Autumn is quickly approaching and that means you will need sweaters, blankets, hats and other warming garments. Get started on a great project for yourself or a gift for any occasion with the 19 crochet and knitting patterns in the Red Heart Yarn eBook. Crochet a Flower Squares Afghan (pg. 11), knit a cute Hooded Sweater (pg. 27) or make a soft and eco-friendly Check Scarf (pg. 9). Almost half of the patterns in this eBook call for responsible eco-friendly yarns. Get ready for autumn!
In honor of National Sewing Month, we have put together the Sewing for Beginners eBook. For those currently learning how to sew or those interested in learning how to sew, this eBook has guides to fabric, needles and other sewing materials. Sewers of any level will like the 20 free sewing patterns included in this eBook, including bags, clothing, pillows and more. For example, make a Reversible Scrap Fabric apron (pg. 38) for a fun afternoon project or a more difficult Woven Edge Cardigan (pg. 48). Find just the right thing for your next sewing project.
Hang a festive wreath from an inside or outside door for easy holiday decorating. Wreaths are inexpensive and fun to make. These wreath projects use crochet to create the accents, including spiders for Halloween or a Thanksgiving turkey.
4th of July Wreath Crochet Pattern– Crochet miniature American flags and stars in red, white and navy blue for the perfect patriotic wreath.
Easter Eggs Wreath Crochet Pattern– Crochet eggs hang from a delicate lace wreath in this Easter wreath crochet pattern.
Halloween Wreath Crochet Pattern– This Halloween wreath crochet pattern features spooky spiders and web, witch hats and festive orange pumpkins.
Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Crochet Pattern– Crochet a plump Thanksgiving turkey for this wreath accented with orange crochet pumpkins.
There are tons of crochet patterns you can make. Here is a really cute crochet sweater.
I’m not really one for cut flowers. I always find the inevitable browning and petal-falling of cut flower arrangements to be a bit sad. Like anyone though, I appreciate the beauty of flowers. I love looking out into our garden while waiting for the kettle to boil and admiring my boyfriend’s green thumb. With some brand new crochet patterns at FaveCrafts, I also like the idea of bringing the shapes and colors of flowers into the kitchen in a lasting way. These kitchen set crochet patterns are all inspired by specific flowers. Pick your favorite and create beautiful decorative accents.
We have some great new crochet patterns for summer shirts at FaveCrafts.com. Since you are not covering up as much in the warmer months, these patterns are quick and easy.
- If you are looking for something easy, why not add a cute crochet border to a boring old T-shirt?
- Pretty Empire Waist Tank Crochet Pattern– An empire waist is always flattering and I love the two-directional effect on this tank.
- Peaceful Shell Crochet Pattern– A lovely v-stitch pattern looking like little fans covers this beautiful crochet shell.
- Striped Summer Shirt– This short-sleeved shirt is a sporty choice for summer with bold stripes.
Last Saturday, I attended two classes in a series called Crafternoon Tea. My first class was embroidery and it was a huge success! I can do all the basic embroidery stitches now and can even do french knots. To do a french knot, you bring the needle up from the bottom with the floss knotted at the end. You then hold the needle parallel to your fabric surface, slightly to the left of where you came out. You wrap the floss around the needle exactly three times and bring the needle back down through the fabric right next to where you came out. You should get a cute little knot nub on the surface of your fabric. Based on how tightly you wrap, you will get different sizes. This awesome crafter used french knots to embroider little sheep:
At FaveCrafts, we are excited to feature embroidery projects from DMC. Just yesterday, I added this fantastic embroidery project with printable pattern for Satin Butterflies on a swirling background:
This pattern is done with two stitches, satin and seed, and the project page illustrates how to do each. You can simply print out the design and trace onto your surface. Enjoy!
While I’ve gathered the necessary embroidery materials and learned how to backstitch, I want to learn what else I can do with embroidery stitches. Last time, I didn’t mention how handy a bit of carbon transfer paper is for tracing a design onto your fabric. These come in different colors, even white for tracing onto dark fabric. You can also use iron-on transfers, which skip the step of having to trace and can be used several times. Sublime stitches offers hipper transfers, like zombies and pirates (if you were so inclined), but also tons of starter kits from artists so you can find just the right style for you.
As a beginner, you really need a pattern, unless you want to doodle like Bella Dia. Aside from backstitch, here are some of the other stitches to try in embroidery.
- Split stitch-This stitch is perfect for making continuous, fluid lines (like I’ll want in my squid design). You bring the needle up through the fabric and make a stitch a short distance ahead in the direction you are stitching. You bring the needle back up through the last stitch, “splitting” the thread and continue stitching. Since you are splitting the thread, you’ll want to keep all six thread of the floss, at least to begin.
- Stem stitch– Stem stitch is like split stitch, but instead of bringing the needle up through the threads of the last stitch, you bring the needle right next to the stitch. The needle emerges a tiny bit behind the end of the stitch, pushing the floss to the side. You will be making slightly diagonal stitches along your line.
- Satin stitch– You can use satin stitch to fill in areas with the embroidery floss. You are basically making stitches across the outlines of your shape. Make a stitch across your shape and bring up the needle again right next to where you last brought up the needle (across from where you “exited” the fabric). This will make the stitches right next to one another to fill in the shape.
- Seed stitches– These stitches can also be used in fill in an area more sparsely. Seed stitches are very tiny stitches that capture a tiny amount of fabric. Many of them close together in random directions can fill in the inside of a flower or other designs.
- French knot– These are more advanced embroidery stitches but give beautiful, textured results. Basically, you are wrapping the floss around the needle once or twice before bringing it back through the fabric. Check out this tutorial from purl bee.
For diagrams of stitches, check out this excerpt from Jenny Hart’s book Classic to Cool Embroidery Projects. Personally, I forsee doing my first project in stem stitch.