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  • You Can Have Fun Trying A New Craft | Art Of Crafts
    doing something you should just try it out Over to you Lucy I thought this might be another perspective from a knitting point of view because I can t really knit to save my life Well I can very basically but my tension always goes wrong or I end up with holes and I can t follow a pattern to save my life So I was very proud when I recently finished this little jumper for my 3 year old twin girlie and it took me 6 weeks It s nothing compared to the things real knitters can do but I m quite proud of myself for at least having a go It s not the very first thing I ve ever made but it s the first more complicated thing really as usually it s squares to make a blanket with I crochet but can only do squares or flowers I made the pattern up myself too it was pretty simple just two squares for the front and back and then the sleeves that I added stitches too as I went up I think we can all agree that for a first attempt this little jumper is lovely If you want to start knitting make sure you enter my giveaway for the book Knitting Basics and there is another giveaway coming tomorrow which will run through until the end of the month If you want to see more of Lucy s designs you can find her on her website Pinterest Facebook and Twitter This cushion by the way is an example of what Lucy creates in her day job Isn t her work just beautiful Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol

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  • Knitting Month - We Start With A Giveaway | Art Of Crafts
    leaving a comment below and the winner will be drawn by random number generator at the end of the month If you could also just Click To Tweet to share the giveaway too I would really appreciate it If you want to be kept up to date with all Art of Crafts latest giveaways then why not sign up for my free newsletter Good Luck Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your inbox There was an error submitting your subscription Please try again First Name Email Address Subscribe We respect your email privacy and will never pass your details to a 3rd party Powered by ConvertKit Filed Under Knitting Yarn Crafts Tagged With knitting Comments Pat Collingwood says April 5 2015 at 5 32 pm Another great book giveaway Reply Susan Hagen says April 5 2015 at 5 32 pm I would love to know more about knitting as I only have a basix knowledge I would love to win this book Reply Dina Newton Edwards says April 5 2015 at 5 32 pm Looks like a good book Reply Anne Greenhalgh says April 5 2015 at 8 43 pm I d enjoy that a great deal thank you for the opportunity Reply Princessjewel says April 5 2015 at 9 24 pm Would love to win this book Reply Alexia Day says April 6 2015 at 1 41 am I have bought yarn and needles now I need to learn the techniques Have tried a little but this book would be such a great

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  • Christmas Gifts For Crafters | Art Of Crafts
    make crafting easy and fun Craft Books Craft books and videos are the manuals for craft lovers that want to learn a new skill or review a technique that they might have learned before Craft books and videos will feature step by step guides for new crafting ideas and beautiful pictures to go along with the instructions Look for books with professional photos or illustrations to make the guides easier to follow and use Craft books videos and online craft courses and videos can also provide inspiration for new crafting ideas that a craft lover might not have thought of before Some neat craft book and video ideas for the craft lover in your life include guides for painting knitting quilting jewelry making and tailoring Give materials that will teach a crafty person a new craft so that they can experience more types of crafting For example get a pattern making book for someone that likes sewing or a jewelry making book for someone that likes working with metals Patterns If you know that someone in your life is experimenting with sewing and tailoring giving them new patterns this holiday season You can find a variety of great patterns that will help a sewer create new garments and accessories Look for patterns that are on trend and designs for the winter months or look ahead for spring and summer fashions to find fun contemporary patterns Patterns are available for dresses well tailored pants skirts and shirts at fabric stores and online merchants Get creative by also giving a new pair of scissors or even a fabric cutter to add to the gift to make it extra special Business Books For Selling Crafts Homemade products are once again becoming very popular with the rise of online merchants specializing in selling these

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  • July's Craft To Try: Jewelry Design | Art Of Crafts
    or what your personal choice is and why I enjoy using semi precious stones Especially some that are bright from being color dyed A PRO for this is that the dyes can enhance the natural patterns in the stones and make for wonderful statement pieces Especially if you can find larger and odd shaped stones to use for the pendant One CON on color treated stones that I have found is that the color can be affected as in fading if left under fluorescent lighting for too long a period of time So if you become a seller of your craft be mindful to make sure that they are not displayed directly under this kind of lighting Proper packing can minimize this effect I also extremely enjoy making jewelry with polymer clay I still have a lot to learn because the techniques for this medium are endless as well as what you can create with just your own imagination Those are definitely the PROS I think one of the CONS of working with this medium for some will be that while labeled as Non Toxic it does give off a distinct odor while baking Keeping your crafting room or kitchen properly ventilated is important in general but especially for those who have sensitivities to odors It is also important to use dedicated crafting items such as baking trays or mats tools crafting ovens etc when using polymer clay 4 Where are some good places to source supplies and findings Oh the joy of finding findings There are a few findings depending on your designs that will be considered your staple items Other supplies and findings will lead you into new crafting adventures and fun Be open to new sources I love shopping online for supplies and findings at www firemountaingems com You can even purchase what they call The Bosses Bag to get a surprise mix of both beads and findings It s sort of a treasure hunt in a grab bag and no two bags are ever the same I have even taken a tour of their facility located in Grants Pass Oregon It was amazing They also have a rock solid guarantee on all of their products making them a very reliable source There are also many International Sellers on eBay Try sampling a couple of items from a few different vendors before committing to large orders I ve found this to be a good idea because the quality of the items that you purchase can vary greatly from Seller to Seller However once you find the right Seller and the quality of supplies that you are looking for you might just be a repeat customer You may also be able to find a Gem and Bead Fair nearby by conducting internet searches Or even discover that your local craft store can do bulk orders for you 5 Can you give us 3 tips that a beginner could use to improve their skills 3 Tips 1 Practice practice

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  • June's Craft And A Book Giveaway: Knitting | Art Of Crafts
    you are on Facebook please Like my Art of Crafts page Step 2 If you are on Twitter please send out a Tweet about this giveaway by Clicking Here it s all done for you just need to click and send Step 3 Please leave a comment below telling me what attracts you to learning to knit This will count as your entry Please do not worry if your comment does not appear immediately comments are moderated and it will show up soon Good luck everyone Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your inbox There was an error submitting your subscription Please try again First Name Email Address Subscribe We respect your email privacy and will never pass your details to a 3rd party Powered by ConvertKit Filed Under Giveaways Comps Knitting Yarn Crafts Year of Trying Something New Tagged With knitting book giveaway learning to knit Comments Wendy Mueller says June 7 2013 at 5 54 pm I learned how to knit when I was 9 First I was taught how to crochet by my 3rd grade teacher she taught the whole class and when my Grandma found out she had to one up her and teach me how to knit I never got into the real fancy knitting just the basics My last knitting project was a wrap that I made for a friend for Christmas 3 1 2 years ago A year later I crocheted myself a shawl I don t do either one as much as I d like to because it causes so much pain I pick and choose my projects very carefully and they are few and far between Reply Sue Dorking says June 7 2013 at 7 07 pm I would love to learn to knit because I have seen so many beautiful items on websites and in magazines that I adore but can t afford and I am sure that I would be able to knit them if only I had learnt Also I d love to attend a Knit and Knatter group at a local cafe but would feel a little silly not being able to knit altough I am great at chatting Reply KnittingGuru says June 7 2013 at 8 54 pm I learned to knit and crochet when I was 4 years old and it set the theme for my entire life I m focusing on producing knitting and crochet patterns now and can be found as KnittingGuru on Craftsy Etsy Artfire and Ravelry I m always interested in finding new and clearer ways to introduce people to knitting and crochet so I d love to take a look at Aneeta Patel s new book I spent my life in public education learning

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  • March Is Sewing Month: Cath Kidston Patch Giveaway | Art Of Crafts
    Step 1 If you are on Facebook please Like my Art of Crafts page Step 2 If you are on Twitter please send out a Tweet about this giveaway by Clicking Here it s all done for you just need to click and send Step 3 Please leave a comment below telling me if sewing is something that you would like to learn or if you are already an expert Please do not worry if your comment does not appear immediately comments are moderated and it will show up soon Good Luck everyone Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your inbox There was an error submitting your subscription Please try again First Name Email Address Subscribe We respect your email privacy and will never pass your details to a 3rd party Powered by ConvertKit Filed Under Giveaways Comps Sewing Crafts Year of Trying Something New Tagged With cath Kidston s patch givewaway patch book giveaway patch giveaway sewing month Comments Helena microbio says March 7 2013 at 5 23 pm I must say i didn t dare making patches or appliques of any kind before i got my hands on heat bond because i could never hold them in place nicely so i think the real experts are those who managed to do so without that awesome product Reply Alexia Day says March 7 2013 at 6 20 pm I tried a little sewing at school a cushion and a simple tote I think but that was years ago Think I have shortened a pair of trousers with the help of my mum Would love to get stuck in to some sewing I am so inspired by all the pics on facebook pinterest etc but not sure where to start This book would be fab and it is just a bonus that I love Cath Kidston Her books seem fab Thank you Reply Katherine Aitken says March 8 2013 at 7 34 pm I do like sewing although I haven t tried any big projects on my own I did so some curtains with step by step help from my sister in law and I so cross stitch on my own Would love to try some smaller more manageable projects on my own Reply Penny Powell says March 10 2013 at 8 33 pm I do sew but would like to try bigger projects Reply Renata Tesu says March 11 2013 at 10 58 am I must say I love sawing but my connection with patch work and quilting start only from last year and I become addicted to crazy patchwork I would love to do few quilts or projects with classical designs in patchwork so I can learn the proper way Reply Zoe

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  • 6 IPhone/iPad General Apps For Crafters | Art Of Crafts
    read Kindle books if you have an actual physical Kindle but this is not the case at all Free downloadable apps USA UK can be used to read Kindle books on your iPhone iPad and even on your PC There are loads of craft books both free and paid available on Kindle and this will put these at your fingertips as well as all types of fiction and non fiction If you want a Kindle book to get you started may I be so bold as to suggest our very own Art of Crafts The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 Amazon USA UK and Vol 2 Amazon USA UK 3 Etsy If you are a handmade lover or creator then I think you will already be aware of Etsy Keep up to date with your purchases or sales on the move with the app 4 Craft Gawker This app is packed to the rafters with craft ideas how tos and beautiful photographs of craft projects from around the world A definite way to get some cool crafty inspiration 5 Craftsy Craftsy offers a wealth of online craft courses patterns and supplies and you can now get it all in apps for both the iPhone and iPad This means that you can watch the courses on the move perfect if you want to spend some time in the kitchen following their baking courses or on the sofa doing some knitting and having a cup of tea Also don t forget Craftsy offers some pretty nice free classes too 6 Gathered If you are a fan of Mollie Makes then it s worth taking a look at this online extension which offers a range of projects in a magazine format This is a paid app but you do get a

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  • Beginners Kit: 4 Essential Tools Every Budding Crafter Needs | Art Of Crafts
    finishing most projects This is because crafters can easily substitute gluing for sewing when attaching fabrics together for example Not to mention that the glue dries in no time Admittedly glue guns can get a tad messy Try investing in one that uses string free glue sticks to omit some of the mess If you re constantly on the go you can purchase one that is battery operated as well although the classic cord glue guns are still our favorite Hot glue can t hold everything together that s why it s probably a good idea to buy some wood glue too An X Acto Knife When it comes to doing craft projects precision is key You have to know how to cut straight lines when cutting cardboard foam thick poster paper or when making stencils Not to mention you don t want to dull your kitchen knives and nearly chop off your finger because you failed to get an x acto knife X Acto knives are extremely sharp and give you great control Make sure to get a coinciding craft mat to protect your surfaces Wire Cutters If you re using wire to make floral arrangements jewelry making or some other craft project you do not want to use your regular craft scissors to cut and shape you ll dull them or worse break them Do yourself a favor and get a pair of sleek wire cutters It will be so much easier and you ll utilize your time more effectively if you re not struggling try to break apart the wire Wire cutters can also be used to reshape the wire and tie ends together Bone Folder Lastly you need a bone folder Bone folders are traditionally used to score mark and crease paper folds Thus if you

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