Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Saori Weaving

Saori Weaving is a fun, simple, and creative weaving technique developed in Japan. This technique focuses on the way colors, textures, and fibers work together in the weaving, instead of just how warp and weft combine. (click on the link above for more background on Saori weaving and techniques)

Sometimes termed a method of free-form weaving, Saori weaving encourages your natural creativity when creating the fabric. Fabric woven with Saori techniques can also be sewn using a few simple techniques that highlight the fabric, and keep the cutting and shaping of the fabric to a pleasant minimum.

Due to its focus on colors, free-form weaving, and highlighting textures, Saori weaving is an excellent method to use with naturally dyed or handspun yarns.

A tutorial for weaving a Saori scarf can be found here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Scrap Quilt Patterns

Quilted Twins offers free patterns for 72 scrappy quilts from simple to complex. The designs range from simple to complex.

Check out the site for oodles of inspiration and for free patterns to reduce the scrap fabric bins in your sewing room.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Child's Play Tent

This indoor/outdoor play tent is the perfect hideaway for any child, and it's an easy, fun project that shouldn't intimidate any adult. This is probably one of the easiest projects you could make for a child. As an added bonus this tent folds flat for easy storage!

A complete tutorial for constructing the Child's Play Tent can be found on Just Another Hang Up website. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sewing for Profit Project Ideas

So Sew Easy shares free patterns for 20 projects that can be made to sell in shops or online.

Tips are given on the website for selecting projects that will appeal to buyers.

Links to the patterns are at the bottom of the post, so scroll down for the good stuff.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Show and Tell - February

All photos are courtesy of Katheryn E. 
Sam G. -crochet mandala; Maia R. - commissioned roving
piano pad; Sandy W. - Scandalous Carrots socks; Rachel B.-
sock yarn bunny, and recycled wool bunny; Cheryl O.-
garter stitch baby blanket
Sandy W. - string bag made by Guaymi Indians; Program on drop spindles,
supported spinning, portable back strap loom that she made is practicing
weaving using the back strap to control tension.
Sali A. - crocheted circle sweater/vest, multi fiber cowl
Carrie J. - rainbow mitts, Downton Abbey hat, knitting two socks at the
same time, enerlac scarf, and bobble mitts
Christy P. knitting a two-color cardigan with a built-in steek
Cinde P. has been knitting multiple cowls from the yarn she got at the
October Guild meeting.
Colleen J. - program on spinning wheels and their features, yarn that
she has spun, plied, and dyed, socks she is knitting and adding mohair
to the heels for reinforcement, a small, knit neck scarf

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PVC Niddy Noddy

No need to purchase an expensive niddy noddy when you can make one from simple PVC pipe and connections for less than $6.

Ballard Flicka gives measurements for an interchangeable niddy noddy to make hanks from one yard to two meters. The site also gives directions on how to use the niddy noddy to make hanks.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Directory of Fiber Resources

Interweave originally offered the Natural Fiber Directory as a pull-out section in the Spin-Off magazine, but now it is a free e-book Natural Fiber Directory that can be downloaded on a tablet or smart phone. 

It's a  one-stop, easy-to-take-with-you listings of fiber resources from around the world. These listings are important for searching for the perfect fleece for a project, and also for the spinning community as a whole.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Flatware Pocket Placemat

While this tutorial uses Christmas fabric, the placemats can be made for any season. They would be great for summertime meals on the patio.

Fabric of My Life shares a tutorial for making the Placemats with Flatware Pockets.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February Meeting Reminder

Fremont Fiber Art Guild Meeting
Saturday, February 18, 2017

10 AM

REACH Foundation
   622 N. 8th W.
Riverton, WY 82501

Free-will donation for Nancy Jones' estate wool & roving
(bring a bag if you plan to take some home)

Program - Spinning by Sandy W. & Colleen J.

Remember to bring $1.00 for use of the building

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Large Quilt Blocks

Star Baby Quilts

Quilt Pimp compiled a list of links for free large quilt blocks - several 40" x 40"

Genny & Ruth quilt

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fabric Weaving

Fabric of My Life shares a tutorial and tips on the technique of fabric weaving for those who want to try something new.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Applique Art

a beginning
Melissa Averinos shares tips on how she created a pile of scraps into a work of art.

The photos on the We All Sew post shows her thought process and how she finished this quilt.
still a work in progress

Friday, February 10, 2017

Measuring for Curtains

No doubt all the recent snow has you craving color or a change in your window coverings.

Make sure to read Yulki's Home Decor measuring tips for curtains before you shop for panels or fabric to make them.

Measuring Windows for Curtains

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Apps for Quilters

Right Sides Together gives quilters a list of helpful smartphone apps that will make quilting easier. She discusses apps for color selection, needles, block designs, and more.

Smartphone Apps for Quilters 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spinning Podcasts

Sweet Georgia Yarns didn't neglect spinners on their podcasts. Six spinning episodes are available.

Spinning Podcasts

Monday, February 6, 2017

Knitting Podcasts

Sweet Georgia Yarns has six pages (yes, pages) of knitting podcasts that cover nearly every knitting topic imaginable.

Knitting Podcasts

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weaving Podcasts

Sweet Georgia Yarns has four interesting podcasts on weaving that can be accessed at the following link:

Weaving Podcasts

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"No Sew" Button Technique

Some projects are commonly pushed aside once they are off the knitting needles or the last crochet stitch has been made. All the garment lacks is buttons. . .but it may take weeks or months to do that simple task.

Taking Time to Smell the Roses' technique might help save garments from the buttonless fate -  add the buttons as you knit or crochet the garment. 

The "no sew" technique is explained and illustrated in the post: "No Sew" Method of Attaching Buttons"

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crochet Romanian Cord

According to Roving Crafters, "Romanian Cord, aka Romanian Lace Cord (and also aka Macrame Cord even though it is not macrame), is a pretty but dead simple cord that you can whip up whenever you need. It’s fully reversible and works up fast. I’ve seen it used as ties, edges, stitched on embellishments. I’ve seen it looped and worn as bracelets, necklets, and on one occasion earrings."

More information and a video of the technique can be seen here.