Clasping the Creative Side When it comes to bracelets and necklaces, clasps are the saintly mothers holding everything together. But because they need to function and be reliable, most of them are Plain Janes. Clasps by Carl Clasmeyer are wildly different. Think of sterling silver elephants twining their trunks; a hand grasping a purse; a […]

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Data is a business owner’s best friend and fortunately, tracking data online is easy to do. With the proper program you can see what web pages your audience is viewing, the amount of time they’re spending on your website, and even how they’re getting to your website (social media, email, or direct traffic are just three […]

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Flo Hendry, a Beadwork subscriber from California, submitted her version of Amy Kohn’s Two to Tango Bracelet from the December/January 2017 issue of Beadwork with her own matching earrings. A Little about Flo Q: Tell us a little about yourself? A: I’ve been in the animal care field for much of my adult life working […]

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We’ve got some more staff stories for you about learning to knit. Last time, we presented some tales that described learning from family. This time around, it’s about friends. Did you learn from a buddy? Was it a long-time friend or someone you just met? Do you still talk to your friend after you had to endure the […]

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Our 5 Favorite Fall Crochet Patterns

We can all agree that fall is pretty much the best time of year, right? The brutal heat of summer is over, the air is nice and crisp, and we get to break out the handmade sweaters and accessories that have been languishing in the closet since April. To celebrate this fantastic season, we’ve compiled […]

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How Did They Do That? Cavandoli

Look at the Cavandoli friendship bracelet shown above, bought from a child on the street in Cusco, Peru, for about a dollar. In the bracelet, the pattern lines move diagonally, but this technique is often worked horizontally. The bracelet is composed entirely of one simple knot, the double half hitch, and considered the craft of […]

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Backstrap weaving uses a simple loom but creates simply amazing designs. Though it takes a little patience, the result is worth the work. In her Traditions article for the September/October 2017 issue of Handwoven, Laverne Waddington writes about her experiences working with Bolivian backstrap weavers. —Christina High in the central Bolivian highlands, my weaving teacher, […]

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I love teaching gradient spinning classes. It’s fun to strategize not only about the many ways we can create our own gradients (yarns that change slowly from one end of the skein to the other), but also how to best use the many gradient fibers and blends on the market. When I order workshop supplies […]

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I ♥ Instagram. It’s my favorite social media platform to connect with family, friends, authors, and artists. I love scrolling my feed and seeing everything from cute photos of my cousin Jenna’s triplets to Sandra Eng’s latest crochet mandala. While I’m scrolling and admiring others’ photos, I also do my fair share of posting (cough, […]

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Wrong Side Out: Gettin’ Steeky with It

The Prairie Wind Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2017 is a stunning autumn-colored stranded cardigan with a steek up the front. Stranded colorwork is always so gorgeous on the outside, but have you ever taken a look at the inside of a colorwork sweater? The strands make an equally lovely pattern, with streaks of color […]

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