Don’t be that person who goes to the annual holiday party empty handed. Stitch up these awesome Mustache Beer Markers by jillybeans and not only will you have a great present for the hostess but you also won’t lose your beverage. It’s a win-win situation!
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If you’re a diehard Zelda fan like I am, you probably know that the newest entry in The Legend of Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, came out recently for Nintendo 3DS. You also might have ordered the Gold and Black Triforce special edition 3DS, paid for the overnight shipping, and screamed like a 90′s teen girl at an *NSync concert when the UPS guy finally brought it. Or not. But anyways, here is a roundup of wonderful Zelda projects posted on Craftster that you can appreciate whether you’re a fan of the series or have never played! But seriously, you need to play.
I adore this Princess Zelda Cross Stitch by Craftster member cthyllawakes. From the delicate colors of her gown, to the gold threads, and the careful placement of beads, I find this piece completely enchanting! Even Princess Zelda’s little side hair twisty things are rendered in loving detail!
While Zelda might be the beauty (and the title character), Link is the guy holding the sword and the one the action is focused on! This Link Wall Hanging by Craftster member Emu is a truly lovely piece of art in the Wind Waker style. You can’t help but remember the stained glass images from that game when viewing this piece!
This Hylian Sword backpack crocheted by Craftster Tutorial Contributor BunnieBard would be super practical for our fearless hero! Link could store his Boomarang, Bombs, Bow and Arrows, Hookshot, Fire Rod and myriad other items that help him adventure across Hyrule (and beyond!) right here in this backpack! The inclusion of a zipper on this crocheted piece is a technical feat that I must applaud!
Majora’s Mask is one of the stranger Zelda games, what with it’s complete bending, fast forwarding, and rewinding of time and all, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great entry in the series! I think the sheer wackiness and terror of The Mask is captured perfectly here in ceramics by Craftster member KnittingKnerd. If you haven’t experienced this game but are intrigued to find out more about the origins of this Majora’s Mask Slab Container Lid, I urge you to check out the game!
One of the ongoing gags in the Zelda franchise is the fact that if you hurt a cucco (Hyrulian chicken) too many times, a flock of cuccos will attack Link en masse and peck him to death. Ok, maybe it’s not such a good gag if you do it accidentally and haven’t saved recently, but what Zelda player hasn’t tormented these poor pixilated birds at one point? Anyhow, Craftster Tutorial Contributor amapoet teases out the humor in this Adorable Crocheted Dead Link Amigurumi. The little Xs for eyes, the pool of blood, and most importantly, the cucco sitting triumphantly on his chest all work together for a hilariously macabre tableau. For something a little sweeter, check out the post and see the second picture, which shows Link with a young Deku Tree. All together now: Awww!
Ok, I could pick out another dozen or two dozen Zelda Crafts I love on Craftster, (really!) but it’s probably easier and more fun if you discover them on your own.
You can see more great crafts by viewing the Zelda tag.
This week’s Cutting (& Stitching) Edge post features the work of Beryl Dean, one of the most significant embroiderers of the 20th Century.
Beryl Dean – Reproduced with permission of The Beryl Dean Archive
Trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Beryl Dean was a formidable talent who received high praise from her tutors and qualified the three year teaching diploma with the highest possible grade from the School. The sampler below was her Graduation piece and was one of the pieces on display at last year’s Knitting & Stitching Show. I must have spent at least five minutes staring at it in close detail, understanding and being amazed at the quality and breadth of embroidery in this single piece.
Beryl Dean – Ecclesiastical Sampler – Reproduced with permission of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
In 1958 Beryl Dean wrote Ecclesiastical Embroidery, a book exploring how a modern approach could be applied to embroidery and textiles for churches. Acknowledging the changes in secular embroidery whilst honouring the rich tradition of ecclesiastical embroidery, Beryl Â oversaw the production of all manner of garments and altar frontages, including work for Canterbury Cathedral and the Bishop of London. The design of the pieces was a contemporary approach to the subject, and yet they remain timeless classics. The piece below is the Enthronement Cope for the Archbishop of Canterbury, finished in 1980; a magnificent piece of work of the highest standard that defies its era in style and design.
Beryl Dean – Enthronement Cope – Reproduced with permission of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral
The effect that Beryl Dean has had on the modern embroidery movement cannot be understated, and her work remains a portfolio of the highest standard. I’m not even going to attempt to encapsulate her story in this blog post, yet I felt it necessary to draw your attention to someone who shows us how wonderful embroidery can be.
Combining technical excellence with thoughtful design, Beryl Dean’s work is quite astonishing to see. I was fortunate enough to enjoy her work at last year’s Knitting & Stitching Show, where it provoked some strong emotional responses. I’ve never been moved by embroidery in the way I was when I saw her exquisite goldwork and whitework pieces.
Beryl Dean – Festival of Britain – Reproduced with permission of New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
You can find out all about the life and work of Beryl Dean in a book written by June Hill and published by the Beryl Dean archive. It’s a terrific read, filled with big pictures of her work and insight into the working practice of this amazing woman.
We all have that certain friend who is just gaga over unusual jewelry. This might stump the average person, but not you my crafty companion. Littlecircles has a great tutorial on making a quilled Sunflower Necklace. You certainly don’t have to keep with the color theme, you could choose your friend’s favorite color. Your friend will be belle of the ball with this one of a kind necklace.
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Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to spend time with friends over the holiday season, not to mention the fact that you’ll end up with a variety of holiday treats! Bake up several batches of your favorite recipe (one for each attendee), and receive other people’s goodies in return. If you’re planning on hosting a cookie exchange this season, here are some ideas to make it fun.
Everyone loves “Christmas Crack” (yummy and addictive chocolate covered toffee pieces), and Mistress Jennie‘s post contains not only the recipe for this decadent concoction, but tip and hints for making the perfect batch.
For a tangy holiday treat, whip up a batch of edelC‘s lemon bars. These are always a favorite at my house.
You and your cookie exchange guests are going to want some refreshments while you’re exchanging those treats! Doesn’t this New Englander’s frozen egg nog recipe by Delirious77 look delish?
If you’ve got crafty friends, pull out some supplies and let everyone enjoy making embellished gift bags, like this one by Stifflersmom. People can either fill them with their cookies, or take them home and use them to wrap gifts later.
Use mouseatethekitty‘s tutorial to make this fun alternative packaging. These reusable cardboard boxes are a wonderful way to present cookies or other gifts.
So gather your friends, put on some festive music, and exchange some tasty treats this season! It’s a fun, laid-back way to enjoy the holidays.
Do you have a dog lover in your family? Why not surprise them with a custom pet portrait. Rackycoo offers up her easy to follow tutorial on painting custom pet portraits, like this one of my little Party Animals. A pet portrait will be treasured for years to come.
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I don’t think words can express how happy this recipe makes me. Pumpkin Pie Wontons! Are you kidding me? Have I died and gone to heaven with the amount of yum? Pottermouth takes your basic pumpkin pie recipe and elevates it to a new level. This dish would be great for your next holiday party.
Join kittykill with a Craftster Quickie (tutorial in 5 minutes or less!) to make GORGEOUS holiday garland! The finished garland would be a stunning addition to a holiday mantel or banister — wow.
No lie, it really is. But as awesome Craftster people, we wouldn’t have a party without crafts, would we? And if you’re like goosezilla, you already know how to craft party in the tub! It makes perfect sense to work with something messy like clay in an easy-to-clean space, and to be honest, bathtubs are pretty comfortable, too. Click on the picture to see the adorable clay monster she was making!
But let’s say you live in a place without a bathtub, just a shower. You can still participate, you just need to be a little more creative – you could knit this adorable little tub, complete with bubbles, like PrettyCranium did! There, problem solved, party on!
Is Bathtub Party day pet-friendly? I know some of you are wondering, since pets really can be part of the family and we wouldn’t want to leave them out of the fun. Well, it is, depending on your pet, of course. Some pets enjoy bathtubs more than others, and some… well, some do what Chelsea‘s cat sis to avoid actually being in the tub.
You might be concerned that your bathroom is not festive enough for a party, I can completely understand… mine is entering the second year of renovation, I am very sad to say… one of these days it will be done! But it will not be as pretty as this bathroom makeover by BirdBones, I can tell you that. Hmmmm, maybe I need to start over… or get BirdBones to come work on mine…
December 2 is Cyber Monday and we’re celebrating with our last sale of the year!
One day only, snag gear from our Craftster Shop for 30% off. Check a few friends and family off your holiday gift list with rockin’ crafty t-shirts and jewelry. Use code THANKS at checkout to apply the discount.
Sale starts at midnight December 2 (Pacific) and ends 11:59:59 PM December 2 (Pacific). Sale applies to in stock merchandise only.
Are you needing a small classroom gift for your child’s classmates? Sweets4ever, with a little help from the Sweets4ever family, shows us how to make Play Dough in a few easy to follow steps. It is not only a fun family project but also a great way to teach a little science to the kiddos.
You love your little buddy so why not knit him a sweater to keep him warm this chilly winter. Jampvending shows you how to knit this adorable dog sweater for your furry friend. This sweater is guaranteed to win you lots of butt wiggles and kisses.