The Craft Yarn Council: #STITCHITFORWARD #ILYD2015
SMPCRAFT loves I LOVE YARN DAY, which turns five this year on Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, The Craft Yarn Council is “calling all fiber fans to share their affection for yarn and ‘stitch it forward’ by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or bomb. Whatever craft it may be…if it involves yarn, we know we love it, we know you love it, and we know others will too!”
To join the fun, which includes ideas on how to stitch it forward, free patterns, contests, giveaways, and more, click the image above or visit www.craftyarncouncil.com!
I knit, crochet and sew. I studied Textile Art so I’ve done a bit of everything in the past. When the children were young I made their dresses and knitwear.
What project would you consider an all-time best?
My all time best is an organic cotton blanket. It was crocheted using 80 sunburst motifs and finished with a lovely scalloped edging. I had intended to make it as a cushion cover but got carried away. It now has a lovely new home in Hong Kong.
What project would you consider an all-time worst?
We all have disasters. Most of mine have been undone and the yarn used for different projects. My first granny square blanket using white organic cotton had the rounds joined in the wrong place. Unnoticable when you’re working but the moment I held it up there was a distinct gap that ran diagonally up one side. Even after blocking it could still be seen. Live and learn!
What tool or material could you not live without?
Reading glasses! Such close work needs to be seen. I can’t do a thing without my glasses.
What’s your hidden talent?
It’s so well hidden I’m not sure it’s there. I’m good at gardening. I grafted a rose that was my father’s favourite so now I have the pleasure of the original and a back up in case anything happens to it.
I think I’m ready to start playing with the big kids. I completed my first piece of crochet bead jewelry–this simple bracelet–the pattern taken from Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs by mother-daughter team Bert Rachel Freed & Dana Elizabeth Freed.
Now I feel confident enough to try out something slightly more advanced. I’ve chosen The Mary Necklace.
Admittedly, I was initially drawn to The Mary Necklace because its name is so similar to mine. But at the end of the day, what made my choice final was the story behind this piece, which involves a nonprofit organization called The Freshman Fifteenthat helps select college-bound students transition into college life by providing them with dorm room essentials.
Bert Rachel Freed and Dana Elizabeth Freed write:
“Mary and her daughter Meaghan began studying with us in September 2007. Their goal was to make jewelry they could sell to raise money for their nonprofit organization, The Freshman Fifteen. The Freshman Fifteen assists select college-bound students by providing them with dorm-room essentials. Mary and Meaghan have dedicated endless hours to producing beautiful work, all of which they sell to give 100 percent of the profits to their cause. When their inventory first became saturated, we insisted that Mary make something for herself. I designed this versatile piece that can be worn long or doubled, day into night.”
My niece starts university next Fall and this piece would look fabulous on her and I think she’d appreciate the story behind it. I’m pretty slow at crafting jewelry, so I better get started now. When I finish, I’ll be sure to post some pictures.
Download The Mary Necklace Project here. It’s FREE! Also, if this free project piques your interest, there are 26 other jewelry projects in Bead Crochet Jewelry, which is available wherever books are sold.
Valentine’s Day is two weeks away! Whether you consider this a good or bad thing (we’re torn here in the office!), these beautiful bracelets are fun and fairly simple to make. It’s a great gift idea for those jewelry lovers in your life. Get a head start on a gift for your mother, daughter, best friend, co-worker… anyone!
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We haven’t had a winter snowflurry in NYC yet and who knows with our recent spell of tepid weather if it’ll happen anytime soon or even before we bid farewell to 2015. Since SMPCRAFT prefers the process of making over waiting, starting today until the end of 2015, we challenge you to make a snowflake! Use paper, yarn, wood, beads, paracord, pencil, ink, paint, sharpies, clay, concrete, metal, cake flour, sugar, chocolate…to create a dazzling snowflake. Make one snowflake or an entire blizzard! #MAKEASNOWFLAKE