Cable Knit Sweater Turned Pillow

White Pumpkins & Pine Cones

Like many people, I look forward to Autumn when the weather gets cooler, the leaves change colour and it’s sweater weather. Last Autumn I was looking to add some texture and warmth to the living room with pillows for our wicker chairs. Realistically I knew that knitting pillow cases would take me longer than I’d want to spend on this project so I decided to use a secondhand sweater. Cable Knit Sweater Pillow

Cable Knit Sweater Pillow

I was lucky and found this grey cable knit wool sweater and was able to stretch it out to make two breakfast pillow covers. The front and back pieces each became a pillow case and I finished the bottom zippered edge with bias tape and zipper.

Cable Knit Sweater Pillow

If you’re looking to add some knitted texture to your living room this was a fairly quick project. Finding the right sweater is probably the hardest part.

Cable Knit Sweater to Pillow

Before & After

At Home: Before & After Side Tables

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any photos of projects. I have tons of before and afters to share so here are two living room side tables that I painted to blend in with the walls in the room. These are actually bedside tables which were the perfect size and shape for what I wanted. 
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A quick coat (or two) of paint can quickly transform the look of secondhand furniture. I also painted these with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The light grey is a mix of pure white and graphite and the dark table is pure graphite.

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Paint colour for the light grey wall is Grey Taupe by Benjamin Moore Origins OR-489. It is a warm grey that changes depending on the light and I would recommend it.

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Mini Studio Tour

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Since relocating I have not shared my current workspace. Along with all of the painting on furniture and walls I’ve been doing in the rest of the house my studio also got a personalized look.
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For the paint colours I knew that I loved dark walls but didn’t want them to be overpowering so I chose to paint the back wall as an accent.  To contrast I used pale pink (Benjamin Moore Origins Vintage Pearl) to warm up the space and be fun since this is a creative environment.
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At Home: Painted Kitchen Chairs

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When looking for chairs in our kitchen I wanted something second hand, good quality and durable. Knowing that I would paint the chairs made it easier to find four that were similar but different and could be unified once unified in the same colour.
Here are our kitchen chairs painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. I was lucky to find them on Kijiji from Cindy who paints a lot of furniture herself and had already done the work in collecting them.
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Shibang Designs - Graphite Chalk PaintAfter over a year the paint has held up well with only a tiny worn spots where the chair hits the table when it’s pushed in.
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At Home: DIY Projects in Our First House


Since having our baby at the end of November I haven’t been doing as much sewing but I have been working away at projects around our new home. This is our first house and we moved in at the beginning of October so I did what I could while pregnant and then once our baby was born I spent a lot of time staring at the walls I desperately wanted to paint.

Browsing Pinterest and blogs inspired me by seeing what other people had done to transform their homes with simple updates that can make a big impact.

Using paint can go a long way. This was what I first started with since it is the focal point of our living room and this combination of oak, dark blue and beige just didn’t work for me.

Before & After Fireplace with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint by Shibang Designs
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White to do the fireplace. It was so easy to use with no surface preparation needed.
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Here it is after one coat of paint and in total I think it took about three coats to get even coverage.
 
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This is a wood scroll that I glued on to add more detail to the woodwork.
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Here is a close up of the finished fireplace which was sealed with the Annie Sloan clear wax. Using the wax was the worst part of doing this project because it has a really strong odour.
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Once the fireplace was painted the dark blue suddenly looked much richer with the contrast against the bright white. I knew that I would paint the fireplace white but I didn’t expect to keep the dark blue wall but that ended up being my favourite accent colour and I have carried it throughout our home. 
 

There are other things that have changed in the before and after picture besides the fireplace but I’ll share that painting in another post.

 
 
 
 
 

Sebastian

Sebastian
I’ve been away from things over the last little while since my son Sebastian was born. He’s two months old today and I’m now getting back into the studio for a little bit longer each day. There’s a little crib in my workspace where he naps while I work on orders and new designs…a few of which I’ll be posting soon.

This Weekend in Gastown

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This weekend in Gastown find Shibang among many other local designers for a Pop Up shop hosted by the online marketplace Cargoh.

One of the designers to be there is Elroy Apparel. I am a huge fan of her clothing, here are a few of my favourite pieces from her spring/summer 2012 collection:

Recent Work

It’s been a long time since I last did a blog post. Over the past month and a bit I’ve been making some new things are here’s a look at what I’ve been up to.

Coloured leather coin purses. Using a vibrant background colour and leather were both something I hadn’t done before.


This is a sketch I did based on a custom make up set that a customer requested, below is the finished product — a large box shaped cosmetic case and a brush roll.

The big tote is back for summer and in a light bluish-grey cotton with heavy bridle leather handles.

This was a commission I did for a bedroom in Toronto. Most people are putting the wall art in their bedrooms above the bed and this mauve colour scheme is the most popular.

I dyed some new colours of wool, mostly in shades in of soft pink which are part of the bridal collection.

And lastly, I was able to restock my supply of thick grey wool so the felt iPhone sleeves are available again (as featured in this etsy finds email below).