Let’s Get Crafty: Daiso’s Needle Felting Animal Kit

What is needle felting?

It is the process of turning wool roving into 3-D objects using a sharp needle. Basically what you’ll need are a wool, felting needle, and felting surface.

Wool that is used for needle felting is called roving wool. However, other types of wool of your liking can also be used.

The felting needle is different from the regular sewing or tapestry needly, in that it has very sharp barbed blades on it that helps agitate the wool.

Lastly, the felting surface can be a thick piece of sponge or foam. It prevents you from poking yourself with the needle. This one I didn’t have when I tried the kit from Daiso. As such, I poked my finger in the process. Ouch! Top tip: be very careful in handling the needle, and please use a felting surface to rest your wool on.

How to do needle felting?

Poke! Poke! and Poke! hahaha! Form your wool or roll it into the shape you desire, and begin poking it with your needle. As you agitate the wool more, you will feel it becoming more stiff. This means the wool is beginning to felt together. As you repeat the process, the more you poke the wool the smaller and more compact it gets.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, but be very careful in handling the felting needle. It’s no fun stabbing yourself with it. Daiso’s kit is very affordable. With the price SGD 2 you can already try needle felting. They come in very cute designs too!

 

Reference:

https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/12/needle-felting-for-beginners/

My Favorite 2016 Project

This year, I fell in love with crochet. It is at a point wherein every time I finish a crochet project, I look for more projects and buy more yarn. Right now, I have about a dozen things I want to create. And, I just realized that after just months of starting crochet, I have more shawls that I would ever need in this Philippine weather.

However, crochet products are not limited to clothes and kitchen accessories. This year, I learned that stuffed toys can be made with crochet. Can you guess what was my favorite crochet project for 2016?
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Where Art Thou: Common Room x Power Plant Mall

Back in August of 2015, Common Room PH opened its magical doors to arts and crafts enthusiasts, makers, and curious beings alike. We cannot contain our excitement when we heard of its opening and, of course, shared it to you here.

True to its tagline, A place where makers gather, an extension of the store for those who do not have easy access to Katipunan in the North is a wise idea… where else but a south counterpart! The same time this year, a second store, almost twice the size of the Katipunan store, was opened (surprise!) in Power Plant Mall in Makati.

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Unfortunately, we can’t get too much of a good thing. Their Rockwell counterpart is a pop-up with a theme #180DaysOfMaking and will last for only 180 days.

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If haven’t dropped by this place yet, these photos might encourage you even more to visit the place before it’s too late!Read More »

Where Art Thou: Craft Carrot

Art hoarders unite! If you’re a fellow calligrapher, crafter, or art hoarder, you might have seen this online store in the hopes of getting that specific kind of brush or color of ink you can’t find in regular book stores. In case you missed it, one of our favorite online craft stores, the Craft Carrot, recently opened its flagship store last May 2016.

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Don’t be fooled by the laundry shop facade when you look for it. You came to the right address. (Check out the address at the bottom part of this post.) The sign is there… you just have to ask the guard or the laundry shop staff how to get to the store and they’ll point you to a hidden staircase at the back end of the laundry shop towards craft heaven!

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Craft Carrot sells over a thousand products that are usually hard to find in the Philippines. Last week, I was looking for a brush pen refill which, unfortunately, was out of stock in National Book Store branches and other nearby craft stores. Guess where I found it? *wink wink*

From acrylic paints, calligraphy and drawing inks, markers, drawing pens, brush pens, brushes, DIY crafting and painting tools, watercolor and specialty papers — name it.

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A collection of colorful Finecolour twin markers.

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Dr. PH Martin’s Hydrus concentrated watercolor bottles.

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Krink markers, Koi watercolor pans, Faber Castell and Staedtler watercolor pencil boxes.

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An array of watercolor paper packs of different sizes, press types, thickness, and shades.

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Watercolor tubes and manga markers.

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Sumi ink, silver mica, and other kinds of calligraphy inks.

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Silver Brushes of different types and sizes.

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Calligraphy supplies, oblique holders, and vintage nibs.

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A huge collection of Zig Kuretake markers!

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The place isn’t too big and you wouldn’t believe it can house such an amount of art supplies one could ask. In case you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can just ask the very nice store owner by the cashier desk. Supplies can be requested and the store will notify you once stocks arrive. You can either pick them up at the store or have it delivered by your doorstep! 😉


The Craft Carrot flagship store is located at #19 East Capitol Drive corner San Rafael Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. In case you’re looking for some landmarks, it’s just in front of Cab Cafe and Charlie’s Burgers! For a quick view of all their products and available supplies, you can check out their website at craftcarrot.com, or visit their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Store Hours:
Mondays 1PM-7PM
Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM-7PM
Saturdays, Sundays 9AM-7PM

Where Art Thou: Saigon Handicapped Handicrafts

In my recent trip to Vietnam, I couldn’t help but notice: decades of war influenced this country a lot. Most of the must-see destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, south of Vietnam, are giveaways to this. It’s really obvious, especially for places like the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and the Saigon Central Post Office showcasing its French and Gothic/Renaissance/Romanesque influences — going back to the days when Vietnam was part of the French Indochina in the late 19th century.

You can also see some cultural and social evidences in present-day Vietnam from the twenty-year war during the 50’s (up to the 70’s) as it left a very serious ecological and human impact. In War Remnants Museum, I learned about Agent Orange, one of the major herbicides used during the war, and how it left the Vietnamese with various diseases and disabilities due to the very harmful chemicals. It was a really depressing time, the war, and I can’t help but *sigh* and just… I don’t even know how I got through all those photographs. Leaving the museum gave me really heavy boots.

Two days after, the heavy boots became a little bit lighter than when I left the museum.  We were taken, as part of our guided tour to Cu Chi Tunnels, to a small lacquer painting shop in the countryside called Handicapped Handicrafts. Products from this shop were all created by handicaps, most of which were war victims who still want to earn a living but are no longer eligible for work in offices and other forms of work. It made me even more inspired when I learned that the ancient art of lacquer painting is not so ancient after all.

Lacquer painting is a famous ancient art in Vietnam said to have been found in ancient Vietnamese tombs dating back to the third and fourth centuries for the purpose of decoration and preservation. It was fused with French techniques later during the 30’s and was then considered as a distinct form of fine art painting in Vietnam known as sơn mài.

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The finished products undergo a very long, challenging, and complex process — so complex it qualifies as one of the finest and most impressive forms of art in the country. Read More »

The Art of Journaling

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Making a comeback into the scene recently is journaling. More particularly, art journaling is becoming more popular. Even in the advent of modern digital technology, people still feel the urge to go analogue. As such, a lot of people are still keeping handwritten planners or journals.Read More »