Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bunny Patterns

Need some last minute bunny patterns for Easter?
check out these patterns and more at Stitching Cow. Download them today!

Have fun and Happy Easter.
Warmly Lenna

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Knit and Crochet Flowers

click here for more about this book on how to knit and crochet flowers
Ever wondered how to knit and crochet decorative flowers? Perhaps you have admired a brooch or seen a bag or purse embellished with a hand-crafted flower and thought "how have they done that?"
I know I have, which is why this book caught my eye.

"100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet" is a delightful collection of flower to make. This work offers the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn or practice using novelty yarns - you can use them to decorate clothing, hats, bags and belts, embellish home accessories, or make a beautiful bouquet as an unusual display piece.
Choose from simple spiral roses, pretty poppies, elaborate layered blooms, and fabulous felted flowers. The flowers are beautifully arranged on the pages, with stitched leaves and embroidered stems, and are cross referenced to a separate section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements. You will also find plenty of inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons, sequins, and embroidery, plus ideas for using them in a range of fun ways, from unusual jewellery to decorating gift-wrapped packages.

The sky's the limit! This book would be a wonderful item to have on any 'crafters' reference shelf.
And the best news is that it is currently on sale for 36% less than normal.

Click here to find out more about how to knit and crochet flowers

Warmly Lenna

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Quilting Rotary Cutter Tips for Success

Rotary cut quilting fabrics - graphic supplied by splityarn

Rotary cutters are probably the most dangerous part of quilting, so here are
a few tips to help with your rotary fabric cutting.

*Always cover the blade with the built-in cover when you set it down.
Get into the habit of doing this every time you use the rotary cutter.
An exposed blade can be very dangerous, and a nick in the blade can cause problems when cutting.

Quilting rotary cutter and ruler - graphic supplied by Laura Dahl
* When using your rotary cutter, always cut away from your body, not towards you.

* Use a quilt making ruler and quilting mat when cutting, don't be tempted to cut fabric
without these.Keep fingers well out of the way.It is best to position your hand flat over
the ruler and then apply download pressure as you cut through the fabric.

Warmly Lenna

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Handmade for Christmas by Kindred Stitches Magazine

Kindred Stitches Magazine designed for Ipad and Iphone users

It's time for some Christmas crafting and Kindred Stitches Magazine has come to the rescue with this special issue. Jam packed with 10 quick and easy projects for you to make, there is something for everyone.
Check out the video below to see what is on offer. For best results, click on the play button, then pause and allow the video to load. Once loaded click on play again.

All this and more, download today from the Apple store.
Check out this issue and our Pretty in Blue issue on the Kindred Stitches Magazine website.
Warmly Lenna
PS please share this with your sewing friends, they will thank you for the tip.



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