Embroidery Stitches on Video

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
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Daisy Stitch Video Tutorial

If you want to try your hand at embroidery, check out this Video Library of Hand-Embroidery Stitches.

How to Sew a Lining for a Knitted or Crocheted Bag

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
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Sew A Lining For A Crocheted Bag

Oh man, did I need this! I’ve been sitting on my Isabeau Purse for a few years now because I had no idea how to line it. But now I can try my hand at this tutorial and see if I can indeed Sew a Lining for my Knitted Bag! Updates soon.

Reverse engineering an Estonian lace pattern

Monday, June 30th, 2008
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Reverse engineering an Estonian lace pattern

Here’s a great post on reverse engineering an Estonian lace pattern.

Tsumami Kanzashi Tutorials

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
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I’ve fallen in love with Kanzashi. Here’s what Wikipedia says about them:

[[Kanzashi]] are created by Japanese artisans from squares of silk by a technique known as tsumami. Each square is multiply folded with the aid of pincers and cut into a single petal. These are attached to backings of metal to create whole flowers, or attached to silken threads to create strings of blossoms…. Geisha wear different hana kanzashi according to the month, or public holiday. In the summer months (June to September), jade ornaments with white or silver themes are worn. During the winter months (October to May), tortoiseshell and coral kanzashi are worn.

Here are some beautiful Kanzashi I’ve found on the web:

Kanzashi cherry blossoms

Japanese Hair Ornaments for Geisha Kimono Costume & Cosplay

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An outdoor i-cord cast-on tutorial

Friday, July 20th, 2007
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I-cord Cast-on Tutorial photo

In the last post you guys asked for pictures to go with my i-cord instructions, so here they are! The instructions I used were here; I made some clarifications and now I have photos. Liz and I had a mini knitting bee, and at one point we ran out and got these shots before it got dark. Thank you Liz! Here goes!

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Tension Tutorial

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
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Tension Swatches

There’s a great Tension Tutorial over at the purl bee. Lots of great pictures and hints as to why you might have certain problems with the fabric you’re knitting.

I’ve been having tension problems of late; I almost finished a hat for myself yesterday but discovered that, as I’d predicted, the cables tightened the body too much and I’d have to start over with a redesign. So I redesigned it and reknit it, and now it looks completely dorky so I’m going to have to rip again. I think the dorkiness is partly because of my tension; I was knitting it on 4mm needles but they really should have been 5mm. Same problem with the scarf for my dad. Ripping is all I’ve been doing these days!

(Found via CRAFT: magazine.)