Stamping on Fabric
Mar07

Stamping on Fabric

Versacraft fine detail pigment inks by Tsukineko are great for stamping designs on fabrics. Versacraft multipurpose water based inks are incredibly versatile and can be used on paper, wood, leather and even unglazed ceramics. There is also a range of coordinating Fabrico Markers to extend the scope for the artist. Stamp your design with the ink pad and then add extra colour, shading and effects with the Fabrico markers. Fabric needs...

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Woolfest 2015
Jun27

Woolfest 2015

Woolfest 2015 got off to a great start and by mid morning the venue was full of eager crafters. The small stands were crammed with yarns, threads, finished goods and equipment. Hand turned wooden drop spindles sat alongside inkle looms, rigid needle looms and spinning wheels. This time I was accompanied by a partially sighted friend and one of her first comments was “does this piece of card say do not touch?” Yarn crafts...

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The Weaver’s Idea Book
Jan14

The Weaver’s Idea Book

The Weaver’s Idea Book, Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom by Jane Patrick and published by Interweave Press is a comprehensive book for all rigid heddle loom owners, those new to weaving or wishing to progress their design skills. One of the most common comments about the rigid heddle loom is that it only creates plain weave fabrics and is just for beginners, but nothing could be further form the truth.  With a little...

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Fabric die cutting
Mar27

Fabric die cutting

Die cutting machines are becoming increasingly popular for quilting and applique and over the next few months we will be looking at models and features available. Die cutting Magazines and trade fairs are awash with devices to make the crafters’ life easier.  Top among the products currently available are die cutting machines which offer a faster alternative for cutting repetitive or awkward shapes. Originally designed for paper...

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Craft show success
Mar13

Craft show success

The Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft show took place in Glasgow from March 6-9 and by midday on Saturday the show halls were packed with eager crafters visiting the exhibitors from the world of knitting and stitching, beading, textile art and papercraft. Visitors were treated to a display of colourful costumes from the latest film adaptation of Les Miserables.  Created by Oscar nominated Paco Delado for an all star cast including...

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Bergere de France review
Jan08

Bergere de France review

Bergere de France offer some stunning Parisienne designs to take your knitting to another level. Their winter magazine has a wonderful modern take on a Fair Isle design jumper and any of their previous magazines can be back ordered. Patterns from Bergere de France can be purchased singly or as compilations in their seasonal magazines which offer great value for money. There is something for everybody, from beginner to experienced...

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