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Super+Super Craft Books For Christmas!

Hello Folks! With the start of December just a few days away and the Christmas period about to go into full swing we are more than aware that most people’s mind are focusing on Christmas and buying gifts for their nearest and dearest. At Super+Super we believe that a thoughtful gift is worth a lot more than tonnes of throwaway trinkets and novelty seasonal must haves. Why not treat your sister, cousin, aunty or other half to a set of shiny new craft skills! Our Craft Books are perfect for the beginner crafter who has been inspired by Etsy, Not On the High Street or the Great British Sewing Bee and will provide some serious creative inspiration over the coming wintry months.

Embroidery, Printmaking, Crochet and Papercutting each contain 20 illustrated tutorials for gorgeous hand made items. Including festival shorts, phone cases, wrapping paper, invitations and tote bags, the books are jam-packed with great ideas for a crafty afternoon with friends.

Each project is fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and the techniques are described in detail. Using materials that are easily found, the projects in this book are ideal for anyone taking their first foray into the crafting world, as well as those simply after some inspiration.

And to celebrate the start of the festive season we are offering the full collection of 4 craft books at a discounted price over on our Etsy store (click through logo below)! We will gift wrap each purchase (whole set or single edition), just choose from red or mint, and will post it to your chosen address within 3 working days of purchase. Our last day for purchases is Wednesday 16th December.

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You can find a couple of sample projects from the books by clinking here and here. And if you have any queries just drop us a line. We hope you enjoy your craft filled days with the Super+Super Craft Book Series!

Super+Super Craft Books For Christmas!

Hello Folks! With the start of December just a few days away and the Christmas period about to go into full swing we are more than aware that most people’s mind are focusing on Christmas and buying gifts for their nearest and dearest. At Super+Super we believe that a thoughtful gift is worth a lot more than tonnes of throwaway trinkets and novelty seasonal must haves. Why not treat your sister, cousin, aunty or other half to a set of shiny new craft skills! Our Craft Books are perfect for the beginner crafter who has been inspired by Etsy, Not On the High Street or the Great British Sewing Bee and will provide some serious creative inspiration over the coming wintry months.

Embroidery, Printmaking, Crochet and Papercutting each contain 20 illustrated tutorials for gorgeous hand made items. Including festival shorts, phone cases, wrapping paper, invitations and tote bags, the books are jam-packed with great ideas for a crafty afternoon with friends.

Each project is fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and the techniques are described in detail. Using materials that are easily found, the projects in this book are ideal for anyone taking their first foray into the crafting world, as well as those simply after some inspiration.

And to celebrate the start of the festive season we are offering the full collection of 4 craft books at a discounted price over on our Etsy store (click through logo below)! We will gift wrap each purchase (whole set or single edition), just choose from red or mint, and will post it to your chosen address within 3 working days of purchase. Our last day for purchases is Wednesday 16th December.

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You can find a couple of sample projects from the books by clinking here and here. And if you have any queries just drop us a line. We hope you enjoy your craft filled days with the Super+Super Craft Book Series!

Weaving at Etsy Made Local Christmas Market

SAMSUNG CSCWe are mega excited to be holding our first Nottingham Weaving for Beginners class at The Etsy Made Local Christmas Market on December 5th! We are teaching not 1 but 2 beginners weaving workshops at the day long craft and creative event at Nottingham Trent Students Union on Shakespeare Street Nottingham.

In this new workshop we will introduce you to a whole host of basic weaving techniques including setting up your loom warp and getting the tension correct, tassels and fringing, colour blocking, working in rows with Rya knotting techniques, as well as Soumak, Basket and Hem stitching techniques. We might even add a pom-pom or two!

Like we said there are two classes… one morning and one afternoon! You can buy your ticket by clicking through the corresponding link below which will take you straight to our Eventbrite events page.

Weaving For Beginners (morning class) Etsy Made Local Christmas Market – 11am til 1pm 

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Weaving For Beginners (afternoon class) Etsy Made Local Christmas Market – 1.30pm til 3.30pm

As well as workshops there will be a host of amazing craft stalls with local makers selling original art works, craft pieces and no doubts a cake or two! We are thrilled to be involved in this years event and cannot wait to buy many lovely handmade xmas gifts as to us its super important to support #buylocal campaigns like this!

A huge thanks to #Nottsetsy and Bird In Borrowed Feathers for having us! You can find more info about these two wonderful groups here!

If you have any quiries about the classes or want more info drop us an email. A x

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#DOTD Blog Party Round Up. We hope that you have enjoyed our week long #DOTDblogParty as much as we have and perhaps even got around to making something from the projects list!? We were overwhelmed by the amazing response and kind comment we have received about this collaborative project! We are still dead chuffed that these wonderful creative ladies were so kind to give us their time and energy to help make our first ever blogathon such a wonderful experience. We could all do with a little bit more collaboration in our lives and a little less competition! With this in mind we will be slowing our projects down a little over the next few weeks to work on a new series of slow craft project ideas… we will share more on this next week!

We hope to do something similar to our blogathon in the future but for now we would like to give one lucky reader the chance to win a set of all 4 of the Super+Super craft books as a final celebration! All you have to do to enter is tell us what’s the best collaborative project you have been involved in – be it craft, cookery, music, film etc – and why. Please comment below and leave your email address. A winner will be picked next week and books will be posted to you pronto! A runner up will receive one book from the series plus the S+S Calavera Skull decoration from our #DOTDblogParty DIY.

You can follow the amazingly inspiring work of all the ladies who made our #DOTDblogParty a success by clicking through the link to their blog posts and following them on FB, IG and blog and through our collaborative Dia De Los Muertos Style Pinterest board which is overflowing with inspiring projects, recipes and more!

Peas & Needles

Planes Workshop

Live it.Love It.Make It

What You Sow

InTwosAndThrees

Caboodle Magazine

#DOTD Blog Party Round Up. We hope that you have enjoyed our week long #DOTDblogParty as much as we have and perhaps even got around to making something from the projects list!? We were overwhelmed by the amazing response and kind comment we have received about this collaborative project! We are still dead chuffed that these wonderful creative ladies were so kind to give us their time and energy to help make our first ever blogathon such a wonderful experience. We could all do with a little bit more collaboration in our lives and a little less competition! With this in mind we will be slowing our projects down a little over the next few weeks to work on a new series of slow craft project ideas… we will share more on this next week!

We hope to do something similar to our blogathon in the future but for now we would like to give one lucky reader the chance to win a set of all 4 of the Super+Super craft books as a final celebration! All you have to do to enter is tell us what’s the best collaborative project you have been involved in – be it craft, cookery, music, film etc – and why. Please comment below and leave your email address. A winner will be picked next week and books will be posted to you pronto! A runner up will receive one book from the series plus the S+S Calavera Skull decoration from our #DOTDblogParty DIY.

You can follow the amazingly inspiring work of all the ladies who made our #DOTDblogParty a success by clicking through the link to their blog posts and following them on FB, IG and blog and through our collaborative Dia De Los Muertos Style Pinterest board which is overflowing with inspiring projects, recipes and more!

Peas & Needles

Planes Workshop

Live it.Love It.Make It

What You Sow

InTwosAndThrees

Caboodle Magazine

We are coming to the end of our #DOTDblogParty but still have an amazing project to share from Planes Workshop! Based in Brighton this creative business is straight from the imagination of the uber talented Sandeep Pawar. Her stylistic vision is totally gorgeous and how she juggles her day job, kids and still has time to create her totally dreamy paper and textiles creations is beyond us! We know you will enjoy this child friendly garland DIY which comes with its own *free* printable design sheet.
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This fun and simple Day Of The Dead paper decoration pays homage to this vibrant Mexican holiday and is a great way to festoon your walls in celebration.
Candy Skull Paper Garland. Whether you are juggling being a parent with work or a doctor who works 13 hour days and is also studying for exams, feeling stressed about our daily lives is something that affects us all. Busy schedules can make planning for special occasions a mammoth task, but this DIY is here to help! That you can colour in this project alone makes for a perfect activity to do with little people. However, if you need a quick win, but still want to look like you have been working on your decor for weeks, then you can leave the colour for another day and go all out monochrome. The choice is yours…. 
 
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
3 sheets of A4 white card
A Printer
Scissors*
Something to colour in with- paint, crayons, felt tips etc
Hole Punch 
String
Sticky Tape
 
 
WHAT TO DO
1. Using the card, print out the template. Colour in all the templates. Cut carefully around the outline of the skulls and roses.
 
2. Use the guidelines on the skulls and roses (located in the top corners) to punch holes through for your string. If you don’t have a hole punch, just use your scissors to pierce the holes.
3. Unravel the string to just over a metre and feed through each hole, taking care to ensure the string goes behind the templates and not in front. Space out your templates accordingly. When you are happy with the length, cut the string and make little loops at either end. Secure the loops with a little sticky tape.  Now hang and enjoy!**
 
*Please remember to supervise children and don’t let them run riot with the scissors!
**The material quantities above make just over a metre, so if you want your decoration longer, just print out more templates! 
Get your free Candy Skull DIY printable PDF by clicking through the link here x
 

 

Giant Frida Crown Accessory. Today our guest post for day 6 of #DOTDblogParty comes from our lovely friend Lucy from Peas & Needles. Lucy is a fellow crafter/designer with a passion for giant felt ice creams and all things weave! Her take on a a Frida style flower crown is magical and we hope it inspires you to get all fancy this weekend and wear yours out on the town!.. or to meet your gran for tea and cake.
 Super_Super_headband_what_you_needWhat you need:
– Fake flowers (these ones are from the pound shop)
– Wool in various colours
– Pom pom makers
– Plain headband
– Glue gun and glue sticks
– Scissors
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To make your crown you will need to start with cutting the fake flowers off the stalks. Try to keep the backs of the flowers as flat as possible, this will be easier to glue later on.
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Step 02:
The crown is made from a selection of flowers and pom poms, once all flowers are ready you will need to make a bunch of pom poms in various sizes. You can make them the traditional way with cardboard or with these handy pom pom makers. Why not mix up the colours on the poms poms using 2 colours together, or one half one colour the other half a contrasting colours.
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For this crown you will need to make 3 large pom poms, 2 medium size and 4 small ones. Before you move onto the next step lay out all your flowers and pom poms and make a rough plan on how you want your crown to look.
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Firstly start attaching your 3 large pom poms. Tie them round the headband with a double knot. These will need to be quite tight.
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Next, using the hot glue gun glue the 3 large flower heads in between the large pom poms. This will be quite a squeeze so make sure the flower heads are well and truly stuck down.
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After the glue has dried on the large flowers, move onto tying the rest of the pom poms to the headband. First secure the medium ones with double knots, making sure all threads are hidden. Tie the small pom poms to fill in the gaps. You will want to achieve a nice round shape.
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To finish off your headband, using the glue gun, glue the small buds and glitter balls to finish off with a little sparkle. If you cannot find something similar you could use any kinds of decoration or glittery things. Wear with your best embroidered frock you can find!
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We hope you enjoyed our 6th post of the party! You can follow all our Dia De Los Muertos inspired creative posts from this weeks series of blogs AND join in the fun too! Tag us with #DOTDblogParty on Twitter and IG and also find more amazing inspo on our Day of The Dead Style Pinterest board!

DIY: Calavera Skull Decoration. Today’s project is Super+Super’s offering to the #DOTDblogParty…  our version of a Calavera skull which is traditionally made as an offering during the Dia de los muertos festivities in exchange for luck, health and wealth, makes a lovely little plant decoration of if you are feeling particularly joyous a fun cake topper! More often than not these decorations are made from sugar and decorated with icing and beads and piled high at alters and in traditional Mexican shrines. Our little fella however is polystyrene and has found himself a nice succulent to rest in.

You will need:

Polystyrene skull decoration from Hobbycraft

chalk pens

crepe paper + matching embroidery floss

a skewer

glue

scissors

mini pom poms
SAMSUNG CSC1- Cut 3 little piles of 6 squares of crepe paper. Ours were approx 3″ by 2.5″ but they can be quite rough.SAMSUNG CSC

2- Cut a short length of floss and after folding your little pile of paper in a concertina tie this around the centre to make a bow like fan.SAMSUNG CSC

3- Fan out the layers to create a mini paper pom-pom!SAMSUNG CSC

4- Repeat this 3 times. We then used our scissors and cut into each layer to add more texture.SAMSUNG CSC

4- Cut 2 more pieces of crepe approx 2″ x 4″ and carefully cut into little paper fringes pieces!SAMSUNG CSC

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5- Push your skewer into the underside of the skull and make sure it is secure (you might want to add a spot of glue here)SAMSUNG CSC

6- Squeeze a thin line of glue along the top of your paper fringing…SAMSUNG CSC

…And wrap around your skewer approx 1″ down from the skull. Repeat this step with the next paper fringe layering it slightly higher up.SAMSUNG CSC

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7- This next bit is a little freestyle which as you should know by now we love!Starting by filling in the eye sockets with dark colours you can then cover your skull with a lovely random array of dots, lines and squiggles!SAMSUNG CSC

Our Pinterest board has lots of sugar skull deco inspiration so if you are stuck for a design just take a look there.SAMSUNG CSC

8- Now you are ready to stick your paper pom-poms on to the top of your skull!SAMSUNG CSC

9- We finished our design with a few additional mini pom-poms! More is definitely more for this project. We hope you have fun making yours!SAMSUNG CSC

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Todays #DOTDblogParty guest post is brought to you by the supremely witty (and equally cheeky!) Leigh of intwosandthrees fame! Its a fantastic project for the weekend and I think we will be taking inspo from Leigh for some super fun photo themed xmas gifts! Intwosandthrees is mainly stocked on Etsy, with a selection featured in a variety of shops and proudly exhibited across the UK. We hope you love our Day 4 project!

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Embroidered Photos: Day of the Dead Style! I love the Day of the dead style face paints and sugar skull decorations with the bright flowers and love hearts making skulls not just for Halloween. With this simple DIY you can recreate all the bright colourful fun and keep the festivities all year round. Dig out that favourite photo of you and your friends, or a fave selfie or an unused collection of found postcards – with this simple DIY you can give them a new life!

What you’ll need:

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  • A sharp needle (I tend to use sizes 18 – 24 as they’re a little sharper, ask at your craft shop if you’re unsure)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pencil and piece of paper
  • Some blue tack
  • A selection of embroidery skeins or threads
  • A photo or postcard – you can print or copy a photo onto card so that you keep the original. This means you can also use your favourite photo from facebook etc too! Any smooth card is fine – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to stitch through.

 

Directions:

First of all, research some ideas for the sugar skull pattern you’d like to recreate. Super + Super have a great Pinterest board filled with ideas if you’re a little stuck! Sketch out a few simple ideas – bare in mind, if you’re working on a photo or postcard, you might not have loads of room but a few flowers etc will look great in bright colours

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Draw your ideas on to the photo or postcard – it will make the next step easier if you have some guide lines to follow

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Roll the blue-tack in to a thick flat ball and place behind an area of the photo where you are first going to start piercing the holes. Using the blue-tack steadies the photo and catches the needle

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Following your design, begin piercing holes. Try to keep an even distance between holes – remember that card can be a fragile material so try not to pierce holes too close together. Depending on your design, you may be able to use the same hole twice, so bare that in mind too. Starting on a small section first will you give you the opportunity to add more holes later

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Take your embroidery threads/skeins and cut about an arm’s length of thread (this will be easier to work with). Then split your thread – skeins are often about 6 – 8 threads together, you’ll only need 2 – 3 so as not to rip the holes as you begin stitching

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Begin stitching your design! Use as many colours as you like and have fun with it! Keep the knots on the back tight enough to hold your design but be careful of any snags – remember you’re working with a fragile material that’s fairly unforgiving. Don’t panic if you do tare any holes or rip the paper – simply tape up the back, it will soon hold everything in place and you won’t be able to tell from the front!

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To stitch the design I simply used back stitch – it’s a strong stitch that will link your design together nicely and keeps it simple! To create the edging I used a blanket stitch, and to create the flowers I used an old loop technique. If you’re stuck on these, Super + Super have shown some great simple DIY’s for embroidery and Pinterest has some step by step guides that are really easy to follow.

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Have fun with this little project and go for it – see what else you can add! You could crochet a boarder from the blanket stitched edge, add some thread to hang the photo once it’s finished, or even add sequins and beads.

I’ve stuck with a very simple design, but with bright coloured threads to add a new texture to the photos. The vintage postcards were a find from a charity shop, this little DIY is a great way to use up the collection!

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I can’t wait to see your versions! Remember to tag me in your photos on Instagram (@intwosandthrees) and feel free to ask me any questions while making these!

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intwosandthrees is run by Leigh Jennings and now infamously known for a ‘home is where them fuckers ain’t’ embroidery, along with many other topical and mature embroidered pieces. Intwosandthrees is mainly stocked on Etsy, with a selection featured in a variety of shops and proudly exhibited across the UK.

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Remember you can follow all our Dia De Los Muertos inspired creative posts from this weeks series of blogs AND join in the fun too! Tag us with #DOTDblogParty on Twitter and IG and also find more amazing inspo on our Day of The Dead Style Pinterest board!

It’s Frozen Strawberry Margarita Time

Today’s post comes from the lovely ladies behind our favourite UK Idie craft, design and lifestyle publication… Caboodle Magazine! What better way to celebrate day 3 of our #DOTDblogParty than with a juicy cocktail, some gorgeous styling and a strawberry of two. Can’t wait to try this recipe tonight! You can find links to all our posts and inspo over on Pinterest on our Dia De Los Muertos Style board

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It’s Frozen Strawberry Margarita Time! Frozen cocktails are my all time favourite and this strawberry-fied version of a classic margarita is guaranteed to have you dancing around the piñata! We prefer our cocktails sweet so like to rim our glasses with sugar rather than salt and you can easily make a booze free version by replacing the alcohol measures with orange juice!
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Ingredients (makes 1)
1 cup of half frozen strawberries
1 shot of tequila
1/2 a shot of Cointreau
juice of 1 lime
dash of agave syrup
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This couldn’t be easier, chuck all the ingredients in a blender and whizz till smooth, we only half freeze our strawberries to make the mix easy to blend but do add in some water if needed. Pour into your favourite cocktail glass, chuck in a straw and you are ready to party! Arriba!
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