June 1st – Me and FaveCrafts Radio

Blogged under Shows,Social Networking by Tammy on Tuesday 31 May 2011 at 7:36 am

FaveCrafts Radio is a monthly radio show hosted by Pat Sloan. Pat interviews your favorite craft experts and celebrities and they offer tips about and discuss some of their favorite projects on FaveCrafts.com. FaveCrafts Radio airs live on BlogTalkRadio on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month from 3 – 4:00 pm (ET) (2 pm Central, 1 pm Mountain, noon Pacific). Archived podcasts can be streamed directly from the website or downloaded for free through iTunes. Visit FaveCraftsRadio.com.

Tune in on June 1 at 3 pm Eastern Time (2 pm Central, 1 pm Mountain, 12 noon Pacific) for FaveCrafts Radio.

Learn more about this month’s guests:

Hilary Frye is focused on the creative process. Learn more about her mixed media endeavors on Wednesday’s radio show. Projects on FaveCrafts: Painted Fabric Beads and Tissue Knit Necklace. Hilary Frye’s blog: Fryestyle.blogspot.com.

Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka Crafty Chica, has transformed her love of art into an amazing career, with novels and craft books, a product line, and more. Her website, CraftyChica, covers all of her endeavors, and her blog, Diary of a Crafty Chica, will keep you up-to-date on what she’s working on now. As for her projects on FaveCrafts, check out Daisy de la Flora Inspired Purse Clutch, Fabric Heart Collage, Glittericious Mixed Media Address Book, and more. Tune in to hear what she’ll talk about: maybe her new book, Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing.

Tammy Powley is a prolific author about jewelrymaking. She’s the About.com guide to Jewelrymaking and her latest book is The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making. Tammy Powley recently shared some projects from her book with FaveCrafts.com: Geometric Gemstone and Pearl Knot Necklace and Shot Through the Heart Necklace. For more on Tammy Powley, visit The Crafty Princess Diaries.

Resident Craft Expert Maria Nerius is always up to something new. Learn all about her crafty endeavors, FaveCrafts 365 , her tips for designers and crafters running craft businesses, and more.

Brenda Pinnick is the queen of color! She’s an artist, illustrator, product designer and graphic designer. Among Brenda’s projects on FaveCrafts are videos, including Are you in a Color Rut?, Speaking of Color Values, and The Magic of Three Color Inspiration. Brenda’s website is sure to inspire, check out http://www.brendapinnick.com/.

So tune in!

FaveCrafts Radio Host Pat Sloan is a frequent contributor to FaveCrafts.com . She also has a website http://www.PatSloan.com, Blog – http://patsloan.typepad.com, Quilt Forum – http://www.quiltmashup.com, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PatSloanQuiltFun and twitter http://twitter.com/QuilterPatSloan. In 1998 Pat took her 6 quilt patterns to Houston to Quilt Market and had her first booth to share her designs. From there she’s been published in all the quilt magazines, has over 20 books with Leisure Arts, and many fabric lines with P&B. Over the years, she’s taught around the country, hosted quilters cruises, and generally spread her joy of quilting to as many people as she can. All in all, Pat loves to motivate people to create. Pat also hosts American Patchwork & Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan.


Afghan for Tornado Victims

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Monday 30 May 2011 at 8:40 am

I told myself I was not going to do this. I mean, really, I have too many projects in the works as it is, and the deadline is pretty tight, but after watching the news and seeing how many people have been affected by the tornadoes recently, I finally figured I’d give it a go and try to make an afghan for the Craft Hopes’ project #13. Unfortunately, I found out about this just a few days ago, and the afghans must be received by June 15, eek!

So it is double crochet squares and a pound of yarn to the rescue. The skein of yarn is from my stash, good old Caron acrylic. The color is called Iris. I making 15 inch squares, at least 9 of them, and then I’ll stitch them together to make the afghan. Right now, I have 4 made so far and a 5th in the works. By the time I post this blog entry, I will probably have a few more (or at least I hope so!) If time allows I may bump this up to 12 squares.

I told myself no more large afghans and no more charity projects to groups that I couldn’t count on knowing if the item was received or not, but in this case, I just felt I had to participate and hopefully help one person feel better with a purple afghan to snuggle with.

Weekly Craft Blog Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 May 2011 at 4:22 pm

About Family Crafts
Check out the graduation quilts Sherri designed and made for her kids.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi has a special post honoring an artist’s passing.

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

This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a three-page spread in your art journal, the components of a page layout in grid format, how to make doll hair with yarn, and an amigurumi octopus sighting at Maker Faire.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
See how to make zero-calorie fortune cookies for your next party. Hint: They’re made in the craft room – not the kitchen.

Craft Buds
Craft Buds shares some tips for handmade bloggers on effective ways to host a giveaway, including how to set the rules, find new followers, and work with sponsors.

Mixed Media Artist
Have you ever heard of silk fusion or silk paper? It’s amazing stuff!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Stef shows how to make a fallen soldier uniform pendant.

Knitted Scarf Done! & Thoughts on this Knitting Thing

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Friday 27 May 2011 at 8:28 am

This is my first knitted scarf, well knitted anything! It’s made with Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in the color Grass. The entire scarf is made with knit stitch, which I’ve since learned is also referred to garter stitch when you don’t use any other stitch, such as purl. I found the instructions on KnitFreedom.com.

I’m working on another one now using the left over yarn, and this one is going to be a little narrower. Generally, I thought for a first project this turned out okay, and I plan to make a few more of them before moving on to another knitting stitch.

I am thrilled that I’m finally getting this knitting thing; though honestly, I’m not in love with knitting yet. Maybe something will kick in at some point when I do more of it. I’m finding it enjoyable, but I still prefer the hook over the sticks for a few reasons. One issue that I have with knitting so far is all the constant rearranging you have to do. Because you are working with two knitting needles versus one crochet hook, you have to switch back and forth between the two needles as you move the fabric from one to the other while making the stitches. Then you have to readjust the piece as it grows in length. So it is a lot of moving and readjusting, something that you don’t have to do as much with crochet.

On the up side, since I’m learning to do English style knitting, I’m not using my left hand as much, so that has helped some with my arthritis since I can give that hand and wrist a little bit of a break now and then. I guess another “plus” is that doing knitting and crocheting both now gives me an excuse to have extra projects in the works because I have the excuse of knitting to give my hand a break or crocheting when my hand feels okay.

Stitch and Sensibility, for Jane Fans

Blogged under Craft Classes by Tammy on Wednesday 25 May 2011 at 7:04 am

I am a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). I adore the writing of Jane Austen, and while I am not able to participate any any of the society’s functions, I always look over the brochures it sends out concerning conventions. There is one coming up in Fort Worth, Texas during October 2011, and as I was reading through the list of speakers and sessions that will be going on, I was delighted to see that there will be a few crafting workshops as well.

One is called Stitch and Sensibility and will be taught by a needlework guild member. Participants will stitch a commemorative bookmark. The other is called Scrapbook and Sensibility, and of course, participants will put together a scrapbook of their trip to the convention.

I love to see craft combined with academics!

New Craft Podcast Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 23 May 2011 at 11:07 am

I am always on the lookout for a good craft podcast, and lately, I have found a few and added them to my list, which you can see to the right under the title “Craft Podcasts.” Since I have joined the knitting world, some of these are knit related. In fact, as usual, there is more for knitters than crocheters…heavy sigh…but hopefully that will change at some point in the future as crochet becomes more and more popular.

While I have a list, as I just pointed out, of podcasts, here are the newer links I recently added:

Knit Picks – This is a pretty good podcast, and it does veer into crochet here and there. In fact, the Knit Picks site also has some pretty decent crochet patterns for sale, and all the money goes directly to the designer, so they get a BIG thumbs up for that!

Bark N Knit – As the name suggests, this is for knitters and dog lovers. While she covers knitting to a large extent, she usually mentions something helpful about dogs too such as training tips.

Knitting Pipeline – This usually has some kind of theme and connects to knitting as well. For example, the podcast I listened to talked about owls, which are popular right now. There was also an owl pattern give a way.

Stitch It! – Meghan talks about being a mom, spinning, knitting, and crochet.

I would love to add some jewelry podcasts or other craft ones. It seems that the fiber folks are really at the forefront of podcasting. If you know of any good ones I should check out, please post them in my comments.

Weekend Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 May 2011 at 10:34 am

Herbie and the gang are all just chilling this weekend and watching me craft.

About Family Crafts
If you are looking for a great family activity, learn how to make garden stepping stones together.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen was back in the kitchen again baking up Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes! Stop by and snag her free printable recipe card!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Trying to keep Provence in her life, Carmi makes up a new vision board.

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are fun tutorials on how to make a spinning beach ball invitation greeting card, a gold leaf crackle finish on polymer clay and measuring tape and button bracelets, 6 Steampunk guns, and some “hand crafting”.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
See how Eileen used a 3D Valentine’s Day card template to make a 3D card suitable for many special occasions.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi starts a series of experiments with soy silk roving.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make a two headed girl in a cage photo op.

Knitting Progress, Yes!

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Saturday 21 May 2011 at 9:29 am

The first time I tried to learn how to knit, my mom was attempting to teach me. I kept ending up knitting a triangular shaped piece rather than a square. Years later, I found a fancy yarn shop in the county south of where I live, and as it happens, I was working in the area so went over during my lunch hour for free knitting lessons. I bought some expensive knitting needles at the shop, and the woman showed me how to use Continental  style since I told her that I knew how to crochet. That did help some, but then she had me attempt to switch back and forth between knit stitch and purl stitch, and I was again frustrated. Why she just didn’t try to teach me one stitch at a time, I’m not really clear on, but eventually, I didn’t return and gave it up again.

So this is try number #3, and thanks to a free ebook I downloaded from Knitfreedom.com, I am seeing some real progress. Pictured is just the beginning of my scarf, which is now much longer. Granted, there are some noticeable boo-boos, but I’m learning the stitch and starting to feel more comfortable, even though the needles and yarn are huge! She has you use size 13 needles and thick and quick yarn, so I kind of feel like Wilma Flinstone.

I am so happy to finally feel like I’m getting this knitting thing, though it still seems so much more complicated then crochet. There has to be 20 different ways just to attach the yarn to the needle to begin with that it kind of reminds me of math. In math class, they teach you one way to do something, and then once you start to understand that way, they insist that you learn a totally different way to do the same thing. I only need one way to do one thing, not 10 ways to do 1 thing.

I really can’t say enough about the ebook. She has a number of other free videos as well as some you pay for, and I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to buy these from her. Hopefully, I will make enough progress that I can actually get to that point eventually.

New to Knitting

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Thursday 19 May 2011 at 8:43 am

In my lifetime, I have attempted to learn how to knit about two times, without success. For the past two or so years, I’ve really concentrated on crochet with the idea that at some point, once I get a little better at crochet, I might try knitting again. Well, now is that time.

Often when I read about people learning to knit it is because they like the patterns available to knitters versus crocheters, but I can’t really say that is the case with me. I can find plenty of things to crochet. My reasons are because (1) my left hand is really being a problem lately due to arthritis, and I’m hoping I can maybe learn enough knitting basics that I can still yarn craft but ease up on the use of my left hand a little, especially if I learn the English versus continental method, I can switch back and forth between the two and give it a break and (2) I just want to learn how to do it, darn it. I don’t need to become a master at it; I just want to be able to make a few items like scarves, hats, and dish clothes. I never imagine myself attempting something like a sweater!

Locally, there really isn’t much in the way of help for learning how to knit. I called JoAnn’s, which is in the county south of me, and the two people I spoke to couldn’t tell me anything. In fact, I had to tell them the class schedule that I had pulled off the Internet. That didn’t give me a lot of confidence in spending $35 for a class there.

Luckily, I have the Internet, and I have found a few really good resources. One, of course, is Ravelry.com, in particular the group called “I Wish I Could Knit.” The moderator there is wonderful, and everyone is really nice.

Another resource I learned about after yapping about this on Facebook is Knitfreedom.com. I downloaded the free ebook from there, and I’m super impressed. It has embedded video, and she goes from the very beginning, even telling you how to pull the yarn from the skein, and teaches you to knit as you make a scarf.  I plan on making a trip this week to Michael’s and pick up the yarn and needles she suggest to use for the project. Knock on wood, they have them.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. So far, I’ve been playing around with the one pair of needles that I have and various types of yarn, and while I’m not completely discouraged, I can tell this is going to be an up-hill battle!

Crochet Scrubbie Project

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 17 May 2011 at 8:08 am

I found this video linked on a post over at Ravelry. It’s an excellent scrubbie project, a great way to use up leftover acrylic or maybe even cotton yarn. As she tells you in the video, the original project instructions are from the Crochet Patterns Only weblog.

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