Freebie Friday: A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case

15 Aug

Are you the kind of person that shoves their stuff into their bag randomly and later regrets it? No, just me? I once threw my spectacles in my overstuffed bag (as a backup! I was wearing contacts!) right next to my keys and have ever since regretted my hasty actions. Why? Well, the left lens on my spectacles now sports a lovely circular scratch from one of the keys on my key-chain.

 Today’s Freebie Friday is a huge help for anyone like me: A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case from CARNIVAL OF FELTMAKING by Gillian Harris. I think Gillian had me in mind when she came up with this project. Or at least people like me!

Look how cute and stylish it is:

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  The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

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Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful felt projects in Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range oftwenty-six brilliant felt accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring
  • a stunning swirling floral designa luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either
  • a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Additionally, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, plus step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

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Author of the Month: Deanna Csomo McCool of 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make

31 Jul

Deanna McCool with daughtersThis month we sit down for a Q&A with expert ribbon crafter and sewer Deanna Csomo McCool, author of 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun! Deanna has practiced arts and crafts since she could tie her shoes. The mother of two daughters, she began sewing bows so that her daughters would feel like princesses. Find her blogging at Sew McCool and check out her fun and fabulous designs available on her Etsy page.

1. What’s your craft? I’m a ribbon crafter and a sewist/quilter. My love of fiber arts began by sewing quilts and knitting more than 13 years ago. When my older of two daughters was entering kindergarten, I started doing ribbon work because I wanted to make her some special bows that she could wear to school. My girls wear school uniforms…which are quite plain…so I wanted to dress up my girls with some hair accessories! I made bows almost exclusively for about 6 years. I really love it! And when I’m sewing other items, I enjoy incorporating ribbons and trims into my designs.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? My favorite types of bows to make are layered boutique bows—I can get lost in my work while deciding on colors, textures, and bow centers…and then it’s so fun to put them all together into an attractive design. The large layered bows are featured as the final project in “50 Ribbon Rosettes and Bows to Make,” and you can see one on the girl on the left, on the cover. While these layered bows aren’t always to every adult’s taste, I’ve found that all girls love how pretty they are, and enjoy wearing them. They’re like mini works of art.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? In my early days of bowmaking, I had a lot of flops. One in particular was a Halloween bow—in orange and black, of course—that I thought was going to be the next best thing in the bow world. I mean, seriously, I expected to take the ribbon world by storm. I was selling bows on eBay at the time, so in addition to the bow being really scary looking (and not in the good “Halloween scary-looking” kind of way), the photograph was horrible. I hadn’t yet developed good photography skills. I don’t have the photo anymore, but suffice it to say….it was bad.

4. What tool or material could you not live without? I have a wood-burning tool that I bought for—shocker—wood burning projects, back in the early 1990s. I no longer make wood-burning designs, but this particular wood-burner is perfect for sealing the edges of ribbon so it doesn’t fray. I’m often surprised that this tool keeps on working after all these years!

5. What’s your hidden talent? I’m a decent portrait artist. I became a little obsessed with portraiture when I was in middle school, and the interest never went away. In college I minored in studio art and focused on figure and portrait drawing. I haven’t drawn portraits very much since college, but when I do bring out the pencils, the skill comes back to me. One of my professors required us to draw 50 heads, hands, and feet before the end of the semester…so I had a lot of practice during that class alone!

 

Capture1Capture2Capture39781250052117_FC50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make is a delightful collection of more than 50 decorative ribbon projects—some classic, some whimsical, some elegant—that will prove irresistible for anyone with an interest in craft. With many sizes, colors and designs to choose from, you can craft a rosette or a bow as a charming addition to an outfit, a gift box, or even a bouquet of flowers. Each design features written instructions accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations, and absolutely no experience is necessary!

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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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Happy Pub Day!

15 Jul

Hooray! If you’ve been patiently waiting for the next great book by our featured author of the month, Leonie Morgan, then consider your wait worthwhile. We’re so excited to show off 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet: 50 Original Stitches and 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws, on sale now!

ripple 2This 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 100 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.
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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 six great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Pick up this fun, fabulous book and keep some color in your life for as long as you can. After all, winter is coming!

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Author of the Month: Leonie Morgan of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

2 Jul

Leonie Morgan HeadshotThis month we sit down for a Q&A with crochet and knitting expert Leonie Morgan, author of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. Inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, Leonie taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

Find her blogging at WoolnHook and check out her beautiful and inspiring Pinterest page. She lives in Wales with a wool-tolerant partner and three wool-loving cats.

1. What’s your craft? I crochet and knit – all the time.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? My Book Blanket is my all-time-best. I used all the squares designed for my first book and joined them together. It’s really warm, cosy and full of color.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? One of the first crochet things I made was a cropped cardigan. I missed some of the stitches out and didn’t block. I knew it wasn’t going to turn out grand but carried on regardless and wore it around the house feeling smug. As the day wore on, the arms got longer, and longer, and longer. It went in the unravel pile that evening.

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4. What tool or material could you not live without? Wool. If there was a wool drought I’d have to unravel sweaters.

5. What’s your hidden talent? Super hearing.

9781250049490_FC (1)100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring ways. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter—blankets, accessories, and more! 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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