Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How To Tuesday: Felting

This post is written by Mandi Jackson especially for the Pink Auction blog. Slainté.

Everyone knows what felt is, typically it is that scratchy material used in children's craft projects. But felt can be beautiful, ecological, and homemade! Here are some fantastic felting ideas that inspired us.

Felting Blogs:

Felting Tutorial from Nicola Brown

Felting Links:

Felted Sweater Patches with Martha Stewart

Fabulous Felting Videos:

Two-Part "How to Needle Felt in Four Minutes": Part 1 & Part 2

Felting Soap (a very cool idea)

Cozy Inside

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How To Tuesday: Embellishing

This post is written by Mandi Jackson especially for the Pink Auction blog. Slainté.

Fabric embellishment is an incredible art, it can be used to customize ANYTHING! You can use fabric embellishments to decorate everything from the tote you carry to the supermarket to the pillows that decorate your sofa or bed, you can even use fabric embellishments to jazz up your scrapbooks, cards, and gifts!!! This is one of my favorite textile arts, I think you can see why.

Embellished bloggers:

Incredible Embellishing sites:

Embellish jeans or Embellish tote bags with Martha Stewart

Embellish throw pillows with Woman's Day

Fantastic Instructional Videos:

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Botanical Ideas T-Shirt for Shadee

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How To Tuesday: Batik

This week's How To Tuesday link list was compiled by Evin of Spring Stitches with her favorite links for learning about and how to create batik.

Learn How to Batik Cloth with LAZACODE Education and Creative Foundation.

How to Make Sadza Batik: A Tutorial from It Takes A Village, a Zimbabwe blog about African crafts.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How To Tuesday: Knitting

This week, Evin O'Keeffe from Spring Stitches shares her favorite links for learning to knit.

We all wear knitted items, from jersey tees to cozy cardigans, but machine knitting has made it so accessible few know the treasures of hand-knit items. Knitting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and it will only increase with the upcoming release of the film 'Friday Night Knitting Club' with Julia Roberts.

If you've always wanted to learn to knit, here are some basic 'how to' and tutorial links to get you started, including a few videos.

I'll start with a post I recently wrote for my own blog, Spring Stitches. Learn to Knit has helpful links to resources & tutorials, including a link to a two-page flyer of knitting basics (PDF) hosted on my website.

Silk Merino Stitches

Monday, August 9, 2010

Public Displays of Craftiness at Cafe Gusto on Lapps Quay - Sat., 28 Aug.

Join us on Saturday, the 28th of August from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. outside Cafe Gusto on Lapps Quay for a public crafting event.
Any creative textile project you can do on your lap is welcome. We will be collecting for Action Breast Cancer while raising awareness of creative textiles as an art. This event is a good way to meet up with us and to meet other artists involved. Children and well-behaved pets are welcome. This is timed to coincide with when the flea market will open that Saturday so there should be a good atmosphere. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Free Pattern Friday: Fishy Fishy

This week's Free Pattern Friday link list was compiled by Evin of Spring Stitches.

Fish patterns fun for stash busting on my crafty blog, Spring Stitches

Fish Block Quilt Pattern from Quilt In A Day

Walrus and Fish Pattern from Badbird's Embroidery Patterns

Fleece Fish Pillow from Better Homes and Gardens

A Recipe for Fish from April Broken Arrow of Knitting Arrows

Frida the Fish (80764AD) from Lion Branch Yarn Company

Easy Ribbon Fish from The Artful Crafter

Half Fish Beanie from Tale of 4 Needles

Crochet Fish from Drops Design

Crochet Amigurumi Angel Fish (70581AD) from Lion Brand Yarn Company

Fish Hat [Dead or Alive?] by Thelma Egberts as featured in Knitty (Winter 2008)

Crochet Baby Pufferfish from NeedleNoodles.com

Fish Embroidery Pattern from DIY Fashion

Photo by Evin O'Keeffe
Wood Fish in Fabric Ocean

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How To Tuesday: Quilting

This post is written by Mandi Jackson especially for the Pink Auction blog. Slainté.

Quilting is such an amazing form of expression. After receiving a gorgeous quilt as a wedding present, I have a new appreciation for quilting. A quilt can be a record of family events, tell a story, or it can just be a beautiful addition to your home. Here are some links that were inspiring to me. When you are ready for quilt patterns, check out Pink Auction's very own Free Pattern Friday: Quilts post.

Quilt-addicted Bloggers:

Sites with a plethora of quilting information:
Quilting on eHow
Simple Baby Quilt from Martha Stewart

Quilting Videos, now there are a million of these on YouTube.com, but these are a few with How-To instructions:

Needle & Thread