Nothing like winning something beautiful for free!

One of my very favorite online Fabric Stores is sponsoring a giveaway today!
The name of which is Hawthorne Threads.  Click to enter for giveaway.


Hawthorne Threads
is an online fabric shop run in Upstate NY by a husband and wife team, Charlie and Lindsay.  #hawthornethreads 

They have the greatest selection of  beautiful fabrics in cotton or whatever you are into.

I received word of this giveaway in their  weekly Newsletter:

“Hawthorne Threads on Instagram
Hi Folks! We’ve hit a fun milestone over on Instagram! We’re so grateful for all of your support in following along with our sewing adventures, and sharing in our excitement for making beautiful things. As a thank you, we are giving away 10 yards of fabric – see our recent IG post for details on how to enter and win!”


Re-purposing Old Wool Sweaters

As recently as two days ago I inherited some older “felted” sweaters from my sister. I just love wool, for knitting, as a fabric, and for felting.

I set about thinking about what to do with these treasures. After searching , I found several ideas to turn these beloved old sweaters into a felted wool purse, thus giving them new life or “repurposing” them.

I would like to share with you ,the blogs with tutorials that I found, in case you would like to try this yourself.

makeitandloveit1. “Make It and Love It.comPosted by ASHLEY, 9 NOV. 2010
“Fall is the time that I start looking through the piles of old sweaters. Do you have a big stash like I do? Even if they are outdated, stretched out, shrunk in the wash, etc.? It’s time to give those old sweaters a new life. And turn them into something new……”
To read the rest of the article please CLICK on this LINK, or the one to the right of the picture.
2. Upcycled Purse From A upcycledpurseRuined (shrunken/felted) Sweater by MaryT8M in sewing on website. Mary in Sewing says, ” I’ve discovered the thrill of making something WONDERFUL from a mistake! I washed a sweater a while back that I could have sworn said it was machine washable only to find out it was dry clean only. Before I tossed it in the Goodwill bag, I checked the Internet and found several ideas for turning felted/fulled (shrunken) wool sweaters into other items…..”

To read the rest of the article and see tutorial, please CLICK on this LINK, or the one to the right of the picture.

Last but not least, a GREAT printable tutorial.


It really is very handy to be able to print out the instructions to follow them more easily. I prefer to do this. Here is an excerpt from the tutorial:

Janes Sew and So says “Sew, what’s up? My daughter Chanel and her friend Camille were shopping for cute purses on the Internet, but they couldn’t find any that didn’t cost over a hundred dollars! I showed them how to make their own, one-a-kind purses out of wool thrift shop sweaters for fewer than five dollars. …..”
To read the rest of the article or to print it out please CLICK on this LINK !


Home Sewing is Once Again Gaining Popularity, Thanks to Social Media

Home sewing was so popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s that high school offered courses in Home Making which taught you ,aside from cooking, sewing skills.


Some points to ponder:

  •  Let’s face it, even today there are a lot of SINGLE people out there, and sewing, at least repairs is one skill most of us, even men, can use.
  •  Mom will not always be around to sew your buttons back on, or mend that tear in your favorite pair of jeans that you wear around the house.
  •  It is also very satisfactory to be able to make something exactly as you want it to be, not having to accept something other than perfect off a rack in a store.
  • Working with one’s hands can be very satisfying.
The News and Observer, an online newspaper has a great article written and published Sept. 30, 2016, By Debbe Geiger.
Here is a link to their article: Social Media Makes Home Sewing Cool Againby Debbe Geiger, Correspondant,well worth reading:

Crafting With Yarn Has Many Health Benefits

Taking part in hand crafts  involving yarn  is both rewarding and relaxing. It is a challenge to your mind, but not to the point that you would feel mentally exhausted. This makes it great therapy for de-stressing. It should come as no surprise therefore, that doing yarn crafting yields health benefits.

Read about the health benefits in the following yarnbasketblog post:

By . “10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting” , Lionbrand Blog, May 20,2014. Web May 24,2014.  <>.

10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting  By Kathryn Vacillo
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. This is part one in her 6-part series for us on the topic of yarncraft health. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here
Yarn heals. Whether you prefer needles or hooks or a combination of both, crafting can soothe your body and mend your mind. Anecdotal evidence has shown this for decades and new research confirms it with science. The benefits people report are seemingly endless. Here are the top 10 yarncrafting health benefits.

 1. Knitting and Crochet Relieve Depression
Depression relief is by far the most reported and studied benefit of crochet and knitting. The repetition of the crafts has been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. CNN recently reported that “in one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.”
2. Crafting Reduces Anxiety
Yarncrafts helps with various forms of anxiety. It keeps your hands busy and mind focused …… Read More


This summer is a wrap! The kind of wrap you can use in the shower.

Shower wrap by Kathryn Goodman 

Shower Wrap Project by Kathryn Goodman

sr_shower-wrap-projectHot summer temps mean more cool showers. And who says you can’t look fashionable right out of the bath? This adorable towel is designed to securely wrap up and stay up with the help of Velcro®, so you’re hands-and-worry free. Perfect for visiting the spa, after a shower or just lounging around doing your nails.

Follow the link ” adorable towel” above to see the video on how to make the shower wrap.

Find your next sewing project on the
Sewing Republic. They are fast and easy . . . and practical too. Sign up for the Sewing Republic newsletter to stay in touch with what’s new.

If you have problems going to  Sewing Republic’s website to get this file for download here is direct link to the Shower Wrap pattern file in Adobe PDF format…….    Enjoy this project and have fun with it. Please check out the other wonderful free projects available at Bernina’s website and Sewing Republic’s website.
Source is Bernina E-Newsletter of August 13, 2010. The Sewing Republic -Projects Ideas

Looking for Yarn?

I often go to the manufacturer’s website directly to look for yarns, sometimes they introduce new, and other times they just might have a good clearance going on.  Bernat, Red Heart, Lion Brand just to name a few. I also sign up for the newsletters by email since you get a heads up on new yarns being introduced , as well as access to  free patterns.

Here is an interesting new yarn that Bernat is introducing… I just love the luscious colors and love working with bright, vibrant self striping colors.

Introducing Bernat Mosaic – Luxury and Style

We have a special treat for you today. Introducing Bernat® Mosaic, your new favorite yarn. First – be stunned by the richness of the colors; Second– be inspired by the inventive color combinations; Third – be amazed as the long stripes appear between your fingers; and Finally, enjoy knowing that caring for the finished product is as easy as can be.

Bernat® Mosaic is a worsted-weight yarn, perfect for afghans, garments, and accessories. The color shifts look great in simple stockinette, with textured details, as crochet motifs, and anything else you can come up with. Bright, dark, subtle, bold – jump into your favorite color scheme and go where the yarn takes you. Even beginners can create their own work of art with Bernat® Mosaic.

bernat-ball_mosaicThere are many yummy colors available to see them click here:     Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     

Source:  Bernat Newsletter and Bernat Website: 

Window Shopping on a HOT Day!!

I don’t know about you, but on some really steamy days when it is actually cooler in Florida than here in the Northeast, I like to spend the hottest part of the day in the air conditioned office just browsing the web.




This is how I find some terrific websites that sell:

  • FabricConnecting Threads, Fabric Attic Store on Ebay (I’ve purchased several fabrics from this lady-excellent service, fast shipping, reasonable prices!!)
  • Burkholder’s Fabrics (purchase here frequently!)
  • Quilting kitsSun Valley Quilts -quilt patterns and kits as well as fabric, beautiful assortment.
  • Yarn- Chain stores –Michael’s, AC Moore, but also on a local level you can usually find beautiful natural, unique yarns such as Alpaca at a local yarn shop, (you will also be helping the local economy).
  • Books on quilting, sewing, crafting, etc. You can usually find these at any of the above listed stores or on at a reduced price, perhaps even by” going green “at yard sales.
  • Patterns for sewing, quilting, other crafts- most fabric stores carry these, but you can also look at specialty online stores, one of my favorites for purse patterns is Jackie’s Desighns (I have purchased some very unique purse patterns from this designer, excellent service and fast shipping!)
  • Plenty of  other craft items also , just use Google or Yahoo to search for your particular interest, and have fun browsing!

All this sets my imagination to working as to what project I would enjoy doing next. I also like to follow their blogs or join the newsletter list. This way I can keep up with their sales without any effort. Well enjoy the hot weather, the snow will fly soon enough! Till next time, have a good day!

Knitting Techniques for More Successful Knitting

Knitting Daily (where life meets knitting).

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Sewing With Kids

Sewing with Kids. 2July2010. Savvy Newsletter.
Just a note before the newsletter: has a wide assortment of items for those interested in sewing and quilting. I signed up for their newsletter which normally has some very inspirational ideas.
Sewing With Kids
Kids may show an interest in sewing, but the sharp needles and fast pace of your sewing machine may intimidate them. It’s pretty easy to start them out with some string and plastic mesh canvas to get the hang of hand sewing. After that, it won’t take long to move them on to needles and scrap fabric, or to replacing missing buttons on their favorite shirts. When teaching kids to use sewing machines, it helps if you have a machine that has multiple speed settings. Pressure pedals will work too; however, just make sure kids can safely reach the pedals and set a nonskid pad beneath the foot pedal. Start slowly and pick a very basic pattern, or just teach kids to sew straight or zigzag stitches in lines on scrap fabric until they are comfortable. As long as kids remember to keep their little fingers away from the needle, they should gain confidence and learn to enjoy sewing on a machine.

Kids are naturally curious and love to learn new things, but they also have very short attention spans. Therefore, it is important to come up with quick and easy projects that they can complete in a short period of time with minimal assistance. Once they see the finished product, they will be excited about more challenging projects.

To get kids excited about sewing, you could take them to the fabric store and let them pick out their own fabrics. Fat quarters are cheap and small enough for kids to work with easily. They will love the bright array of colors and patterns to choose from. Giving kids their own sewing scissors and pincushion also makes them feel like their projects are their own.
Ideas for Kid-Friendly Sewing Projects

    • Pillowcases
    • Simple blankets for charities:  Project Linus Donate homemade blankets you and your kids make to this great charity that gives blankets to hospitals and shelters.
    • Shorts
    • Scarves or bandannas for pets
    • Reusable shopping bags


“It ‘s Just Too Darn Hot to Knit/Crochet! ” No It Is NOT!

Many people think of knitting and crocheting as a winter or cold weather only activity because of the weight and warmth of the yarn. It doesn’t have to be that way.

There are so many wonderful lightweight yarns of luscious beautiful colors and textures out there. Cotton yarns and cotton yarn blends,  are some of my favorites, especially for knitting baby items like this hat I made for my granddaughter this spring. And the best part about it is crocheting and knitting are a take along hobby that is easy to carry with you. You can work on it just about anywhere!

kyleehatMedium weight cotton yarn, or “worsted,” makes an excellent knitting yarn for washcloths and dishtowels. There are a variety of patterns available, both free and for purchase, that allow the user to customize a project. Using a cotton yarn blend allows for strength and durability when making washcloths that will be used in the kitchen, and using pure, soft cotton allows for a lovely face cloth.

Finer or thinner weight projects that utilize all-cotton yarn or cotton blends range from socks and shawls to gloves and short-sleeved or sleeveless tops. Cotton sock yarn is generally blended with nylon to give it more stretch and durability, two qualities that pure cotton yarn does not have. Lace weight cotton yarn can make a gossamer shawl look as though it were made of spider silk. For this variety of knitting project, a type of yarn called “mercerized cotton” is used. This type has been exposed to chemical and heat processes to improve the shine and luster of the fibers, as well as increase their absorbency. Tank tops are generally made from mercerized cotton or cotton yarn blended with a more exotic fiber, such as silk or bamboo, to make the finished project feel softer.

There are also different types of yarn blends that can be used. Cotton blended with silk is common, although cotton can be blended in the manufacturing process with just about any other fiber. There has been an increase in cotton blends, leading those who are sensitive or allergic to wool to take up crafting again with new gusto. Hand-dyed yarns also provide a creative and colorful outlet for knitters. Cotton yarn can be purchased that is already specially hand-dyed from smaller, independent companies, or bought in its natural hue for dying at home.

So don’t give up a relaxing, rewarding hobby just because the weather has turned warmer. Get to your local yarn shop or large craft stores in your area such as Michael’s  or AC Moore just to name a few.