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NEW - Holiday Crafts Section
We've finished the new holiday crafts section. Valentines, Easter, Halloween & Christmas already have their own sections; this is for the other holidays from New Year's to Thanksgiving. Holiday Crafts at AllCrafts.net
See the list of other new projects added recently to AllCrafts in the AllCrafts Update Blog
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|AllCrafts.net Arts & Crafts Book Review
||Hip to Stitch: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread
by Melinda A. Barta
Just so you know, I loved this book!
20 innovative projects with a modern flair, using traditional embroidery stitches. Two projects use a sewing machine to layer thread using free motion stitching inside an outline. Nice technique that can be adapted to many ideas.
I enjoy learning new hand embroidery stitches, so I'm happy to report that there are nice diagrams and instructions for 38 different stitches. The first project is a stitch reference and needle storage book. That'll be nice to have once you've given the cute project away and can't remember what you did...
Never thought of making your own thimbles? Their Korean-inspired fabric and leather thimbles are colorfully embroidered, and look like they'd work up pretty quick. Another quick project is the hair ties. Shapes are stitched on a scrap of cotton and put on cover buttons attached to hair elastics.
All of the projects in this book are small items and probably finish quickly, except for the purse and mittens, since those items are handmade. The other projects are embellishments added to pre-made items - A baby bib stitched with tiny insect designs, an apron decorated with kitchen utensil outlines and measurement conversions.
Favorite projects - Happy Birthday stitched velvet ribbons, embroidered map journal cover and the chicken napkin ring. This is a great book for your craft library. Learn lots of stitches while making quick modern designs.
The book is nicely designed, with many color photos, illustrations and interesting info in sidebar sections. The first chapter discusses notions and materials thoroughly. A beginner could learn embroidery with this book, while most any stitcher will enjoy the stitches and projects.
Hip to Stitch: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread at Amazon.com.
Font Garden -
Unique Handwriting Fonts
Great site for fonts! Get your handwriting turned into a font. Use it for journaling on your scrapbook pages, greeting cards and more. They also sell handwriting fonts. Plus, they have a huge library of free fonts!
New Projects in Holiday Crafts
Holiday Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the holidays & seasons featured:
New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, April Fool's Day, Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Canada Day, Graduation, Memorial Day & Flag Day, Summer, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Grandparents Day, Back to School, Fall, Election Day & Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Winter and more!
Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and Patriotic Crafts have their own pages at AllCrafts.net.
Everything for Beading & Jewelry Making - AUNTIE'S BEADS
Starting Thursday, August 4th, customers can preview and purchase great new bead selections before they go to stores. Customers can shop online Thursday through Monday with coupon code AUGOLTS10 , and receive 10% off their Trunk Show purchase. (Expires 8/8)
New Free Shipping Offer:
We are now offering .99 First Class shipping on all orders under 4 ounces. (4 oz. of beads is a lot!) No coupon necessary.
Other free shipping offers:
FREESHIP100 - Free shipping on $100 orders. No exp.
FREESHIP05A - free shipping on a minimum order of $100.00 or more exp. 12-31-05
CHARM05A - 10% off any charm in the charm section, no minimum exp. 12-31-05
CZECHGLASS05A - 10% off Czech Glass, no minimum exp. 12-31-05
PRESENT05A - $10.00 off entire order of $100.00 or more exp. 12-31-05
CHARM10 - 10% off $50 minimum order in Charms / Charm Bracelets category, no exp.
CHARM20 - 20% off $200 min order in Charms / Charm Bracelets category, no exp.
CHARM25 - 25% off $300 min order in Charms / Charm Bracelets category, no exp.
AUNTIESTOOLS - 25% off $100 min order in Tools and Supplies category, no exp
WATCHFACE15 - 15% off $150 minimum order in Watch Face category, no exp
AllCrafts.net Crossword Puzzle
||Little Known Holidays: August - December Crossword
To celebrate the new Holiday Crafts page, here's more holidays you won't see at AllCrafts.net (yet!) Try the crafts crossword puzzle.