What a week I have had – some good and some not so good. How about I start with the good. I think I mentioned the Joann’s fabric store in Grand Island, NE. is having a liquidation sale as they are opening a new store in another location in town and I guess they are not moving any of the merchandise from the old store to the new one so they have had very good sales going on. I purchased the anti-pill fleece in 2 yard segments to make single layer throws for my daughters, sons in law and grand children – 8 in all. I didn’t want the throws to get too heavy so that is why I only used one layer for each. I found directions on the internet for making the throws without the knots you usually see.
Tiny pom pom's. What more could you ask for in life? This week we thought we would show you how to make these adorable little balls of happiness with just a fork and some wool. Cute, basic and ready to be glued onto everything; now that is my kind of tutorial! Itching to get started? Ok, lets go:
To close up a seam without showing any stitches you can use the hidden stitch, sometimes it is also called a ladder stitch. This is a really useful stitch to use when you are closing up stuffies, a turning hole or binding the edge of a quilt. 1.
Every time I come across a pattern that calls for a needle or a hook thats size is not given in metric I have to go ask Google what size that is. So instead of having to do that every time I decided to make handy reference cards. The PDF includes 3 cards Needle Size Conversion Hook Size Conversion WIP, gauge and recommended hook or needle size for different yarn category I also added the WIP card because I buy lots of yarn that does not clearly state what category yarn it falls into. It makes my life easier to have a general idea.
Last time, I showed you two of my favorite stitches, and this week, we have two of my least favorites. There's nothing really wrong with them, but everyone has their own tastes, right? My problem with the stem stitch is that it alluded me for so long that I still avoid it, and the split stitch? It always feels messy. Still, they are basic, must learn stitches, and you may love them!
Did you know that you can make your own custom plastic buttons for just about any project, any time you need them, and for super cheap? After seeing this awesome button tutorial from , I’ve been dying to make some buttons of my own. Mine aren’t quite as artistically beautiful as Kimanh’s—I erred on the side of simple kitties and polka dots—but I had a great time trying out different sizes, shapes, and shrink plastic colors and textures.
...a theory on inkjet printers, lettering transfers, and washability... I wrote this post on the topic of lettering when I was stitching my Breakfast at Tiffany's block. In that post, I mentioned this class that I had taken with Canby Robertson; a needleartist, teacher and designer who also happens to be a member of my local Embroiderer's Guild Chapter. While taking Canby's lettering class, she made the comment that she had discovered that she could effectively transfer lettering to fabric using her inkjet printer AND that she had also discovered a way that the lettering would wash out.
The last part of the animated title sequence in the Rabbitat film (which just hit 2001 views!) includes this stitched signature.
One thing I have often wondered in the past is how to transfer stitching and embroidery designs to felt or those difficult fabrics that are too heavy to see through with a light box. Now I wonder no more after finding the Sulky Transfer Pen, so I thought I would share the details with you. You will need a Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen, felt, paper and a little imagination.