Glasswork, Stamping, Stitching, and More Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 9 May 2015 at 10:42 am

Teal Glass Sculpture

Hide all your vases and ashtrays! Cherie is back to making full size glass sculptures again.

Connie Gee’s Designs

Felines rule (don’t tell my dog) and Connie has added a new free pattern that involves a cat trio out on the prowl. Added bonus: check out the fur-baby photos.

Art Bead Scene

Check out the color palette which Tari has pulled from this month’s vibrant challenge piece!

Apple-Stamped Mom Reusable Grocery Shopping Bag

Make this eco-friendly reusable grocery bag for Mother’s Day, or Mom’s birthday. The project uses inexpensive items, many of which you already have on hand.

Beading Arts

You can make the ever-popular beaded wrap bracelets using ribbons instead of cording…think of the endless color possibilities!

Craft Supply Acquisitions!

Beads, yarn, tools, oh my! Check out the craft supply goodies and projects the Crafty Princess is creating with them.

Book Review: Felt, Fiber, and Stone

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Friday 8 May 2015 at 12:01 pm

Felt, Fiber, and Stone Creative Jewelry Designs & Techniques by Suzanne O’Brien is published by Schiffer Publishing and retails in the US for $16.99. I’m going to admit that I hesitated to write this review because the aesthetics of the finished projects are not my personal taste. However, after thinking it over for awhile, I realized that I actually know a few fellow jewelry makers who would probably have a different opinion. The style of the jewelry is very unique. I would describe it as organic and even a little primitive. The publisher has a few pages available for review here, so I think that is really helpful to get an overall feel for the visual approach of this book.

As far as techniques go, there are a few I did find interesting, and they could be applied to all types of jewelry constructions. For example, I like how chunky stone beads are stitched onto some of the crocheted areas of the jewelry pieces. Another method I liked was the use of felt flowers that you can make yourself and then stitch together with beads.

One other issue I had with this book has to do with the general layout. There is just a lot going on here to the point that I felt it could have been easier to follow if less was pictured on each page. I understand that this is artistic type jewelry so the format of the book follows that idea, but when layout overtakes visual clearness, that is a problem. Some of the photos of the finished jewelry pieces, for example, actually have text placed over the top of it so you can’t really get a good look at the jewelry.

If you are looking for ways to integrate fiber into your beaded jewelry, then this book is definitely worth looking at. If you are the type that likes artistic jewelry with a rustic flair, then this also might appeal to you.

(A review copy of this text was provided by the publisher.)

Show Your Crafts and Enter to Win!

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Friday 8 May 2015 at 8:49 am

Head over to my Ravelry group and join us today! We have a May FOs thread going on for the entire month. For complete details on how to enter, read the first part of this thread. Then start showing off your stuff! It’s that simple.

The winner will receive a $5 giftable Ravelry pattern, and if there are at least 50 posts by the end of the month, I will pull for a second prize. All types of crafts are welcomed!

Book Review: Colorwork Knitting

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Thursday 7 May 2015 at 10:21 am

Colorwork Knitting: 25 Spectacular Sweaters, Hats, and Accessories is published by Stackpole Books. It retails in the US for $21.95; the UK for L14.99; and Canada for $25.95. Sarah White is the author and designer, and she also writes and designs knitwear for About.com and CraftGossip.com. In additiona, she has authored two other fiber books: Quick & Easy Baby Knits: 21 Cute, Comfy Projects and Picture Yourself Felting Your Knitting.

The back of the book includes a visual index of all 25 projects, so you can get a look at all of them in one spot, which I found helpful. I also found most of the projects cute and very wearable, staple items that are functional. They include fairly fast projects like hats and gloves all the way up to more involved projects such as sweaters. The book covers all types of color work, from simple projects that use self-striping yarn to more complex that require intarsia. Each project provides multiple color photographs of the finished knitwear so you can see exactly what it looks like from various angles.

Knitters should have some knitting experience before attempting most of these projects, and this is stated in the book. For example, you should already know basics such as knit and purl. However, there is a techniques section in the back of the book with instructions and full-color photographs for more advanced techniques like cabling and duplicate stitch.

If you break down the price per project, you get a lot for your purchase, and there is a large variety of different types of projects: sweaters, hats, socks, gloves, cowls, and scarves. For knitters who have some basics mastered already and have been eager to try to expand into colorwork, this is a good and clearly written introduction that will take you through all levels of this technique.

(Note: I was sent a review copy of this text by the publisher.)

Rainbow Knit/Crochet Tote Tutorial

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 5 May 2015 at 1:40 pm



After purchasing some beautiful Cascade Souk yarn in the “Rainbow” colorway, I thought it would be fun to use it to make a small crossbody tote that I can use to carry a few small items. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, so here is a basic tutorial that explains how I made it. I used both knitting and crochet to construct it. Gauge does not matter with this project, and it can easily be altered to make a larger or smaller bag.

You will need the following supplies:

2 skeins of Cascade Souk yarn (I had lots left over, but 1 skein was not enough to make the size bag that I wanted.)

US size 9 needles (straight or circular)

size G crochet hook

3 - 1″ buttons

darning needle

measuring tape

straight pins

1) Cast on enough stitches to make a rectangle that is 10 inches wide. I think I had about 35-40 stitches. (I spaced out and forgot the exact number because I kept changing the number until I found the width of the bag I thought would work. This can really vary, too, depending on how loose or tight a knitter you are.)

2) Using garter stitch, knit until the rectangle is about 24 inches long, and bind off.


3) Using a size G hook, make a single crochet border around the entire knitted rectangle, except skip about 1/2 an inch in the center area on the end of the rectangle that will have the button hole. Instead of single crochet for this part, make 3-4 chain stitches. Use your 1” button to measure that the hole will fit the button.

4) Flip the piece around, and single crochet back down the end with the button hole so that the chains section have a single crochet border on them.

5) Fold 10 inches of the rectangle over so that there is about a 4 inch section left over, which will be the flap (it’s the area that the button hole is in), and holding wrong sides together, single crochet both sides together.


6) Turn the bag inside out so that the seems are inside of the bag, and stitch on the button in the center, making sure that it is aligned with the button hole. At this point, the bag part is finished, and you are ready to make and attach the strap.

7) With a size G hook, make 8 chain stitches, and then half double crochet back and forth until the strap is as long as you want it, keeping in mind that the strap will stretch. My strap ended up being 46 inches long and about 2 inches wide.

8 ) Use straight pins to attach two inches of the strap on the outside of the bag so that it is centered over the seam. Using yarn and a darning needle, stitch this section securely on using a simple straight stitch. Be careful not to tug on the yarn as this Souk has a tendency to break.

9) Attach a button to the center area of the strap you attached in the previous step.

10) Repeat steps 8 and 9 for the other side of the bag.

11) Weave in all tails, and you are done!




This is a very floppy and unstructured bag. I designed it to just hold a few small items like a comb, lip gloss, and a small wallet so that when I travel and want to head off for a quick dinner (on the ship during a cruise for example) I don’t have to bring my usual purse, which tends to be on the large size. If you want a sturdier bag, I suggest using cotton yarn instead of the silk/wool blend I used, or you could also line the bag and strap with cotton fabric.

Crafting Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 4 May 2015 at 2:28 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Drop by and see all the Steampunk-inspired creations made by participants of the Amethyst Aether Special Challenge!

Art Bead Scene

Check out Claire’s interview with Dawn of La Touchables - fascinating and inspiring!

Adventures in Dog Sitting

Connie’s been dog-sitting and watching TV and, of course, stitching. Read a brief review of her latest project and be sure to check out the free patterns page for a new addition.

Sea Inspired Necklace Project

Mermaids, fish, and starfish plus lots of wonderful glass beads make up this easy to assemble sea-themed necklace design.

Baby Shadow Box

Make a sweet dreams shadow box for new parents or for Mother’s Day. Include baby’s name and date of birth, a lullaby or poem.

Packing For A Cruise

Here are some must haves for cruising.

Beading Arts

Cyndi experiments a bit more with beaded 3D pieces.

Video Podcast Episode 20: Craft Supply Acquisitions

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 2 May 2015 at 2:03 pm

I show off some craft supply goodies and new craft projects in this latest video podcast episode.

Show Notes:

Knit 1 Heart Too Podcast

My Youtube Channel

My Ravelry Group

Art Beads

Dragyn’s Fyre Designs

Zipperland

Leading Men Fiber Arts

Starfish, Mermaid, and Fish Beaded Necklace

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, beading by Tammy on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 10:00 am

If you have caught any of my crafting video podcasts over the past few months, then you already know that I will be taking a cruise this summer with my mother and two sisters. I’m not a big fan of cruises, but we have been trying to have a girls’ trip for awhile, and it was really difficult to find a time and place that worked with everyone. As a way to make this a little more fun than last time, I am totally crafting before and during the trip.

To start the crafting off, I decided we all needed necklaces to commemorate the trip. I’ve made two, and my sister (who is also a crafter) will be making the other two. Pictured is the one I made for myself. The other one I made is very similar, just longer per my sister’s request. After showing this off on Facebook and Instagram, I had a lot of positive response, so here are the supplies and basic “recipe” you need to make one of your own.

I purchased these supplies from Artbeads.com:

1-20mm Swarovski crystal starfish in luminous green

1 tube of Seabreeze 8/0 Designer Seed Bead Blend

1 loop 19.5×15.5mm, bar 26mm antique pewter twisted design toggle clasp

I purchased these supplies from Dragyn’s Fyre:

1 lead free pewter mermaid bead

1 lead free fish bead

4-5 lead free star spacer beads

I had these supplies already:

2 silver bead tips

20-24 inches of .014 beading wire

20-gauge soft silver-plated wire (used to add a bail to the starfish)

2-6mm turquoise colored Swarovski crystal beads

2 to 5- 4mm and 6mm clear Swarovski crystal beads

You will need the following tools:

round-nose pliers

wire cutters

chain and/or bent-nose pliers

Here is the basic recipe for assembling the necklace:

Use the silver-plated wire to make a bail on the starfish. Add a bead tip to one end of the beading wire before you start stringing. When you are finished stringing all the beads, secure the other end with the other bead tip. Attach the toggle clasp when you are done.

As you can see from the photographs, the beads are not really symmetrical except for the few in the center that anchor the starfish in the center of the necklace. You just string these on however you please. When you start to get the center, you will want to add the mermaid or fish so that one is on either side of the starfish. One item to keep in mind is that if you put the mermaid or fish beads further up the strap of the necklace, you won’t really be able to see them that well. That is why I positioned them in the center.

For detailed instructions on jewelry techniques such as how to attach bead tips, head over to the site I used to write for, About.com Jewelry Making. I have tons of helpful content that is still over there.

Crafty Princess Video Introduction

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, Crafty Videos by Tammy on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 8:30 am

I have been learning a lot about how to set up my YouTube channel, and one important element (according to YouTube Creator Academy) is to include a brief introductory video for your channel so that when you have new subscribers and visitors, they can learn about you and what they will find on your channel. So here is my super short video introduction!



Craft Links Collection

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 8:24 am

Connie Gee’s Designs

Connie shares a current WIP (work in progress) and has some tips on using quarter stitches and blending filament.

Art Bead Scene

Check out Mary’s fun tutorial using macrame and leather!

Quick Craft Update

Adorable amigurumi overload! Owen the Monkey and Blair the Bunny are ready for their new home. Come say hello to them before they move on their way.

How To Make A Pom Pom

Here is an easy video tutorial on how to make your own pom pom and ideas to use them.

Clay Cross Stitch

Have you ever heard of clay cross stitch? The words “unique” and “original” hardly do justice to clay artist Eva Stosic’s latest adventures in clay.

Beading Arts

It’s important not to overwhelm a great focal piece with too much embellishment when you’re making a pendant. Come see how Cyndi handled that in her latest bead embroidery piece!

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