Is Insul Bright Safe for a Face Mask?

Is Insul Bright Safe for a Face Mask?

Reader Michelle just asked me today: “Is Insul Bright safe to make a face mask out of, like if I were to put it in the middle as a filter?” Great question!!! But, is Insul Bright Safe for a Face Mask? My short answer is: no. And I have a couple of reasons...
Crochet Braid Puff Stitch Tutorial

Crochet Braid Puff Stitch Tutorial

In today’s Crochet Braid Puff Stitch Tutorial, you will learn something new, i.e. to create this gorgeous braided look with crochet! You could have fooled me: I really thought this was braided with many strands of yarn, into a thick tapestry type of yarn work....
Summer Crochet Hat Design

Summer Crochet Hat Design

I can’t help myself. With this gorgeous weather in the UK and me alternating between playing with the flowers in my garden and creating a new summer crochet hat design, I feel it’s like summer and I’m on vacation! Summer Crochet Hat Design...
Ask A Question Day – Knitting or Crochet

Ask A Question Day – Knitting or Crochet

Hiya all! It’s March 14, international Ask a Question Day – Knitting or Crochet: What do you want to know? Ideas for a new project? Stuck with a current project and need help? Like to discover a new stitch? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll publish...
One Skein Scarf Knitting Pattern with Stripes

One Skein Scarf Knitting Pattern with Stripes

Finally a new scarf on the blog! Overdue post for FineCraftGuild! But beautiful, I think, this one skein scarf knitting pattern with stripes. Lovely stripes, I might add. And the look of the scarf changes dramatically dependent on how you are wearing it. One Skein...
Sleep Socks Knitting Pattern

Sleep Socks Knitting Pattern

I am sharing a family heirloom with you today: an easy peasy knitting pattern to make your own sleep socks or house slippers. These knitted slippers have been in my family for ages, and I think all my nephews and nieces now have a pair or two. Uncles and aunts too....
April 27 is Local Yarn Store Day!

April 27 is Local Yarn Store Day!

April 27th is Local Yarn Store Day! 🎉 That’s this Saturday! The celebration was invented by the National Needlearts Association (TNNA), and now it’s in its sixth year. Local Yarn Store Day was invented to show support for small businesses while...
Knitting Abbreviations

Knitting Abbreviations

Just learning how to knit? Then, this article with all the knitting terms is for you, the beginning knitter. It’s a handy overview that contains all knitting abbreviations. Handy to have. Even for those of us who have forgotten certain knitting terms or who are...
Peter Pan – Detachable Crochet Collar Pattern

Peter Pan – Detachable Crochet Collar Pattern

Been looking for a trendy Peter Pan detachable crochet collar pattern? They have become quite the fashion lately. This simple ‘Peter Pan’ style crochet collar pattern gets you walk around in style and trend in no time. It only takes about an hour, start to...
How to Make Felt Stone Rugs

How to Make Felt Stone Rugs

I have wanted to learn for some time now how to make felt stone rugs, and when visiting the glorious spa waters of Bath, UK  over the weekend, I finally found the missing answers. I spotted an artisan craft market on Queen Square, one of the most beautiful...
5 Things to Knit for Christmas

5 Things to Knit for Christmas

Like to add some handmade goodies to your Christmas, but don’t know where to begin? Here are 5 things to knit for Christmas that will add cheer and wonder to this lovely time of the year. 1.   Christmas Ornaments Over the years we have posted a range...
Chunky Knit Pillow Pattern

Chunky Knit Pillow Pattern

If there’s there anything cosier than your favorite knit sweater, it’s your favorite knit pillow! This pillow is so lovely to cosy up with. But making yourself a comfy is just one of 6 reasons why you need to get yourself this chunky knit pillow pattern....
I Love Yarn Day

I Love Yarn Day

Yeah. Today is the day: I LOVE YARN Day has arrived (October 14 2017): it’s a day to celebrate anything yarn. I promised before that I would share some of my Yarn Bomb photos that I have never shown before, on I LOVE YARN day. So let me keep my promise.  ...
Stunning Summer Poncho Free Knitting Pattern

Stunning Summer Poncho Free Knitting Pattern

Today’s feature is for summer poncho. “Romantic, soft and elegant – a must-have!” said Berocco about this poncho they designed. I agree. I think it is a stunning summer poncho free knitting pattern that you will get a lot of wear out. It looks very lacy,...
3 Christmas Crafts for Quilters

3 Christmas Crafts for Quilters

Here are 3 free patterns and tutorials for Christmas crafts for quilters. These projects result in personalized seasonal gifts and beautiful decorations.  Not only will they keep your hands occupied with fun small projects.  They will lighten your load this...
Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern with Happy Hearts

Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern with Happy Hearts

I did it: made my first super-slouchy hat knitting pattern. With lovely red hearts! And a Pompom. To keep me smiling in the rain. And… to wear at Valentines Day.   Update Jan 26 2017, 3 yrs after first posting this slouchy hat — my very first hat...
Red Poppy Crochet Pattern

Red Poppy Crochet Pattern

This Remembrance Day/Veterans day red poppy crochet pattern is a tribute to our forgotten heroes. I cherish my freedom, and freedom for all people. It’s a big thing for me. I love living fear-free. That’s why I designed this Poppy flower crochet pattern....
Fun Halloween Quilts

Fun Halloween Quilts

Here is an exclusive by quilt designer Janeen van Niekerk that will just thrill you and yours. Look at these amazingly cute and beautiful paper piecing blocks to make Fall or Halloween quilts. It’s the ultimate in Halloween crafts! What is particularly nice about this...
French Pillows w Bird Collage & Bunny Portrait

French Pillows w Bird Collage & Bunny Portrait

Today I want to share some beautiful, unique French pillows with Birds and Bunnies, spotted in the hip-groovy Marais district in Paris. Bird Pillows If you’ve made our ‘bird with umbrella’ pillow, you could make this French pillow with bird print as a companion....
Handmade Barcelona 2016: a Fun Craft Fair Weekend

Handmade Barcelona 2016: a Fun Craft Fair Weekend

Handmade Festival Barcelona This weekend, the III edition of the Handmade Barcelona festival is held in The Exhibition Halls on Plaça d’Espanya in Barcelona. It’s a celebration of handmade crafts, DIYs and the pursuit of sheer creativity for the home, babies,...
Industrial DIY Wooden Copper Candleholder

Industrial DIY Wooden Copper Candleholder

With today, the First Day of Spring, and next weekend Easter coming up, I feel that today’s feature of a DIY Wooden Copper Candleholder is so perfectly timed. ::SHARE IT 51 features …. DIY Wooden Copper Candleholder :: Let me firsst take a minute to...
Ruffle Sofa Slipcover DIY

Ruffle Sofa Slipcover DIY

:: Ruffle Sofa Slipcover DIY in the Pantone Colors of the Year : Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue :: Before we get to the DIY-slipcover project let me take introduce this week’s linky party. Thanks, all, for your beautiful projects submitted to date! I told...
Appliqué Sock Monkey Crochet Pattern

Appliqué Sock Monkey Crochet Pattern

If you celebrate Chinese New Year, you know: it’s almost the Year of the Monkey. And let’s make it the year of the sock monkey !!! Yeah….One of my readers last week emailed me and asked if I could design an appliqué sock monkey crochet pattern for her as she thought...
DIY Baby Bib Pattern

DIY Baby Bib Pattern

:: Fun and Handy DIY baby bib pattern :: As any new mom can tell you, you can never have enough baby bibs – they are handy for nursing and feeding and add an extra layer of cuteness to a baby outfit. While plastic crumbcatchers may seem most practical, I always...