Creating Unique Scatter Cushions For Your Home

Scatter cushions, like curtains not only serve a decorative purpose, but also a functional one too, however scatter cushions aren’t quite as essential as curtains or blinds. Cushions often help make uncomfortable chairs more comfortable and they can give additional support where needed. There’s also the decorative side to having scatter cushions.

Generally scatter cushions are fairly cheap to buy. If you want something a bit special however you will have to pay more. It’s wrong to think they are only scatter cushions, no one will notice if they’re a bit inferior. “My Settee cost the earth, so I will buy some scatter cushions as cheap as I can”. Wrong! The fact you have bought inexpensive scatter cushions to dress your expensive settee will only make the settee look cheap. It doesn’t make the cheap cushions look expensive.

When visiting family or friends and asked to take a seat, I always notice the scatters and move them to the back of the settee for support to my back. They play an important role in your home in adding comfort and colour. At one time it was conventional to have two scatter cushions on the settee and one on each of the two chairs, same fabric and size. There were certainly none in the bedroom, but that has all changed.

Scatter cushions can no be different designs, shapes and sizes. They bring cheer to all of your living areas. So break with convention and buy some bright and either buy or create some bright and colourful scatter cushions.

Recently I’ve begun making scatter cushions myself and I’ve found upholstery fabric so far is one of the best materials for the job. The fabric is obviously more durable and you can get some really nice designs. I’ve had varying success buying cheap upholstery fabric off of Ebay, it’s not always the right colour, not the quality and the service isn’t always that good.

There’s a few other places online that sell upholstery fabric online. I’m looking for clearance or discount upholstery fabric mainly as the current lines are quite a lot more expensive so that narrows my search down a bit. A good site I’ve found fairly recently and where I’ve started to buy my fabrics from is http://selbysoftfurnishings.com. The quality is superior to what I’ve had off Ebay and the prices are more than reasonable. I definitely recommend them. You can use curtain fabric though if you prefer.

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Oh and there’s a guide for making scatter cushions on there too. It’s a pretty basic design admittedly but it’s a nice guide if you’re just starting out. You can view the guide here.

My scatter cushions will be a little bit more complicated than that. Mine will include a zip and piping. I haven’t found a good guide for that yet, but if I do I will put it on here.

The Art Of Making Jewellery

The world over, people have delighted in making and wearing various jewels. Jewellery has never lost its popularity. Every conceivable material has been fashioned into a piece of jewellery. Jewels are the finishing touch to our attire, we feel we need to wear something that tells the world “I’m married”, “I’m engaged”, “I’m wealthy and successful”. Jewels adorn our bodies and we adore them.

There are plenty of jewellery making kits on the Internet to get you started on this very interesting and creative hobby. From these jewellery making kits you can design you very own adornments, just as good and attractive all for a fraction of what they would cost on the high street. Good luck!

Jewellery making is an art of making decorative pieces that can be worn or attached to garments. jewelry-makingJewels include durable accessories such as rings, necklaces, badges, bracelets and earrings. The craft is prehistoric. Long ago animal teeth, seeds, sea shells were used to make decorative accoutrements. The craftsmanship started more than 5000 years ago in Egypt, North America and China. Jewels made of metal and gems were worn as symbol of status, a show of wealth or an identification of religious affiliation. Industrialization brought about the growth of jewellery making in the early 18th century through the introduction of expensive and precious metals such as diamonds, gold and platinum.

One must come up with appropriate designs before making jewels. Designs can be obtained from vintage collections, inventing new ones or modifying the current ones. The material to be used in the craft is another consideration. Jewels can be made from coins, gems, and some precious metal alloys. Bronze and copper has commonly been used in early times. Modern time’s ornaments are made from gold, platinum, titanium, silver, and palladium. Accessories and badges used on garments are made from stainless steel.

There are various methods that can be used to make ornaments. First, there is beading which is commonly found in necklaces, earrings, belts and rings. This method is popular particularly in North and South America, Africa and Asia. Beads come in different sizes and shapes. jewelry-making-toolsThe beads can be made of glass, porcelain, metal, wood, and seeds. Beading is particularly a time consuming process. Secondly, some jewels are made from carvings. Soap stone and bone carving is mainly used in making of pendants and bracelets. Nowadays the soap stone are becoming scarce. In fact one has to import some from Africa or Asia. Thirdly, metal smithing is another jewel making method. Craftsmen work on some precious metals to produce forms that can be used to make ornaments. Smiths have to heat the metals to make them mouldable. In addition, the precious metals are expensive and difficult to mine.

Advanced technology has been applied in mining and metal forging making it the most popular jewel production method. Beading, smithing, and carving require expertise. Jewellery making remains a hobby and an occupation to many.

Scented Pleasures Of Perfume Making

perfume-bottleExtracting deliciously fragrant odours from plants and flowers and adding them to the skin is perfume. People have used fruits and flowers, to create loved smells for centuries. These smells are preserved with oils. Recipes for perfumes are as important as gold coins; guarded as closely.

The simple process for making scent or perfume is the same whichever recipe is used. The simplest scents mixed are alcohol, essentially scent oils and sterilised water. The oil must be blended slowly into the alcohol, a drop at a time. Mix slowly and long enough for the oils to be completely blended together. Let the mixture of essential oils and alcohol stand untouched for two days. Now add the sterilised water and again, add it slowly until totally blended.

The perfume now needs to mature for at least three weeks in a cool dark place. Once the perfume has been allowed to mature three weeks you can begin the filtering process. Filter the perfume through a porous filter to remove any sediment. Store the perfume in a colour glass bottle with a topper.

There are plenty of perfume making kits available and they are quite inexpensive, especially when you consider how much a bottle of perfume can cost.

History

Perfume making is a billion dollar industry. The ownership of aromatic smells has sent travellers around the world in search of exotic plants with aromatic fragrances. The making of perfume is the capturing of these odours in oils and alcoholic liquids; vodka is favourite and distilled water. These additives act as preservatives. The use of dark containers is popular for the longevity of perfumes.

Quick Tips for Making Perfume

1. Cut your favourite flowers and remove the petals from the stem. Place the blooms in oil, tighten the lid and let it sit for a few weeks. The oil will absorb the scent of the flowers. Use odourless oils so the blossoms will be the only fragrance.

2. Strain any petals or other residue from the oil then dispense it into the container. The use of essential oils from health food outlets will add punch to your perfume. These products can also be ordered online.

3. Use bottles designed for perfume or use bottles with tight lids. Clean jars with under coated lids. These get especially tight and hold the odour of the perfume inside, making it last.

4. Use scented oils from a bottle; pour a 40- 60 measurement of oils, vodka, and let sit for two days. Now add a bit of water and let sit for another day. Strain and you are in business with a fun and potent fragrance.

Methods

Some people use water mixed with a touch of alcohol, others use oil. Either method works fine. The most important thing in perfume making is patience and choosing fragrances, you really like. Making perfume is great for people with allergies. Boil or soak materials chosen for perfume. The method chosen depends upon the amount of time you are willing to invest.

Problems

Some people are allergic to citrus and various oils. The use of fragrance depends upon the level of tolerance of the user. Nevertheless, perfume making products made naturally are healthier for the body.

Patchwork Is Not Just For Quilts – Patchwork Wall Art

patchwork_wall_artFor wall art, the choice of fabrics and patchwork pieces is immense. Once your wall art is in place, it will only need regular dusting. You can go to town with the fabric pieces you use for your wall art. Faux fur, velvet, silk, cotton, leather, faux leather and suede to name a few. You can even add buttons and other accessories to your wall too.

If you down the road of using old garments, you will be able to look at your wall art and remember wearing that particular dress, or you husband in that shirt. No one else will know, well perhaps hubby might.

Bring out the inner artist in yourself, for all to see and praise!

Patchwork wall art, or pictures are fascinating, creative displays of bits of materials in likenesses and abstracts. Patchwork has been a part of lives all over the world since the time of Egyptian tombs. During the Middle Ages layers of quilted fabric netted the soldiers warmth. The Chinese created patchwork quilting 5000 years ago, and the Japanese also used quilting inside armour. Patchwork is simply the method of sewing together small pieces of material to generate a larger piece of material which is then sewn to backing.

Patchwork pictures are designed with layers of cloth, the base layers may be cotton or sheets cut to the size of the finished picture. Abstract art in patchwork pictures is developed by placing the edges of the materials slightly over each other. Fastened with pins to the base, it is sewn with extremely small zigzag stitches. Difficult to change if a mistake is made, one should be patient and go back to see the finished product before a final sewing.

If one is preparing a figurative picture, a background colour is chosen and that material is sewn to the base. Drawing on the artists imagination, he or she cut fabric in the shapes and sizes required. These are pinned, added to or removed, and sometimes changed all together, then pinned again. As with abstract pictures, before the final zigzag attachment, the artist will set the art piece aside to make sure it is a final production.

A technique of drawing with thread, hair or creating letters of a text is a difficult approach. Using a zigzag stitch in different width sizes is the element which finishes that procedure. One of the difficulties arising from patchwork pictures is small bits may not hold the pins, large pictures may require a lot of pins. Some fall out, some are hard to remove. When using extremely small pieces of cloth, a tiny touch of glue may work best.

Using remnants of new fabric or bits of former clothing are ways to apply artistic pictorials. Use coordinating thread to outline certain aspects of the item or person. Try it with your own ideas and see how artistic you can be.