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Needlemaking

Needlemaking

I link to a short video about how needles and pins are made with modern technology.

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Lady Pole’s Tapestry

Lady Pole’s Tapestry

I've been watching Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell and just have to point out that in episode 3, there is a lovely stumpwork tapestry piece. It isn't often that embroidery makes its way into a storyline more than a background activity! I paused the show and...

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Smallest Forest

Smallest Forest

This post is late and is really a memorial for an artist that I've been following for a few years, Nat at The Smallest Forest. I also want to honor her friends who took up her mantle. I discovered her through an annoying news article - in my eyes, the "journalist"...

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Lucky me!

Lucky me!

I recently won two blog giveaways! That hasn't happened in literally years. I was amazed it happened at all, let alone twice!! First, I follow Amy at Nana Company and entered the giveaway she hosted on behalf of Ginger Root Bags - and won this cute little thing that I...

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Honored!

Mabel the Raccoon is in Inspiration's All Stitched Up newsletter! I am so honored!!! If you aren't subscribed, you are missing out on some wonderfully talented embroiderers. Check out Inspirations and all the amazing work they promote! (Disclaimer: They didn't...

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SewIN Quilt and Fiber Biennial

SewIN Quilt and Fiber Biennial

The first SewIN Quilt and Fiber Biennial, put together by Art Seed, begins tomorrow. I tell you this because through a serendipitous encounter, my crazy quilt block is in the art show! I passed through my old stomping grounds coming back from my work in Kentucky and...

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Shawkl’s PVC Quilt Hoop

Shawkl’s PVC Quilt Hoop

As I mentioned, I enrolled in a beginner's crazy quilt course - Kathy at Shawkl runs it for free and I can tell already that she poured a lot of her heart and soul into the class. Anyway, I needed a quilter's hoop, and though I have a large round one that could work,...

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tiny sewing room

tiny sewing room

Lookit! Boy surprised me with something I have always adored - a tiny sewing room (inside an Altoids tin) by Tea Rose Home!

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Very Nice Mouse Ornament

Very Nice Mouse Ornament

After making a few practice goes that have all since been spoken for, I made yet another very nice mouse ornament! Each time I make one I think of something new to try out for the next one, so the process is quite fun. This time, I used beads for eyes, really built up...

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Very Nice Mice

Very Nice Mice

A guild member gifted me some amazing fabric - lots of it. I cannot wait to get going on a crazy quilt design! To thank her, I wanted to make her an ornament. The guild had a holiday dinner with an ornament exchange so I was hopeful to make two. Alas, I had zero...

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Sue Spargo’s Textured Embroidery Craftsy Class

Sue Spargo’s Textured Embroidery Craftsy Class

You might recall that I signed up for two Craftsy courses earlier this year. Today, I present to you my first finished project, from Embroidering Texture and Dimension from Sue Spargo which is a lesson in textured embroidery. I ordered her fabric kit but could not...

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Corbet’s Stitch Sampler: W

Corbet’s Stitch Sampler: W

As a self-taught sewing beginner, I have not purchased many patterns. Almost everything sewn here at theCrafties has been found through the generosity of people providing their ideas for free online (or gifted to me by people I know!). However, as I am moving into an...

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SMS win from El Petit Taller

SMS win from El Petit Taller

I received a package from Ireland yesterday! I entered around 140 giveaways with Sew Mama Sew during their week-long event, and I won one! You can check out the original post from El Petit Taller, but this is what I won: A handmade notebook cover, complete with button...

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SMS Giveaway May 2014

I am so excited to finally get to enjoy Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day (which is now a week!). I haven't been able to peruse the exotic markets since grad school! I did not have enough time to whip something up to give away like last time (note: those images are broken...

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awesome

I just wanted to note that Jessica from ALLFREESEWING.com contacted me a while back about listing my book cover tutorial on their site. I gave permission and am thrilled with the amount of people checking things out! Don't forget to share your photos with the rest of...

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While you wait

While you wait

Here are some links to things I've found on the interwebz lately (and my first attempt at embedded videos). Axis of Awesome is a band that has shown the world the power of understanding music in their 4 Chord Song. Did you know all the popular songs in the last forty...

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things on my table

things on my table

I am sure you have been expecting pictures of my new kitchen but it has been really hectic here. Not only is there still much to be done with it, but Boy also has moved his company to a new location so that has taken a higher priority of our time. I will leave you...

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SMS December Giveaway Day!

No, i did not participate this time (Deadline Fail!) but I did want to remind you to check out all the fabulous sites that are offering free goodies! Giveaway Day ~ Handcrafted Item(s) Giveaway Day ~ Handcrafted Item(s) + Supplies/Materials Giveaway Day ~ Sewing +...

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wool felt

wool felt

The first order of wool felt came in, yay! I ordered it from Prairie Point Junctions shop site, Wool Felt Central. On tuesday. And i already got it. AWESOME! The site was suggested to me by both Megan from Princess Lasertron and Larissa from mmmcrafts. So many...

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back in the game

back in the game

I hope. So a brief catch-up / things-on-my-mind post of randomness. As you may have guessed, all crafting has slowed to a stop lately here. My craft room was taken over by furniture and tools. I got the tools out at least so now there is room to craft again and i can...

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