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Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Look at this new booklet available on Annie's Craft Store:

Here are just some of the patterns that are included:

According to Annie's, this is an embossed crochet technique.   The description says:

"This book includes 10 fashion designs such as a scarf, cowl, vest, handbags, blankets and hats, made using #3 light- and #4 worsted-weight yarns. Written instructions as well as illustrations and photos are included to help you with this exciting new technique. 48 pages all color."

The booklet can be purchased as either a mail pattern or a pdf download. The vest and purse are absolutely stunning...definitely on my to-do list for the Spring.

Click on the pictures to view the booklet!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Just in time for the March 2nd birthday...

...of Dr. Seuss, Repeat Crafter Me has posted an adorable crochet pattern for FREE that you or your child can wear to mark the celebration.

The Cat in the Hat book is a favorite of everyone and Dr. Seuss is an author that children of all ages have fallen in love with! I know that many schools have programs to celebrate his birthday; this would be perfect!

The pattern is super easy; I completed the crochet headband last night in a couple of hours.

To get your FREE copy of her pattern, visit Sarah's blog at Repeat Crafter Me, and if you haven't already seen her patterns, be sure to browse her site. She is a very talented designer!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Have you tried planned pooling yet?

Have you tried the new planned pooling crochet technique yet?

I have been tempted, but just haven't seen a pattern that sparked my interest...until now.

Marly Bird created a pattern for Red Heart Yarns that definitely has me wanting to try my hand at the "pooling" craze.

This would make a wonderful addition to your kitchen or dining room table. You can substitute colors to coordinate with your decor.

To download the free pattern, click on the picture.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have you ever tried a class on Creative Live?

As a dollmaker and online business owner, I am always interested in improving my drawing, photography and business skills.

Creative Live has many classes from the world's top experts. With over 1,500 curated classes in Photography & Video, Money & Life, Craft & Maker, Art & Design, and Music & Audio, there is something for everyone.

I can honestly say that I have taken several photography and drawing classes and all for FREE! If you decide you want to keep any of the classes on DVDs, you can buy them, but you are under no obligation.

For instance, here are two (2) classes that I have already RSVP to take this month.

Color Techniques for Drawing - Start Date: 2/26/2017

Fundamentals of Photography - Start Date: 2/28/2017

There are many other classes that might be of interest to you; each month a new series of classes are offered, so be sure to check out ALL the CreativeLive's Free On-Air Classes; you just might be surprised at what you can learn to improve your business!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

FREE pin cushion pattern...

Recently, a FREE pin cushion mice pattern came across my Facebook feed and I wanted to try it out and share with everyone. I love whimsy and thought it would be perfect to add to my studio:

Even though the whole pattern is put together with hand-stitching, it only took a couple of hours last night to finish.

I used some wool felt that I already washed in warm water and some flannel scraps that I had in my scrap bin. I believe you could also use scraps of wool fabric.

The complete pattern and instructions are available on Bustle & Sew...just click on the above picture to download your copy!

While you are there, be sure to download their "Making Beautiful Softies"; a pdf tutorial of tips to make softies that is FREE to download.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Learn to Read Crochet Diagrams