Here are the links to the subjects we spoke about in this episode. . .
Crochet to Calm: Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Simple Crochet Patterns
Discover the most rewarding way to de-stress at the end of a hectic day—crochet! The soothing, repetitive motion of this classic craft can clear your mind while providing a creative outlet. Best yet? You’ll create gorgeous projects you can proudly wear and display!
Crochet to Calm features 18 rewarding projects, from home accents such as the Zinnia Pillow, Meditative Mandala Coaster, and the Papillon Pouf to cozy wearables such as the Pinecone Infinity Scarf, Peachy Arm Warmers, and Slouchy Slipper Boots. The projects are quick to make, so you’ll have plenty of time to try them all! Eye-catching photography and clear illustrations provide ample instruction so that you can enjoy every step of the process. Featuring a foreword by Mandy O’Sullivan, the founder of CraftsasTherapy, Crochet to Calm will help you relax, one stitch at a time.
Just a couple of the easy, calming crochet projects from the book…
Pick up your copy by clicking here: http://www.interweavestore.com/crochet-to-calm
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The Embroider’s Guild of America (EGA)
EGA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the art of embroidery. Membership is open to anyone interested in needlework, from the beginner to the professional. Members work within local chapters or a member-at-large network to improve their skills and knowledge. Numerous opportunities are available to learn embroidery and needlework techniques, including chapter meetings, workshops, correspondence courses, certification programs, and national and regional seminars. In addition, we offer free projects, a youth program, a quarterly magazine, and national traveling exhibits.
Here’s their website address and resources to find your local chapter: https://www.egausa.org
Designing for Crewel
I had an idea for a concept. My idea was to merge Jacobean design (1600’s) with Mid-Century Modern (1950’s)
First Draft – Drawing shapes inspired by the 1950’s and Jacobean-inspired shapes and flowers from the 1600’s
Copying, Cutting, and Pasting
Merging the 2, thinking it was finished, then, 24-hours later “Hated It!”
Back to the drawing board, enlarging and making my focal point more ‘focal’
Moving and adding elements
Add the background and more shapes to balance out the design
Going over my lines with a Sharpie
Spraying the design so it will stick to the Twill Fabric (purchased at Joann) so I can draw trace my design onto the fabric (using a light box)
Now it’s “2-Snaps Up with a Needle!”
Final image transfer
The Color Palette (at least for now)
All but one of these are Paternayan brand, 100% Virgin Wool Yarn. $1.50 each. There are a gazillion shades and the subtlety between them is almost alarming!
The 5th dark blue/green from the top is an Appletons brand wool. It’s a very very popular brand, but seems a bit thinner than the Paternayan, which isn’t bad, and necessary for some crewel and needlework.
I bought my wool at The Edwardian Needle in Fairfield, New Jersey. . . http://www.theedwardianneedle.com
Daylight Wafer 2 Light Box (Amazing, you guys!)
Daylight Wafer 2 light box measuring 11″ x 17″ is fully dimmable and has a built-in ruler. Light box is powered by an AC adapter and is ideal for calligraphy, stenciling, scrap-booking, embossing, quilting, embroidery, sewing or much more..Daylight Wafer 2 light box measuring 11″ x 17″ is fully dimmable and has a built-in ruler. Light box is powered by an AC adapter and is ideal for calligraphy, stenciling, scrap-booking, embossing, quilting, embroidery, sewing or much more..It has dimmable LEDS and provides an even spread of light from edge to edge.It has dimmable LEDS and provides an even spread of light from edge to edge.It is powered by Mains/AC Adapter and is very low heat.It is powered by Mains/AC Adapter and is very low heat.Wafer is ideal for calligraphy, stencilling, scrap-booking, embossing, quilting, embroidery, sewing, and much more.Wafer is ideal for calligraphy, stencilling, scrap-booking, embossing, quilting, embroidery, sewing, and much more.Dimensions: 11″H x 17″W x 3/8″T.Dimensions: 11″H x 17″W x 3/8″T.Includes: Wafer 2 light box with an integrated on/off and dimmer switch and one AC adapter.Includes: Wafer 2 light box with an integrated on/off and dimmer switch and one AC adapter.Daylight Wafer 2 light box measuring 11″ x 17″ has dimmable LEDs and provides an even spread of light from edge to edge..Daylight Wafer 2 light box measuring 11″ x 17″ has dimmable LEDs and provides an even spread of light from edge to edge.
I could never own another brand of light box/tracer . This is perfect for all of your tracing needs (wonderful for appliqué shapes)
I got mine at Nancy’s Notions: http://search.nancysnotions.com/?q=wafer+2&Search=&sp_cs=UTF-8
505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive
Spray and fix fabric adhesive 505 is a temporary fabric adhesive designed for quilt basting, applique, sewing, embroidery and crafts. Eliminates pinning and allows repeated repositioning. Odorless colorless and acid-free.
Ask your local quilt shop to order it for you! It’s the very best temporary adhesive for fabric and paper, in my humble opinion (and it’s not as inexpensive as some others, but worth it).
Craft Marker Storage Organizer for crafters large capacity
- Handmade item
- Materials: birch plywood, non toxic paint, corrugated plastic, markerboard, love, care
- Made to order
- Only ships within United States
Order yours here: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1163753506
IN THE MAIL
Find out how you can jump on the exciting and wonderfully creative and colorful Glorious Hexagon train by clicking here: http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=601
Delphi Stained Glass Catalog
Here’s where to get your catalog: https://www.delphiglass.com/catalog
Artist Olek Covers a House in Finland with Pink Yarn
Here’s the link to the article (and more pictures): http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/09/artist-olek-covers-a-house-in-finland-with-pink-crochet/
13 Questions That will Change Your Life
Here’s the link to all 13 Questions: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-travis-bradberry/13-questions-that-will-ch_b_11594654.html
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