I just found a very cool website devoted to sewing and crafts, based in Brisbane, Australia. It's called CraftBits
, and it can be found at http://www.craftbits.com/
. The site's home page itself looks like a collection of craft bits, with a notebook page as background and lots of small pictures "tacked" onto it, along with commentary notes. Very creative! But the best part is the projects, many of which are unique, beautiful and quirky. Check out the weird and gorgeous lampshade
made from a plastic ball and tiny cocktail umbrellas -- who would have ever thought?? Another cool one is a wrist cuff
made from recycled buttons, and see also the funky britches
made from old dishcloths. And, my personal favorite, a tiny handbag
made from ribbons and an old bra. Not much to say about that except -- wow!
The site was started in 1999 by a mother-daughter team, and it offers tons of projects in a dozen different craft areas. All of the featured projects include instructions about how to duplicate them, and many use recycled materials. The site also includes links to other craft sites, as well as a section devoted specifically to sewing crafts (standout projects: an adorable pair of baby shoes
and hand puppets
made from a pair of garden gloves). The site suffers from an over-abundance of ads, but that's a small quibble. Take a look, and then come back to SWN and tell us your thoughts. Some of the featured projects might spark some new and zany ideas -- tell us about them!