Sewing Tools and Notions

Every sewer needs a few more tools besides their sewing machine! Oddly enough, the hardest part about sewing is the preparation. The most basic sewing tools are for measuring and cutting which need to be done with precision. Getting the steps right leading up to the actual sewing part are essential for having your project […]

kpixie + make make yarns carries a wonderful collection of exquisite and exquisitely curated yarns! They specialize in hard to find yarns and patterns for knit or crochet and carry some lovely tools and notions too. From Olympus, Loop D Loop, Blue Sky Alpaca, Spud and Chloe, Louet to Classic Elite brands. And the most unique and sophisticated lines […]

Pattern: Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt

Oliver+S, known for their lovely illustrated childrens patterns, gave away a free skirt pattern not too long ago on their blog: Their cute site and easy to follow patterns are great for the budding sewer. An easy, no-pattern, sewing pattern for an elastic waist dirndl-style skirt from Oliver + S, The Lazy Days Skirt. […]

BurdaStyle Holiday Giveaway 2010

Starting November 30th – December 30th will be giving away a new prize each day! From really great brands too! All you have to do is check the BurdaStyle Blog – everyday and make sure to make a comment to win! Here are some wonderful prizes you can win: Blumenthal Lansing Brother Clover […]

Patterns To Die For: DIY Couture, UK

“The DIYcouture collection consists of twelve simple, classic pieces that can be almost endlessly re-invented.” DIY Couture, London publishes sewing patterns to die for!! DIY Couture patterns feature simple visual instructions (no sewing patterns!) doing away with having to learn to read and cut patterns the old fashioned way. Making it accessible for even the […]

Classic Sewing Patterns

Every sewer needs a pattern! As a beginning sewer it’s much easier (and more effective) to work with a pre-drafted pattern than to draft your own. Here are some of the most popular sewing pattern publishers. They have wonderful designs for both the beginner and the advanced sewer. Many of these publishers’ vintage patters are […]

OMG! Heart Mathematicians & Crochet

Science can be cute! Here is a crocheted representation of a hyperbolic plane taken from Science News. In 1997, two mathematicians, Daina Taimina and David Henderson from Cornell University’s Department of Mathematics, were looking for a way to make durable models for illustrating the unusual shapes in hyperbolic geometry. So Daina began experimenting with knitting […]

OMG! Craft Supplies in NY

I had a terrible time looking for cheapie general craft supplies for my holiday projects. Poly-fill, googly eyes, black safety eyes, felt etc. Maybe I want a random bag of popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners!? So sue me! You’d be hard pressed to find a good (if any) cheapie all-purpose crafts supply store here in […]

Pattern: Bias Knit Scarf

This was one of the first patterns I tried when I got back into knitting several years ago. It came free with the Noro Transitions Yarn I bought from Yarn Connection. I’ve since lost the pattern but it’s very easy. It makes a long skinny scarf and leaves a pointy end – like when you […]