When I learned to needle felt, I tried the simple (but very impractical) technique of using a cookie cutter as a template. A cookie cutter template (literally) sounds good on paper. It turns out it’s hard to tell how thick the felt is or how defined the edges are.
If you do want to use a cookie cutter, make sure it’s a shallow one. ;)
I thought I’d some tips on how to needle felt whatever shape you like. Cookie cutters optional!
We’re moving house this spring. This means a couple of things:
One, I am saving every bit of spare bubble-wrap I can find.
And two, I can’t just keep ignoring my WIP pile.
I’m the type of person that finds it easier to purge her wardrobe than to get rid of crafty materials. And I don’t often admit a WIP isn’t so much a ‘work in progress’ as it is a ‘work to never be finished’.
The thing is, sometimes it’s good to give up on a project.
This time of year my favourite way to cosy up is with a cup of tea and the latest copy of Country Living. All the better if I can do so in bed!
A mug cosy helps keep your beverage warm and prevents your hands from burning on the hot ceramic. Better yet, it looks good! This pattern is perfect practise for knitting cables. The rest of the stitches are simple, so you can concentrate on practising a new technique.
Craft challenges can be a lot of fun. In my case, I was challenged to use these two little parrots.
To beat the January blues I thought a bright, whimsical project would be the perfect way to add a bit of HELLO to a dreary corner. Yellow baker’s twine was just the thing. It’s sturdy enough for a light pull and easy to work with, too.
And what could be happier than a little tassel? First, here’s how to make a tassel (any size or yarn):
With three sewing projects on the go I had to restock my stash before I could finish project #1—a cover for my 2015 diary. I love local independent shops, but midnight inspiration means midnight shopping. Cue online shops that never close!
These five sewing shops (UK based) are firm favourites. They’re all sat on my bookmarks bar for easy access. Let me know if you have any favourites not on this list!
Disclosure: Marabu Glass and Porcelain painters c/o Marabu
My yarn stash is slowly outgrowing the shelf I have it in. It’s time for a clear out. And every maker knows a ‘clear out’ starts off with good intentions and ends with piles of new projects. In the spirit of NOT actually clearing out when I needed to, I repurposed some of my lonelier yarn scraps into a crafty (and useful) decoration.
Moving things around in the same room counts for effort, right?
All I needed was something pretty to display my scraps in! This jar is the result. And I’m sharing my tips on using glass markers, one beginner helping another! Free heart printable included.
Crafting Fingers is two years old today. What a ride it’s been! To kick off 2015 I wanted to share these goodies you might have missed from elsewhere on the web.
Get the most out of your camera
Blogtacular’s debut event was a huge success last year, and now Kat M & Kat G (both super talented behind a camera) have released a FREE photography ebook to help you go beyond the automatic settings of your camera. These ladies know what they’re talking about.
Time to put last year to rest and get excited about what this year will bring. The fifth edition of Susannah Conway’s free workbook will help you do just that. It’s like a printable life coach. Go dig out your favourite pens and dream big! No one has to see it but you.
(Psst. What’s your word for 2015? Mine is persist. Or better put, ‘just keep swimming’!)
This was my biggest lesson in 2014. After completing my journey to learn a new craft every month in 2013, I felt a bit lost. Then anxiety set in. What if, despite all the progress I made and the things I had learnt, I was just some crafter wannabe? Social media makes it even easier to compare and feel like a failure. But it’s not about them. It’s about your improvements. Take it one stitch, loop, and snip at a time!
I'm Anna. Handmade is a big part of my life. I'm sharing tutorials, techniques, and other useful crafty things. (Read more about Crafting Fingers here.)
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