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Stephanie

About Stephanie

Hello everyone. I’m Stephanie and I’m so happy to be the Yarn and Needlework contributor for Think Crafts. A friend taught me to crochet back in 2000 and I’ve been hooked on textile crafts every since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. I love making my own clothes and home accessories. Creating fun monsters out of sparkly yarn is my current obsession. I blog about my crafty creations at Twilly 23.

Pompom Maker

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Pompoms are super cute and make a great accessory. You can add them to hats, make curtain ties, earring and more. Yarn comes in so many colors and textures that the type of pompom you can make seems endless. With this pompom maker kit, you’ll be able to make four different sized pompoms.

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Jar Openers

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Have trouble opening up tight kitchen jars? Me too. When I’m cooking my hands are often too wet or too greasy to open up jars. To fix this problem I made my own jar openers with crochet collars. The simple collar gives the openers some flair. This pattern also makes a great last minute housewarming gift.

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Patching Pants

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Clothing naturally rips or tears over time but that doesn’t mean it’s destined for the trash bin. Tears near inside seams can be tricky to repair discreetly. By using fabric with bold colors or patterns, you can repair clothes by giving them a stylish upgrade. This tutorial will show you how to patch your clothing while also making the repairs look like an upcycled design choice.

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Setting Yarn Twist

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

New to spinning? I’ve recently returned to the craft after years away. After finishing a skein it is important to block the yarn just like you would block a finished sweater. Beginner spinners can easily put too much twist into their yarn as they are learning to spin. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to block your handspun and how to weight your yarn to help distribute the twist. Continue reading

Product Review: Solid Oak Macrame Beaded Banner Kit

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Want to try a new craft? Macrame involves a series of knots that are easy and quick to learn. This Solid Oak Kit will let you create a pretty wall hanging while also teaching you a new skill.

CRAFT:
Macrame

DIFFICULTY:
Beginner

MATERIALS:

 

REVIEW:

The macrame kit comes with three skeins of cotton yarn, beads and instructions.

Before getting started I recommend winding the skeins into balls because they can easily get tangled.

The directions suggest gluing the tips of the rope or wrapping them with tape. I recommend using wasabi tape because it is easy to peel off later.

The cotton yard is firm enough to easily knot but still soft enough to not scratch the hands. The beads are a pleasing natural wood.

You’ll need to find a way to secure the rope while you work. I started with zip ties around the back of a chair. However, once I finished the first banner it felt like a waste of zip ties since I could only use them once. Tying the rope with some scrap yarn worked way better.

The instructions have clear visuals for each type of knot. I found this very helpful since this is my first time trying macrame.

At first it felt like I was all thumbs and it was hard to coordinate my hands with the rope.

Over time I started getting the hang of it and the knots became easier to make.

Using the back of a chair works great because you can move ropes you’re not using out of the way.

As I become more comfortable making knots my knotting style tightened up noticeably. The left macrame above was the first one I made. I decided to place the first one in the center of the piece to compensate for the size change..

This took me three days to make. I made the first macrame day one, three of them on day two and did the last one and finished the piece on day three.

Each banner piece uses the same length for the ropes. I was surprised how much the knotting process made the ends uneven.

The wasabi tape also comes in handy at the end. I used it to tape my piece to the floor to cut the tails into a pyramid.

The kit made it easy to try macrame. Even though I’m a beginner at this craft I’m really happy with my finished piece.

Not only did I learn a new skill but now I have some groovy wall art.

Craft on!

Carding Rolags

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Like to spin but want to up your skills? I’m returning to my beloved craft after several years away. Spinning directly from roving works well enough. But if you want fluffy yarn that’s a breeze to spin, grab yourself a pair of hand carders and follow this tutorial to make your own rolags. Rolags are small rolls of fiber that you create by hand. The finished rolags are uniform in width and flufflier, both of which make your spinning easier. Plus the fibers are well blended which will give your finished yarn a consistent color.

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Spinning Wheel Polish

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Winter holidays brought me a spinning wheel. Since most of the wheel is made of wood it needed to be properly polished. If you have a wheel yourself this tutorial takes you step by step for polishing. You can also use this technique on wooden spindles, looms and hand carders.

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