This weekend, take your masses of unruly ribbon spools and organize them! OriginalYouth shares a great tutorial on how to make tidy stacks of ribbon out of the mess. Get inspired! It’s so much easier to craft when everything is visible and easily accessible. Plus, these colorful displays look great in the craft room. Happy weekend!
Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by kittykill. We hope you enjoy them!
Sue Walton is a fibre artist from Suffolk, England.
“My passion as a textile artist is driven by the texture and tactile nature of the materials themselves and the seemingly limitless ways in which they can be worked. With an underpinning of traditional techniques, I exploit the manipulative properties of fibres and combine them with unexpected and widely contrasting materials.
“Influenced by flora and carvings, I produce high relief works incorporating both hand and machine stitch. The manipulative properties of creating felt by hand, incorporating silks and synthetic fabrics within it, and introducing wire, glass, beads and unusual objects gives me control of the surface texture whilst still allowing an element of distortion in the stylized flower forms. When necessary I dye the fabrics and threads, although I enjoy using a natural colour pallet to emphasize the surface texture. Glass as a form of containment adds an element of ‘preciousness’ to my work, producing a Victorian eclectic style with a contemporary twist.
“City and Guilds trained and having previously taught in Adult Education in Suffolk, I now devote my time to exhibiting, both nationally and internationally. I am a member of the Suffolk Craft Society and I sell my work through shops and galleries.”
I first came across Sue’s work at the 2012 Knitting & Stitching Show, where she had produced the Jabberwocky installation with Ann Small. Influenced by Lewis Carroll, but with a twist of Tim Burton, their stand was one of the stars of the show, with a magnificent range of pieces displaying with edgy style and gaudy grace.
Sue’s work brings forth magical natural beings, plants that wouldn’t seem out of place in the world of Labyrinth (the film, not the musician) and I find them utterly enchanting. I bought one of Sue’s creations – a needle felted worm, created with a vintage fork and a massive glass bead – and it’s definitely one of the most original pieces in my collection.
Sue’s latest work, included as part of Yulia Badian’s Woodland Boudoir at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, was another range of curious foliage and flower creations. It’s as though she has a portal to another world that she visits, collecting new plant forms to share with us. I think they are fantastic, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
I have an obsession…purses! I love them. I would love to be able to have a purse for every outfit. Thanks to elizascs I can! This very easy to follow pattern for a Simple Purse allows you to create a one of a kind purse for you and your friends. I’m so excited to try this! Now I can match my purse to my shoes and outfit! It should be a sin to be this giddy!
Creative thoughts from Craftster Guest Blogger MareMare…
Crafty Book Review: The Modern Applique Workbook
I was very eager to review The Modern Applique Workbook by Jennifer Dick, since my experience with applique has pretty much been limited to fusing and raw edge applique. The book is 135 pages long plus pull-out patterns in the back of the book.
The main methods used in this book are freezer paper applique to turn the edges, which the author prefers over a needle turned edge, and zigzag stitching with invisible polyester thread.
Although I was excited at the mention that scraps are great for applique, since as quilters pretty much all we do is create scraps, the later statement that applique fabric must be pre-washed quelled that excitement a bit. I’m a firm anti-pre-washer (mostly due to laziness), and washing scraps is not going to happen. It certainly makes more sense to use scraps if someone has already pre-washed all their fabric, though.
The beginning of the book starts out with an introduction, lists of tools needed and reasons for pre-washing fabrics. I was surprised when I got to the actual freezer paper tutorial; although I had a vague idea of how to applique with freezer paper, I didn’t realize that the shape was sewn on with the paper still in (which is later removed from the back)!
Besides using the aforementioned invisible zigzag stitch, the author also gives many examples of other ways to use both straight and decorative machine stitches to applique the pieces down.
Even before making it to the Projects section of the book, I was in love with the Mod quilt pattern that was featured on the inside cover. I felt that it was perhaps a better example of a “modern” pattern than the pattern chosen for the cover of the book.
I also was drawn to some of the simpler, more organic shapes used in some of the patterns, such as “Flame,”"Birds,” “Trees,” “Geese,” “Fall,” and “Fish.” I would definitely make these patterns and love the graceful curves shown in them.
A few patterns I was not as crazy about–the aforementioned cover pattern “Star Bright,” which is just a bit busy for me, “Kisses,” which I feel could easily be made with regular piecing, “Baskets,” which reminds me of my most disliked traditional pattern, and “Cascade,” which is made of simple circles and frankly, shows a lot of mistakes in both stitching and quilting in the picture.
Overall I think the technique described is one I would definitely go back to time and again, and there are more than enough projects I love in this book to make me want to own it.
Thanks to C&T Publishing and Stash Books for the chance to review this book.
Anthropologie has such great merchandise. Much of the things they sell are so creative and wonderful, but unfortunately, can be very expensive. Leave it to clever Craftsters to get the same great looks for less; here are a few diy Anthropologie-inspired projects that look great and saved a lot of money.
It’s hard to believe that Chocolate_Jo made this gorgeous bedspread out of $30 worth of white tee-shirts! It is almost identical to the original. It’s perfect in this beautiful room (I really love her suitcase side table!)
shes_cleva couldn’t afford the Anthopologie version of this beaded bow necklace, so she made her own.
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How best to celebrate Waffle Day? By eating waffles! And there are tons of types of waffles out there, from trying the oft-seen pin of using canned cinnamon roll dough to make waffles (I did try that, they were okay but the waffle iron was a mess to clean, I’d rather just have the cinnamon rolls!) to regular waffles to Belgian waffles to… STROOPWAFELS! Seriously, don’t these look unbelievable delicious? Ezri_B was kind enough to provide the recipe and directions, so maybe add a new waffle to your waffle repertoire this waffle day?
Maybe you like to foster a sense of competition, but don’t want an all-out syrup war to boil over between the well-known waffle restaurant and their pancake counterpart. There are other breakfast foods, and why not incorporate a touch of pop (tart) culture as well? Take, for instance, this great quilt of Nyan Cat and Waffle Cat by princesspimp81
So maybe actual waffles, in food or quilt form, just aren’t your thing. There’s plenty of other ways to honor the waffle – perhaps with a waffle cone of ice cream? Who doesn’t like ice cream? Besides vegans, and people who are lactose intolerant, and people for whom it is still very cold outside…. okay, okay, but these adorable clay earrings of waffle cone ice cream by beautifulpirate are lactose free, possible vegan (honestly I don’t know enough about clay, and I know some surprising things are not vegan!), and definitely calorie free!
Fine, let’s veer into the world of figurative waffles, then. Here are a gorgeous pair of waffle stitch gloves knitted by by Sinjah. Also very handy (ha! handy!) for those where it’s too cold to eat ice cream right now. See? It all ties together!
On a final note, there’s a lot of WAFFLING that goes on in the Swap Boards. Do I join a swap? Do I not join a swap? Well, when in doubt… join! They are such a great deal of fun, so go check them out and get a piece of awesomeness from a fellow Craftster!
I have such a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love the warmer temperatures and the flowers blooming…but my sinuses hate the pollen in the air. I’m so glad that TechnicolorAquahearts shared this yummy recipe for soothing my sinuses. Cold Cucumber Melon Soup with Basil and Mint are perfect for calming my sinuses down and lifting my spirits with a great taste and a wonderful smell.
This recipe would be great for a spring time brunch and it will keep your guests’ airways clear.
This weekend, scout around for items you can upcycle! singersullivan made this great table out of the legs from a broken chair, and then planted a lovely fern in an unused drawer to make a wonderful indoor garden corner. It’s like a breath of spring for your home. Happy weekend!
“I map my understanding of places, objects and experiences through sculpture. My artworks grow from a process of problem solving, where I apply a new logic to familiar objects. I draw on what I recognise and understand in an attempt to grasp what is new or challenging.
“My sculptures take the form of unlikely combinations of domestic or utilitarian objects and fragments of the human body. In adjusting these familiar forms, I work to construct metaphors that highlight the connections that I see between geographical expeditions and a more internalised experience of navigation.
“As a sculptor I am fascinated by the fundamental role that our bodies play in our understanding of space, movement, communication and identity. The figure appears throughout my work, or is referred to through objects, garments and helmets.
“The appeal of an entirely stitched surface also lies in its connection to the human body, which is consistently in contact with fabric of some sort. To me, the rhythmic act of sewing a taught skin over a form is intimate, meditative, and lends itself to the process of ‘learning by doing’.
“Often unified in grey, my objects’ fleece surface is easily mistaken for more conventional sculpture materials, such as stone or cast cement. These common objects are denatured beneath their new surface, making way for a new meaning.
“Comparisons between objects belonging to the domestic interior and the outdoors began to emerge in my making during my first international residency in Arbroath, a small fishing town on the east coast of Scotland in 2008. As a traveller I continue to reflect on the concept of locating oneself in transit; of moving forward and looking back. I consider themes such as orientation, disorientation, the familiar and the unknown.”
I find Melanie’s work to be quite engaging. The greyness of all her work displaces it from reality and gives it a heightened sense of experimentation. The combination of hard objects and soft furnishings adds to the contrast of domestic objects and body parts, leaving us with pieces that may have been made by Dr Moreau’s interior designer. I like ‘em!
With smart construction and cool style, Melanie’s work is an interesting exploration of an idea and it’s worth visiting her website to see how this project is evolving.
The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the must-have embroidered art book by Mr X Stitch !
Did I ever tell you that I wanted to be Sweets4ever when I grow up? Yep, it’s true! She is so talented and really is the sweetest person ever. I just absolutely love this Puffy Cloud and Hearts Mobile that she made. It is perfect for a baby’s room, or a photo prop or even just a pick me up in your craft room.
This is just one of our awesome tutorials! We have so many more, check out the Tutorial Tag and create something today.
Spring is really trying hard to take hold near me, and every day I hear and see more birds. They’re all going to need somewhere to live, right? Here are some beautiful bird houses that will fill your garden with color.
What bird wouldn’t want to live in a beautiful mosaic house? schizo319 used tile, mirrors, and flat marbles to make this lovely home.
Oh my goodness! Did I ever tell you I was a bread junkie? I just can’t help myself. Some yummy bread with a little bit of butter, and I am in heaven! Schnerby shares her delicious recipe for Herb Onion Bread which will make you drool like an old hound dog. This recipe would be perfect with stew on cold night or a spring brunch.
Check out our Bread tags for other recipes to satisfy your cravings.