Friday, February 29, 2008

Handcrafted Porcelain Beads

I recently came across the etsy shop for Earthenwood Studio where you can find handcrafted porcelain beads. It's hard to choose which ones are my favorites, but these Tanzanite and Electic Blue beads are high on the list.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

3-D Cross Stitch

Les Chroniques de Frimousse has the greatest 3-D Cross Stitch Charts available. I love the Mushroom and the Bakery. The site is in French, but thankfully Pipstitch created a translated index of the available charts. And you can always make google translate the page for you.

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Easter and Spring Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch Keepsakes has a couple of Trail Creek Farm freebie cross stitch charts for Easter and Spring ~ one is called Hopper Love and the other is Easter Love. I love that they're so colorful.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Easter and St. Patrick's Day Projects

The HP Activity Center has loads of greeting cards, decorations, and projects available to download and print out for both Easter and St. Patricks Day. I especially like the Celtic Decorations.

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Crochet an Axe and a Chainsaw

The AntiCraft has crochet patterns for an axe and a chainsaw. I have a feeling these are going to be a part of many Halloween costumes this year.

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Easter Bunny Cross Stitch

Monday, February 25, 2008

Teresa Wentzler Cross Stitch

Teresa Wentzler designs amazing cross stitch charts, like the Egyptian Sampler to the right (a project which I'm currently in the gathering supplies stage). And she has some fantastic freebie designs available on her site.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Stackable Peyote Stitch Rings

Beading Daily has free project instructions (you'll need to become a Beading Daily member to download them) for stackable peyote stitch rings. I'm a novice beader and totally intimidated by peyote stitch, but this project looks like a great starting point for learning this technique.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Sewing Notions Cross Stitch

Cross Stitcher Magazine has a few simple patterns for cross stitched sewing notions designed by Debbie Cripps.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Knitting Daily Poetry Contest

Knitting Daily is having a poetry contest. The winner's poem will be knitted into mittens and the pattern will be made available on Knitting Daily. There are prizes for second and third place too. The deadline is Monday, March 17, 2008.

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The Art of Cross Stitch

Heaven and Earth Designs has an amazing selection of gorgeous cross stitch charts. It's one of those wonderful sites that you get lost in and makes you drool all over your keyboard. A couple of my faves so far: Josephine Wall's QS Iris and Jessica Galbreth's Mother Moon.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Trail Creek Farm Cross Stitch

Trail Creek Farm has a few freebie Cross Stitch Charts available for download. The seasonal ones are my favorites because I think they'd make great embellishments for cards and scrapbooks.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Stitch Graffiti

I am so excited about the new cross stitch book by Heather Holland-Daly called Stitch Graffiti: Unexpected Cross Stitch. The official release date is April 1st, but it seems that Amazon already has them in stock. The Interweave Press site lets you take a peak inside.

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Paper Crafting Giveaway

I love contests, especially contests for craft supplies. Every month Paper Wishes has a great giveaway of paper crafting goodies.

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Cross Stitch Sampler Inspiration

I just discovered these fabulously funny Cross Stitch Samplers by Kate Westerholt. My favorites are Ghetto Fabulous and When I was your age....

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cool Cross Stitch

Fuldesign has some cool, simple cross stitch patterns available for download. Among the offerings are skulls, pinups (mudflap girl style), and Banksy art. The site isn't in English, but clicking on the picture or "ladda hem", will allow you to download the pattern.

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Knitted Hearts

Of course, now that Valentine's Day is over I keep finding great little heart projects. But it's never really a bad time to give someone a cute little heart that you made yourself.

PieKnits has a pattern for Knitted Heart Rings.

And Berroco has a pattern for Knitted Hearts.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Bunny Cross Stitch

Knitted and Crocheted Easter Chicks

Berroco has a crochet pattern for Easter Chicks.

And I came across two knitting patterns ~ one for peeps and one for ducklings.

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Knitted Easter Egg

Little Cotton Rabbits has a free knitting pattern for Easter Eggs. There are also some other super cute patterns available.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Easter Egg Cross Stitch

Kreinik has a cross stitch chart for an Easter Egg Towel. This could easily be adapted to make cards and other Easter crafts by only stitching up one egg, altering the colors, or playing with different arrangements of the eggs.

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Polymer Clay Candy Hearts

Even though Valentine's Day is over for this year, I wanted to share this link for CraftyGoat's Notes tutorial on how to make polymer clay Conversation Candy Hearts. These would make such great charms.

For more polymer clay ideas and links to charm tutorials check out my post Charm School.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

more Valentine's Day craftiness

Yoonie-at-home has created a free pdf download to help you create some sweet Valentines. There's also some other cool paper craft downloads available.

and if sweet isn't really your style Subversive Cross Stitch has limited-edition, intended for adult audiences subversive cross stitch Valentine kits.

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