Connecting Through Crafts
This board is a compilation of projects, activities, and other works based on the theme “connection” taken from our books. Some works have taken the theme…
A Stitch in Time
Holiday Craft Swap
Some weaving projects require no loom at all! Swedish Stars are woven from strips of paper and make a beautiful addition to winter décor. Photo by Mars Vilaubi. #Weaving #WeavingProjects #PaperWeaving #PaperArt #PaperStars #SwedishStars #HolidayDecor #HomeDecor #WinterCrafts #WinterDecor #DIY #ArtsAndCrafts
This rainbow of braided wool, when blended with other fibers, has the potential to become endless variations of gorgeous, handspun yarn! In the world of spinning, how you combine different fibers — even fibers of the same colorway — makes a big difference in the look of your finished yarn and knitted projects. Read more in this article from Jillian Moreno’s YARNITECTURE. Photo by John Polak.
Like meditation or journaling, making collage can be an avenue for both self-reflection and artistic exploration. Find your inspiration in the work of dozens of collage artists from around the world (like Kaci Smith, featured here!) in COLLAGE YOUR LIFE, a thoughtful collection of techniques and prompts by artist and teacher Melanie Mowinski.
Discover the mystical and magical powers of embroidery! In MYSTICAL STITCHES, Christi Johnson offers a treasury of unique patterns and symbols inspired by botanicals, animals, numbers, the cosmos, earth elements, zodiac signs, and mythical beasts for embellishing clothes and other items with spiritual and personal meaning. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.
Creating collage art can be an inspiring way to reuse materials that might otherwise go to waste, like the colorful papers kids bring home from school. In COLLAGE YOUR LIFE, artist and teacher Melanie Mowinski offers tips and ideas for turning your clutter into beautiful, unique collages. Read the full article here and discover what kinds of papers call to you.
Enjoy a lovely outdoor meal on perfectly portable picnic-ready place mats — just slip your utensils right into the pocket. And don’t worry about losing your napkin on those breezy days, because there’s a handy spot for that, too! Learn how to make four picnic mats with just one yard of fabric from ONE YARD WONDERS by Patricia Hoskins and Rebecca Yaker. Photo by John Gruen. #OneYardWonders #Picnic #PicnicCrafts #EasySewingProjects
🔑The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up — which is no easy feat! Set yourself up for success with the rediscovered technique of English paper piecing. Using paper templates to guide your pattern, you can expertly fit your quilting shapes together before you even start sewing. All Points Patchwork takes you far beyond traditional hexagons and accommodates triangles, diamonds, octagons, and even curved shapes. #patchwork #quilting #sewingcrafts #sewing #paperpiecing
Grab some paper, glue, and a pair of scissors and discover the limitless creative possibilities of the art of collage! In COLLAGE YOUR LIFE, artist and author Melanie Mowinski teaches a variety of core collaging techniques and provides dozens of prompts to jumpstart the creative process and encourage crafters to explore the versatility of collage as a medium for self-expression and visual storytelling.
Mama, maker, and author Safiyyah Talley’s new book KNIT 2 SOCKS IN 1 offers knitters of all skill levels a creative and time-saving solution to knitting a pair of socks (like these adorable booties Safiyyah made for her son) – and would make a wonderful gift for busy moms who love to craft. Photo © Kendra Lynece
Crocheting can be a creative and rewarding craft, but even many experienced crocheters face frustration when designing their own projects and patterns. After trying and failing to find a tool that would help her develop pain-free crochet designs, author Sara Delaney decided to write her own. Read about the creation of DESIGN YOUR OWN CROCHET PROJECTS here and find the confidence to design something new. #crochet Photo © John Polak
Sew cool! Check out these inspiring ideas for repairing holes in your jeans from Kristin Roach’s “Mend It Better.” Mending your own clothes is good for the planet and your wallet—and adds a unique touch to your everyday wardrobe. #mending #slowfashion #denimrepair Photos © Greg Nesbit Photography and Leah Peterson. Designs © Sherri Lynn Wood and Leah Peterson
Make your own luck with this simple project from “The Art of Papercraft” by Helen Hiebert. Traditionally, each leaf of a shamrock is believed to represent something different: The first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck. Photo © Mars Vilaubi
Say goodbye to the dreaded “single sock syndrome” – losing interest in knitting that second sock after the first one is done – with “Knit 2 Socks in 1” author Safiyyah Talley’s brilliant technique for knitting both socks at the same time. Plus, choose from 21 of Safiyyah’s original and fashionable designs featuring a wide range of sock styles, stitch patterns, and sizes for a variety of skill levels. #knitting
This gorgeous jumpsuit, inspired by Christi Johnson’s “Mystical Stitches” and embroidered by our creative director Alethea Morrison, makes us want to pick up embroidery and discover the power of symbols in expressing our creativity and imagination. Alethea began to learn how to embroider while working with Christi. Read her article here for more about the collaborative creation of this book and the joy of learning something new. Photo © Mars Vilaubi
In “Knit 2 Socks in 1” Safiyyah Talley offers an innovative solution for knitters who tend to lose interest in knitting that second sock after the first one is done. Follow Talley’s step-by-step, fully customizable instructions for knitting one long tube then separating it into two socks and later adding the heels and toes.
Curious what goes into making a book? Discover the decades of inspiration behind Helen Hiebert’s upcoming book, “The Art of Papercraft.” From art school in Tennessee to teaching workshops all over the world, follow Hiebert's journey as a teacher, artist, and writer. “The Art of Papercraft,” her sixth book, is a collection of 40 projects that can be created from a single sheet of paper.
Paper artist and teacher Helen Hiebert’s “The Art of Papercraft” offers an amazing array of original projects, each using just one sheet of paper. Pre-order now to get instant access to this sneak peek Pop-Up Alphabet project complete with printer-friendly template.
Create your own woven wonders with “The Weaving Explorer” by veteran weavers Deborah Jarchow and Gwen W. Steege. It’s easy to get started. Yarn and knitwear designer Barry Klein says it best, the book is “perfect for beginners and fascinating enough to take experienced weavers on their next journey.”