There is something very gratifying in saying these words.
Knowing you have used your own creative skills to produce something handmade.
Receiving praise from others on your handmade efforts is always welcomed.
However being proud of yourself is even more important.
In this week’s roundup there are some truly gorgeous projects to try. Enjoy!
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Summer Weight Fringe Cowl
No reason to stop wearing cowls just because the weather is warming up, so Lindsey believes from Winding Road Crochet.
Her fringe cowl design uses light, airy mesh stitch.
Take a look at Lindsey’s free pattern.
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Ten Ways To Improve Your Knitting As A Beginner
Some excellent advice provided for newbie knitters in Emily’s post on Knitted North.
Tip #1 is sage advice – use bulky yarn and big knitting needles 🙂
Interview with Ravelry Founders Jessica and Casey
I found Andrea’s interview with Ravelry founder Jessica and Casey on the Fruity Knitting podcast, really interesting.
From very secret beginnings to what Ravelry is today, is quite amazing.
Butterfly Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern
How adorable do these butterflies look?
Jillian at Spin A Yarn Crochet shares her free pattern and tutorial, with helpful tips for you to make these cute critters.
Interview Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch
Craftivism is an avenue for people’s voices to be heard.
Abby from While She Naps’ interview with Shannon Downey, covers how Shannon’s has used cross stitch and embroidery to organize people around political and social issues, both on and offline.
Handy Box Zippered Pouch Sewing Tutorial
Follow Melanie Ham’s sewing tutorial to make this handy pouch.
Melanie recommends using it to store your phone and is a great beginner’s project.
Tropical Swing Tank for Little Ones Free Knitting Pattern
Knitting garments for little ones is such a joy.
Especially when you see them wearing your finished item.
Love Knitting have a free pattern for this cute summer dress for young ones.
Embroidery Art – What Is Thread Painting?
Sara Barnes in her article on My Modern Met says “Thread painting, also called needle painting, is an approach that uses a combination of long and short stitches and a variety of colors to produce embroidery that has the same qualities of a painting.
Image of Thread Art by Emillie Ferris.
Artists from all over the world use this creative technique to create amazing art.
Sara shares what you need to try this form of embroidery.
How To Press Quilt Seams
Lindsay, Dianne and Karen, all experts on quilting share their fabulous tips on how to press quilt seams.
Pressing your seams correctly will affect your finished quilt.
Learn about when to use different pressing techniques in their article on Craftsy.
Editor’s note: Our readers have said, in their free time, they love going back over previous editions of our roundups.
– So we’ve kept the crafty goodness below from this time last year.
Crochet a Dreamy Dreamcatcher
Meg over a Meg Made With Love has a free pattern and tutorial to make this gorgeous dreamcatcher.
Plenty of handy pics to guide you through.
Citrus And Mint Baby Quilt
Craft Buds has a free pattern and tutorial for this cute baby quilt.
The colors are lovely together 🙂
Non Alcoholic Raspberry Mojito
Over at A Sweet Pea Chef they have a recipe for this lovely drink.
Fresh summery goodness with flavors of mint lime and raspberry.
Perfect for summer drinking and non alcoholic too 🙂
The Making Of A Sampler
Stunning images of stitch designer Karen Barbé’s and some of her student’s journey of making a sampler.
Paper Strawberry Surprise Ball
These handmade paper strawberries make a lovely gift.
Fill with trinkets, a nail polish or mini lotion. More interesting than just paper wrapping!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s craft inspiration roundup.
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