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by | 3 responses | April 19, 2014

Once you’ve made a big stack of speed woven squares you’ll need a way to link them together. History has lots of ideas on linking woven squares, but I’ve found this to be my favorite. It’s quick, simple, you don’t need to save yarn to do it, and it works on huge pieces without having to start and end strands.

Linking Woven Squares

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by | one response | April 5, 2014

Pin looms evoke memories of making pot holders as a kid, but they’re great for doing a lot more than that. Once you know how to weave on a pin loom they’re a fast, pleasant way to make lots of neat squares of flat woven fabric. The combined squares are perfect for making things like large blankets that lay and fold very flat, or for using up odds and ends of yarn since all the squares weave up to the same size.

 

You can purchase looms like this in a variety of sizes or make your own to suit your project (it’s just nails in a piece or frame of wood.) As long as the loom is square and has the same number of nails on each side you’ll be able to use the same method of weaving. Different yarns and nail spacing will give different effects, and larger looms like this can be woven with wool and felted (as I’m doing) or woven with multiple strands of yarn at once to make denser fabric.

Square Pin Loom Speed Weaving

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Make This:

by | one response | March 29, 2014

I use my art supplies. I buy them, use them up, and throw them out.  Sometimes, I find lovely art supplies – ones which are either so pretty you don’t want to use them or are pretty and not necessarily good quality (and therefore you don’t want to use them).

I was given a lovely set of colored pencils made from tree branches.  I have not yet tried to use them because they look so lovely.  In order to store them in the best possible way, I built a small wooden box/cup to hold them. It is an easy project to make a simple desktop pencil cup or small trinket box like this. I don’t own any large tools for cutting wood and this whole project was made with just a few simple inexpensive tools that fit inside a tool box.

desktop pencil cup

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by | no responses | January 17, 2014

For anyone living in parts of the world where the temperatures drop below freezing, having good quality warm socks is a necessity for staying warm.  Custom fit socks made of wool help keep your toes warm inside boots and under the bed covers at night.  Sock yarns which are mostly wool are fairly easy to find and it is quick and easy to knit up a pair of socks.  These socks end just above the ankles and only used 1 skein of 227yrd/208m sock yarn to make.
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Make This:

by | no responses | January 7, 2014

This bracelet is a combination of leather, metal leaf, and flat-back crystals all connected together to wrap a few times around my wrist. The supplies used offer an almost unlimited array of color and texture combinations.

Leather, Metal, and Crystals Multi-Wrap Bracelet

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by | one response | December 5, 2013

Most methods of casting on and casting off in knitting are scaled to stockinette width stitches. If you’re working with a stitch that is tighter or looser than a standard stockinette you can find yourself with tight or ruffled edges in an otherwise beautiful piece of knitting. The back stitch cast off method I’m showing here helps to accommodate different stitch widths. In this example my linen stitch is tighter than my stockinette, so when I cast off other ways I have a weird, floppy looking edge.

Back Stitch Cast Off

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Make This:

by | 8 responses | December 3, 2013

During the rainy/snowy parts of the year I find myself burning a lot of candles. They’re a good way to add a little warmth to balance grey skies. These candles are surprisingly easy – the molds are made by cutting, folding and gluing paper or card stock. The project includes a free downloadable for all 7 different geometric candles shown. Once I started designing shapes I didn’t want to stop!

Geometric Candles

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