DIY: Fabulous Fringe

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This fringing is the easiest thing to do but it looks so awesome and can make a plain jumper (Aussie for sweater) look a million dollars. It is good for both summer and winter weight sweaters. This fringing took more than an hour but not much longer. It was relaxing to do and we love the finished product. The jumper is a very inexpensive cotton jumper from Target. You can use the same technique to add a fringe around the bottom hem of a jumper or on a pillow, a cushion, a tablecloth. It is very versatile.

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Materials

1 jumper

Scissors

Cotton or acrylic yarn for the fringe

Large upholstery needle

Method

1. Cut about twenty pieces of yarn to begin with.  Ours are about 20cm long to begin with.
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2. Thread a piece of yarn onto the needle by doubling it over. Do it this way so you can remove the needle easily.

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3. Starting right near the armpit of the jumper, push the needle through from the back to the front, just above the bottom seam of the jumper arm.  Obviously this jumper is easy to do because of the large holes it has.

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4. Once the needle is through, remove it.

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5. Open the thread into a larger loop, then push the ends of the yarn through the it.

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6. Pull the threads down and tight. This secures them onto the jumper.

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7. Repeat these steps along the bottom of both jumper sleeves.

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8. When the yarn has been attached down the both sleeves, you are ready to start knotting, To knot start with the second thread. Tie the second thread and the third thread with a knot, a few centimetres under the sleeve. Continue knotting down the whole sleeve, the threads which are side by side until you reach the end. Repeat this step for the next sleeve.

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9. To complete the second row of knotting take the first piece of yarn and tie it to the second. Continue this until you have done a second line of knots along both arms.

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We hope you like the completed jumper. We love it and are envisaging evenings at the beach wearing it, maybe with a glass of wine, after a swim watching the sun disappear over the Indian Ocean. If you like, Please Pin It and if you like us then Like Us on Facebook and tell your mates. Join us for a few last minute NYE cocktails recipes and fun in the next few days.

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How To: Make a Gorgeous Flower Crown

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This tutorial shows you how to make this simple flower crown.  At OHC we love headgear of any type.  But this flower crown is a favourite.  These are not only for children but are a great accessory for a wedding, party, costume party or music festival.  Really, any chance you get to wear it is great.  This is a post from the past, taken from the original OHC in 2007.   In2013, we still love it just as much.

This flower crown is simple to make and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.  You could use different coloured flowers and even coloured wire.  Your imagination is the only limit.

Materials

Silver wire

Wire Cutters

Flat-nosed jewellery pliers

A few bouquets of silk or fabric flowers (available at craft stores and home décor stores)

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Method

1.  Measure the wire around your head and cut a piece of wire with about 20cm/8in extra.

2. Mould the wire into a circular shape.  To secure the crown, twist the wire back over itself (as in photo below).

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3. Separate the flowers from their bouquet.  Leave the wire attachments on.

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4. Take a flower and place it facing outwards on the wire.  Twist its wire tightly around the crown to secure it.

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5. Continue twisting the flowers around the crown, placing them next to each other so that the wire is covered.

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When you have covered the entire wire with flowers, you now have your flower crown.

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