Happy Pub Day!

15 Apr

On sale now!

If you’re like me, beginning a new craft better come with an entire instruction manual, or you’re going to end up with a table full of science experiments and a swear jar filled to the brim. If learning how to use a serger, or overlock machine, has been on your agenda but seems too daunting, I’ve got just the thing for you. The Serger’s Technique Bible by Julia Hincks goes on sale today!

When it comes to achieving professional-quality edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you can’t beat a serger. A serger allows you to quickly sew, trim, and finish seams all in one go! This book contains all you need to get the most out of your machine.

Starting with the basics, the anatomy of a serger and its different functions are clearly explained, followed by a section that covers each of the core techniques, from basic serging to fancy stitching like pintucks and picot edging, all shown in detailed step-by-step photographs so you can achieve professional results. A useful overview of available feet and accessories used to add piping, elastic, or beading to your project is provided, along with tips for how to cut down on construction time by using your machine to quickly attach collars, alter garments, work with lace, and more. A buyer’s guide that takes you through all the questions to ask when buying your first serger, and the practical information included for how to maintain and troubleshoot your machine makes this a reference book all machine sewers will return to again and again for easy-to-follow, helpful advice.

Convinced? I know I am!

Order today!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s

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Goodreads Giveaway: Stitch-opedia!

13 Apr

Have you always wanted to learn embroidery? Are you a beginner looking for tips and tricks to advance your skill? Have you been embroidering for years and looking for some new patterns? STITCH-OPEDIA is the book for you…all of you!

9780312611590

Written for beginners and experts alike, Stitch-Opedia describes in detail hundreds of embroidery stitches. Each stitch is grouped into sections that include: canvas work, crewel work, hardanger, pulled work, stumpwork and much more. Each stitch includes close-up detailed color photographs, a full-color working diagram, and accurate written instructions. An extremely helpful alphabetical listing with close-up thumbnail photographs appears later in the book allowing the user to cross-reference each stitch.

ACT FAST! Our Goodreads giveaway is over at midnight on Wednesday, 4/16.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stitch-opedia by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick

 Stitch-opedia

 by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick

  Giveaway ends April 16, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait? Order today!

Amazon
Barnes & Nobles
Books-A-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s
Walmart

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Freebie Friday – Embroidery Pattern

11 Apr

It has been such a rainy week over here at SMP Craft HQ. These April showers are no joke! But they’ve also given us some great inspiration for projects. (Did you see Courtney’s quilted laptop sleeve?) For today’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD we pulled this embroidery pattern of adorable umbrellas from Helen Winthorpe Kendrick’s Stitch-opedia.

umbrellas

 

This book describes in detail hundreds of different embroidery stitches. Each stitch includes close-up detailed color photographs, a full-color working diagram, and accurate written instructions. If this sounds like the book for you, make sure you visit our blog on Sunday to enter our Goodreads giveaway! Can’t wait until Sunday/not a gambler? Check out the links below to buy your very own copy today!

 9780312611590

Amazon
Barnes & Nobles
Books-A-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s
Walmart

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How To Tuesday: D.I.Y Instagram Calendar

8 Apr

It may be April, but it’s never too late to get (or make) yourself a new calendar. I was looking at fun ideas for DIY calendars and when I stumbled upon this post on A Beautiful Mess, I knew I’d hit the jackpot. Combining my favorite Instagram pictures with the calendar I consult daily is perfect!

 

 

It’s very easy and one would have all the materials required in their home.

Materials:

12 subject images

Plain poster board

A mini calendar (or you can create your own calendar pages)

Scissors

Glue

Yarn

Decorative paper for the cover

 

Check out A Beautiful Mess for the details instructions. 

diy 1

 

diy 2

Look how great their calendar turned out!  Would you put pictures of your pets on your calendar as well?

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Goodreads Giveaway! 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

6 Apr

Gorgeous Sunday here in NYC: blue skies, sunny, temperate. Since the weather here has been unreliable, I’m taking every chance I can get to enjoy Spring in all its glory. What’s on my itinerary? A long joyous stroll and eventually, a visit to The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Gardens! If you’re lucky to be in NYC from now until April 21st, go go go!

And when the rain hits again, as it surely will in April, I’ve armed myself with indoor Spring at its best: crocheted blooms from Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet: A Beautiful Collection of Decorative Floral and Leaf Patterns for Thread Crochet.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetAvailable now at these retailers:

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books

and…

as a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!

Enter April 6 – April 9 for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies!

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