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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:36:00 +0000

How to Upholster A Bench ~ CyberSeams
A tutorial and video about how to upholster a basic bench - also gives tips on how to make your own pattern or base a new pattern on an existing design. ...

The Return Of The Handmade Apron ~ Vancouver Sun
Practical, stylish and easy to sew, the kitchen garment is no longer a symbol of repression ...

DIY shower curtain ideas ~ Kass Wilson, Networx
ou probably think that custom textiles for your home are beyond your means, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can start customizing your home's look in your bathroom, with that big swath of cloth known as the shower curtain. ...

Square Knitted Baby Hat with Pom Poms ~ CyberSeams
Here is a super simple knitting pattern for a baby hat. It has a ribbed edge and is knitted in the round, then bound off and stitched closed at the top. Super simple for beginners or anyone who wanted to knit a quick hat! I was able to complete this in a few hours. I've seen a few variations of this pattern out there and decided to write my own. I hope you enjoy! ...

Knitting offers welcome relief from fashion lust ~ The Guardian
A few generations ago, crafts such as knitting (for girls) and woodwork (for boys) were a regular part of schooling. The ability to clothe yourself and your family, to furnish and maintain your home – those are fairly fundamental to the adult life that ...

Local 'Angel' knits to give warmth, love to children ~ Seminole Chronicle
While waiting for her younger sister to have her baby, her mother decided to pull out her knitting needles. "My mom brought all this knitting stuff to show us how to knit. My first scarf was a complete catastrophe and so I took a picture of it and took ...

Our Olympic knitters deserve a gold medal ~ This is Grimsby
Ladies who knit at A Good Yarn, in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes, are knitting cushions to give to Olympic and Paralympic athletes when they arrive in the UK for London 2012. They hope to put tags on the gifts and write personal messages for the ... ...

Breaking news Hilmarton house of wool ends its journey ~ The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
Created by the village's knitting group Knitti Natters, the house is entirely created from wool and has been constantly updated since it was first brought to public attention in 2010. It has toured around the county, with thousands of visitors flocking ... ...

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:20:00 +0000

Knitting for a good cause!

A good yarn: Knitters make sweaters for penguins after oil spill

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:38:00 +0000

A couple of neat tutorials that caught my eye

Vintage pattern sizing:
This is one of the topics I get the most e-mails and questions about, so I figured it was time for a post on the subject! Vintage patterns get a bad rap for being extremely difficult to fit, but they're really no worse than modern patterns, I think.

Hand Stitching Projects:
My "big project" for 2011: a plain dress that's becoming a beetle-themed embroidery sampler. A mixture of applique and surface techniques with a steep learning curve! I might even finish it before summer is out...

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 22:29:00 +0000

Men In Tights - A fashion debate or something more?

I recently saw this link posted on Twitter:

Men’s Fashion – Those Aren’t Pantyhose, They’re Mantyhose!

(Yes I know it's not a brand new article.) This has apparently sparked much debate in the article's comment section, to which you can find plenty of detractors. For a supporting view, one commenter wrote his own piece titled,
Mantyhose: What It's NOT--What It IS...

It's interesting how fashion trends get reused and recycled. What do you think? (If you're reading this outside of Blogger, click this link to comment!

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:22:00 +0000

Sewing for Charity

Interested in using your sewing skills for charity? Check out our List of charities where your sewing skills can make a difference!

Sewing for tsunami victims: 'She's got a servant's heart'
"I love sewing," said 8-year-old Abby Hoggard. And that love of sewing has turned into a labor of love for victims of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. "My dad was watching the news and I saw all the video clips and I wanted to help and ...

Apartment residents sewing diapers for babies in Haiti
Stow Sentry
Residents at Stow Kent Gardens in Stow cut and sew cloth diapers that will be taken to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. by Mike Lesko | Associate Editor Stow -- Mary Ann Jones used to sew clothing for her family, but she never figured she'd be sewing diapers ...

Quilters get sewing for tsunami victims
Westmorland Gazette
By Steven Bell » As community groups and businesses continue to hold collections and fundraising events, local quilters are sewing 'comfort quilts' to send to the thousands of people displaced by the earthquake and tsunami. The Mere Quilters, made up ...

More in Sewing News:

Review: Crafty Chica's Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing
BlogHer (blog)
I can't sew very well and I'm not particularly crafty, but those themes are a hook for me. Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka Crafty Chica, has both and when I was offered the chance to read it I jumped. ...

Hundreds of quilts donated to local charities
Wink News
The group took their love for sewing and turned it into a major charitable organization by donating thousands of quilts over the years. "I still have my health and family and so on. I just like to give to people who are not as fortunate," said Jackie ...

A sewing fix in Bloorcourt Village
Metro Canada - Toronto
She's the proprietor of a magical place called The Make Den, where the city's Scottys, aspiring artists and future fashionistas alike come to get their sewing fix. A 30-year old entrepreneur with a degree from Ryerson and a previous life as a ...

Quilt show brings patchwork of friends together
Herald & Review
“I quilt every day,” said Stine, who prefers hand-sewing and has done it for 30 years. “I always tell my family it gives me my sanity. I just kind of put my mind in neutral.” For 15 years, Stine has joined friends in a sewing group on Wednesday ...

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:25:00 +0000

Halloween themes: Costume, Sewing, and Embroidery Tutorials

How-To: Make Monster and Alien Feet - Craft
by Dave Simon
(This tutorial is absolutely brilliant! ~ CSNews) I took an old pair of foam shoes and carefully sprayed expanding foam around them so that I could carve them. They looked good as craggy monster feet, so instead I painted them as is, with gnarly toes and all...

Witchy-poo Shoes. - Sewing
by jemimabean
...just in time for some Halloween decorating, I bring you a witchy-poo shoes pattern and tutorial. Enjoy!

Wed The Wild Things Are... - Craft
Tutorial to embroider and frame a scene from the Where The Wild Things Are book...

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 01:28:00 +0000

For the Kiddos!

Craftzine.com blog : Toddler Leggings Pattern
By Natalie Zee Drieu
Lisa at Fitzpatterns wasn't able to find many downloadable sewing patterns for babies so she decided to make use of her daughter's nap time to sew up clothes for her little one. For just $1.50, snatch up this pattern... ...

toddler backpack pattern - Craft
Toddler backpack pattern - This backpack pattern was one that I created a few years ago for a craft swap partner's young daughter who was two years old at the time. The opening is just an overlap on the near the top of the front. Velcro could be added to help keep it closed but isn't necessary. Not having any zippers or snaps, it's very simple for a toddler to open and fill up...

Knitted/Quilted Baby Blanket – Free Pattern
By nikkiinstitches
Here is the pattern for the Knitted and Quilted Entrelac Baby Blanket!...

All Knitted Up: Sweet Little Baby Blankets
By Amy
Two more blankets made it off the knitting needles this past month. I am still working on a third blanket, but I am finally trying a new pattern on this third one. It is hard to find patterns that I really am in love with for baby ...

Fabric Beach Balls Free Sewing Pattern...
By Wendy at AllCrafts.net
Need a sweet baby gift? Make Fabric Beach Balls! They're a great use for small amounts of fabric and they'd be stunning if you used the leftover scraps....

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