יום שלישי, 16 באפריל 2019

A miniature carpet beater tutorial.

Hello and Happy Easter and Passover Holidays to all my dear readers.

This very simple and easy tutorial will be, dear readers and followers, a holidays
gift to you.





An original carpet beater is made from three wicker strips.  A miniature beater
looks better if it's done with two strips. But, if you are able to get
very thin strips you can do it with three, just follow the steps in the photos.

For demonstration only I'll be using two strands of bendable miniature
flower stems.

A.  Bend carefully the center of the length into a round loop.




B.  With the right end of the strips enter the top loop and make another round circle.



C.  Do the same with the left end and make an opposite loop.  Now you
      have three loops with one end coming from under a loop and the second
      from over a loop.




D.   Twist the two ends together leaving an oval opening.  (this is the point to
        bind the ends of wicker with raffia).



E.   Twist until you reach a length of 2.5"  (10cm) and bind again with raffia.)





Materials:

Wicker strips
a strand of raffia
Cutter of scissors

1.  Cut two 30 cm (12") lengths from the wicker twines and
     soak them in hot water for about 15 minutes until they are completely     bendable. It is very important to keep them wet
     and pliable all the time.

2.  Bend the two strips together as seen in the A to E demonstrations.
 
You can see the end results when done with wicker strips.










Happy beating dollies!









יום שני, 15 באפריל 2019

Giveaway winner

Hello dear reads



This is a list of participants for my giveaway, in order of comments:

1.  Carmen.  2.  Sheila.  3.  Isabel.  4.  Marian.  5.  Pilar.  6.  De.  7  Blanca.
8.  Megan.  9.  Fabiola.  10.  Susanna.  11.  Alexandra.  12.  Karen.
13.  Rosa Maria.  14.  Ayla.  15.  Paloma.  16.  Birgit.  17.  Teresa.
18.  Eloisa.  19.  Arantxa.



Congratulations De! Please send your address to drorahed@gmail.com.

Happy Easter and Passover to all.  Blessings!




יום חמישי, 11 באפריל 2019

Spring cleaning

Dear readers,

As the weather allows it, people, including myself, are busy giving their home a thorough cleaning, preparing for the holidays. It reminds me that I still keep an almost antique, before vacuum cleaners, cleaning accessory, a carpet beater.  It's quite a pretty wicker thing which at its time caused many quarrels between neighbors. Imagine the wrath of one housewife after laboring hard to finish cleaning her home when the neighbors above beat their rugs and carpets and the dust enters right into her clean apartment.

I was asked to show the ladies at the nursing home how I make a miniature carpet beater. Made
several for their Bingo.

These R/L one and the miniatures are made from wicker. 




For showing how it's done, I'll use thin plastic coated wires.

Happy cleaning and blessings