Happy Pub Day!

15 Apr

On sale now!

If you’re like me, beginning a new craft better come with an entire instruction manual, or you’re going to end up with a table full of science experiments and a swear jar filled to the brim. If learning how to use a serger, or overlock machine, has been on your agenda but seems too daunting, I’ve got just the thing for you. The Serger’s Technique Bible by Julia Hincks goes on sale today!

When it comes to achieving professional-quality edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you can’t beat a serger. A serger allows you to quickly sew, trim, and finish seams all in one go! This book contains all you need to get the most out of your machine.

Starting with the basics, the anatomy of a serger and its different functions are clearly explained, followed by a section that covers each of the core techniques, from basic serging to fancy stitching like pintucks and picot edging, all shown in detailed step-by-step photographs so you can achieve professional results. A useful overview of available feet and accessories used to add piping, elastic, or beading to your project is provided, along with tips for how to cut down on construction time by using your machine to quickly attach collars, alter garments, work with lace, and more. A buyer’s guide that takes you through all the questions to ask when buying your first serger, and the practical information included for how to maintain and troubleshoot your machine makes this a reference book all machine sewers will return to again and again for easy-to-follow, helpful advice.

Convinced? I know I am!

Order today!

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Short & Sweet Q & A with Notable Crafter Cat Thomas

5 Mar

 

We caught up with Cat Thomas, trained textile artist, who has a new book out, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade. For most of Cat’s career, she taught art and design. Now, she’s producing her own designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy and shares her crafting experiences on her Baban Cat blog.

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Cat, what’s your craft?

I knit, crochet and sew. I studied Textile Art so I’ve done a bit of everything in the past. When the children were young I made their dresses and knitwear.

 

What project would you consider an all-time best?

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My all time best is an organic cotton blanket. It was crocheted using 80 sunburst motifs and finished with a lovely scalloped edging. I had intended to make it as a cushion cover but got carried away. It now has a lovely new home in Hong Kong.

 

 

What project would you consider an all-time worst?

We all have disasters. Most of mine have been undone and the yarn used for different projects. My first granny square blanket using white organic cotton had the rounds joined in the wrong place. Unnoticable when you’re working but the moment I held it up there was a distinct gap that ran diagonally up one side. Even after blocking it could still be seen. Live and learn!
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What tool or material could you not live without?

Reading glasses! Such close work needs to be seen. I can’t do a thing without my glasses.

 

What’s your hidden talent?

It’s so well hidden I’m not sure it’s there. I’m good at gardening. I grafted a rose that was my father’s favourite so now I have the pleasure of the original and a back up in case anything happens to it.

Learn more about Cat Thomas, her craft, and process at Baban Cat. Her book, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade is available now for purchase here:

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Quilt-opedia Goodreads Giveaway!

2 Mar

It’s no secret that this winter was an especially cold one. Even you crafters in Atlanta were hit with snow this season! Still, there’s nothing quite like curling up next to a fire while reading a book and snuggling under a nice warm quilt.

What’s that you say? You didn’t have a quilt? You want to make one for next winter but have no idea where to start? Then today is your lucky day!

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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!

Quilt-opedia hits the bookstores  on 3/11/2014.  You can also enter for a chance to win a free copy on Goodreads today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quilt-opedia by Laura Jane Taylor

Quilt-opedia

by Laura Jane Taylor

Giveaway ends March 16, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Can’t wait? Order the book today!

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Freebie Friday: Sweet Home Potholders (Free Project Download!)

22 Nov

 

I don’t consider myself much of a chef, but when the holidays roll around I’m suddenly inspired (most of the time by gazing at Pinterest boards!). And although most of my culinary creations come out less than Pinterest worthy, I never fail to impress my guests prior to serving time. That’s right–my time to shine is when I’m reaching for my super-cute handmade potholders. Even if my elaborately styled Thyme-Roasted Turkey with Béarnaise Butter turns out to be a dud, at least I’ll look fashionable when I set it on the table.

Are you stuck with the same boring potholders you bought just after college and use just as much for packing boxes as for baking cookies?

Well, I’ve got just the FREE PROJECT for you! Sweet Home Potholders from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo
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Freebie Friday: Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays (5-Book Sweepstakes)!

8 Nov

It’s that time of year when most of us could use a little extra help finding those special holiday gift ideas. Whether you’re a stumped daughter-in-law or thinking of what to give your best friend’s children, we have a treasure trove of DIY fun, fashionable, and yummy projects for just about everyone on your V.I.P. list. Click here and sign up for a chance to win the five books featured here:

HOMEMADE PRESERVES & JAMS by


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Think hostess gift or holiday party favor: Luscious jams, juicy jellies, tangy curds, tropical marmalades, aromatic chutneys, crunchy pickles, intoxicating cordials.

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MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Nuriya Khegay

20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Bootie, and Mitten Sets to Knit

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Kids always have the coolest accessories! The most adorable animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years. Kids will love them. Parents will covet them.

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SWEET & SIMPLE PATCHWORK GIFTS by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo

25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs

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Pincushions, potholders, pillows, handbags, coin purses, zippered cases.

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SIMPLE CROCHETING by Erika Knight

A Complete How-T0-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects

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A laptop case. Want.

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100 BEADED FLOWERS, TRINKETS & CHARMS by Amando Hinson

Perfect little designs to use for gifts, jewelry, and accessories

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Miniature beaded versions of cakes and treats, fruit, flowers, fast food, animals, fairies, a tiny tea service, a micro monkey, and a little ladybug.

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