Quick Craft Update - Episode 19

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Thursday 23 April 2015 at 1:54 pm

This is one of my shortest podcast episodes so far, but it is packed full of amigurumi cuteness, a look at my knitted tote bag that is in progress, and some beads and crystals I’m planning to use on some sea-themed necklaces.


Show notes:

My Ravelry Group

My YouTube Channel

Freshstitches.com

Artbeads.com

Knit Picks

Book Review: Knit Noro Accessories

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 1:35 pm



Knit Noro: Accessories: 30 Colorful Little Knits (Knit Noro Collection) is published by Sixth and Spring Books and retails for $24.95 in the US and $29.95 in Canada. There is no specific author or editor for this book. Obviously, it was put together by the Noro company to showcase its yarns. However, there are a number of designers’ work included in the book such as Debbie O’Neill, Karen Baumer, and Erica Schlueter. I would have liked a quick reference list included in the back of the book since sometimes the designers can make me decide whether or not I want to purchase a book. I asked to review this particular Noro book, out of the number that they have published, because I prefer to make accessories versus sweater and similar garments.

As with all the Noro books, I was not disappointed with the wonderful yarn colors and general “eye candy” included. The photographs are always well-done, and this book is no exception. You are able to get a good idea of what the finished product will be since there are close up as well as full views of each o the 30 projects. Some of my favorite projects are the Random Cable Mitts (long fingerless gloves that reach up well past the wrists and are full of beautiful cable-work); the Modular Neck Wrap (a loose fitting type of cowl with pretty button accents); and Cloche Hat (gathered at the to with a wide band in the center).

Beginners should expect to need additional assistance with the projects, as there is very little supplementary instructions as far as knitting basics. There are charts in the back and very brief illustrations of some stitches, but I don’t think there is enough here for anyone who is not already able to knit.

One drawback I have found with this book, and with many these days, is the tiny print and light text. Granted, my eyesight is pretty bad, but I think a book that you are going to use to craft an object should be very readable for everyone, not just 20 year-olds who good vision.

Otherwise, I love flipping through the pages of this beautiful book. There is just an overall feeling of luxury and richness that spills from the pages.

(The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book.)

Rainbow Yarn!

Blogged under Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 18 April 2015 at 9:48 am



I love the look and feel of this Souk Cascade yarn! It’s an almost equal mix of silk and wool, and it’s amazing. I will admit, though, it’s a tad challenging to work with, similar to Noro in some ways. You have to be gentle and patient.



It is so fun to watch the colors change, and it makes me want to keep knitting so I can get to the next color. I am attempting to make a simple tote with a long crossbody strap. The design is something in my head, which hopefully will successfully transfer into my hands as I keep knitting.

Crafting Deadlines, Challenges, Fish Extenders, & Other Crafts

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 18 April 2015 at 9:46 am

Art Bead Scene Inside the Studio: Humblebeads

Heather gives us a peak into her studio while she’s prepping for a trunk show at the same time she has to keep up with regular orders. How do you cope when you have too many deadlines?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Stop by and check out the fun projects that the participants of the Frenzied Motion Challenge made!

Fish Extenders and Finished Bags

Finally finished the Fish Extender Bags! Tappingflamingo also show some of the gift ideas she has come up with.

Butterfly Spring Card Design

“Hello.” Here’s a bright cheery butterfly spring card with die cut embellishments to brighten someone’s day.

Blue Glass Solar Lights

Cherie’s playing with blue glass again! She’s made some solar lights for the garden.

Beading Arts

Cyndi has compiled a links list of her tutorials for little seed bead components that are endlessly useful in her work!

Yarn Review and Bead Crochet

This video craft podcast is full of knitting, crochet, and beading! Take out your current craft project, and craft-along with the Crafty Princess.

Plotting Some Bead Designs for the Cruise

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, beading by Tammy on Friday 17 April 2015 at 8:32 am

If you have caught any recent episodes of my video podcast, Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, then you know that I will be going on a cruise this summer with my mother and two sisters. I thought it would be fun to make some jewelry pieces of each of us that sort of are similar as far as materials, so I purchased some Swarovski crystal starfish charms and a few tubes of mixed beads from Artbeads. I’m going to ask each of them for some input as to what they want me to make, and (fingers crossed) I will have time to design and create a special piece for each of us before we hit the high seas.

Episode 18: Yarn Review & Bead Crochet

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 11 April 2015 at 4:06 pm

There is a little of everything I love to do in this episode:
knitting, crochet, and beading.


Show Notes:

Lion Brand

Fresh Stitches.com

Knitted Patchwork Recipe

Knifty Knitter

Little Knits


Book Review: Crochet Boutique Hats

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Saturday 11 April 2015 at 12:33 pm

Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crocheted Hat Designs is published by Lark and written by Rachael Oglesby. It retails in the US for $17.95 and in Canada for $19.95.

The 25 projects in this book included three different skill levels: beginner, easy, and intermediate. Most of the patterns are beginner and easy; I counted 5 that are designated as intermediate level. This one aspect of the book that I really like because hats should be fun to make for anyone at any skill level, but they tend to be especially good projects for beginning crocheters.

Many of the beginning level projects also use thick yarn and large hooks, so again, it is very beginner friendly, or for those who just want immediate gratification, there are plenty of patterns that will fit into that category too. The author was also careful to use easy to find yarns such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (for the Bulky Shells Beret); Patons Kroy Socks (used in the Wide Ribbed Beanie pattern, which is a great unisexl hat); Bernat Cotton-ish (for the Daisy Beret, a very cute beginning level hat); and even Lily Sugar n’ Cream (for a cute Bucket Hat). Color photos are abundant and provide multiple views of each hat, both on a model as well as laying flat.

I will say, that there are a few hat designs that do not personally appeal to me, but really, just a small number. Most look like something I would enjoy making and wearing. This would be a good “go to” book for someone who has mastered basic stitches like slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet and wants to start making finished accessories.

(A review copy was sent to me from the publisher.)

Free Crafting Patterns, Projects, and Some Challenges

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 11 April 2015 at 8:43 am

5 Free Art Bead Jewelry Projects

Today Heather brings you a preview of the projects featured in the 2015 Bead Cruise Program.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Winter is coming… actually, it’s spring, but the new season of Game of Thrones starts soon. See what Andrew created for a jewelry challenge that pays homage to the books and television series.

Connie Gee’s Designs

Prims are all the rage these days and Connie is fascinated with them. She’s added a new free pattern that is inspired by all the primitive designers she admires. It will have you “crowing” in anticipation of a quick finish.

Dazzle-It Rings: Great Beginner’s Bead Weaving Projects

If you’d like to try bead weaving, here’s a great way to learn. Look at the ring Eileen made in her first attempt.

Beading Arts

Cyndi has been experimenting with using multiple ribbons as a background for bead embroidery.

Video Needle Review

Learn the pros and cons of the Knit Picks Interchangeable Nickel Plated Needle Set.

Video Review: Knit Picks’ Interchangeable Needles

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Saturday 4 April 2015 at 10:59 am

Now that I have had a chance to use my new Knit Pick Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Needle Set, I put together this video review. I show you what you actually get in this particular set, and I discuss the pros and cons of the set.



Beads, Stitching, and Bunny Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 4 April 2015 at 9:53 am

Art Bead Scene

Check out our new challenge piece for the month ahead!

A Bead A Day

Enjoy seeing how beaders use the same supplies in their own unique ways? Check out this blog-hop reveal!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Check out what the Inspired by Reading Book Club members made for their March selection, “Home” by Toni Morrison!

Sweet Harmony Cross Stitch Pattern

Connie has added another free pattern that is suitable for cross stitch on Aida, linen, stitching over one, or even needlepoint.

Beaded Crosses

Cherie makes crosses with beads and baubles. Her latest crafty obsession!

Thumbprint Bunny Tea Towel

Kids can help make these thumbprint bunny tea towels. They make charming housewarming gifts and fun keepsakes for grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Win a Free Knitting Book!

Show off your finished crafting objects and get a chance to win a copy of a new knitting book coming out this month!

Beading Arts

Have you ever tried making an orb shape to bead? It’s not as hard as Cyndi first thought!

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