Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Needlebook Tutorial By Amy of nanaCompany

Who can resist an absolutely adorable needle-book.   Especially when it's bright and cheery and has a birthday cake on the cover.  I know that I can't.  It's just so adorable I'm going to make a few as gifts.  If you'd like to know what I'm talking about it's the needle-book tutorial that Amy has on her nanaCompany blog.  I hope you enjoy Amy's tutorial.


Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Amy of nanaCompany.

Here's what Amy had to say about her tutorial: Yay! Here's a little tutorial on how I make my needlebooks. They're super easy, fast, and fun... so let's get started.

Amy's Bio - Hi, my name is Amy. I live in a small house near the ocean in Los Angeles with my three children and my awesome husband. We are a lively family but we live very quietly ~ I can honestly say that all five of us are homebodies, looking forward to returning home whenever we go out. But the fun thing I've discovered while looking through my camera these past years, is that there is a lot of beauty in our "everyday." And I'm looking forward to sharing with you my life as I create and explore new ways to find that beauty.

Completely self-taught in everything, I am a "see it- do it" kind of girl. And I love trying new things. Maybe someday I'll have a real style, but for now I love vintage and modern, girly and clean, and everything in between.

Copyright © 2011-2012- All Rights Reserved - Amy of nanaCompany.

Please visit Amy's nanaCompany blog at http://nanacompany.typepad.com, her nanaCompany Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/nanacompany, and her Flickr stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanacompany/

Tutorial - Delphiniums In Silk Ribbon Embroidery By Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden

I LOVE just about any kind of silk ribbon embroidery flower and was was thrilled to see that Carol Daisy had a wonderful tutorial on her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog showing you how to make delphiniums in silk ribbon embroidery.  Enjoy making your flowers.

Tutorial - Delphiniums In Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Here's what Carol had to say about her tutorial:  Delphiniums are a hardy perennial, beautiful and tough.They are normally associated with large, English-style gardens. Tall and stately, delphinium flowers come in purple, white, pink and blue.

Not a flower you would find in the area where I live, but I still enjoy embroidering them in ribbon.
As a group in an embroidery, varying in height and colour, they are so effective.

Hand Dyed Ribbons work well with these, the colours change as you create.


Please respect Carol's TERMS OF USE:  The patterns and designs are available for your private use only & remain the copyright of "Embroideries from Daisy's Garden". Ribbon Embroidery Supplies are available from our Website " Embroideries From Daisy's Garden."

Carol's Bio: My life is at the stage that I can indulge in my interests of Embroidery and Crafts. Ribbons,beads,threads, laces and trims all have a special place here in my studio. 

My childhood was spent on the family dairy farm in Toowoomba, Queensland. When I was about 12 years old, my Grandmother (nicknamed Daisy – hence the name Daisy’s Garden) introduced me to the joys of needlework. I am so thankful to her for giving me a skill that I could enjoy and build upon for life. After the chores were done, whenever I had some spare time, I would sit quietly on the front porch and stitch away. I remember these times so fondly. When I retired, and finally had some time to myself, I had the desire to do embroidery again. I didn’t get far with the fancy work tablecloth however, once I discovered Silk Ribbon Embroidery, I became addicted!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Please visit her Embroideries From Daisy's Garden website at http://www.daisysgarden.net.au, her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog at http://www.caroldaisy.blogspot.com/, and her Create-Enhance blog at http://www.create-enhance.com/.

Tutorial - Poinsettia In Silk Ribbon By Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden

I LOVE just about any kind of silk ribbon embroidery flower and was was thrilled to see that Carol Daisy had a wonderful tutorial on her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog showing you how to make poinsettia in silk ribbon embroidery.  Enjoy making your flowers.


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Please respect Carol's TERMS OF USE:  The patterns and designs are available for your private use only & remain the copyright of "Embroideries from Daisy's Garden". Ribbon Embroidery Supplies are available from our Website " Embroideries From Daisy's Garden."

Carol's Bio: My life is at the stage that I can indulge in my interests of Embroidery and Crafts. Ribbons,beads,threads, laces and trims all have a special place here in my studio. 

My childhood was spent on the family dairy farm in Toowoomba, Queensland. When I was about 12 years old, my Grandmother (nicknamed Daisy – hence the name Daisy’s Garden) introduced me to the joys of needlework. I am so thankful to her for giving me a skill that I could enjoy and build upon for life. After the chores were done, whenever I had some spare time, I would sit quietly on the front porch and stitch away. I remember these times so fondly. When I retired, and finally had some time to myself, I had the desire to do embroidery again. I didn’t get far with the fancy work tablecloth however, once I discovered Silk Ribbon Embroidery, I became addicted!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Please visit her Embroideries From Daisy's Garden website at http://www.daisysgarden.net.au, her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog at http://www.caroldaisy.blogspot.com/, and her Create-Enhance blog at http://www.create-enhance.com/.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Rag Wreath and How To Make It Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

Tell me you have a craft project involving fabric, wreaths, and decorating and I'm all ears.  If you're curious as well then you'll be pleased to know that Ros Coffey has a tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to make her rag wreath.   I can see one of these for every season.  How about you?

My Rag Wreath and How To Make It

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  I am trying to be really good this year and make as many gifts as possible... so then I thought how can I save money on my wreath? Well I have to confess each year I have picked up a couple of Christmas fat quarters in the local fabric shop and then I think, what am I actually going to make with this? The obvious answer is a rag wreath.

Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .

Harry Potter Hits the Garden - The Lavender Wand Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

I just love the smell of lavender so anything to do with florals and lavender definitely piques my curiosity.    If you do, too then you'll be pleased to know that Ros Coffey has a tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to make a lavender wand.   Can't you smell the lavender now!


Harry Potter Hits the Garden - The Lavender Wand Tutorial

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  I like lavender, it thrives on neglect and just gets on with its life... I love the way that the bush is alive with bees when I leave the house and how if you just run your hands through it, it takes you back to Tuesday afternoon's when my mother used to polish the furniture If you think that you can grow nothing then, give lavender a chance.

Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com


Monday, October 29, 2012

Pierina's Snuggly Hot Water Bottle Cover - Christmas Tutorial No. 12 By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

If you love to knit and are looking for a great gift for someone who is always cold then you'll be pleased to know that Ros Coffey has another wonderful  tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to make a knitted hot water bottle cover.  What a great gift.

Pierina's Snuggly Hot Water Bottle Cover - Christmas Tutorial no. 12

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  My best friend is Pierina, I met her on my first day at secondary school, over 40 years ago and she has the misfortune to live in a household of hot blooded men! So hot blooded are they that they constantly turn down/off the radiators, which means that layers and a hot water bottle are the only way for a girl to go!

Now this is a really easy and quick gift to make for your friends, it took me just over three hours to knit and another hour to Swiss darn and sew up. To add a little more interest we will also be using a twisted rib, which sounds so much more complicated than it really is and a moss/seed stitch frame to emphasise your Swiss darning. You can vary the darning to create a snowflake, initials or any other pattern that takes your fancy... I have used a heart cos I love my hot water bottle in the Winter!


Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .

Flower Loom Tutorial By Andrea Millington of Indigo-Blue

Do you remember flower looms from the 1970's?  I do.  If you love to knit or crochet then you'll be happy to know that Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs has a wonderful tutorial on her Indigo Blue blog showing you how to make a flower using a flower loom.

Plus, she has a second blog post about the vintage flower loom kit that her mother gave her that I think you will also enjoy. Please CLICK HERE to read her Vintage "Flower Power" Looms post.


Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue blog.

Here's what Andrea had to say about her tutorial: ....I have been showing my students how to use a flower loom. The loom featured in this tutorial is actually part of a kit that I found in a toy shop! You can buy them online. I have seen them advertised as Vintage and the idea does come from the 1970's and I shall come back to this point tomorrow. Many that I have seen advertised as vintage, along with a vintage price, is not always accurate and are in fact brand new. So do be careful and do a little price comparing first.

Please respect Andrea's TERMS OF USE: I am more than happy to share my tutorials with you. You can use them to make projects for yourself, friends or family. Please do not use my tutorials to mass-produce items for sale. If you post your work online, please credit me (Andrea Millington) with the design and link to my Indigo Blue blog. :-)

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Andrea Millington of Indigo Blue Designs. Andrea is a textiles teacher with a passion for making things.

Please visit her Indigo Blue Designs Etsy Shoppe @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/indigo1/ and her Indigo Blue blog @ http://www.indigo-blue-designs.blogspot.com/

Cathedral Windows And Secret Garden Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

Remember when I said you could never have enough needle-cases.  Certainly not as far as I'm concerned.  If you agree and have been wanting to try making a secret garden needlework case then you'll be pleased to know that Ros Coffey has a tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how.

Cathedral Windows And Secret Garden Tutorial

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  Get your thimbles out team, we are going to do some rather pretty handsewing to make Cathedral Windows and a Secret Garden needlework case. This is going to be a great deal of fun and your constant companion will be your iron... now if you are old like me you will remember the days when you took a travelling iron with you when you went on hols and if you have one of these, now is the time you finally get to use it, after all these years.

Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .


Needles & Pins Pincushion Pattern By Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

You can never have enough pincushions - right?  If you agree then you'll be happy to know that Kaaren Johnston has another wonderful pattern on her The Painted Quilt blog showing you how to make a really cute needles & pins pincushion.  A perfect gift for any crafter or stitcher on your gift giving list.

First Friday Freebie #28 - Needles & Pins

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

Here's what Kaaren had to say about her pattern:  It’s June the 1st already and coincidently, the First Friday of the month as well! Where does the time go?

By now you all know that two of my favorite things to make and collect are needle cases and pincushions…and you can never have too many of either one! Right?

Last month’s FFF was a needle case so can you guess what I designed this month? You’re absolutely right if you guessed a pincushion. I’m so predictable!

Here is Needles and Pins.


Please respect Kaaren's TERMS OF USE:  The use of my pattern/design and tutorials is limited to individual and personal use only. Distributing or selling my pattern or tutorials in any form is not permitted. They may not be used for commercial purposes unless written permission is granted. Credit for my pattern and tutorials should be included if displayed in any manner. Individual users may enlarge or reduce the size of the drawings for their personal use but may not alter them in any other way.

Kaaren's Bio: I am an artist and have recently retired from actively designing, publishing and travel teaching in the decorative painting industry. A short while later, in December of 2010, we moved from Eastern Ontario to the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Quilting, stitching, applique and most recently rug hooking have become my new passions. Oh, and did I mention that I love to make and collect pincushions and needlecases! Join me on the First Friday of every month when I release a new Freebie design for you to make and enjoy.


Copyright © 2009 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.

Please visit her The Painted Quilt blog at  http://thepaintedquilt.blogspot.com/ and her The Painted Quilt Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kaarenjohnston.



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tutorial: Layered Fabric Flowers with Free Pattern By Thespoena McLaughlin of Vintiquities Workshop

I know what you're going to say - another flower tutorial?  Well, yes - but, this is a terrific mixed media fabric floral that I know you're going to LOVE.   I know that I do.   If I've piqued your curiosity check out the wonderful layered fabric flowers tutorial and pattern that Thespa McLaughlin has on her of Vintiquities Workshop.  They're just beautiful.

Tutorial: Layered Fabric Flowers with Free Pattern!

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Thespoena McLaughlin of Vintiquities Workshop.

Here's what Thespa had to say about her tutorial:  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it has inspired you in some way.

Please respect Thespa's TERM OF USE: My patterns & tutorials are for personal use ONLY. Not for resale. If you want to share it online please give full credit complete with a link to Vintiquities Workshop at http://vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com .

Thespa's Bio: I am a mixed media artist living with my family in the Ozarks. I love aged turquoise, faded cream, and lots of romantic layers. I dig rusty things and found objects and frequently use them in my art.

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Thespoena McLaughlin of Vintiquities Workshop.

Please visit her Vintiquities Workshop at http://vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com/.  You can also follow her on Pinterest here.

Homespun Holidays Quilt Pattern By Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

One of the things I love about the holiday season is all the bright red and green colors associated with the Christmas season.  Red, of course, being my favorite color.   So, I was happy to see that Kaaren Johnston had yet another wonderful pattern on her The Painted Quilt blog showing you how to make a Homespun Holidays red quilt.  That would look right at home in my house.  How about yours?

First Friday Freebie #22 - Homespun Holidays

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

Here's what Kaaren had to say about her pattern:  Can you believe it’s November already? Where does the time go?

I finished this month’s First Friday Freebie this past Sunday, a couple of minutes before the lights went out. We were hit with a wicked nor’easter, the same storm that brought 12” and more of snow to the New England states. Thank goodness the moisture that we experienced was in the form of large amounts of driving rain and 65+ mph winds rather than snow. We lost power for 20 hours and that amount of time without heat or lights seemed like an eternity.

With the Holiday season just around the corner, I decided upon a seasonal design for this month’s FFF which I called Homespun Holidays.


Please respect Kaaren's TERMS OF USE:  The use of my pattern/design and tutorials is limited to individual and personal use only. Distributing or selling my pattern or tutorials in any form is not permitted. They may not be used for commercial purposes unless written permission is granted. Credit for my pattern and tutorials should be included if displayed in any manner. Individual users may enlarge or reduce the size of the drawings for their personal use but may not alter them in any other way.

Kaaren's Bio: I am an artist and have recently retired from actively designing, publishing and travel teaching in the decorative painting industry. A short while later, in December of 2010, we moved from Eastern Ontario to the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Quilting, stitching, applique and most recently rug hooking have become my new passions. Oh, and did I mention that I love to make and collect pincushions and needlecases! Join me on the First Friday of every month when I release a new Freebie design for you to make and enjoy.


Copyright © 2009 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.

Please visit her The Painted Quilt blog at  http://thepaintedquilt.blogspot.com/ and her The Painted Quilt Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kaarenjohnston.



Fused Binding Tutorial By Frieda Anderson of Walks In The Woods - Art Quilts

Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to bind the edge of your quilt? I know I have. If you have, too then you'll be happy to know that Freida Anderson has a method she uses on her Walks In The Woods blog that she is sharing with all of us.

Fused Binding

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Freida Anderson of Freida Anderson - Quilt Artist Teacher.

Here's what Freida had to say about her tutorial:  I think it is always a good idea to review information. I have been thinking about putting up directions to make a fused binding for awhile now and this seems like as good a time as any.

Most of my fused art quilts have this kind of binding. It is easy to do and really fast and it allows you to use those great decorative rotary blades in your rotary cutter to create one edge of the binding. It also allows you to use scraps of fused fabric if you want.


Freida's Bio: Frieda is a fiber artist whose original quilts are inspired by the colors from nature and the everyday scenery that surrounds her living in the mid-west. Working with her own hand dyed cotton and silk fabrics is fun and challenging, the dyeing process is always a surprise. Frieda has been making quilts for over 40 years.  Freida is an award winning, widely published and recognized quilt artist and teacher whose work is exhibited throughout the world.  For more information on Frieda and her biography please CLICK HERE.

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Freida Anderson of Freida Anderson - Quilt Artist Teacher.

Please visit her  Freida Anderson  website at http://www.friestyle.com and her Walks In The Woods blog at  http://www.friestyle.blogspot.com/

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ribbon Stitch Flowers - Free SRE Design Tutorial By Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden

I just love ribbon stitch flowers silk ribbon embroidery designs so I was happy to see that Carol Daisy had created a beautiful ribbon stitch flower design on her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog that she is sharing with all of us.   I can hardly wait to try it.

Ribbon Stitch Flowers - Free SRE Design

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Please respect Carol's TERMS OF USE:  The patterns and designs are available for your private use only & remain the copyright of "Embroideries from Daisy's Garden". Ribbon Embroidery Supplies are available from our Website " Embroideries From Daisy's Garden."

Carol's Bio: My life is at the stage that I can indulge in my interests of Embroidery and Crafts. Ribbons,beads,threads, laces and trims all have a special place here in my studio. 

My childhood was spent on the family dairy farm in Toowoomba, Queensland. When I was about 12 years old, my Grandmother (nicknamed Daisy – hence the name Daisy’s Garden) introduced me to the joys of needlework. I am so thankful to her for giving me a skill that I could enjoy and build upon for life. After the chores were done, whenever I had some spare time, I would sit quietly on the front porch and stitch away. I remember these times so fondly. When I retired, and finally had some time to myself, I had the desire to do embroidery again. I didn’t get far with the fancy work tablecloth however, once I discovered Silk Ribbon Embroidery, I became addicted!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Please visit her Embroideries From Daisy's Garden website at http://www.daisysgarden.net.au, her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog at http://www.caroldaisy.blogspot.com/, and her Create-Enhance blog at http://www.create-enhance.com/.

The Fear Of Sewing - An Easy Project - The Handbag Tissue Holder Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

If you are looking for a quick and easy sewing project to teach your children or grandchildren, ever your adult friends how to sew then check out the handbag tissue holder tutorial that Ros Coffey has on her RosMadeMe Blog blog.   It's a great beginner sewing project.  And, practical to boot.

The Fear Of Sewing - An Easy Project - The Handbag Tissue Holder

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  I have had several mails asking me for a project for beginners that looks amazing and is practical but you know is going to be really easy. So we are looking at straight lines and running stitch initially... yes, you can all do that... I know you can and best of all it should take you less than an hour!

Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .

Tutorial - How To Make Button Clusters By Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs

Buttons and button clusters are used in all sorts of crafts these days including crazy quilting.   If you've always want to learn how to create button clusters for crazy quilting  you'll be happy to know that Pamela Kellogg has a tutorial on her Kitty & Me Designs blog showing you how.

Tutorial - How To Make Button Clusters

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs.

Here's what Pamela had to say about her tutorial:  Now that you've all seen my Crazy Button Quilt:

I thought I would share a tutorial on how to create Button Clusters.

Button Clusters are not only for Crazy Quilting. They can be added to fabric bracelets, art quilts, art dolls, really anything that buttons can be sewn onto!


Please respect Pamela's TERMS OF USE:  I like to share Craft and Embroidery Tutorials on how I do a variety of projects and techniques and helpful hints. I add to this list regularly. Please feel free to download the directions and if you try them, please let me know if you enjoyed the project!

Pamela's Bio:Designer, Textile Artist and Instructor. Although I love all forms of needlework and embroidery, my true passion is Crazy Quilting. I enjoy a quiet life in our little cottage by a lake in Northern Illinois. I frequent flea markets and antique shops looking for do-dads that I can sew on to my stitching projects. I offer some of my handmade items, along with my mom's and my sister's, in my Etsy shop. I enjoy baking and share many of my recipes here. And did I mention glitter?

Copyright © 2005 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs .

Please visit her Kitty & Me Designs blog at http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/ and her Kitty & Me Designs Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittyandme.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Not Tea Again, Surely - Christmas Tutorial No. 16 By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

I may be a little biased when it comes to the next tutorial.  You see, I'm a tea drinker and LOVE tea.  So, of course, I was thrilled to see that Ros Coffey had a tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to paint an adorable tea set.   What a great gift for grandparents from their grandchildren.

Not Tea Again, Surely - Christmas Tutorial no. 16

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  I really cannot believe this but yes, this is another tutorial to do with tea! This is something that you can get the children to do for grandparents and aunts and uncles... it is a real Blue Peter coverall! And no it is not the infamous Advent Crown, complete with candles, coathangers and tinsel... the Fire Prevention Officer's nightmare. We are going to paint up a Christmas morning tea set:

Confession time - I had this tutorial written on Sunday... but it just wasn't up to snuff, you see I cannot paint or draw and my efforts looked simply awful and then it came to me to use a stencil and sponge to cover up for my deficiencies. So if anyone wants a real challenge, teach me to paint or draw something that is recognisable next year... go on, I dare you!


Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .


Colonial Sampler Sewing Caddy Tutorial By Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

When I'm working on a sewing or needlepoint project I like having all my tools and supplies in one place so I. was thrilled to see that Kaaren Johnston had a wonderful tutorial on her The Painted Quilt blog showing you how to make a sewing caddy.  I am definitely going to make one (or several) of these.  I usually have several projects going at the same time so this is a great way to keep them all organized.


Inside View

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

Here's what Kaaren had to say about her tutorial: Finished size folded in half is 12 1/2” x 10”. Finished size when open is 12 1/2” x 20” .

Please respect Kaaren's TERMS OF USE:  The use of my pattern/design and tutorials is limited to individual and personal use only. Distributing or selling my pattern or tutorials in any form is not permitted. They may not be used for commercial purposes unless written permission is granted. Credit for my pattern and tutorials should be included if displayed in any manner. Individual users may enlarge or reduce the size of the drawings for their personal use but may not alter them in any other way.

Kaaren's Bio: I am an artist and have recently retired from actively designing, publishing and travel teaching in the decorative painting industry. A short while later, in December of 2010, we moved from Eastern Ontario to the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Quilting, stitching, applique and most recently rug hooking have become my new passions. Oh, and did I mention that I love to make and collect pincushions and needlecases! Join me on the First Friday of every month when I release a new Freebie design for you to make and enjoy.


Copyright © 2009 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.

Please visit her The Painted Quilt blog at  http://thepaintedquilt.blogspot.com/ and her The Painted Quilt Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kaarenjohnston.


How To Make A Soap Box Canvas Tutorial By Alma Stoller

I just love mixed media artists and love to recycle then you'll be happy to know that Alma Stoller has a wonderful tutorial on her Alma Stoller blog showing you how to make a wonderful  soap box canvas mixed media creation from a box of soap.  Enjoy.


Copyright © 2011- All Rights Reserved - Written By Alma Stoller of Alma Stoller blog.

Here's what Alma had to say about her tutorial:  Happy Earth Day. Recycling is a big part of what this day is all about...educating and inspiring everyone to be more mindful of the state of the Earth and the many things,.....big and small, that we can do to help. Here is a recycling project that I hope you enjoy.

Please respect Alma's TERMS OF USE:  I encourage you to link back to my post. Please give credit where credit is due. Unless otherwise noted, all photos, text, ideas, tutorials and artwork on this blog are the property of Alma Stoller. I'm happy to share with you, but please do not copy, reproduce or use without permission. Thank you.

Copyright © 2003-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Alma Stoller of Alma Stoller blog. Alma is an artist, designer, and blogger.

Please visit her Alma Stoller blog at http://www.almastoller.blogspot.com/, her Alma Stoller Facebook Page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Stoller/179752818769188 , and her Alma Stoller Tutorials ETSY Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlmaStollerTutorials.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Detached Chain Free Designs By Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden

One of the great things about SRE and creative embroidery is that there really isn't a limit to the number of different designs you can achieve using silk ribbons.  Well, fortunately for all of us Carol Daisy has created some amazing free SRE designs on her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog that she is sharing with all of us.   I can hardly wait to try them
.

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Here's what Carol had to say about her tutorial: Flower combinations in 4 mm . Silk Ribbon - These are from a discontinued Introductory Kit. Satin -n-Cream on a Baby Quilt or for Doll Collectors. But I am sure you will find many other uses.


Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Here's what Carol had to say about her tutorial: In my earlier posting, the photo instructions were mainly focused on Lazy Daisy Stitch. So I thought you might like to see a more detailed tutorial in Silk Ribbon.

Please respect Carol's TERMS OF USE:  The patterns and designs are available for your private use only & remain the copyright of "Embroideries from Daisy's Garden". Ribbon Embroidery Supplies are available from our Website " Embroideries From Daisy's Garden."

Carol's Bio: My life is at the stage that I can indulge in my interests of Embroidery and Crafts. Ribbons,beads,threads, laces and trims all have a special place here in my studio. 

My childhood was spent on the family dairy farm in Toowoomba, Queensland. When I was about 12 years old, my Grandmother (nicknamed Daisy – hence the name Daisy’s Garden) introduced me to the joys of needlework. I am so thankful to her for giving me a skill that I could enjoy and build upon for life. After the chores were done, whenever I had some spare time, I would sit quietly on the front porch and stitch away. I remember these times so fondly. When I retired, and finally had some time to myself, I had the desire to do embroidery again. I didn’t get far with the fancy work tablecloth however, once I discovered Silk Ribbon Embroidery, I became addicted!

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Carol Daisy of Embroideries From Daisy's Garden.

Please visit her Embroideries From Daisy's Garden website at http://www.daisysgarden.net.au, her Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog at http://www.caroldaisy.blogspot.com/, and her Create-Enhance blog at http://www.create-enhance.com/.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Birds Nest From Old Doilies Tutorial By Karen Bailey of Todolwen Blog

I love doilies and love decorating my home with them.  So, I was pleased to see that Karen Bailey had a wonderful tutorial on her Todolwen blog showing you how to make a birds nest from old doilies.  What an adorable decoration.

New Birds Nest From Old Doilies Tutorial

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Karen Bailey of Todolwen Blog

Here's what Karen had to say about her tutorial:  Bring Out Your Doilies - A New Birds Nest Tutorial - Hello my dear friends, whilst working with my little coconut fibre pot on Tuesday and waiting for the tea stained eggs to dry I thought it would be nice to come up with a new little tutorial for you! After my Easter basket which was made from a stiffened doily my thoughts went with a nest made the same way.

Please respect Karen's TERMS OF USE:  Please do not copy my tutorials in full and/or claim them to be your own and/or post them on your blog without my permission. Furthermore the sale of my tutorials is prohibited. All my designs are protected under copyright.

Karen's Bio: My name is Karen Bailey, and I am the wife for over 20 years to a now retired british serviceman and a Mum to two beautiful daughters. For many years we traveled and lived all over the world whilst serving in the army. After leaving the army we now live in Ontario, Canada. My passion is antiques, especially victorian unrestored furniture and household items and creating/crafting. For me there is nothing better when I have a moment to sit down and make something beautiful. My blog is 'Todolwen' which is an anogram made up from 'old to new' which is what I love to do ~ take something old and give it a new life. I hope you enjoy my makings as much as I enjoy creating them.

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Karen Bailey of  Todolwen Blog.

Please visit her Todolwen blog at http://todolwen.blogspot.com/.

Bird Ornament Tutorial By Thespoena McLaughlin of Vintiquities Workshop

I just LOVE mixed media creations and I'm always in awe at the creativity involved with them.  If you like mixed media ornaments then you're going to love the bird ornament tutorial that Thespa McLaughlin has on her of Vintiquities Workshop.  Aren't they beautiful?

Bird Ornament Tutorial - New PDF pattern UPDATE!

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Thespoena McLaughlin of Vintiquities Workshop.

Here's what Thespa had to say about her tutorial:  Today I'm going to share a pattern and how-to for my bird ornaments.

Please respect Thespa's TERM OF USE: My patterns & tutorials are for personal use ONLY. Not for resale. If you want to share it online please give full credit complete with a link to Vintiquities Workshop at http://vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com .

Thespa's Bio: I am a mixed media artist living with my family in the Ozarks. I love aged turquoise, faded cream, and lots of romantic layers. I dig rusty things and found objects and frequently use them in my art.

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Thespoena McLaughlin of Vintiquities Workshop.

Please visit her Vintiquities Workshop at http://vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com/.  You can also follow her on Pinterest here.

How To Block A Crocheted Doily Tutorial By Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs

Have you ever wondered how to block a doily or cross-stitch design.  If you have and want to learn how to do this you'll be pleased to know that Pamela Kellogg has a tutorial on her Kitty & Me Designs blog showing you how.

How To Block A Crocheted Doily Tutorial

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs.

Here's what Pamela had to say about her tutorial:  Happy Sunday everyone! I've been busy, busy, busy! Yes, too busy and I'm winding down now but I am the way I am! My ADD motor is always going!

I made a big pot of soup, 2 batches of cookies and a loaf of wheat bread. I have all the laundry caught up and added 2 more of my mom's Victorian Tussy Mussy's for Mother's Day to our Etsy shop:

Aren't they pretty? Mom really has a knack for these!

Another thing I did today was to block a couple of crocheted doilies and I thought I would write a tutorial for anyone who doesn't know how to do this. Many crocheted pieces can be ironed into shape but there are some that just won't cooperate unless they are blocked.


Please respect Pamela's TERMS OF USE:  I like to share Craft and Embroidery Tutorials on how I do a variety of projects and techniques and helpful hints. I add to this list regularly. Please feel free to download the directions and if you try them, please let me know if you enjoyed the project!

Pamela's Bio:Designer, Textile Artist and Instructor. Although I love all forms of needlework and embroidery, my true passion is Crazy Quilting. I enjoy a quiet life in our little cottage by a lake in Northern Illinois. I frequent flea markets and antique shops looking for do-dads that I can sew on to my stitching projects. I offer some of my handmade items, along with my mom's and my sister's, in my Etsy shop. I enjoy baking and share many of my recipes here. And did I mention glitter?

Copyright © 2005 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs .

Please visit her Kitty & Me Designs blog at http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/ and her Kitty & Me Designs Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittyandme.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How To Assemble A Crazy Quilt 7-Part Tutorial By Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs

If you've ever seen a beautiful crazy quilt made of individual crazy quilt blocks you know there is a LOT of work involved in putting it together.  Well,  Pamela Kellogg has created a 7 step tutorial on her Kitty & Me Designs blog showing you exactly how it was done for her exquisite Marie Antoinette quilt.  Talk about eye candy.  Her quilt is absolutely stunning.


Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs.

Here's what Pamela had to say about her tutorial:  Step 1 - Since I'm putting my Marie Antoinette CrazyQuilt together, I thought I would share step by step, the process that I use to assemble my crazyquilts. I know other crazyquilters have shared their process but I'm sure we all do things a little differently.

Step - 2 I've completed Step 2 of the assembly process on my Marie Antoinette Crazy Quilt. If there's one coping skill that I've learned with having ADD/ADHD, it's how to break things down into manageable portions!

Assembling any type of quilt can be overwhelming however, when we take the time to look at each step of the process, and focus on only one step at a time, it instantly becomes more "doable".

Steps 3 and 4- Steps 3 and 4 in the Crazy Quilt assembly process are both optional. In the case of my Marie Antoinette quilt, I wanted to sash my blocks with a pretty pink trim.. This has to be done at this point. If you choose to use trim to sash your blocks, add that now:

Steps 5 and 6 - On to steps 5 and 6 of How To Assemble A Crazy Quilt.

Step 7 - There's one final step in finishing a crazy quilt. We need to hold the front of the quilt to the back of the quilt. The best way I've found to do this is to sew buttons onto the back:



Please respect Pamela's TERMS OF USE:  I like to share Craft and Embroidery Tutorials on how I do a variety of projects and techniques and helpful hints. I add to this list regularly. Please feel free to download the directions and if you try them, please let me know if you enjoyed the project!

Pamela's Bio:Designer, Textile Artist and Instructor. Although I love all forms of needlework and embroidery, my true passion is Crazy Quilting. I enjoy a quiet life in our little cottage by a lake in Northern Illinois. I frequent flea markets and antique shops looking for do-dads that I can sew on to my stitching projects. I offer some of my handmade items, along with my mom's and my sister's, in my Etsy shop. I enjoy baking and share many of my recipes here. And did I mention glitter?

Copyright © 2005 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs .

Please visit her Kitty & Me Designs blog at http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/ and her Kitty & Me Designs Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittyandme.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Puffed & Cuffed Shorts Tutorial By Cassandra Hodges of Rosylou Handmade

Kids clothes are just so much fun to make.  If you're looking for an adorable pair of shorts to make you'll be happy to know that Cassandra Hodges has a wonderful tutorial on her  Cass Can Sew  blog showing you how.

Puffed & Cuffed Shorts Tutorial

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Cassandra Hodges of Rosylou Handmade

Here's what Cassandra had to say about her tutorial: A little while ago, I whipped up these cute as a button puffy pinwale shorts for Hannah. I put the call out via here, Twitter and  the Cass Can Sew Facebook page for a name & got some very comical and interesting suggestions. After much deliberation, I have dubbed them the Puffed & Cuffed Shorts. And as promised.... I bring you the tutorial!!!

Please respect Cassandra's TERMS OF USE:  Unless stated otherwise, tutorials from Cass Can Sew are for personal use. If you wish to sell items made from Cass Can Sew tutorials, please request permission. If you make and post anything inspired by Cass Can Sew a link to the blog will be greatly appreciated. Giving credit where credit is due is only fair.

Cassandra's Bio: Cassandra lives in a little seaside community, just north of Brisbane, Australia with her Musician partner & two gorgeous girls. Her passion lies in creating a variety of items without patterns & sharing her tips with the crafting community. She writes with a lot of humor and fun and vintage has become a real signature for her. Her creations from thrifted fabrics and linen have that old world beauty with a new practicality and purpose. Recently, she launched her online store, Rosylou Handmade, where she sells her gorgeous items made from vintage fabrics.

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved -  Cassandra Hodges of Rosylou Handmade .

Please visit her Rosylou Handmade Etsy shop website at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RosylouHandmade, her Cass Can Sew blog at http://www.casscansew.blogspot.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassCanSew, and her Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/cass_can

Huswif Needlecase Pattern By Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

It's not possible to resist a charming little clutch needle-case.  At least it's impossible for me.   So, I was happy to see that Kaaren Johnston had a wonderful pattern on her The Painted Quilt blog showing you how to make a Huswif needle-case.  What a terrific gift this would make.  I know quite a few crafters and sewers who would love getting one of these.  How about you?

First Friday Freebie #12 - Huswif Needlecase

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt

Here's what Kaaren had to say about her pattern:  This month marks the One Year Anniversary of my First Friday Freebies. I can’t believe that a year has gone by already. Wow!

Next to pincushions, I L-O-V-E needlecases. Or maybe now needlecases have overtaken my pincushion madness? But that’s what happens when the word “ONE” does not exist in “one’s” vocabulary. *wink* Two…or more…of something you love is better than one…right?

If you guessed that this month’s FFF is a needlecase, you’re right. Here is my Huswif Needlecase, fastened shut with a vintage button..


Please respect Kaaren's TERMS OF USE:  The use of my pattern/design and tutorials is limited to individual and personal use only. Distributing or selling my pattern or tutorials in any form is not permitted. They may not be used for commercial purposes unless written permission is granted. Credit for my pattern and tutorials should be included if displayed in any manner. Individual users may enlarge or reduce the size of the drawings for their personal use but may not alter them in any other way.

Kaaren's Bio: I am an artist and have recently retired from actively designing, publishing and travel teaching in the decorative painting industry. A short while later, in December of 2010, we moved from Eastern Ontario to the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Quilting, stitching, applique and most recently rug hooking have become my new passions. Oh, and did I mention that I love to make and collect pincushions and needlecases! Join me on the First Friday of every month when I release a new Freebie design for you to make and enjoy.


Copyright © 2009 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.

Please visit her The Painted Quilt blog at  http://thepaintedquilt.blogspot.com/ and her The Painted Quilt Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kaarenjohnston.


How To Carve Your Own Rubber Stamp Tutorial By Alma Stoller

Do you love rubber stamps and want to learn how to make one of your own? If you do then you'll be happy to know that Alma Stoller has a wonderful tutorial on her Alma Stoller blog showing you how to make a rubber stamp.  Enjoy.


Copyright © 2007- All Rights Reserved - Written By Alma Stoller of Alma Stoller blog.

Here's what Alma had to say about her tutorial:  This is an easy tutorial on how to create a rubber stamp out of your designs. There are other products available that will achieve the same or better results. These are the tools I use and what has worked best for me. Give it a try.

Please respect Alma's TERMS OF USE:  I encourage you to link back to my post. Please give credit where credit is due. Unless otherwise noted, all photos, text, ideas, tutorials and artwork on this blog are the property of Alma Stoller. I'm happy to share with you, but please do not copy, reproduce or use without permission. Thank you.

Copyright © 2003-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Alma Stoller of Alma Stoller blog. Alma is an artist, designer, and blogger.

Please visit her Alma Stoller blog at http://www.almastoller.blogspot.com/, her Alma Stoller Facebook Page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Stoller/179752818769188 , and her Alma Stoller Tutorials ETSY Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlmaStollerTutorials.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Zip It, Flower! A Recycling Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

If you love to recycle and hate to throw anything anyway - even zippers then you're going to love the recycling zipper tutorial that Ros Coffey has on her RosMadeMe Blog blog.

Zip it, flower! A recycling tutorial

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  My mother could mend anything and if she could not mend it, then it was saved just in case, which would explain why, when she was knocked off her bike in her 70s and had stitches, she was able to find a sterile stitch cutter in her sideboard so I could take her stitches out.

Now you will remember that the quality and capacity of her button jars were legend along with her useful bits of twine collection, however I am wishing that I had kept a hold of her zapped out zip collection because that is just what you are going to need to today to create these edgy, flower corsages or hair barrettes.


Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .

Paper Gum Weaving and Woven Chain Paper Frame Tutorials By June Crawford of A Creative Dream

I can remember making gum wrapper chains?  Can you?  If you can remember these or if you have always wanted to learn how to make something from them then you'll be happy to know that June Crawford has a wonderful tutorial on her A Creative Dream  blog showing you how to make picture frame from gum wrapper chains. I'm definitely going to try making one of these.  Boy, does that bring back memories!


Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by June Crawford of A Creative Dream

Here's what June had to say about her tutorial:  This current obsession I have with re-purposing old books into creative journals has left me with a whole lot of book guts. All those pages that fall out or I remove are hanging around in my creative space and I swear, they are taunting me. Maybe it's because they are really starting to pile up, or maybe it's because the pile is starting to topple over... either way, it seems time to turn some of my attention to all those pages.

So... do ya remember the gum wrapper chains from forever and a day ago? I think the last time I made one I was in... oh, maybe the fourth grade. We won't discuss exactly how many years ago that was, suffice it to say, it was a few. Which makes it all the more strange that creating one popped into my head a couple of weeks ago. But, once an idea comes to roost it must eventually come to fruition. It seemed a good thing to make those book pages stop taunting me, so this weekend I searched the depths of my memory and with a few mishaps... ok, maybe a whole bunch of mishaps (I tried to make it so much more difficult than it needed to be)... I think I finally got it. In case you haven't made one, or if you just need a refresher, I thought I'd share... Start with papers the size of gum wrappers. Mine were 1.5" x 3.25".


Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by June Crawford of A Creative Dream

Here's what June had to say about her tutorial:  To weave the gum wrappers again, I needed a project to use them up. This is what I came up with. Quite pleased with myself. I mean.. cool idea huh? Who else would come up with a frame? Then my daughter came home. It seems she's seen these everywhere. Talk about an immediate deflate... anyway, I'm going to share with you the process of creating this frame regardless. Along with the things I won't be doing for the next ones.

Please respect June's TERMS OF USE:  Please note, in regard to the copyright, all of the directions and photographs in my tutorials are mine, you may not copy or reproduce them without my consent. These instructions are for you to use for PERSONAL use only, not for profit.

June's Bio:  Me... a dreamer, a ponderer of big and small thoughts. A wanna-be artist, a soon to be empty-nester... wondering what the heck I am gonna do with the rest of my life...

Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - June Crawford of A Creative Dream.

Please visit  her A Creative Dream blog at http://acreativedreamer.blogspot.com/. Her A Creative Dream Flickr page is at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativedreamer/ .

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tutorial - Dyeing Silk Ribbons with RIT Dye By Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs

Crazy quilting and creative embroidery uses a LOT of silk ribbons.  Some of the prettiest creations are done with silk ribbons that have been dyed various shades or colors.  If you've ever wanted to learn how to dye your own silk ribbons Pamela Kellogg has a tutorial on her Kitty & Me Designs blog showing you how  it's done.  Now that I know how to do it I'll soon be dying my own.  How about you?

Tutorial - Dyeing Silk Ribbons with RIT Dye
Sources For Silk Ribbon


Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs.

Here's what Pamela had to say about her tutorial:  I've had several requests for a tutorial on how I dye my Silk Ribbons for my Crazyquilting. It's much easier than you might think! Get ready to make a mess and have a lot of fun! It's like dyeing Easter Eggs!

Please respect Pamela's TERMS OF USE:  I like to share Craft and Embroidery Tutorials on how I do a variety of projects and techniques and helpful hints. I add to this list regularly. Please feel free to download the directions and if you try them, please let me know if you enjoyed the project!

Pamela's Bio:Designer, Textile Artist and Instructor. Although I love all forms of needlework and embroidery, my true passion is Crazy Quilting. I enjoy a quiet life in our little cottage by a lake in Northern Illinois. I frequent flea markets and antique shops looking for do-dads that I can sew on to my stitching projects. I offer some of my handmade items, along with my mom's and my sister's, in my Etsy shop. I enjoy baking and share many of my recipes here. And did I mention glitter?

Copyright © 2005 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs .

Please visit her Kitty & Me Designs blog at http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/ and her Kitty & Me Designs Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittyandme.


Taking Flowers Off An Old Hat Tutorial - Supply List Tutorial By Pamela Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs

Have you ever seen something at a flea market that you thought would be great for a crazy quilt creation - like flowers on an old hat.    Well, Pamela Kellogg has and so she wrote a tutorial on her Kitty & Me Designs blog showing you how to remove flowers from an old hat.  Have fun.

Taking Flowers Off An Old Hat Tutorial - Supply List

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs.

Here's what Pamela had to say about her tutorial:  Bubba & I hit 2 Flea Markets yesterday! I didn't find anything all that exciting but I did pick up this ugly old hat for $6.00:

I buy these these old hats for the vintage flowers. Many times, they're velvet and silk and usually in very good shape. I buy them when I find them for around $4 - $6 and then I take them apart. This may seem like a rather dumb tutorial but I thought someone out there may like know how to do this.


Please respect Pamela's TERMS OF USE:  I like to share Craft and Embroidery Tutorials on how I do a variety of projects and techniques and helpful hints. I add to this list regularly. Please feel free to download the directions and if you try them, please let me know if you enjoyed the project!

Pamela's Bio:Designer, Textile Artist and Instructor. Although I love all forms of needlework and embroidery, my true passion is Crazy Quilting. I enjoy a quiet life in our little cottage by a lake in Northern Illinois. I frequent flea markets and antique shops looking for do-dads that I can sew on to my stitching projects. I offer some of my handmade items, along with my mom's and my sister's, in my Etsy shop. I enjoy baking and share many of my recipes here. And did I mention glitter?

Copyright © 2005 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Pamela Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs .

Please visit her Kitty & Me Designs blog at http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/ and her Kitty & Me Designs Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittyandme.

How To Cheer Up An Old Bag (No Not Me) with a Handbag Charm Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

Do you ever get tired of staring at a boring black purse and want to add just a little splash of color?  If you have then you'll be happy to know that Ros Coffey has a tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to make a colorful handbag charm.   One for every purse I say.

How To Cheer Up An Old Bag (No Not Me) with a Handbag Charm

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  After I made the bias binding last week, I had about 18 - 20" of piped cord left over... not enough to pipe around a cushion... but too much just to bin, so what to do with it? I sat there twiddling it and started to make a flower shape, but really did I need another flower brooch... err no! And then it came to me, a handbag charm and for this you will need:

Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jack The Jester Cross-Stitch By By Romona King Of Northbrook Designs

I thought you might all like to know that Romona King of Northbrook Designs has created a wonderful free cross-stitch design for a court jester on her Northbrook Stitches blog.  Have fun with her cross-stitch. 


Jack The Jester
© 2012 by Romona King of Northbrook Designs

If you'd like to download Romona's cross-stitch design please click on the picture above or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Here's what Romona had to say about her cross-stitch design:

Jack the Jester is a doll that I made, and  is the first of a what I hope will be a series of Jester patterns. Included in this design is a picture of the actual Jester face and the completed piece, the stitching chart, the floss colours chart based on DMC colours. The floss chart also includes the floss usage chart which gives you the actual number of stitches made, and the amount of thread you need. I have also added a colour graph for your convenience. 

Please respect Romona's Terms of Use - This design is offered freely, please respect the designers work and give credit where due. You may use the design to create projects to sell but not for mass production. 

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Romona King of Northbrook Designs. Romona is a crafter, doll maker, painter, needlework artist, and mixed media artist. You can visit her Northbrook Designs blog online at http://northbrookdesigns.blogspot.com/ and her Northbrook Stitches blog at http://www.northbrookstitches.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Northbrook Designs shop at http://www.northbrookdesigns.com/.

Making a Spectacle - Glasses Case Tutorial By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

Is your reading glass case getting a little worn? Are you looking to make another one? If so, then you'll be pleased to know that Ros Coffey has a tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to make a cheery eyeglass case.

Making a Spectacle - Glasses Case Tutorial

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  I found some fabulous bias binding in my local shop and just had to have it... floral bias binding is the future! Then what could I make from it... well, the answer was in my handbag, my reading glasses case was looking a little the worse for wear, also it was black and I could never find it in the bottom of my handbag to say nothing of the suitcase which held my sunglasses which was almost as big as my handbag... so I was off an running. What I need is a simple quilted speccy case!

Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .

How To Paint Fabric Tutorial By Alma Stoller

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint fabric? If you have then you'll be happy to know that Alma Stoller has a wonderful tutorial on her Alma Stoller blog showing you how to do this.  Enjoy.


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Here's what Alma had to say about her tutorial:  Here is a quick and easy Fabric Painting tutorial.

There are many ways of painting your own fabric. After you paint your fabric, you can stamp on it, apply Elmer's Blue glue as a resist, or draw on it. If you don't like your final painted result...just paint odd shapes on it in a different color. That usually works. You can also alter it by over stitching a contrasting fabric on it. The idea here is to have fun and create a fabric of your own liking.  Enjoy, Alma

Please respect Alma's TERMS OF USE:  I encourage you to link back to my post. Please give credit where credit is due. Unless otherwise noted, all photos, text, ideas, tutorials and artwork on this blog are the property of Alma Stoller. I'm happy to share with you, but please do not copy, reproduce or use without permission. Thank you.

Copyright © 2003-2012 - All Rights Reserved - Alma Stoller of Alma Stoller blog. Alma is an artist, designer, and blogger.

Please visit her Alma Stoller blog at http://www.almastoller.blogspot.com/, her Alma Stoller Facebook Page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Stoller/179752818769188 , and her Alma Stoller Tutorials ETSY Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlmaStollerTutorials.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sewing 101 - Part 1 and Part 2 Tutorials By Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog

Have you always wanted to learn how to sew but find patterns intimidating.  Well, if you have then you'll  be pleased to know that Ros Coffey has a 2-part Sewing 101 tutorial on her RosMadeMe Blog blog showing you how to read a pattern and make an infant's dress.

Sewing 101 - How to Use a Pattern - The Preparation
Sewing 101 - Part 2 - Making Up

Copyright © 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog.

Here's what Ros had to say about her tutorial:  The Pattern - I wrote at the beginning of the year that we would go back to basics over the year and it came home to me this week, that some people may not have been taught to do some of the techniques that I take for granted. This is what happens when Mrs Logan got you through your Needlecraft & Dress O level at the Convent! So I thought we might take a look at how to make clothes and use patterns together with the weird and wonderful language and terms used, so with this in mind I am going to make some baby clothes.

The Dress - Welcome back after drinking your coffee and your break. Now let the real fun begin, we are going to start sewing in earnest, but of course, you know that we are not going straight to the machine, switch on your iron, get the instructions to hand and collect a couple of scraps of the fabric which you have cut out.


Ros's Bio:I live by the sea, in Essex, in Leigh-on-sea. I have been making things since I was a child, earliest memories were embroidering squares of binca matting, making felt egg cups and ripping back my knitting when my sister had picked up a dropped stitch... yep, it really did have to be all my own work! I am a dreadful hoarder, with stashes of wool and fabric hidden around my house, together with the projects that I have not yet finished. I am currently making cushions, quilted, appliqued, stencilled... actually just anything that I will enjoy crafting.

Copyright © 2010 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Ros Coffey of RosMadeMe Blog .

Please visit her RosMadeMe blog at http://rosmademe.blogspot.com .