god my favorite part of knitting/crocheting/etc is watching string become fabric. crumpling it in my hands. this fabric would've never existed had I not willed it into being. it isn't fabric, it's time made physical. made material. isn't that the high of crafting? you mold time between your hands and put it into other people's hands. my least favorite part is when my cat tries to cram the whole yarn ball into his mouth
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to @joeybateyofficial the dearest of all dear hearts! I used my holiday break to embroider a piece inspired by The Amazing Devil's most relatable song. I hope you love it and have a magnificent day 💖
If you like my work, check out my other pieces inspired by The Amazing Devil
Hi peeps, I recently took a little detour into tutorial-writing-land to create a PDF tutorial for these mini embroidered chairs that I started making earlier this year. Sooo if you want to try creating one of these for yourself (good as tiny shelf decor or perhaps a seat for your resident hamster?) you can check out my tutorial on my website here, or in my etsy shop.
Also, you don't have to be an experienced crafter to make this! If you can cut out a template cleanly with a pair of scissors, you can do this! What is required is a lot of patience though, because each chair could take days to make...
ALSO, I will be auctioning off one of these chairs (a blue one) on my instagram this coming weekend (Sep 4, 2021) with all proceeds going to a local Toronto non-profit (details will be provided in the insta post ^_^) so if you'd like to have one, but don't want to make it yourself... that's your chance!
Ok that's all, good night/day/dusk wherever you are!
While a sewing machine is super convenient, having access to one is not required for mending. Most mends can easily be done by hand. If you're really patient, you can even make entire garments by hand, just like they did in ye olden days.
So, let's take a look at a few basic hand sewing stitches to get you started.
(Image source) [ID: hand stitches for quilters: the running stitch, slipstitch, backstitch, whipstitch, and blanket stitch.]
The running stitch
The running stitch can be used for many purposes. It's popular in embroidery, and can be used to outline shapes or baste (temporarily secure) pieces together. It can also be used to ruffle fabric by hand, and I personally use it a lot to secure patches in place when covering up holes in garments. The running stitch is also the base stitch for sashiko, a popular style of visible mending.
Video tutorial for the running stitch
Text tutorial for the running stitch
The slipstitch, also known as the ladder stitch, is my go-to stitch for closing tears and fixing torn seams. This stitch is frequently used to sew pieces of knitting together, too. You can also use it to make small size corrections in a garment, for example to add a quick dart or to make a side seam smaller. It's invisible on the outside, which makes it a great stitch to fix up things like plushies, duvet covers, or pillows.
Video tutorial for the slipstitch
Text tutorial for the slipstitch
The backstitch will likely be the stitch you'll be using the most when working on a project. It's a strong, clean stitch that can be used for almost anything: seams, hems, embroidery, attaching two pieces of fabric together, zippers,... This is also the best stitch to imitate machine sewing with. If you're only going to learn one hand sewing stitch, then make it the backstitch!
Video tutorial for the backstitch
Text tutorial for the backstitch
The whipstitch, also known as the overcast stitch, can be used to stop fabric edges from fraying and is great to finish seams off with. It can also be used to quickly sew two pieces of fabric together, for appliqué, or as a decorative technique. I personally prefer the blanket stitch over the whipstitch because it's a little cleaner, but the whipstitch is faster than the blanket stitch.
Video tutorial for the whipstitch
Text tutorial for the whipstitch
The blanket stitch
The blanket stitch is great for finishing off seams and stopping fabric from fraying. It's also frequently used for appliqué and embroidery, and can be used to make button holes by hand. It looks neater than the whipstitch, but is also slower to get done.
Video tutorial for the blanket stitch
Text tutorial for the blanket stitch
Get yourself a spare piece of fabric and try these stitches out before attempting them on a real project. I promise you'll get the hang of them quickly!
If you're only going to learn one of these, then make it the backstitch as it's the most versatile hand stitch.
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Shira is selling the Knit One Girl Two and other stories collection in paperback for $9.99 ($3 pdf here). At this price it would make a great present for someone craving positivity and light in their wlw fiction reading—especially as a Chanukah gift because most of the main characters are Jewish. This large-print book includes three sapphic comfort reads about women falling in love with each other while reconnecting with their creative hobbies—art, music, even dyeing yarn. Speaking of which...
Caitlin is selling her hand-dyed sock yarn (you can also use it for hats and mittens and shawls!) that stripes all on its own. The color pictured here is called “North Pole”, and it comes in a few choices of base yarn. One skein is enough to make something really cool. The 3-D printed peacock box is here, and inside are compartments perfect for storing your supplies like darning needle, measuring tape etc. There are other boxes on the site too, and she also sells beautiful stitch markers that would make a great inexpensive present if you have a knitter in your life but need to spend only a little bit.
If you’ve already read Knit One Girl Two and would like to help signal-boost, reblogs are appreciated <3 (The other two stories in the collection are Fearless and “Your Name is Love”, a sample of the Mangoverse.)
June's Patreon patterns just dropped! It's $3 to get one or more patterns dropped straight in your inbox each month. Only $15 to get access to my whole Patreon library, which is getting pretty big at this point. Join us!
This time around there’s one cross stitch pattern as well as my very first blackwork pattern! These will go up in my Etsy shop in roughly two weeks (or whenever I remember) so favorite my shop to be notified when new things appear.
Fascinated by this youtube channel that’s just a bouncy, charming woman blind-filling a bunch of mystery casting molds and then revealing what the molds are, one per video.
The reveal is almost always super fast, so you’re not left in suspense, and then if you like you get about ten delightful minutes of her painting and firing the pieces, troubleshooting issues with the molds, and generally enjoying herself.