Monday, March 31, 2008

Embellished Bracelet

Piecework Magazine has instructions for making a gorgeous Embellished Velvet Bracelet.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Online Knitting Tool

Knitting Daily has created a Waist Shaping Calculator to help figure out how to knit a sweater that fits you best.

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Another Sublime Stitching Giveaway

Chronicle Books is giving away a Sublime Stitching Craft Pad and a Creatures & Critters Origami Craft Pad. The deadline for entering is March 31st.

Thanks to Pipstitch for posting about this contest. And she has more embroidery related giveaways on her blog, so make sure to check it out.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Moroccan Tile Cross Stitch

Australian Better Homes and Gardens has some cross stitch patterns for Moroccan-inspired tile decorations. I love the first three designs (though the very first one pictured doesn't seem to have a pattern to go with it).


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Knitted Mug Cozies

Knitting Daily has a free pattern for Garter Stitch Mug Cozies that will only be available until April 24th, 2008.

And Canadian Living has a pattern for Knitted Coffee Cup Sleeves.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mochimochi Land's Bob


I actually finished a project! It always feels like a miracle when that happens. I knitted this cute little guy using the great Bob pattern on Mochimochi Land. I used size 3 double pointed needles and some miscellaneous yarn I had in my stash. I also happened to have the perfect beads to use for eyes hiding in my bead stash.

The card in the picture is made by me too. Me and my friends were having a card making day and I brought along Bob.


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Monday, March 24, 2008

Cross Stitch for Cat Lovers

I love this cross stitch design of cat silhouettes by Novalee02 that I found via the Freebie Gallery. Novalee02 has some other great freebie charts available, including a design for a Russian doll.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stitch Graffiti: A Book Review

I ordered Stitch Graffiti by Heather Holland-Daly last week and it came on Tuesday. I absolutely love it! If you're a fan of monsterbubbles you will love this book, too. There are a couple of patterns from the monsterbubbles site: Truth (which I have been coveting for awhile so this one alone is worth the price of the book for me) and the discontinued Lucky.

There are four sections to the book. An Intro explaining a bit about the basics of cross stitching, as well as how to use different fabrics and threads. Then there are three sections of patterns: Graffiti - patterns featuring quotes and phrases (one of my favorites uses the Emerson quote "earth laughs in flowers"); Tattoos - patterns you can use to embellish clothes, or bags, or whatever else you can think of; Stuff - patterns using screens for bracelets and fly swatters, and there's also a pattern for a banner. There's also an alphabet in the back of the book.

What I love the most about this book is that all the patterns are pretty simple, but they don't look that way. They're all so colorful and fun. And there are great ideas for ways to finish your cross stitch projects, like using colored push pins for a frame.

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Beading Contest

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads is having a Beading Contest. The grand prize is a $1,000 gift certificate. There are a whole bunch of categories to enter under, with prizes for each one. The deadline is April 15th, 2008.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Stitch Pink Giveaway

Stitch Pink is giving away a Lizzie Kate chart and fabric to go with it. The deadline is March 31st. And make sure to spread the word of the Stitch Pink blog.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mochimochi Land Giveaway

Plush You did an interview with Anna of Mochimochi Land and they're giving away a $15 gift certificate to someone who leaves a comment. yay! The draw will take place on March 31st.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mystic Stitch Freebies

Mystic Stitch has a few gorgeous and intricate cross stitch patterns available for download. I love the flower still life.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pac Man Love

I'll Cross that Stitch When I Come To It has a few freebie Video Game Cross Stitch Charts. There's a Link Valentine, Bubble Bobble and Pac Man Love (my favorite).

found via Sprite Stitch

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Cute Stuff

I'm adding the new Aranzi Aronzo book Cute Stuff to my list of crafty books to treat myself with. There was a gap in the list that needed to be filled since I decided to treat myself to Stitch Graffiti.


Knitted Easter Egg Ornaments

The Purl Bee has a tutorial on how to make Knitted Easter Egg Ornaments. They look like a quick project to knit up.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cross Stitch Bracelets and Necklaces

monsterbubbles now has an online store where you can buy charts and kits. I love the ModSquad charms that are stitched on screens and made into bracelets and necklaces.

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Vintage Apron Giveaway

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chalkboard Easter Eggs

Style at Home has a great project for Chalkboard Easter Eggs.


Knitted Snails and Slugs

Anna at Mochimochi Land has another great free pattern available. This one is for snails and slugs. Now you can make your own version of Snails vs. Slugs. So far there has been a Wrestling Match and a Foot Race (or rather a footless race).

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Knitted Bluebird

Berroco has the cutest pattern for a knitted bluebird. Now that I can knit with double pointed needles without flinging them across the room, I think I'm going to make at least one little bluebird.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Craft Decision Dice

I love this project on Cut Out and Keep for craft decision dice. I think it be fun to make more than one so that it'd lead to unexpected craft combos.


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Twisted Threads

Twisted Threads has a few great freebie cross stitch charts available for download. I love the Itty Bitty Hope and Love charts.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Sublime Stitching Giveaway

Average Jane Crafter is giving away the new Sublime Stitching Craft Pad. The contest ends at midnight tonight (March 7th) central time. I'm passing on this contest because I'm an international cheapie, but I hope one of my blog readers wins.

link via Craftzine Blog

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Monday, March 03, 2008

The Victoria Sampler

The Victoria Sampler has a whole bunch of free cross stitch and embroidery patterns. My favorites are Bloom and all the teeny tiny bags, like the Teeny Tiny Friendship Bag.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Crochet Turtle

Isn't this crochet pattern for a Tiny Striped Turtle the cutest?

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St. Patrick's Day and Easter Clipart

Lisa Vollrath is doing another great clipart/printable images countdown. This time it's for Easter and St. Patrick's Day and starts March 7th. Remember, in order to download you have to share the link on your blog, website, or post it on a message board. The Valentine's countdown was the first one I joined in on and Lisa put up a whole bunch of great stuff for altered art like ATC backgrounds, gift tags, and faux postage. So make sure you spread the link love in order to get in on it.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Einstein Embroidery

I love this altered and embroidered altoid tin featuring Einstein that I found on Craftster.

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Bent Creek Cross Stitch

I found some really great freebie cross stitch charts designed by Bent Creek. Hare Lines is a great design for those looking for a quick Easter cross stitch project. And I love the Groundhog Day pattern because everyday is Groundhog Day.

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