Sunday, June 17, 2012

I'm back!

Hi Everyone!
I'm back from my travels and feeling revived and ready to craft my way through the rest of the year!  There are so many things I want to do!  I have a long list:  summer jewelry for myself, painting projects to finish, wirework, learning a new chain mail weave, more knitting, and of course, I can always clean up my studio/office!  Somehow, I never have time for that!  I'd rather craft than clean, but organization of some kind is necessary if you want to find those items that you've already purchased and not have to buy them again!

One of the long-time staples of my designing career has been plastic canvas needlepoint.  I've designed projects for numerous booklets, magazines, kits and hardback book compilations.  I still love it and I'm still actively designing new projects.  And, in celebration of the publication of a new booklet of mine, I'm going to give away a copy of it.  This booklet, Tea Lights in Plastic Canvas, has four designs with cut-outs to let the battery-operated tea lights shine through the openings
Tea Lights in Plastic Canvas

So, whether you are one of those crafters that still loves plastic canvas like I do, or you want to try something new, let me know by leaving a comment on my blog.  And, not only will I send you a copy of the booklet, I'll include some other goodie, like yarn or extra patterns.  It'll be a surprise!

So, how many plastic canvas enthusiasts are there out there?  Let me know.  I'll draw a name on July 13.  (Or, if you just can't wait to get your own copy, click on the link above, which will take you to the Annie's Attic website.)

Happy crafting!

Monday, June 4, 2012

French Knitting

Hi All,

This week I am away from my studio.  I am on grandma duty helping out with my two-year old granddaughter while her mom and dad await the birth of their second daughter. 

Of course, I packed up a few crafts to take along for the moments I have free.  I packed some knitting and, so far, I have finished a mini-blanket for the car seat.  And, I've also been knitting with something new to me - a type of spool knitter called a  French Knitter.  The nice people from Clover Needlecraft gave me one at the last Craft and Hobby Show, and I have been happily trying it out with all sorts of fibers and beads.  I can't believe that I have never used one of these.   And, soon, I hope to be able to show you some of the designs that I have developed with this great new gadget.  Actually, it's only new to me.  After doing a little research on the web, I discovered that spool knitting has been around a long time.  You can even make a spool knitter with a cardboard tube; I can't wait to try that with my children's group!

I hope you are trying some new craft this summer.  And, if you need some great ideas, click on the big blue blinkie at the left of this post and see what the other designers in the Designer Crafts Connection are crafting this month.  I know there will be lots of fun crafts for Father's Day and picnics. 

Happy Crafting,
Grammy Terry