SMP Craft
3 Oct


Fall is well and truly here. No, really. It’s October and we’ve certainly passed the autumnal equinox. The leaves in Madison Square Park have started falling off and I am in awe of the various shades of orange on display. We’ve talked about Leonie Morgan’s other books on SMP Craft before (100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet) and today our FREEBIE FRIDAY is a gorgeous flower granny square from her popular book, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet.
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With dozens of mix and match combinations and fabulous projects, including knit & crochet blocks & squares, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet is Leonie Morgan’s labor of love. She  was inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, and she taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

100 colorful granny squares

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet features the timeless granny square has adorned sofas, armchairs, and bedspreads for generations. In this latest addition to our popular Knit & Crochet series, we feature a treasury of squares that are quick to make and sure to stand out—from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs. Author Leonie Morgan uses her amazing eye for color to add a new and appealing twist to the perennially-popular granny square, presenting us with a fabulous collection of squares featuring delightful and vivid color combinations that are perfect for a new era of crocheters.

The book teaches you everything you need to crochet beautiful granny squares—from the basics to embellishment techniques that will really make your work pop. The possibilities for square designs are endless, with an in-depth overview for how to successfully mix and match colors, plus step-by-step instructions for a variety of embellishments including tapestry and surface crochet, cross-stitch, and appliqué. With all this technical and professional know-how, crocheters will be inspired to get adventurous with their colorways and decorations for an array of projects from heirloom afghans, to quick cushions, to baby blankets, and more!

Now you, too, can create a granny square showpiece that can transcend the ages and add a fantastic burst of color to any household.

Eager for more? Buy the book today!

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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


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.

More about The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible:

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. 

Don’t forget to check out our Goodreads Giveaway on Sunday!

Can’t wait? Order your own copy here:

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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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