Hand Sewing

Three Basic Stitches for Hand Sewing

Sewing machines help to make sewing faster, but sometimes you need to sew an item by hand, for example, when you are repairing an item. It does take practice to make stitches that are...

Spinning Wheels – Why Use Them to Make Your Own Yarn

Having your own spinning wheel allows you to make the most beautiful yarn exactly the way you want it. You are in control of the colour, thickness, warmth, strength, choice of fibre and twist....
Yarn

How to Choose Yarn for Your Next Project

How to choose yarn for your next project, whether for knitting or crocheting, can be an overwhelming task. Your local yarn shop has a vast array of colors and textures. There must be a...
Knitting

Re-Use Those Plastic Knitting Needles

If you've inherited your grandmother's plastic knitting needles, here's how you can repurpose them. In the kitchen use them as chopsticks when you make Chinese food or having sushi. When making your own candy floss use...
Collecting Buttons

Collecting Buttons

Collecting buttons is ideal for collectors on a small budget. Not only can you put together an impressive collection in a short space of time, but you can also provide a fascinating insight into the history of fashion.
Quilting

Family Quilting Traditions

For many people, family quilting traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. Creating a quilt for a to-be married couple or an expectant mother has been in practice since the 17th century...
Quilting

12 Days of Learning to Quilt

Learning anything new always takes time and patience. Learning to quilt is no exception. Here are the 12 days of learning to quilt that I used to help a friend make her first baby...
Craft Sales

How to Sell Your Crafts

Having a craft hobby is relaxing and fun. However, once you have been either knitting or crocheting for many years, you will find you have excess finished projects that you do not need. They could...
Knitting

Best Knitting Needles for Arthritis – Choose from Several Options

If you're itching to knit, but comfort is an issue due to arthritis, you may prefer knitting needles that are warm and somewhat flexible in your hands versus cold, unyielding metal. Here are the...
Knitting Patterns

7 Tips to Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

In the past 50 years, knitting patterns have tended to conform to generally-accepted standards. Before these standards came into being, people wrote knitting patterns using the terminology and conventions of their time. When you...

The History of The Handmade Apron

Aprons of Today and Long ago... Were aprons of yesteryear really made from bags of seeds and flour? When most of us hear the word apron we picture our grand mother in the kitchen wearing...

Choosing a Thimble for Hand Quilting

Choosing a thimble for hand quilting is important and may take some time. A thimble is a personal tool for any quilter. First, taking time to check out the types of thimbles should foremost. As...
12 Things That Need to Be In Your Hand Sewing Kit

12 Things That Need to Be In Your Hand Sewing Kit

A good sewing kit can be like a great carpenter's toolbox. With the right tools (sewing supplies) there's almost no limit to what you can do, even sewing by hand.

Common Quilting Mistakes Even Pros Make

Like medicine and yoga, quilting is a practice-not something you can master. That can seem like reassuring news for a quilting newbie, but frustrating for those who have been practicing their craft for years....

5 Quilting Tricks

Quilting is a social hobby; it's been proven to improve your health and it leads to some gorgeous results—but sometimes you just want to make things a little easier. With quilt tricks, you can...