Monday, September 23, 2013

Tutorial: Handmade Handkerchiefs

Andrew carries a handkerchief, but we've had troubling finding ones that have an interesting design.  The solution?  Fat quarters!  It is so much easier to look through a rack of fat quarters than it is to hunt through aisles of fabric on bolts
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tutorial: Bead and Loop Closure

This is a tutorial for exactly what I did to create the bead and loop closure for my Hemlock Sweater.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Intarsia Knitting Tutorial on craftzine.com

Woo hoo!  Check out my Intarsia 101 tutorial on CRAFT Magazine's site.
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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Tutorial: Cloth Napkins

These small squares of fabric were made to be used in place of paper towels for most of the things we use paper towels for.
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Saturday, January 01, 2011

How To Make Granny Straps

These are the straps I designed for the secret hex bag.
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Friday, June 05, 2009

Tutorial: Foundation Single Crochet - Supplement

This is a supplement to the original foundation single crochet tutorial.  Here I show you how to make a foundation single crochet bridge in the middle of your work.  I first used this when making the Icelandic Turtleneck for the arm holes.  I also use it to make the handles on my handbags.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tutorial: Foundation Single Crochet

This foundation single crochet tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step.  When I first attempted to learn this technique from a magazine, I had pretty good illustrations to go by, but I was still totally confused by the whole thing.  It took me 3 or 4 tries over a couple of months to even feel confident that I was doing this correctly.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tutorial: Seamless Single Crochet, Even Better

This way to do seamless single crochet is way-better than my original single crochet tutorial, especially if you're doing color changes.  Why?  Because it's simpler, the color changes are cleaner looking, and there are no complicated stitch depths involved. I posted a comparison of the two techniques if you'd like to see the differences.   Even a newbie will be able to follow this tutorial.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tutorial: Weaving In the Last End

I encountered this technique in Creepy Cute Crochet and the Flower Purse is my first opportunity to use it.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tutorial: Sew A Lining Into A Crocheted Bag

This tutorial demonstrates how to hand sew a lining into a crochet bag.  Each step is accompanied by a photo.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Tutorial: Tablecloth Hemming

Well, it's unanimous ... everyone adores this gorgeous fabric!  It was bought to cover the serving tables at a baby shower.  What a cute idea, right?
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Tutorial: Lace Bracelet

I wanted to make something simple, fast, and feminine the other day.  I found this off-white, lacy seam binding in my stash and a simple shell-like button.  In about 5 minutes, I had this cute little bracelet.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tutorial: Simple Felt Daisy

Create quick and easy daisies from felt. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Tutorial: Sew A Lining For A Crocheted Bag

This tutorial demonstrates how to machine sew a lining for any type of bag. The included lining worksheet helps you calculate the lining dimensions based on the measurements of your own bag. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tutorial: Seamless Single Crochet Supplement

** EDIT:  I have created a new tutorial for seamless single crochet which is a simpler and much better  technique.  Don't use this one. :) **

See the seamless crochet tutorial ... it points to this supplement.
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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Tutorial: Choosing A Stitch For Hand Sewing

Now that I have two tutorials on hand sewing felt, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the benefits and disadvantages of both.  Each works well and brings a distinct look to your hand sewn item.  It's worth it to think about what sort of effect you are going for to help you choose the right stitch.
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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Tutorial: Hand Sew Felt Using Blanket Stitch

This step-by-step tutorial explains exactly to use the blanket stitch to both sew two pieces of felt together and use it as an edging. There are special tips on how to go around corners, to stitch around circles, and what to do if you run out of floss in the middle. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
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Monday, July 30, 2007

Tutorial: Crochet Beaded Bracelet

This easy-to-crochet bracelet is perfect for summer fun. The cotton thread is washable so you can wear it through all your outdoor adventures.
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Monday, May 07, 2007

Tutorial: Embroidery On Felt

In this tutorial, I show you how I make my handbag labels and how you can embroider any design onto felt. Photos illustrate every step of the process.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Tutorial: Hand Sew Felt Using Whip Stitch

This step-by-step tutorial explains exactly to use the whip stitch to sew two pieces of felt together. Each step is accompanied by a photo.
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Monday, October 09, 2006

Tutorial: Seamless Single Crochet

** EDIT:  I have created a new tutorial for seamless single crochet which is a simpler and much better  technique.  Don't use this one. :) **

My seamless crochet handbags are made employing this technique. Using close-up photos, I demonstrate each step of creating a seamless, single crochet project.
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tutorial: Paper Clip Stitch Markers

I've decided to embrace my inner cheapskate and add to my paper clip stitch marker stash.  For all you thrifty chicks who want some inexpensive, colorful stitch markers, here's how I make them ...
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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Tutorial: Clean or Dirty

Keep track of whether the dishes are dirty or clean with this handy status indicator. Keep her dress down for Clean and flip it up for Dirty. Made with felt, embroidery floss, and magnets.
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