A couple of weeks ago I hosted a workshop at Homes R Us in Ibn Battuta Mall and it was so successful my heart runneth over. It feels like DIY and the handmade movement is finally seeping into Dubai life and I feel very happy to have played a part in that. The class demographic hailed from the Arab World to Russia to South Asia.
Here is the video of the day if you weren’t one of the 10 lucky Homes’R'Us customers to win a place:
Here are some pictures from the workshop:
Thankyou so much to Homes R Us for being the brand who had enough foresight to really invest in a big campaign around DIY. For all of us here in the UAE who are involved in the handmade movement, this is a big win.
I have been looking at a few cool designers from my home town in Perth recently and absolutely loved the look of this piece by Sinclair Muse. I even remembered where to get the exact pom poms from because I used them for this project here.
You will need: Needle and thread, pom poms (mine are from Spotlight Australia), chain necklace (H&M), embroidery thread in various colours and magic tape.
Begin covering the ends of the threads in magic tape for the weaving:
Weave the embroidery thread through the chain like this:
From here you continue until the chain is done:
Now lay out your pom poms until you get a configuration you like:
Using the needle and thread secure the pom poms to the embroidery thread:
On social media, a lot of you have been asking me to share with you a great Christmas DIY. I stumbled across this and fell in love!
These are from the Peter Alexander Christmas 2013 range, they are called the Xmas Pudding Scuff:
I adore them but being an Aussie based in Dubai, purchasing these is a bit tough. I think the idea makes a lovely Christmas gift.
To create this project, you will need: house slippers (mine are from Shoe Express in Oasis Centre), red felt, green felt, fabric scissors, fabric pencil, glue gun, needle and thread and bells.
Start by tracing 6 circular felt circles on the fabric:
Once these circles have been cut around. Use the glue gun to glue the bells in place into the centre of the felt. I had hoped these would jingle, but rather they just form the shape of the holly berries, the glue stops them from jingling.
Now bunch the felt around the bell and thread the red needle and thread in and out of the felt:
Draw the thread tight so that the bell is covered and stitch around the base to secure:
From here grab your green felt and with a fabric pencil draw the outline of the holly leaves:
Cut around these and sew onto the slippers:
Sew on the berries securely to keep the slippers machine washable. That’s it!
I hope you find these as adorable as I do. They will be a gift for my most beloved cousin Paula in Perth who always takes me to Peter Alexander when I am there.