Crocheted Market Tote is Finished!

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 29 April 2009 at 8:09 am

Ah, it is done! I have already taken it on one test run toting books around, and it works fine for that. Though, of course, I have a ga-zillion book bags. This is really meant for the grocery store, and I plan on using it there today.

Here is a picture of it hanging from a doorknob so you can see how long the handle is and get an idea of how large it is. Again, I’ve just got books in it for this picture.

Crochet, Reefs, Math, &

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 27 April 2009 at 8:16 am

Thanks to a post on one of the crochet lists I’m on, I had a chance to view an interesting video about crochet, coral reefs, and math over that I’ve actually used other videos over there for classes before. There is good stuff on story telling, narrative, and poetry, but I usually shy away from anything science or math related. However, since this video includes crochet talk, I gave it a shot and did find it pretty interesting, even for a math-phobe like myself.

Unfortunately, does not have an option for embedded links, so you’ll have to go over there and watch it: Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math that links coral, crochet and hyperbolic geometry

Making a Crochet Market Bag

Blogged under Free Craft Projects,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Sunday 26 April 2009 at 5:17 pm

I’m almost done with my latest crochet project, a market bag. I found the pattern on the Lion Brand web site, and rather than use an H hook (which I haven’t gotten yet in bamboo) and its Cotton-Ease brand yarn, I used an I hook and Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn. The color is called “Country Side Ombre.” It looks more blue in the picture, but it’s really more purple with shades of green as well. So far, I’m up to 5 skeins on this guy. I love working with this yarn and stocked up recently with the idea of making more market bags and possibly some dish or wash clothes.

The jury is out on what I think about my bag. The pattern is labeled at “easy” level, and I wouldn’t call it super hard, but it did take me a few brain cells to figure out a few parts of it. It’s also a lot bigger than I imagined, though yes, I am using a little big larger hook. We will see how it holds up to actual grocery store use.

Craft Bloggers Unite 04/25/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 25 April 2009 at 10:05 am

Check out the yummy box of yarn goodies that recently arrived. Most of it is destined for afghans, but needless to say, I have a lot of projects in general planned. I also don’t see myself trudging up to Michael’s any time soon. Besides this box, I also got a box full of cotton yarn I plan to make items like crocheted market bags (which I’ve already started on) and maybe some wash clothes. I thought they might make some nice gifts this year, possibly teamed up with a few other items like some nice hand-made soaps.

My crafting blogger buds are also very busy:

Cross Stitch at
How do you organize your flosses and fibers? See what other stitchers do, then share your own methods.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Earth day Jewelry Making Inspired by Heidi Boyd’s Simply Beaded Bliss- making charms from button covers and advertising buttons.

The Crochet Dude
Drew met the King of San Antonio!

The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares some thoughts about copyrights, artist’s rights and intellectual property theft in this thought provoking post.

About Family Crafts
Why not make a special May Day treat for your neighbors!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has a Bottle Cap project just in time for Mother’s Day or for that end of the year teacher gift!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Swelldesigner finds some colorful inspiration by Wrecking her Journal!

Blisstree Arts
Cyndi’s done a round-up of all her image transfer tutorials.

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian has lots of spring garden projects! Pop by her blog to learn how to recycle paint stir sticks into a garden planter, blend up fresh fruit smoothies, easily create wood burn garden markers and ideas for painting a garden set that is perfect for mom.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside has a call for entries: 1000 Artisan Textiles, a tutorial on how to upcycle an old promo charm with stamped polymer clay, fusing plastic bags from the soon to be released book: Green Guide for Artists, and two asymmetrical jewelry designs made from recycled elements.

Crafty Princess Diaries
More about YuDu – If you still aren’t convinced after seeing Margot Potter’s video on how to use this interesting contraption, then here is some more information for you to consider.

Sister Diane is super-excited to launch her new ebook, Making a Great Blog: a Guide for Creative People. It’s all about how to write and photograph compelling blog posts, and how to keep the inspiration flowing.

Figuring Out Ravelry

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Thursday 23 April 2009 at 6:52 pm

Okay, okay, I know that I need another social network like a hole in the head, but….I finally caved in and joined Raverly. I have been directed to the site so many times when I was looking for crochet patterns that I finally joined. That’s how it started. Sure, I’m just joining for the patterns. But, of course, soon I found myself surfing around, wondering what was over there besides patterns. Next, I figured I’d fill out my page a little; what harm could that do? I’m just adding a little craft information about myself, right? Then I started uploading some of the projects I’ve completed. Well, you get the picture. It does have the potential of sucking me into it’s social networking grip! Luckily, I don’t find this site super-intuitive, at least for me, so I’m still slowing feeling my way around. I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and of course, if anyone over there needs a friend…

More YuDo

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 22 April 2009 at 7:31 am

After posting Margot’s fabulous YuDu video over here, I went googling around and found the YuDu web page: You can find lots of information about this and related products over there including tutorials, videos (though not as cool has Margot’s), FAQs, and more.

From what I can tell, this is not for the faint of heart crafter. It’s not necessarily difficult, but I would also not expect instant gratification either. In fact, I remember doing actual silk screening in a high school art class, and it was really a very similar processes, though agreed the YuDu is still easier than what we did. It also in not an inexpensive investment of your mulla. However, check Joann’s and Michael’s for coupons. I have seen this product at my local craft store, so I know you could probably score one for a discount.

Crochet a Mop

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 21 April 2009 at 7:17 am

Talk about a practical fiber project, you can’t get any more practical than the Reversible Swiffer Sock project over at Craftstylish. Like many people, we recently put in some new wood-type flooring into one room of our home, and this has meant I’ve had to deal with dirt as well as dust, since you don’t have to worry about carpet or vinyl getting dusty usually. With my new dark engineered-wood floor, though, I have to sweep up the dirt, and even in areas that there is no dirt, I notice a little dust now and then. I have not purchased a swiffer because (1) I couldn’t find them anywhere around here and then (2) I recently heard that the chemical static sheets to you are supposed to use can be harmful to pet. This makes me think I may need to try to get one of these and just forgo the static sheets.

Weaving Art

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Monday 20 April 2009 at 7:10 am

If you have lots of fiber scraps in your stash but haven’t yet figured out how to use them, then take a look at this interesting project from the folks at Embellishments: Fabric and Found Object Weaving.

The project is posted on-line and includes step-by-step instructions for creating an art piece similar to the one pictured above. This would be not only a great way to use up scraps while creating something beautiful to look at, but I could see how you could use this to help integrate a theme or color palette into a specific decor.

YarnCon in Chicago Coming in October

Blogged under Shows by Tammy on Sunday 19 April 2009 at 10:02 am

For those who live in the mid-west, you may want to check into attending YarnCon this October in Chicago. Along with lots of yarn to purchase and fellow yarn crafters to meet, there will be workshops offered:

Flower Pins from Recycled Felted Wool with Denise Handwerker
Sew a beautiful flower pin from recycled felted wool! Using three layers of luscious felt, construct a pin approximately 2-4″ in size. By the end of the class you will have a perfect accessory for your handmade sweaters, purses, hats or jackets. This class is suitable for anyone that can safely use sharp scissors and thread a needle. Kits will be available for purchase ($10-$20), and needle and thread will be supplied. Please bring your own scissors.

Textile-Based Artist Trading Cards with Lindsay Obermeyer
Unlock a creative block. These miniature works of art are a fantastic means for experimenting. Like traditional trading cards we will work in a 2 ½” x 3 1/2″ format. We will use paper and cloth as our base to explore new and familiar techniques including collage, hand embroidery, appliqué, and stamping. Bring fabric scraps, photographs, bits of ribbon – anything that suits your whim through which a needle may pass. Expect to complete at least on card during the workshop.

Introduction to Spinning with Vera Videnovich
Vera Videnovich will demonstrate how to spin on a spinning wheel, and will be available to answer questions for the beginner and more advanced spinner. Vera will also be at her booth with her spinning wheel throughout the show.

Morning Kids’ Knitting Class with Sister Arts Studio
Beginning knitting class and book reading of Angora: I’m Not Fluff, I’m Always Enough by local author Gary Scholar.
Ages 6 and up
$25.00 per person, including Knitting Kit ($15.00 without kit)

Afternoon Kids’ Knitting Class with Sister Arts Studio
Beginning knitting class and book reading of Angora: I’m Not Fluff I’m Always Enough by local author Gary Scholar.
Ages 6 and up
$25.00 per person, including Knitting Kit ($15.00 without kit)

Learn to knit with the Windy City Knitting Guild
Learn how to knit, or get help while adding to Polly E. Cotton’s dress. Free.

Crafty Bloggers Unite 04/18/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 18 April 2009 at 9:59 am

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside is in full bloom with an inside look into the soon to be released: Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by L. K. Ludwig along with a full tutorial on stitching a bird cage on a card, a how-to for embroidering barbed wire, cleaning and cutting Acrylic and how to paint a checkerboard floor.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Become a professional crocheter with the help of an organization designed for those who are interested in make yarn craft a j-o-b.

Sister Diane reviews Betz White’s new book, Sewing Green.

Cross Stitch at
See how Kitchinstitchin used an old window and a piece of crazy quilt for an unusual framed Cross Stitch project.

Naughty Secretary Club
Jen shows you how to wear your stuffed animal collection as a bracelet. Plus enter to win a free copy of her book The Naughty Secretary Club!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
You’ll have a “ball” stitching yarn scraps into beads with a little help from the new book: Strands by Jacqueline Myers-Cho.

The Crochet Dude
Drew recaps an amazing Southern Caribbean Crochet Cruise!

The Impatient Crafter
Check out the new YuDu home screen printing machine in this brand spanking new The Impatient Crafter video hosted by Madge. While you’re there, follow the link to her interview with fellow crafty blogger Sister Diane of CraftyPod on personal branding!

Vickie Howell’s Pop Goes Crochet
Vickie’s latest book, Pop Goes Crochet, hits stores in 2 weeks! Get a sneak peek of 5 accessory projects now though, including designs by The Breeder’s Kelley Deal, The Stitch Diva and The Crochet Dude. Give ’em a gander and enter to win a free, signed copy!

About Family Crafts
Discover many creative projects all made using paper plates.

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Create a very cool, colorful accent wall on the cheap using scrapbook paper!

Blisstree Arts
Miriam Schaer makes books from materials that you would never think to use! Come see how she pushes the boundaries of bookmaking.

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian is calling all Colorado crafters! Stop by the Colorado Women’s expo April 25th & 26th. She will be doing presentaions on both days – the topic is…Living Creatively by Re-Crafting and Recycling.

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