Felt Ornament Prototype

Blogged under My College Craft Club, Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 11 September 2014 at 3:10 pm

My college craft club has been asking to sew, and honestly, we just don’t have the space and supplies to do any significant sewing. Plus, I probably don’t have the patience to teach it either, especially a group all at the same time. However, I think it is handy for everyone to know some basics when it comes to sewing like how to sew on a button, how to thread a needle, and how to do simple stitches like the running stitch, so I’ve been thinking about how to allow them to do some very basic sewing projects that won’t break our budget or drive me crazy either.

That’s when I came up with the idea of making felt ornaments. Felt is very inexpensive, and we just need some thread, needles, and notions to do this. After I came up with the idea, I checked out YouTube for some help with how to do this. There are (not surprisingly) a fair number of videos over there showing this technique, such as this one.

I gathered some supplies I had on hand to make a prototype, and I think it turned out pretty well considering I whipped it up pretty quickly. I used a cookie cutter and paper to make a template, and then pinned it to the felt and cut out two stars. I stitched a simple button in the center, and then held the two stars together and stitched around them. Before I closed it up, I added some scrap yarn at the top so it can be hung, and then I used extra scrap yarn to stuff it.

I’m sure my club members will come up with much fancier ornaments than this, but at least I have a method to show them. Then they can take it from there and experiment with different stitches. For those who aren’t interested in stitching, glue is also an option.

Scrapbooks, Canvases, and Necklaces

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 7 September 2014 at 2:55 pm

Carmi’s Art
I have a sweet resin project on Scrapbooking.com’s blog this week. Paper Embellishments with Jewelry Resin featuring vintage postcards.

Mini Canvases
Cherie makes some mini canvases for her office.

A Bead A Day
Ready for a crafty weekend? Lisa just discovered a crafty necklace project that inspires creativity!

Resin Crafts Blog
A good experiment in resin layering results in some one-of-a-kind “cubes of resin.”

Where to Find Cheap Unique Craft Supplies
I bet you have your own sources for inexpensive craft supplies. Here are some of my faves. Do you have any others?

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of a fabulous new book by Lark Crafts, called “Beading All-Stars”. All your favorite designers in one gorgeous package!

Guitar String Jewelry
Video podcast episode 4 including some “rockin” jewelry and a little fiber too.

Teacher Jewelry Set

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 4:07 pm

School started a little over a week or so ago, and the fall semester is always super busy for some reason, much more than spring. There are also a lot of changes that happen in the fall where teachers and other staff at the school will move into different positions and have different tasks asked of them. This is what inspired my “teach” design pictured above. A friend of mine is moving from being part admin/part faculty to going back to being full-on faculty, which she is thrilled with. In fact, that’s the thing about most teachers. We want to teach. Going to meetings and other time-sucks very often get in the way of what our primary purpose is, so this was a gift from me to her in celebration of going back to what she loves to do.

The pendant is ceramic and came from Blu Mudd. The other supplies include copper wire (21-gauge) and findings; 4mm mother of pearl beads (natural, not bleached); size 11 green glass seed beads used as spacer beads; and 6mm rondelle-shaped Chinese crystal beads. I strung it on .015 Soft Flex beading wire and finished the necklace with copper 2×2mm copper crimp beads.

Beads, Decals, Books, and Plumbing Turns Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 1 September 2014 at 6:42 am

A Bead A Day
There’s always room for learning a new beading technique! Lisa’s getting ready to learn kumihimo! Stop by to lend some encouragement

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek inside the studio of Mary Harding, and be in with the chance to win some of her unique handmade beads!

Resin Crafts Blog
Jewelry grab bag to jewelry box top. Isn’t upcycling fabulous? Easily achieved with EasyCast and any items you have…not just for jewelry!

Do You Know How to Melt Lazertran Decal Images into Wood?
How to create large scale decaled wood objects with no decal edges.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the new book by Tammy Powley, The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition, and it is great!

Resin Crafts Blog
How to use copper plumbing supplies to create pendants with resin.

Episode 4: On Location with a Guest

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 30 August 2014 at 5:32 pm

Here is episode 4 of the Crafty Princess Diaries podcast, entitle “On Location with a Guest.” It was filmed on Aug. 30, 2014 at my folks’ house, which is a little over an hour away from where I live, but we all live in Florida. My sister was down from Louisiana visiting, so I thought it would be fun to have her as a guest on the podcast.

One point we failed to mention is that if you are working with guitar wire as we discuss in the podcast, make sure to you heavy duty cutting shears like those use for memory wire; otherwise, you could damage your good wire cutter.

Here are links to various places and products we mention during the show:

Tapping Flamingo Weblog

Terry’s House for Sale in Western Kentucky

Rio Grande

Terry’s Thirty-One Website

Tammy’s Thirty-One Website

Running Press

Blogging for Books

Knit and Stitch Boutique

Flip Top Organizing Bin

Basket Case Scarf Done!

Blogged under learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 28 August 2014 at 2:15 pm

Though I used the basket stitch for this scarf, I probably should call this the “basket case scarf” because I just about went crazy making it. First, I started it using a pattern from Knit Lab called the Seed Stitch Cambridge Scarf, which was working fine, but then I realized that the pattern just has you do a series of stitch patterns over and over and there is real no “ending” or “finish” to it. I just think a scarf, unless you are doing something asymmetrical, should be balanced so that the end and beginning match.

So frogged it!

Then I started it again and decided to go with parts of the pattern, so I did about 6 rows of seed stitch and opted to do the 4×4 basket stitch section over and over again until I got to almost the end. At the end, I would end with another 6 rows of seed stitch.

I’m thrilled to say it worked, and I finished it, but boy! That ball of yarn never seemed to get any smaller, no matter how much I worked on this project. Then whoopsie, I almost hosed up the cast off. And, stupid me cut the yarn before I realized I may have goofed up the very last stitch on this thing. I still have to really be careful about pulling the end of the yarn through that last loop and get it tight enough. Eeekkkk!

I’m still not great at fixing my mistakes, but I sucked it up and frogged about half a dozen stitches, and put my needles back in. Then I rewatched some knitting videos to refresh my memory about how to pull that end piece correctly, and relief! I fixed it, weee!

I was hoping to use all of the yarn, but I was concerned that I would not have enough to cast off if I wasn’t careful, so I have a tiny ball left. But the final size works, 5 inches wide by 45 inches long. And it is soft and will be a nice, light scarf to wear when we finally get some cold weather (months from now).

I used almost size 6 needles and almost a full skein of 2-ply soft pink merino yarn from Morehouse Farm. The yarn was a tad splity, but of course, much frogging was done so I’m sure that didn’t help.

My next knitting adventure will be the Circular Knit Lab and hats.

No-Stress Holiday Organizer

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 26 August 2014 at 12:41 pm

If you are a list maker and have a lot going on during the holidays, then this new book from Cedar Fort Publishing and Media might be perfect for you, or it could be an early Christmas gift for someone. It’s called The No-Stress Holiday Organizer: An All-in-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays. Here’s a blurb from the publisher plus a brief video:

“Designed with the busy mom in mind, this “All-In-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays” does the thinking for you. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s, “The No-Stress Holiday Organizer” has everything you need to create a holiday season you’ll want to remember. Contents include calendars for each month and copious lists to help you plan and organize everything you will ever need for your celebration: budget planning, party planning, guest lists, schedules, grocery lists, recipes, cooking schedules, decorations, wish lists, pages for photos and more.”

Candy, Jewelry, Quilts, & Prizes

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 25 August 2014 at 11:15 am

Resin Crafts Blog
How to make paperweights in bangle molds with resin. Trials and triumphs.

Mixed Media Anniversary Quilt: Finished!
Cherie finishes the quilt she made to celebrate her wedding anniversary.

There Is No Can’t
Doing whatever you want in the whole wide world.

The Artful Crafter Website Re-Launch Party
We’re so excited that we’re throwing a BIG party with BIG prizes. Come see our new home!

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares what became of her textured candy bag…a cuff bracelet! Just one more excuse to eat more chocolate!

Book Review - Basic Knitting & Crocheting for Today’s Woman

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 24 August 2014 at 5:27 am

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body is written by Anita Closic and published by Schiffer Publishing Limited. It retails in the US for $16.99, though is available from Amazon for a few dollars less, bringing the cost per project down to less than $1 per project. This book includes patterns, 14 of them, 7 knit and 7 crochet, so you need to already know how to knit and/or crochet before attempting them since there is no information about how to knit or crochet provided in the book.

The type of patterns and yarn color selections for each were developed around the idea of relaxation and yoga. So you will find yoga wraps, pillows, a few afghans, scarves, and cowls in here. None of the patterns look overly complex, so if you can already follow a knitting or crochet pattern and have some basic stitching skills, you should be able to manage most of the project. The idea is that these projects are fairly easy so will be just about as relaxing as tacking a calm yoga class.

I have not seen many books that include both knitting and crochet together, so this was nice to see. While the theme is based around yoga, you don’t have to be someone who practices it to enjoy many of these projects such as the cowls and scarves. There is even a cute little knitted baby sweater and baby afghan included in the projects.

Knit Vs. Crochet - Which to Start With?

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 12:01 pm

Out of all the videos posted on my YouTube channel, my video entitled “Knit or Crochet: Which to Learn First?” has been the most popular. So I thought it was worth reposting it here on my weblog. This is really geared toward newbies who can’t decide which of these types of yarn crafting would be the best fit for them. Feel free to give me some feedback about which you think is the best type of yarn crafting to start with.

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