Monthly Archives: May 2007

Make Your Own Shoes! (sample instructions)

Ever think about making your own shoes.  I have.  Mary Wales Loomis did too.  So she tore apart a pair of shoes and guess what… not so hard after all!  Her site is called Make Your Own Shoes and includes … Continue reading

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Look What Came in the Mail!

This post on my other blog Mish Mash… etc.. discusses my first step into the Art Trading Card realm.  After a few postal SNAFUs, look what arrived in my mail…. Thank you so much, Lynn!  They are so lovely.  Having to … Continue reading

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First Balls of Handspun Yarn

I think the roving I bought at Hobby Lobby is a poor quality.  It says it will work wonderfully for needle felting … but that’s ok with me since I felt that spending more money for something that I wasn’t sure I … Continue reading

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Bookbinding 101 (tutorial)

I’m almost finished with the hand quilting of the Split Rail Fence Quilt… Since I am spending so much time with it, I thought I would post a few re-visits to some of my favorite sites for the next few … Continue reading

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Beaded Amulet Bags (free pattern)

Sometime back I received from an aunt and uncle 3 of my grandmother’s thimbles.  She quilted quite a lot as she had 11 children and needed warm blankets for the winter.  For a while I kept them in my jewelry box… … Continue reading

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Knitting on the (at least 100 free patterns)

I have found the pattern for my first attempt at knitting a sweater.  I love this sweater…  Barbara Breiter, co-author with Gail Diven of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting and Crocheting Illustrated, has a web site called Knitting on … Continue reading

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Fingerloop Braiding (tutorial and free pattern)

Wonderful to use as a binding around small projects, to embellish embroidery, or as the cording for purse handles etc.. I found this easy way to make strong cords irresistable to work with.  The tiny blue and whitecord in the … Continue reading

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