Easy DIY Fringe Wall Hanging with Pom Poms

This quarter, as the weather turns colder and we spend more time indoors, we’re focusing on ways to make your house a warm and cozy place to be. We fell in love with this recent project tutorial created by Brown Sheep Company, and it turns out that they are fans of Eucalan, so they generously agreed to let us share it with you here on our blog.

This is one of those crafty projects that can instantly warm up the walls in a room and is so customizable it can match any color scheme and decor – plus, you don’t need to know how to knit and crochet!

When preparing your yarns for this project, go ahead and give them a quick bath in Eucalan, and you can use Eucalan to spot treat your wall hanging in the future should it need a quick freshening up. Without further ado, we give you the Brown Sheep Easy DIY Fringe Wall Hanging With Pom Poms.

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The fall fringe trend doesn’t have to be limited to garments and accessories! Today, we’ll show you how to make a modern wall hanging to add a handmade touch to any room using a few skeins of Lamb’s Pride bulky and worsted yarn – no knitting or crocheting required!

You’ll need just a few supplies to make one wall hanging:

  • 1 skein Lamb’s Pride Bulky for fringe (we used Grey Heather for the hanging pictured on the left, and Tormented Teal for the hanging pictured on the right)
  • 1 skein Lamb’s Pride Worsted for pom poms and hanger (we used Tormented Teal for the hanging pictured on the left and Grey Heather for the hanging pictured on the right)
  • 1 14-inch length wooden dowel rod (ours was 1/4″ diameter)
  • 1 pom pom maker in sizes 5.5cm and 3.5cm
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pencil
  • Optional: Eucalan wool wash or fabric steamer

Begin by cutting lengths of bulky weight yarn for your fringe. You will need each of the following:

  • 5 lengths – 44″
  • 6 lengths – 40″
  • 6 lengths – 35″
  • 6 lengths – 30″
  • 6 lengths – 25″
  • 8 lengths – 20″

We recommend washing each of these lengths before proceeding to the next step using your favourite scent of Eucalan wool wash – this will remove any kinks in the yarn resulting from being in the skein, and it will also allow them to plump up a bit. If you are pressed for time, try using a hand held fabric steamer for this step. Whichever option you choose, make sure your yarn lengths are completely dry before continuing.

Begin by marking the center of your dowel rod with your marker or pencil:

This is where you will begin attaching fringe; to do so, simply fold the length of yarn in half and create a loop, then pull the tail ends around the dowel rod and through the loop, tugging them gently and evenly to secure.

Starting at the center, attach all 5 lengths of the 44″ fringe. You may need to trim some of the ends to even them up, but keep in mind that they don’t need to be absolutely perfect – a little variation will just add texture!

From now on, you’ll be attaching half of each set of yarn lengths on either side of the fringe on your dowel rod. Continue adding each length of fringe, from longest to shortest, to your dowel rod, working from the center. You will attach 3 each from the 40″, 35″, 20, and 25″ lengths on either side of your center fringe, and 4 each from the 20″ lengths at each end of the dowel rod.


Next, make your pom poms! You can make as few or as many as you like; for the wall hanging shown here, we created one 5.5cm and two 3.5cm pom poms with our contrasting yarn and attached them to the center like so (you may need to trim some of the yarn ends from your pom so that they don’t show through the fringe when hung on the wall).

For our second wall hanging, we created a garland with one 5.5cm pom pom in the center and three 3.5cm pom poms on either side, which we then attached to the dowel rod. Play around to see what you like best!

Finally, cut a 20″ length of worsted weight yarn and tie to either end of your dowel rod. Hang and enjoy!

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Wet Blocking Crocheted Lace: Morgana Shawl Tips

In our last blog post, we shared the stunning FREE crochet pattern from Kristin Omdahl for the Morgana Crocheted Shawl. If you haven’t picked up your free copy of the pattern yet, you can do so by signing up for our newsletter right here. The pattern will be emailed to you right away!

Kristin has put together a video that shows exactly how to wet block and finish crocheted lace, which is helpful to any crocheter, regardless of whether you are making the Morgana shawl or not.  It features Eucalan Wrapture, the jasmine-scented delicate wash we developed with Kristin herself! Check out her amazing video right here:

If you are unsure about your crochet skills, the stitches, or wet blocking crocheted lace, Kristin has a whole series of really helpful videos to walk you through every step of the Morgana Shawl.

Happy Crocheting!

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How to Care for Shearling

Shearling requires a little bit of TLC to keep them looking brand new. Those wonderful Sheepskin rugs, shearling coats, and even Ugg boots are all so deliciously soft, but when you get them for the first time, it can be tough to know what to do.  But we have you covered!

Eucalan is recommended for washable sheepskins and furs. The tanning process determines whether the skin is washable or not. If you wash a skin that is not washable, the hide will become brittle and you will not be pleased with the results.

To determine if a skin is washable, check for a care label, contact the manufacturer or retailer you bought the skin from, or cut off a small piece of the skin and place it in water for a short time. Allow it to dry away from direct heat or sunlight. Once dry, if the skin is pliable and the fur/wool does not pull out and looks good, you can go ahead and wash the whole skin.

Most of the time, you can spot clean spills or specific marks that appear on your item. This technique works on shearling boots, too! To spot clean:

  1. Dab a small amount of full strength Eucalan delicate wash in the scent of your choice onto the spot.
  2. Wipe in the same direction as the sheepskin with a damp cloth, until the spot disappears.
  3. Blot any excess moisture with paper towels.
  4.  Lay out your rug or boots, or hang your coat to dry away from direct light or heat.
  5. Once the sheepskin is dry, brush gently with a soft bristled brush.
  6. If the shearling or sheepskin has a longer pile, shake it out to restore the fluffiness.

Thanks to Sprout Natural Parenting for the great photo!

Sometimes, you will need to wash the entire item due to normal dust and dirt, a really big spill, or perhaps it’s starting to look a bit grimy. Here is how to wash your sheepskin/shearling:

  • Fill washing machine (or bathtub for really large items) with water, then add Eucalan.
  • Soak for 1 hr, squeezing soap and water through item from time to time.
  • If the item is really dirty, repeat the process.
  • Spin to remove excess water and lay over a rack or rail to dry away from direct heat.
  • When nearly dry, give it a good shake.
  • May take 2-3 days to dry.

You can also wash your shearling boots the same way described above, and will no doubt contribute to them looking like new for a lot longer!

These tips will help keep all your shearling and sheepskin products looking great, but if you are concerned about a dark stain or a lot of dirt, it is worth taking the item into a professional cleaner. Many cleaners offer wet cleaning services and may also use Eucalan!

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How to Remove Common Party Stains

It’s that time of year- ramping up for party season! Fall brings more family gatherings, Thanksgiving, and the never-ending carousel of holiday parties won’t be far behind. Here we’ve put together a review of the best way to remove the most common party stains: Red wine, oils (olive, avocado, safflower, etc.), candle wax, coffee and chocolate.

Read on, and you’ll be prepared for anything at your next party!

Red Wine

Sprinkle salt liberally over the red wine mark , as much as needed to help absorb the wine. When as much is absorbed as possible, vacuum up the salt and pour club soda over it to help dilute the remaining wine. Then apply full strength Eucalan to any remaining marks, and let sit for 15 minutes. Wash item as normal.

 

Oils

Blot the oil immediately with a paper towel, and sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch onto the remaining oil mark and let sit. In the morning, apply full strength Eucalan to the remaining oil mark, and let sit for 15 minutes. Then wash item.

Candle Wax

Let the wax dry completely before trying to clean it. Apply an ice pack to make sure that the wax is completely solid before beginning to remove it. Remove as much wax as possible by scraping it with a butter knife. Get two paper bags, and place one underneath the fabric and another on top of it- you will be using a clothes iron to remove the rest of the wax. Gently iron the area with the wax on it repeatedly, moving the paper bags around so that any wax that transfers from the fabric to the paper bags isn’t being reapplied to the fabric again.

Coffee

Blot spill immediately until no more colour is coming away on a cloth or paper towel. Apply full strength Eucalan directly to the remaining coffee marks, and leave for at least half an hour before washing item as normal.

Chocolate

If possible, flush the fabric from the wrong side with warm water to help prevent the chocolate from being driven further into the fibres. When as much chocolate has been rinsed off as possible, saturate the remaining mark with full strength Eucalan, and let sit for 30 minutes. Gently scrub at the stain after 30 minutes, and repeat if necessary. Launder as usual once the mark is removed.

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Round Up: Our Top Posts for Summer

As summer winds down, it seems like a great time to round up our best summer posts, in case you missed any of them.  From swimsuit care, keeping whites bright, to making the most of all-too-brief summer weather, you’ll find amazing summer ideas below!

Easy Swimwear Care: Chlorine and salt water can take a serious toll on the technical fibres that give swimwear its stretch. Check out our guide on keeping swimsuits in great condition for years to come.

Planning for Summer Travel and Family Vacations! We have a free travel guide with packing checklists that are perfect for your summer getaways. Find it here.

Summer and picnics are a match made in heaven. When the weather is glorious, having a picnic is one of the easiest, best ways to enjoy summer. Read our guide on how to have the easier picnic ever right here.

We tend to wear a lot more white in summer, but it’s easy for stains or yellowing to creep up. Here’s our top tips and tricks for keeping your summer whites looking bright!

Making the most of summer is important, since it feels like those beautiful weather days and nights are perfect for memory-making. Here are Jen’s top ten ideas for backyard summer fun– it’s not too late!

And when the end of summer becomes official, and the cool fall weather begins you’ll want to read this post again on transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall. Find it here.

Enjoy the rest of summer, everyone!

 

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How to Wet Block Knitted Lace

Knitting lace can be a wonderfully satisfying challenge, but it takes a good wet blocking to see the complete transformation from a bit of crumpled up loops and stitches to the full beauty of a lace design.  Wet blocking lace can be intimidating, but it’s easier than you think! Here is a full tutorial on how to do it, step by step.

Tools:

  • Eucalan in the scent of your choice
  • Water and a sink/bowl large enough to hold your knit
  • Towels
  • Foam blocking boards, or a thick blanket
  • Pins (rust proof/stainless steel)
  • Tape Measure

Step 1:

Fill your sink or bowl with tepid water, and add one capful of Eucalan in the scent of your choice.  Gently place your knit in the water, and gently swish it around, ensuring that it is completely saturated.

Step 2:

Remove your knit from the water (no need to rinse with Eucalan!) and roll it firmly in a towel to remove excess water and moisture.

Step 3:

Lay your knit out on a large surface. You can use a bed, blocking boards, some thick blankets, anything that works for you. When pinning out your project, follow the main shape before pinning out any details. This means that you will start with the basic outline and pin all the straight edges before concentrating on more specific design features. Here is where the measuring tape can be very helpful – if you have two straight sides, you can measure to make sure they are both the same length.

When pinning out scallops or lace loops, use as many pins as you want, pinning each loop into place. it takes time, but it is worth it.

Step 4:

If your project has straight edges, blocking wires can be really helpful. You insert the wires through the loops in as straight a line as you can, and pin the blocking wires into place.

Step 5: Leave it to dry. once your knit is completely dry, unpin and remove blocking wires, if used.

Tips:

  • If you have pets or small children, pin out your lace somewhere where you can close a door to keep them out, or on something you can move to a place where they can’t touch it.
  • If you like to knit lace, it might be worth investing in T-Shaped pins and blocking wires for really crisp definition and blocking. Otherwise, stainless steel sewing pins will work just fine.
  • It takes a fair bit of time to pin out something with a lot of detail, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do a good job.
  • If you would like to get everything you need for blocking all at once, we really like this blocking kit from Cocoknits.

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How to Have the Easiest Picnic Ever

Summer weather often conjurs up images of picnics on weekends, but it often seems like a lot of work to plan, pack, and do. Never fear! We’ve put together some easy-peasy tips for a no-fuss, relaxing guide to your best picnic ever.

Picnic Prep

  • Plan your location. A nearby park is always great, but maybe there is a new park you would like to try, a little further away? Whatever your choice, try to check in advance to make sure there are plenty of trees for shade.
  • Keep the food simple – sandwiches, salads, fruit and other types of food that you would enjoy cold are ideal.  Or bring the fixings for a great cheese board – assorted cheese, great bread and crackers, and some fruit.
  • Try not to bring too many disposable things- melamine plates are a great lightweight choices for picnics that are reusable, and just bring your normal cutlery from home. Don’t forget napkins!
  • Bugs are no fun at a picnic- wash your picnic blanket in advance with Eucalan in the Eucalyptus  scent to help rerepel bugs naturally.

  • Check the weather report – weather can change quickly, and even though it looked clear when you checked yesterday, the forecast might be different on the day.

What to Bring

  • If you have a little wagon, it is a great way to easily transport all your picnic goodies to a great spot deep in a park, where it might be a little quieter and more relaxed.
  • While those beautiful (and expensive!) wicker picnic baskets are adorable, you don’t need them to have a great picnic. Packing your supplies in tote bags or in the wagon will work just fine.
  • Two plastic bags – one for garbage, to be disposed in the nearest bin, and the the second for keeping the dirty dishes all together until you can get them home for a wash.
  • It’s worth mentioning again – napkins! Good quality paper napkins or cotton napkins are perfect for wiping greasy hands or even giving the plates and cutlery a quick wipe before stashing in the plastic bag.

Keeping the Fun Going

Messes happen – a bit of ketchup here, some mayonnaise there. Stop potential stains in their tracks by bringing along some of the Eucalan Stain Treating Towelettes to make clean ups a breeze. Because sticky hands happen:

Don’t forget – picnics are really about enjoying being outside, not about transforming the outside into the indoors. Leave the music at a home, but bring a frisbee, ball, or other game that would be fun in a park. It’s a great way to make the most of that glorious sunshine, and the too-short summer!

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

If you enjoy wearing makeup, washing your makeup brushes is one of those things you are supposed to do regularly, but often feels like a hassle.  However, not washing your brushes can lead to clogged pores and breakouts, which is not great. Generally, you should wash your makeup brushes at least once a week, and we can show you the quick and easy way to do it. With Eucalan’s no rinse formula, you will save time because you won’t need the extra step of rinsing them! Let us show you the 2-minute method to freshen up and clean makeup brushes.

You will need:

A note about scent- Eucalan has only small amounts of essential oils that are used for fragrance, so you don’t need to worry about it being too harsh for your delicate skin. but if you are worried, you can always go with Natural, which is our unscented variety.

Instructions:

  1. Rinse your brushes under lukewarm water, to dislodge and soften any surface residue.
  2. Fill your sink or bowl (only about 1/3 full) with lukewarm water and one capful of Eucalan, and gently swirl your brush in the water. Try to focus mainly on the bristles, and not totally submerge to the metal (hard to avoid on small brushes, of course!)  If you need a bit more power, add a bit of Eucalan straight from the bottle to the bristles, and gently swirl across your palm.
  3. If the water gets really dirty and opaque from the makeup washing out, drain the dirty water and refill the bowl/sink again. But the more frequently you wash your brushes, the faster it is to clean them, since there won’t be as much makeup to remove.
  4. When you are satisfied, use a clean towel or cloth to wipe your brush clean, gently reshaping the bristles.
  5. To dry, lay your brushes flat on a clean surface, or stand them up in an empty glass.

Ta-da! Now your brushes are clean, and the lanolin in the Eucalan formula will prevent the bristles from drying out.  The best time to wash your brushes is either in the morning after you have finished applying your makeup, or in the evening, so they will be dry by morning.

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Best of Eucalan: Our Top Spring Posts

Ah, spring! A time when everything feels fresh and new, or at least you want it to feel that way! Spring is indeed a great time to freshen up your home and wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean it has to be all work. Here’s a round-up of our top spring posts to get you in the mood to freshen up your wardrobe, your home, and your routine!

Click here for great Tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe.

Click here for the best tips for spring cleaning your home to get it feeling airy and fresh.

With Earth Day upon us, here are 4 ways to celebrate Earth Day all year round.

But it’s not all cleaning – you have to make time for a bit of fun! Click the links below for crafts, recipes and fun decor ideas.

Washi tape tutorial to upcycle old Eucalan bottles

Think Spring – Time for a bit of fun!

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without our most recent spring post, all about the best way to shift your wardrobe from winter clothes to spring.

Happy Spring, everyone!

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Season Shift: Packing Away Winter Coats & Clothes

Ah, spring! It always feels like a relief to be switching back into lighter clothing and jackets, getting outside to watch the leaves beginning to bud and spring flowers popping up all over the place.  With the changing of seasons, much of our winter wardrobe will be set aside and our spring and summer clothes will be coming back into circulation.  Some people have their clothes in their closets year year-round regardless of the weather, while others pack things away when the seasons shift. Regardless of your storage preference, it’s worth taking some time to properly care for the winter clothes, coats, and accessories that you probably won’t wear again for another 6 months (hopefully!).

To Prep your Winter Clothes:

  1. Gather together all the clothes that you are unlikely to wear until the fall, including heavy winter coats. Consult our handy guide fo caring for your winter coat to decide if you are going to wash it yourself or take it to a dry cleaner.
  2. Wash everything. For your sweaters (either handmade or store bought), it is worth taking the time to de-pill so that when you pull them out again in the fall they look fresh and ready to wear. Washing sweaters yourself is also very easy – we have a great video to show you exactly how it’s done.
  3. Make sure everything is dry before returning it to your closet, or store in air-tight storage containers. Vacuum seal storage bags can also be great for this. If hanging items, do not hang any heavy long sleeved items like your sweaters, as the hangers will leave dents in the shoulders when hung for a long period of time.

Winter accessories like hats, mittens/gloves, and knit scarves need attention during this time to prevent stains and keep them looking their best.  We have a great overview here on caring for your winter accessories before packing them away for spring.

Moths are a harsh reality for some. Even if you have never had any, there’s always a chance they could happen, and they are more prevalent in big cities and urban centers. As it’s extremely difficult to get rid of moths once they discover your closet is full of delicious sweaters, preventative care is really worth it.  If you store out-of-season clothes somewhere outside of your home (for example:  a garage, shed, or storage locker), you will definitely want to use storage containers that are airtight and cannot easily be opened by temperature shifts or even clever critters.

As you begin to pull out your spring and summer clothes,  they may be wrinkly and looking tired. They may even show food or drink spots you never knew were there, especially if you forgot to clean them before setting them aside for winter.

To Review your Spring/Summer Clothes:

  1. Pull out anything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months from your closet or storage containers.
  2.  If there are any items that don’t fit well or you don’t love anymore, put them aside to donate to a local charity.
  3.  For the remaining items,  wash gently with your favourite scent of Eucalan, either by hand or in the washing machine, according to their care instructions. Hang items to dry, away from sunlight or strong heat sources.

Now you are ready to wear your beautiful spring clothes!

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