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12 Sep

Freebie Friday – The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

The hardest part about beginning something new, something technical, is finding the right guidebook for it. The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz  Keegan is the perfect book for beginner (and experienced!) embroiderers. Today’s FREEBIE FRIDAY is a motif-style embroidery design, the ones most frequently used with embroidery machines.

 

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Motif-style embroidery design

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ELIZABETH KEEGAN launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.’s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. Elizabeth lives in the U.K.

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Here is all the help needed to get the most out of your sewing machine’s embroidery functions, including details about the types and formats of available designs, how to get these designs off the internet and onto your machine, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results. It also provides guidance for making use of the built-in embroidery stitches that modern sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about and underused. The focus is non-brand specific, so you can follow along no matter what model you have. A comprehensive section covers the details of editing, organizing, and saving your designs to transferring designs between your computer and sewing machine, downloading from the internet, and much more.

Also included are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine. 

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31 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: Monster Knits!

Time for another Goodreads giveaway, Crafters! On Friday we shared with you an adorable Owl Knit from Monsters Knits for Little Monsters. We know there are so many other cute animal knits waiting to be made so we’re going to give away some copies this week.

Monster Knits for Little Monsters is an adorable collection of animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years, that kids will love and adults can’t help but fawn over. These cute coverall hats kMonster Knits for Little Monsterseep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design so that they can’t tug it off easily. Also included are knitting patterns for matching mitten “paws,” socks, and scarves. Featuring bears, owls, frogs, foxes, sharks, robots, dinosaurs, bunnies, and even Shrek-like ears, there are loads of delightful ways to dress up your child in charming creations that are quick and easy to knit. Each project contains step-by-step instructions, plus information for finishing touches to make your projects stand out. A knitting refresher course is given in the back of the book for complete beginners, covering tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. And a Create Your Own Design section will inspire knitters to let their imagination run wild to create personalized accessories that their little monsters are sure to love and cherish.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Monster Knits for Little Monsters by Nuriya Khegay

Monster Knits for Little Monsters

by Nuriya Khegay

Giveaway ends September 04, 2014.

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You can enter to win through Wednesday. Of course if you’re not the type to take risks you can buy your own copy today!

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24 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: Stencil It!

How can it be Sunday already? It feels like just yesterday I was looking through Stencil It for some tips for Freebie Friday. If you enjoyed the tips on how to stencil with paints then you will be very pleased that this week you can win your own copy of Stencil It!

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Not only does this book come with 15 stencils that were specifically designed for the book, but Stencil It is filled with 101 ideas of how to stencil nearly everything in your home. In addition to these one-of-a-kind stencils are tips to achieve that breathtaking effect you’re looking for. These tips come from the author, Helen Morris. Helen is the founder of The Stencil Library which boasts a catalog of more than 4,000 stencils. Helen and her husband, designer Michael Chippendale, have developed a wide range of designs, techniques, and media, successfully stenciling materials such as glass, mirror, concrete, fabric, wood, plaster, paint, and paper.

Helen demonstrates some of these techniques and illustrates the stunning effects that can be achieved. Using a range of different paints, as well as crayon, metallic leaf, varnish, and plasterwork to create a textured finish, she presents a collection of diverse projects for every surface in your home. In themed chapters—”Flowers & Foliage,” “Figurative,” “Birds & Beasts,” and “Architectural & Decorative Details”—there are trailing leaves and falling blossoms, letters to spell out words and stars that can be applied in endless patterns, pretty butterflies and cute dogs, as well as signature decorative details from different periods and countries.

With Stencil It you learn how each stencil can be used in different configurations, sizes, or colorways to create dramatically different looks. The stencil templates included with the projects and all the other designs featured are available from The Stencil Library. So act fast! You have through Wednesday to enter to win your own copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stencil It by Helen Morris

Stencil It

by Helen Morris

Giveaway ends August 28, 2014.

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10 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

It’s hard to believe it’s already Sunday! But SMP Craft has just the thing to cure the Monday Eve blues: a giveaway!

On Friday, we shared how to make a pincushion from Susan Briscoe’s 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. If you’ve already finished that project and mastered those blocks you’re ready for the other 128!

130 Mini Quilt Blocks is the perfect book for quilters wanting to learn numerous block patterns. Each block comes with a full cutting list, assembly instructions, and construction diagram. Each chapter also features a small project. In addition to the blocks there is an extremely useful finishing section that shows how to combine different block sizes, add borders, insert batting, and more! 130 Mini Quilt Blocks shows quilters of all abilities how to get the most out of their fabric packs while creating their own unique small-scale projects.

You could win 130 block patterns, but you only have 4 days to enter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe

130 Mini Quilt Blocks

by Susan Briscoe

Giveaway ends August 14, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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23 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Loom Knitting Afghans

If you loved Friday’s free project from Isela Phelps’s Loom Knitting Afghans, we’ve got another treat for you: A chance to win the whole book!

Popular loom knitting maven Isela Phelps is back with a new book containing patterns for afghans, blankets, and throws. Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way.

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions by Isela Phelps

Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions

by Isela Phelps

Giveaway ends June 26, 2014.

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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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