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19 Oct

Goodreads Giveaway: Carnival of Feltmaking

On Friday we gave away a free project from Gillian Harris’s Carnival of Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 26 Colorful Projects for You and Your Home. Now you have a chance to win the whole book!

Layout 1Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful projects in author Gillian Harris’s new book Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range of twenty-six brilliant accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring a stunning swirling floral design
  • a 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

Layout 1Additionally, 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. Layout 1

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.

Don’t wait–the giveaway ends Thursday!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Carnival of Feltmaking by Gillian Harris

Carnival of Feltmaking

by Gillian Harris

Giveaway ends October 23, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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4 Oct

Project of the Month: Little Monster

I’m a big fan of events that encourage you to hide behind a disguise and devour a ton of candy, so it goes without saying that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. We’re less than a month away now, and while you may be content to just throw on a big white cotton t-shirt again (“I’m the Fabric of Our Lives!”), don’t you think your kiddo deserves something a little more extravagant?

 Behold our PROJECT OF THE MONTH from Nuriya Khegay’s fun-packed Monster Knits for Little Monsters: 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Mitten, and Bootie Sets to Knit. 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.

 

 

 

More about Monster Knits for Little Monsters:

These cute coverall hats keep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design so that they can’t tug it off easily. Also included are designs for matching mitten “paws,” socks, and scarves. Featuring bears, owls, frogs, foxes, sharks, robots, dinosaurs, bunnies, and even Shrek-like ears, there are loads of delightful ways to dress up your child in charming creations that are quick and easy to knit. The book is organized by the different kinds of creatures, like Cuddly Critters, Feathered Friends, Huggable Horrors, Adorable Aliens, and Festive Friends, inspiring you to make hats for your children to dress up in all-year round.

Each project contains step-by-step instructions, plus information for finishing touches to make your projects stand out. A knitting refresher course is given in the back of the book for complete beginners, covering tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. And a Create Your Own Design section will inspire knitters to let their imagination run wild to create personalized accessories that their little monsters are sure to love and cherish.

And guess what? We’ve got a BRAND-NEW collection of 20 MORE animal-themed knitted hat and mitten sets coming out in January! And that ain’t no trick–scout’s honor.
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 Want more great projects like this one? Get your own copy of Monster Knits for Little Monsters:

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And for even more, you can preorder More Monster Knits for Little Monsters, too:

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3 Oct

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 COLORFUL GRANNY SQUARES TO CROCHET

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.
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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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28 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: Simple Knitting by Erika Knight

On Friday we gave away a free knitted notebook project from Erika Knight’s Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects. If you’ve completed that project and want more, well, you’re in good company. Luckily, we’re giving away twenty copies of Simple Knitting on Goodreads this week. But you’d better get clicking because the contest ends Thursday.


Acclaimed knitwear designer Erika Knight turns her attention to the novice knitter in Simple Knitting, a workshop-based book that teaches you how to knit by creating a beautiful collection of items. With each of the twenty projects you learn a new skill, and build upon the techniques learned with the proceeding project until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous knitwear.

For example:

  • Master basic knit, purl stitches, and variations by creating a simple scarf, dishcloth, or notebook cover
  • Learn shaping and finishing techniques by knitting up a ribbed watch cap, fingerless mittens, or a pair of striped socks
  • Lastly, perfect your skills for fully fashioning garments while creating a simple V-neck sweater or a classic cardigan complete with handy pockets.

Erika explains all the essential information to successfully knit up these projects and also discusses broader design principles such as building a color palette, providing readers with a unique opportunity to learn design secrets from one of the world’s most highly-respected knitwear designers.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Simple Knitting by Erika Knight

Simple Knitting

by Erika Knight

Giveaway ends October 02, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Don’t want to take any chances? Order your copy now!

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22 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: 75 Exquisite Trims to Thread Crochet

 

On Friday we posted the Maple Leaves trim pattern from Caitlin Sainio’s 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet. To be honest, it was difficult to choose only one pattern to share. There were numerous trims perfect for fall: oak leaves and acorns, corn husks, pumpkins, and even apples! Immediately after posting I felt blogger’s remorse about only choosing one pattern to post, but rules are rules.

Luckily, we are giving away twenty copies of 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet on Goodreads this week. The contest ends Thursday so don’t miss your chance to learn the other 74 patterns in this guide to thread crochet.
75 exqWith this comprehensive guide to thread crochet the possibilities for making stunning decorative edgings are endless. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet has both written directions and easy-to-follow charts, plus gorgeous full-color photographs. Pattern instructions include information for the finished dimensions, thread required, and the number of colors needed for each trim. For beginners there is a review of crochet basics and for experts a wide variety of edgings, some more complicated, and an easy-to-use cross-reference format. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet also offers plenty of ideas on how to add your crocheted trims to sweaters, table runners, and even curtains. And with 75 patterns to choose from you can be sure you will find the perfect trim.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet

by Caitlin Sainio

Giveaway ends September 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Don’t feel lucky? Buy your copy today!

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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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