When I have the opportunity to catch up with beaders and jewelry makers in person and we start chatting about books, I’m often asked questions. How do you take all the photos demonstrating how projects are made? Do authors take the photos themselves?  Is the finished project we see of a beauty photo the same […]

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I’m back with a few more podcast suggestions to keep you crafting! This selection is close to my heart because I have a very real obsession with history. I love listening, learning, and skipping all the way to the nearest person to share the fun facts I’ve gathered. 1. Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell New […]

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Finished Object Friday: Temescal Cardigan

I finally finished my Temescal Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2016, designed by Peter Franzi. I got my crochet cable practice in with this cardigan—there were so many of them (it’s a good thing I love cables). If you look closely, you might even find where I made a mistake: halfway through the back I […]

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Have you ever accidentally knit with your yarn tail instead of the working yarn you’re supposed to knit with? It happens more often than we’d like to admit! This feels even worse when it happens on the second or third row, all because the tail and the working yarn were close enough together to trick […]

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Bead Weaving and Finding Zen There are many reasons to love beaded ropes. They’re fun to design because they offer lots of room for experimentation. They’re pleasing to stitch because of their repetitive, Zen-inducing thread paths. Their flexibility and soft drape also make them easy-to-wear and versatile in how you wear them. They can be […]

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If you love making top-down raglans, Lily Chin’s secrets to fit will help you create great-fitting sweaters. Here, she explains how graph paper can help you map out measurements for a sweater and how gauge translates these measurements into stitches and rows. We’ll demonstrate with examples from her Floret Crop Top in Interweave Crochet Spring […]

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The Best Yarns for Fair Isle Knitting

It’s officially springtime now, and though it may not be warm in the islands north of the Scottish mainland, up there by the Arctic Circle, we can start dreaming about colorful wildflowers in sloping fields overlooking the North Sea. For that is where, in a chain of islands called Shetland, our beloved Fair Isle knitting […]

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Explore History through Knitting

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: History on Two Needles: Exploring Art History through Modern Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt Blending her twin passions of art history and knitting, Annie Modesitt transports knitters through time with her design collection inspired by some exemplary work from art. Seventeen patterns combine historical design elements with exquisite […]

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