Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Welcome to my boho hall of vintage mirrors

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I’ve missed posting my usual three days a week for two weeks in a row, but I’ve been busy crossing off more of the too-many tabs open in my brain I told you about.

Be aware: Stealing art from your hallway to use in your living room leaves you with an empty hallway. And an already dark and narrow hallway that is also empty looks quite forlorn.


What to do? 


My solution: I hung vintage hand mirrors where the art had been! Then, when I didn’t think the installation had quite the boho vibe I was looking for, I dressed the mirrors with tassels, webs of colorful thread, and handles wrapped in bright yarns.


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Here’s the peek I gave you of the hall’s progression as vintage looking-glass finds from ebay and Etsy arrived.


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And here’s the view from our great room, through my study to the same hall of mirrors, now be-tasseled, strung and wound with boho love.


I bet you’d like a closer look, so here ya go…


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This is a small hallway, and the only natural light it receives spills over from a bedroom at either end, so it's tough to photograph. I’ve wrestled with how to make it a brighter, cheerier place, and I think I’m finally on the right path. I still have a bit of work to do on the opposite wall, so those mirrors have something pretty to reflect when I’m not back there snapping photos. 


Here’s how I yarn- and thread-embellished the mirrors:


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Some handles got wrapped, with a knot tied in the back to secure the yarn, and the excess trimmed off.


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Those with uneven outside frames that would hold thread in place I gave a spider-web treatment. 


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Still others I hung with tassels made using the nifty Boye tassel maker. Mine came with a set of pompon makers in various sizes, but it’s also sold separately. Tabs fold open or shut, depending on the length of tassel you want to make. Begin by cutting two shorter strands to tie off your finished tassel. 


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Loop one of the cut strands around the right-hand slot at the top (left). Then take both ends, ties at the left-hand slot, and bring the ends down to be held by the flap just below the one you’ve chosen as your final tassel length (middle). Take the end of the skein of yarn and also position it under this tab, then hold it shut to hold the loose ends in place, and start wrapping (right). I found that you want to wrap your tassel away from the fold to make it easier to get off the tool when finished.


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Continue wrapping until your tassel is the fulness you want it to be (left). This will depend on the weight of yarn or other thread you’re using, as well as personal preference. I used anywhere from 25 to 40 wraps for mine. When you’re done wrapping, free the ends for the top tie from the tool flap, untie, slide until each side is even, then tie a tight, secure knot (right). 


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Take the other short strand you cut, thread it through the wider slot (left) and tie another tight, secure knot.


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Slide your tassel off the tool and cut the loops. Then trim off any uneven ends (left). Knot your finished tassel so it can be hung (right). I found this tool to be more precise than winding yarn around a piece of cardboard. It’s also quicker and easier. 


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