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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Make an Embroidered Ring

So hip, and a good excuse to try out new embroidery stitches! Plus, Embroidered Rings can use up extra bits of fabric and floss. Added to Jewelry-Making and Needlework

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Needlework
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Mittens, Mittens, Mittens!

Happy winter! It is very cold here, so naturally my thoughts turned to mittens... and hot cocoa. Let's talk about mittens first - here's a great group of all things mitten-ish!
By the way, homemade cocoa is really easy and delicious!

Have a wool sweater that is too worn or outgrown to wear again? Turn it into Mittens, Cut and Sewn from Shrunken Sweaters. It is an easy project to machine or hand sew. Added to Sewing Projects and Recycled Crafts

Walk in the snow with your sweetie and keep warm holding hands with the Lovers' Mitten Added to Knitting Projects

These Crochet Mittens are designed for a women's size small, though you can modify them. They're crocheted in parts and then crocheted together. Great way to use up leftover yarn. Added to Crochet Projects

Ultra-practical, though a bit challenging, Broad Street Mittens, turn into "hobo" gloves when you need to get keys out of your purse, put on chapstick, etc, etc. Added to Knitting Projects

Protect your fingers from hot drinks and keep them extra warm, too when you knit a Coffee Sweater Added to Knitting Projects

Rather stay inside and get some crafts done? Me, too! Cross-stitch these Gingerbread Man Mittens for a sweet gift. I think this chart would also work up nicely in plastic canvas for a Christmas tree ornament or package decoration. Added to Needlecrafts Projects

While you're keeping the homefires burning, enjoy this cute video of Martha Stewart making Monster Mittens with a chatty first-grader who steals the show.
Close the video to view the directions and pattern. Added to Sewing Projects

If your kids always lose their mittens, perhaps they'll hang on to them if you turn them into puppets with these animal and people puppet knitted additions. Added to Knitting Projects

Most little girls will love these Bunny Hat and Paw Mittens. Too precious! Also great for a cold weather Halloween costume. Added to Sewing and Halloween Projects

The inevitable lost mitten can be turned into cute puppets using felt and fabric glue. Added to Kids Crafts and Recycled Crafts

Finally, when it's just too cold to go outside, keep them busy with mitten-themed activities. Added to Kids Crafts Categories: Halloween Crafts, Kids Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Needlework, Recycled Crafts, Sewing
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Flower Shop Cross Stitch Chart

Cute little cross stitch chart of a flower shop. Great for a quick gift or perhaps even a greeting card. Added to Free Needlework Patterns

Categories: Needlework
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ribbon Embroidery Greeting Card

Make an extra-special card for someone wonderful. Learn a new craft with this Ribbon Embroidery Greeting Card. Added to Needlework and Paper Crafts

Categories: Needlework, Paper Crafts
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Angel with Roses Needlework Pattern

What a little cutie! Stitch a friendly little Angel with Roses using this free downloadable pattern. Added to Needlework

Categories: Needlework
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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Cross Stitch Pattern Photo Conversion Tutorial

Step by step instructions to turn a favorite photo into a cross-stitch pattern. Added to Needlework and Computer Crafts

Categories: Computer Crafts, Needlework
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Friday, April 11, 2008

Hand Stitched Birthday Candle Card

Create a special birthday card with just a little bit of stitching. See the Hand Stitched Birthday Candle Card Pattern. Added to Greeting Cards and Needlework

Categories: Needlework, Paper Crafts
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Stitching Card Flower Vine

Embroider a lovely greeting card using this free pattern of a Stitching Card Flower Vine. Added to Needlework and Paper Crafts Categories: Needlework, Paper Crafts
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Valentine Cross Stitch Card

Creative Valentine's Day Card with a stitched heart framed in fabric. Definitely a keeper. Added to Valentine's Day Crafts, Paper Crafts, and Needlework

Categories: Needlework, Paper Crafts, Valentine's Day Crafts
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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Needlepunch Four Season Sheep

Needlepunch is a relaxing needlecraft, once you get the rhythm and technique together. The Four Season sheep project is quick to stitch and cute as a button. Added to Needlework

Categories: Needlework
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Friday, June 08, 2007

Cross Stitch Eyeglass Case Directions

Thanks to Lori from for sending these directions to make any completed cross stitch into an eyeglass case. Added to Needlework.

Categories: Needlework
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Friday, February 09, 2007

Beaton's Book of Needlework from 1870

The Gutenberg Project lists thousands of out-of-copyright books online for free download. I found this gem from 1870 - "Beaton's Book of Needlework." It includes illustrated directions and patterns for embroidery, tatting, crochet, knitting, and several other obscure lacemaking and needlework arts. Added to Crochet and Knitting and Needlework.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet, Needlework
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Monday, October 16, 2006 Needlework Word Search

A puzzle for our stitchers. Needlework will be updated next issue! Print out our crafts word search puzzle.


Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Needlework, Newsletter
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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Darling Animal Cross Stitch Charts

From a popular children's book author, here's a charming group of cross-stitch patterns, including holiday patterns. Added to Needlework.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006 Crafts Crossword - Digital Photography Crossword

Digital Photography Crossword
Have you gotten the hang of your digital camera? Try our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Needlework
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Rootin Tooting Cowboy Cross-stitch

A quick design to stitch on anything for a baby boy, in pdf. Added to Needlework and Baby Crafts.

Categories: Baby Crafts, Needlework
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Monday, June 12, 2006

Photo Stitch Dictionary

Close-up photos of many different stitches. Great when you're having trouble. Added to Needlework .

Categories: Needlework
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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Lighthouse Cross Stitch Pattern

Charming little lighthouse to stitch for lighthouse collector. Added to Needlework.

Categories: Needlework
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Saturday, April 29, 2006 Arts & Crafts Review - Michael's Book of Needlecrafts

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts- Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery

Well, this is a big book! More than 300 pages of knitting, crochet and embroidery. Truly, it is three books in one.

Each section begins with a comprehensive set of instructions for that craft. Large drawings show the stitches and other details. The knitting section covered one of my pet peeves - what if I can't get the yarn they use in the pattern? An article gives tips and ideas to make good substitutions. Each pattern has a color photo and sometimes a few. The patterns have summary info at the beginning - skill level, sizes, supplies and tools needed. I have one quibble with the book - the table of contents is very short and doesn't provide a list of the patterns. The patterns are listed in an appendix at the back.

The knitting patterns are varied. All the standards are included- afghans, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters and vests. Other patterns include a dog sweater and collar, Ipod holder, purses, wire jewelry, and purses.

I think crochet has become a hot craft, and the authors seem to agree. The crochet patterns are interesting and modern. Even though the arm warmers done in a fuzzy yarn look like hairy arms. And the Santa's stocking is rainbow-striped and has individual toes... I liked all the rest very much. The baby clothes look cute and probably work up quickly. The patterns also include hats, ponchos, purses, sweaters, tops, a backpack, pillow, shawl, and a jacket to name a few. The beach cover-up was stylish, and the crochet trim for a store-bought top was different.

The embroidery instructions are comprehensive. Many types of stitches along with bead embroidery, ribbon embroidery and hardanger are illustrated. Most of the projects are embellishments for pre-made items. They range from elegant to quirky and fun. Embroidered jeans and beaded tops are popular now and both are covered here. Many types of items go under the needle - mittens, napkins, pillows, purses, paper, sweaters, towels, and tote bags. A few of the purses are handmade, with the patterns included. The embroidered greeting card and scrapbook embellishments add dimension to your papercrafts.

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts - Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery is a very solid and worthwhile book for your library. If you're already involved in one of the crafts, it's a great way to learn the others, while getting a good set of patterns.

Categories: Crafts Book Reviews, Knitting and Crochet, Needlework, Newsletter
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Monday, April 10, 2006

Animated Needlework Stitch Instructions

Great set of animated directions for various needlework stitches, including cross stitch, embroidery stitches, hardanger and drawn threads. Added to Needlework.

Categories: Needlework
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