Crochet Cuffs

Posted on | December 19, 2014 | No Comments

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Description: These crochet cuffs look great as bracelets, but I think they might also look good lengthened, and worn as headbands.

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Free Cape Pattern

Posted on | December 19, 2014 | No Comments

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Free Cape Pattern

Description: Nice cape pattern. It’s a little more tailored than most cape patterns, which is something I like.

Craft Link : Tonia Cape Pattern

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How To Design Cross-Stitch Pillows

Posted on | December 18, 2014 | No Comments

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cross stitch pillow

I adore com­merc­ially manu­fac­tur­ed cross stitch pillow kits.  The de­signs are beaut­i­ful, the ins­truc­tions are clear, the threads are all as­sem­bled and most even come with an ex­tra need­le.

The problem is, commercial kits are generic. They often clash with my fabrics patterns and color schemes.  As a result, though the kits are fun to make up, I usually give away the finished projects.

To solve this dilemma, I’ve started designing my own cross-stitch pillows.

Here’s how….

Guidelines For Choosing A Pattern

I like to create patterns appropriate for three colors.

I find cross-stitch  stripes look nice with fabrics with small patterns and geometrics. Fabrics with larger patterns look good with checks or some other small,  plain, overall decoration. In general, I believe  the smaller and simpler the design, the better it blends  in with existing home decor fabrics.

After I decide on the basic style, I always make a mock-up on graph paper or the computer before spending the time and money to stitch the project.

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How To Choose A Color Scheme

When I’m satisfied with the mock-up, I begin to work on the color scheme. Usually, I use the background color of my fabric as the background color of my pattern. Then I use two of the accent colors in the fabric as the accents in my color scheme.

Example

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Remember, these guidelines are only suggestions. What really matters is that you make a pillow that you absolutely love. If you need to break every single suggestion in order to do that, go right ahead!

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Almond Flower Cake

Posted on | December 17, 2014 | No Comments

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Description: This cake is super easy to decorate, yet I think it’s just as nice (if not nicer) than cakes with elaborate icings and designs.

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Free Coat Pattern

Posted on | December 17, 2014 | No Comments

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Description: I love the shape and the swing of this coat.

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55 Handmade Gift Ideas

Posted on | December 16, 2014 | No Comments

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50 Handmade Gift Ideassource: Half Baked Harvest

Tired of knitting 22 identical scarves each year?

Or, baking 19 batches of the same chocolate chip cookie recipe?

This year, give gifts you’ll love making. These 55 Handmade Gift Ideas are unique projects that will be fun to make.  And, just as important, fun to receive!

Gift Ideas For Jewelery Crafters 

Gift Ideas For Yarn Crafters

Gift Ideas For Sewers

Gift Ideas For Painters

Gift Ideas For Paper Crafters

Gift Ideas For Bakers

Gift Ideas For Polymer Clay Addicts

Gift Ideas For All-Purpose Crafters

Gift Ideas For Bookbinders

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Free Carpet Bag Pattern

Posted on | December 16, 2014 | No Comments

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Free Carpet Bag PatternDescription: I found this pattern on one of my favorite websites, Weekend Designer.

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