• Essential Materials for Cross-Stitch
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    Essential Materials for Cross-Stitch

    Discover the materials you need to cross-stitch, from the basics to the full kit, with Emily Peacock With a background in graphic design, cross-stitch creative Emily Peacock (emilyp) creates bold and unforgettable graphic cross-stitch work. She was named designer of the year during the first National Needlecraft awards and has collaborated with brands such as Liberty of London, DMC, and Appletons. In this tutorial, she talks us through the materials you’ll need to get started in cross-stitching and shares tips for how to develop your kit as you go. Watch the video!

  • Free Patterns for Making your Own Dress
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    Free Patterns for Making your Own Dress

    Start making your own unique clothes with the patterns and size guide shared by dressmaker Juliet Uzor Juliet Uzor (@julietuzor) is a self-taught dressmaker who is passionate about showing others how to make bespoke sewn outfits. Creating your own clothes with a sewing machine is a powerful skill. It’s an opportunity to free yourself from the fast fashion industry by making unique clothes that fit your body type. In her course, she teaches you how to create a unique, made-to-measure dress from scratch; how to operate a sewing machine, moving from the basics to creating the final finishes for your garment. She starts by preparing the pattern for a dress and teaches you how to identify the correct size to cut.

  • 5 Books on Wabi-Sabi and Japanese Culture
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    5 Books on Wabi-Sabi and Japanese Culture

    Learn more about the japanese art of putting broken pottery back together that sees beauty in flaws and imperfections Clara Graziolino (@claragraziolino) is an Italian ceramic artist and kintsugi expert living in Madrid. She creates sculptures and installations for galleries and international interior designers and teaches ceramic restoration and kintsugi. Kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of putting broken pottery back together using a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, which highlights the cracks. It results in one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery.

  • 13 Free Tutorials for Creating at Home Using DIY Techniques
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    13 Free Tutorials for Creating at Home Using DIY Techniques

    From printing techniques to ceramics, these tutorials will get you creating with your hands These DIY tutorials invite you to take a break from the screen and try out different handmade techniques. From printing techniques to ceramics, you’re sure to find an activity that inspires you to turn your home into a crafts studio for the rest of the day. Our top experts will share top tips and guide you through their professional yet easy-to-follow processes. Give it a try! Ceramic Tutorial: How to make a rock-shaped flower pot from clay Rocks come in all shapes and sizes and can be a great source of inspiration. Xènia Bas (@xenia_bas) is a ceramic artist and co-founder of Bas, a ceramic workshop in Barcelona. She believes that a clay pot not only provides a home for your plant, but has the power to enhance its beauty. In this tutorial, Xènia guides us through moulding our own rock-shaped clay pot by hand, and shares tips to create the perfect finish.

  • 10 Online Upcycling Courses for Getting Creative at Home
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    10 Online Upcycling Courses for Getting Creative at Home

    Experts in upcycling share techniques and ideas for creating while recycling Upcycling is a brilliantly creative way to draw attention to the importance of recycling. Finding new uses for materials that had been cast aside as useless, and transforming them into uniquely personalized objects, is very stimulating for the imagination. If you are passionate about sustainability and love crafts, this increasingly popular practice is for you. In the following list, you will find ten online upcycling courses for beginners. Even if you don’t have any experience, you can learn to transform old furniture or repair your favorite items of clothing with embroidery, crochet, or darning. Discover different materials and techniques for upcycling from home. Chair Restoration and Upholstery, a course by Lucia Giraudo If you think one of your chairs needs updating, why not upholster it yourself? To do so, Argentine entrepreneur Lucía Giraudo will show you how to disassemble your chair with the right tools. Discover which materials she recommends and learn how to differentiate between synthetic and natural fibers. Explore the world of fabrics, how to care for them, and transform that old chair into something totally unique.

  • 6 Free Upcycling Tutorials for Repairing Clothes with Creativity
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    6 Free Upcycling Tutorials for Repairing Clothes with Creativity

    From embroidery to stencil design, revamp your wardrobe and join the slow fashion movement Clothes are an essential item we use on a daily basis, however, they also serve as a canvas for our creativity. Customizing pieces from our wardrobe is a wonderful form of self-expression that can also extend the life of an older garment and reduce waste. From embroidery to stencil design, these six upcycling tutorials provide fun and creative ways to revamp your wardrobe and join the slow fashion movement. Click on the title in red to access the full content! Embroidery Tutorial: How to Create an Appliqué Appliqué is a great way to update your clothes, give them character, and fixing any rips or holes. This technique consists of embroidering a design, turning it into a patch, and then sewing it to your garment (or whatever surface you like!). In this tutorial, textile designer Ana María Restrepo (anamaria_10), who teaches the Domestika course Fashion Design: Painting and Embroidering Garments, will guide you through her process for converting an embroidered design into a patch.

  • Free Butterfly Embroidery Pattern
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    Free Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

    Do you want to embroider a beautiful monarch butterfly? Check out this pattern shared by Emillie Ferris In the art of needle painting, a needle acts like a brush and the thread as the paint, helping you achieve hyper-realistic designs. You can create realistic embroidered pieces using the long and short stitch technique, just like Emillie Ferris (@emillieferris), who makes contemporary embroidery patterns, kits, pins, and original hoop art using traditional methods. Insects are a wonderful place to start if you’re a beginner, as they can be very forgiving of mistakes. Their symmetrical nature also makes the entire embroidery process very meditative and relaxing.

  • Challenge: Painting Ceramics While Blindfolded
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    Challenge: Painting Ceramics While Blindfolded

    We asked ceramic artist Sandra Apperloo to paint fun faces to apply onto her ceramic creations while blindfolded Sandra Apperloo is a ceramist who has not only found great joy in the craft, but also made it her full-time profession. Her brand, known as The Pottery Parade, is filled with quirky faces and pastel hues, has over 100K followers on Instagram, and has been featured in magazines like This is Colossal, ArtPeople, and more. In this Domestika Challenge, she takes on the task of painting while blindfolded. Will she be able to do it? Find out in this video.

  • Curious Minds Podcast: Why Is Mending Stepping Out of the Shadows?
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    Curious Minds Podcast: Why Is Mending Stepping Out of the Shadows?

    Discover how the visible mending trend transforms moth holes into creative challenges with Curious Minds, an original podcast by Domestika Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika that explores the curiosities and untold histories of the creative world. Each week we’ll bring you a new episode, interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to never miss an episode.

  • Free Color Theory Guide for Embroidery
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    Free Color Theory Guide for Embroidery

    Do you want to know how to use color in your punch needle embroidered portraits? Check out this guide Freelance fabricator and designer Camille Labarre (@camillelabarre) can help you turn your next big idea into something tangible. Embroidery with a punch needle is a relaxing, fun, and therapeutic activity. It allows you to create textured works of art that showcase your personal style. Knowing how to choose your colors is key in any art. If you didn’t go to art school, chances are you’ve never even heard of color theory. It is important to know and identify the differences between hue, saturation, and value. These key concepts are incredibly helpful when it comes to your final piece.

  • What Is a Stencil and What Are the Origins of the Stenciling Technique?
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    What Is a Stencil and What Are the Origins of the Stenciling Technique?

    Discover the creative possibilities offered by stencils or the stenciling technique Perhaps you have used a stencil before to paint a design, in which case, you've already practiced stencil art. This method consists of stamping a design onto a surface by passing paint through a stencil. This is not a visual art that has emerged recently; it goes way back. From cave paintings illustrating everyday scenes to graffiti calling attention to social issues in our cities, there are many ways to apply motifs quickly and accurately. In this blog post, we review the evolution of stencil art to understand why it has been used so much, not only in the artistic world and street art but across a range of disciplines. Finally, we will also analyze how it is applied to textile screen printing.

  • 12 Free Tutorials for Handmade Creativity
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    12 Free Tutorials for Handmade Creativity

    Stimulate your creativity with these inspiring DIY, calligraphy, and upcycling artists Sometimes, creativity can only be executed manually. Knitting, painting, or dyeing garments are only some of the things you can achieve using easy yo obtain materials. All these activities will help you awaken your lateral thinking, that is, to focus more freely and imaginatively on your day-to-day life. Furthermore, spending time creating something is a way to take a break from the screen. Whatever your reason may be, make sure to check out these 12 free tutorials that will help you develop your creativity using your hands. Disconnect in order to reconnect. There are tutorials for crafting, calligraphy, macramé, upcycling, and more. If any of these take your fancy, click on the title to access the full content. Enjoy! Calligraphy Tutorial: How to Make a Reed Pen for Calligraphy in 5 min Have you ever heard about this calligraphy tool? A reed pen is one of the oldest writing tools in existence. It is key for various types of calligraphy, including uncial, as it enables you to create compact but organic shapes on paper. If you want to know how to make your own reed pen, check out this tutorial by calligraphy expert and graphic designer Joaquín Seguí (@joaquinsegui).

  • 10 Online Creative Embroidery Courses for Beginners
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    10 Online Creative Embroidery Courses for Beginners

    Grab a needle and thread and learn to make accessories and decorative pieces with our creative embroidery experts Creative embroidery is a versatile craft expressing your emotions and personal style. Make innovative pieces full of texture, detail, and color. Explore our list of ten online courses in creative embroidery for beginners, taught by top experts. You will learn everything from the most useful techniques for repairing items of clothing to the most artistic ones, such as photo embroidery, punch needle embroidery, creating decorative tapestries. Experiment and make your way in this craft discipline and start creating with thread and needle. These are the courses we recommend: Embroidery: Clothing Repair, a course by Ofelia & Antelmo Learn to fix any damaged items in your closet or redesign the ones you no longer wear using the “visible mending” technique, taught by embroidery and textile art specialist and creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, Gabriela Martínez. You will first learn about all the different materials you can use. You will then go on to practice different stitches and create unique compositions using patches and visible mending techniques.

  • Basic Materials For Making a Macramé Wall Hanging
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    Basic Materials For Making a Macramé Wall Hanging

    Discover which basic materials you need to create your own macramé pieces Do you know much about macramé? This technique consists of making types of knots using a crochet needle to create unique textile pieces. The name of the technique, macramé, has two possible origins: the majority of people say it derives from the Arabic term "migramah" (ornamental fringe). However, it could also come from the Turkish word "makrama," meaning napkin or towel.

  • Free Hand-building Handbook for Ceramics
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    Free Hand-building Handbook for Ceramics

    Do you want to know how to hand-build pots at home? Check out this guide shared by Lilly Maetzig Ceramist Lilly Maetzig (@mae_ceramics) talks about her craft as a sacred and ancient activity that we seem to understand innately. We’ve been molding clay by hand for thousands of years. The slow pace of hand-building ceramic objects brings her a meditative peace and calm, as she creates simple yet refined pieces with a limited color palette and playful touches. Set up your home as a workspace by using everyday objects and understand how pots are made by making a basic pinch pot, a coil pot, and a slab pot.

  • What Is Intarsia Crochet, and What Do You Need to Get Started?
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    What Is Intarsia Crochet, and What Do You Need to Get Started?

    Learn about the origin of the intarsia technique, how it differs from tapestry and how to crochet patterns The intarsia technique is not widely known but worth exploring as you can use it to achieve some beautiful effects with yarn. This crocheting technique allows you to create designs by adding separate yarns when you want to change color in a section of your work. This feature separates it from traditional tapestry, where the different color yarns are inserted into the crocheted piece.

  • How To Create a Papercut Tree of Life
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    How To Create a Papercut Tree of Life

    Storyteller and papercutting artist Karishma Chugani walks us through her creative process Karishma Chugani is a storyteller and papercutting artist whose work blends ancient narrative formats from across the world. After writing a story, she creates a visual language with images specifically designed to tell that story.