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Hello Crafters!

Welcome to the AllCrafts Update, the free newsletter of, the Free Crafts Network.

We've updated the crochet and knitting page. All new free projects and great new books. There truly is something for everyone in crochet and knitting - it is just bursting with energy and ideas! The new projects are listed below.

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While searching the Internet for painting ideas, I came across this cloud-painting kit. I was blown away by the completed project photos. I found this info on their website-

Painted Clouds Go With Everything

Whether your baby has hand me downs from an older sibling or a brand new everything, clouds go with everything. If you have a little boy and sailboats are your theme, include some sailboat-shaped clouds floating over a puffy white cumulonimbus on its way to dream land.

Painted clouds create a feeling of whimsy and make a lofty addition to any room. You can build clouds on an accent wall, above a chair rail, on the ceiling or all over the room. The look is timeless and fits every childs room.
The Cloudwash kit by Watercolor Walls has everything you need to complete your dream room. All you need is a white wall and some inspiration.

Come See Pictures of our Cloud Painted rooms. Arts & Crafts Book Review
The Knit Stitch (The Knitting Experience, Book 1) Hip Handbags: Creating & Embellishing 40 Great-Looking Bags
by Valerie Shrader

This book gives you the patterns & instructions to create seven basic handbag and shoulderbag types. Then the author shows you creative materials and embellishments that will inspire you to create a truly individual purse. Each variation is explained thoroughly. Several new techniques are shown in these projects.

All of the essential purse shapes are covered - clutch, tote, large purse, messenger bag, envelope and more. The patterns are in the text on graph paper. They're easy to scan into the computer and create any size.

This book begins with a great introduction on designing handbags. Just this section alone made me consider several projects. If you just want to dip your toes into making purses, the first few projects use ready-made purses.

Another chapter discusses fabric choices in depth and illustrates basic techniques like lining and pockets. These construction details help you customize your designs.

My favorite thing about this book is that this approach really teaches you to design your own bags. It is very clear how to follow one of the designs, but they also provide that extra information to help you if you stray away from the pattern, as I usually do.

Finally, if you would like to go totally hip with your bags, there's an outrageous photo gallery of the most modern of handbags.

Hip Handbags: Creating & Embellishing 40 Great-Looking Bags at


New Projects in Crochet & Knitting

The crochet and knitting page is all-new!


* Baby Five Hour Poncho
* Fiesta Tea Set
* Ladder of Life Socks
* Chocolate Shrug
* Vertical Stripe Scarf and Hat
* Carnaby Throw and Pillows
* Knit Cabled Bookmark
* Cottage Tea Cosy
* Top Down Seamless Pants for Barbie
* Sock Monkey Socks
* Chile Pepper Socks
* Eyelet Rib Socks for Little Girls
* Dishcloth Shawl
* One Hour Scarf
* Fingerless Mitts
* Cat Costume
* Art Deco Knitted Doily
* Lace Dressing Gown
* Candy Cane Knitted Ornament
* Christmas Tree Ornament
* Easter Finger Puppets
* Rosette Button Purse
* Fuzzy Heart Pillow
* Easy Knit Hat
* Pig Potholder
* Ocean Waves Placemat
* Newborn Adjustable Hat
* Silverware Holder
* Easy Knit Shawl
* Nautical Eye Glass Case
* Knit Shoe Laces
* Barbie's Basic Tube Dress
* Free Online Kntting Videos
* Simple Slant Shawl
* Preemie Set Baby Gift Set
* Baby's Hooded Bath Towel
* Basic Baby Socks
* Knitted Santa Baby Bib
* Daring Diva Halter
* Diamonds Halter
* Child's Poncho
* American Flag Socks
* Mock Cable Socks
* Men's Socks
* Red, White and Blue Pin
* Teddy Bear
* Barbie Sweater Set
* Easter Egg Baskets
* Snowman Shelf Doll
* Poncho with Optional Hood
* Fisherman Poncho
* Off the Shoulder Sweater
* Basic Bean Bag
* Knitted Angel Baby Blanket
* Grace Cardigan
* Bear Claw Throw
* Quick and Easy Knit Vest
* Mandarin Jacket
* Leg Warmers
* Sock Calculator

* Woven Squares Afghan
* Freedom Poncho
* Scalloped Doll Poncho
* Lacy Crocheted Basket
* Calla Lily Pin
* Envelope Purse
* Bridal Baubal Choker
* Penguin Ornament
* Miniature Basket
* Triangle Evening Purse
* Crocheted 3 Wise Men
* Zebra Print Shoulder Bag
* Spring Blossoms Picture Frame
* Christmas Door Knob Cover
* Gingerbread Man
* Angel Wreath
* Christmas Card Ornament
* Ski Hat Ornament
* Angel Bear Ornament
* Log Cabin Square
* Filet Heart Afghan
* Ducks in a Row Square
* Crossover Square
* Wagon Wheel Square
* Plaid Afghan
* Easter Eggs
* Towel Topper
* Coupon Holder
* Skillet Handle Cover
* Filet Dad Bookmark
* Holly Napkin & Candle Rings
* Pillsbury Doughboy
* Red White and Blue Bookmark
* Picot Basket
* Double Row Beaded Socks
* Animal Finger Puppets
* Wagon Wheel Shawl
* Ruffled Sock Edging
* Embellished Crochet Jeans
* Crochet Linen Belt
* Diamond Crochet Belt
* Crochet PDA Case
* Round Motif Afghan
* Crochet Butterfly Bag
* Lace Top
* Understanding Crochet Patterns
* Crochet Stitch Guide
* Water Bottle Holder
* Angel Pin
* Shamrock Square
* Filet "Noel" Wallhanging
* Remote Control Cozy
* Thread Crochet Ornament Cover
* Basket/Vase
* Six Hour Sweater
* Acorn
* Fringed Shawl
* Crochet Shrug
* Daisy Apron
* Beginner Crochet Block
* Cascade Afghan
* Crochet Hearth Rug
* Spring Baby Outfit
* Jewelry Bag
* Crocheted Curtains
* Easy Slippers
* Crocheted Sneakers
* Crocheted Socks
* Shells Plant Hanger
* Beaded Post Earrings
* Beaded Frame Fridgie
* Fashion Doll Sun Hat
* Beaded Spring Choker
* Spider Cat Toy
* Filet Crochet Tutorial Crossword Puzzle

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