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Hand Stitching

Hand Stitching
One of my favorite crafts is hand stitching-- it's fun, addictive, expressive and relaxing :) Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share easy ways to make your own patterns for hand stitching along with some tips and ideas :) These are some samples of my past projects-- I like to draw patterns freehand and use my handwriting. However, sometimes I adapt clipart type images to make a more complicated pattern, like the sewing machine or I just stitch the outline of an image I love, like the Goonies "Hey You Guys" silhouette :) I use a Back Stitch for all my hand stitching because it's very versatile and I like the look but you can use any combination of stitches for your projects... there's lots of fun ones! Today, we're going to start with handwriting & transferring your pattern :) You will Need: - Card-stock or Thick Paper (I cut a piece of 6x8" card-stock & folded it in half to create a greeting card) - Needle & Scissors - Embroidery Thread - Scrap Paper & Pen - Thumbtack or Piercing Tool Related:  Fashion DIYDIY Kits

How to Dye Clothes with Coffee We all know from unfortunate experience that coffee is great at staining our clothes. Use coffee’s powers for good by turning a hot brew into a natural dye. This can produce all shades of tans and browns. What You’ll Need: A medium-size garment for dying A hot pot of coffee 1 cup of vinegar for soaking animal fibers like wool, cashmere- and nylon. Note that coffee will work well to permanently stain animal fibers such as wool, but on cotton pants like these (cotton is a plant fiber), our color is going to fade over time. Once you have all your supplies, we can brew the coffee. (Need help?

Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (6) You know how it goes, a friend calls you and invites you to dinner at the last minute. OMG! What gift can you take?! You scrabble around the cupboards trying to find a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine but find that most of the chocolates have been eaten and the wine has gone. I thought this was a wonderful idea. Supplies: Patterned paper-one 12 x 12" sheet. These directions will give you one flower. 1. 4. 5. Tip: For single sided paper. 6. Note: Florist tape is stretchy, just play with it and pull gently but firmly as you move down the stem. 7. Note, you will have to play around with the height of the petals, and where on the petal you start your tape. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. For tutorials on how to market yourself online, go here.

Katniss Braid DIY So I totally nerded out and saw midnight showing of the Hunger Games with some friends on Thursday. It was awwwsomme! I know some of you guys did too, admit it. I got the idea form this article at Refinery 29. I parted my hair in halfThen I began to French braid, keeping the braid close to the left side of my hair.As I came closer to my neck, I began to grab hair from right side of my head so that the braid would travel right.when I came around to the other side, I picked up pieces and pulled them over so that the bra it would lay flat.I fixed my flyways and sprayed it down.I tied it with a leather cord to look more rugged.Here's some pictures of Katniss's braid from the film, I tried my best.I've had several people comment telling me that I the Katniss braid is a Dutch braid, or inside-out braid, rather than a French braid. Happy Hunger Games!

Sewing Tips Ooooh, okay, so many more of you told me that you received a new sewing machine for Christmas. Or a serger. Or some new sewing supplies. Yay!! Now, it’s time to practice. Many of you are very new to this crazy sewing thing so let me give you a really quick pep talk. Okay. One more thing, if you think something is too hard to try, then yep, it’ll always be too hard to try. It surprises me. Okay, enough pep-talking. I know this first tip is so lame and you already know it……but practice. You may not be perfect your first time revving up your machine……but you will get better, I promise. Okay, first real lesson: the Back-Stitch A back-stitch is how you secure the beginning and end of your stitch. Now, sew a few stitches forward, stop, push your back-stitch button (it will be some sort of knob/button/lever) and hold it down and then start sewing again. Now, continue sewing right over that row of stitches and continue on the path that you were wanting to sew. Why Back-Stitch???? Next up? Good luck!

Rose Rangel Gifts DIY braided bun Well, I have to admit I've been sick for this days.. I have flue, I think it is because of the constant rains and cold weather... (also because I dislike wearing shoes) But well, as I had lots of hours to draw and do html coding I decided to change the blog's design! I really hope you like it! I'll be replying the emails I've got lately for tomorrow, so please be patient (: Well, Today I want to show you another way of pumping up a simple bun. Have an awesome day! DIY Shibori Today marks HonestlyWTF’s four year anniversary. Four years! To celebrate, we’re revisiting the very first tutorial we ever featured on the site: shibori tie dye. Lauren and I first discovered shibori after discovering an old photo on the web. You’ll need:an indigo dye kitnatural fiber clothing or fabric2 5 gallon bucketsrubber glovessmall wood squaresrubber bandstwinea PVC pipea long wooden sticka drop clothrubber glovesscissors When choosing fabric or clothing, it’s important that made of natural fibers. Itajime shibori is known as the shape-resist technique. Fold it again in the other direction – again, like an accordion. Arashi is the Japanese term for “storm” and it’s also known as the pole-wrapping technique. Wrap the twine around the fabric. Continue wrapping, scrunching and tightening until all the fabric is compacted. Kumo shibori is known as the pleat and bind technique. Do the same with the opposite side, in staggered sections. Keep binding until you can’t go any further.

o fazer: lousa decorada para recados! - Diversão É bem fácil, vai dar um toque especial ao seu quarto e ainda guardar lembranças fofas Ter uma lousa (dessas de giz mesmo!) no quarto é muito legal. Você pode anotar coisas, desenhar ou pedir para seus amigos deixarem recados fofos quando forem te vistar: é estiloso e divertido! O que você vai precisar: 01 – Uma moldura oval, do tamanho que você preferir (encontrada em lojas para artesanato, por em média R$10) 02 – Tinta esmalte fosco preta, encontrada em qualquer loja de materiais para construção (uma lata pequena custa por volta de R$20, mas dá para pintar muitas coisas. 03 – Tinta para artesanato branca 04 – Cola branca 05 – Um pote plástico e descartável 06 – Um rolinho de espuma para pintura 07 – Lixa fina para madeira 08 – Estêncil para pintura com o desenho que você escolher (encontrado em lojas de artesanato) 09 – Pincéis Como fazer? 1. Antes de começar, forre o espaço que você for usar com jornal. Depois, lixe a moldura e o fundo da lousa com a lixa fina. 2. 3. 4. 5. Gostaram?

How To Style a Side Braid Here's a brand new, extra magical hair how-to by Katie of Skunkboy. 1.Start with a dramatic side part. 2. Separate a small section of hair on the side. This will be the beginning of your braid. 3.Taking that section, separate it into two smaller sections. 4. Using a fishtail braid method, begin braiding. 5. Thanks so much, Katie.

Fabric Transfer DIY I recently posted a couple of old pictures that my dad took and I really wanted to integrate them into a new project. So I used one picture to try out a fabric transfer project using Gel medium. The picture is of my mom and I wanted to capture the vintage feel of the picture, so I decided to transfer it to the back of a denim shirt. Here's how: Supplies: Shirt/piece of fabric, laser printed image, Gel Medium 1. 2. 3. 4. The image transfer probably won't come out as perfect as the original image, but I think that it suits the style and makes it look more unique. All done!

Kenzie’s Party Dress Blog Tour ~ Crafty Biggers It’s day 6 of the Kenzie’s Party Dress Blog Tour and today’s blog feature is over at CraftyBiggers. I can’t believe we are almost done! Erin was one of the original pattern testers when I first released Kenzie’s Party Dress in the fall and she made the signature skirt version fir her oldest daughter. She made the simple skirt version in fun spring fabrics for her oldest this time and then mixed it up for her one making it into a top for a fun sister set! Here are a few pictures but make sure to check out her blog for many more pictures as well as details about the materials she used and what she thought about the pattern. Don’t forget to follow along this week as more talented ladies share off their creations using the same pattern. 2/14 The 3 Little Kiwi’s 2/15 Calm & Carrion 2/16 Confessions of a Barefoot Housewife 2/17 PiePie Designs 2/18 bebelambs 2/19 Crafty Biggers 2/20 The Berry Bunch 2/21 Sunflower Circle Like this: Like Loading...