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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

My day at Alexandra Palace

If you live in London, you may know and may even have been – this week-end was the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. I couldn’t resist going for snoop around although people there were generally at least two generations older than myself ! I just love seeing places full of crafty people and supplies, I felt like a little girl in Wonderland as I took in the endless aisles of beads, the tall shelves of fabric, the boxes of wool and the inspiring projects. The Singer machine above si the sewing machine of my dreams… The original black design with all the modern features ! I also loved the black wool with bits of glitter and the beautiful Rowan fabrics… And take a look at the giant knitting needles below ! I’ll actually be attending a similiar show in Paris this November, selling my Do It Kits (the Xmas ones are in the making and looking RAD btw !) and holding workshops. Stay tuned for more info ! As you can tell on the top photo, I’m loving my new bobble hat… Outfit post coming later on today showing you how I attended this fun event 🙂 Oh, and one last thing…. Please VOOOOOOTE ! (By clicking on the blue button in the sidebar so that it goes purple ! THANK YOU ♥ xx – – – – – –

My day at Alexandra Palace

DIY : Skull & chain necklace

I always look at All Saints and IKKS necklaces and sigh… I love each and everyone of them but can hardly ever afford a £50 gimmick necklace. I have a robot one from IKKS that I adooooore (he’s called Jean-Robot), I’ll have to show you him one day but he’s missing a leg so I don’t take him out of his box so much these days 🙁 Skull beads seem to be a favorite this season and definitely match the grungy feel of the brands above. I didn’t think braided chains would make it through the Autumn but here I go again using this almost over DIYed technique. I used leather thread this time, to rock up the look, and added in a bead every now and then so that the skulls hang off the necklace. I love the result and know I’ll be wearing this often – a gothico-cute look perfect for Halloween or even all Winter through ! You will need the following supplies as well as a clasp and a couple of jump rings to attach it to the chain : Here’s a quick look at how I braided the chain and added in the beads but for a more detailed tutorial on braiding chain click here. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Skull & chain necklace

DIY : Long bead bracelet // Bracelet perles longues

There are so many things you can do with beads that sometimes you don’t even have to think of them as beads. Here is a cute bracelet you can make with long thin beads by simply gluing them to a piece of ribbon. Use jewelry glue to make sure you keep the flexibility of the ribbon. Line the beads up straight for a smart bangle or make them messy like mine for a more conceptual look. Il y a tellement de choses à faire avec les perles et parfois il n’y a même pas besoin de les enfiler. Voici un bracelet tout mignon tout simple : vous collez simplement vos perles sur un ruban à attacher autour du poignet. Utilisez de la colle à bijou pour garder la souplesse du ruban. Vous pouvez aligner vos perles pour un bracelet chic ou bien les mettre en vrac comme moi pour un look plus décalé. Leave 15cm of ribbon and glue beads for approx 10cm. Leave to dry. Cut ribbon so that there is enough space on both ends to tie a cute bow. Melt ends of ribbon with match or lighter to avoid fraying. Tie to wrist and brag that you made it ! Laisser 15cm de ruban puis coller des perles le long des 10 prochains cm. Laisser sécher. Couper le ruban de manière à laisser assez de longueur des deux côtés pour faire un joli noeud derrière le poignet. Fondre les bouts du ruban avec une alumette ou un briquet. Attacher au poignet et se la péter ! And the result : / Et le résultat : xx – – – – – –

DIY : Long bead bracelet // Bracelet perles longues

DIY : Fringe Anklet // Bracelet Cheville à Franges

Whether you’re a hippy or a rock chick, you’re bound to love this simple Fringe Anklet DIY. Fringe anklets look cute, fun and sexy and this one is so easy to make, I would bet my bottom dollar you have all you need at home already. You can wear it bare or dress it up with beads, bolts, ribbons and even feathers if you’re feeling particularly crafty ! Fringes fit in with this year’s aztec craze too : ) Que vous soyez plutôt hippy ou plutôt rock, ce bracelet cheville est certain de vous plaire ! Les bracelets cheville à franges c’est toujours mignon en été et je suis prête à parier que vous avez tout ce dont vous aurez besoin déjà chez vous. Vous pouvez même ajouter des perles, des plumes ou des rubans ! Bonus : Ce bracelet cheville s’inscrit parfaitement dans la tendance aztec du moment. To make your Fringe Anklet, YOU WILL NEED : – A piece of fabric, I used an old pair of shorts, but that could have been any piece of jersey cotton. Strands of leather would be a treat if you’re looking to upgrade this DIY. Un tissu de votre choix (vieux tee-shirt, cuir…). – A pair of scissors. Des ciseaux. – A piece of elastic. Un morceau d’élastique. – A needle and some thread. Une aiguille et du fil. – A few beads of your choice. Des perles de votre choix. – An ankle. Votre cheville. Here’s how to do it yourself : Toi-même tu sais faire : First of all, make an anklet out of your elastic by cutting a piece the size of your ankle, folding over the ends and sewing them together. Next, cut your fabric into strips (mine measured about 8×1,5cm). You will need to pull on these to make them roll up and look nice and fringy, so give ’em a good tug ! The next step is to loop the strips onto the elastic. Take a strip, fold it in half and have a good look at the above photo, it says it all. Repeat until your anklet is nicely fringed. Add beads by sliding them up the strands of fabric. Faire un bracelet avec l’élastique. Pour ce faire, couper un morceau d’élastique de la taille de votre cheville et superposer un bout sur l’autre. Les joindre à l’aide de quelques points. Ensuite, coupez votre tissu en lanières pour faire les franges (les miennes faisaient env. 8×1,5cm). Tirez un bon coup sur vos lanières pour les enrouler sur elles-mêmes et faire de jolies franges. Prenez une lanière, pliez la en deux et attachez la à l’élastique comme montré dans la photo ci-dessus. Répétez jusqu’à obtenir une frange bien fournie. Ajoutez vos perles en les glissant sur les morceaux de tissu. Now all we need is the sun ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Fringe Anklet // Bracelet Cheville à Franges

DIY Pearl hair piece

Pearls are sprinkled everywhere this year, pretty and precious. Chanel’s inspiring Karl Lagerfeld included a large number of pearls in his S/S 12 fashion shows and often times these were used to embellish the models’ hair-do’s. I will be doing some simple pearl hair-pins for you soon, but after so long off DIYing, I felt like making something a little more creative this time… So, I had a good dig around and sorted through the numerous pearl beads I had stashed away : Realizing I had many different shapes and forms of pearl beads, I decided to make an elaborate pearl hair piece : ) To make your own Pearl Hair Piece, YOU WILL NEED : – A selection of pretty pearls – Some waxed bead thread – A hair grip – A bobby pin – Fabric glue – A couple of hours’ creativeness – A calm classical piece of music for extra inspiration Here goes the tutorial : First of all, tie your bead thread to the hair grip. You don’t have to use every hole, depending on how large your beads are. Push your beads up the thread, one strand after the other, making them shorter towards the top and slightly longer towards the bottom for extra shape. Tie the other end of the thread to the bobby pin. Double knot. Cut off the remaining thread and use fabric glue or craft glue to glue a few pearls over the top of the grip to hide the holes and knots. There you have it ! And the result : Hope you like it ! Keep reading, xx – – – – – –

DIY Pearl hair piece