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This to That (Glue Type Generator) Which Mod Podge? Sugru: Hack Things Better For Home & Garden. 30 Great Places to Buy Fabric Online - The Humble Nest. You can make the greatest stuff with your sewing skills but if you don’t have great fabric to work with your projects just won’t turn out as well.

30 Great Places to Buy Fabric Online - The Humble Nest

Finding fabric that is perfect for your needs can be a bit of a hassle and it’s often a task that’s best done in person so you can gauge weight and texture. Yet, some of the best deals on fabric, especially imported or designer fabric, can be found online. Here are a few sites that I’ve found to be particularly useful in finding and buying great fabrics. UPDATE: I appreciate all the comments and recommendations, but please check out my follow up post for additional sites.

Many more suggestions appear there! Big Sites These sites offer wide selections suited to basic sewing needs. Joann Fabric and Crafts: You’ll find pretty much the same collection of fabrics on the Joann site as you would in the store. Budget Need to do some design on a dime? Fashion Fabrics Club: Lots of fabrics some nice and some, well, not so pretty.

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Waterproofing. Color Theory 101: Selecting Yarns That Go Together. A lot of patterns going around at the moment feature stripes: two or three colors that go together perfectly.

Color Theory 101: Selecting Yarns That Go Together

You could follow the colors suggested in the pattern sample… but you want to try something a little different. But how in the world do you pick a colors that go together? Color theory. That’s how! Most yarn lines contain a wide range of of colors. Whoa! But don’t fret. It’s not all of the yarns, of course! Most yarn companies design their colors of yarn with compatibility in mind. Fortunately, there’s a name for the art of picking colors that go together: color theory. There are three color schemes that, if followed, will create knock-your-socks-off color combos: analogous, complementary and split complementary. Analogous Analogous colors are the ones that are next to each other on the color wheel: This scheme can work with any number of colors… pick two that are next to each other, three or four!

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You'll find free projects, features on Leisure Arts products and the people behind them, tips from experts and avid hobbyists, summaries of the designs in our latest publications, special promotions, and lots more. To receive our future issues — always free — as soon as they are posted, simply fill out the quick form at the right to sign up and they will automatically be sent to your inbox. (Crochet and Knit interests)-- Created as a benefit for those who sign up for the Leisure Arts Newsletter, we will send you a FREE pattern every Friday according to the interest(s) you selected in the signup form. We take pride in our accurate patterns and work hard to make sure that your crafting experience is both educational AND fun. And if there is ever a stitch that you may not be an expert at, check out our FREE HD Instructional Videos. Free CraftArtist Compact Software. A $200 3D Printer? Meet The Micro.

Studio Quality Product Photos With A $12 Set Up. Handmadeology’s resident product photography pro Mariano, has put together a $12 product photography set up that will help you achieve studio quality product photography .

Studio Quality Product Photos With A $12 Set Up

Anderson Soap Company is one of the most successful Etsy sellers with LOADS of sales! This photography demo uses his liquid soap as the photography example. Look at his Etsy shop to observe the consistency in picture styles that creates a cohesive photo theme of all his products. Learn from the best – browse his shop – and you might even find some soap you’ve gotta have! I took this picture in my kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need for this product photography set up. 1. 2. 3. 4. This is one of those times when bigger is indeed better.

Cut a flat panel from the box that is much bigger than the thing you want to photograph. 1. 2. 3. 4. Now you will need to redecorate your home a bit, move a table as close to a window as you can. Is your furniture high enough? Don’t let the neighbors watch.