This past week, I was gifted with an entire storage system for all my knitting supplies and yarn, complete with bins, boxes, bags and a cubbyhole shelving unit to hold it all. While taking tangled skeins and mismatched needles out of their random plastic bins and tote bags, I’m reminded of why organizing your supplies is so important, no matter your craft.
When just beginning to sew or simply looking for easy projects, one yard of inexpensive cotton blend fabric is the ultimate versatile canvas. While I could compile a small list of sewing projects from my personal experiences, encouraging you to invest in the well-written, charming book “One-Yard Wonders” is more worthwhile.
With Valentine’s Day so close, how can there possibly be time for a handmade gift? Yes, it’s too late for hand knit mittens, but in order for a gift to be handmade, it doesn’t have to be 100 percent from scratch. Since Valentine’s Day comes right as everyone is just financially recovering from the holidays, don’t feel you have to spend a ton of money for a heartfelt gift—this is the holiday where the thought really does count.
Valentine’s Day gifts often trend toward the clichéd and the simply disliked – chocolates with the flavors that get picked over, overpriced trinkets and flowers and other grocery store last-minute picks.
There’s a lot that’s changed about formerly grandma-dominated knitting in the past 10 years, the most significant being the way crafters connect with each other and learn new things.
While there are lots of crafts that can be learned through first-person teaching and books, the internet is becoming the most popular way to learn a new art by far. When writing this column, I sometimes look to the World Wide Web for inspiration, and between my own searching and word-of-mouth suggestions, I’ve come across some excellent websites and blogs.
One item that’s an everyday necessity that people rarely buy is the humble pillowcase. It gets used and abused on a daily basis, becoming threadbare and faded, but rarely ever replaced. A walk through the linens aisle at any store shows that for simply being folded and sewn pieces of cotton, pillowcases and other linens are certainly not cheap. Fortunately, with a few of the most basic sewing skills, $5 or less and an hour, you can make comfy, custom pillowcases you won’t be embarrassed to drag over to a sleepover.
Crafting might be fun, but it can also be expensive. Maybe you’ve gotten a lot of compliments on bracelets or greeting cards you handcraft, but giving them away would be time-consuming and pricey.
Mixtures of style, texture and size are all ways to make jewelry more interesting. A chain-link bracelet threaded with satin ribbon and chunky pearls makes the most of a ladylike and trendy juxtaposition.
There’s been a huge craft movement in the past 10 years. Generations that wouldn’t be caught dead with a knitting needle have children cranking out scarves with a kit available at Toys R Us.
Sewing’s become a legitimate art form and specialty crafts like soap making are having a moment.
Unfortunately, there are still some skills that aren’t mainstream, and one of them is embroidery.
Winter isn’t the season most people get excited about. Snowy roads, going back to school (without the same fresh anticipation fall brings) and the end of the holidays can leave one feeling completely void of energy, unmotivated and very uncreative.
Christmas is less than a week away, so by now the idea of making a gift seems completely insane.
Fortunately, not all handmade gifts need to take weeks to make, or even days – one day and a few easy steps is all you need to make one-of-a-kind presents for family and friends. One idea that’s both trendy and cute for all ages is hand-painted letters to hang on a wall.
When the holidays roll around, everyone begins to bake their annual favorites: pies, cookies, turkey and more, particularly for parties and family gatherings. Unfortunately for the klutzes among us, this means getting flour, chocolate and unknown mystery stains all over our nice clothes – a problem that’s been solved for ages with the humble apron.
I think almost everyone has had some kind of encounter with clay in the past – rock-hard pottery clay, messy plaster, Play-Doh (the smell of which I’ve never been able to get past). After searching and experimenting with different types of clay this fall, I’ve come across a new favorite, just in time for holiday gift-giving: baking soda clay.
There’s an old-fashioned elegance to handmade, mailed cards. It says you took time and some money, although not much, to think of someone. A thank you note mailed to a business or sponsor after a particularly good event or meeting speaks volumes about your professionalism. A handwritten card to a significant other is timelessly romantic.
In the past few years, Ball Mason jars have been elevated from a humble jelly container to the hottest thing in crafts and decorating. No longer just for Grandma’s famous bread and butter pickles, Mason jars are used for holding everything from flowers to cocktails, painted a rainbow of colors and wrapped in everything from lace to twine.
Quilting, sewing pieces of colorful patchwork squares together to make a thick blanket, has gotten a, let’s say, “old-fashioned” reputation in recent times. A quick trip to upscale stores such as Pottery Barn and Anthropologie show that quilts themselves are more popular than ever.
The coming of winter brings cozy sweaters, fun in the snow and the risk of dry, chapped, flaking skin that’s so damaged it seems as if it will never return to normal again.
When it comes to dressing up for Halloween, the little details such as hair and makeup can be overlooked.
Ever since I was a little kid, I have been enchanted by modeling clay. I’ve always enjoyed working with the soft, squeezable texture and the possibility to make anything with a few shapes. A quick glance at the jewelry racks at stores like Icing and Claire’s reveals that cute and soft clay-molded critters and shapes are not just for preschoolers.
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