Mabel Oluwatoyin George (Àpótí Lagos)

Let’s meet Mabel, the pretty brain behind Àpótí Lagos :

I’m Mabel Oluwatoyin George, Founder of Àpótí Lagos and Co-Founder of Designs City Limited.

My journey into Furniture and Interior Space Design was an act of providence. I started off as an Admin Personnel in 2004 at The Peach Company, an Italian Furniture Firm. My then boss, Mrs Derin Oke-Ismail, noticed my love and passion for furniture so she changed my role. She was my Guardian Angel.

I had another great time at Lindsay as Projects & Business Development Manager with my boss, Mrs Natalie Okoya. This was where I had a wide exposure, working with Commercial and State Government Projects for offices and estates. What a time!

I co-founded Designs City Limited with Mr. Kunle George after spending 6 years acquiring the necessary skills and expertise with lots of trainings alongside. Trust me when I say lots! From free trainings to those I paid heavily for. From Lagos Island Vocational Education Institute, Furniture Production Factory visits at Aframero Limited and Klusters Limited…

…It’s a long list.

Àpótí Lagos started as an idea in 2017. Why can’t we have African Themed Furniture? Àpótí Lagos is a collection of Made-In-Nigeria Furniture, Ethnic Pieces and complementing Accessories made to give Ergonomic solutions and comfort. Àpótí means stool in Yorùbá language.

We desire that our products not only give comfort but also functionality as well as promote Ethinc Culture. Every African or non-African home deserve to own our products.

We have since worked with a lot of multinationals, companies, Government agencies and individuals who have trusted us to bring our Magic to them. Our passion still remains transforming Interior Spaces which has aided our success story.

Kudos sis. We wish you the very best in all your endeavours. Keep soaring , we are cheering you on.

The Craft of Bead Work

Hello readers, welcome to today’s blogpost.

A bead is a small piece of decorative object or similar material that is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes such as stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood or pearl usually threaded with each other to make a necklace, rosary or sewn on to fabric. Beads come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes.

Different types of bead

Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another by stringing them with a sewing needle or beading needle and thread or thin wire, or sewing them to cloth. Beadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet, bead knitting, and bead tatting.

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Today, a huge number of costume jewelry are made from beads. There are different types of bead designs, not only well-known famous beads, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings but also bijouterie that are less common, for example, mantle and lariat.

Beautifully crafted beaded earring
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Beads are available in different designs, sizes, colors, shapes, and materials, allowing much variation among bead artisans and projects. Beads are used to create jewelry or other articles of personal adornment; they are also used in wall hangings and sculpture and many other artworks.

Flower vase made from beads.
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Modern beadwork is often used as a creative hobby to create jewelry, handbags, coasters, plus other crafts. Simple projects can be created in less than an hour by novice beaders, while complex beadwork may take weeks of meticulous work with specialized tools and equipment.

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With Bead Making designs, you can travelled the world in your imagination by stringing beads together to make assorted fashion jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, purse, handbags, belts, ties, belts, flower vases and so on that can be used to a social gathering such as wedding ceremony, birthday, naming, burial, dinner, church, mosques amongst others.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blogpost. Keep crafting and staying inspired.




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Ankara is a type of cotton cloth featuring brightly coloured patterns produced by means of a wax-resist dye technique, associated especially with West African fashion. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs. Ankaras’ are industrially produced colorful cotton cloths with batik-inspired printing.

Ankara Crafts is a skill that has gained popularity over the years. It is a very versatile skills in which many items has been beautifully crafted. Crafts can be made from Ankara such as hats, earrings, blazers, and shoes to name a few.

Handfan made from Ankara

Ankara fabric has taken a new shade of style in the fashion world. It is no longer the tailored top, skirt or gown only, but also creating a new style from the print. Ankara fabric is one of the fabrics that cannot be outdated because of its new inventions the manufacturers put into the design.

Wallclock beautifully designed by Ankara.
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To make ankara an even more versatile fabric, fashion brands and fabric suppliers have manufactured ankara prints on fabrics like chiffon, silk, cotton, spandex for clothing such as kaftans, iro and bubas, bathing suits, sports bars, leggings & socks; etc.

Ankara print on a cotton pillow.

Fashion trend is being shifted to using bags, shoes and other fashion accessories made with fabrics, especially Ankara.

Bag made from Ankara fabrics.
Slippers with Ankara Embellishment

The  Ankara Accesories 

The ankara accessories are of different patterns. Transforming the ankara fabric into another form has added value and beauty to part of everyday accessories.

Belt beautiful crafted with Ankara.
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Wristwatches embellished with Ankara.
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Neckpiece made from Ankara fabric.
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This makes fabric craft business more lucrative, as producers of Ankara-made fashion shoes, bags and other fashion accessories continued to struggle to meet up with the high demand for the products. Many of those who are aware of this fact are really embracing and exploring the business opportunity.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blogpost. Keep crafting and staying inspired!




Craft Trends -Throw Pillows

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Throw pillows are small soft furnishing item that can be used for functional or decorative purpose. It is beautifully crafted from a wide range of textiles including cotton, linen, silk, leather, microfibre, suede, chenille, and velvet.

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Throw pillows are commonly used piece in interior design and comes in wide variety of shapes, sizes and decorative elements such as tassels and piped edges. They are an excellent final touch when decorating a living room, family room, bedroom, or even an outdoor living space. They are crafted in several different sizes, shapes, and textures and in nearly every color you can imagine.

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Throw pillows are usually (loosely) placed on sofas or armchairs but are also frequently used on beds and floors. Throw pillow is a craft that serves both aesthetic and functional purpose.

Decorative throw pillows are commonly used to tie in color accents within a room, often drawing on the colors in drapes, walls or area rugs. They can also be used to give a more casual feeling by looking as though they were thrown onto a piece of furniture. From a functional perspective, throw pillows may provide back, neck and head support.

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Below are 5 different types of beautifully-crafted throw pillows that will make great accessories for your sofa, bed, living room or outdoor space.

1. Square pillows: This is the most common type of decorative throw pillow, and they are great for a variety of uses. They can offer a pop of color to your regular decor, or they can add an extra level of comfort to your seating area.

2. Round pillows: Round throw pillows are mostly used for decorative purposes. They are circular in shape and usually feature a button tufted center. These pillows are great for accenting a couch, chair, or bed. If necessary, they can offer support for floor sitting or be used as head and neck support while lying down.

3. Bolster pillows: These pillows are made in a cylindrical shape, and they come in a variety of lengths and diameter. Sometimes they have flat sides or sides that are secured with cord trim and or ribbons. These pillows are great for lower back support or neck support while relaxing.

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4. Rectangle pillows: You can use a rectangle throw pillow for decoration, for lower back support, for head and neck support, and even for leg support. These versatile pillows can live on your couch, your chair, or even in your bed, depending on what your needs are.

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5. Novelty shaped pillows: The last type of throw pillow is the novelty pillow. Beyond being stuffed with cotton, their main feature is their unique shapes. You can get a novelty pillow in the shape of animals, things or whatever item you desire. The primary use for a novelty pillow is decoration, but you can use it for support too.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blogpost. Keep crafting and being innovative!




The Craft of Photography

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Photography is a craft that deals with the visual sense. Photography craft is used as a medium for creative expression. Photography is simply defined as drawing with light.

From a broad sense of view and according to Wikipedia; Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing (e.g., photolithography), and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.

We have different types of photography, but I will be writing on five common types.

1. Food Photography: Food photography is a still life photography genre used to create attractive still life photographs of food. It is a special kind of commercial photography that provides realistic images for advertising campaigns, journals, packaging, illustrated cookbooks, etc.

2. Fashion Photography: Fashion photography is a genre of photography which is devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items. The goal of this photography type is to capture beauty and fashion, often concentrating on clothing or accessories. Such photographs are used for magazines, ads, and commercial purposes.

3. Portrait Photography: Portrait photography shows a person or a group of people in a way that would better represent their personalities. Usually you concentrate on the face, highlighting interesting features, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the background or the person’s pose.

4. Wedding photography: Wedding photography is one of the most common jobs in photography field where you shoot activities related to weddings. Wedding photography is a specialty in photography that is primarily focused on the photography of events and activities relating to weddings and it can be the shots of the couple before marriage and the coverage of reception and wedding.

5. Landscape Photography: Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. Landscape photography involves going around the world and taking shots of vast areas or tiny corners of nature.

Other types of Photography includes: Wildlife photography, Photojournalism, Street Photography, Architectural Photography, Sport Photography, Macro Photography, Documentary Photography, etc. It should be known that photography is a craft that deals with creative visuals.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blogpost. Keep smiling and crafting!


Craft Embroidery

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Embroidery is a form of handcraft that deals with the decoration of fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. It may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.

Embroidery can be categorised under fashion or decorative crafts as it is mostly used on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dresses, shirts, denim, pillows, shoes, etc. In embroidery, there is usually various combinations of stitches to create beautiful fashion and decorative patterns.

Embroidery designs are formed on the basis of texture of the fabric and stitch. The different types of stitches, such as – chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch, etc- remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery.

Embroidery is a thread craft that is best done on natural fabrics with a tight weave like silk, cotton or leather.

There are different types of embroidery but I will be writing about five common ones used by crafters.

Surface Embroidery: This refers to any types of embroidery stitch, where the pattern is worked by the use of decorative stitches and laid threads on top of the foundation fabric.

Crewel Embroidery: This is one types of decorative surface embroidery, which features plants, animals and sometimes people, arranged in a fanciful, flowing design. Crewel embroidery is worked in a variety of surface embroidery stitches.

Cross stitch Embroidery: It uses a series of cross stitches and sometimes back stitches and is worked on a grid or graph format. This type of embroidery uses composite stich consisting of two diagonally-worked stitches that form an ‘X’ on fabrics. Cross stitch pieces are more uniform looking because of the even-weave fabric, and the stitches completely even.

Cutwork Embroidery: It involves cutting holes or shapes into fabric and using stitches (such as a hem stitch pictured here) to decorate the border of the hole and prevent fraying.

Candlewick Embroidery: This is done with white threads on a white cloth. It is not like other embroidery types. It is done by forming a number of knots in the form of colonies to give a beautiful pattern.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Keep crafting and staying inspired.


Types of Embroidery Used in Garments

Types of Embroidery

Leather and Crafts

Hello Craft Lovers! Welcome to today’s blogpost. Today, I will be writing on Leather Craft. Before I go into writing about leathercraft proper, it is important I write on what leather is.

What is Leather?
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skins. Leather is used to make clothing, footwear, book covers and wall hangings. It can also be used to create beautiful upholstering vehicles and furniture, and for making warrior and hunter bags, weapons, knife sheaths and canteens.

What is Leathercraft?
Leathercraft is the practice of making items from leather into craft objects or works of art, using shaping techniques, coloring techniques or both. Leather crafting involves the transformation of leather materials into a work of art. As with many crafts, there are a number of steps from the raw material – in this case a piece of leather – to a finished item.

Leather craft involves designing, cutting, and then, depending on the project, hole punching, sewing, and finishing. Additional steps could be decorating, carving and dyeing.

Different methods are used to create designs like stamping, dyeing and painting it. To stamp the leather, striking tools and dampening of the leather are required. Leather dyeing is done by applying pigments that seep into the pores of the material. Painting leather differs from dyeing.

Forms of Leather craft

Leather can be beautifully crafted into bags

Leather can be beautifully crafted into upholstery

Leathers can be beautifully crafted into shoes

Leather can be beautifully crafted into Earrings

Leather can be beautifully crafted into Wallets

Just like every form of craft, leathercraft is a skill that requires creativity and innovation. I hope you enjoyed today’s blogpost. Do well to drop a comment. Keep crafting and stay inspired.



Hair and Crafts

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Welcome to today’s blog post. And today, I will be writing on Hair in relation to crafts.

Hair, like many other professions, has elements of crafts embedded in it. Hair styling is a major industry, that requires skill and dexterity. Just like craft, Hair Styling, Weaving, or Cutting deals with creativity and requires artistry.

Hairstyle, hairdo, or haircut refers to the styling of hair, usually on the human scalp. Hair can be one of the most important features of a person’s appearance. It can change the appearance of our face, eyes and head and it is one of first things people notice about you. The fashioning of hair can be considered an aspect of personal grooming, fashion, and cosmetics, although practical, cultural, and popular considerations also influence some hairstyles.

Hairstyling as a craft encompasses all the elements of dressing the human scalp. A key feature of Hair styling as a craft is that it involves high degree of “hands-on” craftsmanship. Throughout times, people have worn their hair in a wide variety of styles, largely determined by the fashions of the culture they live in.

Hair weaving is the most popular way of changing your hairstyle nowadays. It refers to the techniques employed for incorporating new hair, either natural or synthetic to the existing hair of an individual. It also refers to the process of adding hair – human or synthetic – to the scalp of the individual.

Haircuts are a type of hairstyles where the hair has been cut shorter than before, these cuts themselves can be further modified with other hairstyles.

Hair is also being used by artists to depict their creative art.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blogpost. Do well to drop a comment. Keep exploring creativity!


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