Trend of the Month: "Over the Rainbow"
Have you noticed how happy-making, mood-lifting rainbows are everywhere? Some smart person noted that when we’re faced with global turmoil, the only response is to escape into playtime—that’s exactly what we’re doing here. After all, if something so beautiful can be produced by rain, thunder and lightning, then we want more of it, please.
Maybe it’s why the catwalk has been awash with this vivid symbol of hope—Renowned brands have sent out garment after garment bedecked with rainbows in all kinds of inspired ways.
So, remember Judy Garland’s words: “…somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue / and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” Then light up your table with a vibrant basket that travels the spectrum from red to violet; or make a funky wall decoration for a child with pearly clouds and a vivid rainbow; jazz up a pair of shorts with a flurry of little rainbow motifs; or go “boho rainbow” in earrings with a more-is-more attitude. Then put on your most dazzling smile and go out and spread the love!
Dry felting (basket)
Dry felting (also called “needle felting”) is the process of agitating fibers until they become matted together in a dense, non-woven fabric. You’ll need wool, felting needles (with special barbed hooks), and a pad to work on. Tear a sheet of wool at least half an inch bigger on all sides than you need. Lay it on the pad, and randomly poke the needle into the wool. Using pins, outline the shape of the ribbons of felt that you will use for the basket, then press the felting needle in an up and down motion along the outline to compress the fibers into the outline. Now do the same all over the inside of the outline to flatten it. If you need the felt ribbon to be thicker, fold any excess wool over it and repeat the technique, using your felting needle to merge the extra layer with it. If you want a clean shape, trim it if necessary.
Iron-on transfers (shorts)
Set your iron to “Cotton” (400ºF/200ºC) for five minutes, and iron the area. Place the crystal motif on it with the embroidered side facing up. Now place a cloth over it and, using slow circular movements, press down firmly for 30 seconds. Turn the item inside out and iron the back for another 30 seconds. Let it cool for a minute. If you can still lift an edge of the patch, then turn it inside out again and iron the back for a further 30 seconds.
Make these earrings using a simple beading technique of threading beads onto cords secured at each end with crimp beads.
Gluing and wiring (wall decoration)
Make sure the wooden surfaces onto which you are gluing the crystal for your rainbow and your cloud are super-clean and free of oily marks. Create the strings of crystals using pliers to and a basic wiring technique.
The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s "Over the Rainbow" theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.
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