Rippling Crochet

by jd wolfe

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The only ripple stitches I ever truly loved fell into the category of round ripple – until I met this book!  I have never seen so many cool ripple patterns as author Leonie Morgan has gathered here.  The title tells you a lot.  Were you even aware that there ARE 100 different ripple stitches or motifs?  I wasn’t.  And, I …

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Today I’m reviewing a copy of Shooting with Soul by Alessandra Cave.

About the book-

Shooting with Soul is glorious and beautiful book for anyone who loves to take pictures. Whether you are an aspirational photographer, artist, creative mom, or blogger, you will enjoy expanding your understanding of this medium by exploring 44 weeks of unique and reflective prompts and …

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imageThe winner of A History of the Paper Pattern Industry by Joy Spanabel Emery (read my review here) is…. Commenter # 21, Emma Smith, who said: “I love the 1930?s with the era of film stars and the glamour of the bias cut clothes. I was lucky enough to go to a museum in Worthing last week where the curator

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4 sewing book giveaway at CraftsideOur Recycled Crafts editor Stephanie is running a giveaway on her personal blog, Craftside, that sewing folks might be interested in.  She’s got 4 sewing books, 7 spools of Gütermann thread, a Dritz tape measure, and some pretty buttons to give to one of her readers.  The books include: First Time Sewing: Step-by-Step Basics and Easy Projects by the 

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cStyle That Kid! eBook with advice for amazing children's clothing photosI like to think of myself as a pretty decent photographer.  I know all about ISO, shutter speed, and focal length  to get a good exposure.  I have a fancy camera.  But when it’s time to document clothing I make for my daughter, I feel like I sprout an extra five thumbs and I just cannot get a good photo.  …

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If you like (love) vintage patterns, check out my review of A History of the Paper Pattern Industry by Joy Spanebel Emery that I’ve posted over in our Giveaways section.  And why did I post it over there?  Because I’ve also got a copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader!  Go there to read my review …

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Review: Stampin’ Up Catalog

by Heather Holbrook

I’m am super excited to bring you a peek at the latest catalog products from Stampin’ Up! 

Review: Stampin' Up Catalog

This new catalog is chocked full of wonderful new products for card making, scrapbooking, home décor and parties! Including tons of new stamp sets (most available in clear mount and wood mount), exclusive Project Life scrapbooking products from Becky Higgins, a new line of alcohol …

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Simply Sweet Crochet

by jd wolfe

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Simply Sweet Crochet is the perfect name for this book!  All the designs are for lovely little girls – and will have you wanting to whip up some of them right away.  Author Cony Larsen has created a collection of head coverings and scarves for the little ones that are all just simply sweet.  The finished items look far more …

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Crochet E-Books

by jd wolfe

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Here are a couple of fresh, new ebooks that will likely appeal to crocheters and other crafters as well.  First is the new multicraft ebook published free by FaveCrafts and Prime Publishing.  As you can see from the logos on its cover, the designs come from a variety of heavy-hitters in the craft industry.  Lion Brand and Coats and Clark …

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this-book-was-a-treeThis Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World by Marcie Chambers Cuff is a really interesting book that encourages creativity outdoors. It combines science and nature with crafts and fun. There are all sorts of practical and educational projects that teach as well as entertain. My personal favorite is how to make a magnifying …

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As a big fan of stitching and recycled wool felt the book Doodle Stitching Embroidery and Beyond is my kind of book! The first project I made was the cutwork felt bookmark. I new I would be using it with a Craftside Makeready journal so it was easy to cut to size.


I happen to have a felted sweater that …

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paint-sample-tags-washi-tape-fiskars -punch Tags are a fun thing to make and the book Packaging Your Crafts is filled with tons of great tag and wrapping ideas for your crafts. I was inspired by this page that had striped recycled tags.

I used recycled paint samples as my base.

I rounded the corners with a Fiskars corner rounder punch (it makes two sizes!)

Then …

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The Stuff of Life

by Kimberly Jones

 The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson Book Review and Givewawy via

The most memorable weddings are those that tell a story. The same is true of our homes. In her new book, The Stuff of Life, interiors stylist Hilary Robertson shares stunning images and thoughtful insights on our possessions, and what they reveal about our personalities. If you want to create a meaningful wedding celebration that truly reflects who …

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This adorable book by Kristi Simpson is full of yummy caps designed for Mommy and Child to wear together (and a few for Dad too!).  These designs are fresh and stylish and will appeal to all ages.

From traditional to whimsical, you’ll find your crochet skills stretched and honed.  More traditional designs include brick stitch motifs, shell stitches, and flower …

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Rustic Modern Crochet

by jd wolfe

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I had the opportunity to take my preview copy of this book to my local crochet club to show it off.  There was a huge tug-of-war over the book based solely on the cover photo.  Then, as each member got her hands on the book for herself, there were even more oohs and aaahs.  The titles says ‘rustic’ because the …

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Editor’s note: I made a mistake when I published the winner of this contest.  This is always my worst fear when posting giveaway results!!  Luckily I also published a screen capture with the number that selected and a reader very nicely pointed out my mistake.  (Thank  you, Jennie!!)  The screen capture clearly says that the winner is actually commenter

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If you’re a fan of the Mollie Makes books, you’ll want to scoop up a copy of Mollie Makes Weddings.  These are such sweet books.  This one has lots of ideas that could be interpreted in crochet but also two stellar crochet patterns for a wedding – a lovely crochet Posy hair accessory and a delicate wrap for the Posy …

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Book Review: Fabric Blooms

by Pam Pedersen










Want to snazz up that drab dress? Give yourself a new look without going overboard or maybe even just spruce up the house with a touch of spring flowers. Now you can with Megan Hunt’s new book, Fabric Blooms. You can create your own bouquet with step by step, easy to …

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Winner of Cloth by Cassandra Ellis

The winner of Cloth by Cassandra Ellis is…

Commenter #9, Gwen, who said her favorite fabric to work is:

 “I think it would be silk, or maybe linen. It really depends on what I’m using it for.”

Congratulations!  You will love this book!  For those who haven’t read my review, you can find it here.…

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Read my review of At Home With Modern  June and enter the giveawayI have a review and giveaway of At Home With Modern June by Kelly McCants in our Giveaways section.  Go there to read my review and leave a comment on that post to get entered to win a copy of the book plus a small bundle of chalk cloth you can use to make two of the placemats featured in …

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