Craft Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 30 January 2011 at 2:44 pm

Cross Stitch at About.com
Pick up a free romantic design to stitch for Valentine’s Day or a wedding or anniversary.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen has some tips – learned from painful personal experience – about how to take care of your muse.

Mixed Media Artist
Have you tried reverse applique? It’s a lot easier than you might think!

About Family Crafts
If you are looking for an almost instant Valentine’s Day craft or activity, check out these free Valentine’s Day printable pages.

Aileen’s Musings
Looking for some freebie Vintage images, Aileen has some ready for you to download and use in your art projects.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Free card making samples in a UK publication inspire this new 3D card featuring Popcorn the Bear.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free CD envelope template with spinner windows, Valentine heart made with skulls graphic downloads, a sneak peek into the new book Drawn In, formulas for designing your own bead patterns, and the author Make and Take schedule for the CHA winter 2011 trade show.

Amigurumi Videos

Blogged under Crafty Videos, amigurumi by Tammy on Saturday 29 January 2011 at 11:16 am

I have not had time to do any amigurumi lately. When I crochet these days, the project is usually for a charity or a gift, and I don’t know many people to gift amigurumi to. However, I’m still in love with this technique.

I was surfing around on the Ravelry forums today and found a link to some wonderful crochet and amigurumi videos over at Fresh Stitches. She covers everything from how to attach the yarn to a crochet hook to how to stitch the parts of an amigurumi together. These are great resources for crochet newbies or anyone who has wanted to try amigurumi but wasn’t sure about how to handle some of the details.

Duckie Afgah Finished

Blogged under Charity Crafting, Finished Projects by Tammy on Thursday 27 January 2011 at 7:25 am

My V-stitch afghan is finished! It ended up being 28 x 29 inches. The pattern has the size at 28×30, so I probably messed up on the gauge some where. I’m not a swatcher, especially when it comes to something that doesn’t have to fit anyone perfectly. If I make more of these, though, I will try to make it more closer to 30×30. The original pattern called for cotton-ease and a K hook, and I used a K hook and Vanna’s Choice Baby. Both yarns are 4-ply.

This is definitely a good beginning level project because you basically just need to chain, single crochet, and double crochet. The picot stitch around the afghan also looks really nice. This took less than 2 skeins (3.50 oz or 170 yards), and since I got them on sale for $2.50 each, the cost works out to be less than $5. I’m putting this away to give to Healthy Start in a few months.

Glue and Yarn Don’t Mix So Well

Blogged under Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Monday 24 January 2011 at 4:50 pm

Some of the items we hope to make and sell for our craft club’s fun raiser are heart pins and clips. I found a great pattern for crocheted hearts at Planet M Files, received the okay from the designer to use her pattern and sell the finished hearts, and have been making them like crazy lately. My original ideas was that members could bring glue guns to one of our meetings and glue on the pin backs and clips.

Luckily, it occurred to me that I should double check how glue gun glue worked with yarn because, well, it doesn’t! The glue just does not stick! Crap-o-la! As I said, I was lucky only because I thought to test this out before I had members show up with their guns ready.

Glue test number two included tacky glue, an old favorite of mine. It does work, but you have to wait awhile for the glue to totally dry. I was hoping with the glue guns we would have instant stickiness.

Glue test number three was with super glue, which I invariably always get all over myself for some reason. Super glue was also successful, but again, it’s not an instant stick. Either way, with tacky or super glue, we will have to allow the glue to totally set before we can start selling our pins.

I’m now gluing some pins on my own so we at least have some to get started when our fund raiser kicks off in a few days. Then by the time we sell this fist batch, the next should be dry and ready to go.

Craft Link Sunday

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 January 2011 at 4:59 pm

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make a flattened coil and recycled sweater bound journal inspired by the book Creative Bloom.

About Family Crafts
The current make-it-over craft challenge is all about making Valentine card and treat holders. Do you have a favorite to share?

Mixed Media Artist
Give your photos a delightful old-fashioned look, while still keeping the color!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has a new product announcement and giveaway!

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Learn how to make custom handcrafted ear wires in this week’s video on demand for JTV’s Jewel School!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi uses some free digital files to create new cards.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Have you ever crafted by camplight? Come on a crafting adventure with Eileen.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to make recycled tape measure bracelets, using portmanteaus in your designs, vampire legends from a bunch of countries, Squam registration info and how to draw cute and crafty ladies such as you might be.

Cross Stitch at About.com
The road to success is not an easy path, but the journey is certainly worth it. Stitch the free Road to Success Sampler as a colorful reminder.

Craft Club Progress

Blogged under My College Craft Club by Tammy on Saturday 22 January 2011 at 4:39 pm

A new semester meant a new meeting, and I was relieved to see some old faces as well as some new ones at our first meeting of the semester. We meet for two hours, and members were able to come and go during that time, but at one point, I counted 15 people in the room. About half were new, so the other half was busy showing them how to crochet.

Right now, we have a total of about 14 squares, so considering we need 9 squares to make one baby afghan, we are looking pretty good. Next step is to start organizing them and connecting the squares together.

Some of the students from last semester are eager now to try something other than a square, so we may be approaching baby hats soon. I’m curious to see how they react to working in the round.

Our next meeting will be a little less crochet, however, so it may be awhile before we tackle the hats. We plan to have a Valentine’s fund raiser and sell hand-made cards and heart pins. I’m hoping this will bring back some previous members how may have gotten a little overwhelmed with crochet. Card making will be a nice instant gratification activity for a change.

Some Craft Shopping

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 19 January 2011 at 5:44 pm

I sold a few things in my Etsy shop recently (yeah!), so I thought that plus the fact that Valentine’s is on the way required that I do a little shopping myself. I have had the pictured Earthenwood Studios heart pendant for some time, and I thought since my mom now makes jewelry, she might like one too. So I got her one in jet and white (versus pewter and white, which is what I have). I thought that would make a neat little Valentine’s gift for her.

Then I headed over to Earthenwood’s Etsy shop and got a cute little pendant from her Afternoon Tea collection. Now I’m wondering, though, how I missed her new crackled heart pendants. Those look pretty cool too!

Holiday Weekend Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 16 January 2011 at 10:46 am

Normally, this would be a major crafting weekend for me because in the US we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, which means a three day weekend for me. But, of course, the stars were not aligned correctly and instead I’m battling a heck of a nasty cold! I literally languished on the couch all day yesterday and did zero crochet or jewelry stuff or anything! Hopefully, things will be better today. There is much crafting to do!

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares basic beading techniques in this week’s video on demand for JTV’s Jewel School!

Mixed Media Artist

There are lots of products that will give a translucent finish to paper. Cyndi experiments to see which ones work the best!

The Artful Crafter
Come one; come all. See The Artful Crafter Parade of Valentine Crafts.

About Family Crafts
If you can’t beat winter, celebrate it everyday with these simple crafts and activities!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how to make a glittery crown any birthday Queen would be proud to wear!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi tests glitter in a spray format to create beautiful sparkly cards.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free penguin graphic download, a doll boot pattern and sewing tutorial, a video interview with Carri Hammett author of Mittens and Hats for Yarn Lovers, and the pros and cons of petroleum verses synthetic oil.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Join in the Cross Stitch Forum SAT, SWAT and don’t forget about the January Forum Challenge and the Duh One Challenge. Learn about these opportunities and other stitchy wonderfulness going on on Connie’s site.

The “Ah” of Crafting

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Wednesday 12 January 2011 at 5:17 am

Of course, knitting seems to continue to get all the press these days, but I still really enjoyed a recent article in the New York Times that talked about the way knitting can make you feel good. It’s called “Crafting a Recovery” by Ann Hood. It’s a super short article and totally worth a read for any crafter.

As you read it, you could substitute “crochet” for the word “knit,” or really just about any type of craft such as beading, stamping, embroidery, and I think you would totally agree with the way she talks about how crafting can make people feel good.

Duckie Yarn is So Duckie

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Tuesday 11 January 2011 at 5:53 am

I normally don’t start more than one project at a time when it comes to crafting, or at least I try not to. I’m really deadline driven. When I start a project, I have a reason to finish it because 99% of the time I’m giving it to someone, or it’s for a writing project. That said, I wanted to try something different as far as yarn for the many baby items I crochet. I’ve been in a Berant Softee rut and decided I needed to try something different for a change. In fact, that was one of my new year’s resolutions when it comes to crochet, to try different yarns and branch out some on stitches.

Thus, I started this V-stitch baby afghan. The pattern is number 70119A from the Lion Brand site. While the pattern calls for cotton-ease, Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn was on sale in this beautiful bright yellow called “Duckie.” This is a 4-ply versus the 3-ply that I normally use, and it is a super bright color, not the typical pastels I’m used to.

The V-stitch works up very quickly. It basically is a form of double crochet, so it is very easy to learn if you are already a fan of double crochet stitch. I have not spent a huge amount of time on this blanket, and I’m already close to being about half finished with it already.

I’m looking forward to using more of this yarn and making more baby afghans with it.

The pattern is a keeper, and the yarn is great to work with as well. It is soft and chunky, so even though there are lots of holes in this blanket, it still feels pretty substantial.

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