Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mom Tattoo Embroidered Card

Back in January, I blogged about a crafternoon in Asheville with my friend Stephanie of Darned Ideas. Darned Ideas is now a monthly Meet Make Take craft night (yay!), and one of my favorite projects to come out of craft nights is this mom tattoo card embroidered by my very own Alex.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Trio of Trees Embroidery Kit

Lately I've been trying to complete projects that have been hanging around my craft room for a long time now. This cute little tree embroidery kit from Egg Press was the latest project on my list.

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

How to Crochet a Lobster Stitch Bracelet

I'm finding less and less time to craft these days (where oh where does the time go?!), so quick projects are the only way to get my craft fix. In the spirit of quick crafting, check out my tutorial for crocheting lobster stitch this week on Craftsy.


Lobster stitch is a cool crochet stitch that doesn't require you to decide the number of chains before you start crocheting. The stitch actually builds right off the previous single crochet, meaning you can make that cord as long or short as you'd like without having to decide in advance. As you can see, it makes a pretty rad bracelet.

Pop over to Craftsy and get the lobster stitch tutorial! What kinds of quick craft projects are you working on? It's gonna be a busy summer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adventure Time Felt Applique How-To

I don't make handmade gifts for just anyone, but I knew Alex would appreciate anything I made him for his birthday this year. Making the gift Adventure Time-themed ensured its success, even if my craft skills failed me. Luckily, they did not!

This was my first-ever felt applique project, and I learned many lessons along the way. To save you from felt applique anxiety, I'm sharing those lessons here in an easy little tutorial. Adventure felt applique time!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Free Download: Knitting Stitches You Need to Know

Sometimes you're in the mood to try something new, yeah? Me, too. Whether you're a beginner knitter or a more advanced one, this new downloadable from Craftsy is awesome for introducing you to knitting stitches.

Waffle stitch, anyone? Mmm, waffles.

7 free knitting stitch tutorials from Craftsy
 
Two of my tutorials --  the waffle stitch and the seed stitch pictured below -- are both included in the download, plus there are tutorials from Craftsy writers Lisa and Andrea. Download Knitting Stitches You Need to Know for free and start knitting something new!

How to knit a seed stitch

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Crafty Travels: Fabric and Yarn Stores in Savannah, Georgia

I've just returned from an amazing trip to Savannah, Georgia, that included spiked slushies, an education on architecture, and of course a few new craft stores to add to my list of favorites. Visiting Savannah? Get your craft on with these fabric and yarn stores. (Just don't go in there after you've slurped those spiked slushies. Bad things can happen to your bank account.)


Fabrika Fine Fabrics

If the embroidery hoop wall art doesn't suck you in, the cute fabrics will! I loved every single yard of fabric in this store, from sewing-pin prints to adorable animals.

After you drool over the fabrics, swing by The Book Lady a few doors down. Their selection of craft books isn't great, but they have plenty of other categories, including a sweet Flannery O'Connor section.


The Frayed Knot

The Frayed Knot has some beautiful sample projects on display so you can really feel some of the yarns feel when they're knitted up. Drop by on Tuesday or Thursday nights for their weekly craft and crochet groups. I picked up this pretty trio of Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle when I was there, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. Shawl, perhaps?

If you're a movie buff, eat at Laurie's next door where scenes from Forrest Gump were filmed.



Measure: A Fabric Parlor

One of my favorite parts of Measure was the super cute sign. I just happened to spot it on our way to tour the Mercer House. This fabric shop has a nice selection of leather and apparel fabrics, plus some really cute trims.

Shout out to my patient travel companion Alex who accompanied me to all these stores without any complaint -- and even got pretty excited over some of the fabric.

Know any other good Savannah craft stores? I'll put 'em on my list for the next trip.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Make a Finger-Knit Necklace

I'm totally devoted to my knitting needles, but sometimes you gotta try something new. Enter finger knitting!



Finger knitting is similar to loom knitting, and it creates knitted objects in a snap -- especially when you use super bulky yarn. Check out my finger knitting tutorial on Craftsy to learn how to make this cute finger-knit necklace!