A day’s leave from work is a chance for some full-on knitting. I’ve been working on the stranded skirt that I’m designing:-
I also had a temporary craft-swerve into decoupage, but only because I found a way to do so that involved knitting. Allow me to explain. We have a
pug-ugly mirror in our house that the Stoic Spouse bought when he was young. The frame is plasticky beech-effect laminate that’s so orange, it looks like it over-did the fake tan. It’s not even properly trying to look like real wood. I really dislike this mirror. In fact I dislike it so much that I may even have mentioned my dislike of it to the Stoic Spouse one or two thousand times. After all, I may have promised to love the man in sickness and in health, but I don’t recall anything in our marriage vows about loving that flippin’ mirror.
So we agreed some time ago that I would decoupage the frame with pretty, colourful paper. The only problem with this plan was that it didn’t involve knitting, and so the idea slipped slowly down my ‘to-do’ list until it dropped off the bottom and landed on the floor amongst the waste scraps of yarn.
Until today. Savouring the rare experience of no work or children, I wandered into a crafty shop called No Two Things in Didcot where they sell, amongst other temptations, decoupage equipment. Can you guess where this is heading, yet? Yup, they had papers with KNITTING on them! Look!
Suddenly, my motivation to spend an afternoon gluing bits of paper to a mirror frame got a lot stronger. The same principle would probably work quite well in other areas of my life, too. I’d be much more efficient at doing the laundry if the washing machine was adorned with a stockinette design, for example. And if my car was covered with fairisle motifs, I might even get round to washing it.
Anyway, I assembled some basic equipment…
…and started patching:-
…until it was done!
…and ready to be used by sundry household members:-
Anyway, this isn’t a decoupage blog. Back to the knitting and crochet. 🙂
Meanwhile, don’t forget that there’s still time to enter the Stylecraft competition to design a new shade of yarn. I’m getting excited about judging all your entries along with Lucy from Attic24. Good luck, people!
Sharon Mann says
Very cool Phil!
I’ve been meaning to try decoupage myself one day. I agree, paper printed with knitting would definitely inspire me!
PS: when I say decoupage myself, I don’t mean apply paper to my person! 🙂
For a paragraph or so, I was sure you were going to knit a little stretchy sock for the frame. It might have worked! But the decoupage result is very attractive. Now you can like the mirror!
I love it. that is amazing
Creativity is creativity however you do it! A much improved looking glass – Miss /Mr Giraffe is looking quite fetching!
This totally cracked me up! My own Querido has some possessions that I think he could have left on the country…and I may have mentioned that to him too. Oops.
*on the other side of the country
That looks great!
OOOOOH that’s perty Ms Twisted! I actually liked the original frame but the decoupage gives it a certain yarny Je ne sais quoi that certainly gives Mr Stuffed Giraffe a run for his money on the lively stakes.
What a transformation, the new mirror looks fab.
Awesome job! And blog about whatever you want to- it’s your blog! 🙂
Amy at love made my home says
Oh dear!! That is so funny!!! I love that you have a giant giraffe that has its own tall mirror to look into!! The knitting is much nicer than the orange frame! xx
leelah saachi says
AWESOME result and idea! I will decoupage my vacuumcleaner to vacuum more often- and even maybe the waskingmachine -and the frame looks lovely
( and do you know that I use your blog as the day’s vitamines?
Have done decoupage for a long time, and still do when I get the opportunity. It is great fun. I love to decoupage Ostrich eggs, as we get them here pretty easily. They make a nice display. You did a great job. Well done! 🙂
What a fun item it turned out to be! I love the whimsy.
Jane Eldridge says
It looks fabulous! Jane
Jane Eldridge says
Maybe I could decoupage my husband’s ‘football phone’? Yes, a football phone. It is a football that is actually a phone!!!!!!!
That’s awesome! I love it (both the design and the mirror).
It looks like your giraffe likes to mirror too.
Love the result!
AwesomeSauce! What a fun makeover idea!
I haven’t decoupaged anything since I was too little to know what it was. It comes perfectly naturally to a child with a few magazines/catalogues, a scissors, some glue, and little supervision. I’m glad you were able to use it to make something loathed in your home into something you can take pride in instead. (Word to the wise: Do not decoupage your VCR. Dad will be very mad.)
This is brilliant, you have given me an idea for a photo frame that I was going to get rid of, thank you. Mr Giraffe likes admiring himself, he is a handsome chap though 🙂
Loooove it! What a find!