Jan 20, 2014

How to Make Boot Cuffs from a Re-purposed Sweater

Join Michelle as she teaches you how to make these cute boot cuffs. To follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Sleeves from a sweater
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Large jar to wrap sleeves over

 

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Dec 18, 2012

Felt Bird Ornament

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Join Michelle as she makes a super cute and easy to make felt bird ornament. To follow along you will need these items: 

  • Wool fabric for body of bird (I used salvaged wool pants)
  • Wool fabric for wings and nose (I used salvaged sweaters)
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Filling material for body of bird (I used wool batting)
  • Piece of ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Scissors
  • Bird Pattern

 

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Jun 09, 2012

Adding Fringe to Triangle Loom Shawl

You may have completed your first project on your triangle loom and then wondered how to add a fringe. In today's show, Michelle will show you how to add a fringe to your woven shawl. To follow along gather these items:

 

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  • Woven shawl still attached to triangle loom
  • Various yarns 
  • Scissors
  • Afghan hook or crochet hook

 

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Mar 07, 2012

Simplicity Felting Machine - Getting it out of the box

Join Michelle while she tries out her new Simplicity Felting Machine straight from the box. If you have wondered how easy or difficult it would be to use one of these machines then you should watch this.

Details about this machine can be found online at Amazon.

Look for some new needle felting projects coming soon!

 

Feb 15, 2012

Lion Brand Yarn Holiday Window Display in NYC

 

These are a few photos I took of the Lion Brand Yarn holiday window display while in NYC in December. It's truly amazing that a person could knit such a creative and colorful display. Thanks to Pugly Pixel for the photo layout, it definitely cleans up the look of my images.

 

Feb 10, 2012

Let's Make Quick and Easy Felt

So you have been wanting to make felt but are overwhelmed by all the rubbing, pounding, rolling that you have to do. Not to mention you can't seem to find a sushi mat big enough or the department store is out of shelf liner. Making felt can seem too physically demanding and the various supplies you need aren't already in your closet making it easy to give up on the project.

But, in this show, Michelle shares with you her quick and easy technique for making felt that anyone can do. To follow along you will need a clothes dryer and these supplies:

  • Saran wrap
  • Nylon stocking (leg from old pantyhose, you know there is a pair hanging out in the back of your drawer!)
  • Spray water bottle
  • Various fibers (grab what you have and see what happens)
 
 
If you are looking for a lovely fiber to try check out Crosspatch Creations. I am absolutely in love with their rovings. I made two gorgeous scarve from their fiber as well as some lovely felt cuffs. If there is one thing I have learned in my crafting journey it is this: no matter what your skill level or artistic ability is, if you start with gorgeous materials you are much more likely to end up with a finished item that you enjoy. When I start with rovings from Crosspatch Creations I am always pleased with the outcome.
 
Good luck with your felting experimentations!
 

 

Feb 02, 2012

Easy Triangle Loom Weaving

Triangle looms look intimidating but Michelle shows you how easy it is to create a piece of fabric perfect for the foundation of a shawls. Anyone can weave on this type of loom with a few basic tools and supplies.

To follow along grab these items:

  • Triangle loom
  • Pick
  • Afghan hook
  • Yarn
 
 
 
 
 
Sep 05, 2011

Spinning Lumpy Bumpy Yarn

Join Michelle as she stumbles through making a skein of lumpy bumpy yarn.

 

To follow along, you will need these things:

  • Spinning wheel
  • Fiber
  • Niddy noddy
  • Hot water
  • Scissors
  • Scrap yarn or ribbon

If you don't have a local source for fiber you can find all kinds of fiber online just do a quick search for "fiber" and you will be on your way. One of my favorite collection of fibers to spin is made by Crosspatch Creations. It is a bit spendier that most stuff but so much fun.

 

 

Oct 23, 2009

Fabric and Fiber Friday - Felt Bead Charm Bracelet

For this 50th episode of Crafted by Us we have a fun Fabric and Fiber Friday project. We blend a bit of colorful felt with beads to create charms for a lovely bracelet. To follow along with this episode you will need:

  • Felt
  • Head pins
  • Beads
  • Jump rings
  • "Blank" bracelet
  • Nylon beading thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Wire cutter
  • Round nose pliers (?)
  • Regular pliers
  • Small clamp
  • Paper piecer or awl
  • Scissors

So gather up your scrap felt pieces and beads and lets make a bracelet!

 

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Jul 12, 2009

Fabric and Fiber Friday - Little Crocheted Bag Necklace

In this episode we create a small crocheted bag which acts as a focal point for a necklace. Using a simple stitch and some basic craft items you will have a one of a kind necklace. To follow along, gather these supplies:

  • #4 metal crochet hook
  • waxed linen thread
  • scissors
  • beads
  • small charm