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30 Oct

SEW MAMA SEW! #HandmadeHolidays November 2015

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Get ready everyone! Grab your needles and spools of thread, plug in your sewing machines. Cross your fingers and throw some salt over your shoulder while you’re at it.

Starting November 1st, SEW MAMA SEW is running a month-long holiday sewing extravaganza with daily sewing books and swag to win, tutorials, recipes, and printables!

They’ve got a whole slew of our St. Martin’s Press books in the prize mix–books with easy to follow instructions, tips, and patterns that show novice and advanced sewers how to sew vintage lingerie pieces and corsets, bold and beautiful clothes, all kinds of hats, totally amazing bags, stylish window treatments, quilts, even how to upholster, and more!

Visit sewmamasew.com, share using #handmadeholidays, and get in on the action!

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17 Oct

TRENDING CRAFT: Cross-Stitch and Needlepoint!

Right and left, we’re seeing wonderfully clever, snarky, humorous, cute, beautiful cross-stitch and needlepoint creations. A simple monogrammed handkerchief, word play hip hop to be framed, an incredibly intricate book-themed Harry Potter Hogwarts Throw!

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Needlepoint during lunch

Cross-stitch and needlepoint, often narrowly associated with British blue blood drawing room ladies, and grandma on her afghan-covered wingback, are being adopted by millennials who are putting their cool contemporary spin on these crafting mediums.

And we couldn’t be more thrilled!

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CROSS-STITCH PATTERNS

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HOGWARTS Harry Potter Throw by @meeshmush

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“GOD TUT”

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“CATS RULE EVERYTHING AROUND ME – CREAM” by @cdareff

New Needlepoint… clever cross-stitch. #NOTYOURGRANDMASCROSSSTITCH. Whatever you want to call this trend,  we can’t get enough of it. More please!

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14 Oct

#STITCHITFORWARD: Join The Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day on OCTOBER 17!

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The Craft Yarn Council: #STITCHITFORWARD #ILYD2015

SMPCRAFT loves I LOVE YARN DAY, which turns five this year on Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, The Craft Yarn Council is “calling all fiber fans to share their affection for yarn and ‘stitch it forward’ by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or bomb. Whatever craft it may be…if it involves yarn, we know we love it, we know you love it, and we know others will too!”

To join the fun, which includes ideas on how to stitch it forward, free patterns, contests, giveaways, and more, click the image above or visit www.craftyarncouncil.com!

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1 Dec

SMP Craft Sweepstakes: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

Enter HERE now for the chance to win Caitlin Sainio’s bestselling crochet books: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet.

…Tis the Season of giving after all!

100 Snowflakes to Crochet includes clear instructions for a wide range of designs–from simple snowflakes requiring only a few stitches to large, intricate ones–and gives you all the techniques you’ll need. It also includes a section on the basics of crochet, explaining all the stitches and patterns needed. Patterns are organized with the easiest first–allowing you to pick a project that matches your skill level, and work through the book improving your techniques as you go.

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Hang your snowflakes and flowers as ornaments!

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With 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet, you can re-create the beauty of a summer garden with this gorgeous selection of flowers, leaves, and plants to crochet. From lacy blossoms to delicate ferns, you’ll find patterns to suit any color, style or season. Small and quick to crochet, these flowers work wonderfully as accents for larger projects, as a creative use for leftover thread or a colorful introduction to thread crochet. Whether you’re new to thread crochet, or a longtime enthusiast, you’ll find clear instructions, along with all the basics needed.With the color and variety of their outdoor counterparts, these flowers can be used to embellish clothing and housewares, create decorative arrangements or wall hangings, make lovely and original cards, and more!

 Happy December!!!

Can’t wait? Order your copy now at your favorite bookseller:

100 Snowflakes to Crochet:

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100 Lace Flowers to Crochet:

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New in December & January!

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30 Sep

How-To Tuesday: Make Your Own Label and Sweeten Your Life!

It’s my pleasure to introduce Kim Harrison… our guest blogger this week.

By day, Kim’s COO of Simon Sinek, Inc. By night (and often weekends) she transforms into… SUPER CRAFTER! Kim sews, crochets, and knits–quilts, blankets, afghans, aprons, plush baby toys, bags to hold liquor flasks… and she promises to share her projects with us throughout the year (yippee!) which means we have some fun cool crafts and insight to look forward to!

For this post, she encourages us to sweeten our lives by adding personal LABELS to our homemade projects. YES!

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Here’s how:

For years I talked about learning how to sew. I had some basic skills my mom and grandmother taught me, but didn’t really know how to do a project from scratch. About five years ago I received two amazing gifts for my birthday.  My boyfriend got me a sewing machine and my mom got me a serger.  This was the year I really began to experience the magic of crafting. I didn’t really have a choice! When you live in New York City, everything in your apartment has to be used and these two machines took up quite a bit of room. I couldn’t justify keeping anything that I don’t really use.

I currently spend two to ten hours a week working on sewing projects. Mainly gifts for people I love.  A few years ago my best friend Lissa suggested I make my own label for my projects.  It seemed like a silly idea being as though I don’t sell my wares, but I explored it with her anyway.  We came up with the idea that hand made gifts “sweeten your life” just a bit. We were working with a “sweeten your life” theme when one day she called me and said ‘Dab of Honey. A little honey just makes everything better.” I loved it!  We decided it would be our collective label.  Lissa isn’t much of a crafter, but she helps me pick fabrics, choose projects, and is the receiver of many of my homemade gifts.

I gotta admit, having my own little label makes a project feel polished.  It’s a nice little touch and I feel a great deal of pride when I see something I made at a friends house featuring this little tag. They are very inexpensive to produce and make a very special addition to any sewing project.photo 4A few tips:

1) Spend some time brainstorming about what theme or images inspire you. photo 1

2) Doodle away even if you don’t consider yourself good at drawing. The clearer you are on what you want, the cheaper and faster the design turnaround will be. If you don’t have a friend who is a designer (which I fortunately did), I suggest using one of the amazing design websites out there to help find someone, like 99designs.com. photo 2

3) There are countless options for labels. I ordered 100 labels made with satin/polyester for about $20. If you google “printed garment labels” or “fabric tag labels” you can explore fabrics, sizes and colors. Etsy has some fantastic options. I plan to use inkaprint for my next print run.

Make your own label. Sweeten your life!
Dab of Honey


For your serging needs, we think you’ll find Julia Hincks’ The Serger’s Technique Bible: The Complete Guide to Serging and Decorative Stitching incredibly useful.

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Check out our new September and October titles!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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