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DIY Felted necklaces

Wool can be transformed into felt using needle technique. Here are some ideas how to make necklaces out of wool roving. It may not seem so, but it is really an easy process.

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You will need a special needle, which has small sharp hooks, so when you poke the wool with it, the wool fibres get entangled and slowly get compacted in the desired shape. Besides needle you will need a felting surface, usually a foam pad. The wool is placed on the pad when doing needle felting so there is no danger to poke yourself with very sharp felting needle.

There are many different choices about what kind of wool to use. No worries, just be sure to have the wool that is suitable for needle felting – most of them are. I am using merino wool roving. This is all there is to know to get started.

With some practice and imagination lots of beautiful creations can be done.

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Happy crafting to you all!

What is so attractive about handmade craft?

via Daily Prompt: Craft

Craft noun: skill and experience, especially in relation to making objects (Cambridge Dictionary)

During the most stressful time at the job I found out that a lot of us, coworkers, dreamt about doing something with our hands, something touchable, to be able to enjoy the whole process from scratch till the result of our work lay in our hands. I guess it is an innate need to be creator, to make things happen – also in physical sense. To gain skills to do a good, functional and beautiful object is even more compelling.

But the reality is, many times we do not have the chance to experience these simple pleasures, especially in workplaces that require mostly intellectual or standardised work. And besides, why bother doing it yourself or buying a more expensive handmade item if there are cheap versions available all over the place?

For me it makes a difference – for me the old-fashioned handmade craft is valuable in many senses so I support these businesses whenever I can by buying their products rather than mass-produced ones. They may be more expensive and are not as flawless as factory polished products, but they have a story to tell: they are as unique as the person – creator who made them.

 

DIY charging station

We always searched the right charger for the device that was approaching battery death all over the house, so the first step was to label the chargers with device name and kept all chargers in one place. However, more than one device was often charging, so cluttery scenes were often seen near electrical outlets. The chargers basket was no better: a mess of unmistakably entangled electrical wires. Now we have a DIY all-in-one charging station that solves it all.

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Our charging station has two main parts: a crate that contains chargers and wires and the upper part that holds up our devices – two tablets and four mobiles. Every device has its permanent place with the name put on it.

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I bought a small wooden crate and three book holders for few euros at local store. Then I  disassemble them all, saw off excess parts and drilled holes for wires and assembled the parts together. The rest is paint and embellishments.

And here is all the mess that is put safely out of sight.

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We usually keep our chargers in the charging stations. For emergency charging when we are out of home we have a power bank and spare USB cables. Also, the charging station is a storage space for devices when they are not in use, so we do not have them lying all around the house anymore.