All posts by aroundTheYear

DIY Filz-Eierwärmer-Osterhäschen

Mit Coronavirus und Selbstisolierung kann es zu Hause schnell langweilig werden. Diese niedlichen Eierwärmer helfen dabei die Langeweile zu vertreiben, und sind gleichzeitig eine schnelle Osterdeko.

Bei den Eierwärmern muß darauf geachtet werden, daß der Hasenbauch nicht zu eng geamcht wird. Zugegeben, mein Hase ist etwas auf der fetten Seite (Diät gefällig, Meister Hase?), doch bei dünneren Hasen passt das Ei einfach nicht rein. Mein Hase mißt am Bauch ca 8cm. Viel Spaß beim basteln!

Making an 1840s Dress Part 2: the Stiffened Petticoat

Back in the day, a woman would wear up to 6(!) petticoats under her dress, to archive that bell-shaped silhouette. Crinolines were not yet invented, they would make their debut in a few years.

Meanwhile, women solved this problem with wearing a lot of petticoats, some of them stiffened, either through quilting several layers together, of by inserting endless rows of “cording” between two layers of fabric.

All this had to be done by hand, I dread to think of the time they needed to sew one petticoat like that. I’m fortunate enough to have a sewing machine, but even so, I was not prepared to go to such lengths.

So I decided to go with horsehairbraid instead of cording, inserting only four rows in total. I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, though of course it’s not historically accurate.  Below, you can watch the construction video. Enjoy!

Making a Victorian Corset!

Happy new year everyone! Last autumn I made an 1840s day dress, filming the process. Now I finally got around to editing all that footage, so in the following weeks I’ll be uploading a lot of “making of” videos on my Youtube Channel and on here. Today the first part of the series went live: making the corset.

As I didn’t want to invest in metal boning for multiple reasons, I boned the corset with a couple of heavy-duty cable ties my brothers still had left over. I just managed to cut them with ordinary scissors.

For reference I used this drawing from teainateacup.

I decided to make a late victorian corset, as I didn’t like the ones used in early victorian times. Also, I will be able to use it for all kinds of future dresses, not just the 1840s dress.

First I made the paper pattern, which I also used as a mock-up. Then I cut everything out from white cotton fabric, later the lining of my coset, and finally I made the satin outside. I added about one bone per inch of waist, as a rule of thumb says, and  some decorative flossing along the top and bottom edges.

Here ist the construction video:

Mein erstes Buch ist Erschienen: Weihnachtsliedersammlung für Klavier

Endlich ist es soweit: mein erstes Buch, eine Sammlung der Weihnachtslieder-Klaviersätze meiner Großmutter. Sie gibt nun schon seit über 50 Jahren Klavierunterricht für alle Altersgruppen, und natürlich brachte sie mir von Klein auf die Grundsätze des Klavierspielens bei. Ich weiß noch, wie ich damals Puppen und Dalarna-Pferdchen auf die Tasten drücken ließ…

Daß ich in der Weihnachtszeit die Sätze meiner eigenen Oma spielen kann ist natürlich etwas ganz besonderes, worum mich vile Klavierschüler dieser Welt beneiden werden.

Endlich sind die Sätze nun auch für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Ein wahrer Fall von Arbeitsteilung: die Aufgabe meiner Großmutter war das Verbessern der Musik, meine die Digitalisierung und Gestaltung der Noten.

Den Link zum Buch findet Ihr hier. Einzelne Partituren gibt es hier zum Download.

Einen Blick hinter die Kulissen findet Ihr in diesem Video:

Kamera und Fotos: Markus Mäge, https://shutterstock.com/video/search?contributor=marquixHD&rid=2853577

FREE Crochet Star Pattern!

Along with this week’s video (scroll down to view), we have a printable pattern, so you don’t need to be on your computer every time you want to make these cute Nordic-style Christmas stars.

Coming in Handy for the Christmas Season

What I love about them is the fact they are so easy to make, and the colors red and white make them just perfect for Christmas. You can attach them to a ribbon to create a Christmas bunting, or you can attach a length of yarn at one of the points to hang the star in your Christmas tree.

Have fun, and enjoy your Advent and Christmas season!

 

Download your FREE pattern by clicking here!

 

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Gymnastics in your Backyard: Elbowstand Tutorial!

This is actually the first gymnastics tutorial I’ve ever published, and it’s going to be on how to do and elbowstand, and hold it long. I’ve been doing gymnastics at home for years now, and especially over the lat few years, I have improved my skills and learned some new ones as well. There are a few unedited gymnastics tutorials still in the pipeline, so make sure to keep tuned!

How to Make a DIY Smartphone-Case

There are a lot of different smartphones on the market, and, of course, also a lot of smartphone cases in all shapes and sizes. But there is no need to spend your money on some elaborate case, when you can just go with a clear one, some colored paper, and scissors.

First, choose the paper and style you want to use for your case. For an especially artsy effect, use colored or patterned paper, for example one with a marble effect.
Next place your clear case face down on to a white sheet of normal writing paper and trace the shape using a pencil. Cut out your template and place it inside the phone-case. Mark where the case begins to slope upwards, and where the camera hole should be. Remove the paper and adjust the shape of the template along the lines you made. For cutting out the camera hole a crafting-knife can be a lot handier than scissors.

As soon as you’re happy with the shape of your template, use it as a guide to cut out your colored paper.
Place the paper inside the case, re-insert your phone, and enjoy your DIY case!

Tips and Ideas:

  • For a watercolor-case, use colored card and paint random spots of color with watercolor-pens or a brush, using very little water. Once you’ve applied the colors, brush over the design with clear water to make the colors blend.
  • If you sprinkle the wet watercolors with salt, it will suck up the water and leave you with lighter areas (normal watercolors) or darker areas (watercolor pens).
  • Add pressed or dried flowers to your case.
The above image shows a watercolor case with salt (see the little dark spots in the bottom left corner?) and a pressed buttercup.