Book Deal for Knitters

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 30 March 2010 at 11:53 am

Black Dog Publishing has a new book out called In the Loop: Knitting Now, and because this publisher knows that I have some yarn lovers over here, I was sent some information about a special offer. Readers of Crafty Princess Diaries can get 40% off the cover price simply by doing the following:

  • Send an email to the publisher’s rep Jessica at jess@blackdogonline.com
  • In the subject heading put “Crafty Princess Diaries Offer”
  • Include your delivery address

Jessica will get assist you with putting in your discounted order for the book.

Here’s also a description of the book from the press release I was sent:

“In the Loop: Knitting Now explores the progression of knitting, a craft which has come a long way from its fuzzy image of thick socks, long shawls and embarrassing motifs on Christmas jumpers. Now there are knitting groups that meet in quirky venues throughout the country, as well as hundreds of clubs and contemporary artists intent on reclaiming the craft. In the Loop maps knitting’s journey from solitary hobby for old maids to mainstream, contemporary trend.

Including visual essays by contemporary knitters, artists and academics, with chapters such as Rethinking Knitting, Narrative Knits and Site & Sight: Activist Knitting, In The Loop explores the diverse topics of knitting in art, international knitting traditions, knitting as social activism, the oral history of knitting and knitting technology—providing a fascinating insight into the world of loops, stitches and casting off!

Through case studies, essays and photographs, In The Loop documents the work of artists using knitting in their work, public responses to knitting over the years, the rise of contemporary knitting groups such the internationally renowned ‘Stitch and Bitch’ and the burgeoning popularity for ’Knit Lit’ and do-it-yourself, environmentally friendly crafts.

Lavishly illustrated with images of contemporary knitting, In The Loop is an attractive volume with a fresh, modern and appealing design in keeping with the vibrant and creative subject matter. As such, In The Loop is an essential book for anyone with an interest in contemporary crafts, trends and textiles.”

Craft Blog Link Up

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 28 March 2010 at 5:01 pm

Mixed Media Artist
Learn a more subtle approach to using the pointillism filter in Photoshop.

About Family Crafts
Find out how to get creative while making prints with kids by using a variety of supplies you already have on hand. You can share your ideas too!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a dress from a recycled tank and skirt inspired by one in the book Built By Wendy Dresses

Aileen’s Musings
Follow Aileen along her creative path and see how she transforms a 16×20 canvas and a map background into her dream piece!

The Artful Crafter
Read some glass etching tips from master etcher Eric Robert.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Wanna be a ‘trashionista?’ Join Madge as she turns old magazines into a fabulous decoupage purse in this week’s project for ILoveToCreate Teen Crafts!

Cathie Filian
The Easter Bunny has been busy over at Cathie’s workshop! Check out all the fun Easter Craft Ideas.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a how-to on making a zipper necklace, a free pattern template for a cute card jewelry display, a whole bunch of great cat quotes, an interview with Paula Guhin author of Image Art Workshop and announcing-Craftside authors will be doing Make and Takes at the Unique Los Angeles shopping extravaganza!

My New Book on Amazon!

Blogged under Publications from Moi by Tammy on Thursday 25 March 2010 at 8:55 am

Woot! I’m so excited to see that my new book, The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, is already up for early ordering on Amazon.com!

I have only seen a mock-up of the cover, and the publisher was going to change a few things at that point. So this is really the first time I’ve seen the cover. I can’t wait to get it into my hot little hands!

Video about Sewing Machines

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Sew Simple by Tammy on Wednesday 24 March 2010 at 6:00 am

Ever wanted to learn how to sew but had no idea where to start when it came to which sewing machine was right for you? This video from Threads magazine has some good advice and information.

I was amazed to see that the newer sergers will automatically thread for you, wow! That was always a major hassle when I took sewing classes. I think I drove my instructor crazy asking her to thread it for me all the time.

Crafting for Critters

Blogged under Crafts from the Past, Fiber Fun, Sew Simple by Tammy on Tuesday 23 March 2010 at 8:46 am

I posted this photo in one of my Facebook albums but thought it would be fun to share here as well. After taking this picture of “THE” most comfortable cat in the whole wide world, I realized that he is lounging on items that I made a long time ago.

The blue crocheted blanket and the pinkish one across from him were afghans that sort of ran amok. The pillow in the center I also made. I purchased the pillow insert from a fabric store, and I used a pillow case, cut it down to fit around this smaller insert, and stitched it closed. Additionally, the curtains behind him (which I need to replace with new ones) were a sheet that I cut to fit the window and added a casing at the top to fit over a push rod.

As you can see, they all make for a very comfortable spot in front of a window. It feels good to be appreciated.

Craft Bloggers Unite 03/21/10

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 21 March 2010 at 10:57 am

I know it doesn’t look all that appetizing at this point, but if you could only experience the yummy smells bubbling from this pot of corn beef, soon to be teamed with cabbage and carrots for our late St. Patrick’s Day meal this Sunday, wow! As I wait for what I hope will be an early lunch today, I’m looking around the web for some great craft ideas and inspiration. Come join me.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Looking for an easy way to paint coloring-book art on the walls in a kid’s room? Linda walks you through how she did it.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Where do you find inspiration? Madge wants to know! Share her process from inspiration to design in this inspired post!

Mixed Media Artist
See how you can achieve the look of a hand-tinted print with Photoshop!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make recycled plastic bunny ears inspired by the techniques in the book Upcycled Accessories

The Artful Crafter
Have you seen Xyron’s Creatopia? Prepare to be amazed by the baby booties going through a Creatopia in the video!

About Family Crafts
Celebrate spring with Sherri and these fun craft projects!

Cathie Filian
Check out Cathie’s silk screen projects for Better Homes and Gardens. She has something for everyone.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

This week at Craftside there is a fun Steampunk style socket set bracelet, how to repurpose a canvas tote with applique and make faux patches, a peek into some cool art from the book Digital Illustration, a hot water bottle gets Re-Bound and a how to and tips on vampire drawing.

New Jewelry Book Reviews

Blogged under Good Books, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 20 March 2010 at 9:55 am

Though the economy still isn’t doing that well and publishing, like so many industries, has been struggling, I’m happy to say that there are still a lot of great jewelry books coming out these days. Here are a few jewelry making book reviews I’ve published on my About.com Jewelry Making site over the past few months in case you missed any of them:


A Bead in Time by Lisa Crone includes 35 beading projects plus tips for designing jewelry using inspiration found all around us.


Seed Bead Fusion: 18 Projects to Stitch, Wire and String by Rachel Nelson-Smith brings together wire techniques and seed bead stitches to create some truly unique jewelry designs.


The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques: Plastic, rubber, metal and more are covered in this technique-heavy jewelry that examines contemporary jewelry making.


Enchanted Adornments is a mixed media book written by Cynthia Thornton covers a mixture of metal clay, wire, resin, and more.


Beyond the Bead: Making Jewelry with Unexpected Finds by Margot Potter is a mixed-media feast for jewelry makers who are ready to move their skills beyond bead stringing.


Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework and Art Glass Jewelry by Kerry Bogert combines simply wire techniques with colorful lampwork beads.

Cool Crochet Newsletter!

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Thursday 18 March 2010 at 5:04 pm

I just signed up for a new (and free!) crochet newsletter published by the Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky. This is a new endeavor of Drew’s, and I have no doubt it will be a success! You can sign up by going to his web site and scrolling down to the blue linked icon or here is also a direct link to his newsletter sign-up page.

New Jewelry Tutorials

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 17 March 2010 at 4:57 pm

I usually publish at least one jewelry making tutorial every week on my About.com Jewelry Making site. If you haven’t been by there in awhile, then you may have missed some of them:

Midnight Pearl, Crystal, and Chain Necklace (pictured above)

Golden Link & Crystal Hoop Earrings

Textured Brass & Bamboo Earrings

How to Oxidize with Liver of Sulphur

Glass Flower Post Earrings

Green Fern Shell & Flower Silk Necklace

To make sure you don’t miss out any future jewelry tutorials, sign up for my free bi-weekly newsletter over there. I publish one newsletter on Sunday nights (eastern time) and usually another one goes out mid-week around Wednesdays or Thursdays. The newsletters include link updates to tutorials, blog posts, and other related jewelry articles posted on the site.

Crafty Princess House Cleaning

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Monday 15 March 2010 at 2:42 pm

Now that the book is essentially put to bed, I’m looking around the house and realizing what a wreck it is! Funny how that happens when you spend your weekends writing and making jewelry instead of cleaning. Since September, I’ve basically done only “gotta do it” type cleaning around here. I am tad overwhelmed, really, but I finally decided to just take it a room or even corner at a time and work my way through the whole house. My boys, pictured above, has offered to help me out even, so it will get done slowly but surely.

I have also done a little house cleaning, so to speak, on this blog, now that I can give it a little more attention than usual. If you go to the main page, you’ll see my blog rolls have been divided up into more categories, so they are a little better organized. I also deleted some blogs that seemed to be DOA.

Now, I’m thinking of a new template as well, though that may have to wait until this summer. What do you think? Is it time for the Crafty Princess Diaries to get a make-over?

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