GOODREADS GIVEAWAY: 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

27 Jul

On Friday, we featured the Butterfly stitch from 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet and if you wanted more, here’s your chance! We’re giving our 20 copies of this wonderful book by Leonie Morgan over at Goodreads.

 

100 Colorful Ripple Stitches coverThis is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.

Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

 ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Thursday, 7/31.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan

100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

by Leonie Morgan

Giveaway ends July 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait? Buy the book today!

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FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

25 Jul

It’s the middle of summer and I love it! Summer is my favorite season of the year. There’s a distinct feeling to it that the rest of the year lacks and I get a little wistful in winter wishing for it come back. When I first received a copy of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan, the first thing that stuck with me was the cover. The bright colors reminded of me summer and flipping through the book, the feeling was only solidified. So our FREE PROJECT today comes from this wonderful book which includes over 50 original stitches & 50 fabulous colorways for blankets and throws!  

knit butterfly 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches cover

100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet  is a step-by-step guide to turning a ball of yarn into beautiful blankets and throws to brighten your home or keep warm on chilly nights. And why stop there? In addition to these 100 stitches, the book also includes information on yarn requirements, techniques, and tools to create scarfs, bags, pillows, and even clothing!

This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.

Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Eager for more? Buy the book today!

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Walmart

 

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How-To Tuesday: Ready to Fly Penguin Karakuri (Mechanical Paper Model)

22 Jul

 

I’ve discovered a new craft obsession! Karakuri, which refers to “mechanism” in Japan. It’s also the name of the book from which this new love sprang–Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models that Move by Keisuke Sake.

Penguin Video

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Initially, while flipping through the book, I was in awe. Especially at the sections featuring photographic examples of karakuri designed by Japanese high school students. Then awe quickly turned into intimidation. The diagrams. Extensive instructions. Explanations about paper crafting, definitions of various “mechanisms” that I would learn to make out of paper–cranks, levers, cams, gears, linkages…

I’m not one to shy away from mechanics  (my stepfather, now retired, was a hydraulics engineer who often brought out his ohmmeter whenever I came to him with a broken something or another). But was I up for this particular karakuri challenge? I was leaning toward “not right now, maybe later” and was ready to shelve the book when I discovered the full-color pull-out pages with all of the parts I’d need for constructing the four models pictured on the book cover. There’s a Tea Serving Robot (oooh!), a Peek-a-Boo-Playing Teddy Bear (so cute!), a Train that goes around a track and through a tunnel (you’ve got to be kidding me?!), and… a Penguin perched on an iceberg trying to fly?! How could I not attempt to make a penguin?!

And so…

completedAfter three hours of careful snipping, scoring, folding, gluing, fitting, and numerous inhaling exercises… I’m happy to report: SUCCESS! This little penguin is ready to fly!

When turning the nob, the wings and body lift up and down, creating the illusion that the penguin has just started initial rotation before take off. Really quite brilliant.

There were a total of 15 steps to follow.bookinstructions I used scissors, a box cutter (I couldn’t find my exacto knife, which would’ve made cutting the circles and smaller parts easier), glue stick, cutting board, and metal ruler. I also highly recommend finding something like a bamboo skewer (if you don’t have a thin glue paint brush) which I used to apply glue to the smaller tabs, of which there were many. tools

I won’t detail each step. The book does a much better job than I ever will. But I do have a few things I discovered that I wish I’d known before starting the penguin project. Since you’ll be building the cam-axle mechanism and the base first and building the penguin head and body at the end, start by cutting pages three and four, build these parts, then move on to cutting and building pages one and two. Use the bamboo skewer (or fine paintbrush) to add glue to smaller tabs and parts. Wait for the glue to completely dry before attempting to put the separate pieces together. Finally, pay careful attention to the stars on each piece–they’re tricky visually but it’s critical they’re lined up the way the instructions show.

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Ta da! Click the image below and watch the 10 second video of how Penguin moves.

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Okay, so I’ve been bitten by the karakuri bug and I can’t stop. Next on the agenda… the teddy bear! Join me. The book’s available at your favorite retailer.

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Goodreads Giveaway: Sew!

20 Jul

If you couldn’t get enough of the adorable coat hangers from this past Freebie Friday, we’ve got some great news! This week’s Goodreads giveaway is Sew!.

Cath Kidston’s Sew! is a treasure trove of simple projects all made using popular printed fabrics. With over 40 colorful patterns, there is a project for sprucing up any area of your home or for making useful purses and totes. All the techniques are clearly explained and tips are given for variations—allowing you to customize the basic designs as you wish! Check out Cath’s blog for more fun inspiration!

Some of the projects include:

- child’s apron complete with handy pocket

- bird mobile for a nursery

- practical zippered knitting needle case

- amusing airplane blanket

 

ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Wednesday, 7/23.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sew! by Cath Kidston

Sew!

by Cath Kidston

Giveaway ends July 24, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Can’t wait? Order today!

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Freebie Friday: Cute and Padded Coat Hangers

18 Jul

Wire hangers. Ugh. We’ve all used them only to find they easily get tangled up together and often leave odd shapes in the shoulders of our favorite sweaters. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you make some extremely adorable and padded coat hangers that can help solve all those problems—plus they will perk up any bedroom!

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what you will need…

  • 20 x 65cm floral fabric
  • wooden coat hanger
  • padding (old tights or top cut into 10cm strips works well)
  • 60cm bias binding
  • matching sewing thread
  • sewing kit
  • and perhaps the book that inspired it…

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Sew! is a treasure trove of simple projects all made using Cath Kidston’s popular printed fabrics. Reflecting her love of vintage-style patterns, the fabrics feature fresh colors in delightful and unexpected combinations. There are 43 fun and useful projects, all shown in stunning, close-up photographs complete with full-size pattern and on an enclosed sheet for each project, step-by-step instructions and templates.

 

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