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.
Paisley patterns rock! Back in 18th century when neither you nor me were alive (except maybe if you’re the overly passionate-craft maniac grand grandma who broke the Guinness record by being 150), these cute designs ruled the fashion world. They’re originated from Iran and India – found their way to the west world back when India got important for Britain. These lovely droplet shapes are called all sorts of stuff over the time! Teardrops, Persian “Pickles”, Welsh “pears” (Seriously, I need to check what pears look like in England). Nowadays, they’re back in the game in fashion shows and stores. (Yesss!) I even saw some cute swimsuits with these printed on. Adorable!
Anyway, I figured as we all love Paisley so much, why not make some jewelry out of it? So, I played with clay a little, tried this and that, And this is what happened:
As this is fairly easy, you’ll see, and fun! Here is how it goes: