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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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Freebie Friday: Cityscape Place Mats from Quilt-opedia

21 Mar

Happy Friday, everyone! And it truly is a happy one for us at SMP Craft: there’s been a definite springtime shift in the air. Dare I say it’s nearly time for dining al fresco again? Okay, maybe we’ve still got another few weeks to go. But with this FREE PROJECT from the newly released Quilt-opedia by Laura Jane Taylor, your patio table (or the stairs on your front stoop) will be prepared!

Quilt-opedia is the only quilting reference you’ll ever need. (You know it’s true because it’s right there on the cover!)

For both hand and machine quilting, Quilt-opedia uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk you through the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric and the intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying your finished quilt. Useful tips are found throughout to help avoid common mistakes. A directory of quilt blocks contains loads of ideas for variations, joining methods, and embellishments. Plus, invaluable instructions are given for how to draft blocks to fit the preferred size measurements of any project, big or small.

Also included are 30 projects complete with full step-by-step instructions, fabric requirements, clear photos and diagrams, plus pages of full-size templates. Author Laura Jane Taylor has thought of everything for your quilting needs!

Love this free project? Order the book today!

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Yarn-Wrapped St. Patrick’s Day Wine Bottle (and Vase!)

16 Mar

Generally, when people think of decorating for St. Patty’s Day, they only think clovers and leprechauns. This doesn’t have to be the case! There are sooo many great crafting ideas – using anything green – that can be done. For today, we will stay with the “spirit” of the holiday and share with you this beautifully wrapped wine bottle. It’s super simple and adds a nice touch—for this holiday or any other. Once you are done with the wine, rinse out the bottle and use it as a vase year-round!

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Start by wrapping bright green yarn or embroidery floss around the neck of the bottle, securing the loose end underneath the yarn as you go. End your wrapping an inch or so from the bottom of the bottle; secure with a dab of hot glue. Use a green ribbon to tie on a seasonal tag.

 

Design credit: Tracie (cleverlyinspired.com)

Sláinte! (pronounced: slahn-chə; a drinking toast in Ireland and Scotland, literally translated as “health”)

 

BONUS: OK, OK— You want something clover-inspired as well, right? Click on the picture below for a video on folding a clover napkin. This will have you looking like Martha Stewart in less than 5 minutes!

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Freebie Friday: Crochet Star Tablecloth

7 Mar

Today’s official FREEBIE DOWNLOAD will guide you through making a beautiful crochet tablecloth!
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Sometimes I look around my apartment and I’m uninspired. In the day-to-day bustle of life, I forget that the small details in life matter—flowers, fancy soap, a new pillow (some of the things that make me happy). One of my goals this year is to remember to surround myself with and enjoy the small things in life. Out with the boring and in with the beautiful! OK, enough about me and back to this amazing project so you too can make your living space more special.

This simple and pretty tablecloth can be for everyday use or to turn a boring table fancy when friends come over. An easy addition to perk up any room!

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Simple Crocheting offers many other projects that are simple yet sophisticated. This reflects the author Erika Knight’s background as a consultant for Rowan Yarn, and a knitwear designer for such popular brands as J.Crew. Each project teaches you a new stitch, technique, or trick, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous crocheted items.

From blankets to booties to laptop covers, you will find your next project here!

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