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On My Radar: Jewelry Designer, Yoko Minemura

homako necklace 3Necklace by Yoko Minemura

Yoko Minemura is the jewelry and accessory designer behind the shop Homako.  Yoko began designing accessories for friends which eventually evolved into Homako in 2008.  Yoko likes to work with soft fabrics and felts. Sometimes she incorporates embroidery into her designs.  The necklace (pictured above) caught my eye because it was inspired by origami.  I also like that I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

homako necklace 2The necklace I purchased came wrapped in cute tissue paper, sealed with stickers/washi tape, and a handwritten note. These personal touches tell me that Yoko takes pride in her work.

homako necklaceHere I am wearing my origami necklace.

Below are a couple more items you can find in Yoko’s shop.

homako necklace 4Stripe Rope Knot Necklace by Homako

homako necklace 5Fabric Jewel Hair Clips by Homako

To see more of Yoko’s designs, click here.

Go Green with a Furoshiki

Furoshiki Fabric WrapHappy Earth Day everyone! In honor of this holiday, I’m sharing one way I incorporate green living into my life. It all starts with a furoshiki.  A furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth used to carry items or wrap gifts.They’re great for cutting down on using disposable bags and can be re-used over and over again. I use mine to carry food dishes to potlucks, wrap gifts and wrap up lunch boxes.  I also keep one in my handbag so if I forget my reusable bags, I can use the furoshiki.   And may I say, they’re also much prettier than reusable bags.

The furoshiki has become more mainstream in the last five years so they’re relatively easy to find online.  Pictured above are a few that I really like (link below).  You can also make your own (tutorial here).

1. Kokeshi Faces by Cochae – I especially like Cochae furoshikis because they’re made to look like something when you wrap an item.  This one looks like a kokeshi doll when you wrap a bottle.  They also make ones that look like lucky cats and sumo wrestlers.
2. Furoshiki by Karen Kimmel Studios – I like the contemporary print of these.

3. Folded Paper Print by Lucinda Newton Dunn – This one would be pretty to use as a purse.

Craft Trend: Woven Wall Hangings

DIY Woven Wall HangingsHave you noticed in just the past year how popular woven wall hangings have become?  It seems like every time I pick up a design magazine or scroll through Pinterest I find one.  There are so many great designs out there to make and buy.  But since I’m partial to DIY, I’ve put together a list of tutorials for woven wall hangings.

Starting Top Left Clockwise in Image:

1. Black & White Wall Hanging by A Beautiful Mess – You’ll also find a couple other tutorials specifically for wall hangings.

2. Tassel Wall Hanging by Honestly WTF – they use a frame as their weaving tool

3. Macrame Wall Hanging by Brit + Co – all you need is a wooden dowel and some jersey fabric to start making this

4. Bold and Colorful Tapestry by The Gathered Home – this tapestry is made by using latch hook techniques

DIY Pom Pom Rug

DIY Pom Pom Rug 3I finally finished the pom pom rug for my daughter’s room!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this rug finished. And through the process, I learned a few things about these rugs. For starters, there’s a reason they’re usually small in scale.  The pom poms take a long time to make and it takes up a lot of yarn.  So if you want to make one, keep this in mind.  Pom pom rugs are not a cheaper alternative to regular rugs unless you have a very large stash of yarn you want to get rid of.  And with that said, on to the tutorial.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 5I’ve seen a few tutorials that suggest using a non-slip rug mat as your base.  I don’t recommend this because they are made out of flimsy rubber and rip easy.  If you’re going to go through the trouble of making a pom pom rug, I recommend Latch Rug Canvas.  I purchased this one on Amazon.  You can probably find it at fabric and craft stores as well.


Pom pom maker

Yarn –  wool is always best but very expensive.  I made mine with a soft acrylic


Latch Rug Canvas

Masking Tape

DIY Pom Pom Rug 11.Make the desired amount of pom poms for your rug.  Leave about a 6in tail to attach the pom poms later.

I made my pom poms in two colors and two sizes to achieve a variety of texture.  I also made my pom poms full by trimming them down.  For a more shaggy look, trim your pom poms less.

* I was able to get about 10 full pom poms (2 inches in diameter) from a 5oz ball of yarn

DIY Pom Pom Rug 72.  Thread the tails of you pom poms trough two different squares on your latch rug canvas.  Tie a knot on the back side of the canvas.  I made a triple knot for good measure.  Continue to do this until all your pom poms are attached to the canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 6This is what the back looks like. I trimmed the tails to one inch after I made the knots.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 83.  To finish the back of the rug, cut the canvas into sections.  Refer to the black dotted lines in the top figure.

4.  Fold the sections over and tape down with masking tape.  Make sure the canvas is not showing in the front of your rug.

* Alternative to steps 3 & 4 – You could just cut away the excess canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug  4This pom pom rug measures 32in x 23in and took about 150 pom poms to make.

*I recommend making some extra pom poms to have on hand in the event that a pom pom comes apart.

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