Winter has come, and other than the fact that Game of Thrones season is near (Don’t tell me you didn’t think about that when I mentioned winter!) it is also time to organize the closets and put away all the old stuff. But if you’re anything like me, there are probably one or two t-shirts in your wardrobe that you love so much, but they’re either torn, old, or have permanent stains on them. We can’t let them go, and we can’t have them back. We bury them deep in our closets, hopelessly wishing for the day when the scientists finally come up with a product that magically cleans away all stains, or when a prophet rises that can miraculously repair old clothes. We just sit, hug our dear clothes, and wait.
But it doesn’t have to be like that.
It’s too soon to give up hope.
And I have an idea.
Do you like kittens?
How would you feel if those ugly stains on your clothes suddenly disappeared, and a cute kitty replaced them?
I am gonna teach you how to repair old clothes, and hide the ugly parts with a cute kitty!
Hey there! We’re here today to share a lovely idea we came up with! If you read our last post, you are probably familiar with Khatam & Khatamkari. We now want to make a DIY Khatam book cover! For those of you who haven’t read the last post (which btw you should! Isn’t there a rule about reading all posts of a blog when it’s this AWESOME?), I’m gonna explain a bit about Khatam art.
Khatam is an Iranian woodworking craft; It is made from the tiniest bits of wood and bone, assembled and glued together. These small pieces are primarily shaped as triangles, which form larger triangles, hexagons and stars when glued together. The whole work is then used to ornament decor pieces, rooms, doors and more. Here is a Khatam artwork:
Making a Khatamkari piece is quite hard, and it takes a really, really long time. Not the best entertainment if you have only a couple of hours. But who says you can’t make those gorgeous designs on Khatam with something OTHER than bones and wood?!
You can make them with the one material that is always there, cheapest one on the market, and the easiest to use. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: The good ol’ paper!
We want to make a book cover with Khatam design! You remember that ugly book you never read because its cover doesn’t make you feel like reading? Yeah, that’s the one we want to cover today! And yes, this is a drawing DIY. But a fun, easy, and practical one. Cause it’s the means to a greater goal: beautifying ugly things in the world. Think about it this way: You’ll be giving a poor, ugly book a reason to feel good about itself!
Did you feel bad about the book? Should I keep going about all that dust on the poor thing? Or how the only use it ever had was to be your clipboard when you write the shopping list? I hope you’re starting to feel guilty now! That’s the spirit! Let’s get started then!
Weaving a carpet is hard. Everyone knows that. Not many people (including me) happen to just “try it out”. But who says you can’t use the process to do some other creative thing? (And an easy peasy on, preferably!) So Fatemeh has just come up with the idea of making a DIY necklaceout of carpet knots! Isn’t that just brilliant?
If you’ve ever woven friendship bracelet, you might find this a bit similar. If you haven’t, don’t be afraid! It’s not that hard! I’ll try to explain as much as I can, but you might have to check each picture twice until you get it straight. No pain, no gain, huh?
Let’s do it!
What You’ll Need
DMC cotton embroidery floss. we used black, green and brown. Feel free to use any colors you like! Luckily, embroidery floss come with a wiiiiide range of colors! Just watching them in the market makes me feel in peace.