My Favorite Things – Clover Needlecraft

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

I’ve always been a fan of Clover’s bamboo knitting needles. In fact that was my first pair! Now many knitting and crocheting needles later, Clover is still my first choice and have made some of my other favorite things! They make some of the most ingenious products that makes craft projects look professional, even for a beginner.

Have you ever tried to make a yo-yo by hand? I have, and refuse to ever do it that way again! Watch this video on the Clover Yo-Yo makers and you’ll see why. The Clover Yo-Yo Makers come in small, medium, large and x-large in numerous shapes – butterfly, heart, flower, oval and more.

PS. I also refuse to make pom-poms by hand now too! Thank you Clover!

 

I recently got a Flower Frill template too. It’s a plastic template where you flip & fold fabric or paper to make a flower! This is what Clover made with the Flower Frill template, just imagine the possibilities!

Clover Double Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

Now Tunisian crochet isn’t anything new. Well new to me. They go back a gazillion years. Well, maybe not that far, but it is an old technique. But now there’s something new on the market from Clover. It’s the Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook. With a hook at both ends, it allows you to crochet in the round so you can make beautifil projects ranging from a cute little coffee cup cozy (you know, like those cardboard sleeves coffee places use) to hats to a cell phone holder to purses to …. well, you get the idea.

My handmade, reusable coffee sleeve

You can make a whole lotta stuff! Clover’s web site has instructional videos.

Check it out:

10 Ways to Avoid Getting Pinched on St. Patrick’s Day

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Were you one of those kids that always wore the smallest, most insignificant amount of green that you could on St. Patrick’s Day? For some reason, that was me. I’d wear green nail polish on one finger, or green underwear, or a green necklace hidden in my shirt. I loved fooling people into pinching me on St. Patrick’s Day. You got to pinch anyone who pinched you! Talk about payback. As an adult, I kind of hold on to this tradition. Not to pinch people, but I still avoid my green shirts and dresses and opt for a more subtle but still festive approach to avoid the dreaded pinch. Here are some great ways to avoid the pinching and still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Clover Tattoo - Modern Parents, Messy Kids

DIY Four Leaf Clover TattoosModern Parents, Messy Kids

Keep a homemade temporary tattoo hidden behind a sleeve, or wear it loud and proud on your hand.

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Child Stitches

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Embroidery for Kids

Child Embroidery - Teaching kids to stitch

This is a simple and fun way to teach a very basic idea of using a needle and thread. The stitches are not technical, they are experimental. It helps a child feel confident and not afraid of a needle, as mine was. That was the first hurdle we had to jump, not being afraid of the needle. The second was it will not be perfect the first try. Once we got past those, this project turned into a cute wall hanging we are using for Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:

Start off by having the child lightly draw a design on the muslin or fabric. We chose to do simple hearts. Once the design is on the fabric, place the fabric in the hoop and pull the fabric taut.

Decide on the colors of floss the child is going to use. Cut a length of embroidery floss and tie a knot on the one end and thread the needle with the other. The biggest thing the child has to remember is up and down. The needle starts in the back and ends in the back in an up and down motion. There are many different types of stitches that they can try. The simple one is the running stitch, which is a simple sewing stitch that goes down and up evenly through cloth without being looped. In our pictures my daughter tried her hand at the chain stitch for the heart outline. The chain stitch is a looped stitch resembling chain, a stitch in which each stitch forms a loop through the forward end of the previous one to resemble the links of a chain.

(Remember the string moves up and down through the fabric, never around the edge of the hoop.)

Child Embroidery doesn't have to be perfect

Using whatever stitch style the child wants have them stitch the drawing to the best of their ability.

Once the stitching is done, trim the fabric and tack it to the back of the fabric or hoop and hang the beautiful piece of art.

Child Embroidery Wall Art

Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s time to celebrate another Friday with a fun prize! This week’s winner will receive a Clover basket making kit!

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This kit includes 5 basket frames with different sizes and shapes and 2 boxes of yarn to help you create your own baskets!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week:  Are your craft supplies kept messy or organized?

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Leaf Garland

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Fall Leaf Garland

DIY Fall Leaf Garland

Who doesn’t love a cute garland?!?!?!? This is a simple craft that children of all ages can make and enjoy. We used a bag of silk fall leaves, but this project can be made with real leaves gathered from the yard. There are also felt leaves or paper leaves that would work too!

If you plan on using real leaves they have to be freshly fallen leaves that are still pliable. If they are too dry they will crumble and not string.

Supplies:

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I used a basic crotchet string/thread in a classic size 10. Thread the needle and gently pinch the leaf in the middle and slide the needle through. This passes the needle through the front and back of the leaf.

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Push the leaf down the string, add the next leaf. Continue adding leaves until all are used.  Spread the leaves out on the string, leave a little extra at each end to use to hang the garland.  Then cut it from the ball. Tie a knot at either end to hold the leaves on and hang.

DIY Leaf Garland

Another easy craft to pretty up your harvest feast!

Floating Ghost Necklace

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

DIY Floating Ghost Necklace for Halloween. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I love Halloween. While spooky is always in fashion this time of year, sometimes you need a cute spook to boost your spirits in the cooler fall months. This little ghost is lightweight, easy to make and just plain adorable.

Ghost Necklace Materials

Supplies:

Molded Ghost

Start by taking a piece of clay the size of a pea and mold it into a ghost-like shape. I used the eraser end of a pencil to help my daughter make the shape. We pressed the pea of clay onto the end of the pencil and molded the shape around it. This gave a nice rounded head and a long body. This also made the ghost hollow, so the clay will dry faster and the pendant will be very light.

Pierce Needle

Once the ghost shape has been molded, remove it from the pencil. Using the needle, pierce a hole in the top of its head.

Let the clay air dry. This took 2 days for a nice hard dry. Then use the permanent marker to dot the eyes on, and if you would like, add an “O” for the mouth.

Seed Bead

Next, tie a seed bead in the middle of the clear string. Then string both ends of the clear line through the hole on the top of the head of the ghost. The seed bead is in the inside of the ghost holding it on to the string. This makes the ghost look like it’s floating.

DIY Floating Ghost Necklace Halloween Jewelry | ThinkCrafts.com

Either use a lobster clasp to close the necklace or make it a long enough string to be tied and placed over the head.

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