Sunday, November 23, 2014

Interlude :: Cat with Attitude

Willow
Dude, get that thing outta my face.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Some things that inspired me this week - November 21

Ribbons, washi tape, pearl cotton
I *need* a Chocolate Notebook Collection. Right? And some Doughnotes. :-)

Guerilla mosaic artist fills Chicago potholes with mosaics. Love this.

This knitted hexagon blanket is pretty great. If only I had the patience to make something like that. :-)

Love the pattern and colours on this Christmas masking tape.

Very cool linguistic family tree.

Great post about Is It Worth It To Write A Craft Book? from Diane at Craftypod. From my own experience I can say that the answer is: Yes. No. Maybe. In other words, it's complicated. ;-)

Our Own Private Germany. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of squatters from East and West set out to build their own unified Germany.

Heavy Metal T-shirts transformed into pretty spectacular quilts. {I got this link from...somewhere.. but can't remember where/who. Thank you, anyway.}

A girl's gotta eat: Spicy Vegan Potato Curry and Potato and pea curry with tomato and coriander. These are my go-to curry recipes. And I usually have them with my homemade vegan naan bread.

Book I am loving: Make It Mighty Ugly*. I'll do a proper review when I am done reading it, but for now let's just say: you will not regret reading this book. :-)


*Amazon.co.uk affiliate link, yo.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tutorial :: Water Soluble Canvas

Water soluble canvas
Have you heard of water soluble canvas? It basically does the same job as waste canvas, but it works differently.

DMC Soluble Canvas* is a kind of plastic, with holes punched in it. It corresponds to 14 count Aida. It comes in sheets that aren't terribly large, to be honest, so it's pretty expensive. Best for smallish projects so you can get more projects out of it.

You can use this on fabric where you want to add cross stitch or other counted work designs, but the fabric isn't naturally suited to this kind of embroidery.

But because the fabric will need to be soaked, preferably in warm water, you can't use it for all types of fabric. Rule of thumb, if you can throw the fabric in the washing machine at around 40°C, it should be ok to use it with WSC. But that's a guideline only - I can't take any responsibility if your favourite sweater gets damaged. ;-)

Maybe it's a bit grandiose to call this a tutorial, because there's not really a lot to this.

Water soluble canvas
To use the WSC, cut a piece that is slightly larger than your design.
Baste it to your fabric.
Then you stitch the design.
Soak the project in warm water for 30-60 minutes. At this point the canvas should have started to dissolve and feels like jelly to the touch.
Agitate the project in the water, to help completely dissolve the WSC.
Sometimes it is necessary to soak it twice to get rid of all of it. But you can't always tell until it is dry. If the fabric feels stiff once it is dry, that means the WSC hasn't dissolved properly.

And that's basically it.

WSC is a great way to stitch things that need to be straight. It can be difficult to do things like cross stitching or blackwork on regular fabric, but WSC can really help with that.

Water soluble canvas

* Amazon affiliate link, yo.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter pattern sale - 15% off

SnowflakePatterns
It's almost December, and it's time to get cracking if you're making presents or decorations! So I have a discount for you. 15% off everything - except the One Of A Kind category.

So all patterns, ebooks, pattern sets and even the Special Sale category. With the 15% off, there are some real bargains to be had in that category!

How about all my snowflake patterns? Bought together they are only $25, but you get 15% off that price!

Or the set of embroidery ebooks + the Christmas ebook! That link is to the left handed version, but of course there's a right handed one as well.

Simply use the code SNOWBLOG at checkout.

Offer valid until Sunday, November 23, 2014.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Log cabin block with oversize blackwork

Log Cabin with oversize blackwork
Remember my log cabin experiment? This is my little project for the Old Stitches, New Tricks competition over on the &Stitches blog. Obviously, I couldn't enter, what with being one of the &S team, but I thought I should still make the effort. ;-)

Log Cabin with oversize blackwork
I don't know how inventive this little project is, but it was fun to do and I guess not that many people combine patchwork with oversize blackwork..

And bloody hell, I don't like those mustard/khaki colours, but they are totally working for me here! Or maybe I am starting to like them? Could it be? :-)

Do you like those colours? Are there colours you don't like.. didn't like but then they started to grow on you?

Log Cabin with oversize blackwork

Log Cabin with oversize blackwork

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