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7 Nov

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

Happy Friday! Saying that makes me feel a little better already with the weekend almost upon us. Today, our Freebie Friday is from an oldie but a goodie, 130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe. In honor of the holiday season, here are two festive mini quilt blocks for your FREE PROJECT today!

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130 Mini Quilt Blocks: A Collection of Exquisite Patchwork Blocks Using Ready-Made Fabric Bundles contains a collection of beautiful patchwork and appliqué designs, including traditional favorites and brand new ideas, arranged into stylishly themed chapters.

The little quilt blocks have been specially designed to work at smaller sizes—perfect for making quilted projects like little bags, cushions, and potholders that will add plentyd of variety and interest to even the smallest space.
Each block comes with full cutting list and assembly instructions, plus mix and match suggestions to combine with other blocks, and ideas on how you might change or embellish the block design. Inspiring projects throughout the book offer plenty of ideas to get you started.

After graduating in art and design, Susan Briscoe designed hand knits, but it was in Japan, where she studied traditional textiles and kimono design and tailoring, that her interest in patchwork was sparked. She teaches creative textile workshops and demonstrates her work at quilt and textile shows in the UK and internationally. She is the author of several books on quilting, including 130 Mini Quilt Blocks, Japanese Quilt Inspirations, and 200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.

Check back on Sunday to find out how to win a copy via our Goodreads!

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26 Sep

Freebie Friday: Knitted Notebook!

There are two things we here at SMP Craft are passionate about: books and crafts. That’s it! (Okay, okay…that’s not all we’re passionate about, but they’re pretty high up there.) So when I saw this clever knitted notebook pattern from Erika Knight’s popular Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects, I felt my heart begin to race like a candy addict’s at the dentist. Naturally I wanted you to share in my rhapsodic joy, so it’s this week’s FREE PROJECT!

The coolest part? Once you’ve knitted the notebook cover (or many notebook covers in various colors!), Erika shows you how to fill it with textured papers! simple knitting notebook detail 2And that’s only one of the cool projects in this workshop-based book that teaches you how to knit. With each of the twenty projects you learn a new skill, and build upon the techniques learned with the proceeding project until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous knitwear.

Come back on Sunday when we’ll have details about our giveaway!

Can’t wait? Order your copy today!

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13 Jun

Freebie Friday: Origami to Astonish and Amuse

We all experimented with cootie catchers and paper planes when we were little, and Jeremy Shafer takes us from those simple folds to completely unique designs that will entertain people of all ages and abilities. ORIGAMI TO ASTONISH AND AMUSE is divided into four sections: Origami Action, Symbols and Signs and Stunning Designs, Models from the Heart, and Origami for the Almost Deranged. Each section begins with models anyone can fold, and progresses to more complex projects. Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward…There’s no need to imagine-this is for real! Try your hand that our BABY BIRD ORIGAMI free project from Origami to Astonish and Amuse.

Origami to Astonish and Amuse

In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Over 400 Original Models, including such “Classics” as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisible Duck, and Many More! Filled with entertaining models and folding ideas, ranging from amazingly simple to ridiculously complex, this is origami at its most fun and creative.

Be sure to check back in on Sunday for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

Or if you just can’t wait (and who can blame you?), buy it now.

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11 Oct


Of all the styles of knitting out there, Shetland lace knitting truly is one of the most delicate, intricate and magical types of knitting I’ve seen. If you’ve been itching to try your hand at it, we’ve got the perfect book for you, written by Elizabeth Lovick – an expert knitter and spinner who has spent years visiting the Shetland isles, studying traditional Shetland lace knitting and writing articles on it for US & UK publications.

Even better, we’re so excited about this book, we’re giving away five copies over on Goodreads!


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The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting is designed to take the novice knitter from their first “yarn over” through the steps needed to master the more complex patterns. The techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. Aimed primarily at beginners, more experienced knitters will also appreciate the way the book organizes the stitches, allowing for easy substitution of patterns. Those interested in different lace traditions will be excited by the collection of specifically-Shetland stitches. And as more knitters want to stretch themselves and learn new techniques, this book will be a useful guide aimed at helping these knitters take their first steps in making a Shetland lace project. Included are all the traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions including Cat’s Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more. With suggestions for how to work the different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland Lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls. Atmospheric photographs taken in the wild Scottish landscape and historical information about the development of Shetland lace are sure to delight all knitters and textile lovers.


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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!



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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