Shibori is a beautiful and simple method of Japanese fabric dyeing by binding – a lot like tie dye, but it looks so much better!
There are many different methods of shibori, and each has a lovely and different rippled pattern effect across the fabric. I loved the geometric look of the squares, so that’s what I did here. HonestlyWTF did a pretty in-depth tutorial with many different binding methods, and they stuck to the traditional indigo. I accidentally chose a royal purple dye, but I’m leaning into it!
The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is a trend-setting, haute couture ‘craft’ market that showcases exceptional South African design and hand crafted goods. From truly exceptional gin, to exquisitely crafted cloths, decor and jewellery, this market is a wonderland.
Sometimes, Kamers can feel like the same thing over and over. I’ve gone to pretty much every one in Joburg (and written about them before) and, even though I think I know what to expect, a combination of the vibe and the hand-crafted loveliness always draws me in.
So though you can expect a lot of the same from this brand sparkling new Kamers (this is the first time they’ve introduced a market in October) there are some lovely elements well worth the visit.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a social media junky! But it takes a while to sift through all the suggested accounts and find some great ones that really add value and inspiration to your feed. So I decided to share some accounts that really bring joy and creativity to my life – which then filters down into my craft room!
Nothing says ‘love’ quite like a knitted gift – but knitting a life-size version of your son falls on the creepy side – no? Not if you’re this Dutch mom. Marieke Voorsluijs famously knits realistic creations, and her latest made the internet blow up.
The article I’ve pressed here actually spoke to Marieke, and it’s quite an interesting read.
What will you be making this weekend? A life-size version of any of your family members, by any chance?
Omg, calm down internet! The woman who made a life-sized knit doll version of her teenage son is not creepy, she’s just clever. Marieke Voorsluijs is a professional crafter, known for her knitting brand, Club Geluk. The brand experiments with bizarre and realistic knits meant to make people laugh or smile – there’s even a book out featuring some of her craziest pieces.But when Voorsluijs made a life-size knit version of her teenage son, the internet went nuts. What started out as a cheeky little family joke quickly turned into a twisted story about how a “lunatic” Dutch mother was “overly attached” to her teenage son. Stories began to spread about the “smother mother” who was becoming depressed because her son was less wiling to stay home and cuddle with her now that his social life was beginning to take off. Reports said the “needy and creepy” mother had worked tirelessly to knit a yarn prepubescent version of her child to keep her company. Talk about taking things out of context! It’s just a silly joke people, relax!I checked in with Voorsluijs to see how she was taking the freakish headlines popping up all over the internet today. ” I am a professional knitter who likes to knit weird things for my brand Club Geluk,” Voorsluijs tells Bustle. “We knit realistic everyday stuff with lots of details and even wrote a book about it. We knit hams, TVs, plants, etc. To set the bar a little higher regarding my knitting skills, I thought of knitting my son. He liked it and we worked together on it. The reactions during the process were so diverse – from creepy to beautiful – that we decided to make some photos in real life to place the weirdness in context. It was just a fun art family art project!”So like, can everyone calm down about it? It’s just a silly craft.
I love a good market – and I mean I LOVE a good market, so every year it is with bated breath I await the Kamers Irene Christmas market. I was disappointed by the April one, but this year’s December market is beyond amazeballs. They’ve packed in even more stalls, and have a wide selection of interesting vendors and newbies.
In which I meet my favourite South African star, accidentally insult her and get to speak to the person behind the celebrity.
There are few things quite as thrilling as meeting your idol, and Suzelle DIY, the hilarious, crafty DIY doyenne of South African YouTube, is certainly mine. With the merging of humour, crafty tutorials and South African flavour I was doomed to fanhood the second her videos hit the internet. And one of the major perks of my job at Your Family magazine is getting to meet people like her, and interviewing her was thrilling.