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13. Kelly’s Placemats
- Description: Kelly created these beautiful flora-inspired placemats using cut wool felt edged with decorative trim. This DIY technique could be used for coasters and table runners as well.
14. Bridget’s Lampshade
- Description: Bridget’s lampshade was inspired by a Tord Boontje design. The lamp shade is made of cherry veneer and the lamp is a vase she found and converted into a lamp base. The shade is a combination of cut out shades put on with grommets, drilled flower petals and sewn flowers.
15. Joyce’s Spring/Fall Bedspread
- Description: Joyce wanted to make something to help decorate her bedroom and protect the sheets from cat fur. Since she wanted something she could use all year, she created a reversible quilt (one side for spring/summer and the other side for fall/winter). It’s made with a combination of hand sewn appliqué, hand embroidered stitches, and machine sewing to put the whole thing together.
16. Kate’s Leaning Wall Shelf
- Description: Inspired by leaning shelves she’d seen at big box stores, Kate decided to make her own rustic, affordable version using local materials. She purchased wood from a reuse center in Oakland for $7, sanded it (a lot) and gave it a clear wax coat. The shelf is heavy enough that it doesn’t need to be secured to the wall or floor (unless you need earthquake proofing), and it can lean at a variety of angles.