Tutorial: Oriental stitch

The stitch of the week at Rittenhouse Needlepoint is Oriental stitch. The instructional post says,

The Oriental stitch is a fantastic background stitch and a great stitch for filling in large areas. It is a Milanese-type stitch comprised of two diagonal rows…

A Sweet New Shop from a Teenage Witch

sweethartSome sweet news: Melissa Joan Hart (as in Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and her mom, Paula, have opened up a frozen yogurt, gelato, baked goods and candy shop that I can only imagine is a cute as it looks on…

Make It: Snake Tie

Father’s Day is looming near-still looking for some ideas?  How about a snake tie?  Take one of dad’s old ties and create a new pet just for him.  Wouldn’t it look great wrapped around his computer at work?!?

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See full instructions…

Swaddled babies from Mimi

fairyNo matter how often I visit Mimi Kirchner’s blog, Doll, there’s always something new and wonderful to see. The latest: a series of swaddled babies, large enough to be a cuddly armful for a child. Just look at this beautiful…

Body care craft kits

black-raspberry-salt-scrub-kitFrom Nature With Love has a wonderful line of ready made body care kits that are perfect for those who are interested in learning to make bath and body products and don’t want to seek out individual ingredients.   Each kit…

Etsy Tour – I Recommend It

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I attended the Etsy San Francisco Meet-Up last night and if there is one coming to your city I highly recommend you go! The Etsy people were all super nice, informative and enthusiastic about handmade and about their jobs.

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More Pate de Verre – How it’s done.

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This is glass.

Can you believe it?

Pate de Verre is my latest passion.  Not that I have any clue as to how to do it but it keeps popping up everywhere I look and I’m fascinated by it.  For a photo…

Artist Mini Interview – Deryn Mentock

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Today’s Artist Mini-Interview is wth my new friend Deryn Mentock.  Deryn is an extremely talented mixed media artist and her work is outstanding, as you can tell by the teaser photo.

How did you start doing jewelry (or bead making) as…