Wednesday, January 25, 2012

{homemade}


for the past couple years, barclay and i have been making a few of our Christmas presents. this year, we made necklaces for his mom and two of his sisters.


on a whim, we decided to try sewing wood. we figured that with enough pressure {applied with a pair of pliers}, and soft enough wood, there's no reason it shouldn't work, right? i was thankful it worked, because i couldn't think of a back-up plan.


i'm not going to sugar coat it: i broke 18 sewing needles and bruised my fingers in the process, but i liked how they turned out.

35 comments:

  1. wow omg i need one of these! gorgeous!

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    1. aw, thank you!!
      ...do you seriously want one?

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  2. Love these!!! You should borrow someone else's fingers and open an etsy shop. :)

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    1. hahaha for real! or just be more careful. by the end of the night, i'd learned to slow down. mostly because i only had one needle left...

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  3. Those are beautiful and very unique! You are so creative!

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    1. aw, thank you. :) i remember finding something similar online once, so it wasn't completely my idea. only, they'd used drills and different materials and whatnot...the sewing/wood thing was born out of necessity, because we don't have small enough drills or the right supplies!

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  4. So cool!!! You guys are the best. You didn't drill holes or anything first? Just shoved the needle through?

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    1. yep! the wood was soft enough, and we just used pliers to keep the needle straight. :D

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  5. I know it would be so totally blogger cliche, but please get a small drill to save your fingers and MAKE MORE! I reeeally wanna buy one. Gorgeous!

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    1. haha for serious you'd buy one? i should tell barclay. he could quit his job and sew wood for a living...

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  6. Those look really really cool Suzy. I think you've got something here...

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  7. Those are rad, definitely worth the pain.

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    1. that's what i figured after i'd punctured my finger for the fifth time. digits: who needs em?
      haha, thanks brandi. :)

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  8. We absolutely adore this!! What a great and original idea! What kind of wood did you use? The shape and colour of the wood is so pretty! Lovely presents. Did they love it?

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    1. thanks guys! we used some scrap wood from barclay's workshop, i can't remember what kind, and for one of them we tried a softer kind...the stuff you'd use for carving stuff.
      whoa. i'm super unhelpful.
      but thanks for the kind words! they said they liked them, so hopefully...?

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  9. i get so many compliments on mine :)
    also, now i know what to buy you for christmas next year: needles.
    also, how did you paint the wood after you already had the thread in it?! so curious.

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    1. yes! needles!

      as for how we painted the wood...so that first picture was the trial run, to see if the needle would actually go through the wood. i think i was pretty pessimistic about the whole thing and didn't think it'd work. but when it did, we unthreaded it, stained the wood, and then threaded it again.
      which was much easier the second time around because the holes were already there!

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    2. aaah... cool. makes sense. i was puzzled!

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  10. You guys are like, the coolest couple I know. Even though I don't really "know" you except on blogs. These are awesome!

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    1. hahaha we're not as cool in real life. the internet is a big personality enhancer. :)

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  11. This is really cool. Will you sell them?

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    1. :D well thanks!
      we hadn't really thought about selling them--i think if people emailed and were like, "hey, i'll give you money for that," we'd consider it. they're pretty fun to make!

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  12. those are so cute!!! love that idea! do i sense a future etsy shop? i hope so :)

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    1. aw thank you! and i dunno--i'd have to check with barclay. we'd never thought of etsying it up before...

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  13. HOW do you do something so genius every day of your life?
    LISTEN to sea creatures. Sell these on Etsy IMMEDIATELY.

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    1. hahaha this idea was more barclay's. he's the genius!

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  14. So cool :) Well done you creative pair you. x

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  15. Wow - those are so unexpected, and gorgeous!
    Well done you, and Barclay.

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  16. Whoa, these are gorgeous! Love love looooooooove them! If it didn't cause so many broken needles/hurt fingers I would say SELL THESE. Seriously. I want one. Or two. Okay, I'll take five.

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    1. hahahah well thanks! i'm thinking about making more so...

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