Calling All Crochet Designers & Other Crafters

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Monday 11 October 2010 at 4:40 pm has a new program going on called Contributing Writers where it hires writers to submit material for specific topics on an on-going basis. Most recently I saw that the Crochet site has a call out for a contributing writer/designer (from the newsletter):

We’re planning to expand our coverage of the crochet topic to include more patterns. With that in mind, we’re currently seeking an experienced crochet pattern designer….We’re asking for a minimum of 4 original patterns per month, plus any necessary supporting materials (including stitch tutorials and definitions of unfamiliar terms, as necessary.)

When I went to the list of open topics, I saw that there were a few other craft related ones open including digital scrapbooking and machine quilting. This is not the same as running one of the guides sites over there but would instead supplement content on an existing site.

Craft Link Time, Enjoy!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 10 October 2010 at 1:38 pm

About Family Crafts
What is the most unique Halloween costume you have ever worn or seen someone else wear? Share your ideas and read about others.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shares this year’s Herm and Ethel Freebie Halloween Postcards with you!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi experiments with her own images to make a 3D card embellishment.

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

This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of the new book Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Elements, info about getting involved with conservation work with your dog and the upcoming ReuseConex event, and a recipe for cognac Cherries.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
If you’ve been hesitant to try decoupage on wood, check out Eileen’s tips for beginners.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
It’s ‘fallish’ and Madge has created a fabulous fashion friendly fall jewelry set for Jewel School.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi finished up her series on altered books with a flourish 😉

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to crochet a bead and Soft Flex bracelet inspired by Heidi Boyd’s new book Wired Beautiful.

New & Renewed Jewelry Items in My Etsy Shop

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Saturday 9 October 2010 at 8:52 am

Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! Crochet You’ll Love to Wear

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Thursday 7 October 2010 at 5:50 pm

If I had to come up with one word to describe (The Crochet Dude) Drew Emborsky’s newest title, Crochet It. Love It Wear It!, it would be this: stunning!

This is not your grandmother’s (bless her heart!) granny square poncho or double crochet shawl folks! There are actually designs in this book that anyone, crafter or non-crafter, would love to wear.Of course, everyone’s favorite design in Drew’s book has got to be “Budapest Nights,” a red floor-length coat trimmed in faux fur. I wonder how they managed to get the model to hand it back over to them after the photo shoot?

Along with the gorgeous red coat, two other pieces that popped out at me as items I would actually wear and enjoy and feel good in were the “Ruffled Cardigan” and the “Laurie.” The cardigan has a ruffled affect down the sides and lace-like stitching, very pretty and feminine.

The “Laurie” is a top that you could also wear as a light jacket. It criss-crossed and ties around the waist, so it looks like it creates a slimming affect.

The book includes a total of 13 projects: 1 coat, 1 scarf, 2 cardigans, 2 skirts, 2 pull-over sweaters, 2 dresses, 1 wrap sweater, 1 jacket, and 1 vest. All but the coat are designated as intermediate level, and sizes are included from small to X-large and 2X-large for many of the projects. (Thank you, Drew, for realizing the average woman is not a size zero!)

Let’s face it. Crochet has always had a bad rap when it comes to clothing because the stitching can just be so bulky. This can be a good thing if you are making an afghan, but who wants to wear a sweater that looks like it was made for the Michelin Man?! I have enough of my own bulk to deal with, thank you very much.

For those who have been turned off in the past to the bulk or funky retro of most crocheted clothing, Drew’s book will convince you that it is possible to make pretty crochet clothing that you will be proud to wear and feel pretty in as well.

Crafting for a Cause

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Wednesday 6 October 2010 at 6:17 pm

Thank you to Sandy who posted a comment about a charity group she has worked with successfully called Crafting for a Cause. According to her, they are very organized, so you will not feel like you are sending your precious hand-made goods into a black hole. Here is the description from the groups web site explaining its mission and how it works:

We are a group of crafters from around the globe, coming together to help those in need. We use our crafting talents to make afghans, quilts, lapghans, scarves, hats, slippers and much, much more! Our efforts and focus are on the children and elders of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the newborn unit of the Pine Ridge hospital, Pass Creek Elderly Center on Pine Ridge Reservation, the Pretty Bird Woman House on the Standing Rock Reservation and the children at the UC Davis Pediatric Cancer Infusion Center in Sacramento, California.

Our webstore came about as a way to raise money to buy propane for the families on the Pine Ridge Reservation.   Members donate items to the store and all profits from the store go into the propane fund.  If you think you’d like to join us, stop by and sign up for our yahoo group.  We would love to have you join our cause!

If you know of any similar charity groups that could use some help and know how to say “thank you” or at the very least have a way for you to be sure your items actually make it there, feel free to email me at tammypowley [a] and I will blog about them.

Right as Rain Charity

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Tuesday 5 October 2010 at 6:07 pm

After posting recently about how a simple “thank you” goes a long way when giving your hand-crafted items to charities, I got some great feedback from my readers, which included a few tips on some charity groups that enjoy receiving and have learned to say “thank you.” One is called Right as Rain (thank you, Eileen for the 411), and you can find them on Facebook: “Out to Change the World One Craft at a Time. Right as Rain is a non-profit that sells donated, hand-made crafts and art to help real people in an unexpected crisis. It connects artisans who wish to give their gift as a gift and real people in need.”

This group also as a web site:

This group looks super organized, and what’s extra cool is that even if you don’t have time to make a bunch of items to donate, you can go shopping in their store and still help someone in need. They sell accessories, art, clothing, kids items, jewelry (yeah!), and a lot more. I’m definitely going to check them out, and I hope you do as well.

Sunny Sunday Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Sunday 3 October 2010 at 11:52 am

It is a sleepy, sunny Sunday here today. I’m working on getting rid of a cold and trying to do some craft writing while my lone cat, Skimpy, takes a much needed nap.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
The Artful Crafter receives lots of questions about whether different media can be used together. Here are some tips for sorting out the issues yourself.

Mixed Media Artist
Foil lettering adds a nice touch to your altered books or collage projects!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Check out a cute origami penguin in Plaid from the new book-Origami World By Didier Boursin.

The Crochet Dude
Drew throws a wrap tour to celebrate his whirlwind blog tour! Check out his list of stops along the way and discover “new to you” crafty bloggers!

About Family Crafts
If you are thinking of having a Halloween party this year, Sherri has some great ideas and resources for you.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen offers a little fall inspiration with her Day of the Dead Fiber Necklace.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi’s latest art cards feature an accidental colour palette.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
At Craftside this week you can enter to win a new Singer sewing machine and a copy of 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips, see how to draw 12 facial expressions, use and clean a kneaded eraser, make a silk lotus flower and a bunch of fun fashion sketch poses.

Start on Crochet Halloween Goodies

Blogged under amigurumi,Fiber Fun,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Saturday 2 October 2010 at 10:03 am

October is here, and it is still plenty early to get going on some easy Halloween crocheted items. Of course, Amigurumi comes to mind right away when I think about fast crochet fun. One of my favorite go-to places on the Web for free and easy patterns is the Lion Brand web site. You have to sign up for a free membership to get to the free patterns, but that is pretty painless and I think well worth it.

Along with the Count pictured above, the site has other great crochet patterns that are very simple to make like a witch’s hat, ghost, pumpkin baby bib, spiders, and much more.

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