Embroidery Hoop Memo Board

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DIY a memo board from an embroidery hoop and string. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I”ll admit it, I’m a hoarder. I can’t bear to part with any piece of paper that has even the smallest amount of sentimental attachment. When I was a teenager, I covered an entire wall with cork to hold everything from movie ticket stubs to photos. While the cork board wall is now gone, I still have a box of its remains just waiting to be proudly displayed again. This embroidery hoop memo board lets me share my memories in a much more attractive way.

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Featured Crafter: Lauren of Funky Monkey Embroidery

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Lauren is an active mom to two little ones (ages 17 months and 2 months) as well as a loving wife to her Army-man husband. She started crafting as a new mom and has enjoyed learning different ways to make and create things for her little ones! When she’s not sewing or designing, she spend her “free” time running, cooking, and picking up the never ending stream of toys that decorate every room in the house!

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My unique baby gifts and children’s clothing will add a funky flare to any child’s life. Baby items are wonderful as baby shower gifts or gifts for a new mother.

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Book Review: Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons

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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!

Machine Embroidery in 6 Lessons

Do you have an interest in machine embroidery but haven’t a clue how to get started? This is the book you need to get your custom machine stitching underway. The book starts from one of the hardest parts– finding the right machine. It goes through, step by step each feature that embroidery machines have, and how you can benefit from them. As you add features, the price goes up, so you can learn what features the machine you can afford has. From there, learn about the basic supplies that you will need to get to stitching. This way, you can leave the craft store confident that you’ve gotten everything you need.

After you’ve learned about the tools you need, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons takes you through the step-by-step process of designing, placing, and stitching your pattern. It quickly becomes obvious that each lesson in the book is crucial to making your machine embroidery the way you want. Each tip and trick will save you a lot of heartache and issues in the future. There is even a lesson on how to properly hoop your fabric so that the design ends up exactly where you want it! It comes with industry standards for placement of embroidery, and tips for making sure your hard work ends up looking fabulous.

One of my favorite things about this book is the 12 point checklist written in the back. It’s a perfect reference tool for machine embroiderers,  no matter how experienced you are. Instead of flipping through the book every time, you’ll only have to look at one page and know that you’re completing every step. The book also comes with handy machine embroidery tools including an angle finder, centering ruler, target ruler, and target stickers. The book teaches you how to use each and what they do.

If you’re even considering learning to machine embroider, take a look at Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons. Stop by on tomorrow for your chance to win an autographed copy!

Embroidery Floss Storage

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I’m not an embroiderer. Sure I pick up the odd assortment of embroidery floss now and again to add some pizzazz to knee patches or little boy ties, but on the whole, I don’t get around to a whole lot of embroidery. Which means that I don’t have a very good way of storing the thread. Instead, I tend to toss the leftovers from projects in with my ribbon and by the time I need it again, it’s such an unholy mess that I usually have to toss it out and buy more. My kids are seriously into friendship bracelets this summer and that means that, once again, I’ve had to go out and stock up on embroidery thread, but this time, I’m prepared for the onslaught of little colorful bundles of string. I’ve got clothespins. This method of storing embroidery thread is so simple and useful, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Open the clothespin and then close it with the end of the thread on the inner part of the top, near (but not in) the smallest holes.

2. Start winding. Wrap the entire length of thread around the clothespin, keeping the thread between the spring and the large hole.

3. When you have reached the end, tug it through the end of the clothespin toward the larger hole. You can open the pin slightly iff necessary but you should be able to pull the string into place without opening the pin in most cases. The pin will hold the end in place until needed. When you want a section of thread simple pull it out from the end of the pin and unwind the length you need before refastening the new end!

Old Glory Wall Hanging

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle.

Old Glory Wall Hanging for July 4th

“Let freedom ring” for this Independence Day, and all summer long with this stars and stripes wall hanging inspired by “Old Glory” herself.  This shabby flag is a good project to use up all those fabric scraps, short lengths of trim, lace, and other bits and bobs you may have in your crafting stash.

My finished wall hanging is 12″x16″, and is hanging on a 20″ long stick.  You could size this project up or down, as desired, just keep in mind that to keep similar proportions to a real American flag, your red and white “stripes” of lace and trim need to hang down approximately twice as long as your blue rectangle.  You can always reference a real American flag if you want to make sure your proportions are correct, I just kind of eyeballed mine.

Here’s  what I used to make my wall hanging:

  • A stick, about 20″ long.  Mine came from my yard, or you could use a dowel.
  • A piece of blue fabric about 9″x6″, I used a piece of denim.
  • Lengths of red,  white and natural colored trim, lace, pom-pom ribbon, and 1″ strips of fabric that are about 16″ in length.  Variation is good though, so don’t worry if some are a bit longer or shorter, just make sure most are about 16″ long.
  • Small white crocheted doilies, white lace rosettes, white fabric flowers, buttons, etc., for the “stars” to go on the blue background.
  • Gold embroidery floss.
  • Buttons for embellishment. (Brass buttons, white buttons, star buttons.)
  • Natural jute, for hanging.
  • Hot glue gun, and glue sticks.
  • Tea bags for tea staining (optional).

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Beachy Dream Catcher

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

DIY Beachy Dream Catcher

The lace of the doily along with the shells and drift wood will hopefully produce good dreams of the summer ahead. This project would be great for after your vacation, picking up items from the beach to make the craft. This could also be a gift for a friend with a beach house.

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Last Week’s Social Media Recap

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As the marketing assistant for CreateForLess, I have a lot of fun coming up with new ways to help inspire and interact with all of you through social media. We try to bring new ideas and fun finds from around the internet right to your screen with our different social media channels. If you’re not already following, and like what you see, make sure to click over and like, follow, comment, and share!

First up is Facebook, and let me tell you, you guys love your craft confessions! Here were the top 2 from the week:

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Do you agree?

Check out more of what’s been going on around social media, and don’t forget to follow!

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