I found this really cute idea on HonestlyWTF. Erika uses embroidery floss and sliding beads to expand and fit her bracelets. She explains in an excellent tutorial ~
“You’ll pick 4 colors for each bracelet. A base color, a color for the dots, a color for the dashes and a color separating the dots and dashes.”
image from HonestlyWTF
But after experimenting, I found the embroidery floss difficult to thread through my smallest seed beads. I also struggled to find the right bead for both ends to slide through snug enough to “fit” the bracelet, and so I decided to simply use basic beading elastic.
Using this online Morse Code Translator and a Morse Code Translator app on my smart phone, I wrote out the codes for some messages I wanted to create in some gift bracelets.
Most my gift bracelets had 3 short words or one simple word. I used the person’s favorite color for base color. I attached the gift bracelets to some cardstock and wrote out the message with its Morse Code. Most folk simply loved the bracelets, but they were really touched by the message when I explained how it worked.
It is a lovely way for your kids to learn and practice Morse Code. Have fun creating!
Cheap, instant, magical … bleach painting adds a stunning creative touch to clothes!
Some bleach painting tips:
- Always test on a scrap of similar fabric or on a part of the garment where the bleach effect can be tested but not seen (like inside a seam or on a hem). Most dyes leave a trace color after the bleach has worked. Some fabrics are extremely color-fast and do not bleach out.
- Work on a plastic sheet and newsprint. I bleached my skirt over a covered ironing board. Place a plastic sheet or plastic packet inside a shirt so that the bleach doesn’t bleed through to the other side.
- You can use basic domestic liquid bleach and a waterpaint paint brush. You can also use water brushes and even simple ear buds/ Q-tips!
- You can paint bleach on to stamps and press the stamp onto the fabric.
- Plan your design on your garment with a chalk pencil or fading fabric markers.
- I found great simple designs on Pinterest.
- Stencil designs work well too!
- Note – the bleach is invisible at first, but within a moment or two begins to fade the fabric. If you paint over a bleached area after it has dried it may go even lighter! I loved the magical appearance of the design a few seconds later!
- Caution – some fabrics become fragile under bleach. Hand wash carefully.
- Caution 2 – wear protective clothing when working with bleach.
- This is an excellent activity for middle-school children and teens. Ask them to bring an old colored T-shirt to class and provide small cups of bleach and Q-tips for them to paint and design patterns and images on their shirts.
- You can spray bleach with a fine misting bottle over a stencil or design pasted onto the material. Some folks use freezer paper. Lettering or a simple cut out design works well.
Bleach painting is addictive! You may find good reasons or no reasons at all to bleach paint a huge number of your clothes! Stop before your wardrobe looks like it fell into a bleach fountain!
Have some creative fun this festive season!
I recently created some wonderful crafty decor for our patio in French Provence style.
Bunting always creates a festive atmosphere!
Using unbleached calico I made some French Style Bunting with fabric painted details ~ use the free stencil download below for ideas). Baste the triangle pieces edge-to-edge on wide ribbon and then fold the ribbon over and serpentine stitch the ribbon to cover the top of the bunting. (Remember to add at least 1m of ribbon to either end of your bunting to use to knot over poles or around trees.)
My daughter and I created a Printed Table Runner. Pop over to my Project Page for the tutorial.
I painted some patio cushion covers for my bench and wicker chairs.
Lastly I hung a few lanterns on blue ribbon over the table for some ambient light and intimacy.
A week of creative fun transformed my patio into a festive French-styled outdoor area.
For some French Provence stencil ideas here is a free download ~ Provence patio stencil ideas