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!  

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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!

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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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Freebie Friday: 1930s Blue Silk Slip Vintage Lingerie

11 Jul

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Vintage, baby!

With the onset of the Great Depression, 1930s women’s street fashion shifted, closing out the boyish lean of the Roaring 20s—flappers, Marlene Dietrich, marlene-dietrich-smokingCoco Chanel donning a man’s sweater cinched with a belt at the waist—to something more feminine, sophisticated, and elegant. It was a decade of natural waistlines and flattering fluttery butterfly sleeves worn on the big screen by Hollywood starlets like Lana Turner. Lana_Turner_in_The_Postman_Always_Rings_Twice

So this week’s Free Pattern Download, a 1930s Blue Silk Slip pictured above, is essentially about summer’s influence on my psyche, which is all awhirl with blockbuster movies and weddings and the unavoidable daily quandary of feeling cool and pretty despite the often stifling, sticky NYC heat and humidity.

The image and pattern are from Vintage Lingerie by Jill Salen, which includes 30 beautiful and historically accurate examples of period lingerie from 1850 to 1970: corsets, brassieres, girdles, petticoats… accompanied by a full working pattern, photographs, and drawings.

Cheers everyone! Be free, stay cool, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Freebie Friday: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry – Crystal Tiara

27 Jun

Most of us made jewelry at some point in our childhood—friendship bracelets among the most popular. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you create the ultimate piece of jewelry that speaks to your child at heart. You’ll love to make this tiara for yourself, a little girl in your life, or your best friend who is getting married. There is always a way and a reason to wear a simple, beautiful tiara (or headband if you prefer)!

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The project above is just one of many in Renata Graham’s  Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry. Renata has been making jewelry and teaching courses on the subject for over 20 years and her must-have guide brings the classroom into your home. What metal or beads do you start with? Should your design be symmetrical? Will crystal work well with wood? All of these questions and more will be answered as you create amazing gifts for yourself and others in your life!

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Freebie Friday: Chevron Throw from Loom Knitting Afghans

20 Jun

chevron throw Have you tossed that toasty-warm comforter into storage yet? It’s getting pretty hot and humid for us here at SMP Craft, so all we really need on our beds now is a light, colorful afghan–one just like this gorgeous chevron throw! Which is great, because it’s this week’s Freebie Friday project from the newest book in Isela Phelps’s loom-knitting series: Loom Knitting Afghans.

Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns (like this one!) or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way. guitar throw

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

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