Archive for May, 2010

Looks Like Cotton Candy!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Different felting techniques can turn unspun wool into amazing works of wearable art. We are especially pleased when Japanese Watermark Tissues are incorporated into the design. One of our customers Emily Chatten has created this intricate scarf using mostly shetland wool and our grid and hempflower tissues. Ancient techniques, contemporary materials and creativity are always a winning combination.

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Shout Out – Origami as a Table Accent in The Globe and Mail

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Check out this article by Sebastien Centner, which provides instructions for making these lovely lotus flower place card holders out of our beautiful Chiyogami papers.

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New Workshops, July 2010!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Check out our new session of DIY Special Event Workshops, running throughout the month of July.

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Click image above to enlarge, or visit the Workshop page on our website.

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Our New(ish) Chiyogami Display Unit

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We have been meaning to write about our lovely new Chiyogami display case for a few months now. You may recall our previous display unit, which we had MacGyvered out of some old display cases (see below). It worked for us for several years but once our Chiyogami collection expanded, we quickly outgrew it.

Old Chiyogami Unit

We contacted Mark Willer of Willers Furniture with our requirements and, after he worked his magic, this is what we have now. And with SO much more space, we have been able to bring in even MORE Chiyogami.

New Chiyogami Display Case

Check out Mark’s blog to see the Display Case take shape!

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Speedy Carve is do-it-yourself stamp making

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

We have recently added a very simple do-it-yourself stamp making kit to our collection of decorating tools at the store; The Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit by Speedball.

Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit

Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit

It comes with a 4 x 6″ piece of rubber carving block, a carving tool with two blades, a piece of tracing paper, and a detailed instruction sheet.

It’s easy!!!

Trace image with pencil

Trace image with pencil

With a pencil, trace an image onto the tracing provided, pressing firmly.

Transfer image

Transfer image

Flip your drawing over onto the rubber block and burnish it gently – I used my thumbnail – to transfer the pencil lines.

Carved block

Carved block

Carve away the negative space around the pencil marks, leaving only the lines of the image.

Inking the block

Inking the block

Ink the carved block evenly with your choice of coloured stamp pad.

Print!

Print!

Press the inked block onto your paper…ink…and repeat!

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