Video: Knit Notes Book Review

Blogged under Crafty Products, Good Books by Tammy on Friday 10 July 2015 at 8:29 am

In this brief video (a little over 8 minutes), I show and tell you about an interesting book called Knit Notes that is more than just a book. It’s a crafting design tool.



Video: Knitting Peace

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 4:40 pm

I saw this on Facebook and then tracked it down on YouTube so I could share it you. This is amazing!



Some Crafting Web Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 5 July 2015 at 2:02 pm

Happy 4th Wreath: Stars & Stripes 4Ever

Make a star spangled Happy 4th wreath from paper. 3D stars in red, white & blue make this 4th of July wreath lightweight and easy to assemble with glue.

Connie Gee’s Designs

Connie’s added a new design to her Etsy shop called Peaceful Abundance and it is suitable for stitching on any cross-stitch fabric with any floss. There are also links to her free pattern pages in this post, so check those out too.

Art Bead Scene

Check out all the beautiful, gorgeous, inspiring, wonderful entries to our challenge this month!l

BIG Book News!

The Crafty Princess has some major news. She spills the beans in her latest crafting podcast.

Beading Arts

What could be more fun for summer than sporting a cute little Shamballa-style bracelet? Cyndi shows you how to make one in this tutorial.

Video: BIG News! Craft Novel Published - Podcast No. 23

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, My Crafty News, Publications from Moi by Tammy on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 10:26 am

This 23rd episode of the Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast is a little different than usual. In the first eight or so minutes, I cover administrative stuff like the July FOs giveaway and show off recent finished objects and works in progress, and then at about 8 minutes into the podcast (for those what to know the BIG news NOW and skip ahead), I reveal some big news about my newest publication. Squee!



Book Review: 60 Quick Baby Knits

Blogged under Good Books, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 10:06 am

60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220™ Superwash (60 Quick Knits Collection) is published by Sixth and Spring books and retails for $17.95 in the US and $21.95 in Canada. All of the projects are knit using Cascade’s 220 Superwash yarn, and the 60 projects were designed by a variety of professional knitters/designers. A few names that may look familiar include Jeannie Chi, Lee Grant, Tanis Gray, and Veronica Manno.

Of course, with 60 patterns that means you get a really big selection, and I have to admit a fondness for making baby items. They are smaller so usually quicker than adult patterns. Now as far as being really “quick” as the title suggestions, I think that may be kind of subjective depending on your skill level. All of the pattern are designated beginner, easy, intermediate, or experienced. The majority of projects are categorized as intermediate, so if you are a beginner knitter, that means these may not be that quick for you.

So for intermediate to experienced level knitters, these would probably be pretty fast to make. The photographs are also a good point of this book. There are lots of them, which means you can get a good visual idea of what the finished item will look like. For me, that’s a big plus.

If you have the skill level needed and want a good selection of patterns to pick from for your baby knits, then definitely consider taking a look at 60 Quick Baby Knits. For those with less experience, one nice point of this book is that you can have projects that will expand your skill level but are not a huge commitment since they are so small.

July FOs Giveway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 9:20 am

Time to join us for another month of finished objects on my Ravelry group! All types of crafts are accepted, and you can enter as many times as you like. Make sure to join the group and get all the details at the July FOs thread. Then you may want to pop over and read the review I did of this month’s prize, Vest Bets.

Some Free Crafting Tutorials

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 28 June 2015 at 11:22 am

Art Bead Scene

Meet the Art Bead Artists who have responded to our monthly challenge!

Mixed Media Canvas: A Flower Blooms

Eileen took a class taught by artist Stephenie Hamen and had a lot of messy fun!

DIY Lanyard Ideas

Have you thought about making your own lanyard for work or trips? Here are some ideas, including a lanyard that can be worn as a bracelet or a long or short necklace.

WIP Update and Free Pattern

Connie’s posted an update on her latest WIP (work in progress) and she’s also posted a new free pattern for you to stitch and enjoy.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares a tutorial for some quick and easy little earrings!

Video: What Is Beading Wire?

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Monday 22 June 2015 at 9:45 am



Crafting Links to Share

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 21 June 2015 at 12:20 pm

It’s the weekend, which means some crafting links to share from around the Web.

Yummy Silk Blend Yarn

The Crafty Princess reviews Cascade Heritage Silk Paint yarn in this short video.

Crepe Paper Magnolias

Welcome summer with a bouquet of hand made crepe paper magnolias.

Art Bead Scene

Read all about Erin’s experiences learning with the masters at Bead and Button!

Welcome Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern

Connie’s added a new free pattern that is easy to adapt to your own personal taste. It would make a great gift when framed or finished as a flat-fold.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares some simple tips for stitching up a Cellini spiral tube…it’s really easy!

Video Yarn Review: Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Thursday 18 June 2015 at 12:12 pm



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