Looking very much like dreamcatchers made out of yarns, circular weaves are spiralling all over the Internet with many weavers opting for a round loom now.
Spring has sprung... It's that time of the year again where the air smells a little fresher and vibrant blooms fill your gardens. It's something about spring that gives us a new sense of energy, whether it's being bolder in our color schemes or injecting more personality into our works.
We love artworks that tell a unique story or aim to send out a message of change. When we stumbled upon artist, Josh Blackwell's embroidered plastic bags works on Pinterest, we were instantly hooked by not only it's intricacy but the intention behind creating them.
Geometry may not be our favourite lesson in mathematics class, but it sure is when it comes to anything design-related.
Cacti are the 'koel' kids on the block now. They are sprawling all over Pinterest and Instagram in all sorts of forms. From interior wall papers, fashion accessories, and if course DIY crafts, they are regarded by many as the 'hipster aesthetic".
We are shining the spotlight on embroidery artists that work wonders with treads and machine. We like to think free motion stitching as free-hand drawing on paper, but with the machine needle as your pen and fabric as the canvas. I
Well to all the advocates for the phrase "less is more", we believe these yarn art might just as well convert you. Think thousands yards of yarn for a single macrame piece or using rovings (yes rovings!) for embroidery.
You got to be amazed by what you can do with yarns... While scouring for inspirations today, we came across these few artist and makers around the globe, that have taken upon themselves to create food that is simply too pretty to eat. Even if you wish to eat them, you literally can't!
Just a quick search of ‘chunky yarns’ on Pinterest and you’ll see how prevalent they have become in the interior and fashion scene.
We are always on the look out for something new and exciting…something out of the ordinary to invigorate our creative senses.
The fringe appeal has been a crowd favorite of late, appearing everywhere from fashion to interiors. In weaving, crafters tend to use rya knots to achieve this effect. Rya knots are one of the simplest technique of weaving and when used entirely in a weave creates a shaggy and textural look. The KOEL team has fallen head over heels for them, which is why we are sharing this with you on our very first #craftsenvy post!
Crafts Envy is a collage of eye craft candy, where we can all ogle and admire beautifully-made items the KOEL team has discovered. Our craft crush this week is the rya knots. Though initially used for rugs or bedding in Scandinavia, this technique is now mostly used to design lightweight wall-hanging, with the knotted file on the front. Usually found at the bottom of a weave, the rya knots can alternatively be placed just about anywhere on the piece of art in order to create a more dynamic and interesting composition. The wonderful thing about the rya knots is its ability to hold the thread ends in place, thus adding substance to the weave.
The rya is ideal for beginners, because of its simple repetitive movements, and its versatility. Depending on the type of materials used, the rya knot can be made to create complementary textures varying visual interests. Colours can also be added to emphasize its vibrancy or kept to a minimum tone for a more minimalistic appearance. Go the extra mile and play with the fringe trimmings – have it altered at various lengths and angles for your desired effect. The rya knot technique has an array of graphic possibilities!