SMP Craft
3 Oct


Fall is well and truly here. No, really. It’s October and we’ve certainly passed the autumnal equinox. The leaves in Madison Square Park have started falling off and I am in awe of the various shades of orange on display. We’ve talked about Leonie Morgan’s other books on SMP Craft before (100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet) and today our FREEBIE FRIDAY is a gorgeous flower granny square from her popular book, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet.
Granny Square Image

With dozens of mix and match combinations and fabulous projects, including knit & crochet blocks & squares, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet is Leonie Morgan’s labor of love. She  was inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, and she taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

100 colorful granny squares

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet features the timeless granny square has adorned sofas, armchairs, and bedspreads for generations. In this latest addition to our popular Knit & Crochet series, we feature a treasury of squares that are quick to make and sure to stand out—from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs. Author Leonie Morgan uses her amazing eye for color to add a new and appealing twist to the perennially-popular granny square, presenting us with a fabulous collection of squares featuring delightful and vivid color combinations that are perfect for a new era of crocheters.

The book teaches you everything you need to crochet beautiful granny squares—from the basics to embellishment techniques that will really make your work pop. The possibilities for square designs are endless, with an in-depth overview for how to successfully mix and match colors, plus step-by-step instructions for a variety of embellishments including tapestry and surface crochet, cross-stitch, and appliqué. With all this technical and professional know-how, crocheters will be inspired to get adventurous with their colorways and decorations for an array of projects from heirloom afghans, to quick cushions, to baby blankets, and more!

Now you, too, can create a granny square showpiece that can transcend the ages and add a fantastic burst of color to any household.

Eager for more? Buy the book today!

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8 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

Sunday, sunshine, sunkissed… and a Goodreads giveaway!

Enter now for a chance to win 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Colors That You Will Love to Make by master knitter and designer Kristin Nicholas. Here, she grows her own field of colorful sunflowers and now brings the iconic sunflower to fiber life using knitting, crochet, felting, and embroidery. Included are designs for over thirty different sunflower blooms and buds in a variety of sizes, plus eight different leaf and vine designs, and a host of critters who live in a sunflower field—from birds and honeybees, to butterflies and caterpillars—a total of fifty items.

Laid out like the previous books in the series, 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas includes all the useful information you need for making the flowers—which needles, crochet hooks, embroidery needles, and types of yarns to use, plus a special explanation of how to choose yarn that felts well.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas

50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

by Kristin Nicholas

Giveaway ends June 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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So don’t waste your Sunday, let the sunshine and the sunflowers in, and win!

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20 May

How-To Tuesday: Decorative Jars

It’s the unofficial start to summer this Memorial Day weekend; queue the picnics, festivals, and general outdoor entertaining!  There is nothing like those first few days of summer as you are enjoying a cocktail and a warm breeze on the porch with friends. Part of the enjoyment is also the ambience and today’s How-To Tuesday is simple and elegant glass jars to help decorate your next get together.

Fun Fact: Memorial Day is also called Decoration Day!


Inspiration, instructions, and photos from


* All sizes and shapes of recycled glass jars (the more, the merrier)
* Felt wool in your choice of colors (white and light blue were used here)
* Rocks, shells, sand—anything you fancy
* Hot glue gun
* Flowers—your choice!


1. Use the hot glue gun to affix wool around the rim of each jar. Add a drop of glue to the rim of the glass jar and affix the wool, pressing down for 5 seconds. Repeat this every inch or so until you’ve gone around the rim one time. Repeat below the first ring of wool until the seam of the jar is covered (2-4 rows of wool).

2. Fill the jar with your choice of rocks, shells, sand or a combination of these. This is your time to play with texture and color.

3. Add a flower or two of your choice.

4. Repeat the above steps for multiple jars and you will have a lovely table arrangement.


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7 May

Blossoms Up Crafters!

Surprise mom with an upcycled paper blossom (and help our planet, too)!

Blossoms(See us in action: watch our Flipagram! video by clicking on the image above.)

During our company’s week-long Earth Day festivities, SMPCraft hosted a Crafternoon Lunch and made paper blossoms from unused advanced readers’ copies (not easy to come by in our company these days as we’ve become increasingly concerned about our industry’s impact on the environment). We had a fabulous time and this project was super-satisfying, easy, and within less than an hour, we each produced a gorgeous, no-maintenance eco-conscious blossom that even a self-proclaimed serial plant killer (raises her hand) would eagerly welcome into her life. 

ConesTo create one 20-inch blossom, we used 100 – 120 pages, staples, and cardboard from shipping boxes. For the pages, you can also use an old catalog, magazines, outdated yellow pages…anything you’ve marked for the recycling bin would work wonderfully.

For the first step, we rolled each page into cones, stapling one inch from the pointed end to hold the shape. And don’t worry about being too careful or precise. Depending on your process (read: level of impatience) either complete rolling all of the cones before proceeding to the second step or make a few cones and staple as you go along.


Step two. Staple the tips of the cone to the cardboard. Our cardboard came from the shipping boxes our books were shipped in, measured four-inches by six inches, and was pretty sturdy–about an 1/8th of an inch thick. Imagine or draw a three-inch circle in the center of the cardboard and begin stapling the tips of the cones onto the circle. After the first circle of cones is stapled, begin the process again until the cardboard is no longer visible.


And that, folks, is all it takes.

Hang your blossom on a wall, lay it flat on a table or desk, dangle it from the ceiling, add pictures or bling to the center–even spray it with your favorite scent or sprinkle with a few drops of essential oil.

We love it. We suspect you’ll love it… and so will your mom. Because, at the end of the day, it’s often the little things–the thoughtful gestures–that seem to resonate the most.

On that note, we’ll end with a little something from our sustainability team… Please BYOR: Bring Your Own Reusable (water bottles, mugs, plates, silverware…) to work. Every little bit counts. Every little bit matters.

Happy crafternoon everyone!

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6 May

Happy Pub Day!

We’ve got a double whammy for you today! Two fantastic craft books are in stores now: Game Day by Cindy Cummins (who also happens to be our author of the month!) and Floral Knits by the incomparable Martin Storey!

Game Day Floral Knits

Game Day With so many fleecy products to choose from in the fabric stores, particularly team-licensed prints for favorite professional sports teams, the time is right for a guidebook that addresses the super-easy sewing techniques needed to create your own “go team” spirit gear. Game Day

Filled with a wide array of ideas for everything from scarves and mittens to blankets and pennants, you’ll always have something handmade to show off on game day. Game Day

The more than 50 easy projects are designed for men and women, kids, and even man’s best friend, and there are some no-sew projects as well, in case you don’t feel like picking up a needle after a full afternoon of tailgating.

Pick up Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects to Sew today!

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Also out today is the latest from top Rowan designer Martin Storey: Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs. These 25 projects offer a mix of designs: some with applied flowers and some with floral designs knitted into them, others with the designs embroidered on top. Floral Knits

The fun wearables range from sweaters, boleros, and shrugs to scarves, bags, and berets. There’s also a small bouquet of delightful home accessory projects, like cushions, throws, and table runners, so you can also festoon your home with spring blooms. What’s not to love?

All of the stunning full-color photographs are fresh and pretty, and the styles are right in tune with current fashion trends. Floral KnitsAnd all the projects are made with yarns from Rowan, some of the bestselling yarns in the country. You can’t go wrong with this brand-new beautiful book of flowery fun–just in time for spring!Floral Knits What are you waiting for? Pick up Floral Knits today, and bring some lovely little colorful May flowers into your life!

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with Molly Goodall, artist, designer, creator of the unique children’s clothing brand, Little Goodall, and author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear. Originally from North Carolina, Molly earned her BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 1997, where she became focused on children’s wear. She then worked as a toy designer in New York before deciding "it would be more fun to be an artist" and moved to North Texas, where she, her husband, and son currently live.

Molly Goodall, author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear

Project of the Month

Little Monster

Perfect for any rambunctious little dude or dudette, this frighteningly cute hat, mittens, and booties set will have the neighbors forkin’ over the treats in no time. All measurements are given for sizes 6-12 months, 12-24 months, and 2-3 years. From Nuriya Khegay’s fun-packed Monster Knits for Little Monsters: 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Mitten, and Bootie Sets to Knit.

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