Swatch Me Saturday: Gauge Swatch to Scarf

The gauge swatch is a wonderful thing. It’s mainly used to make sure you’re working with a yarn and hook that will produce a correctly sized finished project. In previous installments of this series, I’ve used gauge swatches to do something; this week, I’ll be shifting my focus to the direction of expansion in swatches. I’ll […]

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Business Saturday An interview with Lynn Allen, inventor of BeadEnCounter, an inventory database for labeling and tracking materials. Q: How did you come up with the idea of an inventory database for your handmade jewelry business? A: A few years ago, I became serious about beading as a way to express my creativity. I started […]

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Get Ready for Interweave Yarn Fest!

Interweave Yarn Fest is just a few weeks away! This big event kicks off the Yarn Festival Season, which takes place throughout the spring and summer. During this time there are yarn festivals all over the country, and many stores hold their annual yarn crawls. To help you prepare for the excitement of all the […]

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It’s hard to deny the appeal of rustic, sophisticated-looking leather products, but some people prefer animal-friendly materials or don’t want to pay for genuine leather. If you’re interested in a sustainable plant-based alternative to leather, meet Piñatex. It’s a textile made from the pineapple leaf fiber that could revolutionize the fashion industry! Piñatex: Innovative and […]

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What in the World is Weldon’s?

In an effort to bring needlework to a then emerging middle class, several companies in the late 1800s in London, England, began publishing patterns and instructions for various needlework projects. Unlike other magazines available at the time, which ran one or two needlework projects in issues filled with other editorial (including fiction, recipes, and housekeeping […]

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After I spun two bobbins of colored yarn, it was time to tackle plying. Right away, the whole spinning apparatus expanded. I needed not only to understand the wheel itself, but also to become familiar with the lazy kate that held bobbins of singles. Elizabeth set up the lazy kate as we began our lesson, […]

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Making the Perfect Crochet Circle If you’ve ever crocheted a round motif, such as a circle or mandala, you may have wondered why the circle sometimes ruffles or curls. Let’s take a closer look at what causes these problems and how you can easily solve them. Why does it ruffle? Ruffles look beautiful when they’re […]

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