Fun With Fleece Projects Has many projects that require no
sewing! If you visit one of there stories you may even find a free booklet with
all of these patterns printed out for you. I bought material and inspired by
Lori of Lori's
Original Fabric Crafts I plan to make some No-Sew pillows to match the Twice
Warm Fleece Blanket she made for me. They say you can make a pillow in about 30
minutes! You cut two squares of fleece and with a scissor or rotary cutter you
just cut fringe stips all around the square and tie together. These are not the
full directions but you get the idea! Besides the new sew blankets and pillows
don't miss the
No-Sew frindged Purse!
I have seen people make No-Sew Fringed Scarfs
that were fringed all around. It looked real cute. The fringe can be done
short strips but also long. It is an interesting look can't describe it but reminds me
of a boa. Just depends on how wide you make the scarf and how long you cut the
strips to tie into fringe.
Eileen's Knit Tips
Can't knit on circular needles or can't knit
at all? Try using Knifty Knitter Looms for making hats.
The directions were not great for
making the hats but there are booklets to help you. I used the next to
largest loom for adult hats.
I really liked the Red Heart acrylic yarn that self
stripes and has camouflage colors by Bernat and Red Heart
This is the same yarn as the hat. The
striping just works better in short rows. Loom knitting books from Amazon.com
Find more loom knitting books by clicking on Knitting and Crocheting Books
in green on right.
Needlecrafts and Yarn
Sources Some with Free Projects:
Has many free lessons inclucing yarn and sewing
projects. They also sell many needlecraft, fabric and yarn
products. They sell their own brand of yarn including some fun furs and boucle'.
They also sell ladder and ribbon yarn. They carry many brands including: Lion,
Bernat, Patons, Lily, Coats and Clark, Caron, Moda Dea etc.
Here are links I thought you might find useful from Jo-ann.com
Sale on Yarns Now!
They seem to have a new sweepstake ever month or so! No
Check out Moda Dea
They also have free patterns for crocheting fun fur
flip-flops. Lion Brand Pattern
The CraftyNeedle (California
As California Stitchery and Crafty Needle they had been in business for over 20
years. Now Crafty Needle has new owners and moved to Florida. Lots of new things. You'll
find: stamped cross stitch, counted cross stitch, crewel embroidery,
paint by number, longstitch, crochet, latch hook, and any other kind of
stitchery here. They also do custom designs. They also have a large selection of
Jewish kits. They
are constantly adding more designs to their extensive collection of
handpainted needlepoint kits for Tallis Bags and Tallis (attarahs)collars.
Has great resource/craft advise by Maria Nerius plus a great store with discount
CrochetKim.com I meant to list this
site a long time ago. It has a huge list of links to lessons & patterns. Some
of the patterns are free some for sale. Also offers help
finding crochet items for sale especially for weddings.
and Clark.com's Free Lessons Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting and more. Plus
check out their Educator's programs. They now sell eyelash
yarn under their own name and a new name. Moda-Dea. Foxy is one of Coats and
Clark's eyelash yarn.
This is one of the companies selling the "fun fur"/eye lash thread for the scarfs that
everyone seems to be crazy about. Including me! I have crocheted a few and now
knitting one. I will include pictures soon. I have found this yarn in many
Many free patterns and projects for adult and children sizes.
Clothing and fun accessories.
A few of the "Fun Fur" Projects:
Available for knitting or
crocheting bags, coats, scarfs and more.
Free Knitted Chemo Cap
Pattern for Fun Fur. Of course it can be used for anyone wanting a fur hat.
But for those of us that have had friend's who needed Chemo Caps this is
adorable. This comes with two patterns for straight needles or double pointed
needles. A crocheted chemo cap pattern is coming.
check out their patterns for kids.
Most are for the
teens/children to knit and crochet themselves. Check out the pocket pets! ( I
have pictures of them on my Eyelash yarn project
pages Check out the President Obama and Mc Cain finger
puppets above in my second column!
Bernat.com Bernat yarn
also has many different kinds of yarn including eyelash yarn called Boa and Eye Lash. They have free patterns for
scarfs and other things for crocheting and knitting but you have to sign in as
a member to get the full directions. You do have to give personal information
to do this.
Linea by DMC is a new approach to stitched embellishment, and a creative way
to personalize a favorite fashion or home decor item. They have scarf kits,
pocketbooks and pillow kits plus stencils to use on your own items.
They say it is super simple and quick to do.
Jewish Needlecrafts have moved to their own
pages. Find Yarmulkah patterns,blogs, needlecrafts, embroidery and
Finally getting long enough to seperate
into a group of it's own!
A first for Chadiscrafts, Eileen
is asking all of her followers to check out these amazing college students'
senior project. Yes, these are friends of my sons that attend Maryland
Institute College of Art In Baltimore, MD But their project is amazing.
Taking a stash of fabric scraps from a grandmother, digitizing and making
new fabric that they will then sew into clothes and hats. Their project is to have 2 full fashion shows. Handmade clothes and
"MAmA Said"to go to the
kickstarter page for the full description. Their goal is to raise $1,200 by
Feb. 23. Every dollar counts! Remember this is a pledge, as with all kickstarter projects, if
they do not reach their goal, it costs you nothing. Pledge from $1 to
$500. Please support these young artists. They more
than doubled their goal. Thanks to all that supported them.
Charity (Tzedakah= Hebrew) Needlecrafts
My site had always featured charity projects but the
pages are getting too long. So I am starting a new page for charity projects.
Join the Hollywood stars and knit or crochet a hat to help save
children all over the world from hypothermia. Part of their Survive to 5 (age
5) Campaign. Free patterns below on my site from many sources including the
preemie hats from Bernat yarns.
Lisa Edelstein Star of the TV Show House
LION BRAND YARN PRESIDENTAL FINGER
PUPPETS TO CROCHET Free patterns. President Obama
Personally I think the Obama puppet is too dark to look like
him but I think the puppets are cute. They used wool ease and looks like all of their browns
are very dark. Possibly if you use a different lion yarn you can make it more
research it seems the best buy is to buy the deluxe model. It comes with an
extension, counter and the attachment to make designs into your knitting.
You can buy it from the manufacturer or Joann.com For
some of the little extra accessories and little tools you will have to go to
Bond the manufacturer.
Jelly Yarn is not cord or flat lanyard but round pliable vinyl
that is specially formulated for knitting and crochet. Authors Kathleen and
Nick Greco wanted something different, cool, and modern. They introduced a new
yarn under their Yummy Yarns brand: Jelly Yarn. Available in Fine and Bulky
weights, there are 9 translucent and opaque colors aptly named: Black Licorice,
Blue Taffy, Pink Parfait, Raspberry Sorbet, Lemon-Lime, Ice, Hot Pink Candy,
Orange Sherbet, Ice and Honey Gold. The yarn is ideal for fashion accessories,
and patterns are available for purses, handbags, beach and market bags,
belts, bracelets, and even flip-flops. The resulting knit fabric is a glossy
texture that is retro with a techno flair.
Jellyyarns.com Designer and company that sells the yarn,
patterns and kits. Also has free tips and pattern for jelly purse.
Suggestions are made to knit using metal knitting needles,
so I tried crocheting with metal crochet hooks. They suggest you double the
yarn on pocketbooks.
Crocheted U2 Ipod Case Using about a half a ball of Yummy Yarn's Fine Lemon
Lime Jelly Yarn
Of course with my love of working
with plastic/vinyl, I
had to try knitting and crocheting with this new yarn. Of course that also meant I was curious if a tighter stitch would make items more
cost effective. Seemed to work.
I was in a fun mood, so I tried crocheting
a Ipod case for my son's 20gig Ipod I found that I used
a very large metal crocheting needle and it was too large. The case would stretch out of shape when I pulled the
Ipod out of the case a few times. I
plan to try some other projects soon. (I really want the new gold metallic!)
It was fun working with the yarn.