Color of the Year: MarsalaLet's take a closer look at the beautiful Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala...
Coordinating Color Ideas:
curious about the where those numbers coordinate? check here.
Chances are you've got a Marsala type color in your stash already, but if you don't, here are some I found around some local crafty stops:
The contest for next month is going to be "Marsala!" This heads up should give you time to dig through your stash or go yarn shopping (so hard,
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Decoding Crochet Patterns: Part 1Looking at a crochet pattern for the first time can be a bit intimidating- it looks like it's own language! No fear, we've got some helpful tips and charts to share. And remember, you're part of a friendly group of crocheters here at Knitting-and-Crochet who would love to help answer your pattern questions!
-Best for Visual/Logical Learners
Have pattern that shows those funny x and T symbols? I really love the diagram patterns because they give you a mental picture of what the finished item will look like before you make it. Also, once you figure out the symbols, you can just follow the diagram instead of reading through each line of the written pattern, which helps you work through it much faster! Here's what they mean:
This great article from The Crochet Crowd about reading diagrams, brings up
Crochet Tip: DC Even EdgeDo you have the problem of noticing uneven edges on your double crochet rows? Here are a couple tutorials to check out so you can overcome this annoying problem.
This one is from Vita of Mon Petit Violon. You can find her tutorial for making an even edge here. If you have time check out the rest of her beautiful blog, including free stitch patterns and shop.
The next one is from Tamara at Moogly.
She's got a Video and Photo Tutorial, so you can follow the one that best suites your learning style.
Have fun! Let us know which one you tried or if you do it a different way!
World Wide Quilting DayWorld Wide and National Quilting Day celebrations are starting this month! Quilting Day is the 3rd Saturday in March, so check with your local shops to see what special events they have going on. I'm lucky enough to live close to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE and they have free admission and lots of other stuff to check out, so I will probably stop by!
Links to Check Out
National Quilting Association
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Craft Artist Commission ListCurrent list of craft artist accepting commissions. If you'd like to be added to the list please note CRArtisanCrafts with the following information and add "Commission List" into the subject line. You must to have a link to a journal with your commission info or a link to you shop or website. Adding your info in the comments here will not get you added to the list.
Shop Link/Journal Link/Website:
Accepts Custom Requests:
Deviant ID: Gypmina
Craft Specialty: Plushies
Journal Link: Journal
Accepts Custom Requests: Yes.
Deviant ID: 13anana
Craft Specialty: Clay and Fabric + Others.
Shop Link/Journal Link/Website: Store Envy/Journal<
The Real Life Big Hero 6
The Real Life
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Big Hero 6 First Meeting
Disney’s Academy Award Winning Big Hero 6 pushed the boundaries of realistic animated storytelling with Hyperion, the new software developed specifically for the film.
It simulates the physics of light, creating a more lifelike environment. Hyperion allowed the Big Hero 6 team to capture the air and light of San Francisco in a way never before possible and the spectacular results are visibl
Dungeons And Dragons: Basement And Dice
Basements and Dice Playing Dungeons And Dragons Is Not What It Seems
Dungeons and Dragons Antheia AnRaza II
When you think Dungeons and Dragons, you may be inclined to picture a dark basement with broody, antisocial teens whispering spells and incantations over leather-bound tomes.
Perhaps D&D owes its cultural notoriety to the religious backlash against it in the 80s, as well as the over-the-top depiction of fantasy gaming and its players
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Drawing from life
Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time.
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
Harvest Moon: A Return To The Simple Life
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“Harvest Moon” is known in Japan as Bokujō Monogatari.
In a day and age when critics are openly decrying violence in video games, one game in particular is finding great success without the element of fighting or any kind of violence. Harvest Moon first premiered in Japan in 1996, and has grown into a thriving franchise with more than 20 games in the Harvest Moon seri
Fan Art Friday: Transformers
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And Roll Out
Those growing up in the 80s remember The Transformers as the popular cartoon show while the current generation’s first exposure to the characters was through Michael Bay’s explosive live-action films. However these iconic characters origins long predating the original animated show.
In 1980 a Japanese toy line by the name of Diaclone was launched by Takara Toys. It consisted of robots that tr
Aries: Leader Of The Flock
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Zodiac Sign Aries
The concept of Astrology or “study of the stars” has been around since the ancient world and can be traced as far back as the first dynasty of Mesopotamia.
For some, the stars are a portent of the future and help inform one of the best course of action to take based on the stars’ alignment. If born under a specific “star” or month during the year you may have certain characteristics and mannerisms that correspond to a horos
Cosplay Friday: Hetalia: Axis Powers
COSPLAY FRIDAY: Toast With Our Boots!
Mendigos - Bad Touch Trio cosplay
Hetalia: Axis Powers is a comical manga and anime series which started out as a webcomic by Hidekaz Himaruya chronicling relations between countries.
In the series the characters are all cute boys who personify actual countries with the storyline following events in world history. The background is set mostly around the events of World War I and World War II where the characters get
A Modern Day Fairy Godmother
the lilac wood by Lillyxandra
There’s a hint of fairy dust in the air at the Firefly Path workshop where JoEllen Elam (Lillyxandra) brings her fairytale costume creations to life.
Weaving her magic through every piece of the enchanting princess gowns and fantastical fairie wears she creates, JoEllen is here to show that Cinderella isn’t the only one with a fairy godmother. Armed with only a love for cosplaying, a passion for costuming and a can—do attitude, this self taught costume designer beg
Game of Thrones: 9 Worst Destinations In Westeros
The 9 Worst Destinations
In Westeros A Game of Thrones Travel Guide
The Iron Islands
The following is a revised travel guide intended for those tourists who are up-to-date on all the latest happenings in Westeros (read: people who’ve watched seasons one through four of Game of Thrones, or have read the books at least through A Storm of Swords). If you’ve been living under a rock, we recommend you ge