28 Jul 2014

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Introducing the Lucky Wristlet

There is at least one of you who has been waiting over 7 years for this pattern to be published! There are many more of you that have emailed over the years asking for this pattern. And now, here it is, the Lucky Wristlet, available as a free download.

I can't wait to see all the creative personal twists that you put on the pattern. There are so many ways to customize this using colors, materials, ribbons, etc. Plus it's a very quick project. You could have it done in a weekend. So far, no one's posted a project on Ravlery. Will you be the first? ;)

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28 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

05 Jul 2014

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Tutorial: Make a Ribbon Strap for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a ribbon strap for the Lucky Wristlet.

The tutorial is broken down, step-by-step. Let me know if something isn't clear. I will be happy to help you out.

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1. You'll need a crocheted Lucky Wristlet using my free PDF crochet pattern and one yard of ribbon.

2. Find the side of your wristlet that doesn't have a spike crochet "belt loop" for your ribbon. This side has a spike.

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05 Jul 2014 5:01am GMT

04 Jul 2014

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Tutorial: Make a Zippered Lining for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a zippered lining for the Lucky Wristlet.

The tutorial shows, step-by-step how to make a zippered lining for the Lucky Wristlet. Let me know if something isn't clear. I will be happy to help you!

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1. You'll need a crocheted Lucky Wristlet using my free PDF crochet pattern, fabric for the lining, and a zipper that is about 3 inches longer (or more) than your wristlet.


2. To figure out the size of the fabric pieces you need to cut, you need to measure your wristlet. Measure the width of the inside opening. In this photo, my interior wristlet width is 7.5"

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04 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

03 Jul 2014

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Tutorial: Crochet a Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for crocheting my Lucky Wristlet pattern.

The tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step. Let me know if something isn't crystal clear to you. I will be happy to help you out.

First things first: download the PDF pattern for the Lucky Wristlet.

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1. Gather your supplies: yarn, ribbon, and your crochet hook. I highly recommend doing a gauge swatch, but it's not required. For this project, size isn't a concern, but you might want to make sure the fabric your yarn-hook combo makes will work for the wristlet you're imaging (not too thin, thick, etc).

Don't be confused by the yellow ribbon. I originally thought I'd use the yellow, but I ultimately decided to use the blue you see in the top photo. Luckily, grosgrain ribbon comes in standardized widths in a wide range of colors so it was easy to find the blue I wanted in a 1" width to swap with the yellow.

2. Start the foundation row of foundation single crochet (FSC) stitches. Never done FSC stitches before? Learn how from my FSC Tutorial.

After a I make a couple of FSC, I always put a stitch marker in the top and bottom of the first FSC. In the photo, I have put a pink stitch marker in the top of the FSC and a green stitch marker in the bottom or the FSC.

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03 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

25 Jan 2013

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Crochet Heart Scarf

Last year CRAFT Magazine commissioned me to design a Valentine's Day crochet pattern. I designed the Crochet Heart Scarf for them. If you want the free pattern, click on over.

What I didn't have a chance to show you last year, were all the rejected crochet heart scarf designs. I shot these photos as I was designing on the couch, so the photos are sort of crap, but I think they prove that I put everything I have into making sure the scarf was everything I wanted it to be ... soft, light-weight, supple (not stiff), and with a recognizable heart motif.

Some of these are sort of cute, but too bulky or stiff. Some just suck. All of them were a part of the path for getting to my final design. I couldn't have skipped any of them. Not even when I almost gave up and thought, "Hey, why not just surface crochet the damn hearts on single crochet." Ha!

In the last photo, you can see in the swatch on the right that at the end I was messing around with the connector thread placement to get them exactly where I wanted them.

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25 Jan 2013 1:00pm GMT

25 Sep 2012

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Starling Handbag Pattern Now Available in Italian

I can now offer the Starling Handbag pattern in Italian. The translation was completed by crafteemom (crafteemom on ravelry), who volunteered her time. I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page and my free downloads page to include the new version.

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25 Sep 2012 1:00pm GMT

02 May 2012

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Starling Handbag Pattern in French and German

I am so excited about being able to offer the Starling Handbag in French and German. The translations were done by two amazing people, Ambre and Laura, who volunteered their skills. I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page and my free downloads page to include the new versions.

This is actually part of a bigger project. I completely redesigned and recoded my free downloads page. The updated look and feel is accompanied by a completely new delivery engine that should eliminate the problems some people had trying to get my downloads.

I figured if I was going to release the writstlet pattern soon, I had to update that page to work for everyone or I would drown under the "I can't get the pdf" emails once it's out. :)

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02 May 2012 1:00pm GMT

29 Mar 2012

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Teddy Bear Update 1 - Cutting Out The Pieces

I have a friend that really loves my teddy bear. So much so that I decided to surprise them with one of their own.

I looked at the fabric store for teddy bear patterns, thinking It would be easy to find one just like mine. But I was mistaken. I couldn't find a good teddy bear pattern at all. Luckily, a quick internet search turned up the exact pattern I made Neville from on eBay. Can you believe that this is my first purchase from eBay? Crazy, huh?

I bought this amazingly soft and plush faux fur at the fabric store. It's a very traditional teddy bear color.

So soft! So cuddly! I bought miles of this stuff.

The challenge with fluffy faux fur fabric, though, is that you can't just lay the pattern pieces on it and cut them out. The fabric is just too bumpy and weird. So I had to trace each pattern piece onto grocery bag paper, which is more durable.

Then I used the grocery bag pattern pieces to trace onto the back of the knitted fur base. It was really hard to trace the pattern pieces, so I ended up using the sharpies. I was afraid the marker smell would linger, but it dissipated within a day or so.

Teddy bears have a surprising number of pieces to make them all up. It took seemingly forever to cut out all the pattern pieces, trace all the pieces onto grocery bags, cut out the grocery bag pieces, trace them onto the fur, and cut out the fur pieces. Gah! So long.

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29 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

27 Mar 2012

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Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 9: Button Closure

I think I've finally reached the end of things to say about this sweater ... haha!

First, I want to marvel at the fact that I had this amazing wooden button in my stash. It matches the mid-purple perfectly. I still can't get over that.

I originally had the button closure lower on the sweater, but after wearing it a couple of times, I realized that it was too low once the yarn relaxes. I also only had the purple button and a crocheted loop, but I noticed that the underneath ribbing would sag and fold back as I wore the sweater.

Button 2.0 includes an interior button and loop. The interior button is a small shanked button that I sewed onto the bulk of the steek for stability.

The purple button is not shanked, so I stabilzed it by sewing it on with a small clear button on the inside (aka an anchor button). The inside-underneath button keeps the purple button upright ... meaning my yarn loop doesn't pull it over to the side.

TECHknitting recently had a lot of great posts about buttons in which you can learn everything you ever wanted to know and more about putting buttons on your hand knit and hand crocheted garments, inlcuding using anchor buttons.

Ta da! I am wearing the hell out of this sweater. I really should start on another so I'll have it for when this one wears out.

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27 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

21 Mar 2012

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Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 8: Project Notes

Paige emailed and asked me how I keep notes about my projects - specifically about modifications I make to patterns. I thought I'd share my answer with you, too.

The first little chart I made was this stripe chart. The brackets on the right designate where I can carry the yarn and where I break the yarn.

As I was knitting, I would make notes on the printed pattern. Any notes on other paper, like the stripe chart, I tape to the paper to keep everything together.

For each section of the pattern, I created a check box for every row (or set of rows). I also indicated whether it was D M or L, which is Dark, Medium, or Light Purple. And, I also put the cut/no-cut brackets on right to remind me NOT to cut the yarn.

All my mods are here, hand-written as I made them. Then, after I was all done, I put them in my sweater's Ravelry project. I did this because I love reading other people's posts on Ravelry that explain what they did on a pattern. It can be *super* helpful to know lots of people made a sweater longer, or found the instructions confusing.

Another thing I love about Ravelry when I'm browsing through patterns is looking at other people's projects from the pattern. I can see real people wearing the sweater they made. I think that's a much better indication of what I might make ... since I'm usually not the same size as the model they used. Sometimes a sweater that looks incredible on the model doesn't look so hot on a middle-aged woman.

And, sometimes the converse is true. I've seen plenty of homely looking sweaters really shine when someone gets creative with the color or changes just one tiny part of the pattern So much inspiration and real-world experience can be found on Ravelry. It's an incredible resource for my knitting and crocheting!

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21 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

19 Mar 2012

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Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 7: Finished Sweater

Ta da!

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday ... freezing, but beautiful. I have my coat and scarf at my feet in these photos. I'm sure everyone else at the park thought I was nuts. :)

You can see in this photo that the elbow gets a little baggy after a couple days of wear. I like the length, so I'll just have to live with it.

Originally, I planned to do the ribbing in the medium purple color, but when I tried to order the extra yarn, it was on back order. Of course, now, I can't imagine that ... the dark purple is the perfect ribbing color.

The only thing that's a little goofy is I started at the top of the back with the dark purple, so the stripe merges with the ribbing creating a weird angled shape. If I hadn't done that, I'd have a crisp dark line around the back neck. Next time I'll plan the ribbing/stripes better.

Here you can see just how windy it was. I love the little peek you get at the light green steek. When I went shopping for a shirt to wear with this sweater, I couldn't resist this v-neck because it matches the steek perfectly!

I still have a couple more things to show you about the sweater ... the button stuff, and my project notes ... but I didn't want to make you wait for the final photos anymore! Or, more truthfully, I couldn't stand not sharing them!

I make everyone pet this sweater when they find out I made it. The Knit Picks Comfy Worsted is so SOFT it's crazy. It's also super fuzzy, which has resulted in gigantic pills under the arms and at the waist where my purse rubs the sweater. I'm getting a sweater stone to help remove the initial pilling. I get the sense that once the "baby duck down" fuzz has worn off, we'll be fine.

I've machine washed and dried this sweater a couple of times. I've found that I have to dry it all the way so it shrinks back up to "knit size" then, as I wear it, it relaxes back to "cotton stretch size", similar to a pair of jeans. I think I can figure out how to knit the next one so it relaxes into the right size. Currently, after it relaxes, there's a little too much ease under the arms and at the bust.

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19 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

13 Mar 2012

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Doll Face Surgery

There's another crafty woman at my workplace, but she doesn't do the yarn arts. I like to show off my projects to her because, as a fellow crafter, she understands how much work can go into a project. So, one day, I was walking into the office and she said, "Can I show you something?" and she pulled out this doll.

She explained that it was a doll that her parents bought for her on a trip to Europe when she was very young. She'd brought it down for her son to play with ... and the dog ate its face! "Can this be fixed?" she asked. I looked at it a second and although it's a pretty heinous injury, I figured I could do *something* so I replied, "Of course. I can fix this for you."

So I took it home and it sat in my WIP pile for weeks and weeks while I let my subconscious think about it. The kinds of things that would pop into my head were that maybe I could steal some yarn from the doll's back which is covered by a shirt and transplant it to the face.

I finally sat down this weekend and started poking around her face and discovered that there was just one little cut in one little yarn that caused this hole. I dug through my stash and found yarn this exact color: Red Heart acrylic that I had I bought to make the ground hog.

I separated the 4-strand yarn into 2-strand lengths so it was the right thickness to match the doll. I sewed the loose ends of the cut yarn to secure them, and then I wove the new yarn into the knitting to close up the hole. I also had to fix the red yarn that makes up it's nose and mouth. It's super creepy sewing on a doll's face when it's eyes are *right there* staring at you.

It's not perfect, but it's not bad, either. The new yarn blends right in. I could barely see a difference up close with my magnifying granny glasses on. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

She was very happy, too, which is all that really matters. :)

I think this doll is supposed to be a sailor. It has a cute little beret, a sailor-striped wool sweater, and colorful patchwork pants.

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12 Mar 2012

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Crafting In Public

Wednesday, March 14th from 5:00-7:00 at ING Cafe at 101 Post Street, San Francisco (at Kearny). Everyone welcome! Bring a project and hang out with us.

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12 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

08 Mar 2012

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Perrin's Starling - Part 6: Finished!

You've seen me making this purse along the way, so there's not much to say now except ... hooray! We had an unbelievably nice day last Sunday when I took these photos. I felt like I was getting sunburned! It was 75 degrees out. Insanity for around here.

I added a pin back for the flower so Perrin can take it off to machine wash the purse.

Ahhhh. Feels good to be done. :)

Next week I'll introduce you to the next "Featured Craft Project" on my to do list.

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08 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

07 Mar 2012

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Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 6: Actual Steek

... and then it was time to steek the real sweater!

I was a little baby about it and started on the clean edge that had no yarn ends. So slick looking! I usedEunny Jang's crochet Steek Tutorial as my guide.

I picked this crazy green because I love purple and green. The wonderful part is the steek is completely hidden on the inside of the sweater, so I could have used any color. It's fun to see the little pop of green when I'm putting my sweater on.

And now the side with a million-and-one yarn ends. Ridiculously, I discovered that I'd lost a stitch on the edge about halfway through the sweater. I had to adjust my crochet line to move over a stitch since I was steeking one stitch away from the edge. It's not noticeable, but gah, what a terror moment when I first saw it.

I took this opportunity to remove the weird L-shaped edge where the V-neck meets the curve around the back of your neck. I'd noticed on ravelry that people were getting little poofy pouches there when they added the ribbing. Because I was steeking, I could just cut off the extra! Woohoo!

A quick try-on before I sew along the furry side and then cut all the ends off.

Oh, triple purple sweater, I love you! I was having trouble taking the sweater back off to work on it. Then, when it was time to do other things involved with living ... I kept wearing the sweater in this state because the Knit Picks Comfy yarn is so soft and warm.

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07 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

06 Mar 2012

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Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 5: Swatching the Steek and Ribbing

I wanted to steek the front edges of my sweater to allow me to cut off the myriad of ends the stripes left. I was a little worried though, so I swatched the whole thing. As hilarious as it sounds, at times like this, I feel like a master painter making a detail practice painting ... it's the same kind of thing, right? Practice makes perfect. ;)

I knit a whole swatch of the stripe pattern and even did the bottom ribbing. Then I steeked the "furry" edge of the swatch.

So pretty on the top!

So pretty on the bottom!

I tested out several different stitch patterns to secure the yarn ends. I have to sew my steeks to secure them since I'm not using wool (which would stick to itself).

More test stitching.

And the bit I left without any stitching at all ... which I then tugged on a little, just to make sure I really did need to stitch the steek. The answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

Next I tested out adding the front edge ribbing.

I tested out picking up different numbers of stitches. On the left is way too few picked up stitches and the right is way too many. I pulled out one of the sides and finally found a number that was "just right", which is 3 for every 4 rows.

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06 Mar 2012 1:00pm GMT

06 Nov 2011

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CRAFT Flickr Pool Weekly Roundup

Here are some cool things we saw in the CRAFT Flickr Pool this week: Day 3 Crane Mobile 2, by LaurenBrevner Galaxy of origami stars: starfish, by bloomize Miniature Knitting, by DJLDorset White Ukulele, by hine westie dog mobile: side,

06 Nov 2011 8:00pm GMT

Book Review: Textiles: The Whole Story

I recently picked up a wonderful book published by Thames & Hudson, Textiles: The Whole Story by Beverly Gordon. It covers the history of textiles, both as functional pieces, as an art form and it shows the portrayal of

06 Nov 2011 3:00pm GMT

Customize Your Crayola

Like a typical Target trip for me, I went for shampoo and ended up buying a lot of crayons. I got sucked in to the "Customize Your Crayola" display. Have you seen it? Packs of Crayola crayons, sold in

06 Nov 2011 12:00am GMT

05 Nov 2011

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How-To: Giftwrap Using Pipe Cleaners

I know they tend to be viewed as kindergarten craft staples, but I still have a special fondness for colorful pipe cleaners (chenille stems, if you're feeling fancy). I like these simple ideas for incorporating them into gift wrap

05 Nov 2011 7:00pm GMT

Printable Bias Tape Maker

Something magical happens when a scientist switches out her lab coat for a sewing machine. When creative sensibilities are combined with a scientific approach to problem-solving, you get ideas that are at once innovative and completely logical. This printable

05 Nov 2011 2:00pm GMT

Photograph Wall

This photo has been on Apartment Therapy before and I LOVE the concept. Taking an old (or new for that matter) photograph and making it an entire wall. Brilliant. This classic black and white photo works so well. Recently on

05 Nov 2011 12:00am GMT

Four-Level Super Mario Tower

When we were little, my sister and I wanted to play video games SO BAD. But our parents wouldn't buy us any! We were so hungry for the bright and exciting world of Mario that we ended up crayon-drawing

05 Nov 2011 12:00am GMT

04 Nov 2011

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Congrats to 3 Winners of the Craft Activism Book Giveaway!

Congratulations time! Last week we posted a red scarf project excerpted from the book Craft Activism by Joan Tapper. This post also included a book giveaway, in which 3 lucky winners were randomly chosen from nearly 100 comments. So

04 Nov 2011 10:30pm GMT

Amazing Bea Arthur Cross Stitch

Mr. X Stitch points us to this unbelievable cross stitched portrait of Bea Arthur by Adam Jon Moore. The detail is so astonishing that, at first glance, it almost looks like a photograph. I'm amazed by how much he

04 Nov 2011 10:00pm GMT

Calvin Nicholls' Incredible Paper Sculptures

I am always blown away by paper artists, and these paper sculptures by Calvin Nicholls are no exception. Incredibly detailed, they are all about texture. (Most of his work uses white paper alone.) I highly recommend checking out his

04 Nov 2011 9:00pm GMT

Chalkboard Cloud

Pinterest is so fun, and I have finally gotten a chance to get into it a bit. Last night I stumbled across this great photo of this adorable chalkboard paint cloud. What an adorable way to leave notes! I love

04 Nov 2011 9:00pm GMT

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Portal Pumpkin!

A not-so-little slice of genius from Instructables user DracoGT. The legs and frame are PVC pipe and fittings, painted black. The eye is an inkjet printer transparency illuminated with an LED Tap Light. And the body, of course, is the predominant seasonal gourd, artfully cut to suggest armor plate.

04 Nov 2011 8:00pm GMT

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Stitches: The Art of Wool

Wow. I wish I could hop on a plane tonight to check out "Stitches: The Art of Wool" in Paris at La Maison du Danemark. Items included in the collection are either knitted or crocheted, showing the viewer that

04 Nov 2011 6:00pm GMT

DDWFTTW: Rick Cavallaro

Rick Cavallaro and his team at DDWFTTW succeeded in making a wind powered vehicle that travels downwind at a speed faster than the wind itself. The vehicle is at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, having newly accomplished a feat

04 Nov 2011 5:30pm GMT

How-To: Sew Small Felt Details and Faces

I love working with felt because it allows me to applique details without worrying about fraying fabric or unfinished edges. But, especially if I'm working with very small pieces, it can be incredibly difficult to keep things properly aligned

04 Nov 2011 4:00pm GMT

Ballerina R2D2

Think Geek points us to this rad ballerina R2D2 costume created by Flickr user Leeloo (J!NX). Who would have thought R2D2 could morph so perfectly into a tutu? Related: Custom Knit R2D2 Sweater R2D2 Bike Helmet R2D2 Quilt Death

04 Nov 2011 3:07pm GMT

03 Nov 2011

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Creepy Homemade Funhouse is Creepy (and Epic)!

So I recently stumbled upon the work of Ohio-based maker Keith Corcoran, and I'm in awe. Halloween is over, but I'm wishing I could go back in time and make a trip to Keith's "Funhouse" to experience the totality of his "haunt." A cotton candy cauldron, spooky skeleton doling out entry tickets, and a really creepy clown in a rocking chair are just some of the props littering his lawn.

03 Nov 2011 11:00pm GMT

The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art

This page at the University of Oregon bills itself as "the world's largest collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art." Shown here is Dr. Karen Norberg's The Knitted Brain.

03 Nov 2011 1:00pm GMT

02 Nov 2011

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Reuse a Salt Container as a Pour-spout Jar Lid

Our own inimitable Laura Cochrane spotted this clever trick over at The Craft Patch. It may not be glamorous or sexy, but I love insanely simple stuff like this born of paying careful attention to what's right there in front of you.

02 Nov 2011 1:00pm GMT

01 Nov 2011

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Paper Plate Skeleton

I am not normally a fan of "cute," but I gotta admit, this skeleton door decorator made from cleverly-cut paper plates and bits of yarn works for me, somehow. By Instructables user kazmataz. [Thanks, Kelly!]

01 Nov 2011 4:00pm GMT

I Have a (Puzzling) Dream

MAKE Sales Manager Brigitte Kunde shared this amazing build with us, spotted online by a friend of hers. Pete Fecteau used over 4,000 Rubik's Cubes to create this 18′ 6″ x 9′ 8″ mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King. Apparently Rubik's-based artwork is a "thing." There's Rubik's Einstein, Lincoln, Sitting Bull, Kathy Lee and Hoda(?). [...]

01 Nov 2011 4:30am GMT

31 Oct 2011

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Using a Wire Saw to Carve Pumpkins

Great pro tip for meticulous pumpkin-crafters who just can't get the level of detail they need with knives. Courtesy of Instructables user Brna.

31 Oct 2011 8:00pm GMT

Perfect “They Live” Costumes

I think I just figured out what I'm going to be for Halloween next year. I love these masks of the aliens from John Carpenter's cult classic, They Live. On Kiersten Essenpreis blog, she has process photos of the build.

31 Oct 2011 2:30am GMT

28 Oct 2011

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“Don’t Trick and Fly” Halloween Yard Decoration

A fun outdoor Halloween decoration spotted on Facebook (origins unknown). This would be pretty easy to create. I have a very similar costume cape and witches hat. If you're doing any halloween decorating, or other prop, costume, or food making, don't forget to enter our contest.

28 Oct 2011 9:30pm GMT

Make Glowing Kryptonite Candy

Learn how to make candy glow under UV by adding vitamin B2! In this Halloween episode of Becky's Workshop, we whip up some kryptonite candy, as seen in BrittLiv's Instructable.

28 Oct 2011 5:00pm GMT