14 Mar 2016

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If you've ended up here and this isn't what you were expecting, I've probably unpublished the post you were looking for.

I stopped posting here around the end of 2014 after 9 years of craft-blogging. Since then, I've unpublished most of the posts (900+), leaving the ones people still find useful (~50).

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14 Mar 2016 1:00am GMT

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.

CUT FABRIC PIECES

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

13 Feb 2012

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Crochet Heart Scarf - Free Pattern

You may have already seen this over on CRAFT's site, but just in case you didn't, I designed a crochet pattern for them ... this cute crochet heart scarf.

I know I'm not giving you much lead time if you want to make one for V-day, but it's a quick crochet, so you could make one tonight if you don't have anything else planned. Grab some yarn out of your stash, put on The Princess Bride, and get stitching!



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13 Feb 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

28 Sep 2011

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Intarsia Knitting Tutorial on craftzine.com

Woo hoo! Check out my Intarsia 101 tutorial on CRAFT Magazine's site.



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28 Sep 2011 1:00pm GMT

05 May 2011

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Tutorial: Cloth Napkins

Things in our home sometimes get names that make no sense. It's a part of our language shorthand that we understand, but when you think about it, is unexplainable. That weird place is where the name "face cloths" comes from.

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. I suspect the name "face cloths" refers to their use as dinner napkins, but I'm just guessing.

They are made from a queen-sized sheet I got at Urban Outfitters years ago during a 50% off sale. I thought I'd use it as a purse linings, then I thought I'd use it as an actual sheet, but I never ended up using it for anything at all. I've been saving it to become face cloths, it seems.

Here's the quick and dirty tutorial:

1. Cut cotton fabric into 12" squares. I used my cutting mat, rotary cutter, and clear ruler. So fast and easy to cut square with those tools.

2. Trim all 4 corners. I cut them so the deepest part of the cut was about 1/4" from the corner.

3. Fold over 3/8", then 3/8" again to hide the raw edge. I just eyeballed this step.

4. Sew a 1/4" hem on all four sides. I used my fancy 1/4" seam foot for the first time on this project.

We do use them as dinner napkins. We will also pile unwashed or washed vegetables on them during dinner preparation, or use them as spoon rests, and they are great for wiping all the cauliflower crumbles off the cutting board so you can cut other food without coating them in cauliflower crumbles.

I bought a small $1.50 trash can at Daiso (the Japanese one yen store in town) and put it next to the dirty clothes basket to hold the dirty face cloths. They don't really get that dirty, though. Anything supergross that needs to be done still gets done by a paper towel that I can throw away.

They fit in the same washer load as all the towels, so they don't make me do any extra loads of laundry. So far, I'm really happy with them.

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05 May 2011 1:00pm GMT

30 Mar 2011

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The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 6



Episode 6 - Finishing touches: three rows of single crochet at the top of the bag and attaching the granny straps.

Here are tutorials for some of the techniques mentioned in this post:


That's everything. Let me know if you need any help! And definitely send me pix if you make a Hex Tote.

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30 Mar 2011 1:00pm GMT

29 Mar 2011

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The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 5



Episode 5 - Row 4 of a half hex motif when you join it to the tote.

See chart below.



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29 Mar 2011 1:00pm GMT

28 Mar 2011

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The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 4



Episode 4 - The first three rows of a half hex motif. Make 4 half hexes.

Visit planetjune.com for a magic circle tutorial (for right and left handers).

See the chart below.



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28 Mar 2011 1:00pm GMT

09 Mar 2011

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The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 3



Episode 3 - How to join a corner hex.

The two corner hexes are 3 and 17 in the chart below.



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09 Mar 2011 1:00pm GMT

25 Feb 2011

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The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 2



Episode 2 - How to crochet row 4 of a hex motif and how to join as you go.

Here's the chart for Row 4. You definitely need to watch the video if you aren't familiar with joining as you go.

This is the tricky part - making a 3-D object assembly chart. Here is the clean chart so if someone has questions, I can direct them to a numbered hex.

Black numbers are full hexes. Red numbers are half-hexes. Half-hexes will be covered in a later episode.

You don't have to attach your hexes in this order. Connect them up however you'd like. I do suggest that you lay your hexes on the floor and arrange them before you start assembling your tote.

Be sure to move one edge's hexes to the other edge before you settle on the final placement (meaning, move 24, 25, & 26 over to the left edge -- and 7 & 14 to the other side's bottom edge) to make sure there are no color conflicts.

Or, you can just put them in a pile and connect them one at a time by pulling the next one out. It 's a granny hex tote, not brain surgery. You don't have to over-think it. :)

Here is the ridiculously overly-noted chart. :)

Red lines are the side and bottom folds.

The colored painted lines are where hexes match up. The colors don't mean anything in particular. I used different colors so you could see what matches up where: pink to pink - blue to blue - green to green - and gold to gold.

The blue stars under Hex 3 and Hex 17 are where the bottom corners are. I will cover this in the next episode, but for those of you that want to attempt this ...

Hex 3 and Hex 17 are folded in half and the bottom edge is not attached to anything when you crochet Row 4 (as you can see since there is no colored painted line along the bottom edge).

I had trouble attaching the corner hexes, so don't feel bad if you have to wait for the video to get it. It's tricky.

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25 Feb 2011 1:00pm GMT