appearing on Dragons’ Den open up any new opportunities? It certainly did! Even though it was terrifying and we were really worried about it, the show airing put The Makery in front of a new audience. The night the show was first shown in the UK, our website crashed from all the traffic and our social media following shot up. 18 months later we are still getting sales in our online shop and messages of support every time the show is on around the world. ♥ What do you have planned for this year? This year is already super busy! We have just opened The Makery in the haberdashery department of John Lewis in Oxford Street in London and our craft kits are for sale in John Lewis, Fortnum & Mason and the US. This is very exciting and we’re so delighted with them – they’re really so pretty! Visit www.themakery.co.uk for more details. Makery: Sewing is published by Mitchell Beazley, RRP £14.99. JUNE
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Graphic end table
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There are some pieces of wooden furniture that can’t be saved by simply sanding and staining, so when something more drastic is required you can use numbers as a theme and white as a signature colour... Project and photography by Laurel Stephens from The North End Loft (www.thenorthendloft.com)
Old side table White chalk White paint
Dark glaze or stain Primer
Light and dark furniture wax
Clean cloths ♥ STEP ONE First start work on the top of the table by sanding, conditioning and re-staining the top to give you a good surface to work with. Leave to dry fully.
♥ STEP TWO Measure the table, then use a computer program to re-size a number font to fit. Alternatively, draw the number template by hand. Use white chalk on the back of the printout to transfer the number outlines to the table top. Freehand paint the numbers onto the top of the table with an artist’s brush and two coats of white acrylic craft paint. ♥ STEP THREE The next stage is to distress the numbers by rubbing lightly with sandpaper, then tone the white paint down even more with some dark glaze. To finish the top, protect it with two coats of Wipe-on Poly.
TOP TIP If the numbers theme doesn’t fit in, you can easily replace it with letters, perhaps from different fonts, or other graphic symbols of your own choosing.
♥ STEP FOUR To finish the bottom of the table, sand, prime and paint with two coats of white paint. Leave to dry fully, then lightly distress with sandpaper. Rub in some dark furniture wax for an aged look, then finish with a layer of clear wax.
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Upholstering a bench Discover the techniques and tips for taking a plain bench and upcycling it into a comfy, gorgeous piece for your home. These upholstery skills can be used for sprucing up stools, chairs, boxes and more. By Hester van Overbeek from Hesterâ€™s Handmade Home (www.hestershandmadehome.com)
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Upholster the bench
bench is a multifunctional piece for your home. It’s great to seat lots of people around the dining table, it looks stylish in a bedroom and is very practical in the hallway. You might have a bench in your home that has seen better days and could do with this upholstered makeover. With its layered mattress-style cushions, your old bench will look fresh and modern with just a couple of hours work. Not in possession of a bench? Have a look at your local reclamation yard or on eBay, you might find a real gem that with a lick of paint and some upholstery can be turned into a great piece. I chose Japanese linen in a graphic print for my cushions. I really like clashing patterns and colours and if you have one base tone (in my case the white accents in the print) your fabric will go well together. An ombré effect would also be great for this bench – make the bench seating in the darkest tone and go lighter for the cushions. Or how about bold, giant flower print for an Hawaii look?
♥ STEP THREE Drill the holes using your drill and a wood drill bit.
upside down. Start on one short side, pull the fabric taught and staple in place underneath the bench. Wrap the fabric neatly around the legs, it’s a bit like wrapping a present, and staple in place. Move around to one of the long sides, making sure the fabric is nice and tight and staple in place. Work your way all around the bench.
♥ STEP FOUR You can order foam pads to size or buy it in squares. I'm using the square pads you have to cut down to size to fill the whole top of your bench. Stick to the bench with some double-sided tape if needed. ♥ STEP EIGHT To make the fabric buttons, I used cut-offs from the fabrics I used for the cushions. Follow the instructions on the box of your buttons, or you might want to buy ready made ones.
A bench in need of a makeover Foam pads
Fabric – I used Japanese linen but any sturdy fabric will do An old synthetic duvet for the cushion ﬁlling
Fabric buttons in a matching design or make your own with a kit, I used 15 buttons
♥ STEP FIVE Drape your wadding over the foam pads – make sure you have an overhang on each side big enough to wrap around the edges of your bench seating. Use a few staples to keep your wadding in. Make sure the wadding wraps around the bench legs neatly and staple in place.
Double-sided and masking tapes
Sewing machine Staple gun
♥ STEP NINE Stick the upholstery needle through the hole you drilled, push a strong thread through your button and through the needle's eye. Pull the needle back down through the seating, remove the needle, pull tight and staple the thread in place with your staple gun. I also used a bit of masking tape to make sure the thread is super secure.
Drill with wood drill bit ♥ STEP ONE Gather your materials. ♥ STEP TWO You need to drill holes in your bench for attaching the buttons later – the button will give the seat a nice tufted effect. Find the middle of your bench and mark three or more spots where you want the buttons to go. I used a piece of masking tape to make sure the holes are on the same line. 100
♥ STEP SIX Drape your fabric over the bench again, making sure you have enough fabric overhang on each side – big enough to wrap easily around the bench edges. ♥ STEP SEVEN To staple the fabric in place it’s easiest to flip the bench over and work with it
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Once you've mastered the technique for upholstering a bench, you can use the same skills with slightly fiddlier shapes, such as wooden dining chairs and footstools.
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Make the cushions ♥ STEP ONE Measure how long and wide the cushions need to be. Cut your fabric to size, keeping in mind that you use the fabric folded double and only have one long side seam.
♥ STEP TWO Fold your fabric double length ways, right sides facing, and pin the long side and one of the short sides closed.
♥ STEP THREE Stitch in place, making sure you keep one of the short sides open so that you can turn the cushion cover the right side round again.
folding 1cm of the fabric over and pressing so it stays in place.
♥ STEP FIVE Cut your old duvet to size so that it fits inside your cover. I used a double layer of duvet. Make sure your duvet has synthetic filling though, you don’t want goose feathers going everywhere when you cut into the duvet! If you don’t have an old duvet, use a fleece blanket or wadding.
♥ STEP EIGHT Add your fabric buttons to the cushion cover. I used six buttons per cover, three on the top and three on the bottom. Make sure you sew them on nice and tight so the fabric around the buttons puffs up.
♥ STEP NINE Make the other cushion in the same way.
♥ STEP SIX Stuff your cushion cover with the cut-down duvet or other filling. ♥ STEP SEVEN Hand stitch the opening closed. This should be easy because you pressed the seam in place.
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The long cushions are ideal for the bench, but if you want them to be more flexible for use elsewhere, then make four cushions half the size or six cushions a third of the size.
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You can either choose fabric designs that fit the existing colour of the bench or, if the bench is dilapidated, freshen up the paint scheme to match the fabrics you've picked out.
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Wine and pie board
M ID W E E K
Rustic chic doesn’t have to come at a price, it can be conjured up from a pie tin, a leather belt and the corks from a few bottles of wine. Put them together and you’ve got a kitchen memo board that’s a bit extra special. Project and photography © Sarah Norton Ramberg from Sadie Seasongoods (www.sadieseasongoods.com)
Vintage pie tin
Used wine corks Old leather belt
Rivets or small nuts/bolts
♥ STEP THREE To attach the belt strap hanger to the pie tin, you can either use rivets and a rivet setter, or if you don’t have rivets, small nuts/bolts will work just fine. So would a brass fastener (brad) with a little glue applied to hold it in place.
Rivet setter (if using rivets)
Scissors/knife (to cut corks)
TOP TIP If you don’t have a lot of corks or want them to be less raised, slice the corks in half lengthwise and glue the flat backs to the tin.
Rotary cutter and craft mat (to cut the leather belt) Hammer/mallet Awl
Hot glue gun and glue sticks ♥ STEP ONE To create the hanging mechanism, first figure out how long the belt hanger needs to be and cut the leather to size using a rotary tool and cutting mat.
♥ STEP TWO Using your piece of leather as your guide, mark your pie tin where you want the holes to be. Dent the tin by tapping an awl with a hammer, then, using a hand drill, make holes through the dents. If there are ragged edges around the holes, lightly tap with your hammer to flatten them down.
♥ STEP FOUR Once the belt strap is attached and your pie tin can be hung, you can start gluing in the wine corks. I went with a zig-zag pattern and cut a few corks to size, but any pattern will work. I simply attached them to the pie tin with hot glue.
♥ STEP FIVE After all the corks have been glued in, your message/memo board is complete. Hang in your kitchen, near a phone, or in your home office to keep track of ideas, important notes, or inspirational thoughts to keep you smiling all day long.
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ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS In our new Q&A section you have a chance to pitch any upcycling questions to the experts. Get involved by emailing your queries to sally.ﬁtzgerald@anthem-publishing.com
PAINT LEFTOVERS Even though I generally only use tester pots for painting furniture, I always seem to get left with a little bit at the bottom of the pot. It wouldn’t be enough to paint another piece of furniture but I can’t bear to just throw it away, and all the pots I have are completely different colours. Can you suggest any ways for using up my odd bits of paint please? We know exactly how you feel. It’s very annoying to throw anything away when there is so much potential for creativity. Depending on how little is left will decide what kinds of projects you can paint. Small amounts of paint call for small projects or using it to detail part of a piece of furniture or wall. In the last couple of years there has been a trend for creating a dip-dyed ombré look to chair legs by starting with a dark shade of one colour and then graduating to a lighter one. You could make an even bolder design statement by painting each chair leg a different colour. Ikea and other DIY warehouses sell small wooden chest of drawers such as the moppe boxes. Paint the surround in one colour and the drawers in different individual colours. Alternatively, decorate the edge of your living room shelves with feature stripes so they look like horizontal book spines. Stair risers can be painted using a different colour on each one. Or even use that last spot of paint to stencil on a letter or a number. Picture frames are another option for using up a tiny amount of paint. Old ones may be picked up in charity shops for a fraction of what they would cost new. As well as decorating a frame, why not buy a small ready-stretched canvas and create your very own abstract work of art using up all the left over colours? Depending on the type of paint you have, try mixing it to create a new colour. Only mix water based with water based, and oil based with oil based colours or it won’t work. The best results will come by mixing different shades of the same colour. One of the smallest projects has to be
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doorknobs. Both wooden and white china ones may be painted. For inspiration, look at the pretty decorated ones sold in places such as Anthropologie, or look at Moroccan tiles for intricate patterns and rich colour combinations. Whichever of the projects you attempt good luck and happy recycling. Juliet and Amanda, R&B Consultants www.randbconsultants.co.uk MAKING THE MOST OF MARKETS ♥ I’ve been upcycling for a while now and have always made things for friends, but I’m now thinking of perhaps setting up an Etsy account. What do I need to do and do you have any advice for my first listings? Setting up an Etsy account is very straightforward. You will be prompted to complete all the basic information, like personal/bank details and shop name, etc. Everything else you can come back to and fine tune later, so don’t panic if you’re not sure what to write in your shop description or policies. Take your time, browse a few other shops for inspiration, and create an attractive banner to help create the overall look and feel that best suits your products. Remember that selling online is a lot different to making things for friends. Firstly, make sure that it will be profitable for you – tot up the cost of your materials, figure out how you will package things, account for listing fees and payment processing fees, and make sure the price you charge allows a margin of profit on top of that. Browse Etsy to check the prices of similar items. Be realistic about how long it will take you to make each item – giving up your evening to make a friend’s gift can feel quite different to sitting down and working on the ‘production line’. You only need a few items to get started, but the more you list, the higher your chances of being discovered by buyers. Simply add more items as you make them, but remember you can also offer custom, made-to-order options, such as colour variations, different sizes or personalising. Don’t feel like you have to do everything all at once though.
Take things one step at a time and you’ll be surprised how quickly your inventory grows. It might seem obvious, but you also need to make your listings as attractive to buyers as possible. Your customers will not be able to pick up your handcrafted masterpiece to see what an amazing job you’ve done, so make sure your photographs show it off to best advantage, and your description fills in all the blanks. A good rule of thumb is to use photographs as though there is no description, and write your description as though there are no photos. Finally, buyers need to be able to find you! Research search engine optimisation (SEO) to make your titles, descriptions and keywords as relevant as possible and maximise your chances of being found in searches. The world is huge, but it’s also easier than ever to tell everyone about your new shop by harnessing the power of social media – tweet it, Facebook it, pin it, blog it, anything you can think of. You need to tell people where to find you if you want to be found! There’s a lot to learn to make the most out of selling on Etsy, but it’s not as daunting as you might initially think. Etsy provides a handy, newly revised online Seller Handbook which covers every aspect of setting up a shop and making it work for you. If you have the time and the creative upcycling craft skills, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by setting up shop and seeing what happens next. Su Mwamba, www.tanglecrafts.co.uk BALCONY REVAMP ♥ I’ve just moved house and now rather than a garden have a rather empty balcony. Can you suggest any upcycling projects that might brighten up my balcony? Congratulations on the move! This offers up plenty of options with the clean slate of a new residence. Now, let’s talk about your balcony. First you need a focal point. Let’s think bigger first for your main items on your balcony. How about some shelves? A quick way is to take an old ladder and run boards
through it to create shelves. If you want a bigger area for shelves, use two ladders with longer boards. This would accommodate larger and smaller items. The fun is the repurposing and the random placement of the boards. If you have a lot of things to hang, take the legs of the ladder apart and suspend one side from the ceiling with chain or rope, then you have all of the ladder rungs to hang different items from! For some ‘college chic’ decorating ideas, a standard is using an old, large wire spool as a side table. The older the better in this case, to provide a lot more age in the wood. If you’re looking for a lot of storage solutions, you could use old milk crates and stack them in order or completely randomly with the tops facing out to tuck many things out of your way. How about an old, wooden ironing board for an instant table against a wall? A more industrial look could be provided by using metal gym lockers with or without the doors. If you’re looking to decorate, you could get an old twin bed box spring to hang against a wall. This would provide several avenues of creation by allowing you to tuck wine bottles into the springs or plant some air plants into the wire framing. For lighting, you could twist some of the wires outward to hold various candle sizes for a warm glow. Another option in lighting would be to use some old Christmas lights, or solar string lights if there’s no plug. How about bringing in some nature? Let’s satisfy the birds
with a couple of options. If you’re looking to provide some shelter, how about using some old pots or containers and mounting the bottoms directly to the wall with the mouth facing outward for a cosy home. If it’s a pot, you can bend the handle outward to create a perch. For the hungry visitors, you can take an old metal dustpan and flatten the handle, bend it up and mount that part to the wall, so the pan sticks outward. Instant bird feeder! Many folks turn to wood pallets. You can use a pallet board as is for a succulents wall, by just adding a board on the bottom side of each division to hold dirt in place. You can also take those pallets and cut them into sections to create individual shallow pockets to hold smaller items, just like you would for the plants above. To make it even simpler, just use individual boards and mount some hooks to hang up your aprons, outdoor gear and more. To finish things off, there’s plenty of options for planters. Pretty much anything that holds dirt qualifies! Boots, old barbecue grill, colanders, wooden soda crates, gas or oil cans, or even the beds of toy trucks. The main goal is just to have fun! Brian Carlisle www.gadgetsponge.com
AMANDA RUSSELL AND JULIET BAWDEN, R&B www.randbconsultants.co.uk Design duo Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, both trained in surface design. Juliet studied both printed and woven textiles at Camberwell School of Art. Amanda trained in graphics and has designed wallpapers, fine art prints and fabrics. They recently set up R&B, www. randbconsultants. co.uk, creating design solutions start to finish with exciting projects for the home and fashion. See their website for details.
TANGLECRAFTS, www.tanglecrafts.co.uk and www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TangleCrafts TangleCrafts is the creative outlet for maker Su Mwamba. She sells gorgeous notebooks, diaries, artwork and notecards through her Etsy shop, using a unique stampcovered technique with rainbow patterns. She loves creating imaginary landscapes from vintage stamps, is a keen upcycler, and enjoys the challenge of commissions.
GADGETSPONGE, www.gadgetsponge.com GadgetSponge.com is the vehicle for Brian Carlisle’s passion to take discarded, spent items and breathe new life into them. GadgetSponge has moved through many avenues of creation: birdhouses, bird feeders, furniture, lamps, clocks, home accessories and unique storage solutions. The big picture for Brian is the satisfaction of keeping things out of landfill and giving them a second life.
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HOME R E F
Make a mini mosaic the Romans would love and a plain, tired-looking plate can be upcycled into a decorative delight. By Aimee Harman
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The fish plate features glass and seed beads and you can use other mixed media objects such as sequins, gems, broken china, feathers and glass nuggets to add to your mosaics.
FISH PLATE HOW TO... MATERIALS Side plate PVA glue
Blue and yellow ceramic tiles
Mini tiles in greeny-blue shades
evenly and neatly, following the line and shape of the plate. ♥ STEP SIX Next, stick the mini tiles on the sloping part of the plate. The silicone adhesive is very useful, as it will hold the tiles down without them sliding away.
♥ STEP SEVEN There will be a considerable amount of space around the fish and the mosaic tiles – this is fine, as the grout will fill the gaps perfectly.
♥ STEP EIGHT Leave the whole plate to dry for at least two hours or more before grouting.
Glass beads Beige grout
Safety goggles Paintbrush
Wooden coffee stirrer Cloth or paper towel
♥ STEP ONE Using a ruler, find the centre of the side plate and stick down the millefiori as a centrepiece, with a little dab of silicone adhesive applied using the cocktail stick. ♥ STEP TWO Start cutting out the little blue fish shapes. The body of the fish starts as a 2cm rectangle and the edges are nibbled off to form the body – the little tail is a square cut diagonally to create a triangle. Place them dry in the circle to see how many will fit evenly in the area of the centrepiece. ♥ STEP THREE Using the wooden coffee stirrer, start gluing down the fish, one by one. Work on the centre design, adding four more millefiori and yellow fish swimming in the opposite direction to the blue fish.
♥ STEP NINE Make up the grout following the manufacturer’s instructions and grout the mosaic mini tiles area first. Clean it up with a dry paper towel, then spread the remaining grout over the fish area evenly, cleaning it up as much as possible with more dry paper towel. Once it is clean, use the cocktail stick to push in the seed beads and little glass beads around the outside edge of the fish, which must be done quite quickly as the grout hardens as it is drying and the beads are not so easy to push in. ♥ STEP TEN Leave it to dry for an hour. ♥ STEP ELEVEN Buff with a strong paper towel or damp cloth. ♥ STEP TWELVE Seal with a solution of one part water and two parts PVA glue, to create a varnish to stop the grout from crumbling. Brush the solution all over the plate and leave to dry completely. ♥ STEP THIRTEEN Hang using a plate hanger from a craft store.
♥ STEP FOUR Leave to dry for an hour. ♥ STEP FIVE The mosaic mini tiles are glued down on the flat part of the plate next, using the PVA glue and the paintbrush. Apply the glue directly to the plate and stick down 110
This project is taken from Mini Mosaics by Aimee Harman, published by Search Press. RRP £4.99
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OUTDOOR UPCYCLING Get set for summer with upcycling projects to take your camping experience to the next level, plus quick makes to transform your garden ♥ Get to grips with decoupage ♥ Masterclass: discover the perfect ﬁnishing touches for your painting projects
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DIY blanket ladder
HOME R E F
Decorative wooden spindles can gather up from dismantled chairs, banisters, tables and more, so don’t let them go to waste, combine them with a couple of pieces of scrap wood to make an easy DIY blanket ladder. Project and photography © Gail Wilson from My Repurposed Life (myrepurposedlife.com)
Lengths of wood
Gorilla Wood Glue
Grey paint (or choose one to suit your decor) Clear wax
Drill and drill bit (using a drill guide helps ﬁnd the right size drill bit). Paintbrushes
♥ STEP ONE First you need to decide what height you want your ladder to be. If you need to, cut the wood to size. The frame of the ladder can be quite thin, so you might be able to cut the wood in half vertically to make the two edges rather than needing two pieces of wood. Measure where you want your spindles to go, them clamp both long lengths of wood together and drill all the way through both boards at the same time. Using a scrap piece of wood underneath while you drill helps prevent splintering where the drill bit exits on the bottom board. ♥ STEP TWO Use Gorilla Wood Glue to secure the dowel ends of the spindles into the holes you have made in the long lengths of wood. Unfortunately there’s no secret tip to getting the dowels in and lined up. I struggled with this step slightly, wishing I had an extra pair of hands to help out.
TOP TIP If you don’t have suitable scrap wood, then buy pieces that are wide enough that they won’t split when you drill the holes for the spindles. This will depend on the diameter of the spindles too, so make sure you check them before choosing the wood to use.
♥ STEP THREE Clamp the blanket ladder and check it is properly aligned and square, then leave it alone to let the glue set. ♥ STEP FOUR Now all that’s left to do is to paint it your chosen colour, leave to dry, then finish with a layer of wax.
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AN UPCYCLED LIFE...
Jennifer Collier takes paper from all sorts of sources and uses them to create sculptures inspired by the subject matter on the papers themselves. Antonia Edwards ﬁnds out more...
ennifer Collier completed a BA in textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999, specialising in print, knit and weave. Working from her studio, gallery and workshop space, Unit Twelve, in Stafford, West Midlands, she makes paper creations that put a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. Using paper sourced from damaged books in charity shops and flea markets, Collier uses the techniques of bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching to produce unusual paper fabrics. These are then used to make sculptures modelled on shoes, clothing and household objects. “Towards the end of my course I started experimenting with different materials, weaving with orange peel, melting fruit bags: all manner of things my tutors did not approve of. I honestly believe that the best way to learn is by not being afraid to make mistakes; that way you allow yourself to have happy accidents. All of the techniques I now use in my work are things I have taught myself since graduating by experimenting with different media.” She continues, “I had started using heattransfer printing to emulate the qualities of paper in my fabrics. It
got to the stage where books and papers were my main inspiration, so it just made sense for them to become the media for the work. The paper also provides its own narrative. A dressmaking pattern becomes a sewing machine (see below), for example, vintage photographs a camera, or the nursery rhyme ‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’ a watering can. The papers have their own history and their previous life fuels my ideas of what to create,” she explains. Collier started using found and recycled materials around 15 years ago. Initially this was to save money on materials rather than being an ethical choice. “Recycling wasn’t the norm back then: we didn’t have different bins for different types of rubbish. As time has gone on, however, this has become a very important niche to sit in, so much so that it is no longer a niche: people expect materials to be sourced responsibly.” Each time a new piece is devised, Collier makes a pattern similar to the net of a box before producing a toile or maquette to check that the pattern or template works. She then creates a finished piece of work from beautiful found and recycled papers. Once she has perfected the pattern, she can apply it several times and will get quicker at making it each time. Detailed pieces
such as Paper Typewriter (2012, above) can take up to a week to make because of all the different components. She says, “I love the fact that I am saving these beautiful but undervalued papers from landfill and adding value to items that others might overlook. I enjoy nothing more than finding a cookbook splattered with food stains or a water-damaged paperback that I can save from landfill and transform into something beautiful. “Books that a child has loved enough to take the time to colour in the illustrations are an absolute treasure.”
This interview is taken from Upcyclist by Antonia Edwards, published by Prestel. RRP £29.99
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Cresswell Sewing Machines, Nottingham – 0115 926 7572 Witney Sewing Machine Centre, Witney - 01993 704535 Witney Sew & Knit Centre, Witney – 01993 702 772 Sewing Machine Centre, Shrewsbury - 01743 343 902 Bredons Sewing Machines, Taunton – 01823 272 450 Sew Creative, Bury St Edmunds – 01284 755459 C & A Supply Co. Ltd, Cranleigh – 01483 267 777 Redgewells, Worcester Park – 0208 337 3444 The Quilt Room, Dorking – 01306 877 307 The World of Sewing, South Croydon - 0208 681 1811 Woking Sewing & Knitting Centre, Addlestone - 01932 352 958 Brighton Sewing Centre, Brighton - 01273 621 653 Clothkits Ltd, Chichester – 01243 533 180 Eclectic Maker, Worthing – 0845 862 5552 Hastings Sewing Centre, Hastings - 01424 423 108 G Tully Sewing Machines, Sunderland - 0191 565 7995 Sewing Machine Sales, Whitley Bay - 0191 252 5825 Leamington Spa Sewing Machines, Leamington Spa - 01926 338 749 Cotswold Stitchcraft, Malmesbury - 01666 823 245 West Wilts Sewing Machine Co, Trowbridge - 01225 753 792 Brewers Sewing Machines, Wolverhampton – 01902 458 885 Coventry Sewing Centre, Coventry - 02476 257266 D C Nutt Sewing Machines, Walsall - 01922 497 603 Frank Nutt, Kings Heath - 0121 444 3978 GUR Sewing Machines, Birmingham – 0121 359 5335 L & M Nutt, Sutton Coldfield - 0121 373 5497 S Nutt Sewing Machines, Birmingham - 0121 327 2828 Creative Hands 2, Worcester - 01905 24940 Inkberrow Design Centre, Redditch – 01527 69100 Topstitchers, Kidderminster - 01562 822 698 Arcade Sewing Machines, Huddersfield – 01484 429 808 C & G Sewing Machines, Bradford - 01274 306352 Electra (DA) Company, Doncaster - 01302 340 369 Flynn’s@ Browns of York, York - 01904 561234/611166 Lennox Sewing Machines, Rotherham - 01709 377 797 MKC Services, Leeds - 0113 245 3156 Samuel Taylors, Skipton - 01756 700 946 Sewing Centre, Bridlington - 01262 603057 Sewing Centre, Scarborough - 01723 363 167 White Rose Sewing Machines, Harrogate - 01423 503767 Woodseats Sewing Machines, Sheffield - 0114 255 2822 Joan’s Wools & Crafts, Onchan - 01624 626 009 Sew N Knit Belfast, Belfast – 0289 045 6015 Sew N Knit Lisburn, Lisburn – 0289 267 0908 Singer Sewing Centre, Ballymena – 0282 564 0034 David Drummond, Edinburgh - 0131 539 7766 ESC Sewing Machines, Keith – 01542 887 000 N.J. Sewing Machine Services, Brightons Falkirk – 01324 711 333 Pembertons Sewing Machines, Stirling - 01786 462 993 Quilt Creations, Inverness – 01463 719 369 Sew Materialistic, Ayr - 01292 285 801 Butterfly Fabrics, Cardiff – 02920 470 808 Calico Kate, Lampeter – 01570 422 866 Cliffords Sewing Machines Ltd, Swansea - 01792 655 928 J B Sewing Machine Co, Ltd, Newport – 01633 284 646 Newport Sewing Centre, Newport - 01633 284 659 Quay Street Sewing Centre, Haverfordwest – 01437 762 355 Sewing Machines Direct, Wrexham - 0800 092 5215
www.janome.co.uk The ‘Sewing with Style’ offers are available from Janome sewing machine retail outlets nationwide. Promotion starts 6th April 2015 to 30th May 2015 (All offers subject to stock availability.)
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