My take on "The Band Wife" project in Rachel Denbow's book DIY Woven Art

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I love this book. If you're interested in learning how to weave, this is the resource for you. Rachel has mad teaching skills.  

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This project was adapted from a project featured inside her magical book. The pictures are fabulous! There are tutorials for lots of different woven projects and is a great resource for both seasoned and new weavers. Get a copy and start weaving! 

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Pom-Pom earrings for sale!

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Well, almost for sale. I'm going to list each pair on Etsy by late next week, but I'm waiting to get more photographs. Consider this a preview!  

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These fur-like earrings are made from wool roving. They are super soft and light weight. Each earring is gold and nickel-free.  

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Measurements (both wool roving and classic pom-pom):

From tip of earring to end of pom-pom: 3 1/4"

Pom-poms: 1 1/2" 

Some of the pom-pom earrings are shorter and are about 2 1/2" from the tip of the earring to the end of the pom-pom which is why they will be listed individually. 

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I'm also offering classic pom-pom earrings which are made from various types of yarn. Still light and soft, but a different texture and color variation.

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$12 per pair or 2 for $20.

$12 per pair or 2 for $20.

$15 per pair or 2 for $25.

$15 per pair or 2 for $25.

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I will advertise when the earrings are live! In the mean time, if you want to claim a pair, let me know what color and I'm happy to hold them for you (especially if you're local)! 

 

DIY slightly unconventional wreath

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To create this wreath, instead of using a typical ring I used a full circle. I made a similar piece this summer and it was displayed at my sister's wedding. I love how this simple alteration changes the impact of this piece from common door decor to a piece of art.

 I kept thinking about how much I loved the design of the piece I'd made for my sister and also how therapeutic creating it was. Earlier this month, I needed a mental health day. I've been overwhelmed with work, commitments, money, relationships and just liiiife and hadn't had time to create just for the sake of creating. Weaving is so incredibly rewarding, but I can't rely solely on one hobby.

It was the last 70 degree day we'll see here in Champaign until 2017 (depressing...) and I took full advantage of this by grabbing an extension cord, a hot glue gun, a bunch of fake flowers ($6 at Michaels for two gigantic bags!), and a full mug of coffee and moved out to my back deck and just started making. A can of gold spray paint was also involved. When it comes to me and DIY, when is it not?!

Supplies I used:
-Styrofoam circle
-Fake flowers/ greenery
-Hot glue gun
-yarn (to hang)
-Gold Spray paint
-Wire cutters and scissors

This really is not a tutorial, but hopefully some inspirational insight on how to create your own variation of a wreath! 
 

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Displayed at my sister's wedding in June of 2016. 

Displayed at my sister's wedding in June of 2016. 

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New weaving series

In the last few weeks I've been working on a series fringey, layered weavings. One of my main goals is to make pieces that are still somewhat sizeable, but take less time to create than my usual weavings. The faster I can make them, the cheaper I can sell them. It is so hard to price work that takes hours to create and still make them affordable. It's an ongoing process, but I'm making headway! 

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These weavings (and many more!) will be available at The Made Fest this fall. Stay tuned for details!